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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.

PODCAST: Violence Mars Tunisian Funeral

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee Tunisians, mourning a slain opposition leader, clash with police Also in today’s show: Four car bombings rock Iraq The Benghazi attack – still a headache for the White House An Islamic summit ends with a call for dialogue in Syria A look at the rise of the “shoe attack” (audio player might not display More »

PODCAST: A Call for Justice in Tunisia

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Amnesty calls for a thorough probe into the  death of a Tunisian opposition leader (Interview with Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International) Also in today’s show: New sanctions press for ‘concrete progress’ in Iran nuclear talks Can more be done to protect Syrian refugees in Lebanon? (Interview with Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch) Officials in More »

PODCAST: Tempers Flare in Tunisia

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The killing of a Tunisian opposition figure ignites unrest (Interview with Philip Walker, Economist Intelligence Unit) Also in today’s show: Syrian rebel forces step up attacks on Damascus The U.N. struggles to provide medical care for Syrians The White House announces President Obama’s Middle East trip Bulgaria accuses Hezbollah in a 2012 airport attack (audio More »

PODCAST: Iran Mending Ties with Egypt?

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Ahmadinejad meets Morsi as part of landmark visit Also in today’s show: Iranian and E.U. officials agree to hold new round of nuclear talks (Int. with Laicie Heeley, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation) Syrian refugees in Iraq face a harsh winter Libyans are frustrated by a constitution delay An all-girl band folds after More »

PODCAST: Beating Puts Egypt Authorities in Spotlight

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Egyptian police tactics prompt a massive backlash Also in today’s show: Israel hints at its responsibility for an air strike in Syria Iran’s nuclear ambitions and a bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey draw scrutiny British authorities launch an investigation after pork is found in pies labeled halal (audio player might not More »

QUICKTAKE: Police Impunity, Sexual Assaults Rampant in Egypt Protests

The recent second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak was marred by renewed violence between protesters and security forces of the country’s new government under President Mohamed Morsi. Disillusioned with the direction taken by Egypt’s new Islamist leader, activists took to the streets again reportedly only to see a replay More »

PODCAST: Egypt Unrest Continues

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Demonstrators again take to the streets in Cairo and other cities Also in today’s show: Amnesty International reports a dark side to the protests in Cairo (Interview with Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International) Syria speaks out about an Israeli air attack Providing aid to the people of Syria, against all odds (Interview with Marie-Pierre Allié, More »

PODCAST: Brahimi Sounds Alarm on Syria

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The joint U.N.-Arab League envoy warns of Syria’s destruction Also in today’s show: President Obama speaks out on the violence in Syria Israel’s concerns rise over Syria’s chemical stockpile The conflict in Egypt is seen as reaching a stalemate The outgoing U.S. secretary of state sounds a hopeful note on Middle East peace (audio More »

PODCAST: Egyptian Military Chief Issues Stark Warning

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Egypt defense minister sounds alarm about danger of state collapse Also in today’s show: Amnesty criticizes Egyptian security forces for using  lethal force (Interview with Nicholas Piachaud, Amnesty International) France urges international support for Syria’s opposition The role of women in the Kurdish struggle Doctors assess the consciousness of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon (audio More »

PODCAST: Violence Mars Egypt Revolution Anniversary

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Sporadic clashes reported at Cairo rallies Also in today’s show: Post-Benghazi diplomatic security concerns (Int. with Ronald Neumman, American Academy for Diplomacy) Is Turkey aiding Iran through gold trade? A look at the Obama-Netanyahu relationship U.S. Middle East policy in Obama’s second term (audio player might not display on all devices) Susan YackeeSusan Yackee is More »

PODCAST: Palestinians Draw a ‘Red Line’

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Palestinian FM issues a warning to Israel on settlements Also in today’s show: The U.S. secretary of state testifies about the Benghazi attack An assessment of political rights in Arab Spring countries. (interview with Aala Abuzaakouk, Freedom House) Russian evacuees from Syria return home Egyptians reflect on the state of their revolution (audio player might More »

PODCAST: Israel Holds Parliamentary Elections

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee   Israelis head to the polls after a subdued election campaign Also in today’s show: Iranian ammunition is reported surfacing across African conflict zones A look at political rights and civil liberties in today’s Libya? (Interview with Aala Abuzaakouk, Freedom House) Desperate Syrians ferry in goods from Iraq Foreign policy challenges for Obama in More »

PODCAST: Questions Abound in Algeria Hostage Crisis

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The U.S. seeks clarity on the hostage situation in Algeria Also in today’s show: The U.N. warns about humanitarian needs in Syria A dispute rages in Turkey over who killed three Kurdish activists Campaigning peaks for Tuesday’s elections in Israel. Efforts to help young Muslims and Jews find common ground (audio player might not More »

PODCAST: Call for Action on Syria Crimes

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  An appeal for abuses in Syria to be referred to the ICC (Interview with Jose Luis Diaz, Amnesty International) Also in today’s show: A former U.N. secretary general speaks out about the crisis in Syria A Turkish film describes harsh conditions in the nation’s prisons The U.S. secretary of state prepares to testify More »

QUICKTAKE: Amnesty Hails Call for Action on Syria Crimes

Amnesty International has welcomed news the United Nations is being called upon to take action on crimes committed in the Syrian conflict. The call came in a petition submitted to the U.N. Security Council by Switzerland. The document has the support of dozens of countries. VOA’s Susan Yackee spoke about Amnesty’s position with its representative More »

PODCAST: Damascus Suburbs Take Aerial Pounding

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Syrian fighter jets continue to bombard Damascus suburbs Also in today’s show: Iraq reels under an intensifying political divide An Egyptian court orders a retrial for Mubarak Israel evicts Palestinian protesters from a planned settlement site (audio file might not display on all devices) Susan YackeeSusan Yackee is anchor of VOA's International More »

PODCAST: Syrian Rebels Seize Air Base

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Reports say rebels took control of a key  Syrian military base (Interview with Jeffrey White, The Washington Institute) Also in today’s show: A warning about Shi’ite Muslims living in Pakistan A U.S. court considers the release of bin Laden raid photos (Interview with Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch Group) Cities from Gaza to Istanbul are More »

PODCAST: 3 Kurds Killed in France

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  Three Kurdish activists are shot dead in Paris Also in today’s show: As sanctions bite, Iran might reconsider on nuclear talks Officials speak out ahead of a key Syria meeting Friday A winter storm paralyzes cities from Gaza to Istanbul A preview of Obama-Karzai talks at the White House (audio file might not display More »

PODCAST: Syrian Rebels Swap POWs

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  The FSA frees Iranians in  exchange for its own fighters Also in today’s show: The U.N. sounds alarm bells over the food situation in Syria (Interview with Elisabeth Byrs, UNWFP) Experts assess prospects for peace in the Middle East A U.S. firm pays millions to settle a law suit brought by an Iraqi More »

PODCAST: UN Not Impressed with Assad Proposal

Middle East Monitor Podcast with Susan Yackee  U.N. chief calls for a political solution to the conflict in Syria Also in today’s show: Pope Benedict urges a halt to the ‘slaughter’ of Syrian civilians Human Rights Watch speaks out against a Bahrain court decision (interview with Tamara Al Rifai, HRW) Jitters in Israel over Obama’s nominee for defense secretary (audio file More »