Michele Kelemen http://kwit.org en In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire http://kwit.org/post/cairo-first-steps-taken-gnarled-path-gaza-cease-fire Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Cairo, where Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are trying to bring an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Kerry made a brief public statement today. He said the talks have been constructive but there's more work to do.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>JOHN KERRY: So that's where we are right now but we know with clarity where we need to be. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 48852 at http://kwit.org Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://kwit.org/post/kerrys-aim-egypt-first-get-israel-and-hamas-cease-fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry%27s+Aim+In+Egypt%3A+First%2C+Get+Israel+And+Hamas+To+Cease+Fire&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 Gazans have been killed - a quarter of them children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 48799 at http://kwit.org Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy http://kwit.org/post/kerry-accuses-senate-hobbling-american-diplomacy Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, this next story grows out of the Separation of Powers Clause of the Constitution. The document says the president nominates ambassadors who take office with the advice and consent of the Senate. In many cases, President Obama's choices have not received Senate consent.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The administration has complained about the strategic effect of so many unfilled posts abroad. There's also a personal cost. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 48527 at http://kwit.org In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry http://kwit.org/post/trafficking-report-stark-warning-about-thai-fishing-industry The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46920 at http://kwit.org White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://kwit.org/post/white-house-plans-mark-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is once again exercising his executive authority for an environmental cause. Today he announced plans to create the world's largest marine preserve. His proposal came in a video shown at the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference. The White House says it will seek input from fisherman, scientists, and other experts before setting boundaries for the preserve. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46703 at http://kwit.org As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do http://kwit.org/post/iraq-comes-apart-seams-washington-weighs-what-do Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We now return to NPR's Michele Kelemen on how the White House is weighing its options in aiding Iraq and its Confrontation with ISIS extremist and finding limited options.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For those experts who argued that the U.S. should have tried harder to reach an agreement with Iraq to leave some troops there rather than pull out completely in 2011 this is their nightmare scenario. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46407 at http://kwit.org Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid http://kwit.org/post/syrian-crisis-splits-activists-and-religious-groups-over-aid The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46131 at http://kwit.org Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine http://kwit.org/post/russia-takes-helm-un-security-council-turns-focus-ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Russia holds the presidency at the United Nations Security Council at the moment. That role rotates monthly. And this is shaping up to be a month of high diplomatic drama. Russia's ambassador is trying to keep the council focused on Ukraine. He's calling for humanitarian corridors to provide aid the east of the country. The U.S. and other council members accused Russia of hypocrisy. And they plan to focus on other humanitarian concerns like Syria. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 45846 at http://kwit.org Russia, China Block U.N. Effort To Investigate Syrian War Crimes http://kwit.org/post/russia-china-block-un-effort-investigate-syrian-war-crimes 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>Russia and China used their veto powers today at the U.N. Security Council. They blocked a resolution that would have sent the crisis in Syria to the International Criminal Court. More than 160,000 people have died in Syria's civil war. And the United States accused Moscow of aiding impunity with its veto. But Moscow's ambassador called the whole U.N. Thu, 22 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 45134 at http://kwit.org Keeping Watch On Ukraine As It Prepares To Elect A President http://kwit.org/post/keeping-watch-ukraine-it-prepares-elect-president Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Amid much turmoil, Ukraine is set to hold a presidential election this Sunday. It will be complicated in parts of Eastern Ukraine now under the control of pro-Russian separatists who say voting won't happen in those areas. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44937 at http://kwit.org