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Global, a podcast brought to you by IRI, is not your usual foreign policy podcast. Each episode dives into history, current events, and complex topics that impact how countries can become more democratic. Our dynamic hosts interview top country experts, including heads of state, elected officials, foreign policy analysts, journalists, and on-the-ground activists.

Whether you’re a foreign policy expert learning about a new country in your portfolio, a world traveler looking for your next destination, or simply interested in a fresh perspective on international affairs, Global provides unique context from all corners of the world.

If you have comments or feedback, you can contact our below producers by email at podcast@iri.org or tweet us @IRIGlobal.

Produced by Samuel R. Johannes @andthensamsays

Associate Producer, Travis Green https://bit.ly/2kvItUU

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Global, a podcast brought to you by IRI, is not your usual foreign policy podcast. Each episode dives into history, current events, and complex topics that impact how countries can become more democratic. Our dynamic hosts interview top country experts, including heads of state, elected officials, foreign policy analysts, journalists, and on-the-ground activists.

Whether you’re a foreign policy expert learning about a new country in your portfolio, a world traveler looking for your next destination, or simply interested in a fresh perspective on international affairs, Global provides unique context from all corners of the world.

If you have comments or feedback, you can contact our below producers by email at podcast@iri.org or tweet us @IRIGlobal.

Produced by Samuel R. Johannes @andthensamsays

Associate Producer, Travis Green https://bit.ly/2kvItUU

    Cuba: The Reality Of Social Rights

    Cuba: The Reality Of Social Rights

    Cuba continues to be a regional threat to democracy. This threat is targeted externally in its support for dictatorial governments like Venezuela and internally in its treatment of dissidents. One of the reasons Cuba has been successful is the story it tells about itself. Both domestically and internationally, the Cuban government messages that it respects political and social rights and that its people are cared for with housing, education, and healthcare. This, however, is false. As demonstrated in a recent study by the Cuban Human Rights Observatory, the Cuban government is failing exactly where it claims success.

    For this episode, we spoke with three guests.
    First, Yaxys Cires is the current political advisor to the Cuban Human Rights Observatory. A lawyer by training, Yaxys was forced to leave Cuba due to his political activism advocating for greater democratic freedoms. @observacuba

    Second, Luz Escobar is a Cuban journalist currently living and reporting from Havana. She primarily writes for the independent news organization 14ymedio. Recently, she has repeatedly been prevented from leaving her home by the Cuban state security. @Luz_Cuba

    Finally, we spoke with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean John Barsa. @JBarsaUSAID @USAIDLAC

    • 33 min
    Bright Spots Of Democracy - Venezuela Activists

    Bright Spots Of Democracy - Venezuela Activists

    Venezuela continues to grapple with a humanitarian crisis caused by the dictatorial corruption of Nicolas Maduro. But despite the danger to themselves and their families, every day people continue to mobilize and demand respect for human rights and a return to democracy. Over the last three years of this podcast, we've discussed the political situation in Venezuela a number of times – often focusing on the crisis at the national level situation. Today, we wanted to bring things down to the personal level. Our producers Sam Johannes and Travis Green spoke with two activists on how their journey led them to be involved in politics and what keeps them motivated through such trying times.

    Rafaela Requesens is a Venezuelan student activist who gained recognition as the Student Council President of the Central University of Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela, UCV) in 2017-2018. She has been instrumental in raising awareness on the current state of education in Venezuela and has led the student movement in several peaceful protests. Ms. Requesens has also been a public advocate for political prisoners, given that her brother, National Assembly Deputy Juan Requesens, was arbitrarily imprisoned by the Maduro regime in 2018. To date, he remains imprisoned with no trial date set.

    Armando Armas is a Member of the political party Voluntad Popular, who was elected to the National Assembly in 2015. He was one of the Deputies injured in July 2017 when the National Assembly was attacked by pro-Maduro supporters.

    • 27 min
    Bright Spots Of Democracy - Hong Kong Student Activists

    Bright Spots Of Democracy - Hong Kong Student Activists

    The greatest challenge to the seemingly overwhelming power of authoritarian governments is the ordinary citizen's willingness to put themselves at risk for the sake of democracy. This year, Hong Kong's citizens have been demonstrating that willingness through protests that have been ongoing since June. As protesters seek to maintain momentum in the face of violent crackdowns, their demands are clear - Hongkongers want democracy. In this episode, we look at the stories of four student activists from Hong Kong, their journey into activism, and what keeps them motivated to pursue democracy.

    Our host spoke with:

    Edy Jeh, a member of the University of Hong Kong Students' Union

    Danian Wan, current council chair of the University of Hong Kong Students' Union

    Kelly Hung, an activist at the University of Hong Kong and an employee in the Legislative Councilor's Office

    Joey Siu, current acting vice president of the City University of Hong Kong Students' Union

    • 21 min
    Bright Spots Of Democracy - European Democracy Youth Network

    Bright Spots Of Democracy - European Democracy Youth Network

    The dominant narrative today says Europe’s democracy is in retreat. To be sure, the challenges are real – from emboldened authoritarians to hyper-polarized discourse. Generations that lived through Communism have seen democracy’s promises of liberty and prosperity deliver mixed results. But that isn’t the only story about democracy in Europe. Every day, young people are driving change in their own communities by doing the day-to-day work of democracy. In this episode, we'll hear from six young civic and political leaders from the European Democracy Youth Network on why democracy offers the solutions to the challenges facing their countries.

    Host Sam Johannes speaks with:

    Esma Gumberidze - UN Youth Delegate to the 74th General Assembly (Georgia)

    Konstantina Stoyanova - Member, Bulgaria for Citizens Movement (Bulgaria)

    Malik Sakic - Vice President, Youth Forum of Our Party (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

    Juela Hamati - President, European Democracy Youth Network (Albania)

    Aleksander Savic - National Coordinator for Communications & Fundraising, Da Se Zna! (Serbia)

    Luka Krzhaloski - Secretary General, European Democracy Youth Network (North Macedonia)

    • 21 min
    Journalism Under Authoritarianism

    Journalism Under Authoritarianism

    jour·nal·ism

    noun

    1. the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media

    What is it like to provide accurate news coverage when the government is actively creating false narratives? Journalism is essential to a healthy democracy. But it's also often a key part of fighting authoritarianism. Dictatorships rely on maintaining citizens uninformed and divided from each other. In these situations, independent media struggles against censorship, limited resources, and threats to personal safety. Journalist do this to inform citizens with the hope they will hold their government accountable and push for democratic change. For this episode, our host Lucas Jensen ties together responses from five journalists about what are the challenges and the motivations for reporting from within a dictatorship.

    • 11 min
    Media Freedom

    Media Freedom

    media
    noun
    1. the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively.

    A healthy democracy relies on a free and independent media. Inclusive and informed public discourse ensures democratic institutions reflect the will of the people. But this role makes the free press a target for a number of forces corrosive to democracy. Our host Travis Green explores these themes with:

    Beata Balogova, Editor-in-Chief of SME, a Slovak daily and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute | @BalogovaBeata

    Dina Sadek, IRI's Media Advisor in the Center for Global Impact | @DinaMSadek

    • 25 min

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