Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson http://kgou.org en Deal To Ease Ukraine Crisis Delays New Sanctions On Russia http://kgou.org/post/deal-ease-ukraine-crisis-delays-new-sanctions-russia Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The question in Ukraine now is whether words will be turned into actions. Diplomats from the United States, Europe, Russia and Ukraine got together in Geneva yesterday. They all spoke about a shared desire to calm the tensions in the eastern part of that country where armed, pro-Russian separatists have occupied government buildings and are clashing with the authorities. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 27485 at http://kgou.org Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine http://kgou.org/post/out-tough-day-diplomacy-surprising-deal-ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A deal now that could possibly ease the tensions in eastern Ukraine. The U.S., Europe, Russia and Ukraine came to an agreement that calls on multinational monitors to oversee steps to restore order. The deal would likely delay any new sanctions against Russia. President Obama has already cast doubt on whether the Russian's will cooperate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 27462 at http://kgou.org Geneva Talks Aim To Ease Tensions In Ukraine Crisis http://kgou.org/post/geneva-talks-aim-ease-tensions-ukraine-crisis Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva to meet with his diplomatic counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They are trying to find a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 27417 at http://kgou.org As Pressures Mount On Putin, Analysts Wonder What He Hopes To Gain http://kgou.org/post/pressures-mount-putin-analysts-wonder-what-he-hopes-gain Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated since Russia's annexation of Crimea and there are still questions over Russian President Vladimir Putin's agenda in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 26625 at http://kgou.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back http://kgou.org/post/not-april-fools-joke-russians-petition-get-alaska-back President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea is reigniting talk in Russia of taking back Alaska from the United States, which purchased the territory from a czar for $7.2 million nearly a century and a half ago.<p>Most of the talk is tongue-in-cheek, but it comes at a time of heightened sensitivity in the West over whether Russia is planning further incursions or land grabs.<p>A recent petition written in clunky English on the official <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/alaska-back-russia/SFG1ppfN" target="_blank">White House website </a>seeks Alaska's secession and return t Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 26384 at http://kgou.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry http://kgou.org/post/caught-between-russia-and-ukraine-border-cities-share-only-worry The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops along their country's western border with Ukraine worries the new government in Kiev and its Western allies, including President Obama.<p>In a phone call Friday, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull those forces back, a demand likely to be repeated by Secretary of State John Kerry when he meets with his Russian counterpart in Paris Sunday.<p>But people in the Russian border city of Belgorod, one of the places where troops have been gathering, say they can't understand why the U.S. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 26240 at http://kgou.org Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea http://kgou.org/post/ribbons-russians-show-support-takeover-crimea It's hard to keep up with the vast array of colored ribbons that convey causes around the world, especially when the same color has multiple meanings. Red ones, for example, represent AIDS awareness but also drunk driving prevention, among other things.<p>Last week, deputies in the Russian parliament, or Duma, adopted their own ribbon to signal approval for Russia's takeover of Crimea – ones with black and orange stripes.<p>As <em>The Moscow Times</em> noted in a story Tuesday, it became "an almost obligatory accessory for ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 25907 at http://kgou.org With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea In Response to Putin, Western Leaders Hope To Make The Man An Island http://kgou.org/post/response-putin-western-leaders-hope-make-man-island Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Russian markets and businesses are reeling from Western threats and sanctions - they're a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance toward Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. But ordinary Russians are closing ranks behind their president. And many Russians tell NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, the U.S. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 25838 at http://kgou.org EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia http://kgou.org/post/eu-rejects-crimean-vote-weighs-sanctions-against-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And as Eleanor just told Renee, the government in Kiev says the world is with them, and not with Russia.<p>Let's bring in NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson into this conversation. She's in Berlin. She's been monitoring the European reaction to the vote in Crimea.<p>And, Soraya, as we mentioned, the EU, like the United States, threatening sanctions against Russia. EU foreign ministers are actually meeting today to draw some up and take a vote. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 25323 at http://kgou.org Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English http://kgou.org/post/angst-germany-over-invasion-american-english It seems hardly a sentence is spoken in Berlin that doesn't have an American English word in it.<p>One word that especially grates — and I confess to a certain bias, having learned German as a toddler when it wasn't so Americanized — is a word pronounced "sogh-ee." Or, as Americans say it, "sorry."<p><em>"Sogh-ee" your package is late. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 25196 at http://kgou.org Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English