Peter Kenyon http://kwit.org en Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 http://kwit.org/post/embattled-yazidis-say-they-are-now-enduring-atrocity-no-74 A massacre of members of the Yazidi minority in the Iraqi town of Kocho made headlines last week. Around 80 men were killed by militants from the so-called Islamic State, the extremist group that has swept through much of northern Iraq.<p>But that was not the only massacre, according to the Yazidis. In a camp for the displaced near the Syrian border, people call 21-year-old Abbas Khader Soullo a walking miracle. To explain why, he unbuttons his shirt and shows his bullet wounds.<p>He was shot in an attack on Yazidis that received much less attention in the village of Jazira. That was Aug. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50427 at http://kwit.org Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 Islamic Militants Kill Dozens Of Yazidis In Northern Iraq http://kwit.org/post/islamic-militants-kill-dozens-yazidis-northern-iraq <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=Islamic+Militants+Kill+Dozens+Of+Yazidis+In+Northern+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50342 at http://kwit.org U.S. Airstrikes Seek To Turn Back Militant Tide From Iraqi Dam http://kwit.org/post/us-airstrikes-seek-turn-back-militant-tide-iraqi-dam <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=U.S.+Airstrikes+Seek+To+Turn+Back+Militant+Tide+From+Iraqi+Dam&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwODM4NDIzMDEzMjM4NzEyMDkwNThkNQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50323 at http://kwit.org Iraq Has New Leadership, Al-Malaki Will Step Aside http://kwit.org/post/iraq-has-new-leadership-al-malaki-will-step-aside <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=Iraq+Has+New+Leadership%2C+Al-Malaki+Will+Step+Aside&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Iraq finally has new leadership. Prime Minister Nouri al'Maliki says he will step aside, making room for a new prime minister. Haider al-Abadi, the new man, will try to form a government that can fight the extremist militants known as the Islamic State. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50236 at http://kwit.org Obama Says Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is Broken, But Crisis Persists http://kwit.org/post/obama-says-siege-mount-sinjar-broken-crisis-persists <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=Obama+Says+Siege+Of+Mount+Sinjar+Is+Broken%2C+But+Crisis+Persists&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50206 at http://kwit.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President http://kwit.org/post/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-expanded-role-president The news from Turkey lately has been mostly bad: A mine disaster this spring killed more than 300 workers; a corruption probe in December raised allegations of high-level graft in the Cabinet; and resentment continues to smolder against mega-projects that are threatening Istanbul's remaining green spaces.<p>That doesn't sound like a good platform for a term-limited prime minister to transform himself into Turkey's first strong president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 49932 at http://kwit.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension http://kwit.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 48430 at http://kwit.org Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://kwit.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 47707 at http://kwit.org Deadline Looms In Nuclear Talks With Iran http://kwit.org/post/july-deadline-looms-nuclear-talks-iran Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's being billed as the final push. After a decade of on-again, off-again talks with Iran over its nuclear program, a last round of talks begins today in Vienna. Negotiators from Iran, the U.S. and five major powers have set July 20 - just weeks from now - as the deadline to reach an agreement. NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Vienna. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 47598 at http://kwit.org Beside A Crumbling Iraq, Iran Looks On With Alarm Bells Ringing http://kwit.org/post/beside-crumbling-iraq-iran-looks-alarm-bells-ringing Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Alarm bells are ringing in Iran now that Sunni militants are making such a huge claim in neighboring Iraq. Iran is the center of Shiite power in the region. It supports Iraq's Shiite-led government and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Tehran is pursuing even more military support for its allies. But it also might be looking for a viable political solution in Iraq.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Into Tehran, where memories of Iran's bloody war against the Sunni led Iraq in the 1980s are still strong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 47507 at http://kwit.org