Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos appears in the following:

Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War

Friday, March 28, 2014

Iran has been a close ally of Syria for decades and a staunch supporter in Syria's current war. But a growing number of Iranians are questioning the costs of backing President Bashar Assad.


Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

Thursday, March 20, 2014

After bouncing all over the Internet, the iconic photo is coming to big screens in Times Square. It shows a sea of desperate people waiting for food in the devastated refugee camp of Yarmouk.


A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store

Monday, March 17, 2014

Three years into Syria's civil war, a resigned stability and a sense of permanence are taking hold at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.


Syrian Conflict Marches Into Fourth Year

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Syrian uprising started three years ago this week with protests and eventually a military crackdown that led to all-out civil war. More than 130,000 people have died.


Saudi Aid Boost To Syrian Rebels Puts Jordan At Risk

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Convoys of humanitarian aid trucks from Saudi Arabia are rolling through Jordan toward Syria. That puts Jordan in a precarious situation on the front line of the war.


'Waiting For Godot' Strikes A Chord In Tehran

Friday, March 14, 2014

Samuel Beckett's drama is playing before full houses in the Iranian capital Tehran. Some view it as an allegory of their desire to see change that never seems to come.


Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A new bloom of activist movements have been spurred by the election of President Hassan Rouhani. And women — many of them educated but without job prospects — are at the forefront.


My (Brief) Detention By Iran's Morality Police

Monday, March 03, 2014

NPR's Deborah Amos had a recent run-in with the "morals police" in Tehran. Her three-hour confinement revealed the gap between the enforcers and a generation chafing under strict behavior codes.


What Comes Next In Syria?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

More than a week of negotiations in Geneva failed to produce a breakthrough. The two sides may meet again soon, but there's no sign they are capable of establishing a transitional government.


Low Hopes, High Stakes For Syria Peace Conference In Geneva

Monday, January 20, 2014

The conference, set for Wednesday, will bring together a delegation representing President Bashar Assad and the Western-backed, exiled political opposition. A lot of diplomatic capital has been spent to make this happen, but it's unclear whether there will be a meaningful outcome.


Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Friday, December 20, 2013

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.


As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

Monday, December 02, 2013

The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.


Islamic Extremists Alter Dynamics In Syria's War Civil

Friday, November 29, 2013

The extremists have emerged as the best armed and financed opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad — eclipsing the opposition groups favored by the West. The surge is having a profound impact along the Turkish border with Syria.


Disagreement On Syria Adds To Chill In U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Saudi Arabia, a long time U.S. ally, has been openly critical of U.S. policy in the Middle East and has sent unmistakable signals of its displeasure. The rift appears to be specifically over Syria, but the tensions have been building since the Arab Spring began.


Saudi Women Get In Driver's Seat To Protest Ban

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dozens of women in Saudi Arabia drove cars Saturday in open protest against the kingdom's ban on women driving. NPR's Deborah Amos, who has been covering the story, speaks with Steve Inskeep about the outcome and implications of the protest.


Saudi Women Hold A Drive-In Protest

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Women faced little objection from police as they took to the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday to protest the ban on driving.


Saudi Female Activists To Get Behind The Wheel Again

Friday, October 25, 2013

On Saturday, Saudi activists are calling for a national "drive-in," encouraging women to break the country's ban on women driving. Many are not waiting for the start date. One female activist has a long history in this movement: Madiha Al Ajroush, who took part in the first driving protest in 1990.


Saudi Women Go For A Spin In Latest Challenge To Driving Ban

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that effectively bars women from driving. Women are making a renewed challenge to the ban by getting behind the wheel and posting videos in advance of a national drive-in set for Saturday.


Saudis Back Away From U.S. On Syria

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief says Saudis will go their own way on Syria. Prince Bandar told a European ambassador over the weekend that Saudi policy and U.S. aims in Syria are not compatible, according to The Wall Street Journal. Saudi experts and Gulf officials talk about what's behind the split.


For Some Syrian Refugees, A New Home In Germany

Thursday, September 12, 2013

More than 2 million Syrians are refugees in surrounding states. Germany has become the first European country to take in a contingent of refugees, saying they can stay for two years.