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Middle East Voices

Middle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement to VOANews.com, is designed to present news, views and conversation to stimulate dialogue and understanding within, without and across man-made borders. On our platform, among other content, you will finds expert insights and community-submitted viewpoints on pressing political, economic, social and religious issues reshaping the Middle East and our world.

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 20Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Obama says the Syrian government has lost its legitimacy (1) Also in today’s show: The U.N. finds Syria a game changer in the world refugee problem (2) Amnesty spokesman endorses the “standing man” style of protest in Turkey (3) (Interview with Bill Jones, Amnesty International) A military attack on Iran may be the More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 14Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee  The White House finds the Syrian regime has crossed the ‘Red Line’ Also in today’s show: Gradual changes are seen coming to Saudi Arabia (Interview with Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) The Turkish prime minister agrees to postpone a park redevelopment Iran holds its presidential election India takes steps to boost trade More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 13Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee The U.N. says 93,000 people have died in Syria’s conflict Also in today’s show: Protesters in Turkey are given a ‘final warning’ Using oil resources to calm youth in Saudi Arabia (Interview with Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Analysts see little choice for Iranians in the presidential poll (To listen to select More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 12Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee Turkish police clear Taksim Square (Interview with Erdag Goknar, Duke University) Also in today’s show: Did Saudi Arabia dodge the Arab Spring? Iran’s election might affect nuclear talks Traditional Palestinian weddings keep a heritage alive (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East Monitor podcasts More »

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 09May13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee The U.S.  says Syria’s President will not be part of  any transitional government (1) Also in today’s show:  Reaction to a proposed conference on Syria (2) (Interview with David Butter, Chatham House) Syrian refugees find a warm welcome in Egypt (3) U.S.  officials criticize the American response to the Benghazi attack (4) The U.S.  top diplomat makes another More »

PODCAST: Pervez Musharraf Arrested

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Paul Westpheling Former Pakistani military ruler arrested but says he will appeal decision (1) Also in today’s show: Peaceful demonstrations in Cairo (2) (Interview with Cairo Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott) US top diplomat heads to Middle East this weekend to discuss Syrian crisis (3) World community criticized for failing to deal with civilians caught up in Syrian More »

PODCAST: Syria Opens Door to Talks

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Syria’s FM says his country is open to dialogue with those who want peace (1) Also in today’s show: Winter temperatures and higher than normal snowfall plague Syrian refugees (2) (Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hoff, World Health Organization in Damascus) Federalist support grows in eastern Libya (3) The international community wants ‘concrete action’ More »

PODCAST: Kerry Readies for First Trip Abroad as US Top Diplomat

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Paul Westpheling The new U.S. secretary of state is to visit the Middle East, but not Israel Also in today’s show: Arab League countries discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria President Morsi calls for new parliamentary elections in Egypt A rare agreement in U.S.-Iranian relations Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social More »

PODCAST: Renewed Fighting Breaks Out in Mali

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Heavy combat is reported after fresh attacks in Gao, Mali Also in today’s show: Conditions for Mali civilians remain harsh The WFP plans to boost emergency operations in Syria Palestinians rally in support of  prisoners on hunger strike Women fight to have equal status in a future Tunisia Data shows huge groundwater diversions in More »

PODCAST: France Calls for Reconciliation in Mali

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  A top French official says Mali needs a sense of normalcy Also in today’s show: A call for the United States to take concrete steps on Syria (Interview with Salman Shaikh, Brookings Institution’s Doha Center) The Red Cross sets up an aid distribution base in Damascus (Interview with Rima Kamal, International Committee of More »

PODCAST: Despite Gov’t Steps, Egypt Violence Continues

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  More clashes are reported in Egypt even after a state of emergency is declared Also in today’s show: The Arab Spring is considered still be a work in progress A look at Egypt women in business in the post-revolution era (Int. with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking) The More »

PODCAST: Clinton Grilled By Congress Over Benghazi Attack

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Paul Westphaling  US top diplomat takes blame for not preventing the assault Also in today’s show: HRW:  Syrian Fighting Spreads to religious sites Analysis: Netanyahu’s win, what it means? (audio player might not display on all devices)       Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The More »

PODCAST: Hostage Drama, Deadly Raid in Algeria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Airstrikes, casualties at an Algerian gas facility (Interview with Richard Cochrane of IHS Jane’s.) Also in today’s show: More than 100 people reported killed in Homs Syria is to receive more international food aid Helping Afghan women gain computer literacy and language skills (audio player might not display on all devices) Middle East VoicesMiddle More »

PODCAST: Violence Spikes in Iraq

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Attacks rock Baghdad and northern Iraq (Interview with Daniel Serwer of SAIS at Johns Hopkins) Also in today’s show: Actress Mia Farrow speaks out for Syrian refugees in Lebanon The U.S. calls on Egypt’s Morsi to repudiate remarks against Jews Yemen absorbs  a record number of African refugees and migrants (audio player might not More »

Images of the Week: December 22 – December 28

Egypt dominated the news this week, beginning with the referendum voting for half the country on Saturday. Then the results were announced and President Morsi signed it into law. Diplomatic efforts seem to be increasing to end the war in Syria, with Russia at the center of discussions. But the fighting continues and talk More »

Middle East Monitor: What’s Ahead for Political Players in Syria

-  A look at what the new year might hold for political players in Syria -  Pakistan will hold elections in the next few months … a preview of what might happen and why -  And a look at the tenuous situation in what’s turning out to be a key country in Africa – Mali Middle More »

Images of the Week: December 15 – December 21

The fighting continues in Syria with reports that Scud missiles are being used. Russia seems to be lessening its support for President Assad. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar is taken to Beirut for medical care. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani goes to Germany for treatment of a reported stroke. Protests continue in Egypt over the proposed More »

Middle East Monitor: Demonstrations Turn Violent in Egypt

-  Police use tear gas on Egyptians rallying for and against a new constitution -  NATO chief accuses pro-Assad forces of firing missiles inside Syria -  Britain signs huge military contract with Oman -  Recent comments by Syrian VP raise questions in media Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice More »

Middle East Monitor: Syrian Conflict Increasingly Sectarian

-  U.N. says the conflict in Syria increasingly becoming Sunni vs. Alawite -  Key U.S. senate leader says Congress shares some blame for Benghazi attack -  Afghan officials meet with militants in Paris for peace talks - U.S. asks for death penalty for American soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: State Department Faulted in Benghazi Probe

- Investigators say security at U.S. mission in Libya was inadequate - Stroke-stricken Iraqi president to be flown to Germany for treatment - Israeli prime minister defends latest Jerusalem building plans - Peace negotiators plan meetings Thursday with Taliban Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, More »