Alice Fordham http://kttz.org en For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution http://kttz.org/post/iraqis-crisis-dividing-country-seems-poor-solution The muscular farmer sits in the basement kindergarten of the church, perched on a tiny chair intended for a child. He and his family are spending the holiday here, after being forced to flee from extremists.<p>"Our village is more than 300 years old," Ahmed Ali says of Shreikhan, near Mosul, "and we never had any such problems."<p>For most Muslims around the world, Eid is a time for gifts, feasts and visiting relatives. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 48725 at http://kttz.org For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://kttz.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 48564 at http://kttz.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail http://kttz.org/post/syrian-president-issues-new-stamps-cant-deliver-mail As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.<p>But these pieces of paper tell us much about the power struggles behind the slaughter in Syria. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 48493 at http://kttz.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail Amid Bloodshed, Brotherhood: Links Forged From Iraq's Game Of Rings http://kttz.org/post/amid-bloodshed-brotherhood-links-forged-iraqs-game-rings In Iraq, a Ramadan game called Mheibbis brings even Sunnis and Shiites together in peaceful competition. A ring game traditionally played between neighborhoods during the holy month, Mheibbis has offered men the opportunity to break Baghdad's tension and offer messages of unity and brotherhood — even between rival sects. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 47609 at http://kttz.org Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government http://kttz.org/post/iraq-lawmakers-fail-reach-deal-new-government Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 47398 at http://kttz.org