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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: Syrian Hospital Attack Violates Laws of War – HRW

Human Rights Watch says the main emergency hospital in an opposition-controlled area of Aleppo is barely functioning after Syrian fighter planes fired rockets at the facility Tuesday, wounding at least two civilians and causing significant damage. Researchers for the rights group say they were able to reach the Dar al Shifaa Hospital, in the Sha’ar neighborhood, More »

QUICKTAKE: ‘The International Community Is Out of Touch’ – Syrian Activist Abdul Omar

The Former Syrian prime minister who defected, Riad Hijab, says President Bashar al-Assad’s government is on the verge of economic and moral collapse and controls no more than 30 percent of the nation’s territory. The government says that is far from the truth. Journalists are not allowed to roam freely in Syria, so to get More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Is Military Intervention Out of Date in Syria?

-As the violence rages in Syria, we speak with Abdul Omar, a British-based Syrian activist who has contact with opposition forces in Syria. -The United Nations Refugee Agency says the number of people fleeing fighting in Syria is escalating. -The Obama administration says it is not surprised by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s move to change his More »

Middle East Monitor: Are Aid and Guns Slipping into Syria?

- Our correspondent travels to the Turkey-Syria border, the main conduit for foreign aid to rebel fighters, and finds signs that despite foreign insistence, the aid trail may also include covert arms smuggling. - We hear the reaction to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s groundbreaking decision to force the retirement of his defense minister, military chief More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Will the UN Chief Visit Iran?

- The American Jewish Committee is asking U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider his planned visit to Iran later this month for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.  We asked A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris why. - The mandate for the U.N. observer mission in Syria expires August 19th, and the U.S. representative to the U.N. More »

QUICKTAKE: Iran is Flouting International Law – A.J.C. Director David Harris

The American Jewish Committee (A.J.C.) is asking U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider his planned visit to Iran later this month for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.  The occasion marks the beginning of Iran’s chairmanship of the organization. A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris tells VOA’s Susan Yackee Iran’s record within the international community is why Annan should More »

QUICKTAKE: The Syrian Regime Has ‘No Chance of Reasserting Itself’ – Marius Deeb

Iran’s National Security Council Secretary, Saeed Jalili, has pledged Tehran’s continued support to Syria and praised Damascus for being part of what he called an “Axis of Resistance” against foreign opponents. Will this renewed support help bolster the Assad government as it battles the rebels for control of the country? VOA’s Susan Yackee asked Marius More »

QUICKTAKE: The Syrian Regime ‘Is Coming Apart’ – Daniel Serwer

In this undated photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA on Aug. 5, 2012, Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, center, speaks under the portrait of the Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)

Syria watchers are trying to decipher the significance of the defection of Prime Minister Riad Hijab, just two months after he took the post. The Sunni Muslim is the most high-profile member of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite-dominated government to leave the country and join the opposition. The Assad government says he was fired. Daniel More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Reaction to Kofi Annan’s Resignation from Syria Effort

- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell speak on Kofi Annan’s resignation as U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria. - Amnesty International says Kofi Annan’s resignation shows he is clearly fed up with an “ineffective” U.N. Security Council. We speak with Amnesty’s representative to the More »

QUICKTAKE: Yemeni Progress Is Slow, but Progress There Is – Analyst Robert Powell

Sporadic fighting and unrest persist in Yemen although former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh bowed to protestors’ demands and ended his 32-year rule earlier this year. Is Yemen the forgotten child of the Arab Spring?  Why doesn’t it garner as much interest in the international community as other nations? For answers, VOA’s Susan Yackee spoke with More »

QUICKTAKE: Annan Mandate Fulfilled, Mission Impossible – Nadim Shehadi

Kofi Annan has quit his post as special peace envoy to Syria, after trying unsuccessfully to persuade President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel Free Syrian Army to find a diplomatic solution to their 17-month-long conflict. Assad agreed to the measures of Annan’s peace plan, but reportedly refused to implement them unless rebel troops withdrew. More »

QUICKTAKE: Iran Must Compromise – Meir Javedanfar

U.S. lawmakers are moving forward with harsher sanctions against Iran, aiming to further reduce the nation’s oil revenues and undercut its nuclear program. The bill would target Iran’s energy and shipping sectors. It would penalize anyone who works in Iran’s petroleum, petro-chemical or natural gas sector, or provides goods, services or infrastructure to the More »

QUICKTAKE: Dynamic Changing While Dust Still Rising in MENA Region, Says Expert

As the Arab Spring swept through the Middle East and North Africa, a number of countries, both those affected by it and those which were only onlookers of the changes it brought, are seeking a way forward. Aside from their own uncertain futures and a seemingly open-ended conflict in Syria, relations with Israel loom More »

Middle East Monitor: Is Annan’s Syria Peace Plan a Failure or Not?

- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says continuing Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is blocking United Nations action to end 15 months of violence and could help lead to civil war. - A Friends of Europe meeting focuses on ways for Europe to support countries in the wake of the Arab Spring. - More »

Big Ideas Podcast with Susan Yackee: The Legacy Of Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran is often called one of the greatest thinkers of all time.  The Lebanese American poet and artist is revered for his insight into the soul of mankind.  On today’s “Big Ideas” we look at the “big ideas” of Gibran.  V-O-A’s Susan Yackee speaks with Professor Suheil Bushrui of the University of Maryland, More »

Syria Releases Prisoners; Opposition Claims Assad Misleading Monitors

. Syrian state media said Thursday the government released 552 prisoners who were involved in unrest in the nation, but did not take part in the killing of Syrians. It appeared to be another gesture to comply with the Arab League plan to end the 9-month-old crackdown on dissent by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. More »