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Is It Racist To 'Call A Spade A Spade'?

For almost half a millennium, the phrase "call a spade a spade" has served as a demand to "tell it like it is." It is only in the past century that the expression began to acquire a negative, racial overtone.
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Is Banned By Court

A court in Egypt has issued a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that is still protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi this summer.
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Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel

World leaders meeting at the United Nations in New York this week face potentially dramatic changes to arms control in the Middle East. Syria may give up chemical weapons. Iran is signaling it could negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. How might this affect Israel, and its own weapons programs?
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Small Syrian Border Town Magnifies Rift Between Rebel Groups

An al-Qaida offshoot has taken Azaz from Western-backed Free Syrian Army fighters, demonstrating the growing power of jihadists. Azaz, an economic gateway between Syria and Turkey, is now cut off.
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Historic Thaw Possible In U.S., Iran Relations

Iran's new president wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that he wants to move "beyond impasses." Host Rachel Martin talks to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council about the apparent warming relations between the U.S. and Iran.
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Bombings Kill Dozens Of Mourners At Baghdad Funeral

In Sadr City, a bombing attack has killed dozens of people, with the death toll continuing to rise Saturday. Multiple reports are citing at least 65 deaths in the attack, one of several in Iraq today.
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Deadly Shooting In Nairobi Mall

An upscale shopping mall in Nairobi is the scene of a deadly standoff. Kenyan armed forces are battling gunmen who stormed the Mall on Saturday. The Red Cross says at least 20 people have been killed. NPR's Gregory Warner is on the scene and he tells host Scott Simon the latest.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Guinn, Robbie Fulks, Linda Ronstadt

Fresh Air Weekend: Jeff Guinn, Robbie Fulks, Linda Ronstadt
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Syria Meets Deadline On Chemical Weapons; Fighting Continues

Syria has delivered data about its arsenal of chemical weapons, meeting a deadline set by the U.S. and Russia a week ago. But the country's civil war is continuing.
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Syria Agreement Makes For Unstable Alliances

As Syria turns over its "initial declaration" of chemical weapons, President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have become partners with the U.S., argues Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Host Scott Simon talks to Goldberg about the foreign affairs strategy with Syria.

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