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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: Protests ‘Beginning of Major Movement’ in Iran – Hooshang Amirahmadi

Afghan money changers gather to deal with foreign currency at a money change market in Herat October 4, 2012. Afghanistan has imposed a cap on U.S. dollar flows across the border with Iran amid clashes there between Iranian police and protesters prompted by a collapse in the rial currency, Afghan police said on Thursday. REUTERS

The value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has plunged, losing nearly a third of its value. Protesters upset about the downturn in the economy are caught up in clashes with the police, resulting in many shop closures in the Iranian capital’s main market. Voice of America’s Susan Yackee spoke with Hooshang Amirahmadi, a professor with More »

QUICKTAKE: Egypt Gov’t Must Address Arab Spring Abuses – Suzanne Nossel

Amnesty International is urging Egypt to hold police and military personnel responsible for abuses against protesters and to reform those institutions to prevent future violations. The human rights group has issued two reports on violations in Egypt during last year’s Arab Spring uprising. VOA’s Susan Yackee got details from Amnesty International USA Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel. More »

QUICKTAKE: Migrant Workers in Bahrain Face Widespread Abuses – Mani Mostofi

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Bahrain face exploitation and abuse despite government reforms designed to protect them, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. Mani Mostofi, author of the study, says HRW interviewed over 60 migrant workers, worker advocates, government officials and social workers about the migrant workers situation in the nation. More »

Middle East Monitor: Are Syria’s Chemical Weapons Secure?

- The U.S. Defense Secretary expresses concern about Syria’s chemical weapons. - The U.N. Rights Council continues its investigation of Syrian abuses. - Iran is defiant to Israel’s appeal for “red lines” on its nuclear program. - Mideast expert Robert Powell says the Friends of Yemen conference showed diplomatic support. Susan YackeeSusan Yackee is anchor of  More »

QUICKTAKE: We Condemn US Envoy Killing, Anti-American Attacks in Libya, Egypt – Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR

U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three embassy staff have been killed after a mob angered over an amateur American-made short film that mocks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern city Benghazi late Tuesday. Responding to the violence, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, has condemned the killing of the More »

QUICKTAKE: Yemen Malnutrition ‘Has to Be Tackled Immediately,’ – Joy Singhal, OXFAM

The international aid organization OXFAM says the humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening. They report severe hunger, widespread malnutrition and warn the next generation of Yemenis may not have proper medical treatment or education. We discussed the issue with Joy Singhal, manager of Oxfam’s humanitarian response in Yemen who spoke to us by phone More »

QUICKTAKE: Pledged Aid to Yemen Draws ‘Skepticism’ – Robert Powell

International donors have pledged another $2.4 billion in aid to Yemen, bringing the total to $6.4 billion promised this year.  At a donors’ conference in Riyadh, Yemen’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Mohammed al-Saadi told delegates that Yemen will need another $5.4 billion dollars in the short term to aid its transition and overcome More »

Middle East Monitor: White House Has “Eyes” on Iran’s Nuclear Program

-The White House is studying a new report by the U.N. nuclear agency on Iran, and says the U.S. and its partners have their “eyes on” Tehran’s nuclear program. -Syrian rebels attack security compounds in Aleppo while conditions on the border with Turkey are worsening. -Syria’s neighbors tell the U.N. Security Council they need international assistance More »

Middle East Monitor: Hopes Low for U.N. Meeting on Syria Aid

- Expectations are low for a U.N. Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. We explain why. - Political observers in Turkey say Egypt’s new administration is well placed to have a regional impact on Syria’s conflict. - The U.S. Republican presidential candidate says it’s time to arm Syria’s rebels. We talk with Mitt More »

Middle East Monitor: Why Doesn’t the Syrian President Step Down?

- Syrian authorities blame the country’s 17-month uprising on a foreign conspiracy, while activists blame the government. We ask Daniel Newman, a Middle East expert at Durham University in Britain, if he thinks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will fight to the bitter end or step down. - An Israeli court rejects the lawsuit by the More »

Middle East Monitor: A No-Fly Zone Over Syria – Good Idea or Bad?

- There is new talk about establishing a no-fly zone over Syria. We weigh the pros and cons with Middle East expert Daniel Newman of Britain’s Durham University. - The northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has been the scene of armed clashes between two rival neighborhoods over the past week, with at least 16 people More »

Middle East Monitor: Preserving Yemen’s Past While Moving Forward

- Strife in Yemen often overshadows the rich cultural heritage of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, but there is an effort to preserve the country’s past and make it relevant for the future. - Daniel Newman, a Middle East expert with Britain’s Durham University, explains why the situation in Syria will only worsen with More »

Middle East Monitor: Where Do Muslim-Americans Stand in the U.S. Vote?

- According to the Council for American Islamic relations, 90 percent of American Muslims voted for President Obama in the 2008 presidential election, but four years later, are they disillusioned with the administration?  We hear from Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council for American Islamic Relations, and Saba Shami, president of the New More »

QUICKTAKE : Iraqi Caught in ‘U.S. Sting’ Faces Life in Prison – Andrew Wolfson

An Iraqi man has pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to charges of planning to send weapons and money to al-Qaida.  Mohanad Shareef Hammadi could be sent to prison for the rest of his life when he is sentenced in December in Louisville, Kentucky. Hammadi pleaded guilty to all 10 charges of conspiring to More »

Middle East Monitor: Will 9-11 Victims Get Justice?

- Hearings are getting under way at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the trial of five suspects accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. - Deadly firefights spread through Damascus, while residents of northern Syria watch the skies. - Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says the More »

Middle East Monitor: A U.S. Warning for the Syrian President

-U.S. President Barack Obama again has called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, warning any movement or use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would change Washington’s stance toward Damascus. - A group of doctors who have been working to help the injured in Syria returned to Paris Tuesday, telling stories of More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Syrian Refugee Exodus Mounts

-The United Nations refugee agency says the Syrian refugee exodus is escalating, especially in Aleppo. -We hear reaction to the U.N. Security Council decision to let the mandate for the U.N. observer mission in Syria to expire Sunday. -The United States says it is concerned about new restrictions on freedoms of expression in its Mideast allies More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Bahraini Activist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

-A court in Bahrain has sentenced Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist, to three years in prison for his role in unauthorized protests. We talk to Brian Dooley, director of the Human Rights Defenders Program at Human Rights First, about the case. -Fears are growing that Lebanon could be drawn further into Syria’s conflict, as More »

QUICKTAKE: Bahraini Activist’s Sentence is Shocking – Human Rights First

A court in Bahrain has sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison for his role in unauthorized protests. Supporters of Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, say the punishment does not fit the crime. The defense is planning to appeal the ruling. Protests broke out in Bahrain last More »

Middle East Monitor: Witnessing the War in Syria

-VOA’s correspondent in Syria was an eyewitness to the bombing of the rebel-controlled town of Azaz. He tells us what he saw. -Human Rights Watch says Syrian government fighter planes fired rockets at the main emergency hospital in an opposition-controlled area of Aleppo. We speak with an HRW researcher who visited the hospital an hour More »