middle east http://wwno.org en Syrian Defector: 'Regime Will Only Go By Force' http://wwno.org/post/syrian-defector-regime-will-only-go-force Syria's former ambassador to Iraq, who defected last week, has begun talking to the press.<p><a href="http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/16/highest-ranking-syrian-defector-talks-to-cnns-ivan-watson/">In an interview with CNN</a>, Nawaf Fares said he supported military intervention in the country because the regime of President Bashar Assad "will only go by force."<p>CNN's Ivan Watson asked Fares if he wanted to send a message to Assad.<p>"To Bashar al-Assad, I say you don't know history," he said. "Two wills cannot be defeated — the will of God and the will of the people. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:11:00 +0000 editor 15887 at http://wwno.org A Syrian Defector Confronts A Sectarian Divide http://wwno.org/post/syrian-defector-confronts-sectarian-divide The violence in Syria is increasingly being called a civil war, and it can also be called a sectarian war, because much of the fighting pits the majority Sunni Muslims against the minority Alawites who make up much of the country's leadership.<p>Yet not everyone fits neatly into a category. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:03:23 +0000 Deborah Amos 15874 at http://wwno.org U.S. Navy Vessel Fires At Speeding Boat Off Coast Of Dubai http://wwno.org/post/us-navy-vessel-fires-speeding-boat-coast-dubai The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain had opened fire on a speeding vessel off the coast of Dubai today.<p><a href="http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/articles/2012/102.html">In a press release</a>, the Fifth Fleet said a small motor vessel disregarded warnings and approached the USNS Rappahannock. A security team about the Navy vessel "used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force."<p>The team aboard the vessel fired using a .50-caliber machine gun.<p>The AP reports:<p><blockquote><p>"A U.S. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:08:00 +0000 editor 15857 at http://wwno.org Syrian Violence Escalates Into Civil War http://wwno.org/post/syrian-violence-escalates-civil-war Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Across the border in Syrian, reports of clashes between the army and rebels overnight in a neighborhood in Damascus. It was some of the heaviest fighting so far in the capital, according to residents and activists who say the army for the first time bombarded one neighborhood with mortars.<p>The new fighting comes in a new context. Over the weekend, the International Committee of the Red Cross declared the conflict in Syria a civil war. That isn't just a label. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 08:30:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 15820 at http://wwno.org Clinton Visits Israel On Mideast Tour http://wwno.org/post/clinton-visits-israel-mideast-tour 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.<p>She doesn't plan to be the nation's top diplomat for much longer, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues drawing attention wherever she goes. Over the weekend, she sat with the newly elected president of Egypt. Today, she is in Jerusalem, meeting mostly with Israeli leaders, though a talk with the Palestinian prime minister is included. U.S. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 08:30:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 15824 at http://wwno.org Religious Minorities in the Middle East http://wwno.org/post/religious-minorities-middle-east <p>From the <em>America Abroad</em> series: The Middle East is largely Muslim but it&rsquo;s also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and many other religions. Many non-Muslims have left in recent decades, leaving relatively small populations of non-Muslims and Muslim minority sects.<br /><br />Now, the rise of Islamist political parties in the Mideast raises questions about the rights and protections such minorities can expect or whether they can expect them at all.<br /><br />Go <a href="http://americaabroad.org/radio">here</a> for more information on this series.<br /> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:07:34 +0000 Ron Curtis 15384 at http://wwno.org Can Newest Peace Plan For Syria Succeed? http://wwno.org/post/can-newest-peace-plan-syria-succeed Transcript <p>MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST: <p>I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the band, Brownout, is trying to bring Tejano Latin funk to the U.S. mainstream. We'll sit down with them and hear some music. That's just ahead.<p>But first, we want to take another look at the ongoing violence in Syria. U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan was back in Syria today for another round of peace talks. He says the discussions were, quote, "constructive," but earlier, he admitted to the French newspaper, La Monde, that U.N. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:23:00 +0000 Maria Hinojosa 15346 at http://wwno.org