Michele Kelemen http://kuow.org en 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 Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric http://kuow.org/post/russia-cautions-against-return-cold-war-rhetoric Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 31744 at http://kuow.org Russia Votes To Annex Crimea, As The West Looks On http://kuow.org/post/russia-votes-annex-crimea-west-looks 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>Russia's President Vladimir Putin moved today to overturn recent history by reclaiming Crimea for Russia. Putin signed a treaty to annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and gave a rousing speech to parliament laying out his case. He is also blasted the West for trying to frighten him with sanctions.<p>The United States calls Putin's actions illegal. But as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the U.S. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 30788 at http://kuow.org Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/yatsenyuk-appeals-international-aid-ukraine Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 30430 at http://kuow.org Ukraine's Interim Prime Minister To Visit White House http://kuow.org/post/ukraines-interim-prime-minister-visit-white-house Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Ukraine's interim prime minister meets with President Obama today at the White House. That visit comes at a time when Ukraine's territorial integrity is under threat. The country's region of Crimea is expected to vote this weekend to secede and join Russia. U.S. efforts to resolve this diplomatically with Moscow have gone nowhere. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 30336 at http://kuow.org Pending Russian Response, Kerry's Travel Plans Are Up In The Air http://kuow.org/post/pending-russian-response-kerrys-travel-plans-are-air Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>And we begin this hour with the latest on the standoff over Ukraine. Today, Russian forces seized the Ukrainian naval post, military hospital and a missile unit in Crimea. At the same time, Moscow accused Kiev of encouraging right-wing groups and creating lawlessness in eastern Ukraine. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 30201 at http://kuow.org Kerry And Russian Diplomat Talk Crimea In Paris http://kuow.org/post/kerry-and-russian-diplomat-talk-crimea-paris Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Yesterday, he was in Ukraine. Today, it's Paris. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging a lot of miles these days, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the unfolding crisis in Crimea. In Paris, he met with Russia's foreign minister. Kerry said the discussions were substantive. Diplomatic sources tell NPR the results were inconclusive. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29923 at http://kuow.org Kerry's In Kiev And He Comes Bearing Gifts — One Billion Of Them http://kuow.org/post/kerrys-kiev-and-he-comes-bearing-gifts-one-billion-them Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev Tuesday, offering $1 billion in American loan guarantees and promises of technical assistance to the new Ukrainian government. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29856 at http://kuow.org Syria On Track To Become World's Largest Source Of Refugees http://kuow.org/post/syria-track-become-worlds-largest-source-refugees A photo from Syria is grabbing the world's attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of a Palestinian refugee camp inside Syria.<p>Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia was so moved by the image, he took to the Senate floor, saying "a country of 23 million people, a proud country, is being transformed before our eyes to a land of rubble, skeletons, refugees and ghosts."<p>Syria was once a destination country for refugees. Now, it is fast becoming the world's biggest source of them. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29674 at http://kuow.org Syria On Track To Become World's Largest Source Of Refugees Secretary Of State Kerry Says Ukraine Is Not A 'Cold War Story' http://kuow.org/post/secretary-state-kerry-says-ukraine-not-cold-war-story Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/28/283878194/ousted-president-is-ready-to-fight-for-the-future-of-ukraine">emerged Friday</a> to give a news conference on Russian soil, not far from the Ukraine border. Russia is not only giving Yanukovych shelter — it's also <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/26/282872811/putin-flexes-moscows-military-muscles-puts-army-on-alert">carrying out military exercises</a> that have raised alarms in Washington.<p>The U.S. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29620 at http://kuow.org Secretary Of State Kerry Says Ukraine Is Not A 'Cold War Story' U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela http://kuow.org/post/us-has-little-leverage-stop-political-violence-venezuela The escalating political crisis in Venezuela has set off alarms in Washington. But there's little the U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29517 at http://kuow.org U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela Will Ukraine Do What It Takes To Unlock International Aid? http://kuow.org/post/west-eyes-new-leaders-same-money-issues-ukraine The United States, hoping to avert economic chaos in Ukraine, is prepared to send financial support to supplement aid from the International Monetary Fund, the White House said on Monday.<p>"The United States, working with partners around the world, stands ready to provide support for Ukraine as it takes the reforms it needs to, to get back to economic stability," White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing.<p>After three months of street protests and the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, the U.S. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29352 at http://kuow.org Will Ukraine Do What It Takes To Unlock International Aid? U.S., Allies Urge All Sides In Ukraine To Pull Back From Brink http://kuow.org/post/us-allies-urge-all-sides-ukraine-pull-back-brink Foreign ministers from France, Germany and Poland are traveling to Ukraine in hopes of persuading all sides in the country's recent violence to pull back from the brink and restart a political dialogue. The U.S. is also urging the country's president to calm the situation and restart a dialogue with the opposition. But the U.S. and Europe seem to have few levers of influence, as the crisis spins out of control.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before reporters in Paris Wednesday to restate his hope for a negotiated settlement to the political crisis in Ukraine. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 29087 at http://kuow.org U.S., Allies Urge All Sides In Ukraine To Pull Back From Brink More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees http://kuow.org/post/more-ambassador-posts-are-going-political-appointees The nominee to be U.S. ambassador to, say, Hungary should be able to explain what the U.S. strategic interests are in that country — right?<p>But Colleen Bell, a soap opera producer and President Obama's appointee to be U.S. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:07:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28778 at http://kuow.org More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees Leaked Ukraine Phone Call Puts U.S. Credibility On The Line http://kuow.org/post/leaked-ukraine-phone-call-puts-us-credibility-line Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>An embarrassing moment today for the U.S. State Department. A recording surfaced on YouTube, purportedly of two senior U.S. diplomats talking about Ukraine. The timing was inconvenient. The assistant secretary of State for Europe is in Kiev to talk about how to resolve the political crisis there. And the contents of the recording were also embarrassing. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28358 at http://kuow.org