Global Journalist Hosted by Jason McLure, Global Journalist features journalists discussing under-covered international news and human rights issues.
Global Journalist

Global Journalist


Hosted by Jason McLure, Global Journalist features journalists discussing under-covered international news and human rights issues.

Most Recent Episodes

Global Journalist: India's Toilet Boom

The the practice of outdoor defecation is a major cause of diarrheal diseases that kill about 2,200 children a day - more than die from HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis combined As of 2015, an estimated 900 million people relieved themselves outside, according to the UN. More than half of them – around a half billion people – were in India. In response, the Indian government launched what Bloomberg News called "the largest toilet-building campaign in human history." According to government

Global Journalist: Tanzania's Crackdown on Media, Gay Rights

Over the past two years, Tanzania's President John Magufuli has led what critics say is a broad assault on human rights, including freedom of expression. His government has suspended the publication of newspapers that criticized him and attempted to silence critical bloggers and members of the opposition. It's even detained and interrogated researchers from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Also targeted: members of the East African nation's LGBT community, who have faced criminal

Global Journalist: The Problem of Child Soldiers

Thousands of children have been used as soldiers in at least 18 countries around the world in the past two years. For the children who survive, the trauma of war can have long-lasting impacts. On this edition of Global Journalist, we're going to hear about how two aid groups are trying to address this issue in South Sudan and Uganda. We'll also hear from two ex-child soldiers about how the trauma of fighting in wars shaped their lives.

Global Journalist: War in Space

Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a "Space Force." The White House's effort comes in response to advances by China, Russia and other countries in space. It also raises the question as to whether or not the move might accelerate the militarization of space. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how militaries have and could operate outside our atmosphere - and what that may mean for the future of

Global Journalist: Starving Yemen

The struggling nation of Yemen is on the brink of what could become the worst famine the world has seen in decades. The country's economy has collapsed amid a three-year-old war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. About 8.4 million are what the UN calls "severely food insecure" and at risk of starvation. To make matters worse, it's increasingly clear that the humanitarian disaster in Yemen isn't an unintended side effect of the war - but a deliberate effort to starve the population.

Global Journalist: Child Marriage in Southeast Asia

In late October, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive to state officials: raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen years old. The move came after a huge public outcry earlier this year after a 41-year-old Malay man married an 11-year-old Thai girl named Ayu. The man, Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid, was a successful rubber trader. Ayu, who became his third wife, was the daughter of an employee who worked for a family business. The case has highlighted the issue of

Global Journalist: Island Nations Confront Climate Change

Climate change has brought more intense storms and worsening "king tides" that flood through homes and gardens in the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Even more critically, the encroaching seas are threatening the country's dwindling supplies of freshwater. Island nations like Kiribati have been among those most damaged already by climate change - and their situation is likely to grow worse. Nearly all of these emissions, of course, are generated in large countries thousands of miles

Global Journalist: Japan, U.S. Face Legacies of Forced Sterilization

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at eugenics laws and forcible sterilization in both Japan and the U.S. – two countries with a surprisingly recent legacy of sterilizing people against their will. In Japan, a postwar eugenics law in force until 1996 cleared the way for the government to sterilize 25,000 people deemed unfit to reproduce. In the U.S., 32 states passed laws allowing authorities to sterilize people without their consent - and as many as 60,000 people were forcibly

Global Journalist: Gender Quotas on the March

Christine Blasey Ford was 100 percent certain Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh was 100 percent certain he didn't. But one figure that jumped out during Kavanaugh's recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings was this: 23 percent. That's the percentage of women in the U.S. Senate, the body that voted to narrowly confirm him. Indeed the U.S. ranks 103 rd in the world in the share of women in national legislatures – behind countries like Saudi Arabia,

Global Journalist: Impunity in Myanmar

Just over a year ago Myanmar security forces were wrapping up a massive offensive against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority. In a matter of weeks, more than 720,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in what the head of Myanmar's military called a "clearance operation" in the country's Rakhine State. A recent U.N. report has shed new light on what happened in Myanmar, and accused the military of murder, mass rape and torture. It also called for several of Myanmar's top

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