Alice Fordham

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Iraq's Fight Against ISIS Stalls

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Iraq and the U.S. have vowed to defeat ISIS in Iraq's western province of Anbar. The tribes there want to fight, but their recruits are under-equipped and weak. The country wants more U.S. help.

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Russian Warplanes Strike Several Targets In Syria

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Russia carried out a series of airstrikes in Syria Wednesday, giving short notice to the U.S. that it also has planes in the air nearby and is calling out for more coordination.

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Now Is Not The Time For Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The celebrated Canadian author has a new book out, The Heart Goes Last, that began as an experimental digital serial. It's a wacky dystopian satire on economic decline and the private prison industry.

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In Bomb-Weary Baghdad, Iraqis Have Fun In The Name Of Peace

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Baghdad City of Peace Carnival started four years ago, with a young woman named Noof Assi.

"We started talking to people about a celebration for peace day in Baghdad," Assi says. She's referring to International Peace Day, which is September 21 — and which hadn't been celebrated in the ...

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To Understand The Exodus Of Syrians, Just Look At Aleppo

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

After more than four years of civil war in Syria, what's driving people to Europe in such numbers now? NPR takes a look at the Syrian city of Aleppo to illustrate what Syria has become.

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Iraqi Boat Family Warns Others: Don't Risk It, It's Too Dangerous

Friday, September 11, 2015

An Iraqi family returns home and tells the story of risking a trip to Greece on a boat that sank, drowning two of their children. But images of people making the trip safely encourage others to try.

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More Iraqis Are Leaving Baghdad For A New Life In Europe

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Iraqi violence isn't new, but now there's a perception of an opportunity in Europe for an alternative and many are seizing it. (This piece first aired on Sept. 5, 2015 on Weekend Edition Saturday.)

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Peaceful Demonstrations In Baghdad Provide Hope For Reform

Monday, September 07, 2015

After decades of violence and corruption in Baghdad, protesters have put their faith in peaceful demonstration to bring change.

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Niemeyer's Buildings Mark Happier Times Before Lebanon's Civil War

Monday, September 07, 2015

In northern Lebanon, sweeping buildings designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer remind people of more peaceful times. (This story first aired on May 26, 20015 on All Things Considered.)

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With Eyes On Europe, Iraqis Line Up To Leave Baghdad

Saturday, September 05, 2015

At first it seems lively outside on the weekend in Baghdad — the lights are bright in open-air cafes, music streams from beribboned cars in a wedding party and at Ali Hussein's juice stand, decorated with plastic bananas, they're squeezing oranges on old brass presses.

But even as Hussein offers ...

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Lebanon's Shrinking Public Beaches

Monday, August 24, 2015

In a country with a stunning coastline, a lack of governance has allowed private developers to gobble up prime seaside real estate and shunt aside ordinary Lebanese who depend on public beaches.

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Prominent Syrian Archaeologist Killed By ISIS In Palmyra

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Islamic State has beheaded a prominent Syrian archaeologist in Palmyra, Syria. The city is home to Roman ruins under threat amid ISIS' record for destroying antiquities.

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Syrian Rockers, Fleeing War, Find Safety And New Fans In Beirut

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Members of a Syrian indie rock band escaped their country's bloodshed and have become a mainstay of Beirut's music scene. "In spite of all the deaths," the band sings, "you are still alive."

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Baghdad Market Bombing

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Iraqi Interior Ministry says more than two dozen people were killed Thursday. The attack was claimed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Diplomatic Activity Offers Glimmer Of Hope On Resolving Syrian Conflict

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A local ceasefire in one area of Syria and increased meetings between Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others offer signs of diplomatic activity surrounding the 4-year-old war.

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ISIS Advances In Syria, Capturing More Than 200 People

Friday, August 07, 2015

The self-declared Islamic State has made gains in Syria, capturing a largely Christian town and abducting people along the way.

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Trained By U.S., Syrian Fighters Stumble As They Hit The Battlefield

Thursday, August 06, 2015

A few dozen moderate rebels were recently sent into northern Syria. But before they could go on their first mission, several were captured. It's the latest sign of trouble with the program.

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Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Pushes Houthi Rebels Out Of Aden, Yemen

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aid corridors into Yemen are opening up in Yemen as Houthi rebels were recently forced out of the port city of Aden. That could allow for badly needed reconstruction even as the fighting continues.

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Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign Against ISIS, PKK Bases

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turkey began bombing campaigns over Iraq and Syria and arrested hundreds of people suspected of having ties to the Islamic State, also known ISIS. Turkey also is targeting more than the Islamic State.

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