Middle East

2:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kansas City Middle Easterners Come Together To Seek Out News From Home

Fariz Turkmani streams videos from Arab news sites for information from his home in Syria.
Credit Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

For the last few weeks the American public has been inundated with news about Ebola, leaving other news — like the ongoing crisis in Syria and the Middle East — in the background. But for many Middle Easterners in Kansas City, news from home remains important, and they often struggle to find information.

As a result, many Kansas Citians who have family afar have turned to each other for support, crossing  religious and political boundaries that may have divided them at home.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Kansas City's Immigrant Communities Feel The Pull Of International Crises

At the Liberian service at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kansas City, Mo., parishioners are concerned about Ebola in their home country, and the stigma of the disease here.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Syria, Liberia and Ukraine are places most Kansas Citians know through news reports. But for immigrants from these countries, headlines aren't the half of it; friends, relatives and even memories remain in places left behind. Sound and stories take us around Kansas City, and around the world, as experts on the transnational experience add perspective. 

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2:44 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Kansas City Grocery Store Provides A Piece Of Home To Middle Eastern Community

Ahmad Alhabashi is the manager of Al-Habashi Mart in the River Market, located in Kansas City, Mo.
Lisa Rodriguez KCUR

As the crisis in Syria and the Middle East persists, local grocer Ahmad Alhabashi works to make his store a place where the local Arab community can feel closer to home, despite being thousands of miles away.

Upon entering the Al-Habashi Mart in the River Market in Kansas City, Mo., guests are greeted with Arabic music playing over the radio, sharp smells of curry and cayenne waft through the air as they weave through rows and rows of the vibrant spices. Brightly colored products line the walls, many of the labels in Arabic.

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Up To Date
10:22 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind'

While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?

J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. On Wednesday's Up to Date, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."


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Up To Date
3:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Be Prepared For Travel Abroad

Credit U.S. Department of State / Bureau of Consular Affairs

Many college students often spend a summer abroad for additional course credit or just to see a bit of the world. In the second portion of Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a member of the State Department for some advice that could make their, or anyone's, time away from home as safe as possible.


  • Viktoria Lopatkiewicz is a Division Chief in the Office of American Citizen Services for the U.S. Department of State.

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Central Standard
10:05 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Unearthed Treasure: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Displaying Tomb Relics

Two museum exhibitions currently in Kansas City are using tomb relics to bring ancient times and faraway places to life.  These artifacts have survived journeys of thousands of miles and thousands of years.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Behind The Lens In The Middle East

Shooting Under Fire: Israeli soldier standing near a mobile artillery unit as it fires a shell from Zaura, Israel. 2006
Gil Cohen-Magen

It’s one thing to open up Time magazine and flip through the pages, briefly noticing the images from the latest Middle East conflict. It’s quite another to stand behind the camera.

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Central Standard
10:48 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Adania Shibli: Growing Up In Palestine

Author Adania Shibli
Stavros Petropoulos

Adania Shibli grew up in Palestine which became a source of inspiration for her writing. 

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Travel As A Political Act

It's easy to vilify an entire country because of its political leadership. But don't you think it'd be interesting to explore the Middle Eastern treasures of Iran or visit the southeast Asian jewel of Vietnam?

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