Alice Fordham

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Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The sun has very nearly set on Beirut, and in a bar called Anise, they're mixing the first cocktail of the evening.

There's vodka, vermouth and iced glasses. And next to the bunches of mint for mojitos are sage, wild oregano, rosemary and the Lebanese favorite, za'atar, a kind ...


In Iraq, A Kurdish Warrior-Diva Sings Against ISIS, Despite Threats

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

She goes by the name Helly Luv and made her latest music video — a tribute to Kurdish fighters battling ISIS — as bullets flew in a front-line village. But not everyone is happy with her style.


Lebanon Residents Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lebanon serves as a good reflection of the Middle East, and it's buzzing with the news of the Iran nuclear deal.


#NPRreads: Wisconsin's First Lady And Syria's Dueling 'Godfathers'

Friday, July 10, 2015

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, ...


Tunisia Seeks Its Way On A Winding, Bumpy Path

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Editor's Note: An attacker opened fire on a beach in Tunisia and killed 38 people on June 26. NPR's Alice Fordham went to cover the story. She used to live in Tunisia and reflects on how the country's changed in recent years.

Two years ago, I first went to the ...


Sunnis Flee The Islamic State, But Still Fall Under Suspicion

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Islamic State is a Sunni Muslim group. Yet many Sunnis have abandoned their homes and fled areas where ISIS has taken over in Iraq. But that doesn't mean Shiites welcome them with open arms.


Some Tourists Show Solidarity With Tunisia After Beach Attack

Monday, June 29, 2015

Despite the attack on the beach last week, many tourists say they're going to finish their vacations in Tunisia as a sign of solidarity with the country.


After Slaughter Of Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tunisian authorities ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians support the moves, while others fear the government is overreacting.


After Tunisia Attack, Tourists Leave — And Locals Worry

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The self-declared Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 38 people at a beach resort in Tunisia. Most of the victims were foreigners, many of them British tourists.


Iraqi Soldiers, Generals Shift The Blame For Battlefield Defeats

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A soldier blames poor leadership for the recent loss of Ramadi. A pair of generals blame everything from corruption to a lack of training and weapons. Will this ever be an effective fighting force?


Al-Qaida's No. 2 Leader Is Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate announced on Tuesday that its leader Nasir al-Wahishi was killed by a U.S. drone strike last week. He was also the second-in-command to overall chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.


Ramadi, Iraq, Offensive Delays Efforts To Take Back Mosul

Monday, June 08, 2015

A year after the Iraqi city of Mosul was captured by self-declared Islamic State militants, there's indication the Iraqi government and its U.S. ally are ready to try to take it back.


ISIS Rule In Mosul: Few Come And Go As Extremists Dig In

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Islamic State remains in full control a year after capturing the city. Relatively few ISIS fighters are visible, but they have imposed strict rules on all aspects of life.


Tariq Aziz, Public Face Of Saddam Hussein Regime, Dies

Friday, June 05, 2015

Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister, dies in jail in Iraq. He was 79.


Former U.N. Envoy To Syria: Iran Has 'Too Much Influence In The Region'

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken on tough gigs, but being an envoy to Syria during the civil war topped them all. He now works with The Elders, a group of global leaders working for peace.


Tripoli's Niemeyer Fairground Recalls Happier Times Before Civil War

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In northern Lebanon, a complex of sweeping buildings designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer reminds people of more peaceful times.


With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wild flowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.



A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

Friday, May 22, 2015

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.


ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.


After A Big Victory For ISIS, Iraqi Forces Look To Regroup

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With a victory in Ramadi, the Islamic State controls a city just 70 miles from Baghdad. Many civilians are on the move, and Iraq's armed forces are again looking weak.