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Susan Yackee

Susan Yackee is anchor of VOA's International Edition radio show. She has been a reporter in the Washington area for more than 35 years and regularly interviews newsmakers and analysts in DC and around the world. Susan works in television, radio and social media.

QUICKTAKE: Syria Extremists Restricting Women’s Rights

In Syria’s now nearly three-year-old conflict, certain armed extremist opposition groups are imposing strict and discriminatory rules on women and girls that have no basis in Syrian law, Human Rights Watch says in a new study. The findings have been drawn from interviews with 43 refugees from Syria in Iraqi Kurdistan and two in Turkey, More »

QUICKTAKE: New Approach Needed for Peace in Syria

A Syrian peace conference has been repeatedly delayed as U.S., Russian and U.N. diplomats struggle to get all parties involved to agree to take part.  Rebel brigades have voiced their opposition to the so-called “Geneva Two” process if the conference does not stipulate President Bashar al-Assad’s removal. Given the deadlock, some are calling for a More »

QUICKTAKE: Can Israel Block a Deal With Iran?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to reassure the Israeli people that his positions regarding Iran’s nuclear program have not changed. He told an audience at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University that the international community should tighten rather than relax economic sanctions against Iran until Tehran completely ends its suspected nuclear weapons program. Israel sees More »

QUICKTAKE: Distrust Iran But Verify Its Intent

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed cautious hope about engaging with Iran over its nuclear program, but says the country must take concrete steps to prove its sincerity. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran is continuing a “vast and feverish” effort to acquire nuclear arms and that his country is ready to More »

QUICKTAKE: Complexities of Providing Aid to Syria’s Refugees

According to the United Nations, earlier this month the number of Syrian conflict refugees topped two million, putting an enormous strain not only on the people affected but also the host countries which have absorbed the vast majority of Syrians fleeing their homeland. Among the organizations providing assistance to the refugees – both to the More »

QUICKTAKE: Political Reconciliation Key for Egypt Future

Following the removal from power in Egypt of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, experts are expressing concern that their exclusion from any future government might be detrimental to the country’s stability and might even trigger a civil war. Some say that political reconciliation between Islamist forces and the civilian caretaker government More »

QUICKTAKE: Why Turkey Can Still Become a Model Muslim Democracy

If Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan respects the will of his people, Turkey can become the first consolidated Muslim democracy of the 21st century. That is the observation of Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in an article published in the New York More »

QUICKTAKE: What’s Behind the Protests in Turkey?

Turkish riot police have cleared protesters from Istanbul’s central square, following a night of clashes between the two sides. The police operation follows nearly two weeks of demonstrations in Taksim Square and locations in several other Turkish cities. Several people have died since the protests began. About 5,000 people are reported to have been More »

QUICKTAKE: Osama Bin Laden – More Fatal in Death?

Today marked the second anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden – instigator and mastermind of the 9-11 attacks in the United States in 2001.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed when al-Qaida hijackers crashed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the More »

QUICKTAKE: Red Cross Faces Uphill Battle in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports an increase in indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Damascus and says people are fleeing the Syrian capital in greater numbers. Reuters separately reports that March was the most violent month in Syria’s now more than two-year-old conflict, with 6,000 people killed, The total estimated death toll More »

QUICKTAKE: Europe Split on Arming Syria Rebels

Twenty-seven European Union foreign ministers left a meeting in Brussels this week bitterly divided on whether forces trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should receive outside military assistance. VOA’s Susan Yackee spoke on the subject with Chatham House Syria expert Christopher Phillips (audio below). Susan Yackee: The European Union has come More »

PODCAST: Russia Again Calls for Dialogue in Syria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Russian FM Lavrov says only dialogue can end the crisis in Syria Also in today’s show: Health problems threaten displaced Syrians The U.N. and aid agencies pledge more help for Syria Is extremism on the rise in Tunisia? Libyan lawmakers debate exclusion law for Gadhafi associates The Libyan ambassador to the U.S. predicts a More »

PODCAST: NATO Defenses Keep Watchful Eye on Syria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee NATO sets up  more missile batteries on Turkey’s border with Syria Also in today’s show: Egyptians fight new limits on free speech Thoughts on a new constitution for Libya (Interview with Libyan Ambassador to the U.S. Ali Aujali) Israel again calls for action against Iran Pakistan reaches out to Iran on energy and security (audio More »

PODCAST: Syrian Rebel Town Turns Ghost Town

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Repeated government aerial attacks empty Syrian town of Azaz Also in today’s show: The Red Cross urges more Syrian prison visits The Libyan ambassador to the U.S. talks about challenges facing his country (Interview with Ambassador Ali Aujali) Political deadlock in Tunisia fuels economic frustration Australia asks Israel to explain the death of an More »

PODCAST: More Anti-regime Rallies in Bahrain

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee A push for reforms and civil rights doesn’t die in Bahrain Also in today’s show: Syrian children seek a good education Libya tries to contain a crime wave Egyptians reeling from post-revolution economic woes A new report on a water drain in the Middle East (Interview with Jay Famiglietti, University of California, Irvine) (audio player More »

PODCAST: Violence, Death Mar Bahrain Anniversary

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee A protester is killed as Bahrain marks its uprising anniversary Also in today’s show: Syrians displaced by war struggle to survive The North Korean nuclear test shines a spotlight on Iran Three things Obama can do to improve the U.S. image in the MENA region (Interview with Robert Powell, Economist Intelligence Unit) (audio player More »

QUICKTAKE: 3 Things Obama Could Do to Better US Image

With fresh anti-American sentiment growing in some parts of the Middle East and North Africa, Economist Intelligence Unit expert Robert Powell offers some thoughts on what President Barack Obama could do to counter the trend. Powell spoke with VOA’s Susan Yackee. Yackee: What does President Obama need to do to improve his image in the More »

PODCAST: Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Drawdown

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee The U.S. president says 34,000 troops will come home within a year Also in today’s show: In major speech, Obama touches on Egypt, Syria and Israel Worsening attitudes toward the U.S. in the Middle East and North Africa An Africa ‘brain gain’ thanks to growing economies on the continent (audio player might not More »

PODCAST: Syrian Opposition to Expand US Presence

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Syria’s main opposition coalition plans to open an office in New York Also in today’s show: Is Iran supplying weapons to Islamists in Somalia? Libyans become wary of violence in Tunisia Egyptian women battle a rise in mob attacks (audio player might not display on all devices) Susan YackeeSusan Yackee is anchor of More »

PODCAST: Syria Faces Severe Water Shortages

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee A bleak assessment of water and sanitation conditions in Syria Also in today’s show: Two years after Mubarak’s ouster, Egyptians struggle to keep hope Tunisians question their future after a politician’s death Obama’s visit tops the agenda at an Israeli Cabinet meeting (audio player might not display on all devices) Susan YackeeSusan Yackee More »