Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent for NPR, heading NPR's Tokyo bureau, reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and covering the news and issues of South America. In April 2009, McCarthy moved to Islamabad to open NPR's first permanent bureau in Pakistan.

Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy was NPR's South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McCarthy covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank.

Previously, McCarthy was the London Bureau Chief for NPR, a position that frequently took her far from her post to cover stories that span the globe. She spent five weeks in Iran during the war in Afghanistan, covered the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and traveled to the Indian island nation of Madagascar to report on the political and ecological developments there. Following the terror attacks on the United States, McCarthy was the lead reporter assigned to investigate al Qaeda in Europe.

In 1994, McCarthy became the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau. She covered a range of stories in Japan with distinction, including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa. Her coverage of Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism.

McCarthy has also traveled extensively throughout Asia. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award. She arrived in Indonesia weeks before the fall of Asia's longest-running ruler and chronicled a nation in chaos as President Suharto stepped from power.

Prior to her assignment in Asia, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the Persian Gulf War; NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of that conflict. McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award in her capacity as European and African Editor.

McCarthy was selected to spend the 2002-2003 academic year at Stanford University, winning a place in the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1994, she was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii in 1994

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1:55pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Parallels

Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:29 am

Manuel Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow.

The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for.

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7:55am

Sun June 21, 2015
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35,000 Bend It With Modi As India Launches World Yoga Day

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 3:48 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, the mall of central New Delhi, for International Yoga Day.
Saurabh Das AP

You don't expect to see world leaders getting down on all fours to perform yoga in public, let alone in a mass yoga class that draws observers from Guinness World Records.

But India's Narendra Modi did just that when he launched International Yoga Day on Rajpath, the central Delhi mall that represents the nerve center of power in India.

"Who would have thought that we would turn Rajpath into Yog-path [Yoga Road]," Modi asked the assembled yoga enthusiasts.

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3:22pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Goats and Soda

Who Knew Yoga Could Be So Stressful!

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 1:01 pm

Yogis in Bangalore get ready for the International Yoga Day on June 21.
MANJUNATH KIRAN AFP/Getty Images

It seemed like a noble idea: Declare an international day of yoga.

Who knew it would be so controversial?

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth the proposal during his maiden speech before the United Nations last September. Modi, who himself does yoga, called the ancient practice "India's gift."

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7:48am

Sun June 14, 2015
Asia

Brutal Attacks On Nuns Put India's Christians On Edge

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

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6:09pm

Mon June 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Praise For Indian PM's Diplomacy, Then A Backlash For His Undiplomatic Remark

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 5:47 pm

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
A.M. Ahad AP

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh.

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4:41pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Asia

Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:21 pm

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3:44pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Nestlé India In Hot Water Over Reports Of Excess Lead In Noodle Soup

Nestlé's Maggi instant noodles gained popularity in India as the snack of the middle class in the 1980s.
Chandan Khanna AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss giant Nestlé is facing a commercial disaster in India over allegations that its best-selling brand of instant noodle soup contains unsafe amounts of lead as well as the taste enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Sales of the soup, sold under the brand Maggi (pronounced Maggie), have plunged since the food safety dispute erupted.

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9:20am

Sun May 3, 2015
Asia

To Restore Its Shattered Treasures, Nepal Has A Secret Weapon

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:09 pm

Master carvers like Ratna Muni Brahmacharya are in a position to play a key role in restoring Nepal's many damaged temples and monuments.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Blue-uniformed police do the heavy lifting in Dubar square in the city of Patan, one of Nepal's oldest. Moving wooden beams and stacking broken bricks, they sift through ruined monuments, some of which date back four centuries and more.

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6:11pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Asia

He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:42 am

Amar Baramu carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours, then rode with her on a bus for 12 more, to get her to a hospital for the head wound she suffered during the earthquake.
Julie McCarthy NPR

He carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours.

Then he traveled with her by bus for 12 more.

She suffered a severe head injury when the earthquake rumbled through her village of Thumi. He was trying to get her to a hospital in the Gorkha district in northern-central Nepal.

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4:05pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Indian Farmer's Apparent Suicide Sparks Political Backlash

An Indian National Congress party worker on Thursday pays tribute to Gajendra Singh, a farmer who committed suicide during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi the previous day.
Rajay Gupta EPA/Landov

The apparent suicide of a farmer at a rally in central Delhi has turned into a political mud-slinging contest.

Gajendra Singh, reportedly in his 40s, was found hanging from a tree during a rally in New Delhi earlier this week. His death has quickly become a powerful symbol for disaffected and destitute farmers who oppose a government push to loosen restrictions on industrial acquisition of farmland.

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1:12pm

Fri March 6, 2015
Asia

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:03 am

Susannah Ireland for NPR

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

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11:15am

Tue February 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Head Of UN Climate Change Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 3:51 pm

Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Dec. 11, 2014. He is stepping down as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Juan Karita AP

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra K. Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct that have engulfed the celebrated Indian economist and engineer.

Pachauri is one of the world's top climate change officials. His departure from the IPCC is a huge embarrassment for the group, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore for their role in galvanizing international action against climate change.

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6:24pm

Fri February 20, 2015
Asia

Modi's Fancy Pinstripe Suit Lands $694,000 At Auction

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 8:44 am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears a dark pinstriped suit with his name monogrammed in dull gold stripes Jan. 25 during a reception for U.S. President Obama in New Delhi, India. The suit was auctioned off Friday for more than 43 million rupees, or about $694,000.
Saurabh Das AP

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is noted for making bold statements — both in policy and fashion. When Modi sported a suit with pinstripes that spelled out his name in tiny gold lettering, his critics called it the height of vanity.

But the controversial suit raised more than eyebrows: It sold at auction today for nearly $695,000.

The "selfie" suit was debuted when Modi wore it to a bilateral meeting with President Obama during his visit to India last month.

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1:39pm

Tue February 10, 2015
The Two-Way

India's Ruling Party Routed By Upstart In Delhi Elections

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 2:42 am

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, center, waves to the crowd as his party secured a landslide victory in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. The result is a huge blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Not even the most starry-eyed optimists of India's upstart Aam Aadmi [Common Man] Party dared predict they would pierce the armor of Prime Minister Narendra's Modi political invincibility as convincingly as they did today.

The party won a 95 percent landslide, capturing 67 out of 70 seats in the local assembly election in Delhi to decide who will govern the Indian capital.

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4:14pm

Fri February 6, 2015
The Two-Way

In India, Obama Speeches Spark Debate On Religious Tolerance

A policewoman detains one of the Indian Christians protesting against recent attacks on churches in the Indian capital outside the Sacred Heart Church in New Delhi, India, on Thursday.
Manish Swarup AP

The subject of religious intolerance is emerging as an irritant in U.S.-India relations.

Senior Indian government officials pounced on remarks by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday. Referencing India, he evoked religious discrimination.

He said: "In past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs— acts that would have shocked Gandhi-ji," meaning Mahatma Gandhi.

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11:01am

Wed January 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Canonizes First Sri Lankan Saint

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 8:13 pm

Pope Francis arrives for Wednesday's canonization Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Buddhika Weerasinghe Getty Images

Pope Francis gave majority Buddhist Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint today during a seaside ceremony before thousands of people who packed the oceanfront of the capital, Colombo.

Francis is in Asia on a six-day tour intended to build the Roman Catholic Church's following on a continent that holds 60 percent of the world's population but only 12 percent of Catholics.

As church bells rang, the pope canonized Joseph Vaz, a priest who worked against the persecution of Catholics by the island's 17th-century Protestant Dutch rulers.

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5:06pm

Mon January 5, 2015
Goats and Soda

India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 2:35 pm

Dr. Devi Shetty meets with a patient. The surgeon, who says heart disease is on the rise in India, has never turned away a patient who had no money to pay.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Heart surgery is a spectacle to behold. Even more so to see it on a mass scale, which is what happens at the Narayana Health, a state-of-the-art medical center in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.

I am invited to scrub up and witness renowned surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty at work. The operating room is a symphony of all things medical: monitors beeping out a metronome-like rhythm, forceps and scissors clanging onto metal tables, a heart-lung machine gurgling as it does the work of the patient's stopped heart, and, curiously, pop music drifting though the room.

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12:14pm

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Popular Indian Politician's Corruption Conviction Spurs Nervousness

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:04 pm

Supporters of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state and head of the AIADMK party, hold a protest against a prison sentence for the popular politician in the southern Indian city of Chennai Sunday.
BABU Reuters /Landov

In India, the law has caught up with one of the country's most powerful political figures. A court has sentenced the popular J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to four years in prison and a record $1.5 million fine.

Her crime: accumulating vast wealth for which the 66-year-old veteran politician could not account.

It is India's highest-profile corruption case addressing illegally amassed wealth; the ruling has stunned an Indian political class that is widely seen as permeated with graft.

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4:53pm

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

At U.N., India's Modi Discusses Pakistan, Terrorism, And Peace

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:22 pm

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York City Saturday. Addressing the question of peace talks with Pakistan, Modi said they must happen "without the shadow of terrorism."
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

Saying his country is prepared to resume peace talks with Pakistan, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the U.N. General Assembly Saturday that the discussion must take place "without the shadow of terrorism."

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6:59pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Parallels

India's Orbiter To Join NASA's Maven Around Mars — On A Shoestring

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:21 am

Scientists and engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in Bangalore, India on Sept. 15. MOM is expected to enter into Mars orbit on Wednesday.
Jagadeesh NV Landov

Anticipation is building in India over its rendezvous with Mars.

NASA erupted into cheers after confirmation Sunday night that its space probe MAVEN injected into the Martian orbit. NASA's success came two days ahead of a critical engine burn designed to place an Indian spacecraft around the Red Planet, in a project dubbed MOM, Mars Orbiter Mission.

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11:49am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among India's Muslims, whom he praised as patriots.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among his country's Muslims.

Earlier this month, al-Qaida said it had created a new branch to bring Islamic rule to the entire Indian subcontinent.

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4:21pm

Fri September 5, 2014
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Will Al-Qaida Find Followers In India?

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 8:39 pm

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is shown here in a still image posted online in 2011. In a video released this week, he announced that al-Qaida was establishing a faction in the Asian subcontinent with a focus on India.
AP

After a year of silence, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has exhorted his "Muslim brothers" to join a newly established South Asia faction that would "defend the vulnerable in the Indian subcontinent."

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4:12pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Asia

Security Vs. Free Speech: India Blocks Film On Assassination

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 3:49 am

Kuam De Heere, or Diamonds of the Community, depicts the assassination of Indira Gandhi and focuses on the personal lives of her killers. Critics say it glorifies them. The film has been screened in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, but its release has been blocked in India.
Kaum de Heere

A new film projects a decidedly different perspective about one of the most convulsive episodes in India's modern age.

Kaum De Heere, or Diamonds of the Community, looks at the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi — through the lens of her assassins.

Producer Satish Katyal rejects the criticism that the film eulogizes Gandhi's killers. "It has a human angle," he says. "It's about their personal lives. Why did they suddenly commit this act?"

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6:18am

Tue August 26, 2014
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In India, Hindu Nationalists Feel Their Moment Has Arrived

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 12:27 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at Delhi's Red Fort on India's Independence Day, Aug. 15, where he said that religious and caste strife was blocking India'€™s progress. However, newly empowered Hindu nationalists are asserting their ideology and agenda.
Saurabh Das AP

There are signs of rising tensions between India's Hindu and Muslim communities since Narendra Modi, a self-avowed Hindu nationalist, took power as prime minister in May. Most of the small skirmishes have played out in India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, or UP.

There, Hindu nationalists from Modi's BJP Party have seized on charges of an alleged forced religious conversion to say that Hindu India is under siege.

District party leader Sanjay Prajapati says the Muslim community has harmed the Hindu community, India's largest.

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7:47am

Sun August 10, 2014
Asia

Why India's Modi Defied The WTO

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 11:54 am

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2:23pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Parallels

In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon'

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves from a MIG 29 fighter aboard the country's largest warship, INS Vikramaditya, off the coast of Goa, India, on June 14.
STR Xinhua /Landov

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says he has been denied the "honeymoon" period that new governments traditionally enjoy. Just one month after taking office, he has also asserted that he has defied expectations and secured a firm grip on India's sprawling government.

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4:15pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Asia

Iraqi Crisis Brings Focus On Indian Migrants Who Seek Profit Amid Peril

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. When ISIS militants took control of wide swaths of northern Iraq, foreign workers in those areas ended up being trapped. India is working to win the release of some 40 of its citizens abducted in the Iraqi city of Mosul. There are also hundreds more in other locations who are clamoring to leave. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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4:35pm

Thu June 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis

Relatives hold up photographs of Indian workers who have been kidnapped in Iraq.
Adnan Abidi Reuters/Landov

The kidnapping of 40 Indian construction workers in Iraq by suspected militants has rapidly become the first foreign policy test for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, barely a month after he assumed office.

The workers are believed to have been captured by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when the jihadist group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul this past week.

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4:58pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Parallels

India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:36 pm

India's transgender community, known as hijras, stars in an ad promoting seat belt use across the country.
YouTube

Members of India's transgender community, known as hijras, are now the stars of an entertaining advocacy campaign aimed at persuading India's motorists to buckle up.

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9:20am

Mon June 9, 2014
Parallels

How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India's Women At Risk Of Assault

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:27 am

Women shout slogans during a protest against the gang rape and hanging of two teenage girls. Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, the crimes are drawing attention to a glaring and fundamental problem across the country that threatens women's safety: the lack of toilets.
Altaf Qadri AP

A young girl sweeps fallen debris from a tempest that blew through her village of Katra Sahadatganj one recent evening. This remote spot in Uttar Pradesh — India's largest state — has become the center of another gathering storm.

It was here two weeks ago where two young girls were audaciously attacked: raped and hanged from a tree. Inter-caste violence and patriarchal attitudes combined to make a chilling spectacle in this impoverished place of mud-caked children and hand-pumped water.

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