WorldViews: November, 2012

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Video said to show Syrian rebel executing unarmed prisoners

Scrutinizing a much-discussed, little-understood, bloody video is in some ways representative of how the outside world now watches the war.

By Max Fisher  |  06:11 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Refugee: Palestinians in Arab countries have it bad, too

Writing in Reddit, one Palestinian refugee condemns Arab nations in addition to Israel

By Olga Khazan  |  03:17 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Can U.S. communication kits' help Syrians get around the Internet blackout?

The satellite Web access tools could play a crucial role in helping rebels to stay in communication, but some Syrians say they're not getting the promised kits.

By Max Fisher  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Coalition of the opposing: Why these 9 countries voted against Palestine at the U.N.

And why did almost half of those votes come from tiny West Pacific island nations?

By Max Fisher  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Israel-Palestine, Maps, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United Nations

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Surprising video shows Syrian Internet connections dropping one by one

Connections were pruned away one by one in the full blackout.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:27 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Syria Internet outage: How it might have happened and what it means

Assad regime likely re-routed Internet addresses

By Olga Khazan  |  09:51 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Map: How Europe voted on Palestine at the U.N., in 2011 and now

Since last year, nine European countries appear to have shifted toward greater support for Palestinian efforts at the UN. None shifted away.

By Max Fisher  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, Israel-Palestine, United Nations

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012

The three big questions on Syria's Internet blackout

Did web service go completely dark in the country because the military is planning something or as a reaction against rebel gains?

By Max Fisher  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/29/2012

6 scathing highlights from the Leveson report

The British judge implicated the police, politicians and regulators in the 2,000 word report

By Olga Khazan  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Phone hacking

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Petraeus says he messed up royally'

The former CIA director admitted his mistake and said he'd try to save his marriage

By Olga Khazan  |  11:40 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  petraeus

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2012

A stunning chart shows Syria's Internet blackout

Web traffic in and out of the country has reportedly dropped to zero almost immediately.

By Max Fisher  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Web monitor: 100 percent of Syria's Internet just shut down

If this report of a near-blackout is accurate, then why did the regime wait so long?

By Max Fisher  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Best place to be born in 2013: Switzerland

Switzerland tops a new list of best countries to be born, while the U.S. doesn't crack the top 10

By Olga Khazan  |  09:56 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012

12-year survey: Japanese view of China and Korea hits record low

The poll follows a year of tense, sometimes quite emotional nationalist disputes with Japan's two most important neighbors.

By Max Fisher  |  09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi holds forth on Planet of the Apes'

The leader of the most populous Arab nation shares some unusual thoughts with Time Magazine.

By Max Fisher  |  05:24 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 11/28/2012

U.S. Embassy in Cairo goes rogue on Twitter

The embattled Twitter account of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo seems to stray from the State Department's official line on President Mohammed Morsi.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:19 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/28/2012

An ending in Afghanistan: U.S. closes Forward Operating Base Tillman

NFL star Pat Tillman was in many ways a symbol of the Afghan war's emotional highs and lows, and may be once again today.

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 11/28/2012

On top of everything else, Egypt now risking constitutional crisis

Three reasons why the constitutional assembly's odd decision to finish its "final draft" today could be bad news for the country.

By Max Fisher  |  12:35 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012

A theory for how China's state newspaper got fooled' by The Onion

The newspaper may be repeating a Mao-era habit of flipping the truth on its head something that wasn't so funny back then.

By Max Fisher  |  11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Iran shows new submarines and warships, touts self-sufficiency in defense

In a video posted on state television, Iran boasted its ability to manufacture destroyers and submarines at home.

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:23 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/28/2012

A color-coded map of the world's most and least emotional countries

America is exuberant, Russia is stoic, Madagascar is a mystery, and other fascinating lessons from a Gallup survey of emotions.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Mapping the recent events in Syria

Some of the major events, videos and stories coming out of the country over the past week.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Video: One of Cairo's thousands of protesters explains why he's demonstrating

The young Egyptian man repeats growing views that President Morsi's government lacks legitimacy.

By Max Fisher  |  02:40 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Hotbed of Slander': Tajikistan's bizarre explanation for blocking Facebook

The government's telecom minister also wants to have a word with Zuckerberg.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:11 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Censorship

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Time's Person of the Year is a popularity contest for Morsi and other controversial leaders

The peoples' choice contest is meaningless, but it can be somewhat of a popularity contest abroad.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:37 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Videos appear to show Syrian rebels shooting down military helicopter

Regime forces have long dominated Syria's skies, so a successful shoot-down would be significant.

By Max Fisher  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/27/2012

The crazy algae that turned Australia's beaches bright red [photos]

The algae overgrowth looks like a crime scene but isn't toxic

By Olga Khazan  |  10:23 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Here's the Onion article on Kim Jong Eun that fooled China's state newspaper

The People's Daily trumpets The Onion's selection of the North Korean dictator as "sexiest man alive," apparently unaware of the satire.

By Max Fisher  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Photos: Queen Elizabeth chats with a special forces sniper in full camo

The 86-year-old monarch also laughs at a machine gun and sternly gazes at a horse.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

State Department seeking a conversation' about China's controversial passport map

Short summary of story

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 11/26/2012

The short and bizarre diplomatic tenure of Andrew W.K.

Three days after the eccentric rocker announced he'd be a U.S. "cultural ambassador" to Bahrain, the State Department contradicts his odd story mostly.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Belgian intelligence workers outed on Facebook, LinkedIn

The identities of several Belgian intelligence workers have been exposed.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:24 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/26/2012

It really is that bad: A powerful speech on North Korea

"I run out of adjectives for how bad things are," Adrian Hong begins his talk on the world and North Korea.

By Max Fisher  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Here's the Chinese passport map that's infuriating much of Asia

A map on page 8 of the new passport shows disputed territory and islands, not to mention Taiwan, as part of China.

By Max Fisher  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 11/26/2012

The best arguments for and against Egypt's presidential power grab

Some commentators see cause for sympathy in President Mohammed Morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping new authority.

By Max Fisher  |  10:14 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Are Africans donating radiators to needy Norwegians? [Video]

A new spoof video takes on stereotypes about Africa in aid campaigns

By Olga Khazan  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/25/2012

Calderon: Impossible to end drug trade'

The outgoing Mexican president says it's up to the U.S. to reduce consumption or "use market alternatives" for drugs.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 11/24/2012

Christo's next project: a giant, pyramid-like sculpture in Abu Dhabi (photos)

The artist who brought you Central Park's "Gates" and "Over the River" announces he has something much bigger in the works.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:32 PM ET, 11/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big art projects

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/24/2012

Egyptians set fire to Muslim Brotherhood offices

Protesters march on the High Judiciary Court and set fire to Muslim Brotherhood offices

By Olga Khazan  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Video: Israeli forces fire shots to disperse Palestinians

A few dozen young Palestinians get close to the fence at Gaza border, and Israeli soldiers fire shots to warn them.

By Anup Kaphle  |  03:22 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gaza, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/23/2012

India and China quarrel over their maps on passport and visa stamps

Beijing recently began issuing new e-passports showing water mark images of two regions as Chinese territory.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 11/23/2012

Time-lapse video: How Japan handles long shopping lines

Something to keep in mind as you slog through Black Friday's chaos.

By Max Fisher  |  07:54 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 11/22/2012

Seeing war in Gaza through our correspondent's iPhone lens

Washington Post's reporter in Gaza has been capturing scenes from the war using her mobile phone.

By Anup Kaphle  |  03:01 PM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Who won' the Israel-Gaza conflict?

Short answer: no one. Longer answer: sort of everyone, except for civilians, Mahmoud Abbas, and prospects for long-term peace.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Turkey, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Full text: Terms of Israel-Palestinian cease-fire

The text was distributed at the news conference in Cairo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:22 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Hamas-run TV channel celebrates Tel Aviv bus bombing

Meanwhile, Israel's deputy foreign minister says, "Most of the people who were hit in Gaza deserved it."

By Max Fisher  |  12:52 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Video: Men drag body of Israeli spy' through Gaza streets

The man who was killed was accused of being an Israeli collaborator and spy.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gaza, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 11/21/2012

How India reacted to Mumbai gunman Ajmal Kasab's execution

In a country where few things remain secret, Ajmal Kasab's swift hanging was a welcome surprise for many.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  09:08 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Fighting Reality': Life as an atheist in Saudi Arabia

An anonymous nonbeliever in the strictly Muslim country says he fears what would happen if he were found out.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Why Iron Dome might be bad for Israel

The missile defense system could make it easier for Israeli leaders and voters to put off a long-term peace with Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

9 questions about Israel-Gaza you were too embarrassed to ask

Get prepped for cocktail chatter and Thanksgiving dinner debates.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/20/2012

A guide to understanding what happened in Congo

M23 rebels have taken control of Goma, fueling speculations on the breakout of a regional war.

By Anup Kaphle  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/20/2012

The video of a teenage girl's random assault that has London up in arms

The story is getting wide play, revealing British anxieties about crime in their typically safe capital.

By Max Fisher  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Video explainer: The latest on Israel, Gaza, and peace in 90 seconds

Get caught up on the high-level diplomacy and key figures working to end the conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Does the Gaza crisis make Israeli strikes on Iran more likely?

Maybe, but only if the Israeli military has changed its 2010 assessment of its capability of carrying out that mission.

By Max Fisher  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Skirmishes in the Israel-Palestine battle over photos of killed children

Why are activists on both sides of the conflict so eager to debate the question of whose munition killed a young Gaza boy?

By Max Fisher  |  12:21 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 11/20/2012

What is life like inside the tunnels of Gaza?

National Geographic magazine goes six stories down into the smuggling tunnels of Gaza.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:03 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gaza

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Why is China censoring a fake photo of its leaders doing Gangnam Style'?

A few theories for an odd decision by an online censor, and what they say about China and the web.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

The photo that defined Burma at its modern-day worst

In 2007, as protests swept the country, a photographer captured Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai's shocking death.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Video allegedly shows Syrian rebels capturing strategic army base

The clips appear to support the rebels' claim of seizing the base just outside of capital city Damascus.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Burma by skateboard: A short film from a unique perspective

Three filmmakers visited the country at a precious moment before its opening.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Obama's message for North Korea in visiting Burma: Let's make up

Pyongyang, however, might not be able or willing to follow Burma's example of reform and opening.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, North Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Why it's such a big deal that Obama said Myanmar' rather than Burma

The subtle but significant move is a concession to the government, but does it risk bestowing too much legitimacy on a regime with a long record of abuses?

By Max Fisher  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Who was Bal Thackeray and why did Mumbai come to a standstill this weekend?

Why did his death rally millions in Mumbai and shut down one of the biggest financial capitals in Asia?

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:23 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012

The headache of Mo Yan, China's Nobel prize winner in Literature

The Nobel laureate encountering a dilemma at home -- what to wear at the Nobel awards ceremony.

By Zhang Jie  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Israeli TV debate over Gaza strikes gets very heated

A hawkish TV correspondent and an Israeli-Arab member of parliament shout over one another.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Israel, Gaza, and the patterns of the past

What will it take to break the cycles of self-perpetuating violence in one of the Middle East's most entrenched conflicts?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/18/2012

5 things to watch for in Obama's visit to Burma

Who gets more diplomatic pomp, does China get mentioned explicitly, and more.

By Max Fisher  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/18/2012

Life in Gaza Strip refugee camp Khan Younis

Residents said that Khan Younis is a safer place to be right now than Gaza City to the north and Rafaha stronghold of militant offshoots that even Hamas can't controlto the south.

By Abigail Hauslohner  |  03:51 PM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 11/18/2012

President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton meet king of Thailand

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meet Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

By David Nakamura  |  09:44 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 11/18/2012

President Obama arrives in Bangkok

President Obama lauched a three-day tour of Southeast Asia in Bangkok on Sunday, touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery.

By David Nakamura  |  09:36 AM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 11/17/2012

Israel and Gaza violence: How did it start?

How the tensions between Israel and Gaza escalated

By Olga Khazan  |  05:28 PM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 11/17/2012

Anonymous is hacking Israeli Web sites

The hacker group says it won't stand for threats to shut down Internet

By Olga Khazan  |  12:02 PM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012

An interactive map showing Hamas's rocket range inside Israel

A zoom-able Google map underscores the Israeli military's concern about Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets.

By Max Fisher  |  03:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 11/16/2012

The Israeli-Palestinian politics of a bloodied child's photo

The heated conversations around images of children wounded or killed in fighting between Israel and Gaza are a reminder of the mistrust and entrenched attitudes in the larger conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  03:17 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Israel conflict: What is Iron Dome?

The defense system has save countless Israeli lives, but what is it?

By Olga Khazan  |  02:03 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/16/2012

Map: Where Hamas's Jerusalem-bound rocket actually landed on Friday

The rocket may have fallen short by as much as 17 miles, landing near a West Bank settlement.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/16/2012

It is impossible to live like this': The scene in Israel

Israelis write in about the chaos on the ground

By Olga Khazan  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Did Netanyahu just take back his thanks to President Obama?

The Israeli prime minister seems to have deleted a tweet thanking President Obama for his support.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:53 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gaza, Israel, Netanyahu

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Can Twitter censor the Israel Defense Forces?

Rumors that the Israeli Defense Forces' social media accounts were suspended for violations today are untrue, but not unthinkable.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/15/2012

What it sounds like in Tel Aviv with first air raid siren since 1991

As a rocket sailed from Gaza toward the city (it missed), this is what its residents heard.

By Max Fisher  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Life under rockets: A young man's account from southern Israel

One young Israeli man reflects on how accustomed his family has grown to the attack.

By Max Fisher  |  02:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/15/2012

China's party congress choreographed with tiny black stickers

It was as though all the arrangements could have been undone by some poor soul simply standing in the wrong place.

By William Wan  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, leadership transition, party congress, Understanding China

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Water: The next challenge for China's new leaders?

Water shortages may put an additional drag on China's slowing economy

By Olga Khazan  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Map: Gaza rocket reportedly hits Tel Aviv suburb

A Google map shows how closely the missile reportedly landed to Israel's second-largest city.

By Max Fisher  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Middle East Twitter users mock Arab League's slow response to Gaza

"When will the Arab world develop the advanced technology of conference calling?"

By Max Fisher  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/15/2012

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  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/15/2012

WikiLeaks cable: Israel worried about Hamas producing its own weapons

In a 2009 meeting, Israeli defense officials explained some of the rationale for that year's invasion into Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  09:01 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Israeli army drops warning leaflets on Gaza

The fliers tell Palestinians to steer clear of Hamas operatives

By Olga Khazan  |  08:50 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gaza, idf, Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 11/14/2012

A rapping Alabaman is now one of the most wanted terrorists

Before Omar Shafik Hammami became an al-Shabab leader, he was a college kid in Alabama.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:17 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  al-amriki, al-shabab, fbi, Terrorism

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012

How will Egypt respond to Israeli strikes on Gaza?

Cairo has already recalled its ambassador over the Israeli strikes.

By Max Fisher  |  05:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Chinese netizens are using English to mock China's political climate

What "Wall-e" and "Smilence" mean to Chinese Internet users.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:05 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military and Hamas exchange threats on Twitter

The IDF and al-Qassam Brigade accounts are talking tough.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Analysts fear wide-reaching fallout from Israeli strikes on Gaza

Middle East-watchers, never an optimistic bunch, worry about ripple affects across the region.

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Turkey

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Jill Kelley is also an honorary consul for South Korea

The Tampa socialite reportedly spent time at the British embassy as well.

By Max Fisher  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy, South Korea, United Kingdom

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military releases video of Gaza strike on Hamas leader

Here's the Israeli strike that killed Ahmed Jabari in Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Israel army says Jabari had blood on his hands

IDF is preparing draft orders for reserve troops, Haaretz reports

By Olga Khazan  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  attack, gaza, hamas, Israel, palestine

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Israeli military announces readiness for ground war in Gaza

Some analysts see echoes of the 2008 Cast Lead incursion into Gaza.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Video: Traditional udon noodle-making in Japan

The farm-to-table noodle-maker uses an old family recipe, as well as a bit of music.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Sorry, Jill Kelley, you probably dont have diplomatic inviolability

The Tampa woman at the margins of the David Petraeus scandal asked 911 operators for diplomatic protection.

By Max Fisher  |  10:49 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Heres why 10 percent of the developing worlds drugs are fake

Researchers are calling for a global treaty to stop the flood of counterfeit drugs

By Olga Khazan  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  counterfeit drugs, health, India, who

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012

How the Petraeus scandal might have gone down in China

What if a Chinese Communist Party spychief and top general, rumored to have higher ambitions, suddenly lost office amid an uncertain scandal?

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 AM ET, 11/14/2012

China shows off its new drone

An airshow demonstration of the Wing Loong or Pterosaur unmanned aerial vehicle.

By Max Fisher  |  06:22 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Protests break out in Jordan, mention king by name

Is this just another bump in the status quo or a serious challenge to the monarchy?

By Max Fisher  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Jordan, Middle East

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Reports: Gen. John Allen did not send 30,000 e-mails to Jill Kelley

The correspondence was actually "a few hundred e-mails over a couple of years," a senior official says.

By Max Fisher  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Tampas military social scene was backdrop for Petraeus scandal

Two top generals are now marked by scandals that link back to the same socialite couple that plays such a large role among top MacDill officers.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Military

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 11/13/2012

What Petraeus and Broadwell could have used instead of Gmail

Cybersecurity concerns have spawned a host of ultra-encrypted platforms

By Olga Khazan  |  02:42 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  allen, broadwell, kelley, petraeus

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/13/2012

What if Americas trust in military leadership erodes?

The country's most trusted institution is facing significant personal scandals among its top officers.

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Military

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Puppies: The new indicator of prosperity?

As they get wealthier, Indians and Brazilians are getting more dogs.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dogs, economics, India

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Heres the e-mail trick Petraeus and Broadwell used to communicate

They wrote their "intimate messages" as draft e-mails in a shared Gmail account.

By Max Fisher  |  06:10 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, Cyber Security

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Petraeus, snagged by online data trail, lived much of his life on e-mail

After years of carefully managing his image with a stream of e-mails, Petraeus’s digital habits may have helped lead investigators to his door.

By Max Fisher  |  04:27 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Raw video of Israeli tanks firing at Syria

Despite this volley, Israel seems to be working to avoid the conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Syria

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Why did Paula Broadwell think the CIA had taken prisoners in Benghazi?

CIA Director Petraeus's paramour made a jarring claim about the Benghazi attack during a recent speech.

By Max Fisher  |  11:28 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, Libya

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 11/12/2012

One of Chinas most ingenious bribery schemes: the professional poker loser

A parable of the corruption that China's leader warns could bring down the country.

By Max Fisher  |  09:10 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 11/11/2012

What the world can learn from Denmarks failed fat tax

Why taxes on sinful snacks don't always make us slim down.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:35 AM ET, 11/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  denmark, health, Obesity, taxes

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 11/10/2012

Yet more security concerns emerge about Paula Broadwells access to Petraeus

Understanding the risk Petraeus's alleged affair may have posed to the CIA.

By Max Fisher  |  07:23 PM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 11/10/2012

Petraeuss resignation: Who is Paula Broadwell?

Petraeus' s reported love interest was a high achiever who saw him as a mentor.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:17 PM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2012

Why David Petraeuss Gmail account is a national security issue

If the CIA director let Paula Broadwell compromise his e-mail security, the implications are enormous.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/10/2012

Why Obamas trip to Burma is such a big deal

The astonishingly rapid detente could send a message beyond just Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Did Petraeus have to resign?

Theories abound as to how an affair can become a security risk.

By Olga Khazan  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cia, petraeus

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 11/09/2012

The Iraq success story that propelled David Petraeus to the top

How the major general who entered Iraq a skeptic came out its biggest star.

By Max Fisher  |  05:21 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 11/09/2012

How marijuana legalization will affect Mexicos cartels, in charts

Cocaine, smuggling and other activities could fill the gap left by pot.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:24 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drugs, marijuana, mexico

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Russias secret new Internet blacklist

More than 180 sites have been blocked so far.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:57 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  internet, Russia

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Web monitor: China takes extraordinary step of blocking Google

"Never before have so many people been affected by a decision to block a website."

By Max Fisher  |  11:10 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Tens of thousands want Malala to get a Nobel Prize

A Pakistani-British woman who was denied education is leading the charge.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:35 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  malala, nobel prize

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Video: Gangnam Style plus Tibetan independence plus bobblehead Xi Jinping

Yes, even free Tibet activists are now using the Korean viral pop hit.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Gangnam Living

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Is China better at picking leaders than the U.S.?

The world's two richest countries undergo political transitions this week. Which system is better at serving the nation?

By Max Fisher  |  09:52 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/09/2012

The angry face of Indias anti-corruption battle: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal used to smile a lot. These days, he almost never does.

By Simon Denyer  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/08/2012

A Kickstarter campaign for an ancient site in Afghanistan

One filmmaker hopes to use crowdfunding to stop a Chinese copper mine.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Mes Aynak

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Map: Where was the drone that Iran tried to shoot down?

It looks like the drone, though over international waters, would have been very close to Iranian soil.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Why Russians think U.S. elections are unfair

One lawmaker says Russia's votes are much more legitimate.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, medvedev, obama, romney, Russia

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 11/08/2012

A revealing map of which world leaders Obama called back today

In his customary post-victory calls, Obama talked to four Middle Eastern leaders, three in Europe, and none in East Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  02:28 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Smog over Delhi, gloom over Indias business forum

Glum moods and thick air at the World Economic Forum's New Delhi meeting

By Simon Denyer  |  01:13 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Climate change is making your coffee more expensive

Climate change in Ethiopia and South Sudan is making coffee rarer and more expensive.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:56 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change, coffee, environment, ethiopia, Sudan

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/08/2012

What its like to use the Internet in China

During its big leadership transition, the Chinese government keeps watch online.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Chinese Internet, internet, Understanding China

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2012

The creepiest sight in China? Tiananmen anti-self-immolator firefighters

The Beijing fire teams are likely meant to put out any protesters who attempt to set themselves on fire during the Party Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Fair warning: Bulgarian prophet predicted Obama would be last U.S. president

Some Russian web users are even citing her prophesy in response to the president's reelection.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A weary Afghanistan sighs at Obama’s second term

The country is greeting the president's second term with deep ambivalence.

By Pamela Constable  |  05:08 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, America in Context

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Canadians want to legalize marijuana, too

Canada wants to replicate Colorado and Washington's referenda.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada, Elections, marijuana, Pot

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Are Chinese Web users discussing the U.S. election more than Americans are?

It's possible that Weibo users sent more messages about the event than U.S. Twitter users.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A Chinese consolation for Romney: At least you can have multiple children

A viral Chinese comment puts the candidate's loss in a surprising context.

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A very awkward video of Netanyahu congratulating Obama

The Israeli leader offers reassurances in a meeting with the U.S. ambassador.

By Max Fisher  |  12:47 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway?

More federal funding and better representation, mostly.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, puerto rico, statehood

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Does Obamas victory mean defeat for Netanyahu?

Some see political trouble for Israel's prime minister, but so far, he looks able to withstand any blowback.

By Max Fisher  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Netanyahu supporters wary of Obama

Netanyahu, who is favored to win the election here, has had a cool relationship with Obama and was widely seen to have favored Mitt Romney.

By Joel Greenberg  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, Israel, obama

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Afghans skeptical about another Obama term

Most associated Obama chiefly with the U.S. military role in Afghanistan and seemed deeply ambivalent about it.

By Pam Constable  |  11:29 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Election, obama

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 11/07/2012

The British celebrate with Obama

While Britons aren't as enthralled with Obama as they were in 2008, many
said they preferred his policies to Romney's.

By Karla Adam  |  09:22 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, obama, romney

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Russia sees hope for greater cooperation in Obamas second term

Missile defense and other issues could come up in the next four years.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012

In India, President Obama seen as the safer choice

Some analysts here worried about his words against outsourcing, though.

By Simon Denyer and Rama Lakshmi  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, India

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 11/07/2012

European leaders congratulate President Obama

The image of a black leader heading the world's most powerful country has remained strong in European minds.

By Edward Cody  |  09:08 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  belgium, Election, obama

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012

China, worried by U.S. campaign rhetoric, relieved at elections end

The election sparked wide conversation on Chinese social media, with millions of comments.

By Keith B. Richburg and Wang Juan  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, China

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 11/07/2012

For an Indian slum, Obamas victory feels far removed

Locals are familiar with the U.S. president but see little relevance for their lives.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  08:58 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, India

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Iranians see reduced risk of war in Obamas reelection

Though many were initially disappointed with the president's first term, they seem relieved he's won.

By Jason Rezaian  |  08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Iran

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 11/07/2012

In a French cafe, talk about Obamas reelection

"The fact that the entire planet is still passionately interested in its presidential election says a lot about the special status the United States"

By Edward Cody  |  08:32 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, France, obama

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Obama victory raises questions about future of Israel relations

Leaders of opposition parties had dark predictions.

By Joel Greenberg  |  08:24 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, Elections, Israel

Posted at 01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Watching Obamas victory from Moscow, wondering what comes next

Russians are already turning to conjecture about what the presidential election means for them.

By Kathy Lally  |  01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Kenya cools on Obama

Kenyans still support the U.S. president, but in fewer numbers than their remarkably 2008 high.

By Sudarsan Raghavan  |  07:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 11/06/2012

British web users are furiously Googling electoral college

How does the American election system work, again?

By Max Fisher  |  05:00 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Think your wait was bad? Photos of voting lines around the world

Today's long election lines don't look so bad compared to how much of the world votes.

By Anup Kaphle and Max Fisher  |  03:19 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Pakistani Web users getting curious about this Romney guy

Google searches for the presidential challenger, once infrequent, have spiked in recent days.

By Max Fisher  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, pakistan

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Syrian opposition figures expect little change if Romney wins

Members of the Syrian National Council expressed skepticism that he would pursue a different course in Syria than President Obama.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Syria

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 11/06/2012

The story behind the Swedish Party, Americas other option

The “party” is actually an intern project by a Swedish public relations firm.

By Max Fisher  |  12:39 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, europe, Sweden

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Libyans worry about Benghazi attacks role in the U.S. election

Some express regret that the incident and its aftermath could influence American voters.

By Abigail Hauslohner  |  11:29 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Libya

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 11/06/2012

It does not matter much: Egyptians shrug at U.S. presidential vote

Egypt has problems enough of its own, some say.

By Ingy Hassieb  |  11:09 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Egypt

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Beijing bar serving Obamas beer recipe for the election at 8 a.m.

A reminder that the U.S. presidential vote is a global event.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Israelis see ramifications for their own country in U.S. presidential vote

The election is seen as able to influence Israeli policy toward Iran and even domestic party politics.

By Joel Greenberg  |  09:40 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012

A quadrennial Russian tradition: Mocking the U.S. electoral college

The American electoral process is viewed with surprising suspicion in Russia.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Let America become Swedens fourth state: An unlikely third-party run

The Swedish Party wants you to "vote for Johan" to make the U.S. more like Sweden.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Whos to blame for Benghazi? A laymans guide

A reality-check on who seems to bear the most and least responsibility for the September 11 attack that killed four Americans.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/06/2012

On Tehrans streets, Obama is the clear choice for many

But analysts in Iran foresee little difference between the candidates' treatment of their country.

By Jason Rezaian  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Iranian Supreme Leaders granddaughter is big on Facebook, despite block

A reminder of the impossibility of Tehran's mission to keep Iranians off social networks.

By Max Fisher  |  05:03 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Zimbabwe might delay elections because it cant afford them

But authoritarian Robert Mugabe is eager for a vote. Welcome to Zimbabwean politics.

By Max Fisher  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Zimbabwe

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2012

How you can tell if Dmitri Medvedev still has any power in Moscow

The prime minister in Putin's shadow calls for two dissident performers to be freed. Will it happen?

By Max Fisher  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Netanyahu more resolved than thought to strike Iran, but Israel might not be

The Israeli leader tried to set a unilateral attack in motion in 2010, but was stopped by internal political and military forces. Have those dynamics changed?

By Max Fisher  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:43 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Yes, China still harvests organs from executed prisoners

The numbers are unsettling, but officials are trying to curb the practice.

By Max Fisher  |  05:43 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 11/03/2012

Germany to Indian students: Willkommen!

How Germany plans to create more engineers.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:22 PM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  engineers, Germany, India, Work

Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 11/03/2012

BBCs Newsnight almost accuses senior politician of pedophilia, then doesnt

Why did the network decide against naming a "senior Tory" in their investigation of a 1980s North Wales scandal?

By Max Fisher  |  06:59 AM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Is life in North Korea really not that bad?

A businessman who worked in North Korea says it's not all repression and poverty.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:02 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012

NYT: Mitt Romney wants good relations with Putin, son told Kremlin ally

Would it really be surprising if Romney pursued a Russia policy more like Obama's than his rhetoric suggests?

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Libyan militias failed security at Benghazi

A consistent feature of reports about the Benghazi attack is Libyan security falling short, but were the problems foreseeable?

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Ai Weiwei sees hope for China in social media

The dissident thinks sites like Weibo are changing the dynamic of China's government, one tweet at a time.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Our Digitized Earth: A world map of Google Street View coverage

A stunning visualization of where Google has documented street-level coverage.

By Max Fisher  |  10:15 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Amazing long-exposure photos of Hong Kong in motion

A photographer captures the city's motion and light in a few frames.

By Max Fisher  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/02/2012

WSJ: State Dept. and CIA had secret, botched deal for Benghazi security

The story sheds new light on the attack, but raises two important questions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 11/01/2012

New details on ambassadors failed, fateful push for more security at Benghazi

Piecing together the latest reports on Chris Stevens' effort to boost consulate security and what it suggests about the lead-up to the attack.

By Max Fisher  |  06:39 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Middle East

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Almost all Greeks think their economy is terrible

Most Europeans don't trust the Commission to help them figure out the euro crisis

By Olga Khazan  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, national sentiment, unemployment

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Canadians amused by American threats to move north if their candidate loses

Readers from Canada weigh in on a quirky U.S. tradition.

By Max Fisher  |  02:42 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada, Canada is a foreign country

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 11/01/2012

The secret story behind Xi Jinping’s disappearance, finally revealed?

The next Chinese leader went missing mysteriously for two weeks in September.

By Max Fisher  |  01:01 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012

First video of China’s new stealth fighter

The prototype J-31 could be a big step forward for Chinese military technology.

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Argentina lowers its voting age to 16

The move could boost support for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who polls well among younger voters.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:16 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, argentina president, argentina voting age, Fernandez

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Beijing lockdown: The 10 craziest new rules for taxis, toys and, yes, pigeons

New rules are already in effect in Beijing, and some of them are a bit silly.

By Max Fisher  |  10:54 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Hillary Clinton explains why she and President Obama get along

On world tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton uses America's vicious campaigns as a teachable moment.

By Anne Gearan  |  09:55 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  albania, clinton, Diplomacy

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Here’s Boris Yeltsin doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance – in 1996

Video proof that the Russian president pre-invented the South Korean pop hit.

By Max Fisher  |  08:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/01/2012

What do Canadians think about American pledges to flee north after the election?

Share your thoughts on this great election tradition.

By Max Fisher  |  07:45 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Did Russia just overcome its 20-year demographic crisis?

It's tough to know how seriously to take the official statistics, but it would be great news for the country.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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