Michele Kelemen http://publicradioeast.org en Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://publicradioeast.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 47088 at http://publicradioeast.org In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire http://publicradioeast.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 47010 at http://publicradioeast.org Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire http://publicradioeast.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 46946 at http://publicradioeast.org Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy http://publicradioeast.org/post/kerry-accuses-senate-hobbling-american-diplomacy Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, this next story grows out of the Separation of Powers Clause of the Constitution. The document says the president nominates ambassadors who take office with the advice and consent of the Senate. In many cases, President Obama's choices have not received Senate consent.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The administration has complained about the strategic effect of so many unfilled posts abroad. There's also a personal cost. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 46572 at http://publicradioeast.org In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry http://publicradioeast.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 44486 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://publicradioeast.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 44210 at http://publicradioeast.org Kerry Gathers World Players To Focus On Protecting Oceans http://publicradioeast.org/post/kerry-gathers-world-players-focus-protecting-oceans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Government officials, scientists and business leaders from more than 80 countries are gathering at the State Department today and tomorrow. They're there to figure out ways to protect the world's oceans and commercial fisheries. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 44039 at http://publicradioeast.org As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do http://publicradioeast.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 43805 at http://publicradioeast.org Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid http://publicradioeast.org/post/syrian-crisis-splits-activists-and-religious-groups-over-aid The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 43455 at http://publicradioeast.org Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine http://publicradioeast.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 43052 at http://publicradioeast.org Russia, China Block U.N. Effort To Investigate Syrian War Crimes http://publicradioeast.org/post/russia-china-block-un-effort-investigate-syrian-war-crimes 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 and China used their veto powers today at the U.N. Security Council. They blocked a resolution that would have sent the crisis in Syria to the International Criminal Court. More than 160,000 people have died in Syria's civil war. And the United States accused Moscow of aiding impunity with its veto. But Moscow's ambassador called the whole U.N. Thu, 22 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 42070 at http://publicradioeast.org Keeping Watch On Ukraine As It Prepares To Elect A President http://publicradioeast.org/post/keeping-watch-ukraine-it-prepares-elect-president Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Amid much turmoil, Ukraine is set to hold a presidential election this Sunday. It will be complicated in parts of Eastern Ukraine now under the control of pro-Russian separatists who say voting won't happen in those areas. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 41808 at http://publicradioeast.org Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits http://publicradioeast.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 41281 at http://publicradioeast.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... http://publicradioeast.org/post/nation-elects-most-women As Rwanda began to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1994 genocide, something unexpected happened: Women began playing a much more influential role on many fronts, including politics.<p>Traditions that had limited women previously were cast aside, and President Paul Kagame also actively pushed for women to be in more prominent positions.<p>Today, women make up 64 percent of the country's lower house of Parliament — a far higher percentage than in any other nation, according to figures compiled by the <a href="http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm" target="_blank">Inter-Parliamentary Union</a Thu, 08 May 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 40863 at http://publicradioeast.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://publicradioeast.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 21:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 40813 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 40723 at http://publicradioeast.org West Urged To Pressure Iran On Its Human Rights Record http://publicradioeast.org/post/west-urged-pressure-iran-its-human-rights-record Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And a new round of nuclear talks get underway with Iran today in New York. Hopes are high for a deal that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. For one thing, just yesterday, Iran announced that international inspectors would be allowed to visit two key Iranian production sites there. Mon, 05 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 40570 at http://publicradioeast.org In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward http://publicradioeast.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 20:54:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 40340 at http://publicradioeast.org Out Of North Korea, A Sexist Rant Against South's President http://publicradioeast.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 40066 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama: May Be Time For A Pause In Mideast Peace Talks http://publicradioeast.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 39913 at http://publicradioeast.org