The Stream

Can the Rohingya go back to Myanmar?

In this episode we also ask what upcoming elections mean for Catalonia and check in with Al Jazeera’s new podcast network, Jetty.

#StreamUpdate shows are our chance to explore three stories our community is talking about.

The Rohingya crisis

We’ll update one of our biggest stories of the year as it continues to slip off the radar. MSF is the first organisation to try to authoritatively assess how many people have been killed during the crisis, estimating that 6,700 Rohingya were killed between 25 August and 24 September. Now, a deal between Bangladesh and Myanmar to start returning Rohingya to Myanmar by January 23rd has come under criticism. So, how can the Rohingya live in safety? And where? 

Crucial Catalonia vote

Catalans vote on Thursday for the first time since the country’s worst political crisis in four decades erupted in October when Madrid cracked down on an independence referendum it had declared illegal and took control of the wealthy region. The latest polls show the election may be inconclusive with pro and anti-independence parties almost tied. We ask what’s next.

Closer Than They Appear

Closer Than They Appear is the inaugural show from Al Jazeera’s new podcast network, Jetty. One question has long nagged host Carvell Wallace: Can Americans move forward together? In this already award-winning podcast, he decides that the best way to do that is to face the dark moments in America’s history – and his own.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Tanvir Chowdhury @bappsbd

Brad Adams @BradMAdams 
Asia Director, Human Rights Watch

Sonia Andolz @SoniaAndolz
Lecturer, Universitat de Barcelona 

Adria Alsina @AdriaAlsina
Communications consultant

Carvell Wallace @carvellwallace
Host, Closer Than They Appear

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