War & Conflict

  • Somalis in Kenya are used to raids, but they say this was different
    Friday's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. It was the latest -- and perhaps boldest -- roundup in a series of police sweeps that have caught up thousands of undocumented refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent in recent weeks.April 19, 2014
  • Ukraine says an officer died in battle with pro-Russian forces
    A Ukrainian Security Service officer has been killed and five others wounded in the eastern city of Slovyansk, officials from Ukraine's interim government said Sunday. The casualties comes after Ukraine pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.April 13, 2014
  • Iran's culture wars: Who's winning these days?
    The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. He has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue the nuclear discussions, but cultural hardliners are stepping up the domestic pressure.April 12, 2014
  • For Europe, balancing act on new Russian penalties
    The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.April 12, 2014
  • Pakistani court tosses out attempted murder charge against baby
    A Pakistani court ruled Saturday that charges against the boy, who was reportedly nine months old when he was charged, will not be pursued. The case began when police met with resistance as they tried to cut off gas service in the neighborhood.April 12, 2014
  • A reporter reflects on Rwanda: 'It's like a madness took over'
    NPR's Jackie Northam writes, "Hundreds of thousands of people were killed in their sleep, trying to hide, or seeking solace in a church. They were burned and bludgeoned and hacked to death. Across Rwanda, towns emptied out, shops were looted, and houses abandoned. Wild dogs roamed the streets feasting on corpses."April 10, 2014
  • How the CIA tried to use 'Doctor Zhivago' against the USSR
    The CIA recognized the novel's "great propaganda value," according to a 1958 memo, and had the novel printed and disseminated. The agency called the book "a passive but piercing exposition of the effect of the Soviet system on the life of a sensitive intelligent citizen."April 8, 2014
  • Since genocide, Rwanda's women have helped lead the recovery
    Women made up 70 percent of Rwanda's population after the genocide in 1994. They joined politics in unprecedented numbers, helping to form a more equitable society. Still, there's much more to do.April 6, 2014
  • Defying Taliban threats, Afghans vote for next leader
    Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban. Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a third under the country's constitution.April 5, 2014
  • Rwanda, 20 years after genocide
    On this week's Friday Roundtable, we reflect on Rwanda's past, present and future.The Daily Circuit, April 4, 2014
  • 4 dead, including gunman, at Fort Hood
    One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead.April 2, 2014
  • Freed US hikers look back on captivity in Iran
    The three young American hikers who were held captive for two years in Iran join us to talk about the experience.The Daily Circuit, April 2, 2014
  • How Afghan elections can affect U.S. policy
    This weekend, Afghans will elect a successor to a leader who has become increasingly hostile to U.S. interests.The Daily Circuit, April 2, 2014
  • How diaspora is changing the face of Somalia
    There are currently up to 1.5 million Somali refugees worldwide, and an estimated 30,000 of them live in Minnesota.The Daily Circuit, April 1, 2014
  • Russia says it doesn't plan to invade Ukraine
    The Russian troops who are holding Crimea won't be sent into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. "We have absolutely no intention of -- or interest in -- crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov told a Russian TV station Saturday, according to a translation by Reuters.March 29, 2014

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