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History
4:13 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

On The Field And In Politics, Socrates' Legacy Lives On

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

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Iraq
4:13 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Fighting Across Iraq Creates Fear Of Sectarian War

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Leila Fadel in Erbil, Iraq, about the advance of forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.

Iraq
8:38 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets

Cars pack a Kurdish checkpoint as residents flee Mosul in northern Iraq. The city was overrun by Islamic militants last week.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 10:38 am

When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.

But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.

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Middle East
6:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Three Factions Vie In Iraq's Growing Crisis

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 10:38 am

Shiites in Iraq appear to be joining militias to defend themselves against Sunni insurgents. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Leila Fadel in Erbil.

Commentary
6:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Afghans Are The Winners In Their Presidential Elections

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Iraq
6:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

The Pros And Cons Of U.S. Air Strikes In Northern Iraq

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Africa
6:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Dorm Living For Staff Of New British Embassy In Somalia

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 10:38 am

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The Obama administration says that it will soon appoint a U.S. ambassador to reopen the mission in Somalia. Now the U.S. embassy closed its doors in 1991 when the Somali government collapsed and warlords took over the country. The danger sharpened two years later when Somali fighters shot down two U.S. helicopters, killing 18 U.S. soldiers in an incident that came to be known as Black Hawk Down.

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Parallels
3:35 am
Sun June 15, 2014

In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes

Dr. James Logan, an entomologist, studies mosquitoes from around the world in an effort to make them less dangerous. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine keeps them in a cavern beneath the streets of London. The bowls contain mosquito larvae in water, while the boxes are where the adults live.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:37 am

You can't hear it over the noise of London's traffic. But it's there. That faint, whining hum. Right under my feet, thousands of mosquitoes are dining on human blood.

To visit them, you have to go through a sliding glass door into the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This school started as a hospital on the Thames River, where doctors treated sailors returning from faraway places with strange parasites.

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Iraq
4:31 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Military Strongmen: Seeding Chaos In The Name Of Power

Iraqis inspect destruction in the street following an explosion in Sadr City, Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority district in May.
Ali al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 7:11 am

In a region torn apart by violence, a leader who promises security above all else can be appealing. Three years after the chaos of the Arab Spring, these strongmen types are rising again in the Middle East.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is one of them, though he has yet to overcome the disaster now unfolding in Iraq. Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali tells NPR's Arun Rath that Maliki is partly to blame for the crisis.

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Iraq
4:07 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

As ISIS Advances, Iraq's Military Melts Down

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 5:17 pm

Forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now control much of Iraq, as the country's military has disintegrated in the face of the group's radical troops. NPR's Arun Rath talks to The Guardian's Martin Chulov in Baghdad about the latest.

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