Alice Fordham http://wvxu.org en For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://wvxu.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <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=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 29675 at http://wvxu.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail http://wvxu.org/post/syrian-president-issues-new-stamps-cant-deliver-mail As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.<p>But these pieces of paper tell us much about the power struggles behind the slaughter in Syria. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 29626 at http://wvxu.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government http://wvxu.org/post/iraq-lawmakers-fail-reach-deal-new-government Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 28867 at http://wvxu.org In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight http://wvxu.org/post/iraqs-sacred-city-najaf-clerics-call-shiites-fight Sunni militants claimed vast swaths of Iraq last month, thanks largely to the collapse of the Iraqi army.<p>But three weeks later, the army has been able to win back some territory. The gains come after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf, where deep emotion and symbolism are inspiring Shiite volunteers.<p>Najaf is home to the ancient Valley of Peace cemetery, which seems crowded. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 28782 at http://wvxu.org In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight Iraqi Parliament, And Maliki's Fate, Float In Limbo http://wvxu.org/post/iraqi-parliament-and-malikis-fate-float-limbo Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. With Iraq in crisis under the onslaught of Sunni extremists, the country's government is unable to pull together. A meeting of the Iraqi parliament fell apart today, and the issues before the body are critical for the government to function. The parliament was elected back in April, but members still have yet to agree on a speaker, a president and a prime minister. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 28705 at http://wvxu.org