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WorldViews: March, 2013

Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 03/30/2013

Here's North Korea's official declaration of 'war'

"Time has come to stage a do-or-die final battle."

By Max Fisher  |  12:51 AM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Texans mock Kim Jong Un's apparent plan to strike Austin

The North Korean leader messed with Texas.

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

North Korea almost certainly lacks basic technical capability to carry out its big war plan

Despite Kim Jong Un's scary-looking war map, his country doesn't have any rockets to carry it out.

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Video: What it's like to be an American reporter in Pakistan

Richard Leiby talks about the experience of living and working in one of the world's most pious societies.

By Max Fisher  |  12:53 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Photo from Kim Jong Un's war room reveals North Korea's 'U.S. mainland strike plan'

Also, Kim appears to be using an iMac produced by the very imperialists he is purportedly preparing to destroy.

By Max Fisher  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

A very good sign that North Korea is bluffing about war

If Pyongyang is as bent on war as it wants us to believe, why is it keeping the inter-Korean Kaesong industrial complex open?

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Mali's coup leader: 'Coup isn't a nice word'

Captain Amadou Sanogo grants a rare interview.

By Max Fisher  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013

America's B-2 bomber 'practice run' may have also been about deterring South Korea

Seoul has recently considered developing its own nuclear weapons, something that would risk isolating the country.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Video: A Bahraini activist discusses her family's hunger strikes

Maryam al-Khawaja has taken on the role of spokesperson for her family and the movement it symbolically leads.

By Max Fisher  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Video: Meet 'the Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia'

Fahad Albutairi's popular YouTube program, La Yekhtar, manages to be political and progressive in a place not known for either.

By Max Fisher  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Why I just got called out by North Korean state media

Pyongyang's official news agency issues a response to reports on the country's drug-smuggling diplomats.

By Max Fisher  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Why now is the perfect time for a vacation to Iran (sort of)

Runaway inflation means you can live like royalty for cheap, but only if you don't mind a backdrop of economic warfare.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/26/2013

6 crazy facts about the rebel leader who just took over the Central African Republic

Meet Michel Djotodia, the proud new ruler of one of Africa's poorest and most conflict-torn nations.

By Max Fisher  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central African Republic

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/26/2013

9 questions about the Central African Republic you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is, "What is the Central African Republic"?

By Max Fisher  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central African Republic

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/25/2013

A photo that makes North Korea look a lot less scary

In case you were worried about the country's million-man army, this might help.

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Zainab's War: A mother risks everything for dignity

In one of the Arab Spring's least-watched but most intense uprisings, a prominent activist is on hunger strike to try to win the right to see her daughter again.

By Max Fisher  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2013

A bailout for Cyprus, a geopolitical failure for Russia

Moscow tried to coerce its way back into Europe, but the old strategies that served it so well are no longer effective.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyprus, europe, Russia

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/25/2013

What I saw in Iraq after 'Mission Accomplished'

Remembering "the day I almost led the Iraqi army."

By Richard Leiby  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Australian newspaper runs greatest-ever front-page crocodile joke

A glimpse of Australia's rural Northern Territory, from a punny paper owned by News Corp.

By Max Fisher  |  07:03 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Yes, Netanyahu's apology to Turkey is a very big deal

The detente, long sought by Obama, could serve as a practice run for Israeli and Palestinian talks.

By Max Fisher  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Turkey, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/22/2013

A revealing map of who wants to move to the U.S.

The world's countries, color-coded by the share of the population that would like to migrate to the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Latin America, Maps

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Report: North Korea ordered its foreign diplomats to become drug dealers

Pyongyang is turning its embassies into meth distribution centers, a prominent South Korean newspaper reports.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/21/2013

How Obama just reframed the Israel-Palestine conflict

The president’s speech in Jerusalem sought to change the way Israel thinks about its approach to peace with the Palestinians.

By Max Fisher  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Charges of political motivation behind Indian corruption investigation

The country's Central Bureau of Investigation is sometimes called the "Coalition Building Initiative."

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/21/2013

The politicization of Nowruz, Iran's new year

Both Washington and Tehran have taken to using the ancient Persian holiday to send political messages to Iranians.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013

A surprising map of the countries that are most and least welcoming to foreigners

Blue countries are more welcoming, red countries less. Where does yours rank?

By Max Fisher  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013

9 fascinating facts about how the world uses social networks

LinkedIn is huge in Iraq, South Koreans really like Tumblr, and Youtube is popular everywhere -- except China, of course

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Video: Obama teases Netanyahu about 'red lines'

The Israeli prime minister, who has warned the U.S. to set a red line on Iran's nuclear program, comes in for some presidential joshing.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013

South Korea under cyber attack: Is North Korea secretly awesome at hacking?

Who pulled off the attack on Korean banks?

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Was there a window of opportunity for success in Iraq?

For all the missteps of the initial invasion, it's possible that the war still could have gone differently.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Photos: Explore Mount Everest on Google Maps Street View

Mounts Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Everest are among the mountains users can hike (virtually) in a new Street Views update

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Video: Israel uses 'Golden Girls' theme to suggest that Obama still likes Netanyahu

The strange official video includes the cardboard cut-out leaders high-fiving, despite reports of a tense relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Russian analyst: Moscow believes Washington is gripped by 'strategic insanity'

Fyodor Lukyanov on the lessons that he says Russia drew from the Iraq War.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

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

11 people, institutions and countries insulted by Jordan's King Abdullah in The Atlantic

The "semi-absolute" monarch has some tough words for, well, everyone.

By Max Fisher  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Why was it so easy for a Chinese citizen to pose as a senior Communist Party official?

Zhou Xiyang faked his way to special treatment, exposing the depth of China's official corruption problem.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Today's Reads: Riches in Australia, memory in Iraq

Are Americans losing their nuclear taboo?

By Max Fisher  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, Iraq, Today's Reads, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Report offers clues to warlord's sudden surrender at U.S. Embassy

After years of operating with impunity in the Congo, something changed very dramatically for Bosco Ntaganda.

By Max Fisher  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/18/2013

A powerful video on war criminal Ntaganda, who just gave himself up to the U.S.

Indicted in 2006 for war crimes in the Congo, today he walked into a U.S. embassy and asked to face the International Criminal Court.

By Max Fisher  |  03:15 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Why did infamous war criminal Bosco Ntaganda just surrender at a U.S. embassy?

Years after being indicted by the International Criminal Court and with no apparent warning, "the terminator" has given himself up.

By Max Fisher  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Today's reads: photos of border crossings, guarded optimism on Iran

Also: Who are the world's five worst "enemies of the Internet"?

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, Iran, South Korea, Today's Reads, Vietnam

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Would Saddam Hussein have survived the Arab Spring?

My theory for why the Iraqi dictator, were he still alive, would have rode it out.

By Max Fisher  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria, Iraq, Syria

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Syria's pro-Assad hackers infiltrate Human Rights Watch Web site and Twitter feed

The Syrian Electronic Army has defaced the influential NGO's Web site.

By Max Fisher  |  05:18 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Video: Chinese police detain British reporter, unaware he's broadcasting live throughout

The Sky News live feed goes from Tiananmen Square to the back of a van to a surreal exchange in an empty school.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Iran's Web censors vs. Google Reader

Even if Iranians use Google Reader to evade censors, they probably couldn't do so for long.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2013

North Korea officially denounces the 'reptile media' for 'jabbering'

What does that even mean?

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Pope Francis's defense against the worst allegation about his role in the dirty war

Critics say that then-cardinal Bergoglio withdrew the church's support for two priests shortly before their kidnapping by the military.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, Religion

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Today's reads: Gay Argentines discuss Pope Francis

Also: What about Iran's fatwa banning nuclear weapons?

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2013

The 'Alawite Lane'

A sign of Syria's sectarian breakdown and a warning about what could happen after Assad.

By Max Fisher  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/15/2013

An alarming map of the global ivory trade that killed 17,000 elephants in one year

A 2011 study found that ivory poachers, which serve a surprisingly narrow market, killed 7.4 percent of Africa's elephants in 2011.

By Max Fisher  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Why some Argentines are skeptical of Pope Francis' role in the 'dirty war'

What does Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, have to do with his country's complicated internal conflict?

By Max Fisher  |  03:13 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Funny video explains what South Koreans think about the North

Youth in the South tend to be surprisingly relaxed about Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Argentina's newspapers exuberant about new pope

Francis' election is a big deal for Argentina, where more than 90 percent of the population is Catholic.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Xi Jinping's election as president of China, as told in crazy statistics

Share of the Chinese population granted the franchise in this election: 0.0002156819 percent.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Pope Francis's first day at the Vatican

On Wednesday, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected on the fifth vote of the conclave to serve as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

By Elizabeth Tenety  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/14/2013

China's disposable chopstick addiction is destroying its forests

As many as 20 million trees may be destroyed every year to produce the utensils.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Argentina's Congress broke into a fight when Bergoglio was announced as pope

The lower chamber's leftists didn't want to interrupt a ceremony devoted to Hugo Chavez.

By Max Fisher  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, Religion

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Sorry, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not the first non-European pope

He is actually the 11th. There have been several from the Middle East, including Saint Peter, and two from Africa.

By Max Fisher  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 03/13/2013

New pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, rode the bus because he gave up his limo

A much-cited story of the new Catholic leader's commitment to a humble life.

By Max Fisher  |  03:35 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013

What name will the new pope choose? Some clues in this infographic

A visual representation of 2,000 years of papal names.

By Max Fisher  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nextpope, Religion

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2013

North Korean propaganda video 'explains' what life is really like in Western countries

The video appears to be authentic, although it's difficult to know for sure.

By Max Fisher  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/13/2013

The science behind the Vatican's colored smoke signals

The conclave switched from wet straw to chemicals in a "concession to modern chemistry."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vatican City

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Video: Papal candidate Luis Antonio Tagle has quite a singing voice

The Filipino cardinal is described as a rock star within the church, so it's appropriate.

By Max Fisher  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, The Philippines

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Here's the trailer for 'Jews of Egypt,' which Egyptian state security has blocked from release

The documentary on the 1950s expulsion of Egypt's Jews is already controversial.

By Max Fisher  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Today's Reads: Eyes on Khatami, frustration in Wukan

Would the reformer Mohammed Khatami, a former president, run for the office again?

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013

A rare glimpse of North Korea's version of Facebook

The country has developed its own rudimentary social network, despite tightly controlled Internet access

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Live coverage: Jorge Mario Bergoglio chosen as Pope Francis during day two of papal conclave

Live coverage of day two of papal conclave

By Elizabeth Tenety  |  05:05 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 03/12/2013

How former Burmese political prisoner Win Tin survived 20 years in jail

The journalist and co-founder of Burma's National League for Democracy spent most of his incarceration in solitary confinement.

By Simon Denyer  |  11:19 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013

A puzzling photo from North Korea

Why do the country's surgeons where chef hats?

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/12/2013

An interesting map of the countries that Americans love, and the ones they don't

A new Gallup poll gauges U.S. public opinion toward 22 foreign countries.

By Max Fisher  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/12/2013

How the pope picks his name and why it matters

Odds are on Leo, Gregory and Pius, according to papal gamblers

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vatican City

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Chart: The curious history of papal elections

Conclaves used to take many months, then suddenly in 1846 they started lasting only a few days. Why?

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Why North Korea loves to threaten World War III (but probably won't follow through)

It helps to think of the country as like a child humbling his parents with a temper tantrum.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Updates from day one of papal conclave

Follow along with live updates as we watch the Catholic Church's conclave in Rome choose Benedict XVI's successor.

By Elizabeth Tenety  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Today's Reads: South Africa's future, Obama in Israel

Is the president's trip to the Middle East all about Iran?

By Max Fisher  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Today's Reads

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The story behind the photo: Journalist's 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes

The BBC's Jihad Misharawi was in his Gaza home when a round killed his young son and sister-in-law.

By Max Fisher  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013

United Nations report suggests Hamas may have killed Palestinian infant Omar Mishrawi

If true, this would be a significant shift in our understanding of a tragic incident that became a microcosm of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  07:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The Vatican goes dark: Inside the conclave's high-tech blackout

Any communication with the outside world is punishable by excommunication

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, Vatican City

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Photos: The Vatican's special 'white smoke' stove for announcing the new pope

Photos: The Vatican's special 'white smoke' stove for announcing the new pope

By Max Fisher  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Four reasons Japan still hasn't broken its nuclear addiction

A new poll finds most Japanese oppose nuclear power, but the politics are trickier than you might think.

By Chico Harlan  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Today's Reads: An awkward moment in Kabul, the 'Invisible Children' comic book

Drama at the Bolshoi, cross-cultural weddings, more

By Max Fisher  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, China, Russia, Today's Reads, Yemen

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Geography of the conclave: Who picks the pope, in one map

Nearly 40 percent of the world's Catholics are in Latin America, but only 17 percent of its pope-electing cardinals

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:43 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 03/08/2013

The tweets that cost Samira Ibrahim her State Department award

The Egyptian activist blames the "Zionist lobby in America" for the State Department's decision to review the award.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:02 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/08/2013

State TV video: Kim Jong Eun and adoring soldiers on South Korean border

The clip aired even as tensions escalate between North and South Korea

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/08/2013

In India, Syrian regime courts BRICS countries

An Assad adviser has called on Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to support a "political solution" in Syria

By Rama Lakshmi  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Women's political rights around the world, in one map

The countries where women still can't vote, run for office or sue for sexual harassment

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 03/08/2013

A photographic guide to the world's embalmed leaders

Chavez will join Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong and several other perfectly preserved luminaries

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:34 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Today's reads: Lifting the Cuba embargo, kosher locusts

Also: the chances of hacking the papal conclave

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 03/08/2013

How China censors 100 million tweets per day

A new study estimates as many as 4,200 human censors could be watching Weibo, China's Twitter equivalent

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:32 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Who is Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the captured bin Laden son-in-law?

The Kuwait native and former religious teacher could be bin Laden's closest relative to face trial in American court.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Syrian Facebook video mocks U.S. aid

The parody echoes claims that Kerry's heralded non-lethal aid package isn't enough

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Ahmadinejad: 'Chavez will return to Earth'

The Iranian president isn't the only one talking about Chavez in almost messianic terms.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Today's reads: The woes of Chavez's successor, crime in Kenya

Also: an examination of Chavez's obsession with the book "Les Miserables."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venzuela

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Unique photography project gets strong reception in Iran

Azadeh Aklhaghi's "By an Eye Witness" is a unique undertaking in the country.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013

An incredible map of which countries e-mail each other, and why

The U.S. falls closest Israel, Switzerland and Italy

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Russian dancer behind the Moscow acid attack performed in D.C.

The brutal attack has riveted observers in Moscow, who "consider the Bolshoi Ballet a cultural jewel emblematic of their city and its treasures."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Google Street View maps ghost town evacuated after Fukushima

Twenty thousand people have fled the town of Namie since the Daiichi nuclear meltdown two years ago

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:07 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Hugo Chavez's legacy, in six charts

Public approval -- and poverty -- decreased during Chavez's tenure

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 03/06/2013

There are now 1 million Syrian refugees

More than 400,000 people have fled Syria since January alone.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:10 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013

How the Venezuelan press is remembering Hugo Chavez

"The structures of the State built in his image and likeness," reads an editorial in one paper

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Strangulation of infant leads to grief, soul-searching in China

A carjacking-gone-wrong in northeast China has some questioning the country's "money-crazed values"

By Zhang Jie and William Wan  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Today's reads: Chavez's legacy, U.S. globalization (or lack thereof)

Also: an in-depth analysis of Chavez's influence in Latin American

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 03/05/2013

U.S. politicians, world leaders react to the death of Hugo Chavez

To Brazil, the Venezuelan president was "a great leader"; to the U.S., a "dictator" and "tyrant."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:04 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Maduro promises to investigate Chavez 'assassination'

Chavez himself also accused the U.S. of trying to kill him

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:09 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/05/2013

The changing geography of international air travel

United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Qatar, travel, transportation, airlines

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:10 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Arab Emirates

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Syria's education crisis, in three charts

School attendance in Aleppo has plummeted to 6 percent

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013

South Africa, once called 'the world's rape capital,' is running out of rape kits

"The high incidences of rape around the country make the situation untenable," a parliamentary committee said in a statement.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Dennis Rodman's trip: A video recap from North Korean media

A sizable chunk of the 15-minute film shows ecstatic North Koreans cheering Rodman and Kim Jong Eun on

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Today's reads: Drunk diplomats, everything you ever wanted to know about drones

Also: the "chaos" of Syria's many rebel groups

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Nations

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Is the Pirate Bay really moving to North Korea?

There is considerable reason for doubt.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:52 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Israel's Palestinian-only buses draw accusations of segregation, apartheid

Israel's Transportation Ministry launched the new bus lines after settlers complained Palestinians were a "security risk."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:21 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Why Obama can't just call Kim Jong Eun, as Dennis Rodman suggested

The last time the U.S. and North Korea engaged in direct talks, Pyongyang launched a satellite mere weeks later.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/04/2013

The scene at the Kenyan polls: Long waits and half-mile lines

Observers predict the country's best turnout as polls close with many still in line to vote

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kenya

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Today's reads: Slam dunk diplomacy, Chinese political cliques

Also: the many drawbacks of elderly leaders

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Claustrophobia-inducing photos of Japan's 'capsule apartments'

In Tokyo, the world's most expensive city, rent on a standard two-bedroom apartment can cost more than $4,000 a month.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Are Syria's pro-Assad hackers up to something more nefarious?

Social media hacks are a reminder that the Syrian Electronic Army may also be spying on revolutionary groups.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/01/2013

In China, death row entertainment is nothing new

In one show, death row inmates discussed their crimes and regrets with the in-your-face host.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/01/2013

State Department: No position on Dennis Rodman's North Korea trip

"Private individual Americans are welcome to take actions they see fit," a spokesman said.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Syrian refugee count could hit 1 million within a week

The United Nations estimates that 7,000 people flee war-torn Syria each day

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Today's reads: Ping-pong diplomacy, John Kerry's big job

Also: Whimsical photos of China's break-neck growth.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:36 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Kim Jong Eun inherited an eccentric obsession with basketball from father Kim Jong Il

The elder North Korean leader fixated particularly on the Chicago Bulls, an interest he passed on to his son and successor.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 03/01/2013

What Germany's beer consumption says about its demographic shift

Germans drink less than they have in a generation -- maybe because the beer-drinkers are aging.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:55 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Dennis Rodman plastered on the front page of North Korea's state newspaper

As expected, the Rodong Sinmun is already using Rodman's visit for propaganda purposes.

By Max Fisher  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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