Syria en Iraq On The Brink: U.S. Weighs Options As Jihadis Advance <p>A powerful group of radical Islamists has been overwhelming Iraqi cities and towns. The stunning onslaught has the capital Baghdad now girding for battle and the U.S. grappling with how best to deal with the threat. We’ll look at the situation there and at American options.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:12 +0000 The Exchange 50293 at Iraq On The Brink: U.S. Weighs Options As Jihadis Advance What Happened To The "Arab Spring," And What's Next <p>Three years after what was dubbed the “Arab Spring”, Egypt is preparing for its first election since a military coup last summer. The candidate presumed to win is Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who led the coup against Islamist President Morsi last July.&nbsp; Since then, he’s been the de facto leader of Egypt, and has engineered mass crackdowns on dissent. It’s not the type of reform many imagined, when the fabled Tahrir Square uprisings began – and now, Egyptians are wondering if their revolution has left them any better off than before. Tue, 13 May 2014 13:00:02 +0000 The Exchange 48348 at What Happened To The "Arab Spring," And What's Next U.S. - Russia Relations: What's Next? <p>U.S. ties with Russia have always been complicated, but recently they have heated up even more. Disputes over how to approach the war in Syria, Russia’s protection of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, as well as the recent tug of war over Ukraine have all contributed to this tension. We’re examining this fraught relationship and how it’s changed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39566 at U.S. - Russia Relations: What's Next? Playing For Peace <p>Clarinetist and composer <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Kinan Azmeh</strong></a> was born in Damascus, but now lives in New York, where he wakes up to bad news each day. One of his compositions, “<a href="" target="_blank">A Sad Morning, Every Morning</a>,” is dedicated to the victims of the Syrian conflict, now in its third year.</p><p><strong>Kinan</strong> will be performing at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth tonight along with <a href="" target="_blank">Sally Pinkas</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Apple Hill String Quartet</a> in a program called “Playing for Peace.”</p><p>Also featured tonight will be works by Joseph Haydn and Mieczyslaw Weinberg and the world premiere of two compositions by the composer <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Kareem Roustom</strong></a>-- also born in Damascus. <strong>Roustom</strong> has not been back to Syria since 2008; <strong>Azmeh</strong> since July 2012 , but the people who are suffering in their war-torn homeland are never far from their hearts or their music. We spoke to <strong>Kinan Azmeh</strong> and <strong>Kareem Routsom</strong> from Dartmouth’s studio about homeland.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:01:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38457 at Playing For Peace What Do International Weapons Inspectors Do, Exactly? We Talked To One To Find Out. <p>Only a few days after international weapons inspectors arrived in Syria, they&rsquo;ve begun destroying Syria&rsquo;sstockpile of chemical weapons along with the equipment used to make it. The team is reportedly using blow torches and heavy trucks to crush weaponry, working as an active war rages on around them.</p><p>For a better sense of what weapons inspectors do, we spoke to <strong>Tim Trevan. </strong>He worked as a U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq in the early 90&rsquo;s and is currently Executive Director of the <a href="">International Council for the Life Sciences.</a></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:11:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36337 at What Do International Weapons Inspectors Do, Exactly? We Talked To One To Find Out. Constitutional War Powers <p>The Constitution gives Congress the right to declare war and the President to wage it. Yet many presidents have taken military action, without involving lawmakers. President Obama’s recent decision to seek Congressional support for intervention in Syria has renewed debate over when and how we engage our military.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Guests:</strong></u></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35026 at Constitutional War Powers Saving Syrian Puppies <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Phil Sands</strong></a> is Syria correspondent for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The National</em></a>, an English language daily newspaper based in Abu Dhabi.&nbsp; He was living in Damascus when the uprising began in March of 2011, and has continued reporting on the escalation of the rebellion and civil war in the two years since. Earlier this year, Phil returned to the US with a pair of unlikely refugees – two dogs, saved from the war-torn streets of the Syrian capital. He sat down with Virginia Prescott this past February to talk about the puppies, which he called <a href="" target="_blank">Mr. Brown and Mr. White</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:03:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22805 at Saving Syrian Puppies N.H. Delegation's Reaction To Obama Remarks: A Mix Of Doubt, Hope On Syria <p>New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she's skeptical of the credibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad and the ability of the United Nations to execute a plan for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons.</p><p>But Ayotte, commenting after President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night, said if the effort is successful, the world would be safer.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:36:51 +0000 Associated Press 34741 at Seeking Solutions On Syria <p>President Obama says the United States has a moral responsibility to punish the Syrian government for its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians. And he’s asked Congress to approve military action.&nbsp; We’ll look at the arguments for and against, and gauge reaction in the Granite State.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 34498 at Seeking Solutions On Syria Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster Weigh In On Syria <p>New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is weighing in on possible military intervention in Syria. &nbsp;This after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for a military strike to punish the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 22:40:56 +0000 Amanda Loder 34240 at Jordan Holds Tech Bootcamp For Syrian Entrepreneurs <p>Syria’s civil war is now in its third year. More than 70,000 people have been killed; more than 1.4 million people have fled their homes; lives and families have been shattered; landmarks decimated and the economy is crumbling. Among those seeking refuge in neighboring Jordan are innovators and diaspora entrepreneurs who may well be seeding the ideas and infrastructure of Syria’s future. <strong>Patrick Clark </strong>is a reporter for <em>Bloomberg Business Week</em> covering small business and entrepreneurship and <a href="" target="_blank">wrote about a tech boot camp </a>for Syrians working in Jordan with Sarah Topol.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:38:25 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27175 at Jordan Holds Tech Bootcamp For Syrian Entrepreneurs Rising Worries Over Syria <p>This week, U.S. concerns over the civil war in Syria escalated with talk of chemical weapons and the real fear that the conflict could spill over in the broader Middle East including Israel.&nbsp; Now there’s debate in Washington about how this country should respond what the so-called “red-line is” and whether the Americans public is willing to cross it.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 27142 at Rising Worries Over Syria After 100 Days, Still No Word From Journalist Foley - Or His Captors <p>It’s been 100 days since journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley was kidnapped in Syria, with no information about his condition, location, or even his kidnappers' identities.</p><p>Foley’s family is again appealing for help in finding him , using a website called <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. His mother, <strong>Diane Foley</strong>, joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on those efforts.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:25:17 +0000 Brady Carlson 23134 at After 100 Days, Still No Word From Journalist Foley - Or His Captors New Sounds From Arab Lands <p><strong>New Sounds From Arab Lands </strong>is five musicians from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon respectively. They were brought together in collaboration with the Aga Khan music initiative, and are artists in a residency at Dartmouth College curated by ethnomusicologist and music professor Ted Levin. The group performs this evening at the <a href="" target="_blank">Spaulding auditorium</a>. We caught up with the group from a studio at Dartmouth College.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:30:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22654 at New Sounds From Arab Lands The Ballet Girls: A Portrait of Life in Damascus During the Revolution <P><FONT size=3><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'">&nbsp;</SPAN></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'">As the Syrian revolution grinds on, middle-class Damascus clings to the rituals of everyday life. Photographer <A href="">Emma LeBlanc</A> and Phil Sands <A href="">capture the other story of the revolution</A>.&nbsp;It is the story of a&nbsp;tension that has come to define this new Syria in transition, though the quiet, frightened, quotidian voices of the majority are those less often heard amidst the shouts for freedom and those for president Bashar.&nbsp;</SPAN> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:39:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 19759 at The Ballet Girls: A Portrait of Life in Damascus During the Revolution