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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Iraqis, among many other Middle Easterners, believe they invented the kebab. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Sectarianism is back on the rise in Iraq, largely due to the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Spending time with Sunni families and Shiite families reveals how varying versions of that conflict — and of the violence in Iraq — deepen the divide. It's as if the two sides are consuming two totally different versions of reality — versions they find on TV and, increasingly, social media.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Popular theory holds that after Mohammed Morsi's ouster, the power came back on and gas lines disappeared because Hosni Mubarak's entrenched "deep state" was deliberately undermining Morsi during his term. More likely, Egypt's large and immovable bureaucracy simply wasn't equipped to deal with the new leadership, which too quickly pushed its own agenda rather than a national one. Analysts say Egypt's experience is a lesson to countries around the region that even when you change the leadership, it's much harder to tackle the deep state that remains.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The accuracy of Al-Jazeera's reporting has come under criticism in the past, and now the network is taking a hit amid claims it slanted its coverage in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood during Egypt's recent political crisis. At stake, too, is the credibility of Al-Jazeera's main backer, Qatar.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has changed things for other Arabs living in the country. When a group falls from grace, so do those who are perceived to be its supporters. Under Muslim Brotherhood rule, Egypt was one of the few remaining safe havens for Syrians fleeing the war in their country. The political change in Egypt is putting Syrians in danger.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
As Egyptians broke their fast at sundown Friday, rival groups staged separate demonstrations in public squares. Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are vowing to remain in the streets until their leader is re-instated.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
A massive car bomb explosion in one of Hezbollah's Beirut strongholds left dozens of people wounded. It's the latest and deadliest response to the militant group's moves to support the embattled Syrian government's battle against rebel forces.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
NPR's Kelly McEvers found herself crying unpredictably during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts? In a new hourlong radio documentary, she turns the mic on herself to search for an answer.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
After 25 hours of fighting, clashes have died down in the southern city of Sidon in Lebanon. At least 16 soldiers and 40 gunmen are dead. Radical Sunni Muslim Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir is on the run and possibly holed up in the Ain al Helweh Palestinian camp.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
For the first time in modern history, Shiites are crossing borders to fight against the "evil ones," meaning Sunnis. As Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah has openly admitted, his men are leading battles in Syria, and Iraqi fighters stream in join them, Shiites back at home envision the coming of the hidden imam. They say all the signs in Syria point to the Mahdi's imminent appearance.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
More than 2,000 people have been killed in Iraq since April. That's as high as it's been since the sectarian war of 2006 and 2007. Many people compare the recent violence to that conflict, but there are some key differences.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The last remaining areas of the embattled Syrian town of Qusair fell to government forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah over the weekend. The main concern now is what's happening to the civilians.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Syrian troops and Hezbollah militants have recaptured the town of Qusair. The town near the Lebanese border had been under rebel control for more than a year. Rebel commanders confirm that their forces have retreated to two villages north of the town. Kelly McEvers
Monday, June 03, 2013
The family is proud that Ridwan and Ali Qassem al Attar died as martyrs. But unlike other Hezbollah fighters who died in the battle against Israel, these men died fighting other Arabs in Syria. The family says extreme Sunnis are worse than Israelis.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Syrian refugees, newly arrived in neighboring Lebanon, are painting a grim picture of the battle for Qusayr. It is under attack by Syrian government troops and Hezbollah militants from Lebanon. There is no water or electricity and little food in the town that still hosts some 15,000 civilians.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Syria's government appears to be making gains this week against rebel forces in a hard-fought battle. This comes as Lebanon's Hezbollah sends militia fighters across the border to bolster troops loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad.
Monday, May 27, 2013
The Syrian conflict is quickly spilling into Lebanon. Lebanese fighters with the Shiite militant group Hezbollah are now fighting in the Syrian town of Quseir, and rockets have been fired on Hezbollah areas inside Lebanon.
Monday, May 27, 2013
On Sunday, two rockets struck a Beirut neighborhood controlled by the militant group Hezbollah. The strikes followed a speech on Saturday by Hezbollah's leader in which he basically admitted his men are fighting in Syria, and in support of that country's president President Bashar Assad.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Congressional hearings are beginning to shine a light on the drone program that for the past 12 years has been cloaked in secrecy. NPR's Kelly McEvers talked to a former Air Force pilot who operated drones for several years.