Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson appears in the following:

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.


Government Order Sparks Fears Of More Violence In Egypt

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Egypt's military-backed interim government has ordered security forces to break up protest camps set up in Cairo by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The camps have already been the scene of bloody clashes, and the government order has raised fears of further violence.


Morsi Supporters Face Government Crackdown In Egypt

Monday, July 29, 2013

In Egypt, the military-backed interim government is moving to end protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. This follows a weekend police attack in Cairo on those supporters — the deadliest since the political crisis began.


Egypt Clashes Among Country's Worst Bloodshed

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Protests in Egypt turned violent Saturday after authorities cracked down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.


Crackdown In Egypt Shows Shift In Military's Approach

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with authorities in one of the country's deadliest days in years. Though each side tells a different version of what caused the violence, analysts say it signals a change in how the military will handle the Muslim Brotherhood.


At Estonia's Bank Of Happiness, Kindness Is The Currency

Thursday, July 18, 2013

In high-tech Estonia, home of Skype, one group is using the Internet for a different kind of venture: the Bank of Happiness, an online market for good deeds. The concept is that people do nice things for each other, just because — no payments or products are involved. The bank has more than 500 ads.