Michele Kelemen http://wfae.org en In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry http://wfae.org/post/trafficking-report-stark-warning-about-thai-fishing-industry The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 53349 at http://wfae.org White House Plans To Mark Off World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://wfae.org/post/white-house-plans-mark-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary 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. President Obama is once again exercising his executive authority for an environmental cause. Today he announced plans to create the world's largest marine preserve. His proposal came in a video shown at the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference. The White House says it will seek input from fisherman, scientists, and other experts before setting boundaries for the preserve. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 53115 at http://wfae.org Kerry Gathers World Players To Focus On Protecting Oceans http://wfae.org/post/kerry-gathers-world-players-focus-protecting-oceans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Government officials, scientists and business leaders from more than 80 countries are gathering at the State Department today and tomorrow. They're there to figure out ways to protect the world's oceans and commercial fisheries. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 52992 at http://wfae.org As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do http://wfae.org/post/iraq-comes-apart-seams-washington-weighs-what-do Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We now return to NPR's Michele Kelemen on how the White House is weighing its options in aiding Iraq and its Confrontation with ISIS extremist and finding limited options.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For those experts who argued that the U.S. should have tried harder to reach an agreement with Iraq to leave some troops there rather than pull out completely in 2011 this is their nightmare scenario. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 52808 at http://wfae.org Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid http://wfae.org/post/syrian-crisis-splits-activists-and-religious-groups-over-aid The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 52516 at http://wfae.org Keeping Watch On Ukraine As It Prepares To Elect A President http://wfae.org/post/keeping-watch-ukraine-it-prepares-elect-president Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Amid much turmoil, Ukraine is set to hold a presidential election this Sunday. It will be complicated in parts of Eastern Ukraine now under the control of pro-Russian separatists who say voting won't happen in those areas. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 51274 at http://wfae.org Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits http://wfae.org/post/frustrations-defeat-another-diplomat-un-syria-envoy-quits 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. The conflict in Syria now in its 4th year, and a diplomatic solution seems as far off as ever. The international diplomat who's been trying to lead negotiations announced he's stepping down. It's a new sign of just how bad things are Syria. And as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, there doesn't seem to be a plan B.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Two seasoned diplomats have now tried their hand at diplomacy on Syria only to quit out of frustration. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 50857 at http://wfae.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... http://wfae.org/post/nation-elects-most-women As Rwanda began to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1994 genocide, something unexpected happened: Women began playing a much more influential role on many fronts, including politics.<p>Traditions that had limited women previously were cast aside, and President Paul Kagame also actively pushed for women to be in more prominent positions.<p>Today, women make up 64 percent of the country's lower house of Parliament — a far higher percentage than in any other nation, according to figures compiled by the <a href="http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm" target="_blank">Inter-Parliamentary Union</a Thu, 08 May 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 50533 at http://wfae.org The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ... U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? http://wfae.org/post/us-offers-aid-search-nigerian-girls-it-too-late Nigeria is offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can find the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/06/310100085/boko-harams-local-fight-suddenly-gets-international-scrutiny">Islamist group Boko Haram</a>. The U.S. is also pitching in with hostage negotiators and intelligence experts. President Obama says <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310125233/u-s-sending-team-to-help-with-search-for-abducted-nigerian-girls">the U.S. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 50491 at http://wfae.org U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late? In Ukraine, West's New Diplomatic Options May Be Few http://wfae.org/post/ukraine-wests-new-diplomatic-options-may-be-few 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. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. won't sit idly by while Russia fans the flames of instability in Ukraine. But so far, U.S. and European sanctions haven't changed Russia's calculations. Kerry blames Russia for failing to calm the crisis. Russia says Ukraine should stop its offensive against separatists in the east. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 50415 at http://wfae.org