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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.

The Take Al Jazeera

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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.

    Uganda ends the longest school closure

    Uganda ends the longest school closure

    Uganda’s schools are back in session after the longest COVID-related closure of any country, close to two years. We speak with one journalist who is a mother and says it is hard to trust anyone else with her child’s health while a deadly virus is still circulating. But the United Nations says these school closures are already affecting children’s learning around the world.

    In this episode: 
    Halima Athumani (@Navilani) Freelance reporter

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    • 20 min
    The trial of Julian Assange

    The trial of Julian Assange

    Julian Assange’s legal cards are running out. And when UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer was asked to take on the WikiLeaks founder’s case in 2018, he found himself surprisingly uninterested. One allegation after another had come to cloud the narrative of Assange, liberator of state secrets. But Melzer has since investigated them all and discovered just how far reality is from the narratives.

    In this episode:

    Nils Melzer (@NilsMelzer), author of “The Trial of Julian Assange” 

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    • 22 min
    Canada’s homegrown Islamophobia

    Canada’s homegrown Islamophobia

    It was the deadliest attack on a house of worship in Canada’s history. Six people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire on a mosque in Quebec City in 2017. In the five years since, hate incidents have not stopped. Some of them have been deadly. And it has led to questions about how Canada treats its Muslim population.

    In this episode: 
    Jillian Kestler-D’Amours (@jkdamours), Al Jazeera online editor
    Jasmin Zine (@JasminZine), professor in sociology and religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University

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    • 18 min
    US Navy oil tanks dirty Hawaii’s water

    US Navy oil tanks dirty Hawaii’s water

    Last November, residents of Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam military housing started to smell fuel coming out of their pipes. The US Navy said a leak from a fuel storage facility called Red Hill contaminated their well in O’ahu, leaving approximately 93,000 residents without drinking water.

    But this is something activists have been fearing for years. The fuel storage facility sits above the island’s aquifer. If a significant leak happens, the consequences could change life as we know it in places like Honolulu and Waikiki. So, what is the Navy doing to clean the water, and what is at risk for the more than 900,000 people living on the island?

    In this episode: 
    Scott Kim, News Editor at Hawaii Public Radio (@wearehpr)
    Wayne Tanaka, Sierra Club Chapter Director (@sierraclubhi)

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    • 20 min
    Closed borders at the Australian Open

    Closed borders at the Australian Open

    The media has packed up from the hotel where Novak Djokovic was detained in Australia, but after the tennis player’s deportation, more than 30 asylum seekers are still at the Park Hotel in the middle of Melbourne. The Australian Open brought the men’s years of indefinite immigration detention into the spotlight. We look at two stories from the Park Hotel: one man deported from Australia, another still there.

    In this episode: 
    Jamal, asylum seeker at the Park Hotel
    Allison Battisson, founder and director, Human Rights for All (@HumanRights4A)
    Kate Walton, writer for Al Jazeera(@waltonkate)

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    • 20 min
    Somalia in the face of famine

    Somalia in the face of famine

    Famine is a slow-moving disaster and when it is declared, people are typically dying of starvation already. It is too late to save every life. Much of Somalia is facing its third dry season which is bad news for crops, animals, and people. Famine could arrive as soon as March. The Take talks to Somalis trying to get the word out about what is happening in their country and what they hope will be done to save lives.

    In this episode: 
    Aydrus Daar, Executive Director at WASDA, a Somali aid group working in the horn of Africa
    Nisar Majid, Research Associate at the London School of Economics where he was recently Research Director on the Conflict Research Programme (Somalia portfolio)
    Guhad Adan,a Research Associate at the London School of Economics who has been a freelance consultant based in Nairobi and has been working as an aid practitioner and researcher in the Horn of Africa for over 20 years
    Florence Mangwende, Humanitarian and Resilience Program Manager at Oxfam Novib (@oxfamnovib)

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    • 22 min

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214 Ratings

214 Ratings

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Thank you Al Jeezera

A Canadian in America, I became so disillusioned with “Opinion News” of political Channels like Fox and CNN. I loved watching BBC and CBC to find out what was really going on in America and the rest of the world. Now I listen as I work to your commentaries and know that they are intelligent and objective.

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Thanks to the Washington Post podcast recommendation. I was an avid viewer of the Al-Jazeera newscast in the US until was dropped. Love the non-objective coverage of world events.

midwestBlue ,

9.13 podcast

excellent show. great discussion/new info. from guests and keeping it real by not forgetting all the torturing done by the gw bush admin and then how obama didn’t prosecute nor investigate. obama turned out to be such a huge disappointment. we thought with him we were voting for an individual that believed in human justice/rights but the fact was he believed in keeping corporate america happy instead of doing the right thing. blahh

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