Gregory Warner http://hppr.org en How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos http://hppr.org/post/how-rwandas-only-ice-cream-shop-challenges-cultural-taboos Rwanda has a warm climate, and the people love milk. You'd think ice cream would be an easy sell.<p>But mention ice cream to Chantal Kabatesi, and she rubs her jaw like she's at the dentist with a toothache. When she first tasted ice cream at the age of 35 "it was like eating hailstones," the kind that fall on her childhood village once or twice a year.<p>"I thought, 'Oh no, what are we serving to our customers? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 30294 at http://hppr.org How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience http://hppr.org/post/remembering-rwandans-who-followed-their-conscience Olive Mukankusi lives in a two-room house with mud walls and a dirt floor in a village called Igati, in eastern Rwanda's Rwamagana province. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 30195 at http://hppr.org Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide http://hppr.org/post/rwanda-honors-dead-celebrates-progress-20-years-after-genocide After a minute of silence at noon, Monday's remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide began with testimony from a survivor.<p>The screaming started soon after.<p>In the crowd of 30,000 gathered in Amahoro stadium in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, first this person then that began to wail and thrash. Men in yellow vests took them to a special room of mattresses in the stadium basement.<p>In general, Rwandan culture discourages such outward displays of grief. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 30150 at http://hppr.org Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide http://hppr.org/post/what-simpsons-says-about-ukraines-language-divide Misha Kostin, a 21-year-old construction engineer in eastern Ukraine, loves <em>The Simpsons</em>. He's loved it for 10 years. He says the animated series "illustrates everyday life problems in humorous ways, and offers a useful moral at the end of each episode."<p>And though Kostin and most of the people in eastern Ukraine are native Russian speakers, he prefers to download episodes dubbed not in Russian but in his second language, Ukrainian. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29856 at http://hppr.org What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide In Ukraine's Industrial Heart, An Economic Affinity With Russia http://hppr.org/post/ukraines-industrial-heart-economic-affinity-russia In Eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland, many workers fear for their jobs if Ukraine joins the European Union. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29740 at http://hppr.org Without Orders, Ukrainian Troops Are Anchorless In Crimea http://hppr.org/post/without-orders-ukrainian-troops-are-anchorless-crimea Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>SIEGEL: Music and fireworks in Moscow today, as Russia formalized its annexation of Crimea. There was a more muted celebration in Brussels, where Ukraine signed a political association agreement with the European Union. Coming up, we'll talk about what Russia's new stance means for the U.S.<p>CORNISH: But first, to Crimea. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29414 at http://hppr.org Crimean Tatars Fear History May Repeat Itself http://hppr.org/post/crimean-tatars-fear-history-may-repeat-itself Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Crimea itself, the Russian takeover is working its way into many aspects of life. The new pro-Russian authorities have canceled the Ukrainian Civil Code, including all property documents. And there are rumors that anyone who refuses to accept a new Russian passport might have their property confiscated. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29364 at http://hppr.org Russian Flags Fly Over Ukrainian Base — But Who Stormed It? http://hppr.org/post/russian-flags-fly-over-ukrainian-base-who-stormed-it Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Ukraine is said to be preparing to pull all its military forces out of Crimea after its naval headquarters there was stormed by pro-Russian forces. Yesterday, a Ukrainian soldier was killed in an attack on another base. News reports today quote sources in Kiev indicating plans to evacuate all of its military personnel and their families to mainland Ukraine. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29312 at http://hppr.org Deadly Violence Breaks Out At Crimean Military Base http://hppr.org/post/deadly-violence-breaks-out-crimean-military-base Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>On Sunday, Crimea was part of Ukraine. Yesterday, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimea was an independent country. And today Putin and Crimean officials signed a treaty to make the peninsula part of Russia. We're going to hear a Russian view of these events coming up.<p>CORNISH: First, to Crimea, where today's announcement was celebrated with fireworks. There was also deadly gunfire, as a Ukrainian military base was attacked. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29270 at http://hppr.org Putin Moves Foward With Plans To Annex Crimea http://hppr.org/post/putin-moves-foward-plans-annex-crimea Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Gregory Warner about Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval of a draft treaty to annex Crimea. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 29234 at http://hppr.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic http://hppr.org/post/jewels-lie-beneath-violence-central-african-republic Morning Mass began with a hymn on a recent Sunday at the Infant Jesus Catholic Church in the Central African Republic town of Bouar. The Rev. Dominic Mbarta fretted about his sermon. The previous Sunday, when<strong> </strong>a Polish priest at the church<strong> </strong>simply asked the congregation to refrain from killing their Muslim neighbors or looting abandoned Muslim houses, the priest was threatened.<p>"They were so angry," Mbarta says. "They went back grumbling that the priest is not impartial. He is for the Muslims. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 28517 at http://hppr.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? http://hppr.org/post/feathers-plucked-muslims-plea-flee-central-african-republic It is almost impossible to buy soap anymore in most small towns in the Central African Republic. Same with sugar, powdered milk, batteries, baby formula. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 28009 at http://hppr.org Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister http://hppr.org/post/how-i-almost-got-arrested-south-sudanese-ex-minister The unmarked, unpaved streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, can be tough for an outsider to navigate.<p>By the time I found the house of Peter Adwok Nyaba, the country's former minister of higher education, science and technology, it was already 5 p.m. The sun was dangerously low on the horizon. I had less than an hour to interview Adwok and get back to my hotel before the citywide curfew — imposed when the violence began three weeks before — took effect. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 26437 at http://hppr.org How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer http://hppr.org/post/rebel-leader-skeptical-south-sudan-cease-fire-offer A senior official in South Sudan said Saturday that government troops will attack the main rebel stronghold if rebels turn down a proposed cease-fire.<p>The government had offered the truce on Friday to end two weeks of ethnic violence that has killed more than a thousand people.<p>Those rebel forces are loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, accused by supporters of President Salva Kiir of leading a coup attempt two weekends ago that sparked violence across the country.<p>Machar is skeptical of a truce, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25531089">the BBC reports</a>, saying Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 26125 at http://hppr.org Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan http://hppr.org/post/un-refuge-prepares-possible-attack-south-sudan The president of South Sudan spent Friday in a peace summit with regional heads of state, discussing the crisis that erupted last weekend after an alleged coup attempt. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:51:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 26110 at http://hppr.org U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire http://hppr.org/post/somber-christmas-day-south-sudan-clashes-continue It was a somber Christmas day in South Sudan. Despite an appeal for a Christmas cease-fire from the African Union, government soldiers and rebels clashed in an oil-rich part of the country.<p>At a church in the capital of Juba, President Salva Kiir called for peace and unity. Even the leader's choice of clothing — traditional robes instead of army fatigues — seemed to signal that he wants to move past the violence.<p>On Dec. 16, the day after South Sudan erupted in massive gun battles, Kiir ditched his trademark black cowboy hat and suit and appeared on television wearing army fatigues. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 26037 at http://hppr.org Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison http://hppr.org/post/uganda-passes-anti-gay-bill-includes-life-prison Uganda's Parliament ignored Western criticism and passed a bill on Friday that punishes acts of homosexuality with prison terms that can include life in prison.<p>The bill has been a source of controversy for years. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 25863 at http://hppr.org Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya http://hppr.org/post/hiv-treatment-keeps-family-together-and-growing-kenya Daniel and Benta Odeny married late by African standards: Both were in their 30s. And they'd only just hit their third anniversary when Benta started coughing blood.<p>The cough lasted a couple of weeks. So Benta went to the doctor. She had HIV. But Daniel was still HIV negative.<p>"She thought it was the end of the world," Daniel says.<p>Benta thought that Daniel would leave her and she would die alone. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 25759 at http://hppr.org HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya The Afterlife Of American Clothes http://hppr.org/post/afterlife-american-clothes <em>This story is part of the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title" target="_blank">Planet Money T-shirt project</a>.</em><p>Jeff Steinberg had a maroon and white lacrosse jersey that he wore for years. It said "Denver Lacrosse" on the front and had his number, 5, on the back.<p>Then, one day, he cleaned out his closet and took the shirt to a Goodwill store in Miami. He figured that was the end of it. But some months after that, Steinberg found himself in Sierra Leone for work. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 25342 at http://hppr.org The Afterlife Of American Clothes South Africans Celebrate Mandela On National Day Of Prayer http://hppr.org/post/south-africans-celebrate-mandela-national-day-prayer The day of prayer and reflection for Nelson Mandela began Sunday morning at the African Gospel Church in Orlando, an area of Soweto, Mandela's hometown.<p>The anti-apartheid icon died Thursday night of complications from a lung infection. He was 95 years old.<p>Fleur Nomthandazo has been coming to this church, her great-grandfather's church, every Sunday for the past six months to pray for Nelson Mandela's recovery. Today, she's here to pray for his family.<p>"We never cry when somebody dies," Nomthandazo says. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 25290 at http://hppr.org South Africans Celebrate Mandela On National Day Of Prayer In Kenya, Corruption Is Widely Seen, Rarely Punished http://hppr.org/post/kenyas-security-forces-victim-corruption-nepotism <em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> One out of three Africans paid a bribe in the past year to obtain a government document, get medical care, place kids in school or settle an issue with police, according to a <a href="http://www.afrobarometer.org/files/documents/press_release/ab_r5_pr8.pdf" target="_blank">recent survey</a><a href="afrobarometer.org">.</a> Police consistently attracted the highest ratings of corruption, including those in Kenya. NPR's Gregory Warner looks at the impact it has on the country. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 24857 at http://hppr.org In Kenya, Corruption Is Widely Seen, Rarely Punished How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners http://hppr.org/post/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-worlds-best-runners Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won this year's Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds — an average of 4:42 per mile. It was easily the fastest marathon time ever recorded, an incredible feat for another powerful Kenyan runner.<p>But perhaps equally remarkable was that his fellow Kenyans also came in second, third, fourth and fifth place in this major international race. On the women's side, Kenyans placed first, second and fourth.<p>Two weeks later in Chicago, Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto broke the course record there — after only having run for four years. Next in line behind him? Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:04:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 23763 at http://hppr.org How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners Protesters Call For Justice In Brutal Gang Rape In Kenya http://hppr.org/post/protesters-call-justice-brutal-gang-rape-kenya The gang rape of a 16-year-old Kenyan schoolgirl — and the lack of punishment given to the alleged rapists — has sparked outrage in the country and beyond.<p>The attack was so violent it left the girl in a wheelchair with a severe back injury. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 23718 at http://hppr.org Protesters Call For Justice In Brutal Gang Rape In Kenya Kenyan President Faced Justice With Help Of Secret Envelope http://hppr.org/post/kenyas-president-faces-ongoing-battle-icc Kenya's deputy president William Ruto is back before the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:20:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 22900 at http://hppr.org Target Of U.S. Raid In Somalia Called A Top Attack Planner http://hppr.org/post/target-us-raid-somalia-called-top-attack-planner A Kenyan intelligence official says that the "high-value terrorist leader" whose residence was targeted in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/05/229586914/navy-seal-team-reportedly-attacks-militants-on-somali-coast">a Navy SEAL raid</a> Saturday was the senior al-Shabab leader Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, who used the alias Ikrima.<p>Ikrima is a Kenyan of Somali descent who boasts connections to both al-Shabab in Somalia and to a Kenyan jihadist group called al-Hijra. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 02:28:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 22590 at http://hppr.org Did Kenyan Soldiers Loot Mall During Fight With Terrorists? http://hppr.org/post/questions-remain-aftermath-kenya-mall-attack More than a week after Islamic militants stormed an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to set up a commission to look into lapses in intelligence and security. At least <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/24/225677177/kenyan-crisis-continues-death-toll-may-rise">67 people died in the four-day siege</a>, which ended with dozens still unaccounted for.<p>Days after the attack, a man who manages a clothing store in the Westgate Mall sorts through damaged shoes, shirts and ties. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 22397 at http://hppr.org Did Kenyan Soldiers Loot Mall During Fight With Terrorists? What A Chatty Monkey May Tell Us About Learning To Talk http://hppr.org/post/what-chatty-monkey-may-tell-us-about-learning-talk The gelada monkey, also known as the bleeding heart baboon, makes a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtcNucxiMg" target="_blank">gurgling noise</a> or wobble sound that <a href="http://www.cell.com/current-biology/retrieve/pii/S0960982213002091">scientists say</a> is close to human speech — at least in how much facial coordination it requires.<p>"They're smacking their lips together, they're changing their face — their facial structure — and they're vocalizing at the same time," says Morgan Gustison, a doctoral candidate and researcher with the University of Michigan <a href="http://ww Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:45:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 21602 at http://hppr.org What A Chatty Monkey May Tell Us About Learning To Talk 'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue http://hppr.org/post/braai-day-aims-bring-s-africans-together-over-barbecue Nelson Mandela is officially "improving," though still in critical condition at a South African hospital. His long battle with a lung infection has South Africans anxiously contemplating their "post-Mandela" future in a still racially divided country. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 20752 at http://hppr.org 'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue For Ethiopian Women, Construction Jobs Offer A Better Life http://hppr.org/post/ethiopian-women-construction-jobs-offer-better-life Earlier this summer in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, I heard a complaint from many professionals that they could no longer find cheap house cleaners and nannies.<p>The apparently endless supply of girls and young women from the countryside who would work for peanuts just for a chance to move to the capital was drying up. It turns out more and more of them are finding work on one of the city's many construction sites.<p>Unlike her male coworkers, Mekedes Getachew does not wear a hard hat, but instead sports a bright purple headscarf with tassels under a newsboys cap. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19867 at http://hppr.org For Ethiopian Women, Construction Jobs Offer A Better Life How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee http://hppr.org/post/how-ethiopian-bean-became-cinderella-coffee As we reported during <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=178007479">Coffee Week</a> in April, coffee aficionados <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/04/23/178436079/journey-of-a-specialty-coffee-bean-from-cherry-to-cup">pay top dollar</a> for single-origin roasts.<p>The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.<p>But to the farmers who hope to be that next great discovery, the emergence of this new coffee aristocracy is less Marco Polo, more Cinderel Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 19157 at http://hppr.org How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee