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Is the US using aid as a foreign policy tool?

The United States says Pakistan is failing to take action against armed groups, including the Taliban. Washington, which says some of these groups operate within Pakistani borders, wants the government of new Prime Minister Imran Khan to do more. The administration of US President Donald Trump has decided to cancel $300m in military assistance to…
Indonesia: ‘They don’t even know where to start digging’

Indonesia: ‘They don’t even know where to start digging’

Much-needed aid is trickling through to remote communities on Indonesia's ravaged Sulawesi Island for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck last Friday, leaving at least 1,649 dead. When the earthquake hit a village in Sigi district, mud from 15 metres underground came to the surface and started to drag homes and…

Why is Iran backing Syria?

Was the nuclear deal a mistake? Why has Iran continued to back Syria's Bashar al-Assad more than six years into the war? This week, in New York, UpFront's Mehdi Hasan spoke to Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, about the United States exiting the nuclear deal, his country's involvement in…

Can Europe live without the United States?

With friends like Donald Trump, who needs enemies? That was the reaction from European Council Chief Donald Tusk when the US president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. EU leaders want to save the nuclear deal - and with it multi-billion dollar business contracts.  But European companies are bowing to US demands…

Why are US prisoners going on strike?

Inmates in prisons across the United States are preparing to take part in a national protest aimed at bringing urgent reform to a system they say abuses and exploits them. The National Prisoners Strike kicks off on August 21 and is expected to run for 20 days. The strike is being led by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak,…

Is the far-right shaping the EU’s migration policy?

It's an issue that has divided Europe for years - illegal migration. Almost two million people have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea since 2014. This movement towards Europe continues to take a devastating toll on human life. Thousands die during their desperate journeys. Several policies on border control and restrictions have seen a…

What’s behind Uganda’s recent political unrest?

Robert Kyagulanyi, a musician-turned-MP whose arrest prompted protests in Uganda, has been charged with treason. The singer, who goes by the stage name Bobi Wine, has been under military custody since August 14 for allegedly leading a group of people to pelt Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's convoy with stones ahead of a by-election in a northern…

Do reports on atrocities serve any purpose?

Fifty-one people, including 40 children, were killed when the bus was struck on August 9 in Sadaa province. The Saudi-UAE-led coalition now says the attack was "unjusitified" and is promising to hold those responsible to account. But who has the power to hand out punishments for such atrocities in Yemen and elsewhere? Human Rights Watch called the air raid on…
What Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics means for India’s elections

What Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics means for India’s elections

The biggest democracy in the world is due to elect its leader for the next five years in fewer than 100 days. And the race has just become more interesting. On Wednesday, the main Indian opposition Congress party announced that Priyanka Gandhi - the younger sister of party leader Rahul Gandhi and one of the…

US imposes new sanctions on Russian shipping firms

The United States has placed new sanctions on two Russian shipping companies for violating sanctions against North Korea, as well as two individuals over cyber-related activities. And Washington is also likely to impose further sanctions against Russia in the coming days, in relation to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna…
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