PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 21Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee An international coalition joins in Doha to discuss Syria (1) (Remarks by U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison) Also in today’s show: HRW is finding ‘no space for political dissent’ in Bahrain (2) Concern about the outcome of protests in Turkey (3) The NSA leak could prompt re-analysis of data collection (4) (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 20Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Obama says the Syrian government has lost its legitimacy (1) Also in today’s show: The U.N. finds Syria a game changer in the world refugee problem (2) Amnesty spokesman endorses the “standing man” style of protest in Turkey (3) (Interview with Bill Jones, Amnesty International) A military attack on Iran may be the More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 19Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee  The Afghan president says no talks with the Taliban for now (1) (Interview with Karl Inderfurth, former assistant U.S. secretary of state for South Asia) Also in today’s show: President Obama speaks out about nuclear weapons (2) Turkish demonstrators adopt a new type of protest (3) The U.N. nudges Lebanon to open camps More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 18Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee  No-fly zone over Syria lacks broad support (1) (Interview with David Butter, Chatham House in London) Also in today’s show: Gulf states to target Hezbollah (2) Egypt sending mixed messages on Syria (3) U.N. cuts aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon (4) U.S. and Russia are cautiously optimistic about Iran’s newly elected president (5) Ethiopia More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 17Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee  Debate starts over how the U.S. will arm Syrian rebels Also in today’s show: Turkey could become the first consolidated Muslim democracy of the 21st century (Interview with Soner Cagaptay, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Iran’s president-elect hails his won win in the country’s election Iran presidential election – an overview The More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 14Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee  The White House finds the Syrian regime has crossed the ‘Red Line’ Also in today’s show: Gradual changes are seen coming to Saudi Arabia (Interview with Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) The Turkish prime minister agrees to postpone a park redevelopment Iran holds its presidential election India takes steps to boost trade More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 13Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee The U.N. says 93,000 people have died in Syria’s conflict Also in today’s show: Protesters in Turkey are given a ‘final warning’ Using oil resources to calm youth in Saudi Arabia (Interview with Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Analysts see little choice for Iranians in the presidential poll (To listen to select More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 12Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Turkish police clear Taksim Square (Interview with Erdag Goknar, Duke University) Also in today’s show: Did Saudi Arabia dodge the Arab Spring? Iran’s election might affect nuclear talks Traditional Palestinian weddings keep a heritage alive (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East Monitor podcasts More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 11June13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Demonstrations continue against Turkey’s PM Erdogan Also in today’s show: The White House is holding meetings on a U.S. response on Syria Khatami backs a moderate in the Iranian presidential race Egyptians are increasingly concerned about an Ethiopian dam (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 10Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee US, British newspapers identify NSA whistleblower Also in today’s show: Protesters clash with police in the Turkish capital for the 11th straight day The U.N. launches its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian aid to Syria (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 07Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Dave DeForest The U.N. warns of a worsening Syrian refugee crisis Also in today’s show: Turkey’s PM demands an end to demonstrations in his country Tensions rise between Egypt and Ethiopia over water diverted from a Nile tributary (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 05Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Paul Westpheling Syrian peace talks pushed back to July at the earliest Also in today’s show: Syrian troops take control of the strategic town of Qusair The Red Cross plans to begin withdrawing some staff from Afghanistan (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 04Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Paul Westpheling In Turkey, an apology for a police crackdown as protests continue for a fifth day Also in today’s show: An Egyptian court convicts nearly 50 for trying to stir up unrest in the country Iran government tightens controls on using Internet in advance of elections (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 03Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Paul Westpheling The Turkish PM says the weekend protests were inspired by extremists Also in today’s show: Mixed reactions among Palestinians to the new prime minister Iran seeks to exert more influence in Afghanistan (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East Monitor podcasts comprise More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 31May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Syria’s president suggests arms purchase from Russia Also in today’s show: Syrian refugees top 1.6 million, says U.N. Iran’s increasing involvement in terrorism (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East Monitor podcasts comprise elements featured in VOA on-air More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 30May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee The U.N. Human Rights Council demands an end to hostilities in the Syrian town of Qusair Also in today’s show: The Syria conflict hits the Lebanese economy  Iran’s culture minister is said to be pushing for additional media restrictions (Interview with Sherif Mansour, Committee to Protect Journalists) Egypt fears diversion of Nile waters More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 29May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Syrian rebels bristle at stalled opposition talks Also in today’s show: Obstacles on the road to the international peace conference on Syria Fears rise in Lebanon of a Syrian war spillover Russian sale of missiles to Syria may complicate a no-fly zone (Interview with Ben MacQueen, Monash University, Australia) The U.S. says it’s time More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 28May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Russia defends the sale of a missile system to Syria Also in today’s show: The E.U. decides to end its arms embargo on Syria The U.S. and Russia say they remain committed to organizing Syria peace talks The Syrian opposition welcomes a visit by influential U.S. Senator John McCain A Chinese tourist is More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 27May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee A top U.N. official blames the international community for the suffering in Syria Also in today’s show: Rockets hit Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut Bullying in the Turkish military becomes a human rights issue HRW calls on Libya to protect women’s rights (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 24May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee After stops in Jordan and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry heads to Ethiopia (1) Also in today’s show: Past differences hamper U.S.-Russian efforts to help Syria (2) Syria’s civil war, analysts say, is fueling violence in Iraq (3) The U.S. president outlines limits on drone use (4) Barack Obama revives effort to close Guantanamo (5) New standards More »