Alice Fordham

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Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.


Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and lucrative gas fields. But it is also investing in a huge history project.


Brutal Acts By ISIS Eclipse Reports Of Violence By Syria's Assad Regime

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, receives attention for its brutal killings. Analysts say the group's hunger for publicity is overshadowing other heinous events.


App Aims To Track Engrained Corruption In Lebanon

Monday, March 09, 2015

A Lebanese lawyer has come up with a smartphone app that lets people anonymously report government corruption. It's helping shed light and might changes bad habits.


Remembering The Relics And Rich History Of Mosul, Before ISIS

Saturday, February 28, 2015

When NPR's Alice Fordham visited Mosul in 2010, bird droppings and rain were the biggest threats to its archaeological sites. Now ISIS has destroyed artifacts that had endured for millennia.


ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bearded men wielding sledgehammers are seen shattering ancient statues and friezes in the Iraqi city of Mosul. One of the militants says God commanded them to remove the idols and statues.


ISIS Fighters Seize Control Of Christian Areas In Syria

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State swept through several Christian areas of Syria this week, kidnapping scores and causing wider displacement.


Jordan Responds To Pilots Death At The Hands Of ISIS

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The pilot was captured by Islamic State militants after his F-16 crashed in northern Syria in December. In response to ISIS killing the pilot, Jordan executed two prisoners.


ISIS Video Purports To Show Killing Of Jordanian Pilot

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A gruesome video from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, released on Tuesday purports to show the killing of the Jordanian pilot who was captured in Syria in December.


Jordan Considers Handing Over Prisoner For Hostage Pilot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Jordanian government says it might trade a notorious attempted suicide bomber for a pilot being held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.


Syrian Rebels Want To Fight Assad, But Now They'll Face ISIS

Monday, January 26, 2015

Moderate Syrian rebels took up arms to topple President Bashar Assad. But the U.S. is planning to train them to fight against a different foe, the self-declared Islamic State instead.


Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.


Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Iranian General Advising Syrian Troops

Monday, January 19, 2015

When a general in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and several ranking members of Hezbollah were killed Sunday, they were within 10 miles of Israel's northeastern border.


Global Community Funds Jordan's First Skateboard Park

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Getting skateboarding off the ground in Amman, Jordan, was a bit of a challenge. Donations helped build the first skate park in the country. Newly opened, it's attracting a lot of curious onlookers.


In Jordan, The Comic Book Superheroes Fight Extremism

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Comic book creator Suleiman Bakhit found that many kids didn't have figures to look up to. So he created superheroes who combat religious extremism and they've been a big hit.


Syrian Refugees Suffer Double Threat Of Severe Winter, Less Aid

Friday, January 09, 2015

As the Syrian war nears its fifth year and a bitter storm hits, refugees say this is the worst winter yet. To make matters worse, cash constraints mean they're getting less help from aid groups.


With A Son Missing, Family Questions Jordan's Mission Against ISIS

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The family of the Jordanian air force pilot recently captured in Syria has deep misgivings about the kingdom's decision to join the U.S. in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.


Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Some of the loveliest cities hug great rivers: Cairo on the Nile, Paris on the Seine. Baghdad's lifeblood is the Tigris. After years of war, commuter boats and even a rowing club ply its waters again.


After Making Waves In 2014, ISIS' Power Appears To Ebb

Saturday, January 03, 2015

By the summer of 2014, a third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS, and people worried the capital might be next. Six months on, that's changed.


There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.