Jackie Northam

Jackie Northam appears in the following:

Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is seen as Russia's answer to the economic gathering in Davos, Switzerland. The Obama administration has been pressing U.S. corporations not to attend.


Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gazprom, the energy company, has dramatically raised the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas. Despite its weak, ailing economy, Ukraine must now pay far more than any other Gazprom client.


Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.


The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Perhaps you're well aware of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). But now there's MINT, CIVET and more. The emerging markets keep changing — and so do the letters.


Legendary D.C. Law Firm To Pay Chevron In Ecuador Pollution Case

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Rain forest residents had sued the oil giant, and Washington law firm Patton Boggs tried to make the company pay up. But Chevron sued the law firm for fraud — and is now due $15 million.


Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The latest round of sanctions against Russia has created a lot of uncertainty for U.S. and European oil and gas companies. They're growing concerned that another round of sanctions co...


8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.

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Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administrati...


A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NPR's Jackie Northam was a freelance reporter based in Kenya when the Rwandan genocide erupted. In this essay, she recalls covering those terrible events and trying to make sense of them afterward.


U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Friday, April 04, 2014

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.


German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders.


Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Europe has been trying to reduce its energy dependence on Russia for years. The crisis in Crimea has given the effort a greater sense of urgency.


A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ten supertankers are under construction and there are orders for another 15, but just three years ago the tanker market was barely moving.


The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The World Bank is undergoing a vast reorganization, its first in nearly 20 years. The process has been controversial, but the bank's president says it's needed to foster better internal collaboration.


Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Launched in August, the Maersk McKinney Moller is the first of a new class of megaships. It's 20 stories high and a quarter-mile long. NPR's Jackie Northam hopped on board in Poland.


After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New container ships stack their cargo 10 stories high. They're so wide they won't fit through the Panama Canal until it's widened. Companies say this is what they need to survive in the 21st century.


Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Liquor companies like to make drinkers think that their favorite spirits always have been and always will be attached to a very particular place — Kentucky bourbon, Irish whiskey, Russia vodka.

But like many other industries, the liquor business has gone global and a small number of players increasingly dominate ...


Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On a quiet fall morning in the Delaware countryside, a lone sustained whistle pierces the air. Within moments, a train sweeps around a broad curve, its two heavy locomotives hauling dozens of white, cylindrical rail cars, loaded with 70,000 barrels of crude oil.

It's a scene playing out with growing ...


If It's Not Legal, Can A Strike On Syria Be Justified?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As the Obama administration argues for a military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical attack that it says killed more than 1,400 Syrians, analysts say the case for a strike lacks a legal framework.

President Obama said Friday that the decision to act is part of a U.S. ...