Peter Kenyon http://publicradioeast.org en Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://publicradioeast.org/post/iran-nuclear-negotiations-try-hurdle-impasse-deadline-nears Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Iranian and American diplomats are facing a July 20th deadline to come up with a nuclear agreement. A deal could prevent any Iranian attempt to build a bomb. Failure could bring back the mutual hostility of the past. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45519 at http://publicradioeast.org Deadline Looms In Nuclear Talks With Iran http://publicradioeast.org/post/july-deadline-looms-nuclear-talks-iran Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's being billed as the final push. After a decade of on-again, off-again talks with Iran over its nuclear program, a last round of talks begins today in Vienna. Negotiators from Iran, the U.S. and five major powers have set July 20 - just weeks from now - as the deadline to reach an agreement. NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Vienna. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45367 at http://publicradioeast.org Beside A Crumbling Iraq, Iran Looks On With Alarm Bells Ringing http://publicradioeast.org/post/beside-crumbling-iraq-iran-looks-alarm-bells-ringing Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Alarm bells are ringing in Iran now that Sunni militants are making such a huge claim in neighboring Iraq. Iran is the center of Shiite power in the region. It supports Iraq's Shiite-led government and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Tehran is pursuing even more military support for its allies. But it also might be looking for a viable political solution in Iraq.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Into Tehran, where memories of Iran's bloody war against the Sunni led Iraq in the 1980s are still strong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 45247 at http://publicradioeast.org Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy http://publicradioeast.org/post/crowded-two-shaky-states-turkey-shifts-its-weight-policy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The fighting is so bad in Iraq that yesterday NATO promised to defend member country Turkey from any spillover violence. Turkey borders two countries that some analysts now call failed states, Iraq and Syria. That's forcing Turkey to consider policies that could change the map of the region, even the possibility of more independence for Iraqi Kurds. That's something Turkey has vehemently opposed for decades. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: After loudly criticizing the U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44959 at http://publicradioeast.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://publicradioeast.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44545 at http://publicradioeast.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks http://publicradioeast.org/post/key-sticking-points-iranian-nuclear-talks Iran and six world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in their latest attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear agreement by July 20.<p>That's when a six-month interim agreement expires. It can be extended for up to another six months, though all sides say they're aiming for an agreement this summer.<p>Iran is negotiating with the so-called P5 plus one, which consists of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.<p>Here are some of the major sticking points as the talks enter a crucial stage:<p><strong>1. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44070 at http://publicradioeast.org The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks Former Boxer Steps Up As Kiev Mayor, Spars With Remaining Activists http://publicradioeast.org/post/former-boxer-steps-kiev-mayor-spars-remaining-activists Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitchko is now set to become mayor of Kiev. In his first major move, Klitchko is asking activists in Independence Square to pack up their tents and allow the square to return to normal. Some activists are resisting, warning that one presidential election doesn't guarantee the success of their revolution — or do justice to the martyrs who were killed there. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43336 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukraine's Weakened Military Could Hinder Poroshenko's Objectives http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukraines-weakened-military-could-hinder-poroshenkos-objectives Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The new president of Ukraine also faces the problem keeping order. Petro Poroshenko has won praise for his tough stance on the pro-Russian insurgency in the east of the country. But it can take force to back up words. And the Ukrainian military is considered relatively weak. NPR's Peter Kenyon just returned from Ukraine and has this report.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Ukrainian armed forces have struck some blows against militants in the East, mainly thanks to their airpower. But overall, the news from Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk has been grim. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43270 at http://publicradioeast.org Rare Right-Wing Party Favors EU Integration, Joining Nato http://publicradioeast.org/post/rare-right-wing-party-favors-eu-integration-joining-nato Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Europe's far-right parties did well, really well in last week's elections to the European Parliament. But their embrace of Russia and its annexation of Crimea is not exactly what the far-right counterparts in Ukraine were expecting. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on a rare right-wing party that favors EU integration and joining NATO.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: The Svoboda, or the freedom party, is the most prominent nationalist party in Ukraine. Although it didn't fare well in Sunday's presidential election. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42713 at http://publicradioeast.org Insurgents In Ukraine Shoot Down Helicopter, Killing General http://publicradioeast.org/post/insurgents-ukraine-shoot-down-helicopter-killing-general Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The battle for control of eastern Ukraine heated up again today. Pro-Russian insurgents shot down a military helicopter - killing at least a dozen soldiers, including an Army general. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42670 at http://publicradioeast.org From Kiev, An Olive Branch For Russia — And A Saber For Separatists http://publicradioeast.org/post/kiev-olive-branch-russia-and-saber-separatists Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Fighting in Eastern Ukraine went on today with Moscow and Kiev accusing each other of responsibility for the bloodshed. It's reported that about 50 separatists have been killed since yesterday. Ukraine's likely new president won't be sworn in until next month, but attention is already focusing on what Petro Poroshenko will or can do to resolve Ukraine's numerous crises. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42474 at http://publicradioeast.org Violence Returns To Eastern Ukraine http://publicradioeast.org/post/violence-returns-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour with the latest from Ukraine, where votes from yesterday's presidential election continue to be tallied. Billionaire candy-maker Petro Poroshenko maintains his commanding lead. International observers praised the election as genuine, despite the millions who couldn't vote due to violence in eastern providences.<p>The apparent president-elect has spoken of talks with Moscow to end that violence. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42378 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainians Choose Billionaire Businessman As Next President http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainians-choose-billionaire-businessman-next-president Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. A billionaire chocolate-maker is the projected winner in Ukraine's weekend presidential election. This is a country, of course, where there has been a lot of tension with pro-Russian separatists. And in the eastern part of the country, violence kept some polls closed.<p>And yet Ukrainians went to vote, and they chose businessman and former cabinet minister Petro Poroshenko to run the country at this critical moment. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42329 at http://publicradioeast.org Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election http://publicradioeast.org/post/extremists-vow-disrupt-ukraines-presidential-election The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42118 at http://publicradioeast.org Iran Reluctant To Disclose Secret Nuclear Activities http://publicradioeast.org/post/iran-reluctant-disclose-secret-nuclear-activities Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Another round of nuclear talks between world powers in Iran ended yesterday and negotiations are expected to run through July. The U.S. wants to limit Iran's nuclear program. Iran wants relief from economic sanctions, but there are some mysteries, including rumors and reports about old weapons programs Iran allegedly hid.<p>And that poses a dilemma. How does it admit to past concealment? Well, it asked the world to trust it under a new deal. Sat, 17 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41620 at http://publicradioeast.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job http://publicradioeast.org/post/nearly-year-job-tepid-reception-irans-president Almost a year into Hassan Rouhani's presidency, the wave of high expectations that marked his rise to power in Iran has given way to impatience from his supporters and increasing attacks from his critics.<p>As Iranian negotiators headed to New York last week for expert-level nuclear talks, conservatives spoke out in parliament and gathered at the old U.S. Embassy in Tehran for some of the boldest attacks yet on Rouhani's leadership. Mon, 12 May 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 41132 at http://publicradioeast.org Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King http://publicradioeast.org/post/turkish-town-liver-and-olive-oil-wrestling-are-king If we mention the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, tucked up near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, you may think, "Oh brother, not another story about olive oil wrestling."<p>Yes, it's true that each summer for the last 650 or so years Edirne has hosted the <a href="http://www.edirnetravel.net/oil-wrestling-kirkpinar">Kirkpinar Olive Oil Wrestling Festival</a>, in which half-naked men slathered in fragrant oil grapple in the grass. It's activity that's even recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Event.<p>But we're actually here today to discuss liver. Fried liver. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40160 at http://publicradioeast.org In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back http://publicradioeast.org/post/dogs-and-batons-bulgaria-tells-syrian-refugees-turn-back Some countries in Syria's neighborhood are feeling inundated with refugees, and countries like Greece are making it harder for them to enter the country. Now Bulgaria has followed suit, with growing reports of Syrian refugees facing violent beatings, according to a <a href="http://hrw.org/node/124858" target="_blank">new report by Human Rights Watch</a>.<p>Among the poorest European states, Bulgaria was ill-prepared for the spike in refugees who came across its border last fall. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40087 at http://publicradioeast.org With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two http://publicradioeast.org/post/internet-freedom-debate-stokes-rivalry-between-turkeys-top-two Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Turkey has seen its share of political controversies lately, including large protests and a government ban of Twitter. Despite that, the ruling party appears to be maintaining its popularity. But now it may face a split in its highest ranks. There's competition brewing between its two main figures: President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul that many are wary of Erdogan's growing power.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Turkey is in the midst of a three-round electoral contest. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 39752 at http://publicradioeast.org A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History http://publicradioeast.org/post/trip-odessas-rich-dark-history As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 38656 at http://publicradioeast.org