Eleanor Beardsley http://wgcu.org en Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis http://wgcu.org/post/both-sides-dig-their-heels-over-crimea-crisis Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 9033 at http://wgcu.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://wgcu.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8561 at http://wgcu.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On http://wgcu.org/post/russia-and-west-trade-shots-across-bow-kiev-looks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The U.S. and Europe imposed new sanctions on Russian leaders today in response to Russia's takeover of Crimea. The Russians responded with their own sanctions. The country's foreign minister accused Kiev of organizing attacks on Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8478 at http://wgcu.org Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst http://wgcu.org/post/kiev-mobilizes-thousands-troops-preparing-worst The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8356 at http://wgcu.org Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia http://wgcu.org/post/crimeans-vote-leave-ukraine-join-russia Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8327 at http://wgcu.org With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev http://wgcu.org/post/all-eyes-east-seige-mentality-settles-kiev Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held last-minute talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in London today, but there was no breakthrough. Kerry had been trying to head off the referendum on Crimean secession from Ukraine. That vote is set for Sunday. In a moment, we'll hear more about the situation in Crimea. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8260 at http://wgcu.org France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower http://wgcu.org/post/france-crushes-ivory-beneath-eiffel-tower Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR NEW. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>This past week, France became the first European country to destroy illegal ivory in a high profile public demonstration. It did so underneath the Eiffel Tower as part of a global effort to call attention to the illicit ivory trade. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 7180 at http://wgcu.org On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution http://wgcu.org/post/third-anniversary-tunisians-may-get-constitution Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Arab Spring that brought those changes to Egypt began in Tunisia, exactly three years ago today. Tunisians overthrew their dictator, prompting a wave of uprisings across the region. But three years on, lawmakers are still struggling to ratify a new constitution and lay the foundations of their country's future. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 6341 at http://wgcu.org New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism http://wgcu.org/post/new-constitution-sign-tunisias-optimism Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>On Tuesday, Tunisia will celebrate the third anniversary of its revolution. Tunisia is the country that inspired uprisings across the Arab world. Since then, that country has gone through tough times but it seems to have found its way again. Opposing sides have drafted the new constitution together. It will be ready in a couple days, and new elections are set for this year. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 6263 at http://wgcu.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again http://wgcu.org/post/once-again-french-troops-intervene-africa Once again, French television screens are full of images of joyous Africans welcoming French troops.<p>In January, the French military intervened in Mali to help liberate large swaths of the country from radical jihadists. Now, for the second time this year, France has sent troops into an African country to quell violence.<p>Last week, French soldiers went into the Central African Republic to stop sectarian killings. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 5484 at http://wgcu.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay http://wgcu.org/post/inequality-grows-swiss-vote-curbing-executive-pay Switzerland may be known for watches, wealth and secretive bank accounts, but increasingly people believe that not everyone is reaping their share of the country's economic well-being.<p>So on Sunday, the Swiss will vote on a referendum that would limit a CEO's pay to 12 times that of the company's lowest-paid worker.<p>The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party collected the 100,000 signatures necessary to turn the measure, known as the 1:12 initiative, into a national referendum.<p>David Roth, head of the party's youth wing, says that 25 years ago Swiss CEOs made six times more than the a Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:40:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 4788 at http://wgcu.org As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise http://wgcu.org/post/france-some-ask-if-racism-rise For the past week or so, France has been deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots.<p>The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 4561 at http://wgcu.org In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest http://wgcu.org/post/france-rethinks-sanctity-its-day-rest There's a fight going on for the soul of France. Since 1906, Sunday has been deemed a collective day of rest in the country, and French law only allows stores to open on Sundays under very specific conditions — for example, if they're in a high tourist area. Sunday work is also tightly controlled.<p>But some people are questioning the sense of such a tradition in a languishing economy and 24/7 world.<p>A giant banner stretched across the opening of home improvement store Bricorama reads: "Open Monday through Saturday. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 4355 at http://wgcu.org France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France http://wgcu.org/post/his-100th-birthday-camus-algerian-ties-still-controversial A hundred years after his birth, French writer-philosopher Albert Camus is perhaps best-remembered for novels like <em>The Stranger</em> and <em>The Plague, </em>and for his philosophy of absurdism.<p>But it's another aspect of his intellectual body of work that's under scrutiny as France marks the Camus centennial: his views about his native Algeria.<p>Camus was born on Nov. 7, 1913, to a poor family that had settled generations earlier in French Algeria. His father died a year after his birth, and Camus' illiterate and deaf mother, who worked as a cleaning lady, raised him. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 4280 at http://wgcu.org Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://wgcu.org/post/little-libraires-could-french-law-keeps-amazon-bay Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.<p>In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.<p>Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.<p>Jean-Paul Collet opened his bookstore, La Boucherie, 17 years ago in a historic neighborhood on Paris' Left Bank. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 3864 at http://wgcu.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread http://wgcu.org/post/got-baguettes-bakers-lobby-tells-france-eat-more-bread <strong></strong> The French, it seems, aren't eating bread the way they used to. The average French person consumes just half a baguette a day, down from a full baguette 40 years ago.<p>Those statistics worry the French bakers' lobby, the <a href="http://www.observatoiredupain.fr/">Observatoire du Pain.</a><p>Bernard Vallius, who heads the group, says it used to be that people ate a sit-down lunch and dinner with family or friends every day. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 2773 at http://wgcu.org Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life http://wgcu.org/post/frances-camargue-bulls-are-passion-and-way-life Amid streaks of lightning and startling thunder claps on a recent day, I head out into the middle of the marshy wetlands known as the Camargue. I'm with a group of tourists, piled on hay bales in the back of a flatbed trailer pulled by a massive tractor.<p>The delta in southern France where two branches of the Rhone River meet the sea, the Camargue is the biggest Mediterranean delta after the Nile. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 2514 at http://wgcu.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life While Britain Votes No, France Still Backs Strikes On Syria http://wgcu.org/post/while-britain-votes-no-france-still-backs-strikes-syria Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>The U.S. will not be acting alone if and when it launches military strikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. French President Francois Hollande spoke with President Obama today. France and the U.S. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 2055 at http://wgcu.org Sun, Sand And The Seine: The Beach Comes To Paris http://wgcu.org/post/sun-sand-and-seine-beach-comes-paris It's a hot day in Paris and kids run in and out of giant sprinklers set up on the banks of the Seine river not far from Notre Dame cathedral at a place called Paris Beach, or Paris Plage.<p>Among the wet, excited children are the Obadjia sisters — 4-year-old Judith and 7-year-old Eve. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 1606 at http://wgcu.org Sun, Sand And The Seine: The Beach Comes To Paris How Gaul-ing! Celebrating France's First Resistance Fighter http://wgcu.org/post/how-gaul-ing-celebrating-frances-first-resistance-fighter Every summer, a village in eastern France celebrates a Gallic chieftain who lost a major battle to Julius Caesar in 52 B.C. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 1253 at http://wgcu.org How Gaul-ing! Celebrating France's First Resistance Fighter