Steve Inskeep

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Voters Cast Ballots In Iran's Presidential Election

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's Iran's first presidential election since the stunning vote in 2009. Back then, a surprisingly early declaration of victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked a wave of protests, followed by years of government repression.


As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Whoever wins Iran's presidential election will face a major challenge: how to revive a struggling economy that is facing tough international sanctions. Iranians have been finding ways around the punitive measures for decades, but are they running out of options?


Iran's Election May Not Really Be About Picking A President

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The candidates vying to become the next president of the Islamic Republic are holding rallies and making promises. But voters have limited choices Friday, and some candidates and voters speak of a redefined purpose for the election: as a social instrument, as a memory of better times.


Despite Limited Election Choices, Iranians Eager To Be Heard

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Iran's clerical rulers have sought to carefully manage this Friday's presidential election. Only a handful of officially approved candidates were allowed on the ballot. This narrow range of candidates has left many Iranians discouraged, and they're not afraid to say so.


Za'atar: A Spice Mix With Biblical Roots And Brain Food Reputation

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This alluring spice mix has an incredible aroma and deep roots in the Middle East. For centuries, people have been eating za'atar not just for its savory taste but also for its reputed health benefits. Modern research confirms it's packed with antioxidants.


Inmates In A Venezuelan Prison Build A World Of Their Own

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In Latin America, it's said the only part of a prison the guards control is the gate, leaving convicts to fend for themselves. The inmate boss of one prison takes NPR's Steve Inskeep on a tour.


In Venezuela, A Family Blames The Police For Their Misery

Monday, June 10, 2013

The high crime rate throughout Latin America has many causes. In many countries, residents claim that police and security force members are part of the problem. In Venezuela, one family says the police are linked to multiple killings that have devastated the family.


For Venezuelans, Kidnappings Are Simply Business As Usual

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Latin American cities rank as the most violent in the world. The region suffers from sky-high homicide rates, drug wars and gang violence. NPR is examining the region's turmoil in a series of reports, beginning with a look at the rampant kidnapping problem in Venezuela.


Fight For Homs Fades From Headlines As War In Syria Rages

Monday, June 03, 2013

The civil war in Syria is expected to become the focus of peace negotiations in the coming weeks. The city of Homs became famous early in the conflict. While not as many reports are being filed from there, the fighting between rebels and government troops continues.


A City Of Assad Supporters In War-Ravaged Syria

Sunday, June 02, 2013

In Syria, the port city of Tartous is fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad. It's where many of his supporters, as well as Syrian soldiers, go for vacation. So far about 300,000 Syrians have also fled to the city looking for work and refuge from fighting in cities like Damascus and Qusair.


Watching From The Rooftops As A Fierce Syrian Battle Unfolds

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.


Syria's Civil War: The View From A Damascus Shrine

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Syria's war has polarized the country. But as in many conflicts, a large portion of the population just wants to keep their heads down and stay out of harm's way. A visit to the Sayida Zeinab shrine offers a look into the complicated nature of the war.


In Damascus, A View Of Syria's War Turned Inside Out

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

There's fear and frustration in the capital, but even people who acknowledge President Bashar Assad's flaws often grimly hope for the rebels to go away: They believe the government's description of the rebels as terrorists and foreigners out to destroy the country.


After Nearly 50 Years, Burmese Leader Comes To Washington

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's been a while since the last visit by a head of state from Myanmar. The last time was 47 years ago, when the country was still known as Burma. As President Thein Sein arrives at the White House Monday, some will hail him as a reformer who set his country on the path to democracy. Others may protest his arrival, as excessive recognition for a head of state that has presided over continuing human rights abuses.


U.S. Military Faces More Accusations Of Sexual Improprieties

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In Texas, a sergeant at Fort Hood is accused of engaging in various offenses, at the same time he was in charge of an anti-sexual abuse office at the base. It's the second time an officer, who's supposed to help victims of assault, is facing accusations of sexual offenses himself.


Republicans Focus On Democrats' Political Misdeeds

Monday, May 13, 2013

Have Republicans finally succeeded in persuading the public at large that the Benghazi attack wasn't just a tragedy but actually a huge scandal? Another big problem for the Obama administration was revealed last week:the IRS was paying special attention to conservative political groups.


U.S. Point Man On Syria Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ambassador Robert Ford crossed into northern Syria on Wednesday. The secret visit was confirmed by Syrian activists at the media office at the Bab al-Salama crossing on the Turkish frontier.


Violence Mutes Campaigning Ahead Of Pakistani Elections

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Pakistan has seen its share of wild political events: military coups, uprisings against dictators and even the occasional flash of democracy. But it has never seen this: An elected government has finished a full term, and is about to be replaced by another elected government in elections this weekend. The threat of attacks, however, has shut down large public rallies.


Obama Answers Questions On Syria, Guantanamo, More

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

President Obama held a news conference at the White House on Tuesday morning.


Attention In Washington Shifts To Syria And Chemical Weapons

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Obama administration has acknowledged that chemical weapons have been used in the war in Syria. That assessment has unleashed a wave of criticism of the president's handling of the Syrian situation.