Alice Fordham http://apr.org en Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean http://apr.org/post/gazans-push-back-against-israeli-fishing-limits Down at the Gaza city harbor, a little after dawn, merchants wait with horses and carts and scales to weigh the morning's catch of fish.<p>But when they come in, the fish are small and few. One man scoops his catch up by the handful, tiny fish slipping through his fingers. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57849 at http://apr.org Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen http://apr.org/post/gaza-students-wonder-when-their-schools-will-reopen There's clamor and hustle outside the Western Gaza City Educational Directorate. A month late, this year's graduating high school students are getting their high school diplomas.<p>Usually, there's a little ceremony. But today, they're just clustering around a window while the certificates are handed out. So many education workers are injured or have lost homes that only about a third of them showed up for work.<p>Nonetheless, the students' joy feels loud and luminous in a city numbed by war.<p>"Words cannot describe how happy I feel," says Said Siyam. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57698 at http://apr.org Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister http://apr.org/post/introducing-iraqs-new-appointee-prime-minister <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=Introducing+Iraq%27s+New+Appointee+For+Prime+Minister&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3ODg0ODc2MDEzMTE4NzIxMjhiYTVmNQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Iraq, the era of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may be coming to an end after eight turbulent years. As we've been reporting, Iraq's president has appointed a new prime minister to form a government. He is Haider al-Abadi. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57626 at http://apr.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques http://apr.org/post/gazas-casualties-war-include-its-historic-mosques Because of the debris, you can't go through the door anymore to get into the Omari mosque. You have to climb over a pile of rubble and through a hole in the wall, followed by a surging crowd of kids.<p>The ceiling of the low building in the Jabaliya area, near Gaza City, is made of vaulted stone arches – except where the sunlight comes streaming through a hole torn in the roof and lands on a pile of ripped-up pages of Arabic calligraphy. It's what remains of the mosque's Qurans. Most were destroyed; some burned. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57554 at http://apr.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister http://apr.org/post/man-who-might-be-iraqs-next-prime-minister Haider al-Abadi is an affable Shiite politician who has been close to the center of power in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57494 at http://apr.org The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister Without A Truce, Strikes Resume In Gaza http://apr.org/post/without-truce-strikes-resume-gaza <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=Without+A+Truce%2C+Strikes+Resume+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57368 at http://apr.org As Cease-Fire Reaches Its Close, Fire Reignites In Gaza http://apr.org/post/cease-fire-reaches-its-close-fire-reignites-gaza <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=As+Cease-Fire+Reaches+Its+Close%2C+Fire+Reignites+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The three-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended today and the fighting resumed. Negotiators in Cairo had hoped to extend the deal. But Israel says rockets were fired from Gaza even before the clock ran out on the cease-fire. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57344 at http://apr.org With Gazans' Eyes On Cairo, Hamas Hopes For Leverage http://apr.org/post/gazans-eyes-cairo-hamas-hopes-leverage <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=With+Gazans%27+Eyes+On+Cairo%2C+Hamas+Hopes+For+Leverage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU2OTMxMDEyMjk5ODM2MzliZDc5NA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>People in Israel and the Gaza Strip are bracing for the possibility of more fighting. A three-day cease-fire is scheduled to end tomorrow morning. Negotiators in Cairo are working to extend it. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 57266 at http://apr.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways http://apr.org/post/using-water-weapon-fight-control-iraq In the searing heat of northern Iraq, among its dry, scrubby landscape, there's a surreal sight: a wide, shimmering blue lake, held back by the concrete and steel of a dam. It's on the Tigris River, near the city of Mosul.<p>Brig. Gen. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 56875 at http://apr.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution http://apr.org/post/iraqis-crisis-dividing-country-seems-poor-solution The muscular farmer sits in the basement kindergarten of the church, perched on a tiny chair intended for a child. He and his family are spending the holiday here, after being forced to flee from extremists.<p>"Our village is more than 300 years old," Ahmed Ali says of Shreikhan, near Mosul, "and we never had any such problems."<p>For most Muslims around the world, Eid is a time for gifts, feasts and visiting relatives. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:26:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 56664 at http://apr.org For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://apr.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <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=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 56496 at http://apr.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail http://apr.org/post/syrian-president-issues-new-stamps-cant-deliver-mail As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.<p>But these pieces of paper tell us much about the power struggles behind the slaughter in Syria. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 56413 at http://apr.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail Amid Bloodshed, Brotherhood: Links Forged From Iraq's Game Of Rings http://apr.org/post/amid-bloodshed-brotherhood-links-forged-iraqs-game-rings In Iraq, a Ramadan game called Mheibbis brings even Sunnis and Shiites together in peaceful competition. A ring game traditionally played between neighborhoods during the holy month, Mheibbis has offered men the opportunity to break Baghdad's tension and offer messages of unity and brotherhood — even between rival sects. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 55439 at http://apr.org Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government http://apr.org/post/iraq-lawmakers-fail-reach-deal-new-government Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 55223 at http://apr.org Iraqi Parliament, And Maliki's Fate, Float In Limbo http://apr.org/post/iraqi-parliament-and-malikis-fate-float-limbo 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. With Iraq in crisis under the onslaught of Sunni extremists, the country's government is unable to pull together. A meeting of the Iraqi parliament fell apart today, and the issues before the body are critical for the government to function. The parliament was elected back in April, but members still have yet to agree on a speaker, a president and a prime minister. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 54947 at http://apr.org