Alice Fordham http://wcqs.org en Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean http://wcqs.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 12:37:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 22346 at http://wcqs.org Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen http://wcqs.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 22235 at http://wcqs.org Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister http://wcqs.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 20:17:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 22189 at http://wcqs.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques http://wcqs.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 22135 at http://wcqs.org Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister http://wcqs.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 21:48:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 22092 at http://wcqs.org The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister Without A Truce, Strikes Resume In Gaza http://wcqs.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 22005 at http://wcqs.org As Cease-Fire Reaches Its Close, Fire Reignites In Gaza http://wcqs.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 21973 at http://wcqs.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways http://wcqs.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 21638 at http://wcqs.org Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution http://wcqs.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 21491 at http://wcqs.org For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://wcqs.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 21:33:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 21373 at http://wcqs.org