Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.
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Kashmir is on the Brink | Red Flags or Resilience? Series
In March 2020, when countries around the world started imposing COVID-19 lockdowns Kashmir was just emerging from a lockdown of its own. Several months prior, in August 2019 the government of India revoked the special status that Kashmir had enjoyed since the partition of India in 1947. This sparked mass protests, violence and a heavy handed government response -- including curfews and an internet shutdown.
Journalist Adnan Bhat explains how the COVID crisis is pushing Kashmir to the brink
Femicide in Mexico is on the Rise | Red Flags or Resistance?
Unique among countries in the world, Mexico considers Femicide as a crime distinct from homicide. This is the crime of murdering a woman or girl on account of her gender.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the documented numbers of Femicide in parts of Mexico have skyrocketed. This includes the outskirts of Mexico city known as The Periphery.
Caroline Tracey, has reported on the increased frequency of femicide and actions that local groups are taking to fight back against this trend.
Chris Blattman, Development Economist
What happens if extremely poor people in the developing world are given regular cash transfers, no (or few) strings attached? That's what economist Chris Blattman set out to discover. His pioneering research into cash transfers has helped to revolutionize how global development organizations intervene to fight extreme poverty.
Plus, Blattman discusses some of his other crucial findings, including the surprising discoveries he made while conducting PhD research on returning child soldiers.
Liz Sly, Washington Post Reporter
Liz Sly is the Beirut Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. She is a veteran reporter who has covered some of the biggest global stories of the last 30 years, from the war in Kosovo to the war in Syria.
Here, she looks back at some of the events that marked her career. From moments of great optimism, like the end of apartheid in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela, to moments of despair, like the genocide in Rwanda, a counterpoint to the general sense in the 1990s that things would turn out alright.
Plus, how did the Gulf War change the relationship between print journalists and their audience? And how did Sly see the writing on the wall before the invasion of Iraq? Find out in this compelling look at a fascinating career.
Crisis in South Africa
Protest, looting, and riots have plunged South Africa into a deep crisis. Scores of people have been killed in this unrest which was sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma on July 7th. At time of recording, the government was dispatching 25,000 troops to bring order--and unprecedented military mobilization in the post-apartheid era.
On the line with me from Johannesburg is journalist Geoffrey York, the Africa Bureau Chief for the Globe and Mail.
A Crisis Mounts in Africa's Only Absolute Monarchy, Eswatini (Formerly Known As Swaziland)
Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is Africa's only absolute monarchy -- the king rules by decree, with no meaningful checks or balances.
Today, the country in in the midst of its most intense and significant protests against that monarch in recent history. The protests began in May and accelerated in June. The monarchy's response was violent, with many protesters killed and disappeared.
Journalist Mako Muzenda explains these unprecedented protests and the ongoing crisis in Eswatini.