Peter Kenyon http://kasu.org en With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension http://kasu.org/post/deadline-days-away-iran-nuclear-deal-might-get-extension Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>After two days of nuclear talks with his Iranian counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington. Sunday is the deadline for a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Vienna that the talks could be extended.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Amid crises unfolding around the Middle East, Kerry took time to focus on the Iran nuclear talks as they near a July 20th deadline. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 47006 at http://kasu.org Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://kasu.org/post/iran-nuclear-negotiations-try-hurdle-impasse-deadline-nears 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. Iranian and American diplomats are facing a July 20th deadline to come up with a nuclear agreement. A deal could prevent any Iranian attempt to build a bomb. Failure could bring back the mutual hostility of the past. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 46485 at http://kasu.org Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy http://kasu.org/post/crowded-two-shaky-states-turkey-shifts-its-weight-policy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The fighting is so bad in Iraq that yesterday NATO promised to defend member country Turkey from any spillover violence. Turkey borders two countries that some analysts now call failed states, Iraq and Syria. That's forcing Turkey to consider policies that could change the map of the region, even the possibility of more independence for Iraqi Kurds. That's something Turkey has vehemently opposed for decades. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: After loudly criticizing the U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 46190 at http://kasu.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://kasu.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45939 at http://kasu.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks http://kasu.org/post/key-sticking-points-iranian-nuclear-talks Iran and six world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in their latest attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear agreement by July 20.<p>That's when a six-month interim agreement expires. It can be extended for up to another six months, though all sides say they're aiming for an agreement this summer.<p>Iran is negotiating with the so-called P5 plus one, which consists of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.<p>Here are some of the major sticking points as the talks enter a crucial stage:<p><strong>1. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45676 at http://kasu.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks Former Boxer Steps Up As Kiev Mayor, Spars With Remaining Activists http://kasu.org/post/former-boxer-steps-kiev-mayor-spars-remaining-activists Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitchko is now set to become mayor of Kiev. In his first major move, Klitchko is asking activists in Independence Square to pack up their tents and allow the square to return to normal. Some activists are resisting, warning that one presidential election doesn't guarantee the success of their revolution — or do justice to the martyrs who were killed there. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45272 at http://kasu.org Rare Right-Wing Party Favors EU Integration, Joining Nato http://kasu.org/post/rare-right-wing-party-favors-eu-integration-joining-nato Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Europe's far-right parties did well, really well in last week's elections to the European Parliament. But their embrace of Russia and its annexation of Crimea is not exactly what the far-right counterparts in Ukraine were expecting. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on a rare right-wing party that favors EU integration and joining NATO.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Svoboda, or the freedom party, is the most prominent nationalist party in Ukraine. Although it didn't fare well in Sunday's presidential election. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44932 at http://kasu.org Insurgents In Ukraine Shoot Down Helicopter, Killing General http://kasu.org/post/insurgents-ukraine-shoot-down-helicopter-killing-general Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The battle for control of eastern Ukraine heated up again today. Pro-Russian insurgents shot down a military helicopter - killing at least a dozen soldiers, including an Army general. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44907 at http://kasu.org From Kiev, An Olive Branch For Russia — And A Saber For Separatists http://kasu.org/post/kiev-olive-branch-russia-and-saber-separatists Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Fighting in Eastern Ukraine went on today with Moscow and Kiev accusing each other of responsibility for the bloodshed. It's reported that about 50 separatists have been killed since yesterday. Ukraine's likely new president won't be sworn in until next month, but attention is already focusing on what Petro Poroshenko will or can do to resolve Ukraine's numerous crises. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44799 at http://kasu.org Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election http://kasu.org/post/extremists-vow-disrupt-ukraines-presidential-election The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44614 at http://kasu.org Iran Reluctant To Disclose Secret Nuclear Activities http://kasu.org/post/iran-reluctant-disclose-secret-nuclear-activities Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Another round of nuclear talks between world powers in Iran ended yesterday and negotiations are expected to run through July. The U.S. wants to limit Iran's nuclear program. Iran wants relief from economic sanctions, but there are some mysteries, including rumors and reports about old weapons programs Iran allegedly hid.<p>And that poses a dilemma. How does it admit to past concealment? Well, it asked the world to trust it under a new deal. Sat, 17 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44335 at http://kasu.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job http://kasu.org/post/nearly-year-job-tepid-reception-irans-president Almost a year into Hassan Rouhani's presidency, the wave of high expectations that marked his rise to power in Iran has given way to impatience from his supporters and increasing attacks from his critics.<p>As Iranian negotiators headed to New York last week for expert-level nuclear talks, conservatives spoke out in parliament and gathered at the old U.S. Embassy in Tehran for some of the boldest attacks yet on Rouhani's leadership. Mon, 12 May 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44079 at http://kasu.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King http://kasu.org/post/turkish-town-liver-and-olive-oil-wrestling-are-king If we mention the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, tucked up near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, you may think, "Oh brother, not another story about olive oil wrestling."<p>Yes, it's true that each summer for the last 650 or so years Edirne has hosted the <a href="http://www.edirnetravel.net/oil-wrestling-kirkpinar">Kirkpinar Olive Oil Wrestling Festival</a>, in which half-naked men slathered in fragrant oil grapple in the grass. It's activity that's even recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Event.<p>But we're actually here today to discuss liver. Fried liver. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43565 at http://kasu.org In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back http://kasu.org/post/dogs-and-batons-bulgaria-tells-syrian-refugees-turn-back Some countries in Syria's neighborhood are feeling inundated with refugees, and countries like Greece are making it harder for them to enter the country. Now Bulgaria has followed suit, with growing reports of Syrian refugees facing violent beatings, according to a <a href="http://hrw.org/node/124858" target="_blank">new report by Human Rights Watch</a>.<p>Among the poorest European states, Bulgaria was ill-prepared for the spike in refugees who came across its border last fall. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43536 at http://kasu.org With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two http://kasu.org/post/internet-freedom-debate-stokes-rivalry-between-turkeys-top-two Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turkey has seen its share of political controversies lately, including large protests and a government ban of Twitter. Despite that, the ruling party appears to be maintaining its popularity. But now it may face a split in its highest ranks. There's competition brewing between its two main figures: President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul that many are wary of Erdogan's growing power.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Turkey is in the midst of a three-round electoral contest. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43355 at http://kasu.org A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History http://kasu.org/post/trip-odessas-rich-dark-history As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42761 at http://kasu.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://kasu.org/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42328 at http://kasu.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote IMF Bailout Comes With A Hefty Side Of Pain For Ukrainians http://kasu.org/post/imf-bailout-comes-hefy-side-pain-ukrainians Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The International Monetary Fund is coming up with some cash to keep Ukraine out of bankruptcy. The IMF has agreed on an offer of up to $18 billion in loans. The package still needs final approval. It's intended to give the acting government some breathing room and keep it from defaulting on debts. But Ukrainians themselves will feel the bite of austerity measures that come with the bailout. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42122 at http://kasu.org Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban http://kasu.org/post/even-turkeys-president-evades-its-new-twitter-ban 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>The cyberworld is aflutter about Twitter - more precisely, an effort by Turkey to ban the microblogging site. After a court order, Turkey's telecommunications authority tried to block Twitter access. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to eradicate Twitter. But the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, is one of many Turks who are working around the blockage and tweeting away. Joining us from Istanbul is NPR's Peter Kenyon. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41851 at http://kasu.org As Iran Talks Wrap Up, Diplomats Get Specific http://kasu.org/post/iran-talks-wrap-diplomats-get-specific Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Diplomats from the U.S., Russia and other world powers wrapped up a meeting with Iran today about its nuclear program. The deal they're trying to hammer out is this: Iran modifies its program so that it can't produce nuclear weapons. And in exchange, Western powers lift sanctions. Negotiators released a joint statement calling the talks substantive and useful. A senior U.S. official said it is going to take some hard work to reach an agreement. The talks will resume on April 7th. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41751 at http://kasu.org Kremlin Tells Reporters Not To Believe Their Eyes In Crimea http://kasu.org/post/kremlin-tells-reporters-not-believe-their-eyes-crimea Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has not sent troops to Crimea, despite being authorized to do so. Russia's defense minister says reports of Russian forces fanning out across Crimea are complete nonsense. And yet, Ukrainian and Western officials, as well as witnesses and journalists in Crimea tell a very different story. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41162 at http://kasu.org As Russians Return, Crimean Tatars Fear Repeat Of History http://kasu.org/post/russians-return-crimean-tatars-fear-repeat-history Not everyone in Crimea is happy with recent events. Muslim Tatars, who'd lived there for centuries, were exiled by Stalin and could only return with the fall of Communism. Now, the Russians are back. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41072 at http://kasu.org With Russian Military In Crimea, What's Next For Ukraine? http://kasu.org/post/russian-military-crimea-whats-next-ukraine Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Events in Ukraine have taken another dramatic turn. Russian forces now control Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. The Ukrainian government in Kiev is calling up its military reserves. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia's military incursion is an incredible act of aggression. Kerry will meet with the new Ukrainian government in Kiev on Tuesday.<p>So far, the largely pro-Russian Crimea has come under effective Russian control without violence. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41039 at http://kasu.org Violence In Crimea Casts Shadow On New Ukrainian Cabinet http://kasu.org/post/violence-crimea-casts-shadow-new-ukrainian-cabinet Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Ukraine's new government was installed today, but it was completely overshadowed by events in the majority Russian Crimea. Armed men took over two government buildings in the Crimean capital and hoisted a Russian flag over the parliament. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40954 at http://kasu.org A Day Away From New Government, Ukraine Seeks Stability http://kasu.org/post/day-away-new-government-ukraine-seeks-stability Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We begin this hour with the latest developments from Ukraine and some of the responses from Western powers. Washington is offering financial advice and is now considering a $1 billion loan-guarantee package to help support the Ukrainian economy. In a moment, we'll hear how the British government views the crisis.<p>But first, in an effort to create some stability, a new cabinet was named in Kiev today. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40911 at http://kasu.org