Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson appears in the following:

EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Germany and its European allies react to Sunday's referendum in Crimea. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson joins us from Berlin.


Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

Friday, March 14, 2014

Germany has borrowed more than 10,000 American words since 1990 — words like "sorry" and "lounge" and the suffix "-gate." It's a trend that bothers some German purists.


Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow

Thursday, March 13, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Russia risks "massive political and economic damage" if it continues its policy on Ukraine and that the European Union's relationship with Russia may suffer.


Ukraine President's Estate Included Exotic Zoo

Monday, February 24, 2014

When he fled Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych left behind an opulent mansion that underscores the problems many Ukrainians say plague their country: widespread government corruption and a huge income gap.


Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.


Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the job. She has no military experience and is best known for social policies such as expanded parental leave. But she has already said that Germany should play a more active role in foreign missions, and that could involve sending troops into conflict zones.


Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The collection features some 700 letters that the leader of the Nazis' notorious SS corps wrote to his wife. Editors at Die Welt say Himmler's writings show the intimate thoughts of a "clearly cold, feeling-less, self-righteous bureaucrat."


Germans Cautious About Obama's NSA Proposals

Sunday, January 19, 2014

President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.


Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.


'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

Sunday, December 22, 2013

More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria — the largest reported number from a European country. Some officials fear the radicalized German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe.


Neo-Nazis In Germany Use Music To Attract Followers

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Neo-Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out.


U.S. Spying Takes Center Stage At EU Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.


German 'Bishop Of Bling' Booted From Office Over Lavish Spending

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Vatican announced it's removing a German bishop from office during a church investigation into his alleged lavish spending and perjury charges. The bishop met with the pope last Sunday. The accusations against the bishop, whose diocese is near Frankfurt, have shaken the German Catholic community, with many members calling for a thorough investigation into how the Church spends their money.


Critics Say Egypt's Constitution Process Is Flawed

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Egypt's the military-backed interim president last week appointed a 50-member committee to help draft a new constitution. That committee — which includes only one of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's allies — meets for the first time Sunday in Cairo. Critics in Egypt say the new constitution is likely to be just as controversial as the previous one.


Egypt Attacks Suspected Militants In Sinai

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Egyptian army attack helicopters fired missiles at suspected militants in the Sinai desert Tuesday. The military says at least eight were killed and many more wounded. The army is also moving to seal off the border with the Gaza Strip, and it's destroying smuggling tunnels that have been a major lifeline for Gaza over the past few years.


Egypt's Security Agencies Back, Now With A New Mandate

Monday, August 12, 2013

Egypt's interior minister announced he is resurrecting much-hated security agencies that stifled dissent and helped Hosni Mubarak stay in power for three decades. They were a key target of protestors who forced his ouster in early 2011 and seemed to disappear from the scene for much of what's transpired in Egypt since. But as it turns out, they never went away and this time, have a popular mandate that many Egyptians fear is making them more dangerous than ever.


Top Egyptian General Reaches Rock Star Status

Friday, August 09, 2013

The head of Egypt's armed forces who orchestrated the military coup that ousted President Morsi is revered by most Egyptians as a national hero. But many analysts there say it's doubtful Gen. Abdel Fattah el Sissi's popularity will translate into votes at the ballot box should he run for president next year.


Republican Senators Urge Egypt To Start A National Dialogue

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Two U.S. Senators — Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham — joined the parade of foreign envoys visiting Cairo in hopes of a peaceful solution to the ongoing political crisis in Egypt.


In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road

Friday, August 02, 2013

Growing numbers of Egyptians are turning against the generals, politicians and youth group credited with sparking the popular groundswell that led to the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi less than a month ago. Some are joining Third Square, a new movement that's emerged as a result of growing discontent.


Tensions Run High Between Egypt Government, Morsi Supporters

Friday, August 02, 2013

In Cairo, supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi face a possible operation by security forces to disperse their encampments.