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From Channel 4 News, an in-depth look at the news stories you need to know about; how the past shapes the present and what might lie ahead for us all.
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At least 16 teenagers have been stabbed to death in London this year alone - that’s more than were killed in knife attacks in all of 2020, and it’s only June.  For decades, police and community leaders have tried and failed to tackle knife crime across the capital. But Croydon, one of the boroughs worst hit by this type of violence, is now taking a different approach, one that favours communication and community policing. But is it enough to stop the bleeding? Our social affairs editor Jackie Long went out with the Metropolitan Police to find out more. 
In the first episode we heard about how the public reacted to the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. It was commissioned following the George Floyd protests last summer and it concluded family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people’s lives turned out.    In part two, we looked into the controversy around those conclusions and whether critics of the report had a point. We delved into the state library corridors of academia to find out who exactly peer reviewed the report, as well as the data and methodology that lay behind the recommendations.    In the final episode in our series, we look at the recommendations of the report. What does Tony Sewell and his commission think can be done to address the disparities that ultimately, he doesn't dispute still exist today?   Serena Barker-Singh will look into some of Tony's recommendations that he says, if they're taken up by the government, could improve the lives of people of colour across Britain. This summer, the government has to respond to the report and say what they'll do to tackle these inequalities.   Sources and Music:   Sky News War/ Bob Marley, Carlton Barrett, Allan Cole / Island Records
In the second episode of this three-part series, Serena Barker-Singh sets out to find some of the academics and experts cited in the report, some who say their work was misinterpreted in the dossier, and we also find out whether the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was peer reviewed.   In the first episode, we heard about how the public reacted to the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. It was a report commissioned following the George Floyd protests last summer and it concluded family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people's lives turned out. But what did academics and experts think of the findings?
Two months ago, the government released a landmark report on race, commissioned after the death of George Floyd. Boris Johnson said this report was going to look at all aspects of inequality in our society. It was a big ask, but an exciting one; a race report to end all race reports, written by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. In this three-part series, we investigate allegations that this dossier did not achieve its objectives, as critics of the report ask: was this genuine attempt to tackle discrimination that lost its way, or a symptom of something more endemic? Serena Barker-Singh has spent weeks digging into the report. In this first episode, she revisits what happened the day the report was released.
Police officers are meant to protect our society, our community, our families.  But what if police officers themselves are the ones causing harm?  Channel 4 News can reveal more than 100 women have come forward in the last two years with claims of being raped, beaten and coerced by their police officer spouses and partners.  Our correspondent Minnie Stephenson has spoken to 14 women about the abuse they faced and their experience of a “double helplessness”: the powerlessness that many victims face, compounded by a belief that the police force itself won't help them. Warning: This episode contains reference to domestic abuse and includes distressing testimony some listeners may find upsetting.   If you think you are, or someone close to you is affected by any of the issues mentioned in this podcast you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit Refuge.co.uk  
20 years, four presidents, thousands dead, an emboldened Taliban, and women's rights far from protected. What’s changed in Afghanistan after years of international involvement? Or rather, why does it feel like nothing’s changed? President Biden has announced the withdrawal of troops by September this year, although they are already leaving in droves.  Our international editor Lindsey Hilsum finds a nation still as fragile and unpredictable as before, but also discovers hope and optimism from the women who want to build a better future.
It’s half term. It’s nearly the summer. We all need a holiday. But should we go abroad? Travel bubbles, pre-flight testing, post-flight testing: they’ve all been buzz words for more than a year, and yet we seem none the wiser. Why didn’t we close our borders? Why did we allow holidays last summer without any Covid testing before flying and after? And is this all just hindsight or did we not follow the evidence? Today, we talk to Dr Adam Kucharski from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the WHO’s Dr Margaret Harris on the risks of flying abroad this summer.
As the number of tigers in Thailand slowly grows, so does the grisly tiger trade. An illicit network of poachers, dealers and smugglers have made millions from a sinister, sometimes deadly trade in both farmed and wild tigers. Jonathan Miller has been to Thailand to meet the country’s tiger kingpins. 
The current - and one former - occupants of 10 Downing Street are under investigation: one for how he funded his flat renovations and a holiday in the Caribbean, the other for his lobbying dealings after leaving office. But what exactly are Boris Johnson and David Cameron accused of doing - and what are the possible consequences? Today, we speak with our investigations team about all the inquiries, all the jargon and all the alleged sleaze, and we ask whether the bodies there to investigate and ensure transparency in our politicians have the necessary clout to make an impact, or whether they are a charade on top a tower of scandal in the trifle of British democracy?
From Italy’s triumph to the UK receiving zero points at Eurovision this weekend, what does it really take to win this legendary competition? And can you really separate the politics from Eurovision? It’s the contest that played a role in a coup in Portugal and was once a vital cultural symbol during the Cold War. In today’s episode, Kiran talks to expert, Paul Jordan, aka Dr Eurovision, and the UK’s most recent winner and pop legend, Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, as we delve into the weird and wonderful world of Eurovision. Sources: Eurovision Song Contest, BBC News.  European Broadcasting Union Signature Tune / Prelude to Te Deum / Marc- Antoine Charpentier  Net als toen / Guus Jansen / Willy van Hemert Puppet on a String / Bill Martin / Phil Coulter Un jour, un enfant / Emil Stern / Eddy Marnay  E Depois de Adeus / Jose Calvario   Everybody / Ivar Must / Maian-Anna Karmas Diva / Tzvika Pick / Yoav Ginai  Hard Rock Hallelujah/ Miss Awa / Mr Amen / Mr Kalma / Mr Kita / Mr Lordi  Flying the Flag (For You) / Russ Spencer / Morten Schjolin / Andrew Hill / Paul Tarry Cry Baby / Martin Isherwood Waterloo / Benny Andersoon / Bjorn Ulvaeus / Stig Anderson Ne partez pas sans moi / Nella Martinetti / Attila Sereftug Euphoria / Thomas G:Son / Peter Bostrom Love Shine a Light / Kimberley Rew Walking on Sunshine / Kimberley Rew  
In the Central American, “Dry Corridor” extreme weather conditions, caused by climate change, have prompted one of the largest human climate migrations the modern world has ever seen.  Years of drought conditions, followed by two hurricanes, Eta and Jota in November last year, have devastated communities, leaving them on the edge of an economic precipice and forcing many to flee. Our Latin America Correspondent Guillermo Galdos followed one Guatemalan farmer desperately trying to make the journey of a lifetime - travelling into the US and placing his life in the hands of human smugglers.
We’ve been here before: Israel is bombarding Gaza, and more than two hundred people have been killed, many of them women and children. Israel says they have a right to defend themselves after the militant group Hamas began firing rockets, killing at least 10 Israelis. But there we haven’t been before is the unrest within Israel itself, with clashes between Arabs and Jews. Even the President of Israel has warned of civil war.  What will take for this latest flare-up to end - and does the violence on the streets pose an existential threat to Israel itself? We speak to a writer in Gaza, a former spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu, and a Palestinian-Israeli and a Jewish Israeli who live in Acre.
Do we need to be more concerned about the Indian variant of Covid-19 that is causing havoc on the subcontinent? Bodies are washing up on the shores of the Ganges. This sacred river, the lifeblood of India, now a sign of the death that flows through the subcontinent as the deadly second wave of coronavirus continues - with the end still nowhere in sight.  In today’s episode, we look at the ongoing tragedy in India, ask the government why they didn’t see this coming, and how this surge in India is spreading to neighbouring countries - and bringing a variant to the UK’s shores too. Sources: India Today
Myanmar is once again under a military dictatorship. But hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the military coup. The peaceful protests were met with a brutal crackdown by the military. The Myanmar regime said it was responding to protests that harm the stability of the nation. But protesters pledge to keep fighting until the junta is defeated.
At the end of April, the Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law closing loopholes around rough sex claims that favoured defendants in court and strengthening the laws on revenge porn.   But the bill does not include the automatic inclusion of repeat abusers or stalkers on a national register.   Anja Popp looks at that the law means for victims of domestic abuse and whether it could pave the way for wider changes to the criminal justice system.   And what more still needs to be done to protect women from violence not just at home but everywhere?   Sources: BBC Three, BBC Newsnight, ITV news, ABC. 
Face masks are one of the most fiercely contested issues of the last year, and a striking visual reminder that we are in the midst of a pandemic. But do they actually protect against Covid-19? Why is there so little scientific evidence that they are effective? And how did a piece of health advice get so political?  On today's podcast, the award-winning Channel 4 News FactCheck team takes us through the science behind the mask, and asks why a small bit of cloth has caused such furious debate.   Sources: Fox News, New York Times, Sky News, World Health Organisation
This is the second episode of a two-part podcast on Northern Ireland, which this year marks its 100th anniversary. In this episode, Paraic O’Brien looks at the impact of Brexit, the Irish sea border, and demographic shift which could see Catholics outnumbering Protestants for the first time in Northern Ireland’s history, throwing the future of the nation into doubt.  As some say the call for a border poll on a United Ireland is growing, what would it take to get to that point, and O’Brien asks: what would it mean to be a Unionist, if the Union no longer exists? Sources: BBC, ITN
This is the first episode of a two-part podcast on Northern Ireland, which this year marks its 100th anniversary. Yet given this country’s difficult past, and with old sectarian divides flaring up again, there have been no ceremonies: instead, violence in the streets and the resignation of the First Minister have been the ominous markers.  In this episode, reporter Paraic O’Brien explores how even though Northern Ireland’s youth weren’t around during the Troubles, the stories they are told strengthen the bonds of Unionism today.
Has a year of lockdowns, shut cinemas and limited red carpet events changed celebrity culture forever?   As attention has shifted to the pandemic and everyday heroes, some celebrities have used their platform for activism, be it supporting the NHS or Black Lives Matter, while others have seemingly forgotten their privilege and flouted Covid restrictions.   In today's episode, Red Carpet veteran Minnie Stephenson delves into the past year and asks whether this is a turning point in celebrity culture?   Will we ever return to the glitz and glamour of old, or is the pandemic a catalyst in the shift from the old school celeb to the modern influencer?    Sources:  BBC News, ITV, Eyewitness News, 'Imagine' / John Lennon/ Yoko Ono via @gal_gadot (Instagram)   
Covid cases above 300,000 every day, deaths above 2,500 every day, and that’s an underestimate. India, the vast nation that stretches from the Himalayas to the backwaters of Kerala, this land of colour is now darkened by a Covid dystopia unlike anything we’ve seen before. An early lockdown last year seemed to help matters, but that masked the uneven spread of this pandemic and made the government and citizens alike complacent when it came to this new wave, with a new Covid variant. Today, we look at the situation on the ground right now at the heart of this Covid hell and ask: what went wrong in India? Sources: BBC, India Today, ITN
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