Jackie Northam http://krwg.org en With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter http://krwg.org/post/home-grown-technology-israel-becomes-leading-arms-exporter One byproduct of the recurring battles between Israel and its Arab neighbors is that Israel has developed a homegrown weapons industry that addresses its very specific needs.<p>Over the decades, this has included a number of cutting-edge technologies, from drones to night-vision equipment, which have been widely exported.<p>A more recent example is the Iron Dome, which was used throughout the latest conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 73630 at http://krwg.org With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel http://krwg.org/post/gaza-violence-tests-once-unshakable-allies-us-and-israel Relations between Israel and the United States are going through a turbulent time. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 73048 at http://krwg.org Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy http://krwg.org/post/hamas-conflict-could-have-lingering-impact-israels-economy Itay Maoz climbs into his dusty SUV and presses a series of buttons on his cellphone, which opens an electronic gate surrounding the Nahal Oz Kibbutz. From here, in the far south of Israel, you can see across the border into Gaza and the remains of buildings pulverized by Israeli missiles.<p>This 2,500-acre collective farm was on the front line during the war between Israel and Hamas, and it sustained millions of dollars worth of damage. Maoz points at a patch of hard earth, gouged with deep tracks, leading toward Gaza.<p>"That used to be a road," Maoz says. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 72839 at http://krwg.org Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy Negotiations In Tatters As Gaza Clashes Continue http://krwg.org/post/negotiations-tatters-gaza-clashes-continue <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=Negotiations+In+Tatters+As+Gaza+Clashes+Continue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMTk5OTQ0MDEzNDkxMDYyMDQ2MjdiMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 72348 at http://krwg.org Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community http://krwg.org/post/fear-tunnels-not-rockets-rattles-israeli-community In the ongoing war with Hamas, Israel says it is looking for new technology to help detect and destroy tunnels used by Islamist militants.<p>Israel says 32 tunnels have been demolished so far in the conflict, but there are concerns others remain. In the town of Netiv Ha'asara, along the border with Gaza, the discovery of one tunnel is forcing residents to question whether to remain.<p>On a recent day, the sounds of summer returned to the rural town; kids splashing, burning off a lot of energy and horsing around in an outdoor neighborhood pool. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 72333 at http://krwg.org Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community Following 3-Day Truce, Rocket Fire Resumes In Gaza http://krwg.org/post/following-3-day-truce-rocket-fire-resumes-gaza <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=Following+3-Day+Truce%2C+Rocket+Fire+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Wow, Israel and Hamas's three-day cease-fire is over. Moments after it expired, a barrage of rockets left Gaza for Israel, and Israel fired back. NPR's Jackie Northam is in Jerusalem. She's covering the story. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 72221 at http://krwg.org White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense http://krwg.org/post/white-house-widens-scope-russian-sanctions-finance-and-defense <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=White+House+Widens+Scope+Of+Russian+Sanctions+To+Finance+And+Defense&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>The Obama administration is slapping another round of sanctions on Russia, targeting key sectors of Russia's economy. The sanctions stem from growing concerns about Russia's interference in Ukraine. And the move by the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 71547 at http://krwg.org Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem http://krwg.org/post/central-american-leaders-immigrant-children-are-shared-problem <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=Central+American+Leaders%3A+Immigrant+Children+Are+A+Shared+Problem&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTczMTYzMDEyMzI0OTI3OTQ5NTc2ZQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The highest ranking officials from three Central American countries are making the rounds in Washington D.C. They are here to adjust the flood of unaccompanied migrant children coming across the Mexican border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 71227 at http://krwg.org Despite Growing Anger, EU Nations May Balk At Russian Sanctions http://krwg.org/post/despite-growing-anger-eu-nations-may-balk-russian-sanctions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A train arrived in Ukraine's second-largest city. Its cargo was the remains of hundreds of people. They were killed when a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down last week.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And the movement of the remains is considered a step forward. Until today pro-Russian separatists had prevented the train from leaving the area near the crash. Now the remains will be taken to the Netherlands for identification.<p>INSKEEP: European leaders must decide how far they want to go in pressing the resolution of the crisis. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 70994 at http://krwg.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find http://krwg.org/post/kurds-may-have-oil-export-buyers-are-harder-find Kurdish security forces, the peshmerga, have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330694928/kurds-seize-2-oil-fields-amid-rising-tensions-with-iraqi-government">taken over two major oil fields near Kirkuk</a>, in northern Iraq. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 70516 at http://krwg.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find Amid Eroding Trust, Germany Expels America's Top Spy In Berlin http://krwg.org/post/amid-eroding-trust-germany-expels-americas-top-spy-berlin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Germany has told the chief U.S. intelligence officer in Berlin to leave the country. A dramatic turn of events comes after reports that two German government employees are suspected of spying for the U.S. NPR's Jackie Northam has been following this story and she joins me in the studio. Jackie, the announcement about the expulsion of the top American spy in Germany was made by the Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 70240 at http://krwg.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something http://krwg.org/post/once-us-russia-and-iran-actually-agree-something The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.<p>The U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 69711 at http://krwg.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan http://krwg.org/post/kerrys-iraq-mission-takes-him-kurdistan <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+Iraq+Mission+Takes+Him+To+Kurdistan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDQwMzQzMDEzNjMyMTE3MjRkNzlmNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is back in Iraq on a week-long mission to try to hold that country together. This morning, he's in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north. And his job won't be easy. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 68999 at http://krwg.org Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders http://krwg.org/post/kerry-lands-badhdad-bearing-warnings-iraqi-leaders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we heard the Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad today where he met with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry said his visit was aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Iraq as it suffers an onslaught by the Sunni militant group ISIS. The group now controls much of the west and north of the country including the city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities. And over the past several days, ISIS fighters have assaulted three key border posts. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Sec. Kerry and she joins us now from Amman, Jordan. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 68960 at http://krwg.org Kerry In Iraq To Pressure Al-Maliki To Reach Across Sectarian Lines http://krwg.org/post/kerry-iraq-pressure-al-maliki-reach-across-sectarian-lines Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As extremist Sunni militants continue to grab territory across Northern Iraq, the U.S. has been pressuring Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to reach out to the Sunni and Kurdish communities. This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to lean on Maliki personally. Makiki's largely Shia government is blamed by many for inflaming the sectarian divide in Iraq. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Kerry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 68913 at http://krwg.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets http://krwg.org/post/militants-advance-iraq-agitates-oil-markets When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.<p>But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.<p>"This jaw-dropping blitz assault ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 68382 at http://krwg.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets U.S. Coal Companies Ride Exports To Booming Business http://krwg.org/post/us-coal-companies-ride-exports-booming-business Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The coal industry in this country has taken its share of hits over the past few years, in large part because of concerns about carbon pollution, also because of a glut of low-cost natural gas. You'd think the coal companies would be wobbling on their last legs but in fact some are doing a booming business. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 68300 at http://krwg.org Russia-China Natural Gas Deal Likely To Reshape Energy Markets http://krwg.org/post/russia-china-natural-gas-deal-likely-reshape-energy-markets Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep in New York.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in Washington. Good morning. Let's look now at the shifting balance of power in East Asia. In a moment, we'll hear President Obama's view of a rising China. First we'll report on the implications of China's latest energy deal. China signed an agreement to buy Russian natural gas sent through a pipeline in Siberia. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 67141 at http://krwg.org Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis http://krwg.org/post/russian-economic-forum-boycotted-over-ukraine-crisis Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Each spring Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes international business and political leaders to an economic forum in St. Petersburg. It started today and Putin told those who arrived that Russia is ready to do business, although it expects to be treated as an equal.<p>Not as many people were listening as Putin might have liked. Some of those invited did not show up. They stayed away to protest Russia's actions in Ukraine. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 66647 at http://krwg.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/russias-energy-giant-turns-heat-ukraine If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.<p>Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.<p>"The ways in which Russia can play with this gas lever, how it can use it, these are not things that they just think of from one day to the next," Gaddy says. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 66116 at http://krwg.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms http://krwg.org/post/global-economy-will-mint-countries-be-new-brics The world of finance gave birth in 2001 to a new buzzword: BRIC.<strong> </strong>The word<strong> </strong>is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Jim O'Neill, an economist with Goldman Sachs who's been credited with coining the term, saw those four countries as turbo-charged engines among emerging markets, ones that would give Western economies a run for their money.<p>O'Neill says when he dreamed up the acronym 13 years ago, people didn't really focus on the potential importance of some of these countries.<p>"It sort of transformed ... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 65993 at http://krwg.org The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms Legendary D.C. Law Firm To Pay Chevron In Ecuador Pollution Case http://krwg.org/post/chevron-patton-boggs-settle-4-year-environmental-case A long-running legal battle between a legendary Washington law and lobbying firm and a major oil company has been settled.<p>D.C.-based Patton Boggs has agreed to pay Chevron $15 million to settle a case that centers on pollution from drilling activity in the rainforests of Ecuador.<p>The case has gone on for more than four years, and the stakes were enormous for the two powerhouses.<p>Chevron filed a suit against the firm for engaging in fraud and deception in trying to get the oil company to pay up on a nearly $10 billion verdict that was handed down by an Ecuadorian court in 2011.<p>In that Thu, 08 May 2014 06:17:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 65667 at http://krwg.org Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry http://krwg.org/post/widening-sanctions-russia-rattle-some-western-oil-industry Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The new sanctions that the U.S. and the EU imposed on Russia this week have done little to quell the violence in eastern Ukraine, but they have shaken Western oil and gas companies that have ongoing projects in Russia. The sanctions didn't specifically target Russia's energy sector, but as NPR's Jackie Northam reports, they're coming close to a largely state-owned oil giant.<p>JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: The latest round of sanctions by the U.S. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 65179 at http://krwg.org 8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy http://krwg.org/post/8-day-asia-trip-critical-obamas-regional-strategy Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The schedule of President Obama's trip to East Asia offers a reminder that there are at least two East Asias. There's the giant of the region, China, the focus of so much attention.<p>MONTAGNE: Then there are China's neighbors, and many worried about that country's growing power. Many are allied with the U.S. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:58:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 64527 at http://krwg.org Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://krwg.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet in Geneva with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. It's hoped the multilateral talks will produce a diplomatic breakthrough on the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say that without that, the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 64173 at http://krwg.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' http://krwg.org/post/reporter-reflects-rwanda-its-madness-took-over There was a thin mist in the early morning air when we set off for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 11, 1994. The genocide had begun four days earlier.<p>There were no flights into the country, so I and three fellow journalists crossed into Rwanda from neighboring Burundi, hitching a ride with a French priest who was shuttling Tutsi nuns out of the country. He took us to the town of Butare, where a Belgian inn keeper rented us an old cream-colored Renault and drew us a map of how to get to Kigali.<p>We drove north, winding our way through Rwanda's soaring hills and deep lush valleys. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 63742 at http://krwg.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout http://krwg.org/post/us-taps-new-energy-sources-and-potential-geopolitical-clout The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/151930969/science-and-the-fracking-boom-missing-answers">hydraulic fracturing</a>, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.<p>If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.<p>He says the U.S. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 63398 at http://krwg.org U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas http://krwg.org/post/german-chemical-giant-basf-benefits-cheap-us-natural-gas Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 62711 at http://krwg.org Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas? http://krwg.org/post/can-europe-wean-itself-russian-gas Many European nations were searching for ways to cut back their reliance on Russian energy long before the crisis in Ukraine flared last month.<p>In 2006 and 2009, for example, the EU was rattled by the ease with which Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and other parts of Europe after disputes over cost and supply. The two-week standoff in 2009 left millions in Eastern Europe without heat in the middle of winter.<p>Russia supplies the European Union with about a third of its natural gas, shipped mostly by pipeline through Ukraine. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 62436 at http://krwg.org Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas? A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry http://krwg.org/post/boom-oil-boon-us-shipbuilding-industry Scott Clapham peers down into a cavernous dry dock at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. He points to massive pieces of steel, some covered with a light dusting of snow. When assembled, they will form a 115,000-ton oil tanker.<p>It's one of two oil tankers being constructed for SeaRiver Maritime, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, costing $200 million apiece. It takes roughly 1,000 workers more than a year to build, and the shipyard already has orders for four more tankers and two container ships, says Clapham, the senior vice president of Aker Philadelphia. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 61906 at http://krwg.org A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry