WorldViews: April, 2013

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Why hasn’t Obama closed Guantanamo Bay?

Obama's spoke at length about why the U.S. has to close the detention facility in Cuba, but has not yet succeeded in doing so.

By Max Fisher  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Map of the world’s 25 best airports, according to that study Obama is so upset about

President Obama cited a study on the world's best airports to make a larger point about U.S. infrastructure spending.

By Max Fisher  |  02:37 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Video: Obama reiterates Syria 'red line' but vague on response if crossed

The administration still seems hesitant to pledge any sort of response if it finds that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

By Max Fisher  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Obama's correspondents dinner speech is a big hit in China, with 25 million views

Chinese Web users are swarming to watch and discuss the video, an example of everything their political system is not.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Why Mexican opinion of the U.S. is at its most positive in years, in charts

Favorability, which dropped rapidly after the Arizona immigration law, has since recovered and then some.

By Max Fisher  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mexico

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Turkish airline, wary of unruly passengers, may ban alcohol on flights from Russia

An Istanbul-based airline says it's had too many incidents with over-imbibing tourists.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Turkey

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Map: Why women in some countries still say domestic violence is okay

A new study explores why women in 26 countries reject or accept the "right" of a husband to hit them.

By Max Fisher  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/29/2013

This map of global economic confidence shows optimism finally returning

Gallup's economic confidence index shows where people are optimistic and pessimistic about their futures.

By Max Fisher  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Video: Amateur singer's heartbreaking song for Syria sweeps the Arab world

A young man from Aleppo channeled his country's pain in a performance on the Arab version of American Idol.

By Max Fisher  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013

A family's journey: The story of the Tsarnaevs and their life-changing travels, in one chart

Following the brothers accused of the Boston bombings and their parents across continents.

By Max Fisher  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Take a 360-degree tour inside Aleppo's now-devastated Umayyad Mosque

The mosque was one of Syria's oldest and most precious landmarks, dating back to the 11th century

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:37 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013

Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

U.S. officials said Saturday that Russian authorities secretly recorded a conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, an Associated Press report says.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Video: This is what Bollywood musicals sound like -- with no music

Watch a scene from a hit 2012 epic Indian film with and without the music for an amazing contrast.

By Max Fisher  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Why a U.S. ambassador asked Australians to stop pirating 'Game of Thrones'

Jeffrey Bleich's Facebook appeal to Australians

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Yes, it's a big deal if Syria crossed the chemical weapons 'red line.' Here's why.

The taboo against chemical weapons is about more than just Syria: it's about every war that comes after.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Half of Americans can't identify Syria on a map (young Republicans do slightly better)

One in five respondents told Pew they thought it was Turkey.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013

What is Obama's red line on chemical weapons and what happens if Syria crosses it?

The administration has articulated the red line six times. Here's what it said, what it means and what it has promised to do about it.

By Max Fisher  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Putin's 9 most notable quotes from in his five-hour Q&A

Putin criticized U.S. handling of the Tsarnaev case, the Magnitsky Act and the Iraq war in a wide-ranging interview on Russian TV

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Three important caveats on the Syria chemical weapons report

U.S. intelligence believes forces loyal to Assad may have used sarin gas.

By Max Fisher  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Kafka at Gitmo: Why 86 prisoners are cleared for release but might never get it

A number of the prisoners, frustrated at their continued detention, are going on hunger strikes as tensions rise at the facility.

By Max Fisher  |  12:45 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013

The obscure Russian jihadist whom Tamerlan Tsarnaev followed online

What does it say that the Boston bombing suspect knew about a low-ranking insurgent officer named Gadzhimurad Dolgatov?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/24/2013

How a boar hunt gone awry toppled Moldova's government and might bring back communists

Welcome to the topsy-turvy parliamentary politics of former Soviet eastern Europe.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Moldova

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013

China's bird flu outbreak: 3 good signs, 3 bad signs and 3 very bad signs

Good news: China is showing unusual transparency in responding. Bad news: It's harder to track and easier to transmit than previous strains.

By Max Fisher  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Muslim Brotherhood post from 2007: 'Don't be like the Jews and the Christians'

An old article at the Brotherhood's official Web site gave advice to families on raising young girls.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Syrian hackers claim AP hack that tipped stock market by $136 billion. Is it terrorism?

The Free Syrian Army claimed a bit of juvenile vandalism that temporarily erased huge amounts of equity that was later recovered.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, Syria

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Here's the song so bad it's got the Netherlands in an uproar and is ruining the king's big day

The Koningslied was meant to celebrate the new king's inauguration but has become a national controversy.

By Max Fisher  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Netherlands

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Japan's no-apology diplomacy: Why a small Tokyo shrine is causing big trouble in Asia

The imperial-era shrine is infuriating Japan's neighbors, and not without reason.

By Max Fisher  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Photo Essay: A girl born with hair covering half her face finds new life

A nine-year old girl is beginning to recover from a rare and life-threatening medical condition.

By Anup Kaphle  |  07:01 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepal

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013

North Korea's official response to Boston bombing cites conspiracy site World Net Daily

Pyongyang helpfully clarifies that it would never hesitate to wage war against America, just not by bombing the Boston marathon.

By Max Fisher  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Boston in context: There were 21 incidents around the world last week involving makeshift bombs

Three of them, surprisingly, took place in the United States, which illustrates how common IEDs have become.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Syria's pro-Assad hackers are hijacking high-profile Twitter feeds

The Syrian Electronic Army is going after media groups and even FIFA.

By Max Fisher  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Video: Tamerlan Tsarnaev's teacher in Kyrgyzstan says he was affected by Chechen conflict

Old friends and neighbors in the Tsarnaev's Central Asian hometown mostly say the boys seemed perfectly normal.

By Max Fisher  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyrgyzstan, Russia

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Saudi Arabia grapples with surprisingly complicated politics of weekends

The country approved a study that is expected to pave the way for shifting its national weekend by one day.

By Max Fisher  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Outrage in India as a billionaire receives special police protection

Some are questioning why police are tasked to Mukesh Ambani as India struggles to curb sexual violence.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:48 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston bombing suspects: What the Kyrgyzstan connection means

The story of how Chechens ended up in this Central Asian state is a microcosm of Chechnya's larger story.

By Max Fisher  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyrgyzstan, Russia

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 04/19/2013

9 questions about Chechnya and Dagestan you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is, "What are Chechnya and Dagestan?"

By Max Fisher  |  01:47 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Chechen president on Boston suspects: 'Look for the roots of their evil in America'

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov posted an Instagram statement to downplay any Chechen connection.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/19/2013

YouTube account that belongs to a person named Tamerlan Tsarnaev had bookmarked videos on terrorism

The videos under the account of a person named Tamerlan Tsarnaev gave hints of piety and a more extreme faith.

By Max Fisher  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Leaked video shows Vladimir Putin berating cabinet ministers

The allegedly secret footage was released hours before Medvedev gave an important speech.

By Max Fisher  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Despite harsh words for North Korea, China deepens economic ties

A shiny new bridge is going up across the Chinese-North Korean border to allow for greater trade.

By Max Fisher  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/18/2013

A stereotype-busting map of the countries where children are most likely to get drunk

A study of children in Western countries looked at the likelihood that an adolescent will report having been drunk at least twice.

By Max Fisher  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/18/2013

UNICEF: U.S. kids worse off than many of their Western counterparts

A United Nations study found that American children rate among the lowest in the Western world by metrics of well-being.

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American in Context, Maps

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Iran condemns the Boston bombing, with a caveat

An Iranian foreign ministry statement expressed sympathy with the U.S. but also used the incident to reiterate a political point.

By Max Fisher  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Photos: Afghans send sympathy and love to Boston, whose pain they know all too well

Many ordinary Afghans feel heartbroken over the Boston tragedy, wrote a documentary filmmaker in Kabul.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Palestinians compete to become 'President' on new reality show

The program pits young Palestinian men and women against one another in political debate, business management and other events.

By Ruth Eglash  |  10:40 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 09:26 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Seven peculiar rules imposed on the French

From how to plant trees on a sidewalk to exactly how much egg to serve to schoolkids.

By Edward Cody  |  09:26 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

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

Knowledge of pressure-cooker bombs is not limited to readers of al-Qaeda's 'Inspire' magazine

Unfortunately, instructions for building the homemade explosive type used in Boston have proliferated for years.

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

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 04/16/2013

The other Saudi Arabians at the Boston Marathon

You probably heard about the Saudi student questioned by police. Here are the stories of the other Saudis at the race.

By Max Fisher  |  02:28 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Homeland Security warned about terrorist use of pressure cooker bombs in 2004

A 2004 Department of Homeland Security memo warns of "terrorist use of pressure cookers"

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/16/2013

China sees the best and worst of America in Boston bombing

Chinese social media users said their country's security was better but lauded the U.S. show of transparency and cooperation.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Senior Muslim Brotherhood official links Boston blasts to global anti-Muslim conspiracy

The Brotherhood is earning a reputation for saying one thing in English and another in Arabic.

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2013

U.K. officials review security plans for London Marathon and Thatcher's funeral parade

After the blasts at the Boston marathon, British officials are reviewing plans for their own public events.

By Anthony Faiola  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 04/15/2013

'Please don't be a Muslim': Boston marathon blasts draw condemnation and dread in Muslim world

Some observers in the Middle East, horrified at the explosions in Boston, are quietly worried about how the blame will fall.

By Max Fisher  |  05:41 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)

Among surveyed developed nations, only Romanian children are more likely to fall below the relative poverty line.

By Max Fisher  |  03:02 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Maps

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Here's the brilliant SNL skit on the pro-Thatcher punk band that never was

It's funny, but it's also a reminder of the real and often tense divide in Britain over Thatcher's legacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Can the U.S. widen the gap between China and North Korea?

John Kerry offered to withdraw some U.S. missile defense if Pyongyang curbs its nuclear program, an offer that appeals more to Beijing.

By Max Fisher  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Letter from Gitmo: A detainee writes from day 65 of his hunger strike

Dozens of detainees are on hunger strike, partially in response to the U.S. failure to secure their release.

By Max Fisher  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Is political satire rising in China?

The popularity of Daily Show clips on the Chinese web suggests a growing appetite for political humor.

By Max Fisher  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Video: North Korea threatens to strike Colorado Springs but doesn't know where it is

The latest propaganda video misidentifies the location of its target by almost 1000 miles.

By Max Fisher  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

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

How seriously should you take that scary intelligence report about North Korean nukes?

The answer, sort of, in six questions.

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

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/12/2013

A surprising map of the countries where banks are most and least trusted

Banks are highly trusted in China and India, but not so much in Europe.

By Max Fisher  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/11/2013

What time machine? Iranian news agency quietly deletes a report that Iran had built one.

This is not the first time that an Iranian state news outlet has gotten caught with a less-than-accurate story.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Electoral analysis predicts Egyptian support for Islamists likely to slide

The Muslim Brotherhood's party is expected to remain the primary player, but will be more challenged by non-Islamists.

By Max Fisher  |  02:36 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Poll shows Americans are obsessed with North Korea, overstate its threat

People who say they follow news about North Korea closely are just as ill-informed about the country as those who don't.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Why China loves 'The Daily Show'

A 'Daily Show' segment about the show's popularity in China is already 50 times more popular online in China than it is in the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/11/2013

This fascinating video explains everything you never understood about the Vatican

For example: Why are Vatican passports technically issued by a corporation?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vatican City

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Chart: Americans are more interested in North Korea than Beyonce or Obama right now

Google Trends data shows searches for the pariah nuclear state making an unprecedented surge.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

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

An eye-opening map of which countries execute the most prisoners

China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. still execute the most people, according to a new Amnesty International report

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:05 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Skeletons discovered in home of deposed Central African Republic president

What was Francois Bozize doing with two skeletons hidden beneath his garage?

By Max Fisher  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central African Republic

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Uzbekistan officials call Harlem Shake 'a vortex full of meaninglessness and shamelessness'

An outlet of the oppressive Central Asian state condemned the foreign dance sensation.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Uzbekistan

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/10/2013

The idiosyncratic geopolitics of Jay-Z and Beyonce's perfectly legal trip to Cuba

Their trip may have violated the original spirit of the 1962 embargo, but not the letter, a sign of how U.S.-Cuba relations are changing.

By Max Fisher  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Video: New Navy laser can shoot down drones, is headed for the Persian Gulf

That crazy new Navy laser will deploy to Iran's backyard and target exactly the type of boats and aircraft Iran is known for

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:10 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

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

Report: China may be shutting down some tourism into North Korea

Foreign tourism is an important source of revenue for Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Chinese army colonel says avian flu is an American plot against China

The senior officer accused the U.S. of infecting Chinese citizens with the disease.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Those photos of young Kim Jong Un performing in 'Grease' are probably of his brother

Kim Jong Chol is likely the young boy in the grainy photos, although they are broadly consistent with the Kim family's embrace of Western culture.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013

In sign of Chinese frustration with North Korea, 'Daily Show' clip mocking Kim racks up 2.8 million Chinese views

Chinese Web users, eager for an outlet to criticize their ally, have made it one of the most-watched clips in the show's history.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Margaret Thatcher leaves complicated, sometimes bitter legacy in U.K.'s former colonies

Her support of reliably anti-communist regimes and effort to revitalize British foreign policy alienated former members of the empire.

By Max Fisher  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Margaret Thatcher helped invent ice cream as we know it

Before she became the "Iron Lady," Thatcher worked as a chemist on the research team that stabilized soft-serve.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:51 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/08/2013

'Irony Lady': How a Moscow propagandist gave Margaret Thatcher her famous nickname

A Soviet army captain and a bored Reuters reporter unintentionally gave the U.K. prime minister her famous monicker.

By Max Fisher  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Thatcher and Reagan: Was their 'special relationship' partly a myth?

The famous partnership between the U.S. and U.K. heads of state covered over a number of sometimes bitter disputes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/08/2013

U.S. and U.K. conservatives join to lionize Thatcher as a 'legend' and 'inspiration'

Politicians in both the United States and U.K. praised the former prime minister for her role in the Cold War.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Video: Early adapter Margaret Thatcher loved the Internet before it was cool

Back in the 1990s, Thatcher argued against fears that the Web might lead to moral decay.

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Here's the new music video North Korea made for Kim Jong Un

WORLDVIEWS | Music video drives home propaganda inherent in North’s latest provocations.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013

S. Korean official predicted N. Korea urging embassy evacuations, said attack would follow

Take the story with a grain of salt, but the danger is that Seoul might believe it.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Map pinpointing the seismic activity just detected along the Russia-North Korea border

The event occurred at exactly two seconds after midnight, local time.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Russia

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Offshore world: 2.5 million leaked files reveal stunning extent of global tax havens

The leaks detail more than 120,000 offshore accounts, including some belonging to prominent politicians and businesses

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  British Virgin Islands, Maps

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013

China's branding failure: only 6% of U.S. consumers can name one Chinese brand

Chinese companies have long preferred to buy up American brands, rather than trying their own push in the U.S. market

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 04/05/2013

India's animal economics: Is the country an elephant, a tiger or maybe even a beehive?

No one can seem to decide what animal metaphor best describes the world's ninth largest economy.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  06:32 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 04/04/2013

A gif that perfectly sums up North Korea's military capability to strike the U.S.

Is Kim Jong Un's "U.S. Mainland Strike Plan" just a game to him?

By Max Fisher  |  12:47 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Map: This is how far those North Korean missiles can actually reach

The tested Musudan can't hit American soil and analysts aren't even sure whether the longer-range KN-08 is real.

By Max Fisher  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Here's the Japanese rock song so offensive it took North Korea's focus off U.S.

"Slashing Koreans," by the far-right band Scramble, urges violence against the elderly survivors of Japanese sex slavery.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Sorry, Anonymous probably didn't hack North Korea's intranet

The hackers' grandiose claims could be Kim Jong Un-style bluster

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Stunning before-and-after satellite photos show sectarian devastation in Burma

Anti-Muslim violence in the city of Meiktila, undisturbed for days by the military, wiped entire communities off the map.

By Max Fisher  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/03/2013

U.S. Embassy in Cairo's controversial Twitter account deleted after one too many public spats

The American government account had sparked a number of low-level diplomatic incidents in Egypt.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Muslim Brotherhood tweets video alleging Jews control U.S. media, in apparent dig at Jon Stewart

The message from the Egyptian brotherhood's official account appears to be a response to Stewart's criticism of President Morsi.

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Here's video from inside the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which North Korea just closed

The center provides the South with cheap labor and the North with hard currency, but today Pyongyang made good on threats to shut it down.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Jon Stewart sparks Twitter fight between U.S. Embassy and Egyptian president's office

The embasy tweeted a segment of Stewart lambasting Morsi.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Why North Korea's bomb-grade plutonium plant might be good news

Pyongyang's decision to re-open the plant suggests it might not have figured out how to enrich uranium.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Watch Jon Stewart mock Egyptian President Morsi for arresting famous satirist Bassem Youssef

Youssef is often called "the Jon Stewart of Egypt," so the American original came to his Egyptian compatriot's defense.

By Max Fisher  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Actually, the Kennedys have a storied history of diplomacy with Japan

Caroline Kennedy's possible appointment as ambassador to Tokyo might make more sense than you'd think.

By Max Fisher  |  03:52 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Video: Japanese April Fool's prank mocks Americans for being loud and lazy

A fake ad shows an American who gets a little too excited about some new technology.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Japan

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Is North Korea being more restrained than we think?

For all its bluster, Pyongyang appears to have shown surprising caution in escalating.

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Video of the Egyptian satirist arrested for 'belittling' the president, 'insulting Islam'

Bassem Youssef, the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," was released on bail on Sunday.

By Max Fisher  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013

North Korea appoints 'reformer' to top leadership post (but don't get your hopes up)

Is Pak Pong Ju poised to implement Chinese-style economic reforms? Probably not.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

 

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