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A podcast by Panoramic where we get under the skin of a political or cultural issue close to your heart. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from...
Behind the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh
Since December 2022, the Azerbaijani blockade of the Lanchin corridor—the sole land route connecting the region of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia—has hindered the region's access to food, medication, and trade. This humanitarian crisis unfolds amidst a long-standing history of conflict between the ethnically Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh and the country enveloping the region, Azerbaijan. In this episode, Maddie and Anya hear from Laura about the complexity of this conflict, her experience growing up in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the media's role in reaching a resolution.
The UK's slippery slope on trans rights
In December 2022, the Scottish Parliament voted to pass a landmark bill to ease the process of gender transition in the country. However, in an unprecedented move, the UK government decided to block the reforms, using a right they had never before exercised. Many in Scotland including the ruling party itself, the SNP, expressed outrage at this, reigniting calls for independence. However, those whom the decision would most affect, the trans community, went largely unheard. In this episode, Maddie and Anya spoke to Alex to understand what is actually at stake for Scotland’s trans community and the reactions on the ground.
Morocco's World Cup Success: A win for the Arab world?
Morocco's national team surprised the world with their strong performance in the 2022 Fifa World Cup, ultimately making it to the semi-finals. Morocco was heralded as the first African and Arab country to do so, their performance, a "success for the Arab world" and "a win for Africa". In this episode, Maddie and Anya speak to Mouna, Panoramic's global correspondent editor, about how these joyous celebrations also spurred discussions on Moroccan identity online and at home. Mouna touches on the history of Morocco, the process of Arabisation, and experiencing identity in foreign spaces.
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