Afghan women concerned about resurgent Taliban







Uncertainty surrounding upcoming talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban is raising fears of a collapse of law and order as foreign troops withdraw.
Women’s rights groups, in particular, are worried what will happen if the Taliban regains power.
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from Kabul.

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Speaking up about the coronavirus – but at what cost? | The Listening Post (Full)







On The Listening Post this week: For a moment, China saw public anger and real news reporting about the coronavirus go uncensored. How come? Plus, the sound and fury of India’s news anchors.

Speaking up about the coronavirus – but at what cost?
The death of Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, has caused collective outrage online.

Li was amongst the first to raise the alarm. He was then taken into custody and forced to confess to wrongdoing – spreading rumours – essentially for doing his job.

It is rare for the Chinese to openly criticise the government; rarer still when those criticisms on social media are not instantly deleted by censors.

And for Chinese journalists, there was a temporary window that opened for some hard-hitting investigative reporting. It appears that that window has since been closed – replaced by what Beijing calls 「managed transparency」.

Contributors:

Jane Li -Tech reporter, Quartz

Maria Repnikova – Assistant professor, Georgia State University

Muyi Xiao – Visuals editor, ChinaFile

Liu Xin – Host and journalist, CGTN

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Richard Gizbert speaks to Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, head of the news website Rappler, about President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to shut down ABS-CBN, the country’s leading broadcaster.

Arnab Goswami and the newsification of hate in India
Over the past decade, Indians have witnessed the rise of a new breed of news anchor: brash, aggressive, unapologetically nationalistic.

They trade in conflict, fear and spectacle – it is a formula that tends to pay off in the ratings and online.

The Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi looks closely at a prime practitioner of this news style: Arnab Goswami of Republic TV.

Contributors:

Pragya Tiwari – Delhi-based writer

Kunal Kamra – Comedian

Aditya Raj Kaul – Former senior editor, Republic TV

Manisha Pande – Executive editor, Newslaundry

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Philippines volcano: Evacuees concerned about long-term plans







More than a week after the Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines, about 100,000 people remain in evacuation shelters.
The Philippine government says funds are available for emergency needs. But there is a growing concern for the long-term rehabilitation of those forced to leave their homes.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Batangas province.

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What is the 'deep state' that Trump keeps talking about? | The Bottom Line







The term 「deep state」 usually conjures a secretive illuminati that is the real power behind the curtains – made up of spies, criminals, military leaders and businessmen.

In the world of US President Donald Trump, it has come to mean the civil servants who have been working for the government for years.

They are 「holdovers」 from previous administrations, and they are blocking his agenda and policy reversals. At least, that’s the mantra that he repeats in his campaign rallies nationwide.

But is Trump using this construct as a punching bag to paint himself as an underdog who is fighting the powers that be?

「Deep state」 has become a permanent fixture of the culture wars in the United States, and Trump is using it to energise his base.

So what is the reality of the 「deep state」 in US politics? Join Steve Clemons as he hosts a discussion on the ramifications of the constant presidential rants against government bureaucrats and diplomats.

Guests:

Elaine Kamarck – Director, Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution

Adolfo Franco – Republican strategist and former executive, US Agency for International Development

John Neffinger – Former communications director, Democratic National Committee

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Andy Purdy: Why the US is so concerned about Huawei | Talk To Al Jazeera







It’s the world’s number-one telecom gear supplier and number-two smartphone vendor after South Korea’s Samsung. Huawei’s revenue grew almost 20 percent …



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