Peter Kenyon http://wesa.fm en A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History http://wesa.fm/post/trip-odessas-rich-dark-history As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 27402 at http://wesa.fm Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://wesa.fm/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 26860 at http://wesa.fm Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote IMF Bailout Comes With A Hefty Side Of Pain For Ukrainians http://wesa.fm/post/imf-bailout-comes-hefy-side-pain-ukrainians 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>The International Monetary Fund is coming up with some cash to keep Ukraine out of bankruptcy. The IMF has agreed on an offer of up to $18 billion in loans. The package still needs final approval. It's intended to give the acting government some breathing room and keep it from defaulting on debts. But Ukrainians themselves will feel the bite of austerity measures that come with the bailout. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 26601 at http://wesa.fm Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban http://wesa.fm/post/even-turkeys-president-evades-its-new-twitter-ban 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>The cyberworld is aflutter about Twitter - more precisely, an effort by Turkey to ban the microblogging site. After a court order, Turkey's telecommunications authority tried to block Twitter access. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to eradicate Twitter. But the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, is one of many Turks who are working around the blockage and tweeting away. Joining us from Istanbul is NPR's Peter Kenyon. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 26267 at http://wesa.fm As Iran Talks Wrap Up, Diplomats Get Specific http://wesa.fm/post/iran-talks-wrap-diplomats-get-specific Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Diplomats from the U.S., Russia and other world powers wrapped up a meeting with Iran today about its nuclear program. The deal they're trying to hammer out is this: Iran modifies its program so that it can't produce nuclear weapons. And in exchange, Western powers lift sanctions. Negotiators released a joint statement calling the talks substantive and useful. A senior U.S. official said it is going to take some hard work to reach an agreement. The talks will resume on April 7th. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 26139 at http://wesa.fm Kremlin Tells Reporters Not To Believe Their Eyes In Crimea http://wesa.fm/post/kremlin-tells-reporters-not-believe-their-eyes-crimea Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has not sent troops to Crimea, despite being authorized to do so. Russia's defense minister says reports of Russian forces fanning out across Crimea are complete nonsense. And yet, Ukrainian and Western officials, as well as witnesses and journalists in Crimea tell a very different story. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 25401 at http://wesa.fm As Russians Return, Crimean Tatars Fear Repeat Of History http://wesa.fm/post/russians-return-crimean-tatars-fear-repeat-history Not everyone in Crimea is happy with recent events. Muslim Tatars, who'd lived there for centuries, were exiled by Stalin and could only return with the fall of Communism. Now, the Russians are back. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 25273 at http://wesa.fm With Russian Military In Crimea, What's Next For Ukraine? http://wesa.fm/post/russian-military-crimea-whats-next-ukraine Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Events in Ukraine have taken another dramatic turn. Russian forces now control Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. The Ukrainian government in Kiev is calling up its military reserves. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia's military incursion is an incredible act of aggression. Kerry will meet with the new Ukrainian government in Kiev on Tuesday.<p>So far, the largely pro-Russian Crimea has come under effective Russian control without violence. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 25227 at http://wesa.fm Violence In Crimea Casts Shadow On New Ukrainian Cabinet http://wesa.fm/post/violence-crimea-casts-shadow-new-ukrainian-cabinet Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Ukraine's new government was installed today, but it was completely overshadowed by events in the majority Russian Crimea. Armed men took over two government buildings in the Crimean capital and hoisted a Russian flag over the parliament. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 25120 at http://wesa.fm A Day Away From New Government, Ukraine Seeks Stability http://wesa.fm/post/day-away-new-government-ukraine-seeks-stability Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We begin this hour with the latest developments from Ukraine and some of the responses from Western powers. Washington is offering financial advice and is now considering a $1 billion loan-guarantee package to help support the Ukrainian economy. In a moment, we'll hear how the British government views the crisis.<p>But first, in an effort to create some stability, a new cabinet was named in Kiev today. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 25055 at http://wesa.fm Restless In Ukraine: Interim Government Is Only First Step http://wesa.fm/post/restless-ukraine-interim-government-only-first-step Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. It took nearly three months for Ukraine's people to overthrow their government and now the opposition is running into problems as it tries to build a replacement with infighting among the various parties. Meantime, the Ukrainian economy is in a shambles. The country is on the verge of default.<p>Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych remains at large with a warrant out for his arrest and a former senior aide to the ousted president is reported to have been shot and wounded. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24997 at http://wesa.fm Uncertainty Reigns At Start Of Iran Nuclear Talks http://wesa.fm/post/uncertainty-reigns-start-iran-nuclear-talks 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>In Vienna, Iran, the U.S. and other world powers are starting to negotiate over how to limit Iran's nuclear program, or as Iran sees it, how to lift the economic sanctions crippling the country. The goal is to have a comprehensive agreement this summer. That's when a temporary deal expires. The gaps are wide, the issues are complicated and it's believed this round of talks may be cut short. NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Vienna for the talks. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24674 at http://wesa.fm At Iranian Colleges, Some See Brighter Future In Another Country http://wesa.fm/post/iranian-colleges-some-see-brighter-future-another-country President Hassan Rouhani appeals to Iranian college students when he talks about creating more opportunities for the young. But the clock is ticking. Many of those born long after the 1979 Islamic Revolution see limited prospects at home and envision a better future abroad.<p>Outside Tehran University, Iran's largest, you can find earnest young students like Fazle Mahmoudian, 21, a math major who says he knows job prospects are grim, though he's not looking to leave.<p>"Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs for young graduates right now," he said. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24448 at http://wesa.fm At Iranian Colleges, Some See Brighter Future In Another Country Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy http://wesa.fm/post/despite-promising-signs-iran-has-yet-escape-economic-troubles Iran's economy may be struggling, but that doesn't mean everyone is suffering.<p>In a downtown Tehran restaurant, a well-dressed young man who asks to be identified only as Ahmad sits with a friend enjoying a water pipe of flavored tobacco.<p>Ahmad is a bit vague about what he does — first he says he's in the petrochemical business, then describes himself as an independent trader. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24412 at http://wesa.fm Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations http://wesa.fm/post/irans-president-marks-revolution-call-negotiations Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.<p>In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag condemned the U.S. and Israel, and then, perhaps not sure of the nationality of the reporter standing nearby, threw in England and France for good measure.<p>But Iranians say this year's rally had a different feel, especially when compared to those under the previous president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24264 at http://wesa.fm Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations Iranians Look Back On 35 Years Since The Revolution http://wesa.fm/post/iranians-look-back-35-years-revolution Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Iran is marking the anniversary of its Islamic revolution. It's the 35th anniversary of the protests that ended in 1979 with the overthrow of a U.S. ally, the Shah of Iran. The government that has ruled ever since uses Death to America as one of its basic slogans but the possibility of better relations emerged after the election of a new Iranian president last year.<p>NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Iran. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 24174 at http://wesa.fm Istanbul's Mega-Projects: Bigger Is Better, Or A 'Crazy Canal'? http://wesa.fm/post/istanbuls-mega-projects-bigger-better-or-crazy-canal Istanbul has long been a city of historical layers and sharp contrasts: ancient monuments share the skyline none too comfortably with modern skyscrapers, and charming cobbled streets run alongside massive highway traffic snarls.<p>Those contrasts have multiplied under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his love of giant building projects hasn't abated after more than a decade in power.<p>Despite a widening corruption scandal and growing investor wariness about Turkey's economy, Erdogan is pushing ahead. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 23844 at http://wesa.fm Istanbul's Mega-Projects: Bigger Is Better, Or A 'Crazy Canal'? Turkish Opposition Eyes Its Opportunity In March http://wesa.fm/post/turkish-opposition-eyes-its-oppurtinity-march Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Over the next 17 months, Turkey will see three elections: local and presidential elections this year, followed by parliamentary voting next year. With Turkey's political landscape unsettled by scandals and growing voter discontent, even the local elections are drawing intense interest and that is especially true in Istanbul. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 23201 at http://wesa.fm Some Turkish Churches Get Makeovers — As Mosques http://wesa.fm/post/some-turkish-churches-get-makeovers-mosques A historically significant but now-crumbling fifth century Byzantine monastery in Istanbul is finally slated for restoration. But for Turkey's dwindling Greek community, the bad news is that the government wants to turn the Stoudios monastery into a mosque.<p>It's just one of several such conversions of historically Christian sites that the government is considering. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 20760 at http://wesa.fm Some Turkish Churches Get Makeovers — As Mosques Iran Nuclear Talks Break, To Resume Later This Month http://wesa.fm/post/iran-nuclear-talks-break-resume-later-month Negotiators from Iran and a six-nation group are scheduled to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program in 10 days. Talks ended on Saturday after an agreement was not reached on an initial proposal to ease international sanctions against Tehran in return for some restraints on its nuclear program. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:04:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 19591 at http://wesa.fm Suspicions Bog Down Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program http://wesa.fm/post/suspicions-bog-down-talks-irans-nuclear-program Negotiators from Iran and six world powers resume talks Thursday in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program. Iran's Supreme Leader says he's not optimistic, and U.S. officials say "no deal is better than a bad deal." Still, Iran's desire to get out from under crippling economic sanctions may drive progress forward despite the long odds. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 19413 at http://wesa.fm Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries http://wesa.fm/post/turkeys-rockin-imam-inspires-youth-tests-religious-boundaries <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH1GC0jRI4k</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 19167 at http://wesa.fm Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul http://wesa.fm/post/ottoman-dream-come-true-train-links-east-and-west-istanbul The Marmaray Project, Turkey's new underwater rail link between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/29/241571258/world-headlines-trains-under-bosphorous-loans-to-yakuza">open for business</a>. It's the first of its kind, a modern feat of engineering that realizes the 150-year-old dream of an Ottoman sultan.<p>Before we get to the politics behind it, though, a bit of practical information. Abandon any romantic notions about well-appointed coaches and china clinking in the dining car. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 19001 at http://wesa.fm Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul Will Hard-Line Critics Scuttle Iranian Talks? http://wesa.fm/post/will-hard-line-critics-scuttle-iranian-talks Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The diplomatic push to answer questions about Iran's nuclear program has generated some hope for a peaceful solution. It has also inspired a backlash and negative response in both Iran and the West. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:15:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 18890 at http://wesa.fm No Deal, But Progress, As Iran Nuclear Talks Wrap Up http://wesa.fm/post/no-deal-progress-iran-nuclear-talks-wrap Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Talks on Iran's nuclear program ended today in Geneva. The outcome? Inconclusive but hopeful. Negotiators agreed that Iran has put forward an important proposal that needs to be fleshed out.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, all eyes turn now to another round of talks early next month.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: There were no new restrictions on Iran's nuclear program to announce and no lifting of sanctions, either. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 18253 at http://wesa.fm