Peter Kenyon http://krwg.org en Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli http://krwg.org/post/islamic-state-suffers-rare-defeat-amerli <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=Islamic+State+Suffers+Rare+Defeat+In+Amerli&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Iraq, radical Sunni fighters calling themselves the Islamic State or Isis have suffered a rare defeat. Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege on the town of Amerli, where residents have enough food and water today for the first time in weeks. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73746 at http://krwg.org U.S. Launches Airstrikes To Help Aid Reach Iraqi Town http://krwg.org/post/us-launches-airstrikes-help-free-iraqi-town <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.+Launches+Airstrikes+To+Help+Aid+Reach+Iraqi+Town&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73713 at http://krwg.org Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services http://krwg.org/post/life-under-islamic-state-sharia-law-and-few-services Ever since the Islamic State seized Mosul more than two months ago, it's been difficult to get a detailed picture of life inside Iraq's second largest city.<p>But glimpses have emerged. This week, the United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, presented <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/Media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true&LangID=E" target="_blank">details of a massacre</a> that took place at the city's Badoush prison in June. Islamic State fighters seized more than 1,000 inmates. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73621 at http://krwg.org Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months http://krwg.org/post/iraqi-christian-village-sanctuary-ghost-town-2-months The northern Iraqi village of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/06/18/323166067/christian-village-takes-in-iraqis-displaced-by-sectarian-violence" target="_blank">Al-Qosh was humming with activity</a> — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73473 at http://krwg.org Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight http://krwg.org/post/mystery-writer-finds-istanbuls-byzantine-past-hiding-plain-sight Istanbul makes an exotic first impression: Boat traffic on the Bosporus sends waves brushing up against the shores of both Europe and Asia as enormous mosques and monuments from previous empires stand guard.<p>The city wears its history more openly than many, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to find. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73302 at http://krwg.org Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons http://krwg.org/post/kurdish-forces-say-theyre-waiting-us-weapons Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.<p>They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.<p>"We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 73237 at http://krwg.org Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 http://krwg.org/post/embattled-yazidis-say-they-are-now-enduring-atrocity-no-74 A massacre of members of the Yazidi minority in the Iraqi town of Kocho made headlines last week. Around 80 men were killed by militants from the so-called Islamic State, the extremist group that has swept through much of northern Iraq.<p>But that was not the only massacre, according to the Yazidis. In a camp for the displaced near the Syrian border, people call 21-year-old Abbas Khader Soullo a walking miracle. To explain why, he unbuttons his shirt and shows his bullet wounds.<p>He was shot in an attack on Yazidis that received much less attention in the village of Jazira. That was Aug. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 72908 at http://krwg.org Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 Islamic Militants Kill Dozens Of Yazidis In Northern Iraq http://krwg.org/post/islamic-militants-kill-dozens-yazidis-northern-iraq <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=Islamic+Militants+Kill+Dozens+Of+Yazidis+In+Northern+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 72800 at http://krwg.org Iraq Has New Leadership, Al-Malaki Will Step Aside http://krwg.org/post/iraq-has-new-leadership-al-malaki-will-step-aside <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=Iraq+Has+New+Leadership%2C+Al-Malaki+Will+Step+Aside&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Iraq finally has new leadership. Prime Minister Nouri al'Maliki says he will step aside, making room for a new prime minister. Haider al-Abadi, the new man, will try to form a government that can fight the extremist militants known as the Islamic State. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 72683 at http://krwg.org Obama Says Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is Broken, But Crisis Persists http://krwg.org/post/obama-says-siege-mount-sinjar-broken-crisis-persists <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=Obama+Says+Siege+Of+Mount+Sinjar+Is+Broken%2C+But+Crisis+Persists&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 72645 at http://krwg.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President http://krwg.org/post/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-expanded-role-president The news from Turkey lately has been mostly bad: A mine disaster this spring killed more than 300 workers; a corruption probe in December raised allegations of high-level graft in the Cabinet; and resentment continues to smolder against mega-projects that are threatening Istanbul's remaining green spaces.<p>That doesn't sound like a good platform for a term-limited prime minister to transform himself into Turkey's first strong president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 72354 at http://krwg.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension http://krwg.org/post/deadline-days-away-iran-nuclear-deal-might-get-extension Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>After two days of nuclear talks with his Iranian counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington. Sunday is the deadline for a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Vienna that the talks could be extended.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Amid crises unfolding around the Middle East, Kerry took time to focus on the Iran nuclear talks as they near a July 20th deadline. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 70575 at http://krwg.org Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://krwg.org/post/iran-nuclear-negotiations-try-hurdle-impasse-deadline-nears 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. Iranian and American diplomats are facing a July 20th deadline to come up with a nuclear agreement. A deal could prevent any Iranian attempt to build a bomb. Failure could bring back the mutual hostility of the past. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 69763 at http://krwg.org Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy http://krwg.org/post/crowded-two-shaky-states-turkey-shifts-its-weight-policy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The fighting is so bad in Iraq that yesterday NATO promised to defend member country Turkey from any spillover violence. Turkey borders two countries that some analysts now call failed states, Iraq and Syria. That's forcing Turkey to consider policies that could change the map of the region, even the possibility of more independence for Iraqi Kurds. That's something Turkey has vehemently opposed for decades. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: After loudly criticizing the U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 69241 at http://krwg.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://krwg.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 68837 at http://krwg.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks http://krwg.org/post/key-sticking-points-iranian-nuclear-talks Iran and six world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in their latest attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear agreement by July 20.<p>That's when a six-month interim agreement expires. It can be extended for up to another six months, though all sides say they're aiming for an agreement this summer.<p>Iran is negotiating with the so-called P5 plus one, which consists of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.<p>Here are some of the major sticking points as the talks enter a crucial stage:<p><strong>1. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 68432 at http://krwg.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks Former Boxer Steps Up As Kiev Mayor, Spars With Remaining Activists http://krwg.org/post/former-boxer-steps-kiev-mayor-spars-remaining-activists Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitchko is now set to become mayor of Kiev. In his first major move, Klitchko is asking activists in Independence Square to pack up their tents and allow the square to return to normal. Some activists are resisting, warning that one presidential election doesn't guarantee the success of their revolution — or do justice to the martyrs who were killed there. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 67784 at http://krwg.org Rare Right-Wing Party Favors EU Integration, Joining Nato http://krwg.org/post/rare-right-wing-party-favors-eu-integration-joining-nato Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Europe's far-right parties did well, really well in last week's elections to the European Parliament. But their embrace of Russia and its annexation of Crimea is not exactly what the far-right counterparts in Ukraine were expecting. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on a rare right-wing party that favors EU integration and joining NATO.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Svoboda, or the freedom party, is the most prominent nationalist party in Ukraine. Although it didn't fare well in Sunday's presidential election. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 67242 at http://krwg.org Insurgents In Ukraine Shoot Down Helicopter, Killing General http://krwg.org/post/insurgents-ukraine-shoot-down-helicopter-killing-general Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The battle for control of eastern Ukraine heated up again today. Pro-Russian insurgents shot down a military helicopter - killing at least a dozen soldiers, including an Army general. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 67213 at http://krwg.org From Kiev, An Olive Branch For Russia — And A Saber For Separatists http://krwg.org/post/kiev-olive-branch-russia-and-saber-separatists <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=From+Kiev%2C+An+Olive+Branch+For+Russia+%E2%80%94+And+A+Saber+For+Separatists&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ4MTQ1MDEzMjA3OTQ1MTBiZDI1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Fighting in Eastern Ukraine went on today with Moscow and Kiev accusing each other of responsibility for the bloodshed. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 67028 at http://krwg.org Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election http://krwg.org/post/extremists-vow-disrupt-ukraines-presidential-election The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 66730 at http://krwg.org Iran Reluctant To Disclose Secret Nuclear Activities http://krwg.org/post/iran-reluctant-disclose-secret-nuclear-activities Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Another round of nuclear talks between world powers in Iran ended yesterday and negotiations are expected to run through July. The U.S. wants to limit Iran's nuclear program. Iran wants relief from economic sanctions, but there are some mysteries, including rumors and reports about old weapons programs Iran allegedly hid.<p>And that poses a dilemma. How does it admit to past concealment? Well, it asked the world to trust it under a new deal. Sat, 17 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 66313 at http://krwg.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job http://krwg.org/post/nearly-year-job-tepid-reception-irans-president Almost a year into Hassan Rouhani's presidency, the wave of high expectations that marked his rise to power in Iran has given way to impatience from his supporters and increasing attacks from his critics.<p>As Iranian negotiators headed to New York last week for expert-level nuclear talks, conservatives spoke out in parliament and gathered at the old U.S. Embassy in Tehran for some of the boldest attacks yet on Rouhani's leadership. Mon, 12 May 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 65917 at http://krwg.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King http://krwg.org/post/turkish-town-liver-and-olive-oil-wrestling-are-king If we mention the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, tucked up near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, you may think, "Oh brother, not another story about olive oil wrestling."<p>Yes, it's true that each summer for the last 650 or so years Edirne has hosted the <a href="http://www.edirnetravel.net/oil-wrestling-kirkpinar">Kirkpinar Olive Oil Wrestling Festival</a>, in which half-naked men slathered in fragrant oil grapple in the grass. It's activity that's even recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Event.<p>But we're actually here today to discuss liver. Fried liver. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 65097 at http://krwg.org In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back http://krwg.org/post/dogs-and-batons-bulgaria-tells-syrian-refugees-turn-back Some countries in Syria's neighborhood are feeling inundated with refugees, and countries like Greece are making it harder for them to enter the country. Now Bulgaria has followed suit, with growing reports of Syrian refugees facing violent beatings, according to a <a href="http://hrw.org/node/124858" target="_blank">new report by Human Rights Watch</a>.<p>Among the poorest European states, Bulgaria was ill-prepared for the spike in refugees who came across its border last fall. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 65037 at http://krwg.org With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two http://krwg.org/post/internet-freedom-debate-stokes-rivalry-between-turkeys-top-two Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turkey has seen its share of political controversies lately, including large protests and a government ban of Twitter. Despite that, the ruling party appears to be maintaining its popularity. But now it may face a split in its highest ranks. There's competition brewing between its two main figures: President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul that many are wary of Erdogan's growing power.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Turkey is in the midst of a three-round electoral contest. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 64745 at http://krwg.org A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History http://krwg.org/post/trip-odessas-rich-dark-history As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 63842 at http://krwg.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://krwg.org/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 63181 at http://krwg.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote IMF Bailout Comes With A Hefty Side Of Pain For Ukrainians http://krwg.org/post/imf-bailout-comes-hefy-side-pain-ukrainians 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>The International Monetary Fund is coming up with some cash to keep Ukraine out of bankruptcy. The IMF has agreed on an offer of up to $18 billion in loans. The package still needs final approval. It's intended to give the acting government some breathing room and keep it from defaulting on debts. But Ukrainians themselves will feel the bite of austerity measures that come with the bailout. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 62837 at http://krwg.org Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban http://krwg.org/post/even-turkeys-president-evades-its-new-twitter-ban Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The cyberworld is aflutter about Twitter - more precisely, an effort by Turkey to ban the microblogging site. After a court order, Turkey's telecommunications authority tried to block Twitter access. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to eradicate Twitter. But the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, is one of many Turks who are working around the blockage and tweeting away. Joining us from Istanbul is NPR's Peter Kenyon. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 62439 at http://krwg.org