Greg Myre

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How To Survive, And Thrive, After 5 Years As A Hostage

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Joe Cicippio was held hostage by the Islamic group Hezbollah in Lebanon for five years, often chained to a radiator in a room with blacked-out windows, cut off entirely from the outside world. Within weeks of his release in 1991, he asked if he could go back to his ...

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More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the president says U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should focus on diplomacy and counter-terrorism rather than large-scale military operations.

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Popes In The Holy Land: After 2,000 Years, A New Tradition

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pop quiz: How many popes have visited Jerusalem over the past 2,000 years?

What papal destination could be more natural than the Holy Land, where the pontiff can walk Jerusalem's stone streets and follow the footsteps of Jesus. Popes have dispatched envoys, emissaries and even Crusader armies to claim the ...

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Why Does Thailand Have So Many Coups?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thailand has a beloved king. The country has had one of the more prosperous economies in Asia. It's a magnet for Western tourists. Its history is largely peaceful. By most measures, Thailand has been very successful.

So why has the country now had a dozen coups, plus many ...

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'Happiness' Video Prompts Arrests, And A Presidential Tweet, In Iran

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happiness, it seems, is still a controversial topic in Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's supreme leader after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, offered this pronouncement years ago: "There is no fun in Islam."

In keeping with the ayatollah, police arrested six young Iranians and held them for a day after they playfully ...

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Why The U.S. Shunned The Man Who Will Now Lead India

Friday, May 16, 2014

Until a few months ago, the U.S. government was effectively boycotting Narendra Modi, the man who is virtually certain to be India's next prime minister following the landslide victory by his party in the country's parliamentary elections.

So will the U.S. now warm to Modi as the elected ...

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60 Years After Brown V. Board of Education, A Look At Desegregation

Friday, May 16, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal ruling Brown v. Board of Education that stated separate but equal public education was unconstitutional, turns 60 on May 17.

Desegregation did not come easily to most parts of the U.S., especially in the South.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks to two Southern ...

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In Tragic Twist To Poignant Tale, Oscar-Winning Director Commits Suicide

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul spent several years and all his money to make a moving documentary about an American singer, Sixto Rodriguez, who was unknown in the U.S. yet somehow became a legend in South Africa.

The strange twist was that for decades Rodriguez worked as an impoverished laborer in ...

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20 Years After Apartheid, South Africa Asks, 'How Are We Doing?'

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

When South Africa buried apartheid with its first all-race election in 1994, the Rev. Desmond Tutu danced with joy as he cast his ballot. He called it "a religious experience, a transfiguration experience, a mountaintop experience."

As the country votes Wednesday, here's what he recently told ...

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Where Are The Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls?

Monday, May 05, 2014

Children are abducted with depressing regularity in African conflicts, but the seizure of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria is a particularly strange and baffling case.

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has now released a video saying it seized the girls from their boarding school on April ...

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After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seven years after a violent split, the two main Palestinian factions said Wednesday that they are attempting to reconcile and form a national unity government within five weeks.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas have tried several times to resolve their feud, but those efforts quickly unraveled.

So ...

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Two Brave Journalists In Afghanistan

Friday, April 04, 2014

Anja Niedringhaus was a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Kathy Gannon has covered Afghanistan for more than 25 years, longer than any other Western reporter.

The two AP journalists knew their way around dangerous places and shared a special gift for finding the humanity in the most war-ravaged places, something ...

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The Arguments For And Against Releasing Jonathan Pollard

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Should the United States free Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who was sentenced to life for spying for Israel?

Pollard's case bubbles to the surface periodically, and suddenly his fate has become central to Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to keep alive the shaky ...

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Crimea: What's Next?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Crimea appears to be on the fast track for joining up with Russia after Sunday's referendum vote in favor of union with Moscow.

Ukraine and the West are adamantly opposed to the Russian annexation of Crimea, but what are they prepared to do about it? Here's a look at the ...

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What Are The Rules For Changing A Country's Borders?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Redrawing national borders may feel like a historical relic that belongs to an earlier century, yet Crimea's crisis shows there are still places that don't fit neatly on the map — and may not for years to come.

Just last month, Crimea was part of Ukraine. On Sunday, Crimeans vote ...

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What If Ukraine Still Had Nuclear Weapons?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ukraine appears rather helpless in the face of the Russian intervention in Crimea. But what if Ukraine still had nuclear weapons? The confrontation might look rather different, and perhaps much scarier.

When Ukraine gained independence in the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, it inherited a nuclear arsenal that included ...

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Russia's Goal In Ukraine: Three Scenarios

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Russia has effectively taken control of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula without a shot fired in anger. Now a larger question looms: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin's ultimate goal in Ukraine?

Russia and pro-Russian groups in Ukraine are moving swiftly to consolidate their hold on Crimea. Ukraine's interim government ...

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Ukraine: From Breadbasket To Basket Case

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ukraine was known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union for its fertile fields of wheat. Now it's just a basket case. The outgoing finance minister said the country needed $35 billion to stave off bankruptcy over the next couple years.

Some analysts say that figure may be on the ...

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The World According To Vladimir Putin

Friday, February 21, 2014

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:

Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong voice in the ...

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Why Can't The Former Soviet Republics Figure Out Democracy?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Soviet Union collapsed more than 20 years ago, yet genuine democracy is still a stranger in most of the 15 former republics. Ukraine, where at least 25 people were killed on Tuesday, is just the latest bloody example.

From President Vladimir Putin's hard-line rule in Russia to the 20-year ...

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