Eleanor Beardsley http://wemu.org en Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own http://wemu.org/post/moscow-answers-ukrainian-offensive-warning-its-own Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44834 at http://wemu.org Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev http://wemu.org/post/amid-ukraines-faltering-hopes-peace-biden-speaks-kiev Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia today that it must join in efforts to reduce tensions in Ukraine. Biden was in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, and it looks like last week's international agreement to disarm militant groups in that country is failing. Ukrainian president says the security service will resume an anti-terrorist operation following the discovery of two bodies in eastern Ukraine. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44775 at http://wemu.org Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings http://wemu.org/post/eastern-ukraine-town-sent-reeling-after-checkpoint-killings The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44710 at http://wemu.org Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge? http://wemu.org/post/ukraines-divide-may-be-too-broad-easter-bridge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ukraine celebrates Easter today as a divided country. Last week, world leaders met in Geneva to try to tamp down the crisis and end the occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militants. So far, nothing has happened. Hoping the holiday will calm tensions, Ukraine's interim defense minister called an Easter truce. But despite their common faith, many feel the divide between Ukrainians in the east and west may be too large to heal. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44640 at http://wemu.org Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://wemu.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44633 at http://wemu.org Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis http://wemu.org/post/both-sides-dig-their-heels-over-crimea-crisis Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 43973 at http://wemu.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://wemu.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 43263 at http://wemu.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On http://wemu.org/post/russia-and-west-trade-shots-across-bow-kiev-looks 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>The U.S. and Europe imposed new sanctions on Russian leaders today in response to Russia's takeover of Crimea. The Russians responded with their own sanctions. The country's foreign minister accused Kiev of organizing attacks on Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 43142 at http://wemu.org For Crimea, Split From Ukraine Would Be Complicated And Costly http://wemu.org/post/crimea-split-ukraine-would-be-complicated-and-costly Crimea is a poor region, heavily subsidized by Kiev, and gets all its gas, water and food from Ukraine. Russia doesn't even have a land link with the Crimean peninsula and absorbing it will affect banks, schools, tourism and pensions for residents. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 43108 at http://wemu.org Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst http://wemu.org/post/kiev-mobilizes-thousands-troops-preparing-worst The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42971 at http://wemu.org Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia http://wemu.org/post/crimeans-vote-leave-ukraine-join-russia Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42934 at http://wemu.org With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev http://wemu.org/post/all-eyes-east-seige-mentality-settles-kiev Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held last-minute talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in London today, but there was no breakthrough. Kerry had been trying to head off the referendum on Crimean secession from Ukraine. That vote is set for Sunday. In a moment, we'll hear more about the situation in Crimea. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42836 at http://wemu.org France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower http://wemu.org/post/france-crushes-ivory-beneath-eiffel-tower Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR NEW. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>This past week, France became the first European country to destroy illegal ivory in a high profile public demonstration. It did so underneath the Eiffel Tower as part of a global effort to call attention to the illicit ivory trade. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 41308 at http://wemu.org On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution http://wemu.org/post/third-anniversary-tunisians-may-get-constitution Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Arab Spring that brought those changes to Egypt began in Tunisia, exactly three years ago today. Tunisians overthrew their dictator, prompting a wave of uprisings across the region. But three years on, lawmakers are still struggling to ratify a new constitution and lay the foundations of their country's future. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 40217 at http://wemu.org New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism http://wemu.org/post/new-constitution-sign-tunisias-optimism Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>On Tuesday, Tunisia will celebrate the third anniversary of its revolution. Tunisia is the country that inspired uprisings across the Arab world. Since then, that country has gone through tough times but it seems to have found its way again. Opposing sides have drafted the new constitution together. It will be ready in a couple days, and new elections are set for this year. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 40114 at http://wemu.org Nativity Scenes Liven Centuries-Old French Village http://wemu.org/post/nativity-scenes-liven-centuries-old-french-village Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The medieval village of Flavigny, France has livened up its winter streets with nativity scenes, 85 of them exhibited in windows of houses throughout the town. This centuries-old village has been doing this for five years now and it's bringing in crowds of tourists.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was one of them and she sent us this Christmas postcard.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: With a population of around 240 in the wintertime, the cobbled streets of Flavigny can seem austere and empty this time of year. Not anymore. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39451 at http://wemu.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again http://wemu.org/post/once-again-french-troops-intervene-africa Once again, French television screens are full of images of joyous Africans welcoming French troops.<p>In January, the French military intervened in Mali to help liberate large swaths of the country from radical jihadists. Now, for the second time this year, France has sent troops into an African country to quell violence.<p>Last week, French soldiers went into the Central African Republic to stop sectarian killings. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39028 at http://wemu.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles http://wemu.org/post/royal-gardener-planted-seed-urban-planning-versailles France's Chateau of Versailles has pulled out all the stops for one of its favorite sons, gardener Andre Le Notre, who designed the palace's famous gardens. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 38779 at http://wemu.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay http://wemu.org/post/inequality-grows-swiss-vote-curbing-executive-pay Switzerland may be known for watches, wealth and secretive bank accounts, but increasingly people believe that not everyone is reaping their share of the country's economic well-being.<p>So on Sunday, the Swiss will vote on a referendum that would limit a CEO's pay to 12 times that of the company's lowest-paid worker.<p>The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party collected the 100,000 signatures necessary to turn the measure, known as the 1:12 initiative, into a national referendum.<p>David Roth, head of the party's youth wing, says that 25 years ago Swiss CEOs made six times more than the a Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:40:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 38087 at http://wemu.org As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise http://wemu.org/post/france-some-ask-if-racism-rise For the past week or so, France has been deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots.<p>The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37766 at http://wemu.org In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest http://wemu.org/post/france-rethinks-sanctity-its-day-rest There's a fight going on for the soul of France. Since 1906, Sunday has been deemed a collective day of rest in the country, and French law only allows stores to open on Sundays under very specific conditions — for example, if they're in a high tourist area. Sunday work is also tightly controlled.<p>But some people are questioning the sense of such a tradition in a languishing economy and 24/7 world.<p>A giant banner stretched across the opening of home improvement store Bricorama reads: "Open Monday through Saturday. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37491 at http://wemu.org France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France http://wemu.org/post/his-100th-birthday-camus-algerian-ties-still-controversial A hundred years after his birth, French writer-philosopher Albert Camus is perhaps best-remembered for novels like <em>The Stranger</em> and <em>The Plague, </em>and for his philosophy of absurdism.<p>But it's another aspect of his intellectual body of work that's under scrutiny as France marks the Camus centennial: his views about his native Algeria.<p>Camus was born on Nov. 7, 1913, to a poor family that had settled generations earlier in French Algeria. His father died a year after his birth, and Camus' illiterate and deaf mother, who worked as a cleaning lady, raised him. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37387 at http://wemu.org Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://wemu.org/post/little-libraires-could-french-law-keeps-amazon-bay Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.<p>In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.<p>Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.<p>Jean-Paul Collet opened his bookstore, La Boucherie, 17 years ago in a historic neighborhood on Paris' Left Bank. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36840 at http://wemu.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay Readers Lament 'International Herald Tribune' Name Change http://wemu.org/post/readers-lament-international-herald-tribune-name-change Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The International Herald Tribune is about to change its name. In these difficult days for print journalism, fans of the Paris-based English newspaper are grateful that it's still being published. But the change is prompting a good bit of nostalgia.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris explains why.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The sliding glass doors at the International Herald Tribune's Paris office are already emblazoned with the newspaper's new title: The International New York Times. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36281 at http://wemu.org Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread http://wemu.org/post/got-baguettes-bakers-lobby-tells-france-eat-more-bread <strong></strong> The French, it seems, aren't eating bread the way they used to. The average French person consumes just half a baguette a day, down from a full baguette 40 years ago.<p>Those statistics worry the French bakers' lobby, the <a href="http://www.observatoiredupain.fr/">Observatoire du Pain.</a><p>Bernard Vallius, who heads the group, says it used to be that people ate a sit-down lunch and dinner with family or friends every day. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 35343 at http://wemu.org Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread