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December 11, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Future Is African

Projections show that by 2050, Africa’s population will double. By 2100, one in three people on Earth will be African. This means that, by the end of the century, sub-Saharan Africa—which already has…

Podcast Sudanese children walk on a street on July 6, 2016 in eastern Khartoum

November 5, 2020

Election 2020
U.S. Ballot Counting Continues, WTO Selects Director General, and More

The world awaits the results of the close U.S. presidential election, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scheduled to select a new director general, and Myanmar holds fraught elections.

Podcast County employee opens mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections.

October 15, 2020

U.S. Congress
U.S. Senate Votes on COVID-19 Relief Bill, Bolivia’s General Election, and More

The U.S. Senate votes on a COVID-19 relief bill; Bolivians head to the polls for a twice-postponed general election; and New Zealand, considered to have one of the most successful pandemic responses,…

Podcast Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrive to watch the casket with the remains of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) being carried from the U.S. Capitol building, in Washington.

October 22, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Health Summit, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum, and More

The World Health Summit 2020 takes place virtually, Chileans vote in a constitutional referendum amid protests, and Tanzania holds a general election.

Podcast emonstrators display compositions made with pictures of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (L) and late dictator Augusto Pinochet, during a march in Santiago, on the sixth straight day of street violence which erupted over a now suspended hike in metro ticket prices.

August 27, 2020

Climate Change
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over th…

Podcast Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state.

September 17, 2020

Greece
EU Leaders Talk Greece-Turkey Tensions, Italy’s Referendum and Elections, and More

European leaders hold a summit on tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean, Italians prepare to head to the polls for a national referendum and regional elections, and the sports world…

Podcast Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis gestures during a news conference with European Council President Charles Michel.

September 10, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More

The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China h…

Podcast Protesters oppose the integration of Belarus and Russia and consider that sign a new agreement of deepening integration can lead to Belarus losing its independence. Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet and talk about road maps for the integration of the two countries taking place in Russia.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United St…

Podcast A woman washes dishes in a kitchen

May 20, 2020

China
Exporting Authoritarianism

China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China als…

Podcast Chinese president Xi Jinping greets crowd alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete