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WorldViews: January, 2014

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Before-and-after satellite photos show destruction of Syrian neighborhoods

The NGO says the Syrian government razed the neighborhoods deliberately

By Terri Rupar  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/30/2014

How Scarlett Johansson got mired in one of the Middle East’s touchiest controversies

An American celebrity gets stuck in one of the Israel-Palestine conflict’s most sensitive issues.

By Max Fisher  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2014

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is “What is Ukraine?“

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s six big foreign policy points in the State of the Union

The big one was the Iran nuclear deal. The rest were, well, modest.

By Max Fisher  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/28/2014

A worrying map of the countries most likely to have a coup in 2014

This complex statistical model predicts the probability of a coup in every country this year.

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/28/2014

‘Return to Homs’: the Syria documentary that just won big at Sundance

The film follows a group of young Syrians in the city of Homs for two years.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/27/2014

The papal peace doves are the perfect metaphor for Pope Francis’s first year

The new pope has set high goals with high rhetoric but suffered setbacks in his efforts.

By Max Fisher  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/27/2014

From Field Marshals Montgomery to Sissi, a history of the military’s most misleading rank

Egypt’s de facto military leader, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, follows in a long line of field marshals.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Envious of Ukraine, Russians are circulating this satirical map of Russia

A spoof of the Ukrainian protest maps circling the web.

By Kathy Lally  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/24/2014

This is the one map you need to understand Ukraine’s crisis

Where there are protests, where they’ve seized buildings, and the ethno-linguistic division behind the crisis.

By Max Fisher  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 01/23/2014

War and peace in Kiev: 23 photos of a single day in Ukraine’s protests

Even with Thursday’s temporary truce, the clashes were often severe.

By Max Fisher  |  04:33 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Justin Bieber rampage may have al-Qaeda links, terrorism analysts warn

U.S. officials declined to confirm reported drone strikes in Ontario’s tribal regions. (Note: satire)

By Max Fisher  |  01:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada is a foreign country

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Why some Ukrainian protesters are wearing kitchen colanders

The government banned protesters from wearing helmets as part of a set of laws passed Friday.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014

A photographer followed some doctors into Syrian refugee camps. This is what he saw.

12 powerful photos by Magnum’s Stuart Franklin.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Why Sunnis and Shiites are fighting, explained in two minutes

A brief video guide to sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Religion

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Ukraine’s protests are back. Here’s why.

Three reasons that mass demonstrations have returned to Kiev’s Independence Square

By Max Fisher  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Obama explains his thinking on Syria and it is profoundly conservative

“I am not haunted by my decision not to engage in another Middle Eastern war.“

By Max Fisher  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/21/2014

These videos show how serious protests have gotten in Ukraine

Some protesters even put together a big catapult.

By Max Fisher  |  11:56 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/20/2014

This photo shows Russia may have a toilet problem in Sochi

No, not a scarcity of toilets - too many of them.

By Kathy Lally  |  11:06 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Report: President of Uganda says homosexuality is caused by ‘random breeding’ in Western countries

Yoweri Museveni explains his theory for the causes of homosexuality.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Uganda

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Why do the Sochi Olympics have rainbow uniforms, and other Russian mysteries

What does Putin mean when he advises gay men and women to leave kids alone at the Sochi Olympics?

By Kathy Lally  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Iranian female politician has her prayer sermon speech mysteriously canceled

According to the head of Tehran’s Friday Prayer office, Masoumeh Ebtekar wasn’t feeling well.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/17/2014

‘The Square’ is a beautiful documentary. But its politics are dangerous.

The Oscar-nominated film contributes to Egypt’s poisonous atmosphere of polarization and distrust.

By Max Fisher  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Jon Stewart explains what’s weird about Congress’s Iran sanctions push

What the “Daily Show” host gets right and wrong about the sanctions bill.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014

The anecdote that perfectly explains Egypt’s self-defeating crackdowns

Security forces arrested a P.R. team in Cairo to promote the Egyptian government.

By Max Fisher  |  01:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Is the U.S. secretly backing a Mexican drug cartel? Probably not.

Five reasons to doubt stories about a secret U.S. deal with the Sinaloa cartel

By Max Fisher  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mexico

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/14/2014

‘The Bliss Point’: The happiest countries are rich, but not too rich

A new study tries to answer the question: Does money buy happiness?

By Max Fisher  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economics

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/13/2014

The one quote to make sense of Ariel Sharon and his legacy

“Would I rely on the world with respect to the Jews? No. I don’t rely on anyone in this matter.“

By Max Fisher  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens. Really.

This is by far the craziest Iranian conspiracy theory yet

By Max Fisher  |  11:31 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

40 more maps that explain the world

I’ve searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 01/10/2014

This depressing image sums up why things are so bad in South Sudan

A United Nations camp in the strife-torn country is dividing people by ethnicity.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Sudan

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Remarkable photos from Castro’s first public appearance in months

The Cuban leader hasn’t been seen since April 2013. He does not look great.

By Max Fisher  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 01/09/2014

These 10 countries are set to be the fastest-growing economies in 2014

What it says that almost all of them are very poor and resource-driven.

By Max Fisher  |  01:16 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mongolia, Turkmenistan

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 01/08/2014

This fascinating chart shows how Middle Easterners think women should dress

A study asked people in seven countries to pick the most appropriate clothing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:58 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender, Middle East

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Dennis Rodman’s North Korea high jinks aren’t funny anymore

The former basketball star is taking another trip. Is it okay to laugh?

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Robert Gates was wrong on the most important issue he ever faced

Gates says Joe Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.“

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014

The Dennis Rodman problem: Is it unethical to visit North Korea?

Is the controversial basketball star somehow complicit in the regime’s abuses?

By Max Fisher  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014

2013 was the year of cybersecurity

An hour-long discussion with Peter Singer and Allan Friedman of Brookings.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, North Korea, NSA, Syria

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/06/2014

A Nepali woman went to Kuwait with dreams but came home in a coffin

The story of Pramila Dangol’s mysterious death is sadly not an uncommon one.

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kuwait, Nepal

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/06/2014

This map drives home how bad things are getting in South Sudan

Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by only three weeks of fighting.

By Max Fisher  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, South Sudan

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/03/2014

The three types of NSA snooping that Edward Snowden revealed

Dividing the leaks into three categories helps show why our debate over Snowden is so stuck.

By Max Fisher  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/03/2014

No, Kim Jong Un probably didn’t feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs

Five big reasons to reject the story -- and what it says that we don’t.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Israeli study of foreign fighters in Syria suggests Shiites may outnumber Sunnis

The new examination of open-source data finds some worrying trends in Syria.

By William Booth  |  11:53 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

 

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