Middle East

9:12 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Best Blogs To Better Understand the Middle East

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KGOU's "World Views" contributor Joshua Landis's blog "Syria Comment" makes this list from "Policy Mic."
Here are the top five resources and bloggers you should follow for smart, balanced, and well-written analysis of the Middle East. Follow each to stay on top of the latest from the Arab world.
Middle East
4:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Analysts Divided On U.S. Arming Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:48 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with the war in Syria and the possibility of U.S. involvement. Today, in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used the opportunity of May Day to make a rare public appearance. He visited a power plant and said, we hope that by this time next year, we will have overcome the crisis in our country.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

World Views: April 12, 2013

Listen to the entire April 12, 2013 episode

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the death and legacy of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the heightened tensions between North Korea, the U.S., and its allies as the reclusive country threatens to launch a medium-range ballistic missile.

Retired State Department official and former U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson returns to World Views for a conversation about Iran, the energy industry, and nuclear security.

World Views
4:35 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

What Nuclear Tension With Iran is Really About

Anti-American mural outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's full interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Iranian state television says the Islamic Republic inaugurated two key nuclear-related projects Tuesday, just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran’s atomic program.

Retired State Department official Lawrence Wilkerson described what he calls “delusional security” in foreign policy that’s bubbled up in both Tehran and Washington, D.C. over the last three to five years.

“It's come to a peak ostensibly over the nuclear issue, but what it's coming to a peak over really is a power struggle in the Gulf for who's going to be the power to be reckoned with outside the United States,” Wilkerson says.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

World Views: April 5, 2013

Listen to the entire April 5, 2013 episode

On Tuesday the U.N. General Assembly approved a treaty to regulate the global arms trade, and the panel explores what role the CIA is playing in Arab and Turkish military aid to Syria.

Ambassador Cynthia Schneider joins Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis to discuss how culture influenced her diplomacy while representing the United States in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2001.

World Views
9:31 am
Thu April 4, 2013

How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government

Helena Ayala (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) encounters a DEA agent in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film "Traffic"
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Amb. Cynthia Schneider's interview with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis

While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2001, Cynthia Schneider used Hollywood to approach sensitive drug issues between American and Dutch officials.

Schneider invited embassy staffers focusing on drugs, and their counterparts in the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film Traffic.

“It's a very powerful film that shows the intricacies of drug trafficking, and really shows how complicated it is,” Schneider says. “That was a fantastic experience because it kind of leveled the playing ground, and after seeing that film together we were able to have the most honest, direct conversation that we ever had, and really make progress.”

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World Views
11:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World'

Egyptian-American Stand-Up Comedian Ahmed Ahmed
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Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ahmed Ahmed on the March 22, 2013 episode of "World Views."

Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian Ahmed Ahmed as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world.”

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