Ari Shapiro http://iowapublicradio.org en Opposing Protests Pull Eastern Ukraine In Two Directions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opposing-protests-pull-eastern-ukraine-two-directions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The deal struck in Geneva today aims to end the violence Ukraine has seen over the last few months. There were snipers shooting at protesters in Kiev's Independence Square. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists forced their way through police barricades to overtake government buildings. But not every protest has been violent. Today, people who oppose the separatists staged a demonstration in the city of Donetsk, and NPR's Ari Shapiro was there.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: This is Victory Park, right on the banks of the Kalmius River. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39284 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-tanks-roll-above-them-russian-flags-fly 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. We begin this hour with the latest from eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is continuing an operation to oust pro-Russian militants from occupied government buildings, but today, it experienced a setback. Ukraine's defense department confirms that some of its armored personnel carriers began flying the Russian flag. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39224 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraines-army-launches-campaign-against-eastern-militants Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39175 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-jews-celebrate-passover-uncertain-times At Passover celebrations around the world tonight, the youngest child will sing a song in Hebrew. "Why," the youngster will ask, "is this night different from all other nights?"<p>Adults in Ukraine can ask a similar question this year: What makes this Passover different from all others? It's a question Rabbi Alexander Duchovny has been thinking about a lot. "Passover is <em>z'man cheruteinu,</em> time of our liberty — time of freedom," he says. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39121 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist http://iowapublicradio.org/post/defiant-deadline-pro-moscow-occupiers-persist Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. In eastern Ukraine, people are bracing for possible war. The government gave a deadline of this morning for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons. Instead, the demonstrators took over still more government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39113 at http://iowapublicradio.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low http://iowapublicradio.org/post/between-friends-family-and-country-ukranian-police-lie-low <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRu5am9Rx0</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39039 at http://iowapublicradio.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-prime-ministers-visit-seen-behind-barricades Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 39003 at http://iowapublicradio.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/molotov-cocktails-and-razor-wire-inside-occupied-building-ukraine <em>In Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, activists who want to align the country more with Russia seized a regional administration building in the center of town last weekend. NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro went inside the building Friday and reports on what it was like:</em><p>Overnight, reports said pro-Russian protesters here in Donetsk had reinforced the barricade surrounding the 11-story government building that the demonstrators have occupied since Sunday. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38970 at http://iowapublicradio.org Molotov Cocktails And Razor Wire: Inside An Occupied Building In Ukraine God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/god-save-queen-and-donetsk-too The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been the center of a standoff since Sunday, with demonstrators pleading for the city to join Russia, while government leaders insist it will remain part of Ukraine.<p>In the midst of this tug-of-war, there's a third country that may have a claim on the city — though admittedly, a much looser one.<p>"God Save The Queen" isn't just the British national anthem, it's also the name of a campaign to bring Donetsk under the sheltering wing of Her Majesty's United Kingdom.<p>(You read that correctly: the UK. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38950 at http://iowapublicradio.org God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraines-rust-belt-mix-nostalgia-and-nationalism To say that the town of Perewalsk in eastern Ukraine has fallen on hard times would be an enormous understatement. The small industrial town near the Russian border is a collection of concrete buildings with no windows, falling-down houses and empty, abandoned factories; there's a chemical smell in the air.<p>In the middle of this dystopian landscape, there's an even more unexpected sight: an 80-year-old woman in a bright purple coat and headscarf, happily digging with a shovel in the dirt.<p>She introduces herself as Lida Vasilivna.<p>"This is basically my garden. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38895 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-protesters-seize-weapons-raising-stakes The drive to Luhansk takes you past fields of corn and sunflowers that are just beginning to sprout. You pass the town of Yennakieva, where the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was born. Eventually the fields give way to factories, and about 15 miles from the border with Russia, you hit the industrial city of Luhansk.<p>Police have blocked off the center of town. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38884 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Protesters Seize Weapons, Raising The Stakes In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero http://iowapublicradio.org/post/eastern-ukraine-normality-rules-except-ground-zero In the eastern city of Donetsk, protesters hung a huge banner declaring a government office building to be the "People's Republic of Donetsk."<p>These pro-Moscow activists want to pull away from Europe and align Ukraine more with Russia. The protests in Donetsk and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine are the focus of the ongoing crisis in the country and it has international repercussions that reach well beyond the country's borders.<p>Yet life in the rest of Donetsk is going on completely as normal.<p>The occupied government building in the center of town is surrounded by razor wire and sandbags. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38834 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero In Eastern Ukraine, Demands For A Vote Boil Into Arrests http://iowapublicradio.org/post/donetsk-demands-vote-boil-aggression-and-arrests Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia today of stirring unrest in eastern Ukraine. He says Russian special forces and agitators are behind the seizure of government buildings in the region. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38806 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraines-winter-discontent-gives-way-spring-austerity After a long winter of protests, Ukrainian activists overthrew their president in February. Now, Ukrainians are staring at the bill they have to pay.<p>The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Ukraine's new government implement austerity measures in exchange for loans. Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's heating gas prices by 80 percent. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:31:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38732 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity Cleaning Around Barricades, Kiev Protesters Still Camping In Square http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cleaning-around-barricades-kiev-protesters-still-camping-square Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, hundreds of people are still camped out in Independence Square known as the Maidan. They say they'll stay, at least through next month's presidential elections, to push for greater reform. In February, violent protests in the Maidan toppled the president and left dozens dead. Today, though, the cloud of black dust over the square was from dozens of brooms sweeping. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: The riots here in Independence Square ended months ago, but this still looks like the scene of violence. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38676 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis, NSA Eavesdropping Dominate Summit Discussions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-crisis-nsa-eavesdropping-dominate-summit-discussions President Obama is in Brussels for meetings with NATO and the European Union. Events on the sideline of Tuesday's nuclear summit at The Hague have eclipsed the nuclear agenda itself. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38127 at http://iowapublicradio.org At Nuclear Summit, Ukraine Questions Dominate The Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nuclear-summit-ukraine-questions-dominate-day Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama wrapped up a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague today. He's been operating on two tracks on this trip. At the summit, he's been urging countries to get rid of their nuclear material. On the sidelines, he's been organizing the global community to isolate Russia, following it's annexation of Crimea.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the president and joins us now from The Hague. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Crimea Casts Long Shadow In Amsterdam, Where G7 Leaders Meet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crimea-casts-long-shadow-amsterdam-where-g7-leaders-meet Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>To the Netherlands now, where more than 50 world leaders are attending a major nuclear summit. That group includes President Obama who landed in Amsterdam this morning. The crisis in Ukraine hangs over this trip, as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from The Hague.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Moments after Air Force One touched down, President Obama was walking through the cavernous hallways of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam's temple to fine art.<p>PRIME MINISTER MARK RUTTE: (Foreign language spoken)<p>SHAPIRO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte served as tour guide. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38050 at http://iowapublicradio.org Which Artwork Is A Metaphor For The Current Global Condition? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/which-artwork-metaphor-current-global-condition President Obama is doing serious work in Europe this week, meeting with the G-7, NATO and the EU to discuss Russia's actions in Ukraine. He's also joining leaders from more than 50 countries in The Hague to talk about keeping nuclear weapons away from terrorists. But before the intense negotiations got underway, he launched this trip with a bit of culture.<p>Moments after Air Force One touched down in Amsterdam, the president toured the Rijksmuseum, Holland's temple of fine art. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 38024 at http://iowapublicradio.org Which Artwork Is A Metaphor For The Current Global Condition? Obama Heads To The Hague For Nuclear Summit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-heads-hague-nuclear-summit President Obama goes to The Hague for a nuclear security summit Monday. Although the crisis in Ukraine is overshadowing the event, there is a packed agenda independent of the tensions with Russia. This is the third time world leaders have met to discuss how to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists' hands. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37884 at http://iowapublicradio.org After 300 Years Of Marriage, Scotland Contemplates U.K. Divorce http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-300-years-marriage-scotland-contemplates-uk-divorce Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years. This fall, that could change. In mid-September, a referendum on independence will determine whether Scotland breaks off from England, Northern Ireland and Wales to become a sovereign nation.<p>Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, is ground zero in this debate. The East End of this city is poor and run down, with some of the worst health figures in Europe. Men here are expected to live into only their mid-50s, some 30 years less than in wealthy areas.<p>"You can just look around and see. Everybody's in the same boat. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37717 at http://iowapublicradio.org After 300 Years Of Marriage, Scotland Contemplates U.K. Divorce Europe Pulls Punches With Limited Sanctions, Wary Of Backfire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/europe-pulls-punches-limited-sanctions-wary-backfire Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The United States and Europe both condemn the vote in Crimea. President Obama announced measures he says will increase the cost on Russia. They include the freezing of U.S. assets of certain Russian officials. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37698 at http://iowapublicradio.org With Russian Minister, Kerry Kicks A Soccer Ball And Talks Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russian-minister-kerry-kicks-soccer-ball-and-talks-ukraine Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in London Friday for talks about the crisis in Ukraine. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37575 at http://iowapublicradio.org Will Scotland Go Independent? A Primer On The Secession Vote http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scotland-vote-seceding-united-kingdom An intense campaign is underway for the future of the United Kingdom. On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent country. Here are answers to a few key questions about the issue.<p><strong>1. Why would Scotland want to leave the U.K.?</strong><p>There are some reasons grounded in logic and others based in emotion.<p>Scotland wants more control over the oil and gas in the North Sea. Scots bristle at regulations from London. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 37097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Will Scotland Go Independent? A Primer On The Secession Vote Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-more-americans-are-renoucing-us-citizenship A few times a year, the Treasury Department publishes a long list of names announcing all of the Americans who have lately abandoned their U.S. citizenship.<p>According to the legal website <a href="http://intltax.typepad.com/intltax_blog/2014/02/2013-expatriations-increase-by-___.html" target="_blank">International Tax Blog</a>, the number hovered around 500 a decade ago. Last year, it hit a record high of nearly 3,000.<p>This was not a gradual change. It was a sudden spike. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 36518 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-ambassador-ties-prague-transcend-diplomacy The drive into Prague is like a journey into the past. As you approach, grand castles and cathedrals appear on the horizon and pull you into an old-world city that could be the setting for a fairy tale.<p>Three years ago, Norm Eisen made this journey in a motorcade. It was his first day as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. He was returning to the land where his mother, Frieda, had been born almost 90 years ago.<p>On his first night in Prague, after a whirlwind of formal greetings and arrival ceremonies, Eisen's wife and teenage daughter went to sleep. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 36434 at http://iowapublicradio.org For U.S. Ambassador, Ties To Prague That Transcend Diplomacy Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-music-piece-enhances-roald-dahls-dirty-beasts Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The children's author Roald Dahl died almost 25 years ago, and yet, today you can find more musical adaptations of his work than ever.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>"Matilda" is a hit on Broadway. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 36417 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Damp Country, Record-Breaking Rains Flood Britain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/damp-country-record-breaking-rains-flood-britain Parts of England have been underwater for more than six weeks now, since storms began pummeling the west of Great Britain around Christmas. While many of those areas are still submerged, the situation keeps getting worse.<p>Now the floodwaters are lapping near Windsor Castle, as the Thames overflows its banks. Thousands of people have fled their homes, with more evacuating every day.<p>You needn't travel far from central London to find the misery: A 20-minute train ride from the city brings you to West Byfleet. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 36233 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Damp Country, Record-Breaking Rains Flood Britain For Elephants And Rhinos, Poaching Trends Point In Wrong Direction http://iowapublicradio.org/post/elephants-and-rhinos-poaching-trends-point-wrong-direction South Africa has a stable government that makes wildlife protection a high priority. But even in that country, there's been a dramatic surge in poaching, particularly for rhinos.<p>A decade ago, fewer than 100 rhinos were killed in a year. Last year, it was more than 1,000, says Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 36155 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Elephants And Rhinos, Poaching Trends Point In Wrong Direction