Jackie Northam http://kpcw.org en Despite Growing Anger, EU Nations May Balk At Russian Sanctions http://kpcw.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 16237 at http://kpcw.org Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find http://kpcw.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 15967 at http://kpcw.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://kpcw.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 15826 at http://kpcw.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something http://kpcw.org/post/once-us-russia-and-iran-actually-agree-something The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.<p>The U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 15502 at http://kpcw.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders http://kpcw.org/post/kerry-lands-badhdad-bearing-warnings-iraqi-leaders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we heard the Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad today where he met with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry said his visit was aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Iraq as it suffers an onslaught by the Sunni militant group ISIS. The group now controls much of the west and north of the country including the city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities. And over the past several days, ISIS fighters have assaulted three key border posts. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Sec. Kerry and she joins us now from Amman, Jordan. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 15086 at http://kpcw.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets http://kpcw.org/post/militants-advance-iraq-agitates-oil-markets When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.<p>But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.<p>"This jaw-dropping blitz assault ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 14752 at http://kpcw.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine http://kpcw.org/post/russias-energy-giant-turns-heat-ukraine If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.<p>Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.<p>"The ways in which Russia can play with this gas lever, how it can use it, these are not things that they just think of from one day to the next," Gaddy says. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 13472 at http://kpcw.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms http://kpcw.org/post/global-economy-will-mint-countries-be-new-brics The world of finance gave birth in 2001 to a new buzzword: BRIC.<strong> </strong>The word<strong> </strong>is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Jim O'Neill, an economist with Goldman Sachs who's been credited with coining the term, saw those four countries as turbo-charged engines among emerging markets, ones that would give Western economies a run for their money.<p>O'Neill says when he dreamed up the acronym 13 years ago, people didn't really focus on the potential importance of some of these countries.<p>"It sort of transformed ... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 13398 at http://kpcw.org The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://kpcw.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough 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>Tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet in Geneva with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. It's hoped the multilateral talks will produce a diplomatic breakthrough on the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say that without that, the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 12261 at http://kpcw.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' http://kpcw.org/post/reporter-reflects-rwanda-its-madness-took-over There was a thin mist in the early morning air when we set off for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 11, 1994. The genocide had begun four days earlier.<p>There were no flights into the country, so I and three fellow journalists crossed into Rwanda from neighboring Burundi, hitching a ride with a French priest who was shuttling Tutsi nuns out of the country. He took us to the town of Butare, where a Belgian inn keeper rented us an old cream-colored Renault and drew us a map of how to get to Kigali.<p>We drove north, winding our way through Rwanda's soaring hills and deep lush valleys. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 12009 at http://kpcw.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over'