As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More

A Glimpse At Russia’s Blocking Of Western News Agencies And Its Own Amid Moscow’s Invasion Of Ukraine

It’s nothing less than a revival of a new Cold War to counter VOA and BBC broadcasts during Russia’s assault and occupation of Ukraine. The international community, the United States and NATO are all reacting vigorously to the latest news about Russia’s forces threatening Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and its southern shore communities. The Associated…

Global Warming: A Huge 21st Century Challenge

A United Nations panel issued a report on February 28 describing the impact of climate change globally, and possible ways of combatting its threat to humanity. Climate change’s impacts are worse than scientists expected, the panel warned, and will only accelerate. Summarizing its conclusions about the threat: *Its impacts are increasing rapidly, and some are…

A Pair Of Crises: Ukraine And Afghanistan

As 2022 dawned six weeks ago, it was difficult to imagine that America would be reading headlines about two new life-threatening crises in Europe and Asia: *In Europe, Russian threats to invade neighboring Ukraine, potentially causing the loss of thousands of lives. *In Afghanistan, a growing hunger crisis that could kill 23 million people after…

Acts Of Kindness In America: 2022 Triumphs

Volunteer citizen aid to newly-arriving Afghan refugees in the United States has lit a bright new spark of hope. And many local communities in our country are moving to teach and assist the new Afghan arrivals as they confront unique challenges today. Welcoming the Afghan refugees as they adjust to a life-changing experience Washington Post…

VOA: Analysts Cite Credibility As Key In Its 9th Decade Beginning This Month

A panel of media and foreign affairs experts gathered February 3 in Washington to assess America’s largest publicly-financed media organization at a landmark historic week in Voice history. Among them: —VOA Acting Director Yolanda Lopez —Sanford (Sandy) Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and Former VOA Director —Roya Mahboob of Afghanistan’s…