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WorldViews: December, 2012

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 12/30/2012

Photos: The year's 25 most dramatic moments in world news

From democracy in Burma to neo-Nazism in Greece, from martyrdom in South Africa to heroism in China, the biggest stories and most compelling scenes of 2012, captured in photos.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/29/2012

10 reasons why India has a sexual violence problem

Women face insecurity, discrimination and stigmatization at every turn.

By Olga Khazan and Rama Lakshmi  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/28/2012

The crazy list of the world's top Wikipedia searches in 2012

One Direction, Facebook, homosexuality and cul-de-sacs

By Olga Khazan  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

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 01:16 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Along the Chinese border, defectors say North Korean province is quietly liberalizing

North Hamgyung, far from Pyongyang and on the increasingly porous border with China, may be seeing a degree of prosperity and even loosening state controls.

By Max Fisher  |  01:16 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/28/2012

China's government is blogging more, even as it tries to control blogging

What the new Chinese Internet restrictions mean for Weibo users

By Olga Khazan  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/28/2012

The real reason Russia wants to ban adoptions by 'dangerous' American families

Russians support the ban almost three-to-one, based on a widespread and mistaken belief that children are less safe in the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/28/2012

How India's rape name-and-shame database could backfire

What's the best way to deal with rapists in a country that has an ingrained culture of impunity?

By Olga Khazan  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Russia is one of the most popular countries for U.S. adoptions

The Russian ban would seriously impact U.S. families seeking an international adoption.

By Olga Khazan  |  05:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012

'Fiscal cliff': Around the world, liberals are okay with spending

A new paper suggests that left-wing individuals in several countries redistribute more income.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economics

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Why are other countries wary of American adoptions?

Russia's not the first country to put limits on Americans who want to take in foreign children.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Is India's malnutrition crisis a myth?

One professor thinks it might just be genetics

By Simon Denyer  |  09:29 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Where it's most dangerous to be an aid worker

Attacks on polio vaccinators reveal why formerly-tranquil Pakistan joins the likes of Afghanistan and Sudan.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/25/2012

Is Bill Clinton responsible for China's saxophone Santas?

The ubiquitous sax-playing Santa became popular shortly after Clinton's famous Arsenio Hall appearance.

By Max Fisher  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/25/2012

Why are Chinese versions of Santa Claus almost always playing a saxophone?

Christmas is a big holiday in China, with many Western traditions carrying over. But one seems a bit altered.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Last-minute holiday idea: Do-it-yourself Japanese-style gift wrapping

You can put together this present for the world traveler with just a bottle of wine and some decorative paper.

By Max Fisher  |  03:37 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Eight fascinating facts about Christmas in China

For centuries, the country has absorbed foreign ideas and made them its own. Now, its Christmas is taking on Chinese characteristics.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Christmas, just another front in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Each side seeks to portray itself as the protector of Christians, painting the other as harming this religious minority.

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Study: Global crop production shows some signs of stagnating

Decades of growing food supply have kept pace with the growing population, but some key regions are seeing their crop production slow or drop.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 12/22/2012

Egypt's incessant protests are scaring away tourists

They may be good for democracy, but protests can be bad for business.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:23 PM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/22/2012

Photo call: Send us your old images of Aleppo

The Washington Post is looking for photos of Aleppo as it once was.

By Max Fisher  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Home News, Syria

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Vladimir Putin holds a marathon news conference

The Russian president's marathon session was notably harsher in tone.

By Michael Birnbaum  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Why the Mayan apocalypse date is such a big deal in China

The country's religious vacuum and its history of religious rebellion make cult-like beliefs unusually popular, something the government fears.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/20/2012

What this shocking TV beer ad says about South Africa today

A company called Blink Stefanus produced this spot playing off of Apartheid-era fears and race and sex.

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2012

What happened when a travel writer flew to Iran with no tourist visa or return flight

The experience sounds daunting, but maybe not as difficult as it could be for an Iranian traveling to the West.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, Iran

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Poll: Americans also see chemical weapon 'red line’ in Syria

A new Post-ABC poll finds little desire for intervention in Syria, but broad support for action if Syria uses chemical weapons.

By Scott Clement  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 12:52 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Can South Korea's first female president fix the developed world's worst gender gap?

The economic miracle of the 1960s and 1970s made the country one of the world's most advanced, but Korean women have been, in many ways, left behind.

By Max Fisher  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Facebook page for Iran's leader has first English post

Ali Khamenei would be just the latest Iranian to break the ban on accessing the social networking site.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:14 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 12/19/2012

How the Middle East uses social media, in four charts

True to the precedent of the Arab Spring, social media users in the Middle East discuss politics and religion far more online than their Western counterparts do.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:32 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/18/2012

PHOTO: Mount Everest, in 3.8 billion pixels

Filmmaker David Breashears combined old and new images of the mountain and its glaciers.

By Anup Kaphle  |  04:20 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Our Christian Earth: The astounding reach of the world's largest religion, in charts and maps

A new study from Pew shows Christianity's amazing reach and its vast majorities across several regions.

By Max Fisher  |  02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Study: Monkey bites are the latest challenge in the Afghan War

The Center for Disease Control documents the cases, one of which include a monkey owned by the U.S. military.

By Max Fisher  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Video: Why Queen Elizabeth waited 60 years to attend a cabinet meeting

The queen avoided cabinet meetings for her first 60 years in office, a reminder of the British monarchy's complicated legacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Gang rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi raises outrage in India

The incident has outraged an otherwise apathetic middle class against the increasing lack of safety for women in India's cities.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Iran's state-run news network blames 'Israeli death squads' for Sandy Hook shooting

PressTV runs a long story accusing the U.S. of covering up an Israeli operation to punish President Obama.

By Max Fisher  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

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)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012

CIA officially denies that it is trying to erase a letter from the Russian alphabet

An 80-year-old former engineer, at the heart of a growing campaign to revitalize a fading letter, accuses the CIA of working against him.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

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)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Israeli embassy's Facebook page says Palestinians would 'lynch' Jesus and Mary

A Facebook page associated with the Israeli embassy in Ireland published and then quickly removed an incendiary "thought for Christmas."

By Max Fisher  |  11:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

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)
Tags:  America in Context

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)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Here's how U.S. gun violence compares with the rest of the world

What happens when countries have fewer guns?

By Olga Khazan  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  crime

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 01:11 PM ET, 12/14/2012

The ultimate holiday gift guide for the world news lover in your life

From North Korea-themed playing cards to antique maps to traditional Bedouin coffee pots, there's something for everyone.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/14/2012

How where you live determines how you'll probably die, in mesmerizing charts

Non-communicable diseases have become much more prominent killers over the past 20 years.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Russia's UN ambassador calls Susan Rice 'one tough individual'

Vitaly Churkin joked that he will request "double pay" if Rice stays on at the United Nations.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Chuck Hagel's ambiguous stance on dealing with Iran

The possible nominee for defense secretary opposed Iran strikes during the Bush administration, but may have changed his stance.

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Egypt outlaws 'romantic' songs on state TV, fearing turmoil as constitution vote looms

Instead, only “patriotic” songs will be allowed.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2012

What unemployment? Here's where life in Europe isn't so bad.

Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland are the only ones still hemorhaging jobs

By Olga Khazan  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group is feuding with WordPress on Twitter

Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., broke into English to defend its "freedom of speech."

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Here are the rare photos of Xi Jinping posted on a Chinese fan site

An anonymous fan site posted rare early photographs of Xi and his family members.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Understanding China

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Writing on the wall: Why world leaders now foresee Assad's fall

Moscow for the first time acknowledged that he might fall, the NATO chief says it's only a matter of time, and an Iraqi official says it will be "weeks."

By Max Fisher  |  11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012

The scrappy Syrian TV station where reporters file via Facebook and Gchat

How the independent Aleppo Today station documents every bomb blast and street battle.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:36 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012

What a 1970s 'Lonely Planet' travel guide said about Afghanistan

It included such insights as, "It is also a country to be careful in, banditry still runs in many veins."

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Amazing photo: Ukraine's parliament devolves into vicious, all-out brawl

Ukrainian lawmakers fought over the imprisonment of a former prime minister and a recent, disputed election.

By Max Fisher  |  04:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012

North Korean state TV gets a little carried away in rocket-launch coverage

Video shows the official news agency blaring the news into mostly empty Pyongyang streets.

By Max Fisher  |  03:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

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

Real-time satellite tracker shows precise location of North Korea's new satellite

Follow the Kwangmyongsong-3's 4.7 miles-per-second orbit around the Earth.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Obamacare everywhere: U.N. votes in favor of universal health coverage

Move signals a worldwide push toward universal health coverage.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:46 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Julian Assange wants to start a WikiLeaks party and run for office

His party platform would promote openness in government

By Olga Khazan  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wikileaks

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2012

What Syria's Scud missile launches tell us about the regime's thinking

The long-range, not-so-accurate missiles are an odd choice for fighting rebel groups. Maybe Assad is sending the West a message?

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Pope, in fourth-ever tweet: ours is a 'world without hope'

"How can faith in Jesus be lived in a world without hope?," @Pontifex asks his 800,000 followers.

By Max Fisher  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 12/12/2012

North Korea's rocket launch: How much, why now, and what now?

The cost of the rocket program could have bought three years worth of food, some say.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:21 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 12/12/2012

How did North Korea fix its rocket program so quickly?

Just two days ago, missile experts were raising doubts that the country could overcome its string of failed launches.

By Max Fisher  |  10:16 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

What everyone, including the Onion, gets wrong in comparing the U.S. with small countries

The satirical outlet repeats a common misconception about why the U.S. often scores low on global rankings.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Video: How Syria's rebels build homemade explosives

Today, he's a freedom fighter, but what happens to canny rebels like this once Assad falls?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Silvio Berlusconi's return: Why policymakers across Europe fear it

'Italy needs a Berlusconi comeback like it needs a hole in its head'

By Olga Khazan  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The coming realignment of world powers, foretold in charts

By 2030, three of the world's top four powers could be Asian and none of them European.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Global trends, India, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Controversy over Psy's anti-American lyrics might be based on shoddy translation

The Korean rapper's 2004 song lyrics might not have actually called for the deaths of U.S. servicemen.

By Max Fisher  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Here's why other countries beat the U.S. in reading and math

Hong Kong, Singapore, and Finland offer three different approaches for boosting student performance

By Olga Khazan  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Study: Income inequality skyrockets in China, now among world's highest

China's Gini coefficient could be the fifth worst in the world and the worst outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

By Max Fisher  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

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

What it's like to use the Internet in North Korea

Kim Jong Un's name appears slightly larger than all the other text.

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

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Russians say they'll name their Magnitsky-retaliation law after baby who died in a hot car in Va.

They are calling their bill the Dima Yakovlev Act, after a Russian orphan who was adopted by a Virginia man and died when he was inadvertently left in a hot car.

By Will Englund  |  09:10 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Facebook shuts down Taliban recruiting account

Over the weekend, Facebook shut down a recruiting page where the TTP, or the Pakistani Taliban, posted job listings for writers and video editors.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:20 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/10/2012

A poem for Damascus

As rebels move closer toward Syria's long-quiet capital, pausing to appreciate Nizar Qabbani's lover letter to the city.

By Max Fisher  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

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

Video: the al-Jazeera documentary that Burma's government publicly condemned

The 50-minute video, embedded here, chronicles the plight of a Muslim minority in the country.

By Max Fisher  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma

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

List of prominent Afghan officials assassinated (and targeted) in 2012

The country's head of intelligence was among the latest targets.

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012

The seven countries where the state can execute you for being atheist

A new report on religious freedom finds severe restrictions on non-believers in several Middle Eastern states.

By Max Fisher  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maldives, Maps, Mauritania, pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Chinese Web users can search for their leader's name now

A day after Xi Jinping gives a speech calling for reform, his name is unblocked on Weibo.

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

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

Google trends: The moment Syria's 'revolution' became a 'civil war'

Data on Google searches for Syria's conflict reveal the changing narrative of the war.

By Max Fisher  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Wal-Mart's disclosure of lobbying activities morphs into talk of bribery in India

The company's disclosure of lobbying instantly morphed into talk of bribery.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/08/2012

Why Egyptians are angry at Morsi, in charts

Egyptians hated autocracy in the lead-up to the revolution, and they had sky-high hopes after it.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Audio: Here's the anti-American song, 'Dear American,' Psy sang in 2004

As anti-American sentiment rose in South Korea, the K-Pop star now known for Gangnam Style performed this violent song.

By Max Fisher  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, Music, South Korea

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Gangnam Nationalism: Why Psy's anti-American rap shouldn't surprise you

The K-Pop star's shocking 2002 and 2004 performances are part of a larger trend shaping Korean society, and its view of America.

By Max Fisher  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012

The chemical question: Dual Iraq legacies hang over a U.S. dilemma on Syria

As the U.S. considers when and how to respond if Syria moves toward deploying chemical weapons, two dark memories from Iraq may weigh on the decision.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Egyptians mock Morsi for licking his finger during national address

The Islamist president's critics pause in the country's crisis to crack wise.

By Max Fisher  |  10:14 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Bizarre video: Australia's leader jokes about zombie, K-Pop, the apocalypse

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the Mayans were right and the end of the world is coming.

By Max Fisher  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012

China: Self-immolators and their abettors will be charged with murder

A new law is China's heavy-handed reaction to the wave of self-immolations in Tibet.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Defected sushi chef: Kim Jong Eun's secret birthday is Jan. 8, 1983

Kenji Fujimoto says he learned it during his years serving Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Why the red line on Syria's chemical weapons matters

Why would the U.S. "take action," as Hillary Clinton warned, over Syria deploying chemical weapons as opposed to the conventional ones it's been using against civilians?

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 12/06/2012

What the amazing NASA night video says about politics, the environment and borders

What we can learn from the earth's night-time lights

By Olga Khazan  |  01:09 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Syria video purports to show use of white phosphorus

A video surfaced Thursday that appears to show a Syrian military helicopter shooting canisters of white phosphorus.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Photos: Tanks return to Cairo's streets

A faction of the Egyptian army has sent tanks back into the city, less than two years after the army deployed shortly before Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

By Max Fisher  |  10:58 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Americans are fatter, but not lazier, than Europeans

Among the underlying causes of Americans' sky-high obesity rates, an overabundance of beer and a lack of childhood exercise are probably not the main ones.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:28 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Heat map: Terrorism around the world (the U.S. is among the least affected)

Five takeaways from the data-rich study on the present, past, and maybe future of global terrorism.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/06/2012

12 foreign stories from 2012 we want you to read (again)

We take a look back at our foreign coverage from 2012, reported by Post correspondents around the world.

By Anup Kaphle  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Egypt's constitutional crisis, explained as a simple timeline

Don't make the mistake of seeing the latest clashes, a culmination of the post-Mubarak struggle, as just another round of protests.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Map: The most- and least-corrupt countries in the world

From Afghanistan to Finland, how does corruption happen?

By Olga Khazan  |  01:26 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corruption

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Kasparov: Political change in Russia carries negative genetic memory'

The chess champion talks about Putin, protests and the punk band that captured the world's attention

By Olga Khazan  |  10:54 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/05/2012

I'm so disgusted': How Egypt's protesters are fighting sexual assaults

A short video documentary on the assaults, and what activists are doing to stop them.

By Max Fisher  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Infographic: Is your country vulnerable to a Syria-style Internet blackout?

A graphical explainer of how the blackouts happen, whose country is at risk, and who is probably safe.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Egypt's protesters reach a landmark, but Morsi's resignation not guaranteed

Demonstrators surround the presidential palace, a possible first, but don't expect the Islamist president to follow Hosni Mubarak's path.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Israeli leaders gush over Hillary Clinton in tribute video

Some see a possible Netanyahu endorsement here for a presidential run.

By Max Fisher  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Amsterdam plans to relocate troublemakers to scum villages'

Amsterdam allocated 1 million euros last week to a plan that would relocate troublemaking neighbors to camps on the outskirts of the city.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:45 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Netherlands

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Scenes from Egypt's protests, The Last Warning'

Egyptians are storming the presidential palace, toppling a police van and urging Morsi to "leave, leave"

By Olga Khazan  |  03:08 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Which Europeans are fattest, laziest and drink most, in charts

The trends that have turned Italians into near teetotallers, and other surprises

By Olga Khazan  |  01:28 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Map: Which of the world's monarchies allow female royal succession

The remaining royal families are about split on the issue of whether to allow women to the throne, with some debating it heatedly.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, belgium, Bhutan, Cambodia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Maps, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Cyprus is poised for the second-largest bank bailout since 1970

The country is posed to receive a bailout worth more than half of its entire economy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyprus, The European Experiment

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Here's the episode of the Simpsons that got a Turkish T.V. channel fined

The jokes in "Treehouse of Horror" were lost on Turkish regulators.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free speech

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 12/04/2012

New video documents utter destruction in old Aleppo

It was only six months ago that Syria's largest city was one of its calmest.

By Max Fisher  |  09:53 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 12/03/2012

A complete list of the 7 people Pope Benedict XVI follows on Twitter

The Pope follows himself, in seven languages (no Tagalog).

By Max Fisher  |  05:12 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Why people are so upset about Kim Kardashian's odd visit to Bahrain

Her much-publicized tour risked boosting the credibility of a regime accused of severe human rights abuse, but did it backfire?

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Iran without irony: Official says Palestinians played key role' in Gaza war

Iran News overreaches a bit on crediting Tehran with anti-Israel fighting.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/03/2012

The growing divide between Israel and Europe

Europe has long held the middle-ground between the U.S.-Israel position and the rest of the world's overwhelming support for Palestinians, but is that changing?

By Max Fisher  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Becoming a Brit

Our correspondent gets her British citizenship in a ceremony marked by Beatles hits.

By Karla Adam  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/01/2012

World AIDS Day: China's strange prejudice against AIDS patients

One paper victimized an AIDS clinics nurses, rather than its patients

By Olga Khazan  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/01/2012

Chart: Syrian Internet appears to be back on in some areas

Reports that service has been restored.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2012

When and where posting the wrong thing to Facebook can get you arrested

Police in India detained two people recently: one for writing a Facebook post, the other for "liking" it.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway?

More federal funding and better representation, mostly.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, puerto rico, statehood

 

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