Middle East

  • 2:30pm May 03, 2013
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    Diplomacy, Sanctions And A Nearing Red Line With Iran

    Sanctions have hurt the Iranian economy, but have so far failed to convince Tehran to abandon nuclear ambitions. A report from the Iran Project argues that it's time to re-examine the balance of sanctions and diplomacy. Others argue it's time to consider military options.
  • President Obama speaks at a news conference Tuesday. He addressed the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said he's weighing his options.
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    10:09am May 02, 2013
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    How Will Obama Make His Case On Syria?

    When it comes to the U.S. role in Syria's civil war, President Obama says he's weighing all options. Whatever he decides, he'll have to make his case to a public that hasn't been paying close attention.
  • 9:51am Apr 28, 2013
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    How Chemical Weapons Could Change Strategy For Syria

    British, French and Israeli officials say they have evidence that the Syrian government repeatedly used chemical weapons against civilians. Though the U.S. hasn't confirmed the allegations, the Obama administration previously said that the use of chemical weapons could provoke a stronger response.
  • 8:17pm Apr 27, 2013
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    Egyptian Activists: Our Religion Is None Of Your Business

    Violence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt, which has only increased since the revolution, is prompting public debate about religious identity. To try to ease tension and de-emphasize differences, one group of Egyptians wants to remove religious labels from national ID cards.
  • 3:57pm Apr 27, 2013

    Does Syria's Alleged Use Of Chemical weapons 'Cross The Line?'

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins University about allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own citizens, and whether this crosses a "red line" drawn by the Obama Administration.
  • 8:16pm Apr 25, 2013
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    Sen. Corker Calls On U.S. To 'Step Up' Efforts In Syria

    Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, about the U.S. intelligence assessment regarding chemical weapons in Syria. Corker says there is not yet enough evidence to take military action against the Syrian government. He adds that the real challenge now is to keep the more extremist anti-Assad-regime rebels from having the upper hand.
  • 8:16pm Apr 25, 2013
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    White House Undecided On Action For Syria Crossing 'Red Line'

    President Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people was a red line, and crossing it would bring U.S. action. On Thursday, the administration said that the intelligence community "does assess with vary degrees of confidence" that the regime has used such weapons "on a small scale." Yet the administration also contends that these findings fall short of the red line.