Jackie Northam http://wcqs.org en Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel http://wcqs.org/post/gaza-violence-tests-once-unshakable-allies-us-and-israel Relations between Israel and the United States are going through a turbulent time. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22487 at http://wcqs.org Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy http://wcqs.org/post/hamas-conflict-could-have-lingering-impact-israels-economy Itay Maoz climbs into his dusty SUV and presses a series of buttons on his cellphone, which opens an electronic gate surrounding the Nahal Oz Kibbutz. From here, in the far south of Israel, you can see across the border into Gaza and the remains of buildings pulverized by Israeli missiles.<p>This 2,500-acre collective farm was on the front line during the war between Israel and Hamas, and it sustained millions of dollars worth of damage. Maoz points at a patch of hard earth, gouged with deep tracks, leading toward Gaza.<p>"That used to be a road," Maoz says. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22366 at http://wcqs.org Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy Negotiations In Tatters As Gaza Clashes Continue http://wcqs.org/post/negotiations-tatters-gaza-clashes-continue <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=Negotiations+In+Tatters+As+Gaza+Clashes+Continue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMTk5OTQ0MDEzNDkxMDYyMDQ2MjdiMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22027 at http://wcqs.org Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community http://wcqs.org/post/fear-tunnels-not-rockets-rattles-israeli-community In the ongoing war with Hamas, Israel says it is looking for new technology to help detect and destroy tunnels used by Islamist militants.<p>Israel says 32 tunnels have been demolished so far in the conflict, but there are concerns others remain. In the town of Netiv Ha'asara, along the border with Gaza, the discovery of one tunnel is forcing residents to question whether to remain.<p>On a recent day, the sounds of summer returned to the rural town; kids splashing, burning off a lot of energy and horsing around in an outdoor neighborhood pool. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 22016 at http://wcqs.org Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community Following 3-Day Truce, Rocket Fire Resumes In Gaza http://wcqs.org/post/following-3-day-truce-rocket-fire-resumes-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=Following+3-Day+Truce%2C+Rocket+Fire+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Wow, Israel and Hamas's three-day cease-fire is over. Moments after it expired, a barrage of rockets left Gaza for Israel, and Israel fired back. NPR's Jackie Northam is in Jerusalem. She's covering the story. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 21941 at http://wcqs.org White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense http://wcqs.org/post/white-house-widens-scope-russian-sanctions-finance-and-defense <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=White+House+Widens+Scope+Of+Russian+Sanctions+To+Finance+And+Defense&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>The Obama administration is slapping another round of sanctions on Russia, targeting key sectors of Russia's economy. The sanctions stem from growing concerns about Russia's interference in Ukraine. And the move by the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 21516 at http://wcqs.org Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem http://wcqs.org/post/central-american-leaders-immigrant-children-are-shared-problem <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=Central+American+Leaders%3A+Immigrant+Children+Are+A+Shared+Problem&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTczMTYzMDEyMzI0OTI3OTQ5NTc2ZQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The highest ranking officials from three Central American countries are making the rounds in Washington D.C. They are here to adjust the flood of unaccompanied migrant children coming across the Mexican border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 21320 at http://wcqs.org Despite Growing Anger, EU Nations May Balk At Russian Sanctions http://wcqs.org/post/despite-growing-anger-eu-nations-may-balk-russian-sanctions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A train arrived in Ukraine's second-largest city. Its cargo was the remains of hundreds of people. They were killed when a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down last week.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And the movement of the remains is considered a step forward. Until today pro-Russian separatists had prevented the train from leaving the area near the crash. Now the remains will be taken to the Netherlands for identification.<p>INSKEEP: European leaders must decide how far they want to go in pressing the resolution of the crisis. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 21159 at http://wcqs.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find http://wcqs.org/post/kurds-may-have-oil-export-buyers-are-harder-find Kurdish security forces, the peshmerga, have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/11/330694928/kurds-seize-2-oil-fields-amid-rising-tensions-with-iraqi-government">taken over two major oil fields near Kirkuk</a>, in northern Iraq. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 20837 at http://wcqs.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find Amid Eroding Trust, Germany Expels America's Top Spy In Berlin http://wcqs.org/post/amid-eroding-trust-germany-expels-americas-top-spy-berlin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Germany has told the chief U.S. intelligence officer in Berlin to leave the country. A dramatic turn of events comes after reports that two German government employees are suspected of spying for the U.S. NPR's Jackie Northam has been following this story and she joins me in the studio. Jackie, the announcement about the expulsion of the top American spy in Germany was made by the Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 20659 at http://wcqs.org