Peter Kenyon http://wkms.org en Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons http://wkms.org/post/kurdish-forces-say-theyre-waiting-us-weapons Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.<p>They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.<p>"We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 43092 at http://wkms.org Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons Iraq Has New Leadership, Al-Malaki Will Step Aside http://wkms.org/post/iraq-has-new-leadership-al-malaki-will-step-aside <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=Iraq+Has+New+Leadership%2C+Al-Malaki+Will+Step+Aside&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Iraq finally has new leadership. Prime Minister Nouri al'Maliki says he will step aside, making room for a new prime minister. Haider al-Abadi, the new man, will try to form a government that can fight the extremist militants known as the Islamic State. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42886 at http://wkms.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President http://wkms.org/post/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-expanded-role-president The news from Turkey lately has been mostly bad: A mine disaster this spring killed more than 300 workers; a corruption probe in December raised allegations of high-level graft in the Cabinet; and resentment continues to smolder against mega-projects that are threatening Istanbul's remaining green spaces.<p>That doesn't sound like a good platform for a term-limited prime minister to transform himself into Turkey's first strong president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 42754 at http://wkms.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://wkms.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 41802 at http://wkms.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://wkms.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 41471 at http://wkms.org Rare Right-Wing Party Favors EU Integration, Joining Nato http://wkms.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 11:29:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 40939 at http://wkms.org Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election http://wkms.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 40781 at http://wkms.org 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