Episode
December 14, 2017

What does the shock Republican defeat in Alabama mean?

In this episode we ask why so many Grenfell Tower survivors have yet to be housed six months on, and discuss how 2017 became a record year for jailing journalists.
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#StreamUpdate shows are our chance to explore three stories that our community is talking about.

Upset in Alabama

Democrats are saying that their shock US Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 midterm elections. Meanwhile, Republicans assess the fallout of defeat in one of the country's most conservative states. But is this a sign of sentiment shifting against President Donald Trump? Or was Republican candidate Roy Moore undone by accusations of child sex abuse and racist comments? We try to answer those questions.

Grenfell, six months on

Six months ago, when a fire ravaged a public housing tower block in London, killing 71 people and leaving scores homeless, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that every resident would be found a home within three weeks. So why are 118 families still living in temporary accommodation? We speak to a local activist. 

Journalists jailed

A record number of journalists are now behind bars, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists report. Turkey, China and Egypt are the main offenders, and CPJ says US President Donald Trump's "fake news" rhetoric is partly to blame. The Stream is joined by one of the report's authors to discuss this worrying trend.

On this episode of The Stream we'll speak to:

Ahmed Shihab Eldin @ASE
AJ+ Correspondent

Melvyn Akins 
Local resident 

Richard Burgon @RichardBurgon
Justice Spokesperson, Labour Party

Courtney Radsch @courtneyr
Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
cpj.org

Read More:

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race - New York Times
'Homeless because of a tragedy': struggle to rehouse Grenfell survivors continues - The Guardian
Record high 262 journalists imprisoned in 2017: CPJ - Al Jazeera

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