Peter Kenyon http://wkms.org en A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History http://wkms.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 39828 at http://wkms.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://wkms.org/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 39623 at http://wkms.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban http://wkms.org/post/even-turkeys-president-evades-its-new-twitter-ban Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The cyberworld is aflutter about Twitter - more precisely, an effort by Turkey to ban the microblogging site. After a court order, Turkey's telecommunications authority tried to block Twitter access. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to eradicate Twitter. But the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, is one of many Turks who are working around the blockage and tweeting away. Joining us from Istanbul is NPR's Peter Kenyon. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 39402 at http://wkms.org Uncertainty Reigns At Start Of Iran Nuclear Talks http://wkms.org/post/uncertainty-reigns-start-iran-nuclear-talks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In Vienna, Iran, the U.S. and other world powers are starting to negotiate over how to limit Iran's nuclear program, or as Iran sees it, how to lift the economic sanctions crippling the country. The goal is to have a comprehensive agreement this summer. That's when a temporary deal expires. The gaps are wide, the issues are complicated and it's believed this round of talks may be cut short. NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Vienna for the talks. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 38802 at http://wkms.org Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations http://wkms.org/post/irans-president-marks-revolution-call-negotiations Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.<p>In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag condemned the U.S. and Israel, and then, perhaps not sure of the nationality of the reporter standing nearby, threw in England and France for good measure.<p>But Iranians say this year's rally had a different feel, especially when compared to those under the previous president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 38627 at http://wkms.org Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations Iranians Look Back On 35 Years Since The Revolution http://wkms.org/post/iranians-look-back-35-years-revolution Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Iran is marking the anniversary of its Islamic revolution. It's the 35th anniversary of the protests that ended in 1979 with the overthrow of a U.S. ally, the Shah of Iran. The government that has ruled ever since uses Death to America as one of its basic slogans but the possibility of better relations emerged after the election of a new Iranian president last year.<p>NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Iran. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 38587 at http://wkms.org Some Turkish Churches Get Makeovers — As Mosques http://wkms.org/post/some-turkish-churches-get-makeovers-mosques A historically significant but now-crumbling fifth century Byzantine monastery in Istanbul is finally slated for restoration. But for Turkey's dwindling Greek community, the bad news is that the government wants to turn the Stoudios monastery into a mosque.<p>It's just one of several such conversions of historically Christian sites that the government is considering. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 37052 at http://wkms.org Some Turkish Churches Get Makeovers — As Mosques Iran Nuclear Talks Break, To Resume Later This Month http://wkms.org/post/iran-nuclear-talks-break-resume-later-month Negotiators from Iran and a six-nation group are scheduled to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program in 10 days. Talks ended on Saturday after an agreement was not reached on an initial proposal to ease international sanctions against Tehran in return for some restraints on its nuclear program. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:04:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 36447 at http://wkms.org Suspicions Bog Down Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program http://wkms.org/post/suspicions-bog-down-talks-irans-nuclear-program Negotiators from Iran and six world powers resume talks Thursday in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program. Iran's Supreme Leader says he's not optimistic, and U.S. officials say "no deal is better than a bad deal." Still, Iran's desire to get out from under crippling economic sanctions may drive progress forward despite the long odds. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 36363 at http://wkms.org Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul http://wkms.org/post/ottoman-dream-come-true-train-links-east-and-west-istanbul The Marmaray Project, Turkey's new underwater rail link between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/29/241571258/world-headlines-trains-under-bosphorous-loans-to-yakuza">open for business</a>. It's the first of its kind, a modern feat of engineering that realizes the 150-year-old dream of an Ottoman sultan.<p>Before we get to the politics behind it, though, a bit of practical information. Abandon any romantic notions about well-appointed coaches and china clinking in the dining car. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:28:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 36160 at http://wkms.org Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul