Syria http://kuow.org en Number Of Refugees On The Rise http://kuow.org/post/number-refugees-rise <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Judith Kumin, former United Nation's official and current professor of International Human Rights at the University of New Hampshire, about why the number of displaced people in the world is on the rise. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:37:24 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 34910 at http://kuow.org Number Of Refugees On The Rise A Look At America's Middle East Foreign Policy Over The Last 70 Years http://kuow.org/post/look-americas-middle-east-foreign-policy-over-last-70-years <p>Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor Joel Migdal about his new book "Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East." Thu, 01 May 2014 22:07:48 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 33714 at http://kuow.org A Look At America's Middle East Foreign Policy Over The Last 70 Years A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store http://kuow.org/post/syrian-refugee-camp-girl-scouts-and-safeway-store On a sunny afternoon in the dusty, overcrowded Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a group of Syrian girls recites a familiar pledge and hope to change their future. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:22 +0000 Deborah Amos 30723 at http://kuow.org A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store More Than 5 Million Children Affected By Syrian War http://kuow.org/post/more-5-million-children-affected-syrian-war <p>Steve Scher talks with Edward Chaiban, UNICEF's director of Emergency Programmes, about how the conflict in<a href="http://www.unicefusa.org/syria"> Syria</a> has affected the local children.</p><p>UNICEF recently <a href="http://www.unicefusa.org/assets/pdf/UN01137.pdf">released a report</a> that stated at least 10,000 children were killed in the violence, and almost 3 million children in Syria and in neighboring countries are unable to go to school on a regular basis.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:24:18 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 30474 at http://kuow.org More Than 5 Million Children Affected By Syrian War British Diplomat Weighs In On Ukraine, Russia And Syria http://kuow.org/post/british-diplomat-weighs-ukraine-russia-and-syria The complicated situation in Ukraine is headed toward an important moment, as a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/26/283039312/yatsenyuk-is-named-as-ukraine-s-next-potential-premier">vote on an interim government</a> has been scheduled for Thursday. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:24 +0000 Bill Chappell 29556 at http://kuow.org British Diplomat Weighs In On Ukraine, Russia And Syria How Foreign Fighters Are Affecting The Crisis In Syria http://kuow.org/post/how-foreign-fighters-are-affecting-crisis-syria <p>Marcie Sillman talks with William McCants, fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution, about the influx of foreign fighters joining the conflict in Syria. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:38:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 25879 at http://kuow.org How Foreign Fighters Are Affecting The Crisis In Syria Saudi Arabia's Influence In Syria And The Middle East http://kuow.org/post/saudi-arabias-influence-syria-and-middle-east <p>Steve Scher discusses the changing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:36:15 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 22866 at http://kuow.org Saudi Arabia's Influence In Syria And The Middle East Who Are The Syrian Rebels? http://kuow.org/post/who-are-syrian-rebels-0 <p>A Syrian deputy prime minister has said this week that peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces could begin next month in Geneva. The United States and Russia have not yet set a date for the talks however, and a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could not confirm the dates reported in Syrian state media. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:03:05 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22288 at http://kuow.org Who Are The Syrian Rebels? What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel http://kuow.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-group-won-nobel The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2013/press.html">awarded</a> the 2013 peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group that's only recently been thrust into the spotlight as it works to dismantle Syria's chemical program.<p>The OPCW, which is based at the Hague, was established in 1997 and now has an annual budget of $100 million and a staff of about 500 people. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:41:00 +0000 editor 21903 at http://kuow.org What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel Seattle Businesswoman Helps Syrian Refugees http://kuow.org/post/seattle-businesswoman-helps-syrian-refugees <p>There are now more than two million Syrian refugees and some local nonprofits are working to help them. Rita Zawaideh is a Seattle businesswoman who travels to Jordan every other month to bring refugees medical supplies. She started the nonprofit <a href="http://salaamculturalmuseum.wordpress.com/">Salaam Cultural Museum</a> in Seattle in 1996.</p><p>She recently returned from one of those trips. She and other volunteers saw thousands of patients and handed out hundreds of pounds of medicine. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:41:47 +0000 David Hyde & Sara Lerner 20936 at http://kuow.org Seattle Businesswoman Helps Syrian Refugees Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? http://kuow.org/post/why-does-russia-believe-rebels-used-chemical-weapons-syria <p>The United Nations General Assembly opened this week and on the top of the agenda is the crisis in Syria. UN weapons inspectors said that based on their investigation, chemical weapons were definitely used in an August 21 attack of a city on the outskirts of Damascus.</p><p>While many officials believe evidence points to Bashar al-Assad's government as being the perpetrator of the attack, Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that the UN and Western officials have incorrectly tied the Syrian government to that attack.</p><p>Fred Weir is the Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, he explains why Russia is still blaming the Syrian rebels for the chemical weapons attack. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:27:06 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20648 at http://kuow.org Why Does Russia Believe The Rebels Used Chemical Weapons In Syria? The Interfaith Amigos On Violence http://kuow.org/post/interfaith-amigos-violence <p>Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie came together just after the Iraq War began.&nbsp; They wanted to find a way to discuss politics and faith and to use their religious convictions to forge a path to dialogue and eventually peace.</p><p>The Amigos were originally going to be in studio to discuss the subject of compassion and consciousness, but the unfolding events in Syria hijacked our conversation. We talked about whether President Obama’s original proposal to launch a military attack in retaliation for Syria’s use of chemical weapons was the right way forward on this issues. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:37:37 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20591 at http://kuow.org The Interfaith Amigos On Violence Reaction In The Middle East To Syria http://kuow.org/post/reaction-middle-east-syria <p></p><p>The United Nations inspectors say they have convincing evidence that chemical weapons were used in a large scale attack in Syria last month. In a report released earlier today the inspectors said the samples they collected from an area of Damascus provided clear and convincing evidence that the nerve agent sarin was used.</p><p>The inspectors were not charged with determining who launched the chemical weapons. The news closely follows this weekend’s announcement that Russia and the United States had reached agreement on a framework for Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program. The United States and its allies say military force is still a possibility if Syria fails to follow through on its agreement. Meanwhile the war in Syria continues.</p><p><a href="http://www.borzou.com/">Borzou Daragahi</a> has been covering events in the Middle East for the Financial Times. He’s based in Cairo. He explains what the reaction in the Middle East has been to the announcement that Syria would give up its chemical weapons. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:00:15 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20415 at http://kuow.org Obama Presses Pause, McGinn Spars With Murray, And I-522 Attracts Big Money http://kuow.org/post/obama-presses-pause-mcginn-spars-murray-and-i-522-attracts-big-money <p>It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news.&nbsp;President Obama took to primetime to postpone a vote in Congress authorizing a Syrian strike in favor of diplomatic talks.</p><p>Seattle mayor Mike McGinn officially kicked off his reelection bid against challenger Ed Murray and big money poured into the campaign against Washington's GMO labeling Initiative 522.</p><p>Plus, KING 5 announced big plans for new local programming and a the state Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for light rail to come to Bellevue.</p><p>It all happened this week, and we'll talk about it&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">with <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/">Joni</a></span><a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Balter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's <a href="http://elisanders.net">Eli Sanders</a> and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Knute<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Berger</a> of Crosscut.</span> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:05:35 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20329 at http://kuow.org Obama Presses Pause, McGinn Spars With Murray, And I-522 Attracts Big Money The News From Canada: Shifting Toward Diplomacy In Syria http://kuow.org/post/news-canada-shifting-toward-diplomacy-syria <p>President Obama used a White House address on Tuesday night to delay a vote on military action against Syria in favor of a possible diplomatic solution. So far the Canadian government has lent moral support to the President’s cause, but no more. Vancouver Sun columnist <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/columnists/vaughn_palmer.html">Vaughn Palmer</a> talks with Marcie Sillman about the Canadian reaction to the President's speech. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:27:36 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20170 at http://kuow.org The News From Canada: Shifting Toward Diplomacy In Syria