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WorldViews: October, 2012

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Swedish town exports its unemployed to Norway

A town in Eastern Sweden is sending its out-of-work to neighboring Oslo, Norway

By Olga Khazan  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, european crisis, eurozone crisis

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Photos: Halloween in Hong Kong looks awesome

The mega-city loves celebrating the American holiday, with a unique Hong Kong touch.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/31/2012

North Korean tourist stops now serving corn floss tea

Yet another fun surprise of visiting the DPRK as a tourist.

By Max Fisher  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012

China and Japan looking to the U.S. on disputed islands

A preview of the big challenges America will face in its Pacific century.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Catalans fight libel fine with YouTube videos

A 10,000 euro fine for a YouTube video prompts another YouTube video

By Olga Khazan  |  02:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catalonia, separatist movements

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Motorcycle Sheikh sparks Saudi controversy: Does the Koran approve?

Sheikh Salman al-Oud takes a theologically complex ride during the Hajj.

By Max Fisher  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/31/2012

The ‘developing interior’ case that China will keep growing

Can Beijing overcome the transition trap and slowing economy?

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012

China’s former leaders step into the spotlight

Their appearance is likely a signal to junior Party officials.

By Zhang Jie  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/31/2012

In India, a Tweet can land you in jail

Two recent Twitter-related arrests have triggered concern among many Indian users of social media.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, twitter

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012

More hints of an opening for direct U.S.-Iran talks

Tehran has reportedly appointed an envoy to receive "approaches from the Americans."

By Max Fisher  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:34 AM ET, 10/31/2012

A trucker’s ruin, a Chinese tragedy

When Henry Kwok was laid off from his trucking company, the father of two tried to make it on his own.

By Max Fisher  |  06:34 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012

A surprisingly deep Chinese joke about Hurricane Sandy

Foreign policy nerds will love this.

By Max Fisher  |  07:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Poland has fracking tensions, too

Meet the new frontier in European fracking

By Olga Khazan  |  04:36 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coal, Energy, environment, fracking, poland

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Pro-Assad page claims Syria and Iran engineered Hurricane Sandy

A popular Facebook page "confirms" that the Syrian and Iranian governments were behind the storm.

By Max Fisher  |  01:54 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/30/2012

In India, dengue panic after Bollywood movie mogul Yash Chopra’s death

Is a Bollywood director's death worsening dengue fears?

By Olga Khazan  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dengue, health, India

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Hurricane Sandy’s economic damage felt in far-away India

The country's information technology and aviation sectors could be exposed on a sensitive day.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012

The world is watching: Global concern, boasting, jokes over Hurricane Sandy

From French concerns about global warming to extremist Saudi calls for more destruction, how the world sees America's storm.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, europe, France, Middle East

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Has N. Korea shut down one of its gulags?

Human rights groups and defector organizations have spent weeks now investigating rumors about the closure of Camp 22

By Chico Harlan  |  10:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, prison camp

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/30/2012

A viral, fake Hurricane Sandy photo migrates to China

"In China, it would've been cooked already."

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Why would Israel bomb Sudan? Theories cite Iran, Hamas, even the U.S.

Some analysts suggest the alleged Israeli was a "message" to Tehran – or Washington.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012

The ‘Lucifer effect’ theory of Chinese governance

An influential blogger attempts to explain why party officials seem to keep sparking unwanted protests.

By Max Fisher  |  06:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 10/29/2012

‘It is misery’: A video of Haiti’s camps after Sandy

Thousands are left homeless or with flooded tents, food aid is running low, and cholera is spreading.

By Max Fisher  |  06:48 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caribbean

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 10/29/2012

The scary global implications of Japan’s slowdown

If the world's third-largest economy crashes under massive government debt, it could do real damage in the U.S., China, and beyond.

By Max Fisher  |  02:54 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Saudi Arabia faces an existential dilemma as religious tourism flatlines

Economically, the Kingdom is right to not invest in allowing more Hajj arrivals, but is there more at stake?

By Max Fisher  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/29/2012

4 Japanese lessons for withstanding big storms

A history of earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons have created one of the most disaster-ready countries in the world.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/29/2012

As Hurricane Sandy devastates Cuba, bloggers rise to the challenge

Cuba is among the world's worst for Internet freedom, but online activists are working to respond the this week's disaster.

By Max Fisher  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caribbean

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Pogrom Punk: The Greek neo-Nazi rock bands boosting Golden Dawn’s rise

The "Hellenic nationalist" punk movement is inching into Greek parliamentary politics.

By Max Fisher  |  07:14 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 10/29/2012

A brief ethnic history of China

The country's unique racial story informs its strengths and weaknesses today.

By Max Fisher  |  06:45 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 10/28/2012

Japan ranks 101st globally for gender equality, but Web users shrug

Online discussion has downplayed the study and challenged the idea of gender equality.

By Max Fisher  |  07:34 AM ET, 10/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Peter Moore, former hostage in Iraq, talks about life in captivity

Peter Moore talks to Reddit about years in captivity, torture and garlic bread.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hostages, Iran, Iraq

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Report: One day in, Syrian forces already breaking cease-fire

Activists say warplanes bombed a suburb on day two of a four-day truce.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 10/27/2012

How do you measure the strength of a countrys brand?

A new study says Switzerland has the best national brand in the world.

By Max Fisher  |  07:17 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Can crowd-sourcing keep corruption at bay?

One group hopes to use crowd-sourcing to keep the Ukraine elections honest

By Olga Khazan  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corruption, social media tools, ukraine, ukraine election

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/26/2012

How bad is Hurricane Sandy? A distressing photo from Haiti

The storm brings flooding to Port-au-Prince.

By Max Fisher  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caribbean

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Qatars foray into Gaza politics: Bad for Iran, good for Israel?

The oil-rich kingdom may seek to pry Hamas away from Tehran's influence.

By Max Fisher  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Qatar

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Abusive China teacher fired after Weibo outcry

Police arrested two Chinese teachers after a photo circulated on the country's microblogging site Weibo showing one of them lifting a student by his ears

By Olga Khazan  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 10/26/2012

The 3 reasons Silvio Berlusconi might never see prison

An Italian court has sentenced the former prime minister to four years in prison.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, Italy

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 10/26/2012

New York Times case could test Chinas balancing act on censorship

Officials are moving to censor an explosive story revealing the prime minister's family's wealth.

By Max Fisher  |  10:12 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Chinas version of The Onion takes on Wen Jiabao story

China Daily Show picks up a sensitive report about high-level corruption.

By Max Fisher  |  07:52 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Chinas censors move with unusual speed on Wen Jiabao revelation

Web discussion was stifled almost immediately, suggesting Beijing fears a public backlash.

By Max Fisher  |  11:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Revelation of Wen Jiabao’s wealth comes at a sensitive time for China

This is a moment of political transition and economic uncertainty in the country.

By Max Fisher  |  06:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Report: British attorney general thinks strike on Iran could be illegal

The Guardian reports on a secret legal memo shaping London's response.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2012

What the Arab Spring has done for womens equality, in one chart

The short answer: so far, not much.

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Gender, Middle East

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 10/25/2012

A Greek island’s secrets to long life, in 11 bullet points

What the residents of Ikaria say about their unusually long lifespans.

By Max Fisher  |  03:13 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, Greece

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Love in the time of curfew: Video from a new film about Kashmir’s crisis

Valley of Saints portrays life in the disputed Indian territory.

By Max Fisher  |  02:04 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, Pop Culture Abroad

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Why French women have so little equality, a story in charts

France has pushed hard to spur population growth, granting women many benefits but possibly degrading their role in society.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, France, Gender

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2012

An expert’s video guide to cooking amazing ma po tofu

Fuchsia Dunlop walks you through one of Sichuan province's most famous dishes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Food

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/25/2012

China’s foreign press office falls victim to hackers

China is often the target of complaints from around the world about computer hacking. But on Thursday, the government's foreign press office may have been the victim.

By Zhang Jie  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, hackers, Understanding China

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/25/2012

The U.S. is catching up to Europe on gender equality

A map of Europe's gender status by country.

By Max Fisher  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, Gender, Maps

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 10/25/2012

The new Putinism: Nationalism fused with conservative Christianity

The Russian president is making an ideological push as dissent rises.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Could drug decriminalization save Brazil’s slums?

A new report argues that loosening drug laws could reduce crime and help poor communities.

By Max Fisher  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil, Latin America

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Explaining Ai Weiwei’s ‘grass mud horse’ obsession

The Chinese artist's long-running meme helps explain his "Gangnam Style" parody.

By Max Fisher  |  01:33 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Ai Weiwei’s odd ‘Gangnam Style’ parody

The Chinese dissident artist at his most and least serious.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Gangnam Living

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012

The U.S. presidential debate, as seen by Iran’s defense minister

Brigadier General Vahidi's offers a revealing misreading of American politics.

By Max Fisher  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Psy and Ban Ki-moon, a mutual admiration told in photos

The UN chief lavishes praise on the "Gangnam Style" rapper.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea, United Nations

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/24/2012

The deeper issues behind Italy’s conviction of earthquake scientists

Is there more to the story than prosecutors who don't understand seismology?

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Chinese protester who attacked U.S. ambassador’s car wants U.S. visa

A strange reminder of the contradictions of Chinese nationalism.

By Max Fisher  |  04:09 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Americans are obsessed with China’s obsession with America

Another sign that mutual fascination between the U.S. and China is growing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Poll finds 20 of 21 countries strongly prefer Obama (exception: Pakistan)

The countries where Obama leads make up 56.4% of global population.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Global trends, Pakisan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Afghanistan optimism at the presidential foreign policy debate

Both candidates exuded confidence about the planned 2014 drawdown.

By Max Fisher  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Debate’s big winner: Israel. Big loser: Israel-Palestinian peace process

The candidates avoided discussing one of Israel's most existential long-term challenges.

By Max Fisher  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Presidential debate: Obama and Romney almost word-for-word same on Syria

The candidates strained to articulate a policy difference on worsening the Middle East conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Growing debate consensus: Romney sounded just like Obama

Foreign policy-watchers saw few concrete differences at Monday's debate.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 10/22/2012

The nuclear umbrella: The differences between Japan and Israel

The subtext to Bob Schieffer's question on defending Israel

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Japan

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012

The importance of Mali

Why Mitt Romney mentioned the land-locked African state -- twice.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Romney: Latin America ‘a huge opportunity’

The candidate sees a U.S. opportunity to the south.

By Max Fisher  |  10:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Terrorism’s global decline, explained in charts

Terrorism has been nearly cut in half since 2007, mostly during Bush's final two years.

By Max Fisher  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, Iraq, pakistan, Terrorism

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Would direct U.S.-Iran talks be bad for Israel?

The larger issues underlying the building U.S. debate over reported nuclear negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Unraveling the secret U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

What people are saying about the New York Times story alleging a deal to hold private bilateral negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/22/2012

What then-U.S. national security adviser for Iran says about ‘Argo’

Gary Sick positively reviews the film, with some insights on the internal dramas of the day.

By Max Fisher  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Pop Culture

Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Debate prep: Six essential reads on foreign policy

In-depth articles on the issues likely to dominate the debate.

By Max Fisher  |  06:50 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/20/2012

Meet Europe’s far-right groups

Greece isn't the only country where anti-immigrationist groups are seeing a renaissance

By Olga Khazan  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  british national party, Extremists, jobbik, marine le pen

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/20/2012

A charming video captures moments of daily life in Iran

Vignettes from Tehran and other Iranian cities

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Why Wissam al-Hassan matters for the Middle East

The Lebanese official's death may mark an increasing internationalization of the Syrian war.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Kim Jong Il’s grandson calls his uncle Kim Jong Eun a ‘dictator’

The former North Korean dictator's grandson comes off as modern and progressive

By Olga Khazan  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, kim jong eun, North Korea

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Of course this Congolese rebel group has a Facebook fan page

Now even developing world guerrilla groups have social media campaigns

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Who Smokes Most: A surprising map of smoking rates by country

The average Russian adult smokes over 2,700 cigarettes per year.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Global trends, Maps

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/19/2012

An inevitably controversial movie about Israel ‘Birthright’ trips

The forthcoming film will feature a Jewish boy lost in the West Bank.

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Pop Culture Abroad

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/19/2012

A car bomb in Beirut: Photos of Lebanon in shock

Firefighters and concerned locals rushed to the scene of the city's first car blast since 2008.

By Max Fisher  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Visual music: How ‘Gangnam Style’ exploited K-pop’s secret strength and overcame its biggest weakness

K-pop has been struggling to break into the U.S. for years, so how did Psy do it?

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, Pop Culture, South Korea

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/18/2012

A Syrian air force pilot explains why he bombed civilians

A terrifeid officer says he believed the houses were filled with foreign terrorists.

By Max Fisher  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Benghazi’s overlooked lesson: The militia-ization of Libya

The country relies on citizen militias for basic security, but do they have too much autonomy and power?

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Libya, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Salafists destroy ancient carvings in Morocco

One of the carvings, called 'the plaque of the sun,' predates the arrival of the Phoenicians

By Olga Khazan  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Salafists

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Who’s fighting whom in Syria?

Syria contains a number of different religious factions, all of whom want slightly different outcomes to the uprising there.

By Olga Khazan  |  08:58 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  assad, free syrian army, kurds, Syria

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Hotel of Doom, Alcatraz of Fun: North Korea’s finest tourist stays

The bizarre but fascinating things you'll find at Pyongyang's hotels for foreign tourists.

By Max Fisher  |  08:33 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 10/18/2012

If Italian corruption were its own country, it would be the world’s 76th largest economy

Official corruption siphons 60 billion euros out of government finances every year.

By Max Fisher  |  06:24 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Here’s the speech that prompted Australia’s misogyny definition change (Video)

Claims that PM used "misogyny" wrongly led dictionary to re-evaluate its longstanding definition.

By Olga Khazan  |  08:52 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, speeches, Women

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Hunted: A first-hand account of Gaddafi’s desperate last days

A new report reconstructs the Libyan dictator's weeks in hiding and his last bloody moments.

By Max Fisher  |  04:39 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Libya

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Four reasons Scotland might decline independence

Economics and poor timing trump one of the longest-running independence movements in European history.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, europe, The European Experiment, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Chinese debate-watchers shrug at candidates’ China-bashing

Online response to the town hall has been uncharacteristically muted.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, This Chinese Life, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Why the Taliban hates polio vaccines

Pakistan's Taliban commanders fear the West will use polio as a cover for spying

By Olga Khazan  |  09:59 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, pakistan, taliban

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Six crucial Libya questions that should have been asked at the presidential debate

Here's how President Obama and Mitt Romney might address the Benghazi attack in more depth than they did at Tuesday night's town hall.

By Max Fisher  |  09:55 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:37 AM ET, 10/17/2012

The geopolitical implications of (another) American rape arrest in Japan

The latest incident near the U.S. military base could play into long-running popular opposition and the tricky politics of Okinawa.

By Max Fisher  |  06:37 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Why do people steal art?

Expensive, stolen art is surprisingly hard to sell.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The Cuban Missile Misunderstanding: How cultural misreadings almost led to global annihilation

Both Kennedy and Khrushchev assumed the other shared his own priorities and worldview, contributing to the Cold War episode in ways we didn't understand until 25 years later.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War, Cold War legacies, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The presidential debates: The unspoken assumptions behind the foreign policy topics

Of the six debate topics on Oct. 22, why are four about national security and none about economics? Three Middle East and no Europe?

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Chinese man appeals labor camp sentence over T-shirt slogan

How Patrick Henry's famous words landed one Chinese 25-year-old in a labor camp

By Olga Khazan  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Understanding China

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Who counts as al-Qaeda?

A revealing domestic debate about whether or not the Benghazi attackers qualify as members of the group.

By Max Fisher  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden, Libya, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Europeans say their lives are getting worse – Gallup

Southern Europe has more people "suffering" than "thriving"

By Olga Khazan  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/16/2012

The very, very slow thaw of the half-century U.S.-Cuba standoff

The communist nation will ease travel restrictions, another small step toward normalization.

By Max Fisher  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, Cuba, Immigration, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Welcome to Lenin Disney: North Korea’s otherworldly tourism experience

The reclusive country is now welcoming Western tourists, but it seems Pyongyang is just as inscrutable from the ground as from outside.

By Max Fisher  |  10:05 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, Life in the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 10/16/2012

India lifts ban on tiger tourism

On Tuesday, the court relaxed its ban and said that tourists will now be allowed in 20 percent of the core area of the park.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:08 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Welcome to WorldViews

An introduction to the Washington Post's blog on world news.

By Max Fisher  |  07:33 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Home News

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/15/2012

An infographic showing the global spike in protests

One data analysis confirms that protests are rising around the world. Why?

By Max Fisher  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Global trends, Infographic

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 10/15/2012

What Saturday Night Live got right and wrong about China’s Foxconn workers

The skit makes some good points, though laborers don't really blame American iPhone users for labor abuses.

By Max Fisher  |  05:12 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Trade, Understanding China

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 10/15/2012

A look at metro-system suicides worldwide

New Delhi grapples with how to reduce suicides on public transit, a problem in cities around the world.

By Olga Khazan  |  07:53 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Amazing map shows past and present conflicts

A Web designer puts all of human conflict in one interactive map.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest | Tags:  World

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 10/12/2012

E.U.’s Nobel Prize raises eyebrows

Has the prize become a farce?

By Olga Khazan  |  11:48 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/11/2012

International Girls’ Day: Five facts about global girls’ rights

Here are the odds girls around the world are facing.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Mo Yan, a Nobel winner China can get behind

Literature honoree avoided criticizing the government.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Britain ends no-contact policy with Indian leader Narendra Modi

U.K. ends diplomatic isolation of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Beppe Grillo swims for support

The Italian comedian/politician launches his campaign in a wet suit.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  world

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/10/2012

David Cameron at Conservative conference: Britons must build an ‘aspiration nation’

British prime minister urged the nation to draw on its can-do spirit, in his speech at the Conservative Party annual conference.

By Karla Adam  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Attack against Malala condemned in Pakistan

Protests and outrage across Pakistan in the wake of young education activist’s shooting

By Anup Kaphle and Olga Khazan  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2012

U.S.-India harmony marred by Iran, Syria discord

Discord between New Delhi and Washington over policy toward Iran and Syria is growing

By Simon Denyer  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Bing maps reveal CIA training facility in the lead-up to bin Laden’s death

Bing maps show images of the North Carolina facility

By Olga Khazan  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Who wins the Nobel prize?

The married, American and beardless.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 10/09/2012

Interview with 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by Taliban [video]

‘I thought that I must be a politician to change our country,’ she once said.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:51 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/08/2012

BBC apologizes for alleged sex abuse by Jimmy Savile

A growing number of women claim one of the corporation’s former entertainers sexually abused them.

By Karla Adam  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Indian honor killing family gets the death penalty

The sentence comes after India’s Supreme Court ruled that honor killings are a capital offense.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:25 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/05/2012

North Koreans visit Sweden to ask how its economy works

A group of North Koreans visit Sweden to learn about the country’s economy

By Olga Khazan  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 10/05/2012

‘Cromarty fisherfolk’: Another rare language dies in Scotland

The last speaker of a dialect called Cromarty fisherfolk died recently, taking an obscure language with him.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:48 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Sochi’s slogan becomes a Russian punchline

Hot. Wintry. Yours. Unfortunate.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/04/2012

How do you get into a former U.S. mission?

The Post’s Michael Birnbaum explains his document find.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/03/2012

‘American Idol’s’ South Africa counterpart crowns first black winner

After eight seasons, Khaya Mthethwa wins following fan campaign.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Police clash with protesters in Tehran’s bazaar [video]

Protests break out over inflation.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:53 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/02/2012

‘Gangnam Style’ comes to famous Philippine prison

Cebu prison first gained fame with its ‘Thriller’ parody.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:53 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Facebook takes its talent search global

Zuckerberg ditches hoodie, meets Medvedev.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Syrian foreign minister: Assad can’t stop the violence

Walid Moallem blames several countries for the ongoing conflict.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Gingrich, GOP tell Romney to make Libya a campaign issue

Gingrich tells Romney to push Obama on the attack

By Olga Khazan  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/01/2012

IKEA comes under fire in Sweden for removing women from Saudi catalogue

Scandinavian furniture company apologizes after backlash in Sweden

By Olga Khazan  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World

 

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