Michele Kelemen http://krwg.org en Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia http://krwg.org/post/momentum-gathers-wests-response-russia <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Momentum+Gathers+For+The+West%27s+Response+To+Russia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEyMzg0OTk0MDEzODE1MjM2ODE2ODgyMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This afternoon the UN Security Council met in an emergency session. That's amid reports of new Russian incursions into Ukraine opening another front in the conflict there. Russia keeps denying that its forces are fighting inside Ukraine. But the U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 73584 at http://krwg.org In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options http://krwg.org/post/syria-us-weighs-range-unpalatable-options President Obama said Wednesday that the Islamic State is a cancer that threatens all governments in the Middle East. But that raises the question of what the U.S. could or should do.<p>Two former U.S. ambassadors to Syria, Robert Ford and Ryan Crocker, have advocated different approaches to a conflict where there are many different options. But none is appealing and there's no guarantee, or even a likelihood that U.S. action would ultimately determine the outcome.<p>Ford, who stepped down from the post in February, has wanted the U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 73043 at http://krwg.org In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options U.S. Policy On Syria Marked By Caution, Official Says http://krwg.org/post/us-policy-syria-mired-excess-caution-official-says <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.S.+Policy+On+Syria+Marked+By+Caution%2C+Official+Says&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODE5MTc5MDEyNjM1ODIwODJiZWQyZA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The militants who are attacking civilians in Iraq are also fighting in the Civil War next door in Syria. There the U.S. has backed moderate rebels who were battling against the ISIS extremists and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But some say it's not enough. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 72717 at http://krwg.org South Sudan's Leaders Jostle For Power As Prospect Of Famine Looms http://krwg.org/post/south-sudans-leaders-jostle-power-prospect-famine-looms <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=South+Sudan%27s+Leaders+Jostle+For+Power+As+Prospect+Of+Famine+Looms&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjgzNjQ1MDEzMTc5MzUzNzIxNjNmZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. South Sudan is facing what the U.N. calls the world's worst food crisis. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 72490 at http://krwg.org At Africa Summit, South Sudanese President Resents Pressure From U.S. http://krwg.org/post/africa-summit-south-sudanese-president-resents-pressure-us <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=At+Africa+Summit%2C+South+Sudanese+President+Resents+Pressure+From+U.S.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>One of the world's newest nation's might be headed for a famine unless rival political factions can reach a peace deal to end ethnic fighting. In South Sudan, more than a million people need to be allowed to return to their homes and they need access to aid. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:51:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 72206 at http://krwg.org Summit Focuses Investors On Africa's Energy Opportunities http://krwg.org/post/summit-focuses-investors-africas-energy-opportunities <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Summit+Focuses+Investors+On+Africa%27s+Energy+Opportunities&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>More than 50 African heads of state are here in Washington D.C. for a summit this week.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>President Obama invited them, hoping to highlight Africa's economic potential. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 72061 at http://krwg.org Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change http://krwg.org/post/africa-summit-tackle-food-stability-and-climate-change <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Africa+Summit+To+Tackle+Food+Stability+And+Climate+Change&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Dozens of African leaders are here in Washington this week for an unprecedented summit. The Obama administration hopes to drum up opportunities for business and investment in Africa and is expected to announce deals worth up to a billion dollars. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 71962 at http://krwg.org U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick? http://krwg.org/post/us-russia-relations-more-carrot-or-more-stick The U.S. and Russia seem to have fallen into a pattern over the crisis in Ukraine. When Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia doubles down on its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.<p>That has been the case even after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over a separatist held region, and many wonder if it's time for a new approach to Vladimir Putin's Russia.<p>At the start of the cold war, diplomat George Kennan came up with the policy of containment. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 71878 at http://krwg.org U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick? U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia http://krwg.org/post/us-eu-try-turn-heat-russia <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.S.%2C+EU+Try+To+Turn+Up+The+Heat+On+Russia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 71571 at http://krwg.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://krwg.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the Gaza Strip, the death toll has risen to more than 690 Palestinians - that includes at least 230 women and children. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians in Israel have died from rockets or mortars fired from Gaza. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 71139 at http://krwg.org In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire http://krwg.org/post/cairo-first-steps-taken-gnarled-path-gaza-cease-fire Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Cairo, where Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are trying to bring an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Kerry made a brief public statement today. He said the talks have been constructive but there's more work to do.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>JOHN KERRY: So that's where we are right now but we know with clarity where we need to be. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 71044 at http://krwg.org Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://krwg.org/post/kerrys-aim-egypt-first-get-israel-and-hamas-cease-fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry%27s+Aim+In+Egypt%3A+First%2C+Get+Israel+And+Hamas+To+Cease+Fire&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 Gazans have been killed - a quarter of them children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 70992 at http://krwg.org In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry http://krwg.org/post/trafficking-report-stark-warning-about-thai-fishing-industry The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 68799 at http://krwg.org White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://krwg.org/post/white-house-plans-mark-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is once again exercising his executive authority for an environmental cause. Today he announced plans to create the world's largest marine preserve. His proposal came in a video shown at the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference. The White House says it will seek input from fisherman, scientists, and other experts before setting boundaries for the preserve. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 68543 at http://krwg.org As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do http://krwg.org/post/iraq-comes-apart-seams-washington-weighs-what-do Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We now return to NPR's Michele Kelemen on how the White House is weighing its options in aiding Iraq and its Confrontation with ISIS extremist and finding limited options.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For those experts who argued that the U.S. should have tried harder to reach an agreement with Iraq to leave some troops there rather than pull out completely in 2011 this is their nightmare scenario. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 68213 at http://krwg.org Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid http://krwg.org/post/syrian-crisis-splits-activists-and-religious-groups-over-aid The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 67856 at http://krwg.org Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/russia-takes-helm-un-security-council-turns-focus-ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Russia holds the presidency at the United Nations Security Council at the moment. That role rotates monthly. And this is shaping up to be a month of high diplomatic drama. Russia's ambassador is trying to keep the council focused on Ukraine. He's calling for humanitarian corridors to provide aid the east of the country. The U.S. and other council members accused Russia of hypocrisy. And they plan to focus on other humanitarian concerns like Syria. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 67517 at http://krwg.org Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits http://krwg.org/post/frustrations-defeat-another-diplomat-un-syria-envoy-quits Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The conflict in Syria now in its 4th year, and a diplomatic solution seems as far off as ever. The international diplomat who's been trying to lead negotiations announced he's stepping down. It's a new sign of just how bad things are Syria. And as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, there doesn't seem to be a plan B.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Two seasoned diplomats have now tried their hand at diplomacy on Syria only to quit out of frustration. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 66046 at http://krwg.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... http://krwg.org/post/nation-elects-most-women As Rwanda began to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1994 genocide, something unexpected happened: Women began playing a much more influential role on many fronts, including politics.<p>Traditions that had limited women previously were cast aside, and President Paul Kagame also actively pushed for women to be in more prominent positions.<p>Today, women make up 64 percent of the country's lower house of Parliament — a far higher percentage than in any other nation, according to figures compiled by the <a href="http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm" target="_blank">Inter-Parliamentary Union</a Thu, 08 May 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 65705 at http://krwg.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://krwg.org/post/us-offers-aid-search-nigerian-girls-it-too-late Nigeria is offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can find the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/06/310100085/boko-harams-local-fight-suddenly-gets-international-scrutiny">Islamist group Boko Haram</a>. The U.S. is also pitching in with hostage negotiators and intelligence experts. President Obama says <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310125233/u-s-sending-team-to-help-with-search-for-abducted-nigerian-girls">the U.S. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 65637 at http://krwg.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few http://krwg.org/post/ukraine-wests-new-diplomatic-options-may-be-few Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. won't sit idly by while Russia fans the flames of instability in Ukraine. But so far, U.S. and European sanctions haven't changed Russia's calculations. Kerry blames Russia for failing to calm the crisis. Russia says Ukraine should stop its offensive against separatists in the east. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 65573 at http://krwg.org In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward http://krwg.org/post/rubble-middle-east-peace-talks-kerry-seeks-way-forward Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is a challenging time for Secretary of State John Kerry. His Middle East peace process has collapsed. He's also taking a lot of heat for suggesting that Israel could become an apartheid state if it doesn't negotiate with the Palestinians on two states for two peoples. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on how Kerry is trying to dig out.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Kerry doesn't call this a failure and his spokesperson says he has no regrets about the time he put into peace talks. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 65262 at http://krwg.org Out Of North Korea, A Sexist Rant Against South's President http://krwg.org/post/out-north-korea-sexist-rant-against-souths-president Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>North Korea is offering its view of President Obama's trip to Asia and it isn't pretty. The official North Korean news agency used especially harsh language about South Korea's president who hosted Obama last week. By the way, we're about to hear more about that harsh language, so consider this a head's up if any children are listening. Here's NPR's Michele Kelemen.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: The statement is ironically from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 65010 at http://krwg.org Obama: May Be Time For A Pause In Mideast Peace Talks http://krwg.org/post/obama-may-be-time-pause-mideast-peace-talks Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The Obama administration's recent efforts to try to steer Israel and Palestine into - and the Palestinians into a lasting peace accord have failed. President Obama isn't giving up, but as he acknowledges, it may be time for a pause. He says Israelis and Palestinians have both taken unhelpful steps in recent weeks and neither side looks ready to compromise. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 64877 at http://krwg.org Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy http://krwg.org/post/taunt-or-miscalculation-irans-provocative-pick-un-envoy Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.<p>It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.<p>By most accounts, Aboutalebi wasn't directly involved in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 63427 at http://krwg.org Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric http://krwg.org/post/russia-cautions-against-return-cold-war-rhetoric Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 63216 at http://krwg.org Russia Votes To Annex Crimea, As The West Looks On http://krwg.org/post/russia-votes-annex-crimea-west-looks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin moved today to overturn recent history by reclaiming Crimea for Russia. Putin signed a treaty to annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and gave a rousing speech to parliament laying out his case. He is also blasted the West for trying to frighten him with sanctions.<p>The United States calls Putin's actions illegal. But as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the U.S. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 62203 at http://krwg.org Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/yatsenyuk-appeals-international-aid-ukraine Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 61809 at http://krwg.org Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister To Visit White House http://krwg.org/post/ukraines-interim-prime-minister-visit-white-house Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Ukraine's interim prime minister meets with President Obama today at the White House. That visit comes at a time when Ukraine's territorial integrity is under threat. The country's region of Crimea is expected to vote this weekend to secede and join Russia. U.S. efforts to resolve this diplomatically with Moscow have gone nowhere. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 61721 at http://krwg.org Pending Russian Response, Kerry's Travel Plans Are Up In The Air http://krwg.org/post/pending-russian-response-kerrys-travel-plans-are-air Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>And we begin this hour with the latest on the standoff over Ukraine. Today, Russian forces seized the Ukrainian naval post, military hospital and a missile unit in Crimea. At the same time, Moscow accused Kiev of encouraging right-wing groups and creating lawlessness in eastern Ukraine. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 61598 at http://krwg.org