Students in Bangladesh call for leadership change as protests against quota system turn violent

Protest

Protests against a job quota system in Bangladesh have turned violent. The World’s host Carolyn Beeler speaks with Samina Luthfa, who teaches sociology at the University of Dhaka, about why people are upset.

Motorcycle taxis are increasingly being driven by women in Uganda

Wall Street Journal reporter sentenced to 16-year prison term in Russia

Ukraine

‘Our community is terrified’: A faith leader talks about what it means to be a Palestinian Christian in the US

Israel-Hamas war

US authorities arrest a former Syrian official in Los Angeles

Conflict & Justice

Millions of Venezuelans living abroad will be unable to vote in upcoming presidential election

Elections

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is under major pressure. The country will hold elections on July 28, and he’s performing badly in the polls. Under his 11-year rule, Venezuela’s economy collapsed, oppression increased and about 20% of the country’s population left. A diaspora of millions of people could have been crucial for the electoral outcome. But as The World’s Tibisay Zea reports, most Venezuelans living abroad were not allowed to register to vote. Some experts suspect that this is a deliberate strategy by the Maduro government to cling to power.

shot of Masha Gessen at a book event in New York

‘I will probably never be able to go home again’: Russian American journalist Masha Gessen on their Moscow court conviction 

Conflict & Justice

A court in Moscow handed Russian American journalist Masha Gessen an eight-year prison term in absentia for criticizing the Russian military. Gessen, who lives in the US and is a columnist for the New York Times, could end up being imprisoned if they travel to a country with an extradition treaty with Russia.

For many across the globe, the US’ ‘beacon’ of democracy dims

US politics

Political violence and increasing polarization in the United States have led much of the world to question what the country represents. Steven Levitsky, author of “Tyranny of the Minority,” tells host Carolyn Beeler that violence frequently occurs in democracies. What matters most is whether political leaders rally in response to ensure that democratic principles endure.

‘Nowhere in Gaza is safe,’ aid worker says

Israel-Hamas war

The World’s host, Carolyn Beeler, speaks with Hassan Morajea, a regional access adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council, about the dire situation in Gaza following more Israeli airstrikes.

Syrians in Cyprus live in limbo as government pauses asylum process

Israel-Hamas war

The government of Cyprus declared a “migrant emergency” in April after more than 2,000 people arrived there by sea in the first three months of 2024. That’s compared to just 78 in the same period of 2023. Many are Syrians fleeing war and economic crises in Lebanon, which has been home to more than a million refugees since the Syrian civil war started. In Nicosia, Cyprus, the government has stopped processing asylum requests from Syrians, which has left a whole community in limbo.