Michele Kelemen http://wuwm.com en Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy http://wuwm.com/post/taunt-or-miscalculation-irans-provocative-pick-un-envoy Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.<p>It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.<p>By most accounts, Aboutalebi wasn't directly involved in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28500 at http://wuwm.com Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric http://wuwm.com/post/russia-cautions-against-return-cold-war-rhetoric Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28246 at http://wuwm.com Kerry Weighs Wildcard In Mideast Talks: Freedom For Israeli Spy http://wuwm.com/post/kerry-weighs-wildcard-mideast-talks-freedom-israeli-spy The U.S. might release a notorious Israeli spy in order to keep peace talks with the Palestinians going — but the idea faces backlash both in the U.S. and abroad. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 28198 at http://wuwm.com Ukraine Must Make Hard Choices To Fix Its Economy http://wuwm.com/post/ukraine-must-make-hard-choices-fix-its-economy Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Western countries are taking a two-fold approach to the Ukraine crisis: isolate Russia and help Ukraine overcome massive economic challenges. The International Monetary Fund has a bailout package in the works. It requires Ukraine to carry out difficult reforms. Ukraine has fallen short on such conditions in the past but the stakes are higher now.<p>NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.<p>MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Steven Pifer says Russia's annexation of Crimea shocked the West and made it more determined to push back. U.S. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 27891 at http://wuwm.com U.S.-Saudi Relations Strain Over Syria And Iran http://wuwm.com/post/us-saudi-relations-strain-over-syria-and-iran After visiting Rome, President Obama's next stop is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. He will reassure Saudi officials that the U.S. is committed to security in the Gulf. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 27803 at http://wuwm.com