Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson http://kbia.org en Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine http://kbia.org/post/out-tough-day-diplomacy-surprising-deal-ukraine 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>A deal now that could possibly ease the tensions in eastern Ukraine. The U.S., Europe, Russia and Ukraine came to an agreement that calls on multinational monitors to oversee steps to restore order. The deal would likely delay any new sanctions against Russia. President Obama has already cast doubt on whether the Russian's will cooperate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 51504 at http://kbia.org As Pressures Mount On Putin, Analysts Wonder What He Hopes To Gain http://kbia.org/post/pressures-mount-putin-analysts-wonder-what-he-hopes-gain Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated since Russia's annexation of Crimea and there are still questions over Russian President Vladimir Putin's agenda in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 50804 at http://kbia.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back http://kbia.org/post/not-april-fools-joke-russians-petition-get-alaska-back President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea is reigniting talk in Russia of taking back Alaska from the United States, which purchased the territory from a czar for $7.2 million nearly a century and a half ago.<p>Most of the talk is tongue-in-cheek, but it comes at a time of heightened sensitivity in the West over whether Russia is planning further incursions or land grabs.<p>A recent petition written in clunky English on the official <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/alaska-back-russia/SFG1ppfN" target="_blank">White House website </a>seeks Alaska's secession and return t Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 50587 at http://kbia.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry http://kbia.org/post/caught-between-russia-and-ukraine-border-cities-share-only-worry The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops along their country's western border with Ukraine worries the new government in Kiev and its Western allies, including President Obama.<p>In a phone call Friday, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull those forces back, a demand likely to be repeated by Secretary of State John Kerry when he meets with his Russian counterpart in Paris Sunday.<p>But people in the Russian border city of Belgorod, one of the places where troops have been gathering, say they can't understand why the U.S. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 50468 at http://kbia.org Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea http://kbia.org/post/ribbons-russians-show-support-takeover-crimea It's hard to keep up with the vast array of colored ribbons that convey causes around the world, especially when the same color has multiple meanings. Red ones, for example, represent AIDS awareness but also drunk driving prevention, among other things.<p>Last week, deputies in the Russian parliament, or Duma, adopted their own ribbon to signal approval for Russia's takeover of Crimea – ones with black and orange stripes.<p>As <em>The Moscow Times</em> noted in a story Tuesday, it became "an almost obligatory accessory for ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 50199 at http://kbia.org With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia http://kbia.org/post/eu-rejects-crimean-vote-weighs-sanctions-against-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And as Eleanor just told Renee, the government in Kiev says the world is with them, and not with Russia.<p>Let's bring in NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson into this conversation. She's in Berlin. She's been monitoring the European reaction to the vote in Crimea.<p>And, Soraya, as we mentioned, the EU, like the United States, threatening sanctions against Russia. EU foreign ministers are actually meeting today to draw some up and take a vote. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49713 at http://kbia.org Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow http://kbia.org/post/germany-changes-its-tone-russia-and-eu-sanctions-may-follow 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.<p>The chancellor of Germany is warning Russia to step back from its confrontation with the West over Ukraine.<p>CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL: (Foreign language spoken)<p>SIEGEL: Angela Merkel says if Moscow continues its present course, it will change Europe's whole relationship with Russia. She told the German Parliament today that this would cause massive damage to Russia, economically and politically. It's a sharp change in tone for Merkel. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49572 at http://kbia.org In Kiev, Leaders Ink A Deal — But Will The People Follow? http://kbia.org/post/kiev-leaders-ink-deal-will-people-follow 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>An uneasy calm settled over Kiev today since opposition leaders signed a peace deal with Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych. But after three days of fighting left scores of people dead, protesters are still trying to decide if the deal is worth the sacrifice. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 48538 at http://kbia.org From The Streets Of Kiev, A Firsthand Look At the Protests http://kbia.org/post/streets-kiev-firsthand-look-protests Police in Kiev continue to try to clear protesters from the streets of the Ukrainian capital, where violence has left both police and demonstrators dead. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 48413 at http://kbia.org Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next http://kbia.org/post/irans-nuclear-talks-what-expect-next The next round of Iranian nuclear talks with world powers is fast approaching, and there's still a lot of skepticism in the air over the prospects for a comprehensive deal.<p>Iran will sit down with the U.S. and five other major powers in Vienna on Feb. 18 as they try to hammer out a long-term agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 47646 at http://kbia.org Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome http://kbia.org/post/germanys-new-defense-minister-more-peacekeeping-missions-welcome Many Germans were surprised in December when Ursula von der Leyen was named the country's first female defense minister.<p>Some people questioned whether a medical doctor with seven children, who championed Germany's generous parental leave policy, was the right choice to shepherd the country's military through the challenges of being a newly minted volunteer force.<p>Others wondered whether a woman with no military experience could even do the job. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 47493 at http://kbia.org Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper http://kbia.org/post/heinrich-himmlers-private-letters-published-german-newspaper "The Handwriting of a Mass Murderer" is how Germany's <em>Die Welt </em>newspaper bills its <a href="http://www.welt.de/himmler/">eight-part series</a> featuring excerpts of Heinrich Himmler's personal letters accompanied by family photos, which are reportedly being published for the first time.<p>(An English-language version is <a href="http://www.welt.de/geschichte/himmler/article124223862/Insight-into-the-orderly-world-of-a-mass-murderer.html">here</a>.)<p>The excerpts, published this weekend, come from roughly 700 letters that Himmler, leader of the Nazis' notorious, black-uniformed SS cor Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 47184 at http://kbia.org Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect http://kbia.org/post/restaurant-owner-loved-patrons-he-died-protecting Taverna du Liban was a welcome respite from the pressures of living in a third-world war zone.<p>The cozy, Kabul restaurant with its Middle Eastern décor served up a tasty variety of Lebanese dishes and the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten, courtesy of the Lebanese owner, Kamal Hamade, who baked the cakes himself.<p>But the appeal of Taverna — where I ate nearly every week when I lived in Afghanistan — was about much more than the food. It was about friendship.<p>Kamal treated each of his customers as a personal friend. Whenever my friends and I went there, he'd come over to chat. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:06:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46831 at http://kbia.org Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal http://kbia.org/post/german-farmers-fear-europes-bacon-us-trade-deal When German farmers and activists descended upon Chancellor Angela Merkel's office building Wednesday morning, they brought along some special guests — 17 pigs. The stunt was the latest European backlash against a proposed free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe.<p>Under the watchful eye of German police officers, the pigs munched happily on straw strewn across the pavement to keep the herd from running amok.<p>The protesters said the pigs at today's protest were meant to symbolize wholesome farming, rather than to insult Merkel. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46711 at http://kbia.org German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues http://kbia.org/post/despite-dim-prospects-syrian-exodus-germany-continues Human rights officials say the Syrian civil war is creating Europe's biggest refugee crisis in decades, but that countries across the continent are doing little about it.<p>Most European nations are refusing to take in Syrian refugees, choosing instead to send money to the United Nations and other international agencies. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46459 at http://kbia.org Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues