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Inside Story

Al Jazeera English
30 episodes
Al Jazeera journalists and guests dissect and discuss the day’s top story.

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Is the break-up of the UK inevitable? | Inside Story

A parliamentary election victory has emboldened Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon to push ahead with a referendum on ending its union with the UK. Her Scottish National Party has won the elections for a fourth consecutive time. And combined with other pro-independence candidates, Sturgeon has a majority i…

What is behind the disagreement over COVID-19 vaccine waiver?

Almost everyone agrees one way to beat the pandemic is to increase global vaccine production. But world leaders differ on how to give more access to poor nations that lack doses The US has supported suspending intellectual property rights on vaccines That could allow developing nations to acquire …

What can stop Palestinians being evicted from Sheikh Jarrah? | Inside Story

Although Sheikh Jarrah makes up just a tiny part of Occupied East Jerusalem, the area is a major source of tension between Palestinians and Israelis. A recent order to evict Palestinian families has triggered days of violent protests. On Friday, more than 200 people were injured when security for…

Who will keep Afghanistan safe as foreign troops leave? | Inside Story

U.S. and NATO soldiers have started leaving Afghanistan over the past week. President Joe Biden promised all troops will be gone by September 11, 20 years after the 9/11 attacks that triggered the fight against the Taliban. But as they go, the Taliban isn't letting up. And Afghans who've helped for…

Will military action stop violence in eastern DR Congo? | Inside Story

For years, armed groups have instilled fear in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds have been killed, and millions are diplaced in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The president has instructed the army to take charge of the two regions for a month. Soldiers have been given broad pow…

Is it time's up for Israel's Prime Minister? | Inside Story

Two years and four elections later, Israel is still no closer to having a government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed a deadline to form a coalition by midnight on Tuesday. His opponents now have a chance to end the run of Israel's longest-serving leader. Netanyahu's allies say they wou…

Can digital diplomacy be an alternative? | Inside Story

Face-to-face meetings are said to be the best way to bring together conflicting parties. But during the past year and a bit, the global coronavirus pandemic changed all that. Social distancing measures, and health and travel restrictions forced world leaders to switch to virtual talks. And diploma…

How can reliable news be accessed? | Inside Story

Attacks on journalists are on the rise and becoming more obvious around the world. The International Press Institute or IPI has recorded 635 violations globally and says at least 49 journalists were killed in the past year. The main offenders are authoritarian leaders who are increasingly emboldene…

Will Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan go to a full-scale war? | Inside Story

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have been in dispute over land and water resources for more than three decades. But that's recently escalated into the heaviest fighting in years. At least 40 people were killed in the cross-border shelling, and thousands evacuated. The fighting broke out on Wednesday ne…

Is stability in Chad at risk? | Inside Story

Tensions have been high in Chad since the sudden death of President Idriss Deby nearly two weeks ago. Deby's son was immediately announced as his successor, and a military council set up. That move's rejected by the opposition. And it's since led to more division Civil society groups in Chad are ca…

What's next for Russia's opposition movement? | Inside Story

Russian opposition leader, dissident, Kremlin critic ... Alexei Navalny has many titles. Some see him as one of the few people who can unite opponents against President Vladimir Putin. But nowadays, he's limited to speaking his mind in court or in jail. His allies are disbanding as a Moscow prosecu…

Is Somalia on the brink of a new conflict? | Inside Story

Somalia's president has backed down from extending his term by two years. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has called for preparations to hold delayed elections. But he and his opponents haven't been able to agree on how that vote should go ahead. Rival factions have been fighting in the capital, Moga…

Will India's COVID-19 crisis spell disaster for the world? | Inside Story

India's COVID-19 emergency has reached critical levels. It has recorded more than 300,000 new infections every day for a week. Hospitals are out of beds and oxygen, and crematoriums don't have space for the dead. And India, which has been exporting COVID-19 vaccines, is now forced to import jabs…

Will Israel be held accountable for 'apartheid' of Palestinians? | Inside Story

'Apartheid' was first used in South Africa to describe the segregation and oppression of people based on their race. Human Rights Watch says that's exactly what's happening in Israel. It accuses the government of enforcing policies to maintain its dominance over Palestinians. Israel has dismissed s…

What's fueling the rise in global military expenditure? | Inside Story

Some may think governments facing a global pandemic won't be tempted to spend much on buying weapons. But, despite the economic impact of COVID-19, military spending reached nearly $2 trillion last year. That's according to a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It's an…

Is the US-Turkey relationship at risk of falling apart? | Inside Story

The U.S. had long avoided formally recognising the 1915 mass killings of Armenians as a genocide. Now, President Joe Biden has become the first American leader to do just that. The move has caused anger in Turkey. Where the government disputes the number of Armenians killed during the end of the Ot…

Can ASEAN help end the crisis in Myanmar? | Inside Story

Myanmar's junta's leader has accepted a proposal to stop the violence against civilians. It came after Southeast Asian leaders met General Min Aung Hlaing during emergency talks in Jarkata, with Malaysia's Prime Minister describing it as 'a success that went beyond expectations'. The meeting held b…

The EU is to take legal action against British-Swedish firm | Inside Story

The EU is the biggest exporter of coronavirus vaccines, yet within its borders its inoculation campaigns have been disappointing. Major member states like Germany, France and Italy are struggling to cope with another wave of infections, while vaccination drives continue to be hit by delivery delays…

Will the death of Chad's president create a security vacuum? | Inside Story

The death of Chad's president is throwing the country and its neighbours into disarray. Although Idriss Deby led with an authoritarian grip for 30 years, western nations saw him as a crucial ally. Deby was killed near the northern border with Libya while leading troops battling a rebel group. The m…

Why are Europe's top football clubs forming a new 'Super League'? | Inside Story

European football clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid are global phenomenons, drawing big-name stars and millions of followers. They're among 12 elite teams who have announced a breakaway competition of their own, the European Super League. Many fans and the sport's governing bodies reacte…

Can India control record-breaking COVID-19 infections?

India declared an endgame to the pandemic just a month ago. Now it is recording nearly 300,000 new COVID-19 cases every day. Hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen. India, the world's largest vaccine maker, is limiting exports of jabs to the UN-backed COVAX scheme for developing nations. Wha…

Will Russia attack Ukraine?

Concerns are growing of a possible war between Russia and Ukraine. The two have been in dispute since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists fighting government troops in Eastern Ukraine. Kiev has expelled a Russian diplomat in response to a similar move by Moscow. And Russian Pres…

A new era in Cuba? | Inside Story

For the first time in 60 years, Cuba will not have a Castro at the helm. 89-year-old Raul Castro is relinquishing his position as head of the Communist Party. He says he wants to pass the baton to a younger generation. Raul and his late brother Fidel began their leadership of Cuba after the Communi…

Will U.S. sanctions work against Russia? | Inside Story

The White House says the measures are a retaliation against a major Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, election interference and other hostile acts. Biden insists the U.S. is not looking to kick off a cycle of conflicts with Russia, but wants a 'stable and predictable' r…

Why has Somalia's president extended his mandate? | Inside Story

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 cr…

How will US troop withdrawal affect Afghanistan? | Inside Story

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…

How will Iran respond to the Natanz nuclear site incident? | Inside Story

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-enga…

Will brain-computer interfaces transform human lives? | Inside Story

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. …

Is peace at risk in Northern Ireland? | Inside Story

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 tr…

Is ISIL gaining a foothold in southern Africa? | Inside Story

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. …