9 Like 5 Dislike
At #AlJazeeraEnglish, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless'. Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world's most respected news and current affairs channels. Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ #AlJazeeraEnglish #BreakingNews
Ecuador, like other Latin American countries, faces many challenges including poverty, migration and corruption. Ecuadorians trusted Lenin Moreno to be the man who would meet those challenges and make their country a better place. He became President in 2017 after Rafael Correa had governed for 10 years. Correa, along with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia, was a self-declared revolutionary; aiming to spread a populist rhetoric in the continent and beyond. But he was accused of authoritarianism, media censorship, and corruption… And eventually Ecuadorians voted for change. Lenin Moreno promised more centrist policies, “giving the right hand to all honest businessmen” willing to help boost the country’s economy and “the left hand to the people” who need better social welfare. But with almost a quarter of all Ecuadorians classified as poor, and almost one in 10 living in extreme poverty on less than 50 Dollars a month…Is Moreno managing to make a difference? We’ll find out more as President Moreno discusses his hopes for Ecuador and the region. We will also discuss the controversial case of Julian Assange - the WikiLeaks founder who has spent the past five years living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Is he a criminal or hero? Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador, talks to Al Jazeera.
Overrun by African criminal gangs, its streets filled with violence, terror and menace - that's how some local media and politicians are depicting the Australian city of Melbourne. For more than two years, there have been reports that Melbourne is in the grip of a crime wave, with the finger of blame pointed directly at African street gangs. "We need to call it for what it is. Of course, this is African gang violence ... people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night-time because they're followed home by these gangs," said Peter Dutton, Federal Home Affairs Minister. Images of brawling Sudanese teens and hooded armed robbers have spread terror and stoked a growing anger towards those "of African appearance". "They do all these criminal acts and you see on the news that they get away with it. Why do they get away with it?" says one resident. It's generating heated debate and social tensions - police are being accused of political correctness and inaction while the Sudanese community feels under siege. "You get stared at. Imagine someone's looking through you or looking ... someone's eyes are just burning into the side of your head. That's what it feels like," says a young Sudanese man. But how accurate is the so-called "threat"? 101 East investigates the claims and counterclaims to unearth the truth behind the headlines of Australia's African crime wave.
Seven years after the uprising, Libya remains in chaos. In the absence of a unified central government controlling the entire country, rival militias still pose a major security threat to its stability. #Libya #CivilWar
On The Listening Post this week: An NBC News reporter's resignation letter excoriates US media coverage of foreign policy and national security issues. Plus, conspiracy theories and the media. William Arkin: An insider's critique of the US media When William Arkin, a veteran national security reporter with NBC and MSNBC, wrote his resignation email last week, he shared it with his colleagues. It was then leaked to other news outlets. Among Arkin's criticisms of his former employer that by incessantly covering the presidency of Donald Trump, the network is being held hostage by Trump; that in its reflexively anti-Trump coverage, it has become even more promilitary; that NBC and MSNBC are now captives of the security state. But American news consumers are tuning in to MSNBC, and its anti-Trump agenda, in record numbers. Armed with those kinds of ratings, what corporate-owned news channel would risk alienating its shareholders by changing tack? Contributors Eric Alterman - Columnist, The Nation William Arkin - Former defence reporter, NBC News Anoa Changa - Host, The Way with Anoa Aaron Mate - Journalist Cenk Uygur - Creator & host, The Young Turks On our radar Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Johanna Hoes about a Nigerian military raid on the offices of one of the largest newspapers in the country; and the CBS 60 Minutes' interview with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi that Egyptian media pretended did not happen. Conspiracy theories and the media Conspiracy theories are a growth industry and can affect politics. Last year, one such theory may have helped reelect Hungarian President Viktor Orban. And Donald Trump peddled a few of them on his way to the White House. The thing about conspiracy theories is that journalists don't really know how to cope with them. Debunking them fails to convince those who believe the media are lying to them. And the exposure that comes with countering them introduces people to conspiracies they had never heard of before. The Listening Post's Will Yong looks at conspiracy theories, the media and the consequences they can have in the real world. Contributors Travis View - Co-Host, QAnon Anonymous Podcast Kelly Weill - Reporter, The Daily Beast Shannon McGregor - Communications Professor, University of Utah More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Development is a challenge for many countries facing crises.
More than 135 million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and at least $25bn is required to meet those challenges.
According to the United Nations (UN), conflict is the main driver of humanitarian needs, followed by natural disasters.
Achim Steiner was appointed the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in June 2017. The organisation was established in 1965 and works alongside UN member states to find solutions to the world's pressing problems.
This includes the conflict in Yemen, which has left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid as of March 2018.
"What we are witnessing there is a catastrophe, first and above all for the people of Yemen, but it is also a catastrophe in developmental terms," Steiner tells Al Jazeera. "This country is losing decades of the advancements that it had made on top of which we have the humanitarian emergencies."
The UNDP warned the international community about Yemen years ago; it had shown typical predictors of crisis, including citizens' loss of confidence in the government or in the ability to trust other interest groups in the country. "And into that void ... then come geographical, geopolitical interests from outside."
Asked about Libya, the oil-rich nation that's been mired in conflict since the 2011 Arab uprisings and the subsequent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Steiner says: "Libya post-Gaddafi was a political vacuum ... The government system of Libya has imploded. Unfortunately, some people are making a lot of money in that vacuum and therefore have little interest in allowing a national governance structure and a democratic process to be established."
"We cannot force a nation or its conflicting parties at gunpoint to exercise good governance and the rule of law," Steiner says. "What we are left with is a situation that I think all of us consider fairly disastrous. And into that void, or into that chaotic situation, very often the UN is then asked to step in and perform miracles. It cannot do these miracles, it needs the international community and it needs the domestic parties to be willing to come to the table."
Steiner also commented on the war in Syria, which is now entering its eighth year. While UNDP is operating out of Damascus and working with aid agencies to provide emergency programmes for current and returning residents, he says work is constrained by political tensions that make it impossible to operate throughout the country.
He sees a dilemma; countries are less willing to finance reconstruction before a political solution is found, but they also recognise the need to immediately help people in rebuilding their towns and livelihoods.
"We are trying to help ... but until we have a political settlement, the work that UNDP would do in Syria is essentially very constrained," Steiner says.
Despite global challenges - which also include low development in Burundi, Chad, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Niger, and worsening living conditions in Gaza - Steiner looks to the future "with hope".
According to him, rates of extreme poverty have dropped significantly across the globe, while factors like literacy, life expectancy, and nutrition have improved, so "the story of development over the past 100 years is a story of phenomenal progress and success".
"We are today a generation that is actually in a position to eliminate extreme poverty. It's the first time we can say that in history. Now, will it happen? A lot depends on what a lot of people will do."
He believes that successful development is directly linked to governments investing smartly.
"It is … a matter of political priorities," he says, "and perhaps of asking ourselves how much more money are we going to invest in the illusive notion that militaries guarantee our national security when poverty and destitution and the sense of unfairness have actually been at the heart of virtually every civil strife, conflict, in the last 20 years."
- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish
- Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera
- Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/