WorldViews: America in Context


Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013

The U.S. joins failed states around the world in telling prison guards, border patrol to work for free

The difference is that America isn’t failed, it’s just spoiled.

By Max Fisher  |  12:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/14/2013

George Zimmerman and the U.S. effort to improve minority rights abroad

When the U.S. is perceived as poor on minority rights, it can be easier for other countries to shrug off pressure to improve their own.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 06/28/2013

This map shows that Obama is really, really popular in Africa

His favorability rating in many African countries nearly doubles his approval at home. Why?

By Max Fisher  |  02:54 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, obamainafrica, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Video: Meet the Brazilian woman whose life was just changed by the Supreme Court DOMA ruling

Michele Castro wanted to join her American spouse in the U.S. but was barred because they're both women.

By Max Fisher  |  01:13 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Brazil

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/26/2013

This Map shows how America compares to the rest of the world on gay rights

The U.S. is less progressive than much of Western Europe, but grants same-sex union rights to over 120 million people.

By Max Fisher  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Maps

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Vladimir Putin defends the U.S. on spying programs, drones and Occupy Wall Street

"That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia."

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Despite Americans' outrage, NSA scandal draws mostly shrugs abroad

American political scandals are usually big news abroad. Why is this one different?

By Max Fisher  |  02:59 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Revolutionary fast food: Anthony Bourdain samples Libya's 'Uncle Kentaki' chicken

The American fast food chain is sometimes treated as a symbol of the U.S. in the Middle East.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Libya

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Anti-American countries can become pro-American. Here's how South Korea did it.

In only ten years, public opinion there went from among the world's most skeptical of the U.S. to its most approving.

By Max Fisher  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, South Korea

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013

Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

U.S. officials said Saturday that Russian authorities secretly recorded a conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, an Associated Press report says.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)

Among surveyed developed nations, only Romanian children are more likely to fall below the relative poverty line.

By Max Fisher  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Maps

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Video: Japanese April Fool's prank mocks Americans for being loud and lazy

A fake ad shows an American who gets a little too excited about some new technology.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Japan

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Video: Saudi comedian attempts a 'reverse cultural invasion' of America

Fahad Albutairi satirizes Saudi views of the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Map: Which countries allow women in front-line combat roles?

The U.S. would join much, but not all, of the Western world in dropping its restriction on servicewomen.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Who loves and hates America: A revealing map of global opinion toward the U.S.

The world, from Europe to Africa to Asia, has a more favorable opinion of the U.S. than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, China, Global trends, Maps, Turkey

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013

The anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan

The Hong Kong-born movie star called the U.S. the "most corrupt country in the world," reflecting complex Chinese attitudes toward America.

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2013

The world is baffled by the 'fiscal cliff,' sees it as a sign of American decline

America-pessimism is getting a big boost in foreign media this week.

By Max Fisher  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Israeli gun laws are much stricter than some U.S. gun advocates suggest

Gun are far fewer and gun laws are much stricter in Israel than you might think from hearing National Rifle Association arguments.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Israel

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012

A Russian journalist sees American football for the first time

The 27-year-old Pravda reporter writes about what makes America's sports culture unusual.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012

The world responds to Sandy Hook

Social media users around the world expressed support and sympathy for the U.S. after Friday's elementary school shooting.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Ten-country comparison suggests there's little or no link between video games and gun murders

The world's ten largest video game markets tend to have some of the world's lowest rates of gun violence except for the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  01:51 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei echoes Mike Huckabee on Newtown school shooting

A spokesperson for the leading Iranian ayatollah cites a lack of religion in discussing the Sandy Hook shooting.

By Max Fisher  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Iran

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/15/2012

What makes America's gun culture totally unique in the world, in four charts

It's hard to appreciate just how much the U.S. stands out on firearms until you look at these comparative charts.

By Max Fisher  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country

Americans are 20 times as likely to be killed by a gun than is someone from another developed country.

By Max Fisher  |  04:50 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 12/14/2012

The Japan lesson: Can America learn from the country that has almost zero gun deaths?

Thousands of Americans, including those at Sandy Hook Elementary, are killed by guns every year. Japan has almost zero gun-related deaths, but it came at a cost.

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Japan

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A weary Afghanistan sighs at Obama’s second term

The country is greeting the president's second term with deep ambivalence.

By Pamela Constable  |  05:08 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, America in Context

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Russia sees hope for greater cooperation in Obamas second term

Missile defense and other issues could come up in the next four years.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012

In India, President Obama seen as the safer choice

Some analysts here worried about his words against outsourcing, though.

By Simon Denyer and Rama Lakshmi  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, India

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012

China, worried by U.S. campaign rhetoric, relieved at elections end

The election sparked wide conversation on Chinese social media, with millions of comments.

By Keith B. Richburg and Wang Juan  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, China

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 11/07/2012

For an Indian slum, Obamas victory feels far removed

Locals are familiar with the U.S. president but see little relevance for their lives.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  08:58 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, India

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Iranians see reduced risk of war in Obamas reelection

Though many were initially disappointed with the president's first term, they seem relieved he's won.

By Jason Rezaian  |  08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Iran

Posted at 01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Watching Obamas victory from Moscow, wondering what comes next

Russians are already turning to conjecture about what the presidential election means for them.

By Kathy Lally  |  01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Kenya cools on Obama

Kenyans still support the U.S. president, but in fewer numbers than their remarkably 2008 high.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Pakistani Web users getting curious about this Romney guy

Google searches for the presidential challenger, once infrequent, have spiked in recent days.

By Max Fisher  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, pakistan

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Syrian opposition figures expect little change if Romney wins

Members of the Syrian National Council expressed skepticism that he would pursue a different course in Syria than President Obama.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Syria

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 11/06/2012

The story behind the Swedish Party, Americas other option

The “party” is actually an intern project by a Swedish public relations firm.

By Max Fisher  |  12:39 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, europe, Sweden

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Libyans worry about Benghazi attacks role in the U.S. election

Some express regret that the incident and its aftermath could influence American voters.

By Abigail Hauslohner  |  11:29 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Libya

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 11/06/2012

It does not matter much: Egyptians shrug at U.S. presidential vote

Egypt has problems enough of its own, some say.

By Ingy Hassieb  |  11:09 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Egypt

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Beijing bar serving Obamas beer recipe for the election at 8 a.m.

A reminder that the U.S. presidential vote is a global event.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012

A quadrennial Russian tradition: Mocking the U.S. electoral college

The American electoral process is viewed with surprising suspicion in Russia.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia