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WorldViews: September, 2013

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Bombings in Iraq aren't just killing Iraqis they're also helping Syria's Assad

Iraq's worsening violence feeds into Syria which feeds back into Iraq.

By Max Fisher  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2013

In show of openness, Iranian newspaper publishes interview with U.S. diplomat

Putting the face of a State Department employee on a prominent Iranian outlet is a big deal.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Even Ahmadinejad is sort of happy about Iran's opening with Obama

The hard-line former president can't bring himself to condemn Rouhani's historic phone call.

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013

After years of anti-Americanism, Tehran's political establishment signals support for detente

President Rouhani's outreach to Obama is getting a surprisingly positive reception at home.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Obama said, 'Khodahafez' to Iran's president. Here's what that means.

Everything you could possibly want to know about the Farsi word Obama used with Rouhani.

By Max Fisher  |  05:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 09/27/2013

READ AND WATCH: Obama reveals historic phone call with Iran's president

The call was the first direct contact between an American and an Iranian president since 1979.

By Max Fisher  |  04:55 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Wow: The American and Iranian presidents just had their first direct contact in 34 years

Rouhani ended the historic conversation with "have a nice day." Obama responded "Khodahafez," colloquial Farsi for goodbye.

By Max Fisher  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Americans are less worried about climate change than almost anyone else

Americans are some of the least likely in the world to call climate change a "major threat," and are ranked 33rd out of 39.

By Max Fisher  |  03:16 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Jon Stewart's 'Persiastroika' joke about Iran was funny, but it was also wrong

He's the latest to compare Rouhani to Gorbachev but he's not.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2013

'You're not the boss of the world': Regular Iranians speak directly to America

"Your behavior is not very good. Your politics are about war and it's terrifying."

By Max Fisher  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Map: How the world's countries compare on income inequality (the U.S. ranks below Nigeria)

Some economists want to use a new way to measure equality. Here’s what their metric shows.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Spaniards are less productive, constantly tired because Spain is in the wrong time zone

Spain’s odd time zone, a hold-over from World War Two, is fueling worker inefficiency and hurting the economy.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spain

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Did the window for arming Syrian rebels just close?

A big shake-up in the opposition may have shut off some U.S. options for the war.

By Max Fisher  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Hassan Rouhani’s Jewish problem

Rouhani is trying to win over Western skeptics of Iran as well as Iranian skeptics of the West.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Pakistan’s earthquake was so violent it created this new island in the Indian Ocean

Bewildered locals walked across the tennis court-sized island just after the 7.7-magnitude quake.

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:08 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pakistan

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013

North Korea’s nuclear program may now be self-sufficient. Why that’s scary.

Is Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment becoming sanctions-proof?

By Max Fisher  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, North Korea

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Why Obama’s big U.N. speech on Syria was so awkwardly inconsistent

Obama wants to end the war and curb chemical weapons, but calls for contradictory action to achieve those goals.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, United Nations

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Israel to boycott Iran’s U.N. speech, signaling deep skepticism of Rouhani

Israeli diplomats will walk out of the new Iranian president’s speech.

By Max Fisher  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama tempers outreach to Iran, with a nod to Israeli concerns

Why Obama is hardening his stance at precisely the moment when Tehran seems most receptive to detente.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Read: Full text of Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Syria, Iran and war

The president pledged deep U.S. involvement in the Middle East and in ending conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013

For once, the U.N. General Assembly actually matters. Here are eight big reasons why.

WORLDVIEWS | There’s a lot at stake in New York, from detente with Iran to NSA spying.

By Max Fisher  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia, Syria

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 09/23/2013

‘Ladies, it’s your fault’: Viral video calls out India’s culture of victim-blaming

Indian women are increasingly questioning the culture of blaming victims for sexual assault.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  01:06 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/23/2013

‘In China, it’s never like this’: An interview with Peter Hessler

What the New Yorker’s long-time Beijing correspondent learned on relocating to Cairo.

By William Wan  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Egypt

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 09/22/2013

At Nairobi mall, covering a war zone too close to home

The war on terror becomes personal for a Post reporter covering the hostage situation at the Westgate Mall.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  08:08 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kenya

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Americans are tweeting about ‘Syria’ almost as much as ‘twerking’ sometimes more

New research finds that in August, more people tweeted about twerking than Syria in every U.S. state except for two.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:50 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Washington Post op-ed, annotated

Reading between the lines of the new Iranian leader’s big column.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 09/19/2013

An e-mail to the United States from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Assad says he wants $1 billion from the U.S. to remove his chemical weapons.

By Max Fisher  |  04:36 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013

John McCain’s self-defeating Pravda op-ed can only help Putin

The Republican senator fired back at Putin’s New York Times column.

By Max Fisher  |  02:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Yes, Iran is watching Obama’s handling of Syria closely. Why that’s great news.

Backing down on Syria is the best thing Obama could do for his credibility with Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Did we just get a glimpse of Syria’s second civil war?

Open fighting between moderate and extremist rebels is a very bad sign for the conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Two great signs and a dubious one from Iranian President Rouhani’s first Western interview

Iran’s new president made some promising overtures for peace, but had some odd words on the nuclear program.

By Max Fisher  |  06:40 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Anthony Bourdain explains the Israel-Palestine conflict through food

Everyone should see the travel and food writer’s hour-long special, from Jerusalem to Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  10:56 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 09/17/2013

The Air Force blew up this tiny ‘pirate boat’ with a 2,000-pound smart bomb, because America

The Air Force got a little overzealous in selling its fancy GBU-10 bombs as anti-piracy weapons.

By Max Fisher  |  02:36 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Military

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Still doubt Assad’s forces were behind Syria’s chemical attack? Look at this map.

The sarin-filled artillery shells appear to have been fired from within a Republican Guard base.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Why Obama’s indecisive, wishy-washy Syria strategy is actually working

The president’s lack of resolve may actually be an asset in the Syria crisis.

By Max Fisher  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Facebook, Twitter blocked again in Iran

Less than a day after becoming accessible, Twitter and Facebook go dark without official comment.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:46 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Four years later, Twitter and Facebook flash back online in parts of Iran

The apparent change comes just days after the foreign minister’s Twitter account was officially confirmed.

By Jason Rezaian  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/16/2013

An infographic guide to Syria’s chemical weapons, how they work and how to destroy them

The infographic explains what chemical weapons do to people and how they’re delivered.

By Max Fisher  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 09/16/2013

The U.N. chemical weapons report is pretty damning for Assad

Five details in the report seem to strongly implicate the Syrian government.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/16/2013

What Syria looks like to Red Cross workers on the ground

An interview with Magne Barth, the head of mission of the ICRC in Syria.

By Ernesto Londo o  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Russian official blames Navy Yard shooting on ‘American exceptionalism’

“Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” writes Duma foreign affairs chief Alexei Pushkin.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Former NSA director’s view of the Internet looks a lot like China’s

Michael Hayden’s speech sounded eerily reminiscent of the sort of argument one might hear here in China.

By Simon Denyer  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Everything is a negotiation: How to understand the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff

While it may look messy, the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff is actually just standard diplomacy. And it’s working.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Is it possible that Putin wrote the New York Times op-ed himself?

The answer would be an easy “no” if not for this one strange paragraph.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/12/2013

This is how jihadists celebrated the Sept. 11 anniversary

Extremists marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with propaganda and cake.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed, annotated and fact-checked

The Russian president made a direct appeal to Americans. Here’s a look between the lines.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 09/12/2013

No, Obama did not just confer international legitimacy on Assad

It’s been the U.S. position for months that Assad should step down only as part of a voluntary peace deal.

By Max Fisher  |  07:22 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/11/2013

This is the speech Obama would give on Syria if he were brutally honest

The president made his case to the nation for striking Syria. What if he’d taken truth pills?

By Max Fisher  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2013

To sell Syria, Obama chose political science over scare tactics. That’s a big deal.

His speech felt like a lesson in political science, not the threat-inflation we usually hear from presidents seeking military action.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013

This is the hard part: Getting that Syria plan through the United Nations

It all comes down to whether the world can agree on how to hold Assad accountable.

By Max Fisher  |  05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Don’t get your hopes up. Syria might be adopting the North Korea playbook.

Assad could pretend to be forever on the verge of disarming.

By Max Fisher  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Yes, Russia might oppose its own Syria plan. Here’s why.

Russia’s threat to block its own proposal for removing Syrian chemical weapons might not be as bad as it seems.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/10/2013

A fascinating map of the world’s happiest and least happy countries

Can you measure happiness? A UN-sponsored Columbia University report set out to try.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Syria’s plan to give up its chemical weapons could make things worse, not better

Eight hard truths about Russia’s proposal that should give anyone pause.

By Max Fisher  |  09:19 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 09/09/2013

John Kerry is dangerously bad at selling Syria strikes

Kerry's fumbles aren't just bad politics, they pose a real threat to U.S. diplomacy on Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons. Game changer or a shrewd bluff?

Even if Russia's proposal for Syria is just a diversion, it's a sign that Obama's approach is actually working.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Charlie Rose shows he knows Obama’s weak spots

This is code-switching of a subtle and very high-stakes sort.

By Max Fisher  |  10:33 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 09/07/2013

Here’s Michele Bachmann thanking the Egyptian military for the coup and crackdowns

"We've seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We remember who caused nine-one-one in America."

By Max Fisher  |  08:42 PM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 09/07/2013

Samantha Power’s case for striking Syria

"We have exhausted our options."

By Max Fisher  |  07:40 AM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/06/2013

A brief video introduction to Iran’s Jewish community (yes, really!)

Iran's president wished them all a happy Rosh Hashanah this week.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Actual good news: U.S. and Iran still looking for peace, despite tension over Syria

A rare silver lining in a region full of bad news.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Obama finally made his case on Syria. Here are his four big points.

"People look to the United States and ask, 'What are you going to do?'"

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013

A terrorism expert’s Twitter rant about how we get Syrian rebels all wrong

"One simply CANNOT view the #Syria conflict as one single conflict."

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The four reasons Russia won’t give up Syria, no matter what Obama does

President Obama might want to talk Putin out of backing Assad, but he probably can't.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The real case for Syria strikes makes sense, so why isn’t anyone making it?

Here's the administration's original argument and why they may have decided it's impossible to sell politically.

By Max Fisher  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/04/2013

This Jon Stewart episode is everything wrong with how we talk about Syria

Actual Syrians have become supporting players in a drama that's all about us.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Iran’s president just wished all Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah on Twitter

Is this a tiny gesture of goodwill toward Israel?

By Max Fisher  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/03/2013

The 11 questions Congress faces on Syria

What's at stake for the U.S.? Who's on our side? What happens if we do nothing?

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Teju Cole’s 9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question of his parody is "What is Britain?"

By Max Fisher  |  09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Syria, United Kingdom

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Should the the U.S. strike Syria? These are the five smartest arguments.

Some of the strongest cases for and against limited U.S. military strikes against Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Capturing Syria: A brief video interview with war photographer Goran Tomasevic

"If I show the brutality of the war, like in Syria, maybe some people will think a bit more."

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

 

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