Alice Fordham

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New Mexico asks National Guard to work as substitute teachers to keep classrooms open

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

New Mexico is short 1,000 teachers. National Guard volunteers now serve as substitute teachers.


Biologist In Iraq Tracks Leopards Crossing The Border From Iran

Monday, July 19, 2021

Landmines make the northern part of the Iraq-Iran border forbidding for humans, but they also seem to have created space for what's thought to be a growing population of rare leopards.


In Iraq, Herding Water Buffalo Is Once Again A Growing Industry

Monday, April 12, 2021

In the marshes of southern Iraq, water buffalos provide a livelihood for people outside the reach of many of the country's problems. There are new efforts intended to boost local agriculture.


Protests Against Government Corruption In Iraq Have Been Met With Violence

Monday, April 05, 2021

Protests against government corruption and dysfunction in the troubled south of Iraq have brought a threatening reaction from militias and shadowy groups with entrenched interests.


'We Will Never Break': In Iraq, A Yazidi Women's Choir Keeps Ancient Music Alive

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Women from Iraq's Yazidi minority get together to perform centuries-old sacred songs. They've survived captivity by ISIS and loved ones' deaths. "They are trying to heal," says a Yazidi politician.


Pope Francis Concludes 1st Papal Visit To Iraq With Mass In Erbil

Monday, March 08, 2021

Pope Francis is back at the Vatican after a historic trip to Iraq, the home of a dwindling but determined Christian community.


Pope Francis Concludes Iraq Trip With More Visits To Christian Towns

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Pope Francis continues his trip to Iraq with a mass in a stadium in Erbil, home to many Christians displaced from other areas in the wake of ISIS.


Pope Francis Visits Iraqi Region Where Cities And Lives Were Shattered By ISIS

Sunday, March 07, 2021

The pope spent the third day of his visit in the north of the country, where the Christian population is dwindling. He also prayed for the ethnic minority Yazidis, who were brutally targeted by ISIS.


Pope Holds Historic Meeting With Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric, Preaches Message Of Unity

Saturday, March 06, 2021

On the second day of a landmark trip to Iraq, Pope Francis traveled to the the city of Najaf to meet Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, before visiting what is believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.


'I Come As A Pilgrim': Pope Francis Begins Historic Visit To Iraq

Friday, March 05, 2021

The pontiff arrived at Baghdad International Airport where he was greeted by the prime minister. During his four-day visit, Francis will focus on Iraq's ancient but dwindling Christian community.


U.S. Civilian Contractor Dies During Rocket Strike On Iraq Air Base

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Pentagon said the unnamed U.S. national was taking shelter and suffered a "cardiac episode," dying shortly thereafter. The attack followed U.S. strikes against Iran-backed militants last week.


U.S. Launches Military Airstrikes Against Syria

Friday, February 26, 2021

The U.S. launched an air attack in Syria Thursday. Pentagon officials say they targeted facilities used by Iranian-backed militias responsible for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq.


'It Was Like Magic': Iraqis Visit Babylon And Other Heritage Sites For 1st Time

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Domestic tourism has been strong in Iraq's northern Kurdish region, but sites in more impoverished, insecure areas tend to be visited less. A few Iraqi tourism companies are trying to change that.


Iraqis Are Getting To Know Historic Site Of Babylon Better Through Tourism

Monday, February 22, 2021

Iraq's historic site of Babylon is famous worldwide, but some Iraqis are just getting to know it again — thanks to tours that introduce them to the past.


Pope Plans Historic Visit To Iraq As Its Christian Populations Dwindle

Monday, February 22, 2021

Many Iraqis — Christian and Muslim — say they are excited about the first papal visit to the country, raising hopes of religious tolerance in the face of extremist violence.


NATO Announces Plan To Increase Presence In Iraq

Friday, February 19, 2021

A rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq highlights the difficult security situation in the country, even as NATO announces it will increase its presence. We examine what's needed to keep Iraq secure.


Pope Francis Hopes To Visit Iraq Next Month, Pandemic Permitting

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Pope Francis plans to travel the original home of the patriarch Abraham in the Iraqi desert. His tour will also take him to places where there are almost no Christians — most everyone is Muslim.


Rockets Kill Civilian Contractor, Injure U.S. Service Member, Others In Erbil, Iraq

Monday, February 15, 2021

Local media reported rockets fell in several areas in and around the city, and multiple people were being treated for injuries in hospital. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear.


In Iraq's 'Dire' Economy, Poverty Is Rising — And So Are Fears Of Instability

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

"Iraq's economic situation can probably best be described as being dire," says an International Energy Agency expert. Government revenues have plummeted and its currency has been devalued.


Iraqis Forced To Cope With Country's Economic Hard Times

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In Iraq, a huge share of the country relies on government salaries. But the government relies on oil revenues which have been falling. The purchasing power of average Iraqis has dropped.