WorldViews: January, 2013

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Three ways U.S. immigration reform might impact Mexico

There would be some benefits for our neighbor to the south.

By Olga Khazan and Nick Miroff  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mexico

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Hacking the Times: China's reach, and its rules, push beyond its borders

Are we all playing by Beijing's rules, whether we want to or not?

By Max Fisher  |  02:25 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Inside the lives of Israeli settlers

A report urges Israel to cease all settlement activities, but here's what motivates the settlers.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Israel's strike on Syria as a dress rehearsal for conflict with Iran

After years of a mutual testing of wills, both Israel and Iran get another opportunity with Wednesday's airstrike.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Syria

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/31/2013

HRW: Worst year for human rights in Russia since the USSR collapsed

We can't be silent about the situation in Russia today, the organization said.

By Will Englund  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013

How Israel's air strike could help Syria

Nothing brings wary allies together like a common enemy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 01/30/2013

E.U.-funded project recommends a 'flag as terrorism' button in browsers

A project backed by 11 European states thinks the button could disrupt terrorists' websites and social media accounts

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:31 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  belgium

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Assad's office posts pictures of his wife looking decidedly not pregnant

The pictures are intended to contest recent claims that she's expecting.

By Liz Sly  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 01/30/2013

What we know about the Israeli air strike in Syria

Israel is pretty eager to keep missiles out of the hands of Hezbollah.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:12 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Map: Where reporters have the least freedom

Democratic elections don't necessarily mean a free press

By Olga Khazan  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Cairo hotel tweets for help amid clashes

Egyptian security forces and anti-government protesters briefly united to protect a Cairo hotel that tweeted an SOS call Tuesday morning.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:46 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Assad's office issues statement contesting pregnancy report

His office's Facebook page has taken the unusual step of directly challenging the story.

By Max Fisher  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Afraid and exhausted: Striking portraits of Mali's refugees

A collection of photos profiles the lives of Malian refugees.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Here's what was in the torched Timbuktu library

If documents were, in fact, destroyed, it could mean a major loss to human history.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/29/2013

North Koreans shouldn't count on using the new Google maps

The selection of sites you can access in North Korea is almost comically limited.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Google releases detailed map of North Korea, gulags and all

Maps were created by a group of citizen cartographers working outside the country.

By Chico Harlan  |  09:25 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/28/2013

The Brazil nightclub fire in photos and tweets

Most of the 2,000 concertgoers were university students, AP reports, and many recorded the disaster on social media as it happened.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brazil

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Obama, in new interview, seems to lean away from Syria intervention

The president's comments suggest he does not currently see U.S. military involvement as worth the risks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Syria's Bashar al-Assad says his wife is pregnant

The Syrian leader's wife, Asma al-Assad, already has three children.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/28/2013

How Japan's revolutionary school lunches helped slow the rise of child obesity

The country has had remarkably success in resisting a global trend of worsening childhood nutrition.

By Max Fisher  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Here's a photo of the sad-looking monkey that Iran says it launched into space

Photo: Iran says it launched this monkey into space

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Police hound Chinese blogger who exposed political sex scandal

Zhu Rufeng is using social media to attract popular attention to his case and, he hopes, chasten the police.

By Wang Juan  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 01/26/2013

What the French war on anti-Semitic tweets says about hate speech in France

Racist sentiments are on the rise, and so are efforts to combat them

By Olga Khazan  |  01:12 PM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Map: Which countries allow women in front-line combat roles?

The U.S. would join much, but not all, of the Western world in dropping its restriction on servicewomen.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Maps

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

The surprising priorities of Egypt's public

Civil liberties rank near the bottom, while independent courts are a top issue.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/25/2013

The all-female militias of Syria

The national defense forces are now deploying women, some of whom have been seen ripping veils off of civilian women.

By Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Kim Jong Eun surgery rumors force open a sliver of daylight with China

Pyongyang condemned a Chinese media report that Kim had gotten plastic surgery, a rare show of disagreement between the two allies.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/25/2013

'Lying and disinformation': What the Muslim Brotherhood thinks of Egypt's opposition

Hussein claims opposition groups didn't raise specific objections to the constitution

By Olga Khazan  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Algeria, lost in translation

A telling headline translation shows how Algeria's nuances and history can sometimes get obscured.

By Max Fisher  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The five stages of North Korean provocation

Applying the K bler-Ross model to Pyongyang's threats, most recently for a nuclear weapons test.

By Max Fisher  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Fascinating interactive map: Where U.S. secretaries of state have traveled since 1989

Embedded in this graphic are the stories of 24 years of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/24/2013

A young rape victim's story moves India's official panelists to give

After hearing the testimony of a child maid, India's rape investigation panelists personally gave her $2,750.

By Simon Denyer  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Big news in China: 'Mythbusters' blew up a Chinese popcorn maker

A brief American TV segment on the traditional street food is generating wide interest in China.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China, Food

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 01/23/2013

What it's like for one Middle East reporter to watch the Benghazi hearings

"These hearings are a sorry coda to an actually very important situation."

By Max Fisher  |  04:42 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013

China's latest restriction for Tibetans: no passports

Authorities have not granted a new passports to any Tibetan individuals in almost a year, according to rights groups.

By Max Fisher  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/23/2013

The best article ever written about 'sybaritic gabfest' Davos

A Reuters writer congratulated the "astonishingly expensive" World Economic Forum for saving Egypt.

By Max Fisher  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Switzerland

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Map: What Europeans think of the EU (Brits really don't like it)

The U.K. is the state where voters are more likely to call EU membership bad for their country.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, The European Experiment, United Kingdom

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Few expect Yair Lapid will replace Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister

Though his party was the surprise success of Tuesday's elections, Lapid and his political centrists seem unlikely to anchor a coalition.

By Max Fisher  |  09:35 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Netanyahu, the Israeli election and the peace process

What do Israel's far-right leaders think about Netanyahu's speech in support of a two-state solution?

By Max Fisher  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Looking for al-Qaeda in Algeria

Analysts are navigating a dense web of overlapping and sometimes contradictory questions, mysteries, and datapoints.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden, Algeria

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Map: The countries most at risk for a coup in 2013

A statistical model suggests that Africa's Sahel region could be worryingly susceptible.

By Max Fisher  |  11:13 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eritrea, Maps

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013

French troops greeted as liberators in Mali

Islamist rebels held Diabalay for only five days before French troops moved in, but that was enough for its residents.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 01/22/2013

What the Osama bin Laden raid discovered on al-Qaeda's links in Algeria

The record of al-Qaeda's North Africa franchise looks, in some ways, more like that of the Taliban.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/21/2013

The one substantive foreign policy point in Obama's inauguration speech

The president reiterated a diplomatic approach to Iran but otherwise suggested that he will focus domestically.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Big controversy in Canada: New banknotes have the wrong maple leaf

The new $20 designation carries a leaf that critics say is Norwegian, a reminder of Canada's quiet tug-of-war between identities.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Ireland's secret for surviving austerity: emigration

More Irish are moving away, taking pressure off the economy and the politics. But is it just creating another problem?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013

Can we fight poverty by ending extreme wealth?

Oxfam says the fight against poverty needs to focus on the super-rich.

By Olga Khazan  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013

Watch this cartoon that explains Mexico's cartel violence

A refreshing way to learn about a years-long conflict

By Olga Khazan  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/19/2013

BP chief: Four workers in Algeria unaccounted for

Bob Dudley said there are "grave fears that we are likely to have suffered one or more fatalities."

By Olga Khazan  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013

Weekend movie recommendations: Conflict and history in Algeria

Three excellent, entertaining films that also help to understand the ongoing news out of this North African country.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013

Mali is about to have a refugee crisis

Some 700,000 more Malians are expected to be displaced in coming months.

By Olga Khazan  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Understanding the Algeria crisis, with help from David Cameron

An annotated transcript of the U.K. prime minister's speech on Algeria.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013

First-hand hostage accounts from the attack in Algeria

Freed hostages said they had explosive strapped to their chests or had to hide for days to avoid the attackers.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Mali's refugees on life under Islamists: executions, amputations and child soldiers

Whispers of brutal treatment under the rebel militants who've seized the country's north.

By Max Fisher  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 01/18/2013

A surprising map of countries that have the most traffic deaths

The WHO estimates that road traffic fatalities will be the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:13 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, Transportation

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

The infographic that explains Mali's crisis

A color-coded map shows who controls what, who is invading, and how the rebels divide up the country's north.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/18/2013

A hostage crisis haunted by the ghosts of Algeria's bloody past

The Algerian civil war ended 13 years ago everywhere but in the minds of the generals and Islamists who squared off in the Saharan.

By Max Fisher  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Is the Algeria hostage crisis really al-Qaeda?

The group's history in Algeria is more complicated than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Live updates on the Algeria hostage crisis

The latest reports out of Algeria.

By Melissa Bell  |  09:14 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Which countries are most free -- and most oppressive?

How Eurasia is the new Middle East.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democracy

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/16/2013

In France, the Mali intervention is more popular than gay marriage

And Libya, and Afghanistan...

By Olga Khazan  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013

9 questions about Mali you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is, "What is Mali?"

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Unbelievable photos of how bad Beijing's air has gotten

Why Beijing can't breathe.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Keep it down: Russia is recovering from a giant hangover

New measures aim to keep the world's most storied drinkers on the moderate side.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:01 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Why some Malians are happy about the arrival of the French, in charts

Some Malians are in the unusual state of welcoming back a former colonial power.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Video: Swedish students have a delightful tradition of screaming together every night

The practice of spontaneous group howling, which looks both eery and fun, goes back years.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sweden

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Is Mali another loss for counterinsurgency?

As in Afghanistan, the conflict's disintegration could be seen as a black mark on the strategy's once-cherished record.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Video: China's plainclothes police stuff man into unmarked van for speaking to reporters

After a young man offers his support for a censored newspaper, some plainclothes police swoop in to pack him away.

By Max Fisher  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/14/2013

A brief listening tour of the amazing music of Mali

The country is rightly celebrated for its musicians, many of whom have been forced to flee under Islamist rule.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali, Music

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/14/2013

How bad are the bad guys in Mali? The answer, in four powerful paragraphs

Glimpses from inside Islamist-ruled Mali.

By Max Fisher  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mali

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The controversy in Russia over adoptions ban: 'Everyone's talking about it'

Will Englund, a Post correspondent in Moscow, discusses what effect the ban and its backlash are having on Russian politics.

By Max Fisher  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/13/2013

North Korea has a new name for North Koreans: 'space conquerors'

The state media are going to milk December's successful rocket launch into Earth orbit for every last drop, apparently.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/12/2013

Mexico's drug traffickers practice torture techniques on dogs

One dog named Lemon Pie is now running around on prosthetic legs.

By Olga Khazan  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mexico

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/12/2013

Songs of a tyrant: Meet Googoosha, dictator's daughter and pop star

What we can learn from videos released by a brutal Uzbek chanteuse

By Olga Khazan  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dictators

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/11/2013

In Czech Republic, a leading presidential candidate has a full-face tattoo

The 53-year-old composer is popular with youngsters

By Olga Khazan  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Who loves and hates America: A revealing map of global opinion toward the U.S.

The world, from Europe to Africa to Asia, has a more favorable opinion of the U.S. than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, China, Global trends, Maps, Turkey

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Why the slain PKK activists might have known their killers

A locked door to the Kurdish information center may be a clue

By Olga Khazan  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Iran is popular in Pakistan, overwhelmingly disliked everywhere else

Americans have a more sympathetic view of Iran than most Europeans, particularly Germans.

By Max Fisher  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Most Russians and Pakistanis say they prefer a 'strong ruler' over democracy

A new Pew survey asked people in seven countries their preferred system, with some surprising results.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Greek police beat up another 'illegal immigrant' who's actually a tourist

A harsh new policy, meant to curb illegal immigration, could end up damaging the one healthy sector Greece still has: tourism.

By Max Fisher  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Greece

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Should more Africans be allowed to move abroad?

One journalist argues the West needs more young, African workers

By Olga Khazan  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013

The anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan

The Hong Kong-born movie star called the U.S. the "most corrupt country in the world," reflecting complex Chinese attitudes toward America.

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Will the Paris shooting derail the Turkey-PKK talks?

Turkish nationalists and Kurdish officials are each blaming the other side for the three deaths in Paris.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:13 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kurds

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

A defector's tale: Assad's reluctant army

Many of Assad's soldiers don't actually support his cause.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

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

A Chinese Web censor snaps, goes on public rant

The message, quickly deleted along with its author's account, indirectly explained the mechanics of Chinese web censorship.

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

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Australia is so hot they had to add new colors to the weather map

"Deep purple" now represents the heat dome.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/08/2013

How Chavez and Venezuela are like a blissful marriage, with hidden secrets

Chavez makes it rain, then hides the bank statements

By Olga Khazan  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 01/08/2013

If you're a Canadian with a mortgage, you might have spoken to the Delhi rape victim

If you're a Canadian with a mortgage, you might have spoken to the woman who is now a symbol of India's rape epidemic.

By Max Fisher  |  01:16 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2013

The history of Cape Town's raucous new year's celebration, which is still going on

The story of Tweede Nuwe Jaar goes back to slavery, colonialism, and even the American civil war.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Africa

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Here are the top three risks facing the world

Income inequality, debt and climate change are going to wreak havoc on humanity, the WEF says.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environment

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/08/2013

A pair of photographers trail Eric Schmidt into North Korea

It's not clear why the Google chief is visiting the hermit kingdom, but the photos of his arrival are fascinating.

By Max Fisher  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 05:57 AM ET, 01/08/2013

In India, a history of high-profile rapes

A look at past incidents in India.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  05:57 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Found in Tehran: Ayatollah Khamenei-shaped air freshener

The supreme leader can now fill your car with a refreshing apple aroma for the low price of 81 cents.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/07/2013

A graphical representation of Hillary Clinton's 2,088 hours in the air as secretary of state

During her tenure, Clinton spent more time on airplanes than most Americans spend on any single activity other than sleeping, work, or TV.

By Max Fisher  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013

On Israel, Iran, and spending, Chuck Hagel looks a lot like Robert Gates

The expected defense secretary nominee has been criticized for his views on major issues, but they look awfully similar to those of Bush-appointed Gates.

By Max Fisher  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today

The U.S. is the 16th best place to be born in 2013, according to a new study with some revealing results.

By Max Fisher  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

India's rape problem is also a police problem

Most rapes are thought to go unreported, most that do go unsolved, and victims often say they feel pressured or demeaned by police who treat them as the real criminals.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/06/2013

Now Portugal's former colonies are performing much better than Portugal

The world's fastest-growing economies are not the countries you might expect.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/05/2013

‘Sticks for Troops' keeps hockey going in Afghanistan

Donated hockey equipment gives troops an opportunity to play in Kandahar.

By Ben Sumner  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013

Are Canadians so funny because they're making fun of America?

You might be surprised how many of your favorite comedians are from up north.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada is a foreign country

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/04/2013

India's rape problem is already taking an economic toll

A study finds that 82 percent of women say they will curb work hours because they fear for their safety while commuting.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013

The entire world is increasingly using Facebook

You may be at war, but you're friends on Facebook.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  internet

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Why Chinese workers are enduring an eight-day work week

It's all about economics, but the official holiday decree has some workers scratching their heads.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 01/04/2013

What the Milan game says about soccer racism

While racist soccer fans are not a new phenomenon, in the most recent example, fans might have gone too far.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:22 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Racism

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Chinese tourism: The West strains to understand a new, $85 billion-a-year industry

Western countries are trying to cash in, but Chinese palettes are finicky and their expectations very, very high.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Amid rape fiasco, India's leaders keep up insensitive remarks

India's political leaders and opinion-makers both men and women -- continue to rub salt on the wounds.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Video of Malala Yousafzai shyly smiling as she finally leaves the hospital

The 15-year-old girl, shot in the head by Taliban militants for promoting girls' education, takes a major step toward recovery.

By Max Fisher  |  09:16 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

The political cartoons that maybe got their artist shut down on Chinese social media

Kuang Biao's powerful drawings satirize the Chinese government, maybe more than censors were willing to tolerate

By Max Fisher  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Venezuelans demand answers on Chavez's health

Why it matters exactly when (and if) Chavez dies.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latin America

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013

War tourism: A thrill-seeking Japanese trucker in Syria

The strange allure of war zones.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/03/2013

A fascinating interview with China's biggest rock star

Cui Jian, a cultural giant since the 1980s, reflects on Chinese culture, politics, and freedom.

By Max Fisher  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Music

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

Why Depardieu has a friend in Putin

Putin grants Russian citizenship to the French actor Gerard Depardieu.

By Will Englund  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 01/03/2013

In Bahrain, cameras are weapons

How the government crackdown has led to the arrests of those documenting the protests.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:29 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Can Republicans rediscover a once-celebrated foreign policy tradition?

The party of Reagan, Nixon, and Eisenhower has seemed lost in what was once a place of strength, but it doesn't have to be that way.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Which heads of state tweet, in one map

Seventy-five percent of world leaders are now on Twitter, according to a new report.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social media

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/02/2013

'Running' yellow lights is illegal in China now

Yellow and red lights are now functionally the same in the world's most populous country.

By Max Fisher  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Which countries tax the most?

Just be glad your business isn't located in Uzbekistan.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economics

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2013

The world is baffled by the 'fiscal cliff,' sees it as a sign of American decline

America-pessimism is getting a big boost in foreign media this week.

By Max Fisher  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Meet Egypt's Jon Stewart, who is now under investigation for satire

What the investigation of a popular TV host means for Egypt's press freedom.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Russian adoption ban will hit disabled children, evangelical Christian families

Russian adoption ban will hit disabled children, evangelical Christian families

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/01/2013

The surprising shopping habits of China's growing middle class

Single's day, Warrior Shoes and Chinese foodies.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Understanding China

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 01/01/2013

Why demographics are still a concern for some Israeli Jews

The great Israeli-Palestinian baby race is still on.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:49 PM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

 

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