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WorldViews: June, 2013

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 06/30/2013

Amazing photos of Egypt's massive demonstrations

Protesters calling for President Morsi to step down filled Cairo on Sunday.

By Max Fisher  |  05:12 PM ET, 06/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Video appears to show worsening violence in Egypt ahead of Sunday's protests

Major demonstrations are planned for June 30.

By Max Fisher  |  05:04 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 06/28/2013

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

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

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

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Why South Africa's 'NO-Bama Coalition' is protesting Obama's visit

The U.S. leader is overwhelmingly popular in South Africa, but some see him as perpetuating "apartheid" and "genocide."

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obamainafrica, South Africa

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/28/2013

What Obama really saw at the 'Door of No Return,' a disputed memorial to the slave trade

Scholars concluded that the site was not really so important for the slave trade.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, obamainafrica, Senegal

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Newly unearthed tomb sheds light on mysterious civilization that preceded the Inca

Archaeologists still don't know how the Wari expanded so widely or why they collapsed but they're getting closer.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Peru

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 06/27/2013

From colonialism to 'kill the gays': The surprisingly recent roots of homophobia in Africa

An awkward moment today between Obama and the president of Senegal is a reminder of the struggles facing many African gays.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Malawi, obamainafrica, Uganda

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Israeli settler leaders call for a boycott of their own against McDonald's

The move is a response to a McDonald's franchise turning down an offer to open a branch in the town of Ariel.

By Ruth Eglash  |  02:20 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Indian TV reporter fired after filing flood report from the shoulders of a local victim

Narayan Pargaien said that the local had never met "someone of my level" and was just showing respect.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:13 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Hacker group Anonymous is no match for North Korea

Why a group that broke into MasterCard and the Vatican couldn't crack into one of the world's poorest countries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Snowden's only safe choice may be to stay in Russia indefinitely

Other options, from Ecuador to Iceland, pose very real risks. Why Russia is a very special case.

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Ecuador also sheltered a Snowden-like asylum-seeker from Belarus (after jailing him)

The case sheds a different light on the country's seemingly political hints that it might shelter Snowden.

By Max Fisher  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Belarus, Ecuador

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's what happens to asylum-seekers who stay in airport limbo indefinitely

In 2007, an Iranian dissident and her two young children also found themselves stuck in the Sheremetyevo Airport limbo.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Why Cuba might not be safe for Snowden

The country pledged not to accept any more American fugitives in 2006.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin and the limits of American diplomacy

Why can't the United States compel Russia to extradite such a highly sought fugitive?

By Max Fisher  |  02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Reporters who chased Snowden to Havana now enjoying unexpected tropical vacations

As one Finnish journalist observed, Snowden might still be in Moscow -- but it's 88 degrees in Havana today.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Russia's own visa rules say Moscow has had legal right to seize Snowden for past 24 hours

Putin and his foreign minister say they can't touch someone in the "transit zone," but that hasn't been true since Monday.

By Max Fisher  |  12:23 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Jon Stewart's brilliant appearance on Egypt's version of 'The Daily Show'

He and Bassem Youssef joke about the differences and similarities between their roles in Egypt versus America.

By Max Fisher  |  10:42 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 06/25/2013

India considers legalizing sports gambling as way to curb match-fixing

A recent spate of game-fixing scandals has prompted calls for a radical solution.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:12 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Believe it or not, China likely allowed Snowden's exit as a favor to the U.S.

In the absence of a solution that would satisfy Beijing, Hong Kong and Washington, the Snowden problem was simply jettisoned

By Max Fisher  |  04:14 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Snowden's Russia problem: Why a libertarian activist made friends with authoritarian states

How did the NSA leaker end up working with governments that represent everything he says he opposes?

By Max Fisher  |  02:37 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ecuador, Russia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 06/24/2013

As many as 24 journalists trailed Snowden on Havana flight, but he's not on it

"Standing next to Edward Snowden's seat on flight to Cuba," the AP's Max Seddon tweeted. "He ain't here."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:07 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Socialcam: Videos from Turkey

The Washington Post is partnering with Socialcam to share stories and video directly from the scene of the protests in Turkey.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Why journalist-jailing Ecuador would open its arms to Edward Snowden

The country has positioned itself as a bulwark against American imperialism, partly to justify restrictions at home.

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ecuador

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Palestinians find an unlikely hero in 'Arab Idol' contest show winner

Mohammad Assaf had to bribe an Egyptian border guard just to leave Gaza to audition.

By William Booth  |  08:09 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The two videos that explain Brazil's protest movement

A Brazilian filmmaker explains why she's boycotting the World Cup and another talks to protesters on the ground.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/21/2013

'I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist': More Burmese embracing anti-Muslim violence

The rapidly growing movement professes sectarian violence that bears little resemblance to the Buddhism of the Dalai Lama.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, Religion

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

'Hope brought me to America': A North Korean defector tells his inspiring story

Joseph Kim recounts life as a starving orphan, his journey to freedom and the chicken wing that changed his life.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Merkel calls Internet 'uncharted territory,' earns Web's endless mockery

Jokes about the German chancellor went viral on social media after she defended PRISM in a press conference.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/20/2013

The U.S. military is scrapping up to 2,000 of its mine-resistant vehicles, which cost $1 million each

The Pentagon is disposing of as much as $7 billion worth of hardware that's too expensive to ship home.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Military

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 06/20/2013

China's economy is freezing up. How freaked out should we be?

Thursday may have marked the beginning of the end of 20 years of rapid economic growth.

By Max Fisher  |  01:37 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/20/2013

The refugee crisis you don't see: 29 million people displaced in their own countries

Those people are harder to reach and often receive less humanitarian aid.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Chinese hackers referencing PRISM to lure e-mail victims

The e-mail scam purports to share a secret list of U.S. cyber snooping targets.

By Max Fisher  |  04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Before-and-after satellite photos from Darfur show entire villages wiped off the map

Attacks by a government-linked militia leader destroyed 88 percent of buildings in the town of Abu Jeradil.

By Max Fisher  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sudan

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/19/2013

The ultimate symbol of why Afghan peace talks will be so difficult

The Taliban insisted on flying its official flag and banner over its Doha office, a discouraging sign.

By Max Fisher  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 06/18/2013

On Michael Hastings

The journalist who brought down Stanley McChrystal died at age 33.

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Home News

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Explaining Brazil's protest movement with photos and tweets

Brazil's largest protests in more than 20 years drew more than 100,000 demonstrators in several cities.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:46 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Egypt appoints member of terror group that once massacred tourists to run tourism region

President Morsi's decision seems unlikely to help flagging tourism revenue.

By Max Fisher  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Amazing point-of-view video shows what it feels like in the middle of Rio's massive protest

Can the demonstrations maintain their positive atmosphere?

By Max Fisher  |  02:39 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Indian court rules that any couple who sleeps together is considered married

The ruling had many here scratching their heads.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  02:21 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Israeli politicians form new caucus to track the U.S. relationship

The move reflects growing concern that Jerusalem is getting complacent about its most important alliance.

By Ruth Eglash  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013

The two surprisingly small but notoriously difficult issues standing between the U.S. and Iran

Obama and Rouhani have described a deal that should be palatable to them both. So why is it so hard to get there?

By Max Fisher  |  01:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Obama's doctrine on Syria: 'What we're trying to do is take sides against extremists'

The U.S. seems to be making chaos, instability and extremism its primary adversaries in Syria, not President Assad.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Fareed Zakaria's case against U.S. involvement in Syria

Is he right that a sectarian bloodletting is going to happen whether we try to stop it or not?

By Max Fisher  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Report: Kim Jong Un handing out copies of 'Mein Kampf' to senior North Korean officials

Pyongyang is apparently hoping to learn lessons from Germany's economic and military revival during the inter-war period.

By Max Fisher  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Five astonishing videos from Turkey's protests and crackdowns

A remote-controlled device took this stunning aerial footage of the square.

By Max Fisher  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/17/2013

New poll finds Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan still popular; though support is declining

About half of Turks say their country is moving toward authoritarianism, the survey finds.

By Max Fisher  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013

5 things to know about Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani

The moderate new leaders is seen as predisposed to compromising with the U.S. but also as backing the nuclear program.

By Max Fisher  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Iran's next president, in speech: 'I will try to improve peace in the world by engagement'

Hassan Rouhani hints at a shift away from years of confrontation and "resistance."

By Max Fisher  |  03:31 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Video: Young Iranians fill streets in celebration of their new president, Hossan Rouhani

The scenes are a remarkable contrast with the violence and anger of the 2009 election.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Iran's next president, Hassan Rouhani, seen as best hope for ending nuclear standoff with West

The former nuclear negotiator has a record of pragmatism and enters office at a key moment.

By Max Fisher  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Taliban fighters shrug off NSA surveillance revelations: 'We knew'

A spokesperson for the insurgents said, "we have used our technical resources to foil their efforts and have been able to stop them from succeeding so far."

By Kevin Sieff  |  03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013

DNA tests estimate that Prince William is 0.3 to 0.8 percent Indian

A distant relative of the next king of England appears to have been Indian.

By Max Fisher  |  03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, United Kingdom

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Why small arms would be unlikely to help Syria's rebels

Both champions and critics of intervention warn that sending just small arms would carry little benefit with high risk.

By Max Fisher  |  02:34 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 06/14/2013

'Everything we have now is because of Jalili and his courage'

The nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate promises "resistance" and "pure Islam."

By Max Fisher  |  01:51 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013

How do Iran's supreme leader and president split power? Here's a chart explaining it.

Yes, the Islamic Republic has some democratic institutions. No, they're not very powerful.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Japanese girl group sings about Abenomics, sets hemlines by the Nikkei

The group's name literally translates as "Economic Conditions on the Streets of Japan."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

American who speaks 23 languages says Persian is his favorite

Tim Doner is what's called a hyperpolyglot

By Max Fisher  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013

For Iranian politicians, public weeping can be a virtue

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 06/13/2013

The U.S. says Syria has used chemical weapons. Now what?

Obama called it a "red line," but it's not clear that his administration is changing course.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 06/13/2013

A shooting in Taksim still echoes for protesters

What happened to Sarısülük?

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013

North Korea seeking to deepen ties with far-away Uganda

Pyongyang, never great at making allies, has deepened ties with the small African state.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Uganda

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

Pakistani Facebook users enraged by cheesy State Department video

"Mr. Ambassador -- u cant win the hearts of [Pakistanis] with these gimmicks."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:06 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Prominent law professor disputes NYU 'booted' Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng

Jerome Cohen on the New York Post story: "No political refugee, even Albert Einstein, has received better treatment by an American academic institution."

By Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/13/2013

In case you weren't clear on Russia Today's relationship to Moscow, Putin clears it up

Russia's president says the network "cannot help but reflect the Russian government's official position."

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

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

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

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

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

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Shirtless Israeli legislator draws mockery for posting steamy photo on Facebook

Social media users have turned Boaz Toporovsky's 4 a.m. photo into a meme.

By Ruth Eglash  |  09:57 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Here's a video of Turkish protesters singing a song from 'Les Miserables'

How did they get the piano in there?

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Top secret clearance holders so numerous they include 'packers/craters'

As many as 4 million people hold top secret clearance. Is that information really still secret?

By Max Fisher  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Obama administration convinced EU to drop measure that would have blocked NSA spying

The revelation may exacerbate European outrage over the PRISM program.

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, europe

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Poll: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan enjoys high approval ratings, except in Istanbul

The protests and crackdowns don't appear to have dampened his wide public support.

By Max Fisher  |  01:24 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Video: Russian President Vladimir Putin tries out his English

In two and a half minute speech, the Russian president makes a case for Yekaterinburg to host the World Expo.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013

'America talked the talk while Iran walked the walk'

How did Tehran outmaneuver the U.S., not to mention Saudi Arabia, in Syria's civil war?

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Report: Iran's foreign minister secretly urged 'broad discussions' with the U.S.

It's a sign that there's internal pressure on the supreme leader to deal directly with Washington.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Chinese newspaper: Edward Snowden staying in Hong Kong, despite many reasons to flee

The NSA leaker has every reason to flee to a country that can offer him asylum but, strangely, hasn't.

By Max Fisher  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 06/11/2013

This video shows just how serious things are getting in Turkey's protest center

The once-quiet square is now filled with tear gas.

By Max Fisher  |  04:44 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Report: Syrian rebels executed a 14-year-old boy for insulting Islam

Al-Qaeda-allied groups are exerting ever crueler authority over areas under their control.

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Germans so outraged at U.S. over spying that Merkel will raise the issue directly with Obama

The country is uniquely sensitive when it comes to government monitoring and electronic surveillance.

By Max Fisher  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/11/2013

U.S. thinks hacking can slow the spread of extremist ideology. Can it?

If the Internet has proven anything, it's that the flow of ideas has become largely unstoppable.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2013

This map of global public opinion toward Iran is bad news for Tehran

A Pew poll finds that the country is overwhelmingly disliked everywhere expect Pakistan.

By Max Fisher  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

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

Why Iceland might not be willing to shelter Edward Snowden

The NSA leaker has said the country would be his first choice, but it's not clear they would take him.

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 06/11/2013

If asked, Moscow says, it would consider granting Edward Snowden asylum

"The U.S. would be hysterical," one Russian official wrote on Twitter.

By Kathy Lally  |  08:39 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Is Snowden right that there's no distinction between U.S. and Chinese hacking?

The NSA leaker argued as much in justifying his leaks, but it's not clear that he's right.

By Max Fisher  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Could Bradley Manning help Edward Snowden win political asylum?

The NSA leaker has a difficult case to make for political asylum, but he could cite Manning's mistreatment as evidence of persecution.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013

'This is the definition of heroism': Snowden lauded in China

Web users in the country seem to see him as both a fellow activists against corruption and a repudiation of Western lecturing.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, National Security

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Edward Snowden could strain to qualify for asylum under international law

The 29-year-old NSA leaker says he will seek asylum, but would he be able to?

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

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

A rare Iran presidential poll shows Tehran mayor Ghalibaf as runaway favorite

The pragmatic technocrat appears to hold a wide lead in nearly all demographics.

By Max Fisher  |  06:03 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Leaked documents hint at Obama's emerging cyberwar doctrine

The president appears to see cyber weapons a lot like drones: a tool for quiet preemption.

By Max Fisher  |  04:33 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

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

Despite Americans' outrage, NSA scandal draws mostly shrugs abroad

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

By Max Fisher  |  02:59 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Few taboos in Iran's presidential debate: Candidates clash on nuclear talks, student crackdowns

Some of the candidates challenged the status quo on key national issues.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 06/07/2013

A map of the countries with the most dangerous roads

A World Health Organization report measures road safety across over 100 countries.

By Max Fisher  |  09:44 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Putin's wife, a former flight attendant, cites 'problems with flying' in announcing divorce

The Russian first lady offers a difficult-to-believe explanation for splitting with the president.

By Max Fisher  |  03:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

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

What the NSA can and can't learn about your calls from its Verizon court order

The U.S. intelligence agency can see who you called and for how long but not what you said.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013

NSA chief, two weeks ago: 'We're the only ones not spying on the American people'

General Keith Alexander made some awkwardly timed comments in the agency's defense.

By Max Fisher  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Expert: NSA phone data collection has likely been ongoing since 2006

The just-leaked order appears to be renewable every 90 days.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

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

What Samantha Power actually said about 'imposing a solution' on Israel

In a 2002 interview, she gave a strange answer to a hypothetical about how to respond to impending genocide in Israel-Palestine.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013

What do Susan Rice and Samantha Power promotions mean for Syria policy? Probably not much

The two are famous supporters of liberal interventionism, but don't look for them to push it in Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Did Michelle Obama just set back U.S.-China diplomacy a tiny bit?

The first lady's odd decision to skip the California summit with Xi Jinping is already discouraging Chinese political scientists.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

A revealing map of the countries that are most and least tolerant of homosexuality

African and Muslim countries score as the least tolerant, with Western and Latin countries the most accepting.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Gender, Maps, Philippines, Religion

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Nicholas Kristof's hair-raising dispatch from Beijing, June 4, 1989

Revisiting the article 24 years later helps us better understand what it felt like at the time.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013

'Fool's errand': Why China censors rubber duckies on Tiananmen anniversary

The Chinese government's refusal to address the questions that opened the 1989 protests has lasted 24 years.

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/04/2013

This is the song of Tiananmen: 'Blindfold my eyes and cover the sky'

Cui Jian's "Nothing to My Name" became the anthem of both the protests and the massacre that followed.

By Max Fisher  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Why it's good news for the U.S. that China is snapping up Iraq's oil

Iraqi petroleum is increasingly flowing east, but that's not such a bad thing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Energy, Iraq

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

Scenes from Istanbul: What it's like to photograph Turkey's protests

Emine Gozde Sevim on what it's like to be a photojournalist covering protests in her hometown.

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

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

The photo that encapsulates Turkey's protests and the severe police crackdown

Why did the police need so many armored men to pepper spray a young woman in the face?

By Max Fisher  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Correspondent's Diary: Among the smugglers of Sinai

A Bedouin tribesman proposes kidnapping the Post's Abigail Hauslohner

By Abigail Hauslohner  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 06/03/2013

China's constitution debate hits a sensitive nerve

New rules restrict educators from discussing the touchy subject.

By Li Qi and William Wan  |  09:46 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/01/2013

A stunning 90-second video of Turkey's protests

The fast-paced video offers a glimpse inside the demonstrations shaking Turkey.

By Max Fisher  |  02:05 PM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

 

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