Jackie Northam http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerrys-iraq-mission-takes-him-kurdistan <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Kerry%27s+Iraq+Mission+Takes+Him+To+Kurdistan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDQwMzQzMDEzNjMyMTE3MjRkNzlmNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is back in Iraq on a week-long mission to try to hold that country together. This morning, he's in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north. And his job won't be easy. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 37466 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerry-lands-badhdad-bearing-warnings-iraqi-leaders Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>As we heard the Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad today where he met with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry said his visit was aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Iraq as it suffers an onslaught by the Sunni militant group ISIS. The group now controls much of the west and north of the country including the city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities. And over the past several days, ISIS fighters have assaulted three key border posts. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Sec. Kerry and she joins us now from Amman, Jordan. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 37448 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kerry In Iraq To Pressure Al-Maliki To Reach Across Sectarian Lines http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kerry-iraq-pressure-al-maliki-reach-across-sectarian-lines Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. As extremist Sunni militants continue to grab territory across Northern Iraq, the U.S. has been pressuring Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to reach out to the Sunni and Kurdish communities. This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to lean on Maliki personally. Makiki's largely Shia government is blamed by many for inflaming the sectarian divide in Iraq. NPR's Jackie Northam is traveling with Kerry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 37426 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Russia-China Natural Gas Deal Likely To Reshape Energy Markets http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/russia-china-natural-gas-deal-likely-reshape-energy-markets Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep in New York.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in Washington. Good morning. Let's look now at the shifting balance of power in East Asia. In a moment, we'll hear President Obama's view of a rising China. First we'll report on the implications of China's latest energy deal. China signed an agreement to buy Russian natural gas sent through a pipeline in Siberia. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36542 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/russian-economic-forum-boycotted-over-ukraine-crisis 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. Each spring Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes international business and political leaders to an economic forum in St. Petersburg. It started today and Putin told those who arrived that Russia is ready to do business, although it expects to be treated as an equal.<p>Not as many people were listening as Putin might have liked. Some of those invited did not show up. They stayed away to protest Russia's actions in Ukraine. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 36347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/german-chemical-giant-basf-benefits-cheap-us-natural-gas Thanks to fracking, there is an abundance of natural gas at about a quarter of the European price. This influx of business may be good for the U.S., but it's cause for concern for European leaders. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34736 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-bank-gets-overhaul-and-not-everyones-happy The World Bank, the largest international development institution, is undergoing a sweeping reorganization, the first of its kind for the bank in nearly a generation.<p>The bank, based in Washington, has laid out a new set of goals, but they're accompanied by deep budget cuts and the elimination of a whole layer of senior management jobs.<p>The overhaul is being led by its president Jim Yong Kim. One of the first things the 54-year-old physician and anthropologist did when took office in July 2012 was launch a company-wide survey. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 34393 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/battle-bottom-feeder-us-vietnam-catfish-fight Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.<p>Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.<p>Battle has been catfish farming for more than three decades. Catfish has always been popular in the South, but its popularity took off throughout the country in the 1980s. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 32282 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-investors-find-hot-market-us-properties The General Motors Building in Manhattan is a majestic 50-story, white marble structure that takes up one full city block. This is prime New York City real estate. A flagship Apple store sits on the ground floor, across the street is the Plaza Hotel, and on another corner is an entrance to Central Park.<p>The GM building is considered one of the most valuable office towers in the U.S. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 30271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/french-maker-military-rafts-gets-american-identity For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.<p>"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 29087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity