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WorldViews: October, 2013

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Chinese officials produce a lot of badly forged photos, but this might be the worst

Why do Chinese officials keep getting caught releasing fake photographs?

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/31/2013

How British colonialism determined whether your country celebrates Halloween

Why Australia still doesn’t celebrate the holiday today.

By Max Fisher  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013

How the world’s populations are changing, in one map

This map shows which countries are growing fastest and which are shrinking

By Max Fisher  |  07:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Maps

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Who’s afraid of AIPAC: Is everything we think about lobbying and foreign policy wrong?

What it says that a group of idealistic kids got the U.S. to send troops after Joseph Kony.

By Max Fisher  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, Uganda

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Le Monde says this PowerPoint slide reveals massive U.S. spying. The NSA says that’s wrong.

Read the controversial document at the heart of this week’s NSA scandal.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France, NSA, Spain

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Why America spies on its allies (and probably should)

Revelations that the U.S. may have tapped Merkel’s cellphone are shocking. But should they be?

By Max Fisher  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France, Germany

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Congress’s top NSA watchdog is absolutely furious

“It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary,” Sen. Feinstein says in a statement.

By Max Fisher  |  06:08 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013

You may never eat street food in China again after watching this video

Black market dealers turn garbage or sewage into cooking oil. It’s gross.

By Max Fisher  |  04:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women goes way beyond its ban on driving

This video explains why it’s a much larger system than just driving laws.

By Max Fisher  |  12:49 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Incredible photos of Tiananmen Square shut down after bizarre car crash

This is what it looks like when a car careens into China’s most politically sensitive spot.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013

‘No Woman, No Drive’: Saudi Arabian music video spoofs ban on female drivers

The Bob Marley parody nicely skewers the law.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/27/2013

7 ridiculous restrictions on women’s rights around the world

It’s not just driving: women in some countries aren’t allowed to leave the house without their husband’s permission.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Saudi women set to drive in protest and to show their rising clout

The women of Saudi Arabia women are making progress, on and off the road.

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/25/2013

This map shows the 7.3 magnitude quake that just hit off Japan’s coast

It’s not considered a major threat but is an eery reminder of the March 2011 quake.

By Max Fisher  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/25/2013

North Korea is losing a crucial source of income: Koreans in Japan

Chongryon gets downgraded in Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Israel shaken by string of minor earthquakes

Seismic activity hits the Holy Land.

By William Booth  |  11:11 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Don’t think South Korea has a race problem? Check out these cigarette ads.

“This Africa” cigarette packs feature an illustration of baboons roasting tobacco.

By Max Fisher  |  10:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013

A visual report card for U.S. foreign relations in 2013 (it looks pretty bad)

This map shows the U.S.’s diplomatic gains and setbacks this year.

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013

China’s bystander problem: Another death after crowd ignores woman in peril

Why do Chinese bystanders so often ignore people in peril?

By Max Fisher  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/24/2013

This Egyptian writer is way, way too excited about the country’s military leader

Sometimes Egypt’s rising nationalism can look a little overheated.

By Max Fisher  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013

The Rihanna Israel-Palestine controversy that never really happened

The singer provoked brief outrage for a song lyric she never actually sang.

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Obama’s phone call with Angela Merkel sounds like it was horribly awkward

The German chancellor called, outraged, over reports the U.S. was monitoring her phone.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany, NSA

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Political science says Syria’s civil war will probably last at least another decade

Studies find the average civil war runs 10 years, but Syria’s has many traits that can make them even longer.

By Max Fisher  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013

North Korea may have secretly engineered computer games to launch mass cyber attack

Free-to-play games may actually be “Trojan Horses” that allow Pyongyang to control your computer.

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy

A lack of interest in romantic relationships is setting off a demographic time-bomb that threatens all of us.

By Max Fisher  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Six reasons the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are moving apart

A break-up probably isn’t imminent, but the once-close allies are looking more like frenemies.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Why WikiLeaks and Julian Assange hate the WikiLeaks movie

The whistle-blowing organization has spent months campaigning against the film.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Good news from Syria (really): Chemical weapons being dismantled on schedule

The good news is also kind of bad news, though.

By Max Fisher  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Clinton reveals U.S. role in high-level 2012 incident with China

The stand-off over Wang Lijun set off China’s biggest political scandal in decades.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2013

North Korea just built the creepiest water park you’ve ever seen

Why the ultra-poor hermit kingdom spends lavishly on luxury projects.

By Max Fisher  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 10/17/2013

What Iran Air Flight 655 says about America’s role in the Middle East

Historian Toby Craig Jones on the deeper meaning of the 1988 incident.

By Max Fisher  |  04:54 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 10/17/2013

This map shows where the world’s 30 million slaves live. There are 60,000 in the U.S.

Yes, slavery still exists even here.

By Max Fisher  |  01:38 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Haiti, India, Maps, Pakistan

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Now we know why Netanyahu wouldn’t apologize for the Gaza flotilla raid

Israel’s relationship with Turkey turns out to be even worse than we thought.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Turkey

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/16/2013

This chart shows that the Iraq war was worse than we think

A new study finds that the war killed more people than previously thought and remained deadly after 2008.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/16/2013

An interview with Robert Becker, the American NGO worker detained in Egypt

“That is where American leadership and American values would be useful, and we’re just not doing it.“

By Andrea Peterson  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013

The forgotten story of Iran Air Flight 655

The 1988 tragedy, little-known in the U.S., is crucial for understanding our stand-off with Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Israel’s brain drain crisis

It’s long been the sort of country that attracts future Nobel laureates. That might be reversing.

By Max Fisher  |  02:58 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Chinese censors crack down on cartoon violence

And you thought American cartoons were bad.

By Simon Denyer  |  11:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

The amazing history of the Nobel Prize, told in maps and charts

The U.S. has 4 percent of the world’s population and 34 percent of its Nobel laureates

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Calm down, Washington: China doesn’t really want to ‘de-Americanize’

Beijing hates the shutdown, but its threat to “de-Americanize” the world is a bluff.

By Max Fisher  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Uncomfortable with Columbus Day? Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving instead

The Canadian holiday, also today, is less problematic and has better food.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Bad sign: Iran says it won’t give up its enriched uranium

Nuclear talks maybe just got a little more likely to fail.

By Max Fisher  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 10/12/2013

Pakistani satire of Malala conspiracy theories taken as real conspiracy theory

A parody that mocked Malala conspiracy theorists illustrates exactly how divisive the 16-year-old remains in her home country.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:20 AM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pakistan

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 10/11/2013

The Nobel committee did Malala a favor in passing her over for the peace prize

Not awarding the 16-year-old Pakistani activist may be better for her and her cause.

By Max Fisher  |  01:26 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pakistan

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/11/2013

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was officially notified through Twitter

This year’s laureate didn’t answer the phone so the Nobel people tried social media.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Norway

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 10/11/2013

The Internet is disappointed that Malala Yousafzai didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize

The 2013 award went to the The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:42 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Norway

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 10/10/2013

The price of oil just went up because traders misread a tweet

Traders thought this tweet, about the 1973 Israel-Arab War, was about current events.

By Max Fisher  |  03:02 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Energy, Israel, Syria

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/10/2013

This surprising chart shows which countries own the most U.S. debt

It also proves that China is not really "America's banker."

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

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

Dissident writer Alice Munro awarded Nobel for fiction critical of Canadian regime

How we'd write about Munro's prize if she were from Russia or China.

By Max Fisher  |  09:11 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada, Canada is a foreign country

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Oops: Azerbaijan released election results before voting had even started

Few expected the presidential election to be free, but this was a bit much.

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Azerbaijan

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first

New York and D.C. will hit the climate change tipping point in 2047 just 34 years from now.

By Max Fisher  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The U.S. may cut aid to Egypt. Five reasons that's a good idea (and six why it's a bad idea).

Will it hurt U.S. interests to cut the aid? Would it tarnish our reputation to keep it?

By Max Fisher  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Why the rise of China makes the U.S. even lonelier at the United Nations

The more states trade with China, the more they start voting with China (and against the U.S.) in the United Nations.

By Erik Voeten  |  09:44 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monkey Cage, United Nations

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013

China is worried about the U.S. shutdown. And it should be.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/08/2013

As the U.S. endures an artificial debt crisis, China just weathered a real one (and came out even richer)

That may explain why Beijing is so impatient with Washington's shutdown and possible default.

By Max Fisher  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/08/2013

In Cuba, connecting to the Internet costs four times the average annual salary

A new report looks at where people pay the most and the least for Internet access and why.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The politics of 'Death to America'

There's some debate that Iran might abandon its best-known chant. But don't hold your breath.

By Jason Rezaian  |  11:03 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

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

The awkward politics of Banksy's satirical Syria video

The British artist made a YouTube spoof that's getting a mixed reception from people who follow the war.

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

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Why it matters that Netanyahu doesn't know that Iranians wear jeans

The Israeli leader's gaffe was minor, but a sign of how he'll play the ongoing outreach between the U.S. and Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2013

North Korea calls Switzerland's refusal to sell it ski lifts a 'serious human rights abuse'

An important lesson on what sorts of sanctions work against Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The hidden cost of inequality: Migrants who die on the journey from poor to rich countries

The disaster at Lampedusa, which killed hundreds of African migrants, is just part of the problem.

By Max Fisher  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013

This is what happens when Tibetan villages refuse to fly the Chinese flag

Thousands of troops reportedly flooded into Driru when locals defied a law requiring the flag hang from every home.

By Max Fisher  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Tibet

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013

How the shutdown is hurting U.S. foreign policy

The U.S. is missing another opportunity in Asia, this time because Obama must stay home to deal with Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Cosmetic eye surgery costs only $3 in North Korea, but it's punished with forced labor

North Korean defector Mina Yoon describes a poignant phenomenon in her latest column for NKNews.org about life in the Hermit Kingdom..

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013

What Moscow's recent election says about democracy in authoritarian states

In last month's Moscow mayoral election, the puzzle may be why the incumbent, Sergei Sobyanin, permitted a relatively open election.

By Joshua Tucker  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monkey Cage, Russia

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/03/2013

You have to be careful about using the word 'struggle' in China

Almost four decades after the Cultural Revolution, it's still a touchy but untouched subject.

By Max Fisher  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/03/2013

These are the best and worst countries to be elderly

The United States is one of the best countries in the world to grow old.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013

8 fascinating trends in how American Jews think about Israel

Is the “crisis of American Zionism” getting worse?

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013

'Our margin for error is so small': An exit interview with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren

The outgoing diplomat tells The Washington Post, "I think the world does need America."

By Joby Warrick  |  01:04 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Netanyahu and Obama agree more about Iran than they let on

The U.S. will need to get Israel on board for any major deals with Tehran.

By Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Australia had a government shutdown once. In the end, the queen fired everyone in Parliament.

That was the first and last Australian government shutdown.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Why other countries don't have government shutdowns

"I cannot think of a single foreign analogy to what is happening in the U.S. today."

By Erik Voeten  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Why Obama should still go to Asia if the government stays shut down

Everyone assumes he’ll cancel his big trip. But what’s more important for the U.S.?

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013

The U.S. joins failed states around the world in telling prison guards, border patrol to work for free

The difference is that America isn’t failed, it’s just spoiled.

By Max Fisher  |  12:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context

 

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