Ari Shapiro http://kuer.org en The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted http://kuer.org/post/israeli-palestinian-conflict-remixed-and-retweeted <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBY-0n4esNY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZjxsloZ3HU</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49526 at http://kuer.org The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted Israeli Forces Move Into Gaza, 'Terrorist Tunnels' In Cross Hairs http://kuer.org/post/israeli-forces-move-gaza-terrorist-tunnels-cross-hairs NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the latest news from the Gaza Strip, where Israel has undertaken a ground invasion against Hamas operatives. It's the first time in five years that the Israeli military has conducted a ground operation. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49482 at http://kuer.org On Two Sides, Two Funerals — While Death Toll Mounts In Gaza http://kuer.org/post/two-sides-two-funerals-while-death-toll-mounts-gaza As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49377 at http://kuer.org A Brief Lull Shatters In Gaza, As Cease-Fire Falls Apart http://kuer.org/post/brief-lull-shatters-gaza-cease-fire-falls-apart An attempt at a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has broken down. Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire, and Israel renewed its campaign of air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49312 at http://kuer.org Israeli-Gaza Conflict Squeezes Palestinian Leader On All Sides http://kuer.org/post/israeli-gaza-conflict-squeezes-palestinian-leader-all-sides While the Israel-Gaza conflict pits Israelis against Palestinians, it has also increased stress within the Palestinian leadership.<p>The Gaza Strip is run by Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group and favors a strategy of resistance. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49276 at http://kuer.org Israeli-Gaza Conflict Squeezes Palestinian Leader On All Sides Between Hamas And Israel, What Might An Endgame Look Like? http://kuer.org/post/between-hamas-and-israel-end-game-remains-unclear The last time Israel and Hamas fought each other was 2012. Back then, the conflict lasted eight days.<p>Tuesday marks the eighth day of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, which raises the question: What might it take to bring this fight to a close?<p>Both Israel and Hamas say they are unwilling to sign on to a straightforward, put-down-your-weapons, bare-bones ceasefire. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49258 at http://kuer.org Between Hamas And Israel, What Might An Endgame Look Like? Among Israelis, Pressure Swells To Commence Ground War In Gaza http://kuer.org/post/among-israelis-pressure-swells-commence-ground-war-gaza Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>As we mentioned, no Israelis have been killed by rocket fire, but one strike today did cause severe injuries and damage. Around 8:30 in the morning local time, a rocket struck a gas station in Ashdod. One man was sent to the hospital seriously wounded. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports this increases the internal pressure on Israel to stage a ground invasion.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: A taxi driver Avram Ayash, comes to this gas station every day. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49140 at http://kuer.org Israel's Rocket Defense System Performs Well During Gaza Escalation http://kuer.org/post/israels-rocket-defense-system-performs-well-during-gaza-escalation Israel's military says its rocket defense system, known as Iron Dome, has kept the country safe from Hamas rockets. The missile shield system may have its critics, but Israelis are still proud. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49112 at http://kuer.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears http://kuer.org/post/opposite-sides-israeli-gaza-border-feeling-same-fears More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and 450 wounded in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330059942/israel-strikes-gaza-again-as-violence-and-death-toll-escalate">Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip</a>. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fly toward Israel from Gaza, but so far, no Israelis have been reported killed.<p>For people living in and around the Gaza Strip, this conflict has turned daily routines upside down. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 49015 at http://kuer.org On Opposite Sides Of Israeli-Gaza Border, Feeling The Same Fears In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones http://kuer.org/post/jerusalem-and-caught-crossfire-thrown-stones Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Fighting continues today between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel said that Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. There were no serious injuries reported. That came after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight. Israel denies Hamas claims that those strikes killed some militants. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48898 at http://kuer.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life http://kuer.org/post/scottish-yarn-knit-time-saves-fabric-shetland-life Drive around the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland, and at least one thing is immediately apparent: It's home to a lot of sheep. They're everywhere — wandering along the roadsides and on beaches.<p>In fact, there are some 400,000 of them in Shetland, where the ovine inhabitants outnumber the human ones 20 to 1.<p>So if you're invited to someone's home for dinner, lamb will likely be on the table. And if you're wearing a local scarf or mittens, chances are it was made out of Shetland wool.<p>Here in Shetland, knitting is not a hobby reserved for grannies or for hipsters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48704 at http://kuer.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence http://kuer.org/post/shetland-oil-shapes-debate-over-scottish-independence In September, Scotland will vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and declare independence.<p>So far, the debate has been largely about money: One poll says most voters would switch their vote if it meant an extra 500 pounds, or around $800 dollars.<p>North Sea oil and gas are central to this economic debate — nowhere more so than in the remote Shetland Islands, many miles from the Scottish mainland, where tankers carrying North Sea oil come ashore. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48546 at http://kuer.org In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence The Shifting Legacy Of The Man Who Shot Franz Ferdinand http://kuer.org/post/shifting-legacy-man-who-shot-franz-ferdinand A hundred years ago Saturday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/325516359/a-century-ago-in-sarajevo-a-plot-a-farce-and-a-fateful-shot">Gavrilo Princip shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne</a>. That event triggered World War I, charting the course for the 20th century. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:52:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48467 at http://kuer.org The Shifting Legacy Of The Man Who Shot Franz Ferdinand A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot http://kuer.org/post/century-ago-sarajevo-plot-farce-and-fateful-shot The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was fired a hundred years ago this weekend.<p>The assassination in Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914, triggered World War I and changed the course of the 20th century. The consequences of that act were devastating. But the beginning of the story sounds almost like a farce — complete with bad aim, botched poisoning and a wrong turn on the road.<p>Today, in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, you don't have to hunt around for the spot where it all took place. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48443 at http://kuer.org A Century Ago In Sarajevo: A Plot, A Farce And A Fateful Shot A Century From Archduke's Death, Spotlight Turns Back To Bosnia http://kuer.org/post/century-archdukes-death-spotlight-turns-back-bosnia Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>People from around the world are in Sarajevo this week to mark 100 years since the gunshot that changed history. On June 28, 1914, a young assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering the First World War. Bosnia is hosting concerts, conferences and art exhibitions to mark the centenary. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Sarajevo on what locals make of the big commemoration.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: In the heart of Sarajevo's old city, the Markale market is a bustling place. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 48420 at http://kuer.org In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes http://kuer.org/post/london-underground-home-worlds-mosquitoes You can't hear it over the noise of London's traffic. But it's there. That faint, whining hum. Right under my feet, thousands of mosquitoes are dining on human blood.<p>To visit them, you have to go through a sliding glass door into the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This school started as a hospital on the Thames River, where doctors treated sailors returning from faraway places with strange parasites.<p>Today, the building holds countless exotic diseases that you hope you'll never catch. The mosquitoes carry just a few of them, and their keeper is an entomologist named Dr. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 47817 at http://kuer.org In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets http://kuer.org/post/across-europe-anti-uber-protests-clog-city-streets In capital cities across Europe, taxi drivers took to the streets without passengers Wednesday afternoon. They slowed to a snail's pace in what Parisians called "Operation Escargot." Horns blared around Trafalgar Square in London. In Berlin, taxis massed at the Central Station. All to protest the smartphone app Uber.<p>"We've opened Frankfurt last week, we've opened Lille in France, which is our third city this week. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 47638 at http://kuer.org Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets A London Summit Tackles A Problem As Old As War Itself http://kuer.org/post/london-summit-tackles-problem-old-war-itself For centuries, governments around the world have often treated sexual violence as an unpreventable fact of war. Books from the Bible to the Iliad talk about rape and pillaging as an inevitable part of conflict. Now that attitude is beginning to change.<p>As evidence, you can look at the global outrage when hundreds of Nigerian girls were recently kidnapped. Or you can look at a conference that began in London on Tuesday. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 47570 at http://kuer.org A London Summit Tackles A Problem As Old As War Itself In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right http://kuer.org/post/leap-page-stage-uks-take-catch-22-gets-it-right <em>Catch-22</em> is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. Though Joseph Heller adapted his work for the stage decades ago, every production had been a failure. Now, however, a new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It is touring the UK and receiving strong reviews. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 47393 at http://kuer.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad http://kuer.org/post/win-wear-red-physicist-hawking-advises-englands-world-cup-squad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJFQ1QG5Hno</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:32:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46970 at http://kuer.org To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth http://kuer.org/post/worlds-richest-people-meet-muse-how-spread-wealth Talk of economic mobility and the wealth gap is hardly new. From the Occupy movement to President Obama's re-election campaign, income inequality has been in the spotlight for years.<p>Even so, the <a href="http://www.inclusivecapitalism.org/">"inclusive capitalism" conference</a> in London on Tuesday broke new ground. Not because of the conversation, but because of the people having it.<p>The 250 people from around the world invited to attend this one-day conference do not represent "the 99 percent," or even the 1 percent. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46912 at http://kuer.org World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List http://kuer.org/post/killed-mockingbird-american-classics-cut-british-reading-list For decades, British students have grown up reading the American classics <em>To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men </em>and <em>The Crucible.</em> Now, if students want to read those books, it will be on their own time. Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller are out — perhaps replaced by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and George Eliot.<p>British Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46853 at http://kuer.org Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Helps Fuel Right-Wing EU Candidates http://kuer.org/post/anti-immigrant-sentiment-helps-fuel-right-wing-eu-candidates Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Voters across Europe are going to the polls this weekend to choose representatives to Europe's Parliament in Brussels. These elections take place every five years, and they can be an important measure of the mood of voters on the continent. This year, right-wing parties are expected to do well, as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: These elections don't generally get a lot of attention in the U.S., but they are important for two reasons. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46796 at http://kuer.org Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election http://kuer.org/post/britains-right-wing-party-make-gains-eu-parliament-election British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46739 at http://kuer.org Hero Or Villain? Historical Ukrainian Figure Symbolizes Today's Feud http://kuer.org/post/hero-or-villian-historical-ukrainian-figure-symbolizes-todays-feud Let's start with the basics: Stepan Bandera was born in 1909 in what is now western Ukraine. In 1959, the Soviet Union's KGB poisoned Bandera with cyanide and he died in Munich, West Germany.<p>Between those two dates, black and white quickly fades to gray.<p>In western Ukraine, many see him as a freedom fighter who battled domination by the Soviet Union and other European powers before and during World War II. They see themselves as the heirs to Bandera's struggle.<p>In eastern Ukraine, Bandera has entirely different connotations. Tue, 20 May 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46564 at http://kuer.org Hero Or Villain? Historical Ukrainian Figure Symbolizes Today's Feud Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine http://kuer.org/post/corruption-ukraine-robs-hiv-patients-crucial-medicine I recently took a Ukrainian taxi from the airport to my hotel. The fare should have been $20. The cab driver was adamant that I pay $30. When I finally paid him $30, the driver gave me a receipt with a wink. He'd made it out for $40.<p>The driver got a cut by overcharging me, and assumed that I would take a cut by overcharging NPR (which I did not).<p>In Ukraine, corruption is a daily fact of life. It reaches into big business, law enforcement, education and even the smallest transactions between people on the street.<p>Nobody died because my cab driver was corrupt. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46375 at http://kuer.org Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election http://kuer.org/post/us-spinmeisters-gear-big-election-britains-election In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.<p>"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."<p>The young staffer who brought Shesol to England 14 years ago was named Ed Miliband. Fri, 09 May 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 46055 at http://kuer.org U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election In Ukraine's Corridors Of Power, An Effort To Toss Out The Old http://kuer.org/post/ukraines-corridors-power-effort-toss-out-old The first time I saw the word "lustration," I thought it was a case of bad translation from Ukrainian. In Kiev, a flyer advertised a talk by the head of parliament's "lustration" committee.<p>"What does this word mean in English?" I asked a press aide.<p>"I don't know the English word for it, but it will be an interesting speech," he replied.<p>And indeed, it was.<p>Weeks later, Sam Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King's College in London, explained to me that lustration actually is an English word.<p>"It comes from Latin. Wed, 07 May 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 45952 at http://kuer.org In Ukraine's Corridors Of Power, An Effort To Toss Out The Old Sinn Fein Leader's Questioning Dredges Memories Of 'Troubles' http://kuer.org/post/sinn-fein-leaders-questioning-dredges-memories-troubles Gerry Adams, a leader of Sinn Fein, was questioned in Northern Ireland in connection with an infamous murder 42 years ago. The investigation threatens to impact the fragile peace agreement there. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 45871 at http://kuer.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk http://kuer.org/post/leaflets-given-donetsk-jews-made-waves-worldwide-not-donetsk A development in Eastern Ukraine has set social media on fire and triggered outrage around the world.<p>In the city of Donetsk, someone <a href="http://www.interpretermag.com/russian-separatists-in-donetsk-reportedly-order-jews-to-register-or-face-expulsion/" target="_blank">distributed fliers ordering Jews to register</a> with the separatists who have taken over government buildings.<p>Even though nobody in Ukraine believed the leaflet was real, the fliers hit a nerve.<p>It all started at a Donetsk synagogue after evening prayers two nights ago, when a group of masked men in camouflage showed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 45073 at http://kuer.org Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk