Yarmuth Initiates Letter Calling for Two-State Solution

In a letter to President Obama supported by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., a group of congressmen are urging the White House to pursue a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The letter is being circulated among members of Congress and is backed by the liberal lobbying group J Street, which is holding its […]

Tension in Israel, Protests on Wall Street, Extreme Chefs and Story Slams in Louisville: Here and Now

Israel’s government has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. The move is sure to heighten tensions, which are already high following a Palestinian move last week to seek U.N. membership. We’ll talk to Rami Ruhayem, the BBC’s editor in the region. What began as a modest […]

Obama Speaks to UN on Palestine, Funding the US Solar Industry, Bob Edwards on Today’s Media: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly today as diplomats scramble to craft a deal that would avoid a showdown vote over a Palestinian demand for statehood recognition. The deal reportedly calls for Israel and the Palestinians to begin peace talks towards a two-state solution with Israel accepting its pre-1967 borders and […]

Yarmuth: New Mid-East Provides Hope But Potential Chaos

Returning from a week-long visit to the Middle East, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., met with leaders from the region and believes there’s a mix of optimism and anxiety across different countries. The congressman was joined by four other Democratic colleagues during the overseas trip and made stops in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank […]

Netanyahu Rejects Congressional Delegation Including Yarmuth

Despite receiving a warm reception from Congress recently, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to meet with a U.S. delegation that included Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., in a visit initiated by a liberal lobbying group. The meeting was planned by J Street, a pro-Israel lobbying group that has been critical of the country’s settlement policies […]

Grawemeyer Goes to Writer on Middle East Diplomacy

Today, the University of Louisville announced the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Trita Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and wrote Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States. He receives the award for the ideas in his […]

Local Activists Holding Middle East Peace Vigils

The latest eruption of violence in the Middle East has sparked demonstrations around the world, including Louisville. John Morison of the local Community for Peace in the Middle East says the  group plans a series of vigils to call for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hamas. Morison says his organization condemns attacks by […]