Alice Fordham http://kvpr.org en Rebels Storm Key Border Crossing Between Syria And Israel http://kvpr.org/post/rebels-storm-key-border-crossing-between-syria-and-israel The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights, which has long been monitored by United Nations peacekeeping forces. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 37718 at http://kvpr.org Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean http://kvpr.org/post/gazans-push-back-against-israeli-fishing-limits Down at the Gaza city harbor, a little after dawn, merchants wait with horses and carts and scales to weigh the morning's catch of fish.<p>But when they come in, the fish are small and few. One man scoops his catch up by the handful, tiny fish slipping through his fingers. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 37227 at http://kvpr.org Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen http://kvpr.org/post/gaza-students-wonder-when-their-schools-will-reopen There's clamor and hustle outside the Western Gaza City Educational Directorate. A month late, this year's graduating high school students are getting their high school diplomas.<p>Usually, there's a little ceremony. But today, they're just clustering around a window while the certificates are handed out. So many education workers are injured or have lost homes that only about a third of them showed up for work.<p>Nonetheless, the students' joy feels loud and luminous in a city numbed by war.<p>"Words cannot describe how happy I feel," says Said Siyam. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 37134 at http://kvpr.org Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister http://kvpr.org/post/introducing-iraqs-new-appointee-prime-minister <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=Introducing+Iraq%27s+New+Appointee+For+Prime+Minister&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3ODg0ODc2MDEzMTE4NzIxMjhiYTVmNQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Iraq, the era of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may be coming to an end after eight turbulent years. As we've been reporting, Iraq's president has appointed a new prime minister to form a government. He is Haider al-Abadi. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 37075 at http://kvpr.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques http://kvpr.org/post/gazas-casualties-war-include-its-historic-mosques Because of the debris, you can't go through the door anymore to get into the Omari mosque. You have to climb over a pile of rubble and through a hole in the wall, followed by a surging crowd of kids.<p>The ceiling of the low building in the Jabaliya area, near Gaza City, is made of vaulted stone arches – except where the sunlight comes streaming through a hole torn in the roof and lands on a pile of ripped-up pages of Arabic calligraphy. It's what remains of the mosque's Qurans. Most were destroyed; some burned. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 37021 at http://kvpr.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister http://kvpr.org/post/man-who-might-be-iraqs-next-prime-minister Haider al-Abadi is an affable Shiite politician who has been close to the center of power in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36978 at http://kvpr.org The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister Without A Truce, Strikes Resume In Gaza http://kvpr.org/post/without-truce-strikes-resume-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=Without+A+Truce%2C+Strikes+Resume+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36893 at http://kvpr.org As Cease-Fire Reaches Its Close, Fire Reignites In Gaza http://kvpr.org/post/cease-fire-reaches-its-close-fire-reignites-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=As+Cease-Fire+Reaches+Its+Close%2C+Fire+Reignites+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The three-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended today and the fighting resumed. Negotiators in Cairo had hoped to extend the deal. But Israel says rockets were fired from Gaza even before the clock ran out on the cease-fire. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36862 at http://kvpr.org With Gazans' Eyes On Cairo, Hamas Hopes For Leverage http://kvpr.org/post/gazans-eyes-cairo-hamas-hopes-leverage <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=With+Gazans%27+Eyes+On+Cairo%2C+Hamas+Hopes+For+Leverage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU2OTMxMDEyMjk5ODM2MzliZDc5NA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>People in Israel and the Gaza Strip are bracing for the possibility of more fighting. A three-day cease-fire is scheduled to end tomorrow morning. Negotiators in Cairo are working to extend it. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36817 at http://kvpr.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways http://kvpr.org/post/using-water-weapon-fight-control-iraq In the searing heat of northern Iraq, among its dry, scrubby landscape, there's a surreal sight: a wide, shimmering blue lake, held back by the concrete and steel of a dam. It's on the Tigris River, near the city of Mosul.<p>Brig. Gen. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36522 at http://kvpr.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution http://kvpr.org/post/iraqis-crisis-dividing-country-seems-poor-solution The muscular farmer sits in the basement kindergarten of the church, perched on a tiny chair intended for a child. He and his family are spending the holiday here, after being forced to flee from extremists.<p>"Our village is more than 300 years old," Ahmed Ali says of Shreikhan, near Mosul, "and we never had any such problems."<p>For most Muslims around the world, Eid is a time for gifts, feasts and visiting relatives. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36377 at http://kvpr.org For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://kvpr.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <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=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36256 at http://kvpr.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail http://kvpr.org/post/syrian-president-issues-new-stamps-cant-deliver-mail As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.<p>But these pieces of paper tell us much about the power struggles behind the slaughter in Syria. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36182 at http://kvpr.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail Amid Bloodshed, Brotherhood: Links Forged From Iraq's Game Of Rings http://kvpr.org/post/amid-bloodshed-brotherhood-links-forged-iraqs-game-rings In Iraq, a Ramadan game called Mheibbis brings even Sunnis and Shiites together in peaceful competition. A ring game traditionally played between neighborhoods during the holy month, Mheibbis has offered men the opportunity to break Baghdad's tension and offer messages of unity and brotherhood — even between rival sects. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 35435 at http://kvpr.org Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government http://kvpr.org/post/iraq-lawmakers-fail-reach-deal-new-government Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 35259 at http://kvpr.org Iraqi Parliament, And Maliki's Fate, Float In Limbo http://kvpr.org/post/iraqi-parliament-and-malikis-fate-float-limbo 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. With Iraq in crisis under the onslaught of Sunni extremists, the country's government is unable to pull together. A meeting of the Iraqi parliament fell apart today, and the issues before the body are critical for the government to function. The parliament was elected back in April, but members still have yet to agree on a speaker, a president and a prime minister. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 35043 at http://kvpr.org ISIS Gets A Rebrand, Declaring Its New Caliphate In The Process http://kvpr.org/post/isis-gets-rebrand-declaring-its-new-caliphate-process Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block, and we begin the hour with the latest developments in Iraq. The extremist Islamist group that's grabbed territory across much of that country and parts of Syria is now making grandiose claims of worldwide authority. They now claim to rule over all Muslims everywhere. They've changed the name of the group from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to simply the Islamic State. They say this is the dawn of a new caliphate, the old system of Muslim rule. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 34988 at http://kvpr.org Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq http://kvpr.org/post/angry-shiite-led-government-sunnis-are-loath-help-calm-iraq Iraq is looking increasingly like a state partitioned along sectarian lines. Shiites control the south, but Sunni militants are sweeping through the north and west — and they're doing it with help from local Sunni populations.<p>Interviews with Sunni leaders show how hard it will be to build the kind of trust needed to put the country back together under one functioning authority.<p>In the Baghdad suburb of Dora, Sunni Sheik Abu Ali al-Jubbouri says the dangers Sunnis face are evident every night. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 34771 at http://kvpr.org Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos http://kvpr.org/post/malikis-power-base-crumbles-iraq-slips-chaos Tens of thousands of Iraqi men brandishing assorted weapons are responding to a call to arms. They invoke the Mahdi, a figure from Shiite Muslim prophecies, as they march in a recent parade in Sadr City, a Shiite suburb of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.<p>"We volunteer to protect our dear country," says Hazem al-Shemmari.<p>When Sunni militants took over parts of <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/iraq/" target="_blank">Iraq </a>this month, Shiite religious leaders called for volunteers to fight back.<p>Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a devout Shiite, gave speeches supporting the volunteers. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 34634 at http://kvpr.org Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos Even Amid Onslaught, Hints That Violence In Iraq Could Escalate http://kvpr.org/post/even-amid-onslaught-hints-violence-iraq-could-escalate Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Iraq is still under an onslaught by Sunni militant extremists. They captured the strategic city of Mosul this week and are holding large swathes of the country. If the Iraqi government was expecting the U.S. to send in the cavalry and help save the country from disintegration, President Obama said today that will not happen. He did say he's weighing a range of options to support Iraq's security forces. Those options presumably include airstrikes. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 34170 at http://kvpr.org