Leila Fadel http://wgcu.org en Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wgcu.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 12691 at http://wgcu.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Life Under 'The Islamic State': Order In The Shadow Of Terror http://wgcu.org/post/life-under-islamic-state-order-shadow-terror Transcript <p>: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Iraq the city of Mosul is becoming the de facto power center for the so-called Islamic State. The Sunni extremist group also known as ISIS took over the large Iraqi city last month as it swept through the northwest of the country. For a couple of years, the group had already controlled large portions of neighboring Syria amid that country's civil war. As it solidifies its hold on Mosul its building a track record for how it actually governs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 12579 at http://wgcu.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town http://wgcu.org/post/extremists-leave-violent-message-small-iraqi-town A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.<p>The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.<p>The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.<p>"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 12537 at http://wgcu.org Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics http://wgcu.org/post/few-new-faces-arent-likely-satisfy-iraqi-governments-critics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Iraq took a small step toward settling its political crisis and violent internal conflict today. It elected a new speaker of the parliament. The UN had said the country could plunge into chaos if that didn't happen. Much of the country is still in open revolt and under the control of radical Sunni militias and their local allies. Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is accused of aggravating the country's divisions. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 12396 at http://wgcu.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://wgcu.org/post/rogue-libyan-general-tries-impose-order-iron-fist No one is safe in Libya these days. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11826 at http://wgcu.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi http://wgcu.org/post/remembering-salwa-bugaighis-libyan-advocate-who-took-ghadafi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now, sobering news out of Libya - a prominent rights activist was shot and stabbed to death in her home last night. Salwa Bugaighis was a lawyer from Benghazi who had opposed former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Today, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice issued a statement lauding her courage and leadership. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11787 at http://wgcu.org Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On http://wgcu.org/post/guilty-verdicts-claim-3-more-reporters-egyptian-courts-roll Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's a case that's drawn international condemnation. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced two journalists to seven years in jail, and a third to 10 years. They all work for the Al Jazeera English news network and were convicted of being or aiding terrorists and tarnishing Egypt's image. No evidence of their alleged crimes were present - was presented in court. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11645 at http://wgcu.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://wgcu.org/post/saddams-ex-officer-weve-played-key-role-helping-militants As they steamrolled across northern Iraq, Sunni militants had important help from an old power in the country — former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and his army.<p>One retired air force colonel said he is a member of a newly formed military council overseeing Mosul, the large city captured last week by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its allies from Sunni Arab armed factions.<p>He spoke in a phone interview from Mosul and agreed to talk only on the condition that he not be named. He said he was worried about being targeted. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11540 at http://wgcu.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://wgcu.org/post/boon-or-blood-bath-life-under-isis-depends-city People in northern Iraq are getting their first taste of life under ISIS — the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that captured the large Iraqi city of Mosul last week with shocking speed.<p>The Sunni extremist group holds much of the mainly Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.<p>Over the weekend it launched a bloody takeover of Tal Afar, an ethnically and religiously mixed Iraqi city near the Syrian border.<p>All across the city of Mosul are black flags with the words "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the state of Ninewa." They're a proclamation that the group — Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11406 at http://wgcu.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader http://wgcu.org/post/one-week-prime-minister-short-story-libyas-former-leader In Libya, you never know from one week to the next who's going to be prime minister. And when I met with the man in the job last week, it was clear no one is really in charge.<p>Ahmed Maiteg had only been prime minister a couple of days. He took office under the apparent protection of a militia that supports him, even as another man still claimed the job.<p>Maiteg, a 41-year-old businessman, was so new in the building that his staff was getting lost.<p>"We are building our country together, and we would like to have a strong state and strong government. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 11161 at http://wgcu.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election http://wgcu.org/post/no-surprise-here-sisi-rolls-victory-egypts-election It was never in doubt, but now it's official. Ex-military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be Egypt's president after nearly a year of being the nation's de facto leader.<p>He won by a landslide with more than 93 percent of the vote, according to a preliminary results. His victory was so sweeping that his lone opponent, Hamdeen Sabbahy, came in third with just 3 percent of the vote. People who voided their ballots in protest outnumbered those who voted for Sabbahy.<p>Sabbahy was third in the 2012 presidential election as well. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 10832 at http://wgcu.org No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election Egyptian Media Encourages Voters To Get To Polls — Or Else http://wgcu.org/post/egyptian-media-encourages-voters-get-polls-or-else Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Egyptian authorities added a third day of voting tomorrow in the country's presidential election. Backers of candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are worried about underwhelming voter turnout. Sisi is the former military chief who led the popular coup against Egypt's last elected president. Sisi is almost certain to win, but his legitimacy could rely on turnout. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 10750 at http://wgcu.org Voting Begins For Egypt's Next President http://wgcu.org/post/voting-begins-egypts-next-president Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is expected to emerge victorious from Egypt's two-day polling, which began Monday. But the country remains divided. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 10717 at http://wgcu.org Hopes Dim For Turkish Miners, But Rescuers Carry On http://wgcu.org/post/hopes-dim-turkish-miners-rescuers-carry Hope is fading that any more mine workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where over 280 miners died after an explosion. NPR's Leila Fadel has been at the mine and offers more details. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 10369 at http://wgcu.org On Second Day Of Mass Trial, Egyptian Judge Sentences 683 To Death http://wgcu.org/post/second-day-mass-trial-egyptian-judge-sentences-683-death Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Today brought another shocking sentence from an Egyptian court. A judge issued death sentences for nearly 700 people accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement. They were charged with committing violence during unrest last summer. This is from the same judge who outraged rights groups last month by sentencing more than 500 people to death. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 9788 at http://wgcu.org Egyptian Journalist Trial Is Long On Jail Time — But Short On Proof http://wgcu.org/post/egyptian-journalist-trial-long-jail-time-short-proof Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Cairo today, three journalists with the al-Jazeera English channel were back in court. They're accused of being terrorists and spreading false information and it's a case causing international condemnation. The journalists have now been in jail for more than 100 days, part of a wide crackdown on Islamists, critics of the government and the press.<p>NPR's Leila Fadel was in the courtroom today and joins us now. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 9184 at http://wgcu.org Egyptian Town Reeling Over Mass Death Sentence http://wgcu.org/post/egyptian-town-reeling-over-mass-death-sentence More than 500 people in Matea, Egypt, have been sentenced to death. On one street alone, a juice store owner, a sweets shop owner, a doctor and more than 20 others have been condemned. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 8759 at http://wgcu.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds http://wgcu.org/post/egypt-defendants-are-being-tried-hundreds Egypt's legal system has already been under scrutiny with a raft of high-profile cases that include two ousted presidents and scores of activists. And a new wave of international criticism is building after an Egyptian court sentenced 529 men to death after a two-day trial.<p>The judge sentenced the men for the killing of a police officer. They were also charged with arson, inciting violence and other crimes in the province of Minya, just south of Cairo.<p>The <a href="http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47423#.UzLq0a2Sw_c" target="_blank">U.N. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 8731 at http://wgcu.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day http://wgcu.org/post/egypt-new-courtroom-drama-every-day Not one but two ousted presidents are on trial. In cages. As are a group of journalists from the Al Jazeera satellite channel. Then there are the countless activists facing charges that are widely seen as politically motivated.<p>If you like courtroom dramas, Egypt is the place to be these days. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 8251 at http://wgcu.org In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army http://wgcu.org/post/outmanned-and-outgunned-libya-struggles-fix-its-broken-army In Libya, disputes are settled by guns.<p>On a recent day, just west of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, gunfire erupts, a battle between two families. It builds for hours; people run for cover. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:36:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 7732 at http://wgcu.org Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army