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Granite Staters React to the News from Syria


It’s been nearly a year since authorities began clashing with anti-government protests in the nation of Syria.  Since then, massive fighting, deaths, detainment and calls for President Assad’s resignation have topped the headlines. Today we'll talk to a roundtable of Syrians and Syrian Americans living in New Hampshire about their thoughts and what they’re hearing from loved ones in their home country. 


  • Mustafa Safiia - A 27 year old Syrian living in Manchester.  Mustafa is from a small town called Idlib, in northern Syria and graduated last year from SNHU with a masters degree in accounting. He is active in the Revolution and he and his friends started a Facebook account called Syrian Day of Rage.
  • “Khaled” (pseudonym), A 26 year old graduate student at SNHU.  Khaled is  from Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria, and has lived in the U.S. for four years. 
  • Lou Salome: A Syrian American and long-time former war correspondent living in Portsmouth.  Salome has reported throughout the Middle East, including in Syria, and is the author of “Violence, Veils, and Bloodlines: Reporting from War Zones.”
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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