Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson http://wcqs.org en As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under http://wcqs.org/post/putin-rides-wave-popularity-opposition-may-get-swept-under Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Russia, President Vladimir Putin is enjoying unprecedented public support for his recent annexation of Crimea. His pledge to protect Russian, speaking citizens elsewhere in Ukraine, by military force if necessary, is also wildly popular. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 17045 at http://wcqs.org Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine http://wcqs.org/post/out-tough-day-diplomacy-surprising-deal-ukraine Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A deal now that could possibly ease the tensions in eastern Ukraine. The U.S., Europe, Russia and Ukraine came to an agreement that calls on multinational monitors to oversee steps to restore order. The deal would likely delay any new sanctions against Russia. President Obama has already cast doubt on whether the Russian's will cooperate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 16824 at http://wcqs.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back http://wcqs.org/post/not-april-fools-joke-russians-petition-get-alaska-back President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea is reigniting talk in Russia of taking back Alaska from the United States, which purchased the territory from a czar for $7.2 million nearly a century and a half ago.<p>Most of the talk is tongue-in-cheek, but it comes at a time of heightened sensitivity in the West over whether Russia is planning further incursions or land grabs.<p>A recent petition written in clunky English on the official <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/alaska-back-russia/SFG1ppfN" target="_blank">White House website </a>seeks Alaska's secession and return t Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 16095 at http://wcqs.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry http://wcqs.org/post/caught-between-russia-and-ukraine-border-cities-share-only-worry The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops along their country's western border with Ukraine worries the new government in Kiev and its Western allies, including President Obama.<p>In a phone call Friday, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull those forces back, a demand likely to be repeated by Secretary of State John Kerry when he meets with his Russian counterpart in Paris Sunday.<p>But people in the Russian border city of Belgorod, one of the places where troops have been gathering, say they can't understand why the U.S. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 16000 at http://wcqs.org Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea http://wcqs.org/post/ribbons-russians-show-support-takeover-crimea It's hard to keep up with the vast array of colored ribbons that convey causes around the world, especially when the same color has multiple meanings. Red ones, for example, represent AIDS awareness but also drunk driving prevention, among other things.<p>Last week, deputies in the Russian parliament, or Duma, adopted their own ribbon to signal approval for Russia's takeover of Crimea – ones with black and orange stripes.<p>As <em>The Moscow Times</em> noted in a story Tuesday, it became "an almost obligatory accessory for ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 15784 at http://wcqs.org With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia http://wcqs.org/post/eu-rejects-crimean-vote-weighs-sanctions-against-russia Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And as Eleanor just told Renee, the government in Kiev says the world is with them, and not with Russia.<p>Let's bring in NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson into this conversation. She's in Berlin. She's been monitoring the European reaction to the vote in Crimea.<p>And, Soraya, as we mentioned, the EU, like the United States, threatening sanctions against Russia. EU foreign ministers are actually meeting today to draw some up and take a vote. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 15382 at http://wcqs.org Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow http://wcqs.org/post/germany-changes-its-tone-russia-and-eu-sanctions-may-follow Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The chancellor of Germany is warning Russia to step back from its confrontation with the West over Ukraine.<p>CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL: (Foreign language spoken)<p>SIEGEL: Angela Merkel says if Moscow continues its present course, it will change Europe's whole relationship with Russia. She told the German Parliament today that this would cause massive damage to Russia, economically and politically. It's a sharp change in tone for Merkel. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 15267 at http://wcqs.org In Kiev, Leaders Ink A Deal — But Will The People Follow? http://wcqs.org/post/kiev-leaders-ink-deal-will-people-follow 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>An uneasy calm settled over Kiev today since opposition leaders signed a peace deal with Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych. But after three days of fighting left scores of people dead, protesters are still trying to decide if the deal is worth the sacrifice. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 14448 at http://wcqs.org At Least 70 Killed In Kiev, With Casualties Still Mounting http://wcqs.org/post/least-70-killed-kiev-casualties-still-mounting Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>In Ukraine, protesters and police clash today in the worst violence yet during the three-month old uprising against President Viktor Yanukovych. A flurry of diplomatic visits to Kiev and the EU's threat of sanctions have failed to slow the carnage. At least 100 people are reported dead after two days of fighting. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 14393 at http://wcqs.org From The Streets Of Kiev, A Firsthand Look At the Protests http://wcqs.org/post/streets-kiev-firsthand-look-protests Police in Kiev continue to try to clear protesters from the streets of the Ukrainian capital, where violence has left both police and demonstrators dead. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 14347 at http://wcqs.org