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Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election shocked many across the United States. But many Eastern Europeans had seen behavior like this before. The 2020 election is quickly approaching, and Russian trolls are once again slyly spreading disinformation. We’re looking abroad to understand how and why Russia meddles, and best practices for safeguarding against it.In this episode:Agnieszka Legucka (@ALegucka), senior research fellow on Russia at The Polish Institute of International Affairs (@PISM_Poland).Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
Iranians were already dealing with a currency crisis and another wave of coronavirus when the US announced an additional round of sanctions earlier this month, the latest in the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign.What do the Iranians living under Trump’s sanctions think about the US elections? And how long can they expect those sanctions to last?In this episode:Dorsa Jabbari (@DorsaJabbari), Al Jazeera journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Fighting in the tiny, sliver of land known as Nagorno-Karabakh is once again bringing the world's superpowers together to engage in what may escalate to full-scale war. What is the endgame for Armenia and Azerbaijan, and what role could Turkey, Russia, the US and France play in bringing resolution to the decades-long conflict?In this episode:Bernard Smith (@JazeeraBernard), Al Jazeera journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
The 2020 vote will have the fewest international observers of any US election, despite having some of the biggest-ever concerns about the integrity of the vote: court disputes over mail-in ballots, loosened restrictions on voter intimidation, and an administration that's left the public guessing on whether it will commit to a peaceful transfer of power.So what is the role of international observers in the US, and why is it different from many of the countries the US itself observes?In this episode:Avery Davis-Roberts, associate director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center; Al Jazeera journalist, Alan Fisher; and Jasmeet Sidhu, senior researcher with the End Gun Violence campaign at Amnesty International.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
As the November 3 election approaches, we’re hearing from a diverse group of voters who could help determine the next US president. Though Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and evangelical Christians all represent different percentages of the electorate, each could be a deciding factor in determining the future of the United States.In this episode:Mohamed Gula, Muslim community organizer; Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis), president and CEO of GLAAD; and Pastor Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) of First Baptist Dallas and host of Pathway To Victory.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
A month after Greece’s notoriously unsafe Moria refugee camp burned down, authorities have begun the long process of restarting asylum seekers’ applications. When thousands of people were displaced in September, it gave new urgency to the EU’s plan to break the deadlock on the migration crisis. We hear from asylum seekers and locals about how this round of displacement has affected their lives.In this episode:Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker), Al Jazeera journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Portugal’s antiracist movement had its largest protest in recent memory after George Floyd was killed by US police. The protest wasn’t only about an injustice an ocean away, but part of an ongoing struggle in a country that looks back fondly on its colonial past. What’s behind Portugal’s rosy view of history, and how does that affect Black activists fighting for their rights today?In this episode:Cristina Roldão, a sociologist and activist, and Helena Vicente (@helenavicente__), a researcher and activist with Grupo EduCAR (@grp.educar).Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
A flurry of condemnations, proposed sanctions and cancelled arms deals against Saudi Arabia followed Jamal Khashoggi’s death on October 2, 2018. But in the two years since, most countries have resumed normal relations with the kingdom. Days after the second anniversary of the journalist's murder, we’re exploring Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s rise to power in the country, and on the global stage.In this episode:Bradley Hope (@Bradleyhope) and Justin Scheck (@ScheckWSJ), the co-authors of Blood and Oil: Mohammad Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global PowerFor more:MBS: Why the world may be stuck with the ‘CEO of Saudi Inc’Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
One of the last of his generation, Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah died this week at the age of 91. The ruler of 14 years leaves the Gulf region without one of its leading advocates for peace. What does this mean for the region, and the future of Kuwait?In this episode:Dr. Bader Al-Saif (@bmalsaif), an assistant professor of history at Kuwait University, and a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Middle East CenterConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
With the US election kicking off in earnest with the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump has focused much of his campaign rhetoric on mask-wearing, window-breaking Antifa as a new American enemy. But as long as fascism has existed, so too has the antifascist movement. So where did this misconception of Antifa as a shadowy cabal of leftists come from, and what is Antifa in reality?In this episode:Natasha Lennard (@natashalennard), a columnist at The Intercept, and the author of Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicated in 2014 to protect the crown after a major scandal. But last March brought news of an even bigger one: He and his son, current King Felipe VI, were the beneficiaries of millions placed in private accounts in Switzerland, allegedly from Saudi Arabia. How did Juan Carlos, once considered a hero, become toxic to the Royal House of Spain?In this episode:Journalist and writer Ana Romero (@AnaRomeroGalan); investigative journalist Álvaro de Cózar, co-creator of the podcast XREY. Special thanks to Borja Echevarría (@borjaechevarria).Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
A first-of-its-kind sanctuary for formerly captive dolphins is underway in Greece, nestled off the island of Lipsi. As construction of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary is ongoing, pressure is mounting to house dolphins coming in from closing aquatic parks, and the team of scientists are racing to get the space up and running.In this episode:Anastasia Miliou (@AnastasiaMiliou), head scientist at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece. Patrice Hostetter, marine mammal researcher at the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Watch the documentary Women Make Science: Greece's Dolphin Sanctuary here.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
By some estimates, 2020 has seen the largest protest movement in US history, with demonstrations all over the country condemning the killings of Black people by police and demanding change. At the center of it all are the many cases that had gone largely unnoticed. Al Jazeera's award-winning documentary show Faultlines got in touch with one woman whose son, Marqueese Alston, was killed by Washington, D.C. police in 2018. Activists say her fight for justice shows exactly why police reforms don't work — and why abolition would.In this episode: Kavitha Chekuru (@KaviChek), a senior producer on Al Jazeera's award-winning documentary show Faultlines; Alex Vitale (@avitale), author of The End of Policing. You can watch the Faultlines documentary on Marqueese Alston's killing and the ongoing protest movement at aje.io/PoliceProtests.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
In most of the world, you can't be prosecuted as the head of state. But what about when you're no longer in office? With an election looming and facing a slew of legal challenges, US president Donald Trump may soon find out. Malaysia's Prime Minister was recently found guilty and could face 12 years in prison. Omar al Bashir, the former President of Sudan, may get the death penalty. What happens to the rule of law when the head of state doesn't follow it?In this episode:Conor Shaw (@ConorMarcusShaw), senior policy and litigation fellow at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (@CREWcrew); Zunar (@zunarkartunis), political cartoonist and author of Kartun Anti Racism; Hiba Morgan (@hiba_morgan), Al Jazeera English Correspondent covering Sudan and South Sudan.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Born to a Nigerian father and a Finnish mother, author Minna Salami’s multicultural and multiracial identity is the foundation of her worldview. We talked to her about why she thinks Black feminist ideology is a practical approach to life for all — and a place from which to engage with ongoing civil unrest.In this episode: Minna Salami (@MsAfropolitan), writer, feminist theorist and lecturer.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Joe Biden kept his promise: The Democratic nominee for US President picked a woman as his running mate. Kamala Harris is a senator and the daughter of South Asian and Black immigrants. Now that we know she's on the ticket, we're revisiting an episode exploring the power of Black women voters — one of the most important slices of the American electorate in deciding who takes the White House.In this episode:Imaeyen Ibanga (@iiwrites), presenter and reporter for AJ+; Glynda Carr (@glyndacarr) president and CEO of Higher Heights for America.For more:Can Black Voters Swing The 2020 Election?US Veepstakes: Joe Biden narrows list of potential running matesConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can manifest itself in different ways, but for many, it includes unshakeable fears about contamination or germs. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and life gets much more difficult for the estimated two percent of the population with OCD. So how are they coping?In this episode: Jason Adam Katzenstein (@JasonAdamK and @j.a.k._), contributor to The New Yorker and Current Affairs, editor at The Brick House Cooperative; Dr. Christine Purdon (@Freudulant), Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo; guest host Mohammed Jamjoom (@MIJamjoom,@mohammedjamjoom)Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
It's been three years since Myanmar’s military launched a brutal crackdown on the Rohingya ethnic minority in Rakhine State. Close to 800,000 Rohingya fled to southern Bangladesh to escape the mass killing, rape and arson. As refugees, they've continued to suffer — especially the women among them. But now many are demanding justice.In this episode:Rohingya activist Yasmin Ullah (@YasminJUllah)Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
The Lebanese are having to marshal the strength it takes to rebuild — again. No one could have prepared the country for the August 4 explosion at Beirut's port, which killed 190 people, injured thousands, and left some 300,000 homeless. The city is coming together to get through it, but many say they're tired of being called upon to be a resilient nation.In this episode:Guest host Mohammed Jamjoom (@MIJamjoom, @mohammedjamjoom); Kamal Mouzawak (@kamalmouzawak); Rana Salam (@ranasalam); Emilie Madi (@emilimadiphotographer).Here are some places to donate to help people in Beirut: The Lebanese Red Cross, INARA, World Central Kitchen, and the fundraiser for Kamal Mouzawak's restaurant. For more: Beirut explosion multiplies Lebanon’s crisesConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
The plane has landed. The first flight from Tel Aviv touched ground in Dubai, and US President Donald Trump declared a deal for peace and prosperity between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.But many have expressed anger and disappointment, with some saying Arab nations and Israel are uniting against Palestinians, leaving many disappointed.In this episode:Ali Harb, (@Harbpeace), Washington, DC-based writer of US foreign policy and Arab-American issues.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
If the latest trailer is any indication, next year’s “The Batman” movie will be the most brutal and gritty film in the franchise’s history. At a time when people around the world are protesting against police brutality and advocating for criminal justice reform, we’re debating — when the people take on the police, whose side would Batman take?In this episode:Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) writer, analyst, and investigative journalist; Sean Kelly (@StorySlug), a freelance writer in St. Louis, MissouriConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
If there were to be an armed showdown between NATO and Russia, one of the most likely locations would be Lithuania. It’s something many Lithuanians dread, particularly those who remember the days when the country was under Russian control. Now with unrest in neighboring Belarus, this geopolitical tinderbox is heating up. If Russia were to invade the Baltics, NATO would have to respond — and the repercussions would shake the world.In this episode: Colonel Éric LaForest; Valdas Rakutis, a Lithuanian historian; and Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) writer, analyst, and investigative journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a young mother from Belarus, is hoping to take control of the country after 26 years of Aleksandr Lukashenko’s rule. Hundreds of thousands are supporting her — but Lukashenko, the “Father of Belarus,” is backed by Russian tanks.The ripple effects of this historic battle for Belarus have the potential to reverberate around the world.In this episode:Step Vaessen (@stepvaessen), Al Jazeera journalist in Moscow.For more:Belarus: Europe's last dictatorshipConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
Emmett Till was beaten, shot, and drowned in a river in Mississippi on August 28, 1955. His killing spurred the civil rights movement and inspired events like the historic 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his "Dream" for the country. At the tail end of a summer that’s been dominated by conversations about white supremacy and police brutality, we’re looking back at Emmett’s life and death, and the unresolved investigation into his killing.In this episode:Deborah Watts, Emmett Till’s cousin, and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation.For more:The American police shooting you haven’t heard aboutThe US movement to abolish the policeVoices from the US protestsConnect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
The 2020 election is expected to be the biggest vote by mail in US history, and concerns over changes at the US Postal Service are mounting at a time when many people are seeing delays in their mail for the first time ever. As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their case for the presidency, Americans are trying to figure out how to vote on November 3. So what does this mean for voters’ ballots?In this episode:Christopher Shaw (@chris_w_shaw), historian and author.For more:Check out Christopher's book, "Preserving the People's Post Office."Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
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Oct 12th, 2018
Latest Episode
Oct 21st, 2020
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