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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Bitcoin, Bukele and democracy in El Salvador

    Bitcoin, Bukele and democracy in El Salvador

    This September, El Salvador rolled out Bitcoin as official legal tender. Nayib Bukele, the youngest president in the history of the country, wanted to adopt cryptocurrency to improve the economy. But his critics say this might be a distraction from the measures Bukele has taken to dismantle democratic institutions and criticize the press.

    In this episode: 
    John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera Correspondent 
    Roman Olivier Gressier (@romangressier), Reporter for El Faro (@_elfaro_)

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    • 20 min
    Trying to heal Afghanistan without international aid

    Trying to heal Afghanistan without international aid

    Forty million Afghans still in the country live under the fear of their hospitals and healthcare system falling apart. Without international aid, medical supplies are running short. Since the Taliban took control of the country, the United States has led the way for many other countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to stop necessary assistance from flowing into Afghanistan. As a result, doctors are left in the heartbreaking situation of doing their best to keep patients alive without proper resources. In this episode, we hear from those doctors who implore the international community to help heal Afghans rather than leaving them to die.

    In this episode: 
    Dr Najmussama Shefajo: Ob/Gyn specialist, founder of Shefajo Group of Laboratories, and president of the Afghanistan Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
    Dr Tankred Stoebe, President of MSF Germany (@MSF)
    Dr Ashuq Urrahman, physician in Kabul
    Dr Muhammad Mustafa Sahibzada, physician in Kabul

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    • 22 min
    The Course of the Forever Wars: The future

    The Course of the Forever Wars: The future

    This is the final episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’. 

    For an idea of the next phase of the US’s war on terror, we look to East Africa, where a different version of the war has been unfolding for the past 20 years. American soldiers may not patrolling the streets of Kenya, but the US’s counterterrorism presence is very much there.

    In this episode:
    Fauziya Hussein (@diamamyn4zi1), Sister of disappeared Kenyan man
    Samar Al-Bulushi (@samar42), Political Anthropologist at University of California Irvine

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    • 28 min
    The Course of the Forever Wars: Amnesia

    The Course of the Forever Wars: Amnesia

    This is the second episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’. 

    Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was once a front-page headline in the "war on terror". Today, public knowledge of the torture that made it infamous is starting to fade – but 17 years later, one US lawsuit for its victims is still going on. It centers on private contractors: companies that became an integral part of the US military efforts post-9/11 attacks, which changed the way war is fought – and accountability is sought.

    In this episode: 
    Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov), human rights activist 
    Katherine Gallagher (@katherga1), Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights 
    Majid, Abu Ghraib plaintiffs' legal team member in Iraq

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    • 27 min
    The Course of the Forever Wars: After 9/11

    The Course of the Forever Wars: After 9/11

    September 11, 2001, marked a milestone in a new chapter of warfare: after the 9/11 attacks, the US began not only the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a so-called “global war on terror". That meant building a new war infrastructure that is fully global in nature, massively profitable in scale, and now, after 20 years, part of the fabric of our lives. So how did we get here?

    In the first episode of our three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called 'war on terror'  - we look at the US political climate after 9/11 and walk through the sweeping policy changes that would come to define the forever wars.

    In this episode: 
    Kevin Harrington, former MTA train operator
    Hina Shamsi (@HinaShamsi), Director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (@ACLU)

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    • 27 min
    How hot is too hot? Extreme heat in the Middle East

    How hot is too hot? Extreme heat in the Middle East

    For most people, climate change boils down to the simple fact that it’s just a lot hotter than it used to be. And for people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), those temperatures have been rising too fast.

    Today, the Levant allows us to take a look at what the future might look like with global warming. In the Jordan Valley, farmers struggle with water scarcity. While in other parts of MENA outdoor air conditioner is the new normal.

    In this episode: 
    Karim Elgendy (@NomadandSettler), Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Founder of Carboun Cities (@CarbounCities)
    Anwar AlAdwan, farmer in the Jordan Valley

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

MonieLH ,

Excellent

Great to hear about the rest of the world, not just the US. Refreshing perspective and very interesting stories. Currently among my top 3 morning favourites.

Savannah Sutherland ,

Fab

I binged 150 episodes in like 2 weeks. What I love most is how global their scope is, most current affairs podcasts are always very USA/Euro centric.

Columboswife ,

Intelligent, informed, fresh and fair.

This podcast is perfect for busy people who want to understand the top story of the week but feel like they are not being well served by mainstream western media.

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