Middle East

  • 6:24pm Jan 29, 2013
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    The Challenges To Democracy In Egypt

    Egypt's defense minister warned that the rising conflicts and chaos in the country could result in "the collapse of the state." Ongoing violence highlights the continued tensions between the government and the opposition, and raises questions about the prospects of Egypt's transition into a democracy.
  • 10:11am Jan 28, 2013
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    Syrian Opposition Fears Waning Western Support

    After prodding the Syrian opposition to reorganize into a more inclusive organization, the Obama administration has failed to support the group. France, Britain and other allies of the opposition are channeling their humanitarian aid for Syria through the new coalition. There is a legal impediment holding up U.S. action.
  • 9:17am Jan 27, 2013
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    Netanyahu Must Turn Fractured Results Into A Government

    Voters appear to have re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to another term. But his right-wing alliance suffered serious losses. Center and left parties defied the polls and won half the seats in parliament.
  • 4:07pm Jan 23, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    In Syria, Addressing Medical Needs In An Embattled City

    Nearly two years after the crisis in Syria began, the humanitarian situation in the country remains dire. Shinjiro Murata, head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in northern Syria and NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos, discuss the efforts to address growing medical needs.
  • 2:10pm Jan 22, 2013
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    Al-Qaida's Next Stronghold? What's At Stake In North Africa

    Recent unrest in Mali and Algeria point to the growing influence of al-Qaida in North Africa. Wall Street Journal Pentagon reporter Julian Barnes and Ret. Col. Thomas Dempsey, chair for security studies at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, explain the latest developments and the threat al-Qaida presents in the region.
  • 8:44am Jan 20, 2013
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    Obama's Foreign Policy: The Way Forward With Iran

    As President Obama prepares for a second term, a host of international challenges await. In a piece in the Washington Post, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that as Obama prioritizes his foreign policy goals, "It is essential that the issue of war or peace with Iran be fully vented."
  • Ahmed (center) is staying at the school but will soon join his brother Yehya to go fight with anti-government rebels to earn money.
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    8:16pm Jan 16, 2013
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    For Those Still In Syria, A Daily Struggle

    The situation is dire for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees seeking shelter outside the nation's borders, but inside, the numbers are even higher. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent the night in one school, one of thousands, where families are taking cover from the shelling and fighting.
  • 2:27pm Jan 15, 2013
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    What's At Stake In Hotspots Across The Globe

    In Mali, the French continue air strikes to stop the advance of armed Islamist rebels in the north. In Syria, the death toll continues to rise, and in Afghanistan, questions remain about the ongoing transition of power. In all three regions, opportunities for current or future U.S. involvement is uncertain.
  • 6:57am Jan 15, 2013
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    Grim Situation Starts To Lift In Aleppo, Syria

    The situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo is much less dire than it was a month ago. Food stalls are full of produce, albeit at much higher prices than before, and the bread crisis has been somewhat averted. The fighting is now centered on airbases on the outskirts of the city.