Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson http://kuer.org en Skype A Vital Bridge For Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza http://kuer.org/post/skype-vital-bridge-palestinians-west-bank-gaza By most accounts, the war between Israel and Hamas is getting worse. As the casualties mount, so does the frustration of Palestinian families living apart who rarely if ever get to see each other. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49678 at http://kuer.org In Germany, A Case Against Another Alleged American Spy http://kuer.org/post/germany-case-against-another-alleged-american-spy Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Here's a headline we've heard more than once in the last year. U.S.-German relations hit a new low. And they have again today. Germany's top prosecutor is investigating a German Defense Ministry employee who's accused of spying for the United States. And to complicate matters, this is the second espionage case in Germany in the last week. The first resulted in the arrest of an alleged German double agent. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 49013 at http://kuer.org Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue http://kuer.org/post/germanys-battle-over-what-may-be-its-last-lenin-statue It's easy to miss the controversial bronze statue. It stands in front of a Soviet-style, high-rise apartment in the East German city of Schwerin.<p>Far removed from the ornate city center, this 13-foot-tall depiction of Vladimir Lenin has him looking relaxed. His hands are tucked in his coat pockets and he's gazing off into the distance.<p>But an angry message is scrawled in red paint across the sidewalk at his feet. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 48838 at http://kuer.org Germany's Battle Over What May Be Its Last Lenin Statue Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That http://kuer.org/post/got-leftovers-share-germany-theres-website Child psychiatrist Vero Buschmann says she was looking for a way to get rid of leftovers without having to throw them away. At the same time, the Berlin resident wanted to meet new people.<p>She found a nonprofit website in Germany that allows her to do both. On a recent evening, her doorbell rings and she buzzes Franzi Zimmerman in to her fifth-floor apartment.<p>"I have a whole bunch of baked goods I just picked up from the baker," Buschmann tells her 29-year-old guest. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 48480 at http://kuer.org Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That For German Fans In Berlin Beer Garden, National Pride Is No Problem http://kuer.org/post/german-fans-berlin-beer-garden-national-pride-no-problem Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Of course, today's match drew big crowds in both the United States and Germany. We first go to NPR Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Berlin, who joined scores of Germans at a beer garden to watch the game on three screens outside.<p>SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Most Germans are uncomfortable displaying national pride because they are sensitive about their country's notorious history. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 48434 at http://kuer.org Ultra-Nationalist Party Surges In Hungary http://kuer.org/post/ultra-nationalist-party-surges-hungary Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>And the far right is poised to do well in Hungary's EU election tomorrow. Candidates blame the EU for many of that country's problems. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Budapest.<p>SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: To many Hungarians, a half-finished World War II monument next to a popular fountain in downtown Budapest highlights the extremist tenor of politics in this former East Bloc country.<p>The plan centerpieces a 25-foot statue of the German Imperial Eagle attacking the Archangel Gabriel. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46795 at http://kuer.org Eastern Ukraine Muddles Through Voting On Referendums http://kuer.org/post/eastern-ukraine-muddles-through-voting-referendums Separatists in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk asked voters to take part in an unauthorized referendum Sunday on whether to make their region independent. Sun, 11 May 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46143 at http://kuer.org On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine http://kuer.org/post/victory-day-fanfare-crimea-and-turmoil-eastern-ukraine 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. President Vladimir Putin travelled to Crimea today to mark the anniversary of Russia's victory in the Second World War. It was his first time there since the peninsula was annexed by Russia. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46074 at http://kuer.org Spurning Putin's Calls For Delay, Ukrainian Separatists Forge Ahead http://kuer.org/post/spurning-putins-calls-delay-ukrainian-separatists-forge-ahead Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists have decided to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on independence. That's despite Russian President Vladimir Putin urging them yesterday to postpone that vote. Here's the self-declared governor in the eastern region of Donetsk earlier today.<p>VALERY BOLOTOV: (Foreign language spoken)<p>BLOCK: He says 100 percent of his supporters voted to proceed with the poll. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 46017 at http://kuer.org Deaths And Downed Helicopters In Eastern Ukraine Offensive http://kuer.org/post/deaths-and-downed-helicopters-eastern-ukraine-offensive Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Clashes in Ukraine have left at least 30 people dead in the city of Odessa today. Pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow groups fought in the streets. One of the groups reportedly took refuge in a building that was set on fire amid the chaos. Many who died are said to have fallen or jumped from its windows. This violence in the south comes on the same day Ukrainian troops moved against pro-Moscow militants in the eastern part of the country. The Ukrainian troops were trying to reach a town where a group of European military observers are being held hostage. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45757 at http://kuer.org For Separatists, Ballots Are On Their Way — But Plans Are Still Pending http://kuer.org/post/separatists-ballots-are-their-way-plans-are-still-pending 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. Pro-Russian separatists are tightening their grip on eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, Ukraine's interim president declared his troops helpless to stop them. And today, there was violence in Donetsk, where pro-Moscow militants stormed the prosecutor's office. In the eastern city of Luhansk, the self-proclaimed separatist governor says ballots are ready for a regional vote on independence to be held in 10 days. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45703 at http://kuer.org Ukraine's Acting President: We've Lost Control Of East http://kuer.org/post/ukraines-acting-president-weve-lost-control-east Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Ukraine's interim president says his military forces have lost control of the eastern part of the country. That declaration today came after masked separatists captured government offices in a key provincial capital. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Donetsk in the east where separatists also wield control.<p>And Soraya, that sounds like quite a dramatic declaration from the Ukrainian president. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45654 at http://kuer.org Heated Words On Air Often Don't Match Events On Ground In Ukraine http://kuer.org/post/heated-words-air-often-dont-match-events-ground-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. The government in Kiev accused the Kremlin today of trying to start another world war. This comes as a team of unarmed military observers in Ukraine is said to have been detained by pro-Moscow militants. The group is made up of representatives from several European countries. They've been monitoring growing tensions in eastern Ukraine.<p>Other observers, though, have had more success visiting occupied buildings and checkpoints. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 45420 at http://kuer.org As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under http://kuer.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 45234 at http://kuer.org Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine http://kuer.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 45002 at http://kuer.org As Pressures Mount On Putin, Analysts Wonder What He Hopes To Gain http://kuer.org/post/pressures-mount-putin-analysts-wonder-what-he-hopes-gain Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated since Russia's annexation of Crimea and there are still questions over Russian President Vladimir Putin's agenda in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 44412 at http://kuer.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back http://kuer.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 19:29:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 44234 at http://kuer.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry http://kuer.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 44132 at http://kuer.org Caught Between Russia And Ukraine, Border Cities Share Only Worry With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea http://kuer.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 43899 at http://kuer.org With Ribbons, Russians Show Support For Takeover In Crimea EU Rejects Crimean Vote, Weighs Sanctions Against Russia http://kuer.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 09:04:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 43471 at http://kuer.org Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow http://kuer.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 43348 at http://kuer.org In Kiev, Leaders Ink A Deal — But Will The People Follow? http://kuer.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 42475 at http://kuer.org From The Streets Of Kiev, A Firsthand Look At the Protests http://kuer.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 42364 at http://kuer.org Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next http://kuer.org/post/irans-nuclear-talks-what-should-we-expect-next The next round of Iranian nuclear talks with world powers is fast approaching, and there's still a lot of skepticism in the air over the prospects for a comprehensive deal.<p>Iran will sit down with the U.S. and five other major powers in Vienna on Feb. 18 as they try to hammer out a long-term agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 41687 at http://kuer.org Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome http://kuer.org/post/germanys-new-defense-minister-more-peacekeeping-missions-welcome Many Germans were surprised in December when Ursula von der Leyen was named the country's first female defense minister.<p>Some people questioned whether a medical doctor with seven children, who championed Germany's generous parental leave policy, was the right choice to shepherd the country's military through the challenges of being a newly minted volunteer force.<p>Others wondered whether a woman with no military experience could even do the job. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 41554 at http://kuer.org Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper http://kuer.org/post/heinrich-himmlers-private-letters-published-german-newspaper "The Handwriting of a Mass Murderer" is how Germany's <em>Die Welt </em>newspaper bills its <a href="http://www.welt.de/himmler/">eight-part series</a> featuring excerpts of Heinrich Himmler's personal letters accompanied by family photos, which are reportedly being published for the first time.<p>(An English-language version is <a href="http://www.welt.de/geschichte/himmler/article124223862/Insight-into-the-orderly-world-of-a-mass-murderer.html">here</a>.)<p>The excerpts, published this weekend, come from roughly 700 letters that Himmler, leader of the Nazis' notorious, black-uniformed SS cor Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 41294 at http://kuer.org Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect http://kuer.org/post/restaurant-owner-loved-patrons-he-died-protecting Taverna du Liban was a welcome respite from the pressures of living in a third-world war zone.<p>The cozy, Kabul restaurant with its Middle Eastern décor served up a tasty variety of Lebanese dishes and the best chocolate cake I've ever eaten, courtesy of the Lebanese owner, Kamal Hamade, who baked the cakes himself.<p>But the appeal of Taverna — where I ate nearly every week when I lived in Afghanistan — was about much more than the food. It was about friendship.<p>Kamal treated each of his customers as a personal friend. Whenever my friends and I went there, he'd come over to chat. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:42:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40971 at http://kuer.org Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal http://kuer.org/post/german-farmers-fear-europes-bacon-us-trade-deal When German farmers and activists descended upon Chancellor Angela Merkel's office building Wednesday morning, they brought along some special guests — 17 pigs. The stunt was the latest European backlash against a proposed free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe.<p>Under the watchful eye of German police officers, the pigs munched happily on straw strewn across the pavement to keep the herd from running amok.<p>The protesters said the pigs at today's protest were meant to symbolize wholesome farming, rather than to insult Merkel. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40856 at http://kuer.org German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues http://kuer.org/post/despite-dim-prospects-syrian-exodus-germany-continues Human rights officials say the Syrian civil war is creating Europe's biggest refugee crisis in decades, but that countries across the continent are doing little about it.<p>Most European nations are refusing to take in Syrian refugees, choosing instead to send money to the United Nations and other international agencies. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40634 at http://kuer.org Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues Berlin Clinic Aims To Make Genital Cutting Survivors Feel Whole http://kuer.org/post/berlin-clinic-aims-make-genital-cutting-survivors-feel-whole At a recent sewing class held in Berlin at <a href="http://www.mama-afrika.org/" target="_blank">Mama Afrika</a>, which helps immigrants adjust to life in Germany, most of the African and Middle Eastern students feign ignorance when founder Hadja Kaba asks them about female genital mutilation.<p>Turning to one young woman wearing a veil she asks, "Have you been cut?"<p>"Yes," the woman answers, holding up the cloth she is sewing.<p>Kaba tries again. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 40316 at http://kuer.org Berlin Clinic Aims To Make Genital Cutting Survivors Feel Whole