Michele Kelemen http://kuow.org en Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://kuow.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the Gaza Strip, the death toll has risen to more than 690 Palestinians - that includes at least 230 women and children. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians in Israel have died from rockets or mortars fired from Gaza. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38818 at http://kuow.org In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire http://kuow.org/post/cairo-first-steps-taken-gnarled-path-gaza-cease-fire Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now to Cairo, where Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are trying to bring an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Kerry made a brief public statement today. He said the talks have been constructive but there's more work to do.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>JOHN KERRY: So that's where we are right now but we know with clarity where we need to be. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38745 at http://kuow.org Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://kuow.org/post/kerrys-aim-egypt-first-get-israel-and-hamas-cease-fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry%27s+Aim+In+Egypt%3A+First%2C+Get+Israel+And+Hamas+To+Cease+Fire&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjIyMDEyMTY4NDM0NjllZGJiNw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Palestinian Ministry of Health says more than 600 Gazans have been killed - a quarter of them children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 38682 at http://kuow.org In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry http://kuow.org/post/trafficking-report-stark-warning-about-thai-fishing-industry The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 36788 at http://kuow.org White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://kuow.org/post/white-house-plans-mark-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is once again exercising his executive authority for an environmental cause. Today he announced plans to create the world's largest marine preserve. His proposal came in a video shown at the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference. The White House says it will seek input from fisherman, scientists, and other experts before setting boundaries for the preserve. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 36565 at http://kuow.org As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do http://kuow.org/post/iraq-comes-apart-seams-washington-weighs-what-do Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We now return to NPR's Michele Kelemen on how the White House is weighing its options in aiding Iraq and its Confrontation with ISIS extremist and finding limited options.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For those experts who argued that the U.S. should have tried harder to reach an agreement with Iraq to leave some troops there rather than pull out completely in 2011 this is their nightmare scenario. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 36293 at http://kuow.org Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/russia-takes-helm-un-security-council-turns-focus-ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Russia holds the presidency at the United Nations Security Council at the moment. That role rotates monthly. And this is shaping up to be a month of high diplomatic drama. Russia's ambassador is trying to keep the council focused on Ukraine. He's calling for humanitarian corridors to provide aid the east of the country. The U.S. and other council members accused Russia of hypocrisy. And they plan to focus on other humanitarian concerns like Syria. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 35728 at http://kuow.org Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits http://kuow.org/post/frustrations-defeat-another-diplomat-un-syria-envoy-quits Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The conflict in Syria now in its 4th year, and a diplomatic solution seems as far off as ever. The international diplomat who's been trying to lead negotiations announced he's stepping down. It's a new sign of just how bad things are Syria. And as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, there doesn't seem to be a plan B.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Two seasoned diplomats have now tried their hand at diplomacy on Syria only to quit out of frustration. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 34391 at http://kuow.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://kuow.org/post/us-offers-aid-search-nigerian-girls-it-too-late Nigeria is offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can find the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/06/310100085/boko-harams-local-fight-suddenly-gets-international-scrutiny">Islamist group Boko Haram</a>. The U.S. is also pitching in with hostage negotiators and intelligence experts. President Obama says <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310125233/u-s-sending-team-to-help-with-search-for-abducted-nigerian-girls">the U.S. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 34054 at http://kuow.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-wests-new-diplomatic-options-may-be-few Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. won't sit idly by while Russia fans the flames of instability in Ukraine. But so far, U.S. and European sanctions haven't changed Russia's calculations. Kerry blames Russia for failing to calm the crisis. Russia says Ukraine should stop its offensive against separatists in the east. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33992 at http://kuow.org In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward http://kuow.org/post/rubble-middle-east-peace-talks-kerry-seeks-way-forward Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is a challenging time for Secretary of State John Kerry. His Middle East peace process has collapsed. He's also taking a lot of heat for suggesting that Israel could become an apartheid state if it doesn't negotiate with the Palestinians on two states for two peoples. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on how Kerry is trying to dig out.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Kerry doesn't call this a failure and his spokesperson says he has no regrets about the time he put into peace talks. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33701 at http://kuow.org Out Of North Korea, A Sexist Rant Against South's President http://kuow.org/post/out-north-korea-sexist-rant-against-souths-president Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>North Korea is offering its view of President Obama's trip to Asia and it isn't pretty. The official North Korean news agency used especially harsh language about South Korea's president who hosted Obama last week. By the way, we're about to hear more about that harsh language, so consider this a head's up if any children are listening. Here's NPR's Michele Kelemen.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: The statement is ironically from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33475 at http://kuow.org Obama: May Be Time For A Pause In Mideast Peace Talks http://kuow.org/post/obama-may-be-time-pause-mideast-peace-talks Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The Obama administration's recent efforts to try to steer Israel and Palestine into - and the Palestinians into a lasting peace accord have failed. President Obama isn't giving up, but as he acknowledges, it may be time for a pause. He says Israelis and Palestinians have both taken unhelpful steps in recent weeks and neither side looks ready to compromise. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33370 at http://kuow.org Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline http://kuow.org/post/syria-track-meet-chemical-weapons-deadline Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is about as close as we're going to get to good news out of Syria. The country is on track, we're told, to meet a deadline to give up its chemical weapons arsenal. The most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday, yet Syria now faces suspicion that it's using less toxic chemicals, possibly chlorine. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Secretary of State John Kerry counts the chemical weapons deal he negotiated with Russia as one of his diplomatic wins in his first year in office. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 33269 at http://kuow.org Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy http://kuow.org/post/taunt-or-miscalculation-irans-provocative-pick-un-envoy Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.<p>It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.<p>By most accounts, Aboutalebi wasn't directly involved in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 31966 at http://kuow.org Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy