Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk


News & Politics

Presented by Steve Bloomfield, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day.


Let’s be honest, this has been a horrible American election. And while they are never bloodless discussions about policy, it would be nice to talk about some of the issues that really matter. So this week we do talk about them: healthcare, education and gun control.

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Explainer 38: How the US votes

October 19th, 2016

Scores of Americans have already voted thanks to many states that facilitate early voting. But once you’ve actually cast your vote, how much it counts really depends on where you are in the country.

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Somalia votes

October 15th, 2016

Somalia has been without a functioning government for more than 25 years. The fact that it is about to hold a presidential election should be seen as progress but the more you learn about how the election works the less excited you’ll be.

In December Russian president Vladimir Putin will fly to Nagato for a summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Ending Tokyo’s longstanding dispute with Moscow over the southern Kuril Islands will be a top priority. We discuss why.