David Welna

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American Charity Helps To Repair War-Ravaged Music School In Ukraine

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fixing up the school is part of an ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of a people whose ethnic ties are with Russia but whose military and leaders identify with the West.


American Charity Backs Military Radio Station In Ukraine

Monday, August 01, 2016

An information war is underway on Ukraine's troubled eastern flank, with pro-Russia radio and TV dominating the airwaves. But with key help from an American charity that makes no claim to neutrality, Ukraine's military now has its own FM radio station for its troops on the front. The reach of Army FM is limited, but Spirit of America's Jim Hake is determined to change that.


Can Russia And The U.S. Really Work Together In Syria?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Some national security leaders are skeptical about Washington's attempted overtures to Moscow to establish better coordination in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.


A Look At Donald Trump's Ties To Russia

Monday, July 25, 2016

Donald Trump and top advisers have business ties with Russia and its leaders going back many years. Moscow has a distinct point of view about the U.S. presidential election and cause to support Trump.


Congress Releases Long-Classified 29 Pages Of 9/11 Report

Friday, July 15, 2016

Congress released 29 long-classified pages of a report about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that detail connections to Saudi Arabia.


Growing Evidence Points To Single Gunman In Dallas Attack

Friday, July 08, 2016

Five police officers were killed and another seven wounded by gunfire on Thursday at the end of a march protesting the deaths of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.


Police Identify Lone Gunman In Dallas Shooting

Friday, July 08, 2016

The only known assailant in the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers has been identified as a 25-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Before he was killed by a robot-delivered bomb, Micah Xavier Johnson told police he was acting alone and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.


NATO War Games In Poland Get Russia's Attention

Friday, June 17, 2016

Some 30,000 troops from 20-plus nations took part in Europe's biggest military exercise since the Soviet Union collapsed. It was meant to send a message to Russia, but critics warn it could backfire.


Gitmo Detainees Likely To Be Released Under Parole Board Panels

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Obama administration is accelerating the process by which it screens Guantanamo detainees for possible release, part of its concerted strategy to empty the prison and, if it can, close it down. One such panel convened on Thursday, and NPR joined observers at the Pentagon.


Obama Lifts Arms Export Embargo On Vietnam

Monday, May 23, 2016

Obama is in Vietnam to support its resistance to China's aggressive aims in the Western Pacific. He lifted the U.S. embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, something former POW Sen. McCain supports.


The Renewed Sept 11 Debate Over The 'Missing 28 Pages' And Saudi Arabia

Monday, May 16, 2016

Part of the congressional inquiry into the attacks remains classified. There are now renewed calls to make it public, which could complicate U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.


As 10-Year Deal Nears End, Israel Urges U.S. To Provide More Arms Aid

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Israel is the top recipient, by a wide margin, of U.S. foreign military aid. As the current 10-year aid package nears its end, U.S. and Israeli officials are negotiating a new and likely even bigger aid deal. Senators from both parties are prodding the White House to get a "robust" deal done; many have arms industries that will benefit. Critics call it a give away to a prosperous nation that drains spending on the home front.


Senate Critics Question Legality Of Military Operation In Syria

Friday, April 29, 2016

Critics in the Senate charge that, of all the foreign forces operating in Syria today, the Russians are on the most solid legal ground. Damascus has invited Russia to make its deployment, whereas neither Congress nor Syria has ever explicitly authorized any American military involvement there.


Federal Judge Clears Lawsuit Against CIA Torture Program To Proceed

Monday, April 25, 2016

The lawsuit, on behalf of three men, accuses two psychologists based in Spokane, Wash., of devising and overseeing an "experimental torture program" as a "joint criminal enterprise" with the CIA.


The Next Encryption Battleground: Congress

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel are floating a bill that would mandate cooperation in encryption cases, but critics say it creates a dangerous "back door."


At Nuclear Summit, Many Leaders But No Breakthroughs

Friday, April 01, 2016

The fourth and final nuclear security summit is underway in Washington this week. But Vladimir Putin isn't there. And North Korea has thumbed its nose at the gathering by firing a cruise missile.


If Detainee Population Shrinks Further, Guantanamo May Have To Close

Friday, April 01, 2016

President Obama wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but Congress disagrees. There are 91 detainees left, and the Pentagon will soon transfer more. Accelerated transfers may help Obama's cause.


Obama Opens Final Nuclear Security Summit In Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Russia is not participating in this year's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., this week. It's the final such event of the Obama administration. Critics are underwhelmed with what the president's nuclear security push has accomplished, and it isn't clear whether the event might continue on into the administration of the next president.


Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Defends The 'Smart Power' Of Economic Sanctions

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew granted NPR an exclusive interview to lay out his vision for the role of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy and national security. He touted what he called the success of sanctions on Iran but also conceded they are not a panacea and should not be overused.


Republicans Challenge Plans To Close Gitmo After Brussels Attacks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

President Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay got its first formal hearing in Congress. Republicans said after the Brussels attacks, allies wanting to close the prison are likely reconsidering. And if the Guantanamo prison is a recruiting tool for terrorists, they asked, would not an American lockup have the same effect? Officials also confirmed that released detainees have killed Americans.