Nahlah Ayed

Host of CBC Ideas

Nahlah Ayed is the host of the nightly CBC Radio program Ideas. A veteran of foreign reportage, she's spent nearly a decade covering major world events from London, and another decade covering upheaval across the Middle East. Ayed was previously a parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press.

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Beirut blast a 'knockout punch' after succession of crippling blows to Lebanon

Tuesday's blast in Beirut came as Lebanon was barely limping through an economic and political crisis, writes Nahlah Ayed.

'Mask wars' risk setting back global fight against coronavirus

The cutthroat tactics of the 'mask wars' risk making the COVID-19 crisis worse for everyone. The selfishness isn’t a surprise under the circumstances, but the apparent desperation of some of the wealthiest countries on Earth is.

The week panic hit the West

The war metaphors invoked by leaders from the U.K. to France and beyond in the battle against the coronavirus seemed almost inevitable, but they are of limited usefulness when the virus is an unseen enemy that has managed to strike at the heart of democratic government.

'Historic day for international justice': UN Rohingya ruling brings glimmer of hope

The International Court of Justice's public rebuke of Myanmar for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims may be a turning point turn for the moribund international justice  system.

Iran vs. U.S.: War in progress, shaped by Soleimani, goes on without him

Iran has lost its chief architect of regional influence to a U.S. airstrike, but rather than spark a new war, this new round of violence is an escalation of a war in progress.

Iran protests 'a prelude to collapse of regime,' Nobel laureate predicts

The newest wave of unrest that has seized Iran in recent weeks has sparked an exceptionally brutal response that left thousands of victims in its wake.

Myanmar formally accused of genocide in court case filed at The Hague

Myanmar has repeatedly been blamed in the systematic displacement, killing and widespread sexual assault of Rohingya Muslims, but only today has it been formally accused in an international court of acts of genocide.

Warrior woman: How a British secret agent — who became a Canadian — helped pave the way for D-Day

Sonya d’Artois parachuted into occupied France under the cover of darkness in late May 1944, and along with other female agents working in secret, helped the Allied forces make their D-Day landings and ultimately win the Second World War.

Author and political activist Arundhati Roy on missing India's election — and being a lifelong agitator

The CBC's Nahlah Ayed speaks to author and political activist Arundhati Roy on the eve of India's election results.

How Modi's populist message won the Indian PM a second term

Over the last five years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been seen both as an incorruptible champion of the masses and the “divider in chief.” He's now poised for another five-year term at the helm of a country at a crossroads.

'The battle is still on': Fake news rages in India's WhatsApp elections

As hundreds of millions of Indians vote in the country's massive staggered election, journalists and civil society groups are working overtime to try and fight back against fast-moving falsehoods that some fear could alter the outcome of the vote.

For far-right populists, EU election a battle to 'save Europe'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who had an audience with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, is one of several nationalist leaders in Europe hoping to use immigration as a wedge issue to make big gains in upcoming elections for the European parliament.

'Mind-boggling': The logistics of getting 897 million India voters to the polls

Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi's family for the country's ills.

'The first thing is food': But aid pledges fall short after Mozambique cyclone

An unprecedented cyclone hits a devastatingly poor country. At what point should other countries intervene? For India, the answer was made easier by serendipity: it happened to have three naval vessels in the Indian Ocean when Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on March 14, killing more than 500 people.

Extraordinary destruction and flooding in Mozambique point to unprecedented storm

Beira is still in mourning, still bearing the scars of sudden catastrophe. As the city tries to get back on its feet, its people are still trying to make sense of a singular storm that defied the rules of any they have ever known.