Deborah Amos http://wmuk.org en Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? http://wmuk.org/post/irans-culture-wars-whos-winning-these-days In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.<p>The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 13577 at http://wmuk.org Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War http://wmuk.org/post/iranians-begin-feel-heavy-burden-syrias-war The Syrian civil war has been a major headache for President Obama. Critics at home and abroad, like Saudi Arabia, where the president was on Friday, have urged the U.S. to do more.<p>But the U.S. isn't the only country that's faced difficult choices over Syria. Iran and Syria have been close allies for decades. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 13242 at http://wmuk.org Iranians Begin To Feel The Heavy Burden Of Syria's War A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store http://wmuk.org/post/syrian-refugee-camp-girl-scouts-and-safeway-store On a sunny afternoon in the dusty, overcrowded Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a group of Syrian girls recites a familiar pledge and hope to change their future. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 12994 at http://wmuk.org A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City http://wmuk.org/post/rebels-fight-rebels-grim-reports-syrian-city Reports from the Syrian city of Raqqa are dire. In the north-central provincial capital, "the atmosphere has gone from bad to worse," says one activist with a rare link to the Internet. He reports the city is "completely paralyzed," the hospital is abandoned, and there are bodies in the central square. There is no power or water for a city of more than half a million people. Even the critical bread ovens are shut.<p>The appalling description from Raqqa is just one scene from a new phase in the Syrian war. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:48:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 11587 at http://wmuk.org As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City Radical Islamists In Northern Syria Spill Over Turkish Border http://wmuk.org/post/radical-islamists-northern-syria-spill-over-turkish-border Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we just heard, Turkish officials say they're clamping down on the radical Islamists who move through Turkey to join the rebellion in Syria. But in some frontier towns of southern Turkey, there's little sign of a crackdown.<p>NPR's Deborah Amos has that story.<p>DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: Usually, we begin a story like this in a Turkish border town, the places near Syria's northern frontier that are a hub for radicals who want to join al-Qaida linked groups. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 11015 at http://wmuk.org