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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.

    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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    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 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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    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 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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    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 22 min
    The unanswered questions in Kazakhstan

    The unanswered questions in Kazakhstan

    Russian-led forces are leaving the Central Asian country after days of unrest over the rise of gas prices, corruption, and inequality. 160 people have been killed and about 12,000 have been arrested, according to authorities. Many don't know the whereabouts of their loved ones. 

    President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed the unrest was an attempted coup d’etat performed by foreign-trained “bandits and terrorists.” This week, he named a new prime minister and promised to unveil a political reform package by September of this year, but will that be enough for protesters?

    In this episode: 
    Torokul Doorov (@Torokul), Kazakh Service Director at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 
    Darkhan Umirbekov, Digital Editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Kazakh Service

    Connect with The Take: 

    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 20 min
    At long last, AFCON kicks off

    At long last, AFCON kicks off

    On January 9, Africa began its biggest biennial football tournament: The Africa Cup of Nations. Postponed a year because of the pandemic, the tournament will pit 24 of the continent's top teams against each other over the course of one month in Cameroon. But despite the celebratory fervor in Cameroon, there's some concern about how the tournament has been portrayed.

    In this episode: 
    Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha), African football journalist

    Connect with The Take: 

    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 21 min
    Guantanamo at 20: Through the eyes of a detainee

    Guantanamo at 20: Through the eyes of a detainee

    In 2001, while doing research in Afghanistan, Mansoor Adayfi says he was captured and turned over to the CIA. He turned 19 in a black site and weeks later found himself hooded and shackled at the newly opened American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Hundreds of prisoners arrived in the first years; now dozens remain. Mansoor tells us his own story and how he and other detainees are trying to bring an end to a seemingly endless emblem of American injustice, the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

    In this episode:
    Mansoor Adayfi (@MansoorAdayfi ), former Guantanamo detainee #441, author of, "Don't Forget Us Here, and @UK_CAGE Guantánamo Project Coordinator

    For more:

    Listen to Biden, Guantanamo and Mohammed al-Qahtani

    Listen to The Course of the Forever Wars: After 9/11

    Connect with The Take: 

    Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

    • 23 min

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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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