Jackie Northam http://blog.wlrn.org en Amid Eroding Trust, Germany Expels America's Top Spy In Berlin http://blog.wlrn.org/post/amid-eroding-trust-germany-expels-americas-top-spy-berlin Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Germany has told the chief U.S. intelligence officer in Berlin to leave the country. A dramatic turn of events comes after reports that two German government employees are suspected of spying for the U.S. NPR's Jackie Northam has been following this story and she joins me in the studio. Jackie, the announcement about the expulsion of the top American spy in Germany was made by the Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 35354 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something http://blog.wlrn.org/post/once-us-russia-and-iran-actually-agree-something The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.<p>The U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34933 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kerrys-iraq-mission-takes-him-kurdistan Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is back in Iraq on a week-long mission to try to hold that country together. This morning, he's in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north. And his job won't be easy. Just yesterday, Kurdistan's president said it might be the time for the region to go its own way. Jackie Northam is with Kerry and joined us from Erbil. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34440 at http://blog.wlrn.org Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kerry-lands-badhdad-bearing-warnings-iraqi-leaders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we heard the Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad today where he met with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry said his visit was aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Iraq as it suffers an onslaught by the Sunni militant group ISIS. The group now controls much of the west and north of the country including the city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities. And over the past several days, ISIS fighters have assaulted three key border posts. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Sec. Kerry and she joins us now from Amman, Jordan. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34401 at http://blog.wlrn.org Kerry In Iraq To Pressure Al-Maliki To Reach Across Sectarian Lines http://blog.wlrn.org/post/kerry-iraq-pressure-al-maliki-reach-across-sectarian-lines Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As extremist Sunni militants continue to grab territory across Northern Iraq, the U.S. has been pressuring Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to reach out to the Sunni and Kurdish communities. This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to lean on Maliki personally. Makiki's largely Shia government is blamed by many for inflaming the sectarian divide in Iraq. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Kerry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34367 at http://blog.wlrn.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets http://blog.wlrn.org/post/militants-advance-iraq-agitates-oil-markets When Sunni militants began seizing broad swathes of territory across northern Iraq last week, global oil markets shrugged it off. After all, instability in Iraq is nothing new.<p>But that all changed on Wednesday, when the insurgents swept into the oil refinery town of Baiji, says Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Group, an energy consulting firm. The price of oil climbed nearly 4 percent in just a few short days.<p>"This jaw-dropping blitz assault ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 33965 at http://blog.wlrn.org Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets Russia-China Natural Gas Deal Likely To Reshape Energy Markets http://blog.wlrn.org/post/russia-china-natural-gas-deal-likely-reshape-energy-markets Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep in New York.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in Washington. Good morning. Let's look now at the shifting balance of power in East Asia. In a moment, we'll hear President Obama's view of a rising China. First we'll report on the implications of China's latest energy deal. China signed an agreement to buy Russian natural gas sent through a pipeline in Siberia. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 33110 at http://blog.wlrn.org Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis http://blog.wlrn.org/post/russian-economic-forum-boycotted-over-ukraine-crisis Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Each spring Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes international business and political leaders to an economic forum in St. Petersburg. It started today and Putin told those who arrived that Russia is ready to do business, although it expects to be treated as an equal.<p>Not as many people were listening as Putin might have liked. Some of those invited did not show up. They stayed away to protest Russia's actions in Ukraine. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32744 at http://blog.wlrn.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine http://blog.wlrn.org/post/russias-energy-giant-turns-heat-ukraine If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.<p>Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.<p>"The ways in which Russia can play with this gas lever, how it can use it, these are not things that they just think of from one day to the next," Gaddy says. Wed, 14 May 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32342 at http://blog.wlrn.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms http://blog.wlrn.org/post/global-economy-will-mint-countries-be-new-brics The world of finance gave birth in 2001 to a new buzzword: BRIC.<strong> </strong>The word<strong> </strong>is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Jim O'Neill, an economist with Goldman Sachs who's been credited with coining the term, saw those four countries as turbo-charged engines among emerging markets, ones that would give Western economies a run for their money.<p>O'Neill says when he dreamed up the acronym 13 years ago, people didn't really focus on the potential importance of some of these countries.<p>"It sort of transformed ... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32235 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Global Economy: A World Of Acronyms Legendary D.C. Law Firm To Pay Chevron In Ecuador Pollution Case http://blog.wlrn.org/post/chevron-patton-boggs-settle-4-year-environmental-case A long-running legal battle between a legendary Washington law and lobbying firm and a major oil company has been settled.<p>D.C.-based Patton Boggs has agreed to pay Chevron $15 million to settle a case that centers on pollution from drilling activity in the rainforests of Ecuador.<p>The case has gone on for more than four years, and the stakes were enormous for the two powerhouses.<p>Chevron filed a suit against the firm for engaging in fraud and deception in trying to get the oil company to pay up on a nearly $10 billion verdict that was handed down by an Ecuadorian court in 2011.<p>In that Thu, 08 May 2014 06:17:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 31993 at http://blog.wlrn.org Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough http://blog.wlrn.org/post/entering-talks-geneva-us-hopes-ukraine-breakthrough 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>Tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet in Geneva with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. It's hoped the multilateral talks will produce a diplomatic breakthrough on the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts say that without that, the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30893 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/reporter-reflects-rwanda-its-madness-took-over There was a thin mist in the early morning air when we set off for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 11, 1994. The genocide had begun four days earlier.<p>There were no flights into the country, so I and three fellow journalists crossed into Rwanda from neighboring Burundi, hitching a ride with a French priest who was shuttling Tutsi nuns out of the country. He took us to the town of Butare, where a Belgian inn keeper rented us an old cream-colored Renault and drew us a map of how to get to Kigali.<p>We drove north, winding our way through Rwanda's soaring hills and deep lush valleys. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30561 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over' U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout http://blog.wlrn.org/post/us-taps-new-energy-sources-and-potential-geopolitical-clout The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/151930969/science-and-the-fracking-boom-missing-answers">hydraulic fracturing</a>, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.<p>If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.<p>He says the U.S. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:24:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30306 at http://blog.wlrn.org U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/german-chemical-giant-basf-benefits-cheap-us-natural-gas Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 29799 at http://blog.wlrn.org