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WorldViews: February, 2013

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Here's the video of Turkey's prime minister comparing Zionism to fascism

Erdogan doesn't seem to be working too hard on rebuilding ties to Israel.

By Max Fisher  |  05:38 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Turkey

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Poll: Only half of Americans believe U.S. is world's top military power

The U.S. actually spends more on its military than the next 13 countries combined.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013

South African police dragging video underscores fears of brutality

The viral film shows officers dragging a handcuff man, who later died, behind a police vehicle.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Flashback: Kim Jong Il tried to get Michael Jordan to visit North Korea

Dennis Rodman would have been the second Bulls player

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Why we know so little about Hugo Chavez's health

The Venezuelan president's only public presence has been in photos, letters and tweets since December.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/28/2013

The pope's last tweet signals end of an era

The future of Twitter in the Catholic church is far from clear.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vatican City

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

The most shocking photo of Beijing air pollution I've ever seen

Can you spot the 81-story building just two blocks away? Me neither.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Today's Reads: Cutting nukes, a defense of targeted killings of Americans

Also: Turkey holds direct negotiations with the PKK after decades of fighting.

By Max Fisher  |  09:51 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Today's Reads, Turkey

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Report: Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Eun hung out, 'laughed together'

This may be the first time an American celebrity has met publicly with a North Korean leader.

By Max Fisher  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 02/28/2013

The 'Harlem Shake' becomes a protest in Egypt and Tunisia

Police arrested four students in Egypt and Tunisia's education minister promised an inquiry into the "indecent" viral dance craze.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:52 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Syria retains senior post at U.N. committee responsible for 'decolonizing' American Samoa

How do pariah states end up at the top of UN do-gooding committees?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/27/2013

As Dennis Rodman visits, North Korea pledges 'bitter hatred for the U.S.'

A brief status update on Rodman's “basketball diplomacy.”

By Max Fisher  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013

China is happy with John Kerry because it thinks he'll drop the 'pivot to Asia'

The new secretary of state has put less emphasis on engaging in East Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/27/2013

India's economic obstacles, in four charts

A new government report forecasts economic recovery in 2013, but India still faces inflation, red tape and a slowdown in industry and agriculture.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Why New Zealand is officially, earnestly upset about 'Argo'

The Oscar-winning film, in one brief line, resurfaced some old and bitter tensions.

By Max Fisher  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Zealand, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Pentagon finally releases some pre-trial documents from Bradley Manning case

The partial release is a symbolic but important step toward transparency in the case.

By Julie Tate  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Chuck Hagel confirmed in Washington, but doubts remain in India

The newly confirmed defense secretary's comments about India's role in Afghanistan have stirred controversy

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/27/2013

New video shows final moments of Egyptian hot air balloon crash

New video shows final moments of Egyptian hot air balloon crash

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Today's reads: China's housing bubble, Palestine's third party

And the story of what happened to a South Korean man who pretended to be a pro-North Korean professor for a joke documentary.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Israel-Palestine, North Korea

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Here's a video of Dennis Rodman in North Korea

The basketball star tweeted it out himself, linking to an obscure academic blog that had posted the official North Korean footage.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Instagrams from within North Korea lift the veil, but only slightly

Foreigners now have access to a new 3G network, but North Koreans still can't access the wider Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/26/2013

How China and the U.S. misunderstand one another

Beijing sees Washington as monolithic, capable, and efficient. Washington's view of Beijing isn't much better.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Hawkish Chinese general goes a little overboard on social media

Luo Yuan, one of China's most outspoken proponents of escalating conflict with Japan, has posted calls to "speak out" and gushing praises of himself.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013

The story of Pope Benedict's controversial red shoes, which he will give up

Benedict's much-discussed loafers were made by a cobbler who did work for President Obama and landed him in Esquire magazine.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, Vatican

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Dennis Rodman's bizarre trip to North Korea: Is it also unethical?

The basketball star hits on a years-old debate about whether visiting the country helps the regime.

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/26/2013

A surprising map of the world's national holidays (only two countries have no national day)

The world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate independence and countries that celebrate unification or revolution.

By Max Fisher  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  denmark, Maps, United Kingdom

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Today's Reads: Nuclear talks with Iran, a Chinese insider pushes for reform

Also, why economists are upset about Italy's election.

By Max Fisher  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Italy, Today's Reads

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013

South Korea's struggle to find a workable approach to North Korea

Seoul doesn't want to turn a blind eye to the North's abuses, but nor does it want to make its neighbor even more hostile.

By Chico Harlan  |  06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Japanese politician wants to boost the national birthrate by banning abortion

If we want people to have more babies, Seiko Noda argues, the country should just ban abortion.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013

BBC blocked in China just days after reporting on Chinese hackers

Chinese troops detained some BBC journalists last week for filming outside of a suspected cyber espionage compound in Shanghai.

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013

It's not just you: Iranian state media are very unhappy with last night's Oscars

Officials also criticized Argo's Oscar win and promised their own version of the "anti-Iran" film

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Are South Korean-made movies about to take over Hollywood? Watch and judge for yourself

Here are the trailers for the first English-language films by some of the top Korean directors.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gangnam Living, South Korea

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Here's a video of Iranians cheering the U.S. wrestling team in Tehran

The fans made a big show of cheering the American team and one American in particular.

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Egyptians nominate President Morsi to be blasted into outer space

The April 6 movement knows how to win an election after all.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/25/2013

China's riskiest property market just collapsed. Is this how it starts?

The collapse in east Asia's Dubai is a reminder of the danger of the Chinese real estate bubble.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Today's reads: Branding al-Qaeda, Palestine at the Oscars

Who counts as al-Qaeda?

By Max Fisher  |  08:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden, China, Israel-Palestine, Today's Reads

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/23/2013

Japanese holiday 'celebrating' disputed islands sparks backlash in South Korea

Both Japan and South Korea claim the Takeshima islands, an uninhabited chain in the Sea of Japan.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Video: Hilarious Chinese TV ad mocks Kim Jong Eun

Kingsoft wants you to follow Kim's example and buy their Web browser.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013

The day the American flag was shown unmolested in Iran

Scenes from the international wrestling tournament in Tehran, where the U.S. team came in third.

By Jason Rezaian  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Jaw-dropping photos of Athens' worst flood in 50 years

One woman died and at least 90 commuters were stranded in their cars after a historic downpour flooded the Greek capital.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Greece

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Japan is celebrating its 27th annual Cat Day today, also known as Nyan Nyan Nyan day

How the holiday got started and how it's observed today.

By Max Fisher  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/22/2013

The best of National Geographic's amazing never-before-seen photos

A new exhibit at the National Geographic Society pulls back the curtain on its unpublished photos of 2012.

By May-Ying Lam  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Here's the song Jefferson Airplane wrote about Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's wife

"Young Girl Sunday Blues" is "to, for, and about" Sally Oren.

By Max Fisher  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Today's reads: Anger and shame in Syria, the Fox News of China

A moving essay on Syria's psyche and other must-reads of the day.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Syria, Today's Reads

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013

American teacher in Japan under fire for lessons on Japan's history of discrimination

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Does North Korea have American video games, after all?

A defected propagandist thinks the recent anti-American videos were made entirely within the hermit kingdom.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Of course China is building a full-size, working replica of the Titanic

The country, brushing off concerns about shoddy construction, is pursuing an interest that began with the 1997 film of the same name.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Five most bizarre quotes from Bashar al-Assad's new interview

The Syrian leader sticks to his theory that Syrians love him and the rebels are just foreign thugs or terrorists.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013

The gaping hole in Obama's plan to stop Chinese hacking

The official U.S. strategy requires engaging Beijing in the sort of calculus-shifting diplomacy that China has resisted for centuries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Today's reads: Japan's growing militarism, how Saudi Arabia staves off revolution

The first of a new, daily feature on the articles I'm reading and why they matter.

By Max Fisher  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Someone found a college recruitment notice to join China's alleged military hacker team

Unit 61398 asked Chinese computer science grad students to join up back in 2004.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Why North Korean propaganda videos steal from American video games

The videos are likely produced by a small contingent of pro-Pyongyang sympathizers in South Korea.

By Max Fisher  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/20/2013

North Korea releases another propaganda video, this one with Obama in flames

The video berates the U.S. and brags about the latest nuclear test.

By Max Fisher  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Indians absorb David Cameron's near-apology for a colonial-era massacre

Nearly a century after the Jallianwala Bagh, a U.K. prime minister offers something close to a formal apology.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hackers outed themselves by logging into their personal Facebook accounts

The hackers may have gotten lazy about logging out of "attack" servers before accessing U.S.-based social media.

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013

A map of the foreign governments that hosted Congressional staff on free trips (China is #1)

According to the data, China hosted more free trips for U.S. members of Congress and senior staff than any other country.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. should reinstitute the draft

It's an argument more associated with opponents of U.S. wars than with the generals that led them.

By Max Fisher  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Military

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hacking: Obama admin. signals it will elevate issue with Beijing

The U.S. says it will raise its opposition to hacking within the already-complicated U.S.-China relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Highlights from the Pistorius affidavit: 'Because I did not have my legs on, I felt vulnerable'

"With the benefit of hindsight I realize that Reeva went to the bathroom when I went to close the balcony door."

By Olga Khazan  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Can you guess the country where Adolf Hitler Marak is running for office (and has a shot)?

There's also someone named Frankenstein Momin in the same election.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Video: Chinese grannies do the Harlem Shake

These two older women from mainland China are definitely in on the joke.

By Max Fisher  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action

The video, released by a U.S. security form, purports to show the hacker breaking into real, unsuspecting systems.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese government officials are constantly wiretapping and spying on one another

A culture of no-holds-barred espionage appears pervasive in Chinese officialdom.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Michael Moore says he wants to visit Iran, with or without an invitation

The American filmmaker might have some trouble if he arrives in Tehran without a visa.

By Jason Rezaian  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Here's how many fewer AIDS patients would be treated after sequestration

Some advocacy groups are trying to put a human face on the potential foreign aid cuts.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013

The harrowing story behind the World Press Photo of the year

Two young Palestinian children were killed in Gaza during clashes with Israel this November.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Tehran's own TEDx event gives the city a rare reprieve from isolation

The speakers' series stopped in to the Iranian capital.

By Jason Rezaian  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Iran's foreign minister again signals openness to talks

Salehi appears to be trying to bring Khamenei back into the dialogue as the decider on nuclear negotiations.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend

Pistorius was in court doubled over, head bowed, sobbing and shaking.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/15/2013

The world has no real defense against killer meteors (but it has one very good idea)

We don't have any way to deflect or stop an incoming space object like the one that hit Russia, but some scientists say we could.

By Max Fisher  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test

Vladimir Zhirinovsky loves to say crazy, anti-Western things, and he found a great opportunity today.

By Max Fisher  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Conspiracy theories already flourishing in Russia about meteor explosion

An alien invasion? The end of days? An oddly placed U.S. nuclear test?

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Why are there so many dash-cam videos of the meteor?

Because Russian drivers are terrifying.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Details on the meteor in Russia's Ural Mountain region

Live Updates: Meteor in Russia's Ural Mountain region

By Justin Bank  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Stunning amateur videos of the Russian meteor explosion

These are some of the best videos of the meteor's descent and the explosions it set off.

By Max Fisher  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013

China's state newspaper slams Valentine's Day for causing 'debauchery of decadent cadres'

People's Daily says the Western holiday is to blame for recent Communist Party corruption scandals. Really.

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Here are the best drone-themed Valentine's Day messages

What if unmanned arial vehicles could feel love?

By Max Fisher  |  02:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drones

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 02/14/2013

A color-coded map of the countries where people feel the most and least loved

Gallup asked people in 136 countries if they felt "a lot" of love the previous day. Here are their answers as a map.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2013

A bad day for the Iranian nuclear crisis

UN nuclear inspectors came away empty-handed just as Iran was discovered attempting to buy magnets use for enriching uranium.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/14/2013

A day of protests and flash mobs for India's movement to halt violence against women

Women in New Delhi seized on today's One Billion Rising campaign, maintaining momentum that began after the December gang rape.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Pistorius shooting: South Africa has tight gun controls but a high level of gun violence

South Africa has an average rate of gun ownership but sees an astonishing amount of gun violence.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The one chart that shows the Catholic church's looming identity crisis

European Catholics today make up just 24 percent of the church's following, but 53 percent of its Cardinal electors.

By Max Fisher  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The mystery of Syria's missing-in-action foreign ministry spokesman

Jihad Makdissi, who issued a recent statement that only adds to the confusion, abruptly disappeared in November.

By Liz Sly  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Everything you need to know about Israel's ‘Prisoner X' spy scandal

What happened, the three big reasons it matters, and what happens next.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, Israel

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 02/13/2013

How the U.S. minimum wage stacks up globally, in charts

The U.S. has a pretty low minimum wage, comparatively.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:43 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economics

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The Transatlantic trading partnership: How chlorine-washed chicken prevents U.S.-E.U. trade

Some say the E.U.'s agricultural policies are too strict for U.S. products.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Study: Sex-selective practices may be common in families of Indian doctors

The new research revealed a gender ratio even more skewed than the national average.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Is Israel the only U.S. ally in the Middle East? An answer in map form

Sen. Manchin says yes, but this map says no.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

This map of global Catholic populations shows the church's looming dilemma

Does the church focus on its largest following, in Latin America, its growing base in Africa, or its traditional center in Europe?

By Max Fisher  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Why did it take France this long to allow gay marriage?

How sexual privacy became a drawback

By Olga Khazan  |  03:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's six options for dealing with North Korea (they're all terrible)

A brief overview of America's depressingly unattractive choices on the Korean peninsula.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why China still supports North Korea, in six little words

It's as much a policy as a mantra, and it explains more than you might think: "No war, no instability, no nukes."

By Max Fisher  |  11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why it's so hard to tell if North Korea used a plutonium or (much scarier) uranium bomb

It's the most pressing question about the nuclear test and the outside world may never be able to answer it on its own.

By Max Fisher  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Google Maps reveals exact site of North Korea's nuclear test, plus nearby test facility and gulag

Google's just-unveiled mapping data gives us a tour of the Mount Mantap nuclear test facility and nearby Hwasong Gulag.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Lateral deportation: Migrants crossing the Mexican border fear a trip sideways

The U.S. border patrol strategy sends back across the border, far from where they originally crossed it.

By Nick Miroff  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Pope Benedict's resignation lauded as 'a great lesson' in Latin America

Across Latin America, the pope's announcement that he will step down at the end of the month is drawing official comment as well as some speculation that the next pope could come from the region.

By Juan Forero and Nick Miroff  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba, mexico, Religion, Venezuela

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/11/2013

When the pope was powerful, and why that changed

The office was once among the most powerful in the world, but has since lost much of its relevance outside of the church.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Pope Benedict fell short of John Paul II's legacy as a global political leader

Though his predecessor involved himself deeply in global political affairs, Benedict played little role in world affairs.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/11/2013

A two-minute video explains the Vatican's dilemma in finding a new Pope

The Catholic Church is facing two very different challenges in two different parts of the world.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation: live updates

Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation

By Jenna Johnson  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/11/2013

The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years

Pope Benedict XVI announced he will step down, but his rationale is very different than the four previous papal resignations.

By Max Fisher  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/11/2013

So far, Saudis shrug at revelation of secret U.S. drone base

So why did the U.S. government worry about public backlash against the base?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Why Switzerland has so many guns

The national gun culture looks a lot like America's but is unique in some crucial ways.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Switzerland

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Why uranium would make a North Korean nuclear test especially scary

The threatened nuclear test is worrying enough on its own, but uranium would add a new dimension.

By Max Fisher  |  01:48 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Map: The world's most and least 'forward-looking' countries, based on Google searches

A new study measures the frequency with which people enter Google searches related to the next or previous year.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/08/2013

The infantilization of Kim Jong Il

State media is increasingly portraying the former leader as a child. Here's why.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013

New poll: Iranians mostly blame the U.S. for sanctions, still want a nuclear program

The Obama administration has said sanctions are meant to turn Iranians against the program, but they seem to be failing.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Will the U.S. begin acknowledging unintended drone casualties?

The U.S. has not always had the easiest time admitting when drone strikes have killed the wrong people.

By Max Fisher  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A.

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Open-source data contradicts Feinstein on 'single-digit' civilian drone deaths

Two independent reports suggest that U.S. drones kill at least double-digit numbers of civilians.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A.

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Video: Even Syrian regime forces like to dance to Usher

The video is a small reminder that the young men who have done so much harm are still human.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Here's the video Iran says it hacked from a downed U.S. drone

Is the video real? Does it matter?

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Is Khamenei rejecting direct nuclear talks or just negotiating?

The supreme leader appeared to slam the door on direct U.S. negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Iraqi government signals it may retreat from controversial Web restriction

An Iraqi parliamentary committee wants to withdraw a bill that critics say threatens free speech online.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

What the Bulgaria bombing says about Hezbollah today

The July 2012 attack could indicate the group is feeling cornered and more likely to use terrorist-style tactics.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/06/2013

New State Department travel alert is bad news for Egypt

The country's all-important tourism industry never fully recovered from the February 2011 protests.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Video: South Korean military stages a very elaborate, official Les Miserable parody

The country might have one of the world's highest military participation rates, but its conscript-heavy force also needs to let loose occasionally.

By Max Fisher  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/06/2013

6 concrete policy ideas for fixing America's drone dilemma

Some starting points for a conversation about drones and targeted killings that accepts the arguments of supporters and opponents.

By Max Fisher  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Mexico's president opposes legalizing marijuana, calls it 'a gateway drug'

Peña Nieto on assault weapons, marijuana and Mexico's future

By Olga Khazan  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Beyond secret drones: The roots of the awkward, improbable, contradictory U.S.-Saudi relationship

How, and why, do Washington and Riyadh manage to sustain an alliance that has so many problems?

By Max Fisher  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013

The surprising Chinese origins of common English phrases

Why ketchup is called ketchup

By Olga Khazan  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013

That crazy North Korean video of New York blowing up, now with English

Someone with the YouTube account "KimJongUnOfficial" entered subtitles so all us American imperialists can watch it.

By Max Fisher  |  05:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Fake smiles and big popcorn: African immigrants' impressions of America

What African immigrants find most striking about life in the U.S.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013

A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA's rendition program

The global but secret campaign included help from Iran and Syria, among others.

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Iran, Maps, Syria

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Egyptians, short on food, are told to eat less

Most Egyptian households don't have enough money to buy food, shelter and clothing.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:29 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Mohamed Morsi's strange gamble on Iran and Ahmadinejad

The high-profile meeting risks political capital that Morsi just doesn't have to spend.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013

The video that helps explain Egypt and Iran's deep mutual mistrust

In 1979, Mike Wallace asked Iran's revolutionary leader why the Egyptian president had called him "a lunatic."

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/05/2013

New North Korea video shows destruction of what appears to be New York City

A dream sequence, an '80s song, and a threat.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 02/05/2013

How fake drugs cause the spread of untreatable TB in developing countries

A new study found that 16.6 percent of tuberculosis drugs in Africa and 10.1 percent in India lacked the right amount of active ingredients.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:22 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/05/2013

New Indian tell-all book sheds light on 2008 Mumbai attacker

A new book details holes in India' security apparatus that allowed the attacker to enter and exit the country without scrutiny.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013

The Cannibals of North Korea

Why the persistent stories of starvation and worse might be credible, despite the regime's power to stop them.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/04/2013

State Department strains to avoid Israeli-Palestinian textbook dispute

A U.S.-funded study of textbook rhetoric is generating backlash in Israel.

By Anne Gearan  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/04/2013

'Zero Dark Thirty' a hit in Pakistan, despite being seen as 'a pack of lies'

Though many Pakistanis believe the story of the raid is fictional, movie-watchers seem to appreciate the big-budget action film anyway.

By Michele Langevine Leiby  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Al-Qaeda's world: A fascinating map of the group's shifting global network

Charting the terrorist group's rising and ebbing relationships across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Amazing photo of King Richard III's tiny, curved spine proves Shakespeare was wrong

The just-unearthed skeleton solves a 500-year-old mystery and contradicts Shakespeare's famous portrayal.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Ninja miners: Four pitfalls for Mongolia's astonishing growth

Four ways Mongolia's growth could go wrong.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mongolia

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Video: Malala speaks publicly for the first time since her attack

The 15-year-old women's rights activist is still recovering from an attempted Taliban assassination.

By Max Fisher  |  09:51 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Clinton: Syrian rebels getting 'messages' from Pakistan region known as Qaeda haven

Potential communication between al-Qaeda's leaders and the rebels could deepen fears about Syria after Assad.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Eric Schmidt, in new book: China could contribute to fracturing the Internet into pieces

The Google CEO reportedly warns that web censorship and hacking could lead states to deliberately break it apart.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/02/2013

Infographic: How Super Bowl and development spending compare

A look at how our international programs compare to one of our favorite national pastimes.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/02/2013

Is the Iranian government legitimate?

Chuck Hagel said yes and the White House refused to answer. Why is the question so hard?

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Turkey bombing: What is the DHKP/C terrorist group?

How Turkey-U.S. relations might have played a role in the attack.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013

British gangs use flare guns now because they can't find real ones

Eight takeaways from the U.K.'s remarkable success in curbing gun deaths.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013

A revealing list of the most-mentioned words at Hagel's confirmation hearing

What Washington talks about when it talks about running the world's most powerful military.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Photo: The view from the world's tallest building, in 2.5 gigapixels and 360 degrees

The crown prince of Dubai commissioned the interactive tool, a collage of 80 hi-res photographs.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013

New Sinocentrism: The ideology that may be driving China to hack foreign media

Why the Communist Party may see controlling the world's discourse about China as a national interest.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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