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In an UpFront special, we ask whether capitalism and climate justice are compatible.Marc Lamont Hill discusses with guests Naomi Klein, the author of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, and Kshama Sawant, the first socialist Seattle City Council member in nearly a century, who has first-hand experience of organising against big business…
 
Somalia's president has signed a controversial law extending his mandate for two years.Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's four-year term expired in February. But on Monday, the lower house of parliament voted to extend it.That decision threatens to further divide the nation and worsen its political crisis.The African Union, EU and United Nations say they …
 
One-third of the Himalayas' glaciers are forecast to disappear by the end of this century, threatening the supply of water to nearly two billion people across South Asia.Disturbing signs of what can happen when people are unable to get enough water are emerging in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi. For many residents, the taps are already running dr…
 
It’s been the United States' longest running war, but now it looks set to end.President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September the 11th this year.That's exactly 20 years after the invasion was ordered by then-president George W.Bush, following the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.The planned withdrawal wi…
 
Iran's Foreign Minister says it was sabotage.And Israeli media outlets are quoting unnamed intelligence sources saying Israel's Mossad spy service was behind it.The incident came the day after advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment were unveiled.But also as the Iranians are about to re-engage in indirect talks with the U.S. to revive the 2015 …
 
Imagine being able to control your smartphone with your mind...or type using thought instead of fingers.Tesla's CEO Elon Musk says that could soon become a reality particularly for people with paralysis.His brain-chip startup Neuralink has just enabled a monkey to play a videogame by thinking.They did it by embedding two chips on each side of the a…
 
The 1998 Good Friday Agreement brought peace to Northern Ireland.But the issues that divided the region haven't gone away.And now, in the aftermath of the UK's departure from the EU - the situation has got worse and threatens to derail that agreement.Pro-British loyalists say, the post-Brexit trade agreements threaten Northern Ireland's place in th…
 
This week, we are veering out of the mainstream and looking at journalism that broke the rules, pushed boundaries and, in some cases, redefined them.We explore the work and the legacy of three such innovators: Tom Wolfe, Ghassan Kanafani and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their journalism defied convention and categorisation and continues to inspire peopl…
 
This week, we are veering out of the mainstream and looking at journalism that broke the rules, pushed boundaries and, in some cases, redefined them.We explore the work and the legacy of three such innovators: Tom Wolfe, Ghassan Kanafani and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their journalism defied convention and categorisation and continues to inspire peopl…
 
BioNTech, Moderna and CureVac are among a small cluster of companies behind the breakout technology powering COVID-19 vaccines.Analyst Jameel Ahmad steers us through what's what, whether Big Pharma might have missed a trick, and whether you should invest in these companies.Plus, Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan takes a look at controversial plans to o…
 
Amina Mohammed has risen from humble beginnings in Nigeria to become the most powerful woman in the United Nations. For more than 30 years, she has worked hard to shine a light on the developmental challenges facing our world – particularly women.At a time when there are concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out the progress made towards g…
 
Mozambique has a seen a rise in attacks across its northern region in recent months.Dozens of people were killed when ISIL-linked fighters raided a hotel in the northern town of Palma last month.And now, it's emerged that 12 of the victims - possibly foreigners - were beheaded during that siege.The attack prompted southern African leaders to hold e…
 
This week on UpFront Marc Lamont Hill challenges Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations Zoltan Kovacs on the erosion of democratic standards under nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.And in the Arena, Barbara Ransby, a professor of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Jared Ba…
 
Many countries have been relying on the Astrazeneca vaccine to get them out of the coronavirus pandemic.But there have been problems from supply to side effects.Now, European regulators say the vaccine can, in rare cases, cause blood clots.The UK is to offer alternative jabs to young people, who appear to be more at risk.But both the UK and the EU …
 
In Japan, sumo is more than just a sport. It is akin to a religion, with its stars hailed as demigods.But it’s a world closed to outsiders, one where professional athletes live together 24 hours a day, women are considered unclean, and scandals are covered up.Young wrestlers spend their days in intense training, punctuated by consuming mountains of…
 
Poland is widely regarded as Europe's most socially conservative country, so it is not especially surprising that its current right-wing government and its Catholic Church enjoy a mutually supportive relationship based around shared values.But critics say this concord has become increasingly toxic in recent years; that in the interests of advancing…
 
For more than 20 years he's been the most powerful man in Russia.And this week, President Vladimir Putin made sure he could retain that position for another 15 years.With the signing of a new law, he can now run for another two six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024.It would make him Russia's longest ruling leader, surpassing Joseph Sta…
 
Following the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, international courts sought to bring justice to the victims of war crimes.While many cases were taken on by the International Tribunal at The Hague, other local authorities and courts also convicted people, often along partisan and ethnic lines.This may be what happened to Mirko Graorac, a Serbian traffic p…
 
The dispute's been going on for months about who should take the first step towards reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.Now the U.S. and Iran are engaged in indirect talks in Vienna, while representatives from six other signatories of the agreement - China, Russia, Germany, France, the UK and the EU - hold meetings.The U.S. and Iran delegations will be …
 
It may seem safe enough to post your phone number and date of birth on social media.But that information could end up being shared all over the web.The personal details of more than half a billion Facebook users were posted online on a website for hackers.According to the Insider publication the security breach affects people from 106 countries inc…
 
Europe saw a downturn in COVID-19 cases at the beginning of this year.But now infections are soaring in the majority of countries, with more than 1.6 million cases recorded last weekThe World Health Organization says the rapid surge is worrying.And it's warned what it calls the continent's 'unacceptedly slow' rollout of vaccines could prolong the p…
 
Ireland is one of Europe's economic success stories, ranking amongst the world's wealthiest countries.Now, the Irish government is looking to play a more prominent diplomatic role on the world stage. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney even travelled to Tehran recently to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, aiming to make Ireland a m…
 
Efforts to resolve the long-running war in Eastern Ukraine have all so far failed.There have been ceasefires, and then, almost inevitably, violations of ceasefires.But a major flare up in fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops is now threatening to escalate the conflict beyond anything we've seen so far.Russia is reportedl…
 
Facing scrutiny over working conditions and a union’s drive to get employees organised, Amazon’s PR pushback seems to be doing more harm than good.Contributors:Ken Klippenstein - Reporter, The InterceptJonathan Capriel - Writer, Washington Business JournalAlex Press - Writer, Jacobin MagazineJames Bloodworth - Author, Hired: Six Months Undercover i…
 
Facing scrutiny over working conditions and a union’s drive to get employees organised, Amazon’s PR pushback seems to be doing more harm than good.Contributors:Ken Klippenstein - Reporter, The InterceptJonathan Capriel - Writer, Washington Business JournalAlex Press - Writer, Jacobin MagazineJames Bloodworth - Author, Hired: Six Months Undercover i…
 
As the country's death toll from the pandemic inched towards 300,000 last month, President Jair Bolsonaro told Brazilians to stop "whining" and move on.Anger over his handling of the pandemic is growing, with Brazil recording the second-highest death toll after the United States.But with the criticism of bankers and billionaires ringing in his ears…
 
U.S. President has ordered the Pentagon to remove some military assets and forces from the Gulf, according to the Wall Street Journal.At least three Patriot anti-missile batteries have reportedly been withdrawn.Joe Biden has pledged to recalibrate U.S.-Saudi ties since taking office, including freezing the sale of some weapons Riyadh uses in the wa…
 
Fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian and Eritrean forces has left thousands dead and forced more than 600,000 to flee to neighbouring Sudan.This week on UpFront we ask Getachew Reda, Executive Committee member of the TPLF, about the conflict and whether the group’s ultimate goal is a…
 
Italy has expelled two Russians after police in Rome said an Italian Naval Officer was caught selling classified documents to a Russian envoy.The accusations are the latest in a number of recent charges of espionage against Russia.The stolen documents reportedly include top secret information from NATO and the Italian military.Moscow says it's unaw…
 
At 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles), the Nile is Africa’s longest river. But a mega project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, has triggered a major dispute in the region.While Addis Ababa says the dam is crucial to its economic development, Cairo calls it an existential threat. And Khartoum fears the project will increase the risk of flooding and…
 
From regulating the length of students' hair to what they wear and how they behave, Thailand’s schools have long been a place where one must abide by strict rules. In some schools, the power imbalance between students and teachers has left children exposed to abuse, bullying and humiliating punishments.Now, after security camera footage emerged of …
 
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