WorldViews: May, 2013

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/31/2013

This SARS-like virus has killed 30 of the 50 people who contracted it

The virus, which was first identified in Saudi Arabia last year, poses a challenge to the world's health care systems.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Eerie photos of deserted island that was once most densely populated place on Earth

At its height, Gunkanjima had more people per square kilometer than Mumbai and Hong Kong.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Poll: Internet-savvy Muslims more likely to enjoy Western culture

The survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life also found that age and education level correlated with good feelings toward the West.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 05/31/2013

A guide to what's going on in Istanbul's Gezi Park

More than 100 were injured in clashes that followed Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's rejection of protesters' demands.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:59 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine celebrates Boston bombings

The glossy, English-language publication also calls the London knife attack the "dear price" of Western oppression and the Oklahoma tornadoes a sign of divine wrath

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:54 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Yemen

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Where do people overshare most online? Hint: It's not the U.S.

More than 60 percent of Saudi Arabian social media users said they usually share "everything" or "most things" online in a recent poll.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 05/30/2013

France finally coins a French word for 'French kiss'

Just don't expect to see "galocher" in any official dictionaries.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:47 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Video: Kids keep throwing sandwiches at Australian PM Julia Gillard

This is the second time this month that a student has lobbed a sandwich at the Aussie prime minister during a school appearance.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Pakistan's 'answer to Glee' will address homosexuality and extremism -- in song, of course

The plot is already proving controversial in Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal and imported soaps are regularly slammed for their loose morals.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:31 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Activists celebrate France's first gay wedding amid mass protests

Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau, France's first gay married couple, said their ceremony represented a triumph over the "hatred" of same-sex marriage that has polarized France.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  04:54 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Many in Middle East oppose E.U. decision on Syria arms embargo

In recent opinion polls, people in five of six Arab countries have overwhelmingly responded that they want foreign governments to stay out.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

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

Mount Everest is overcrowded, polluted and nearing a crossroads, 60 years after first climb

Climbers of the world's tallest mountain report passing mounds of litter and waiting in "traffic jams" of inexperienced tourists.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepal

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Study: China's 'Great Firewall' may not actually isolate Internet users

A new study argues that most Chinese Internet users would never go to the Web sites the government blocks, anyway.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:35 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013

State Dept. report for Caracas personnel: Crime level 'critical'

The State Department has long warned employees of danger in the Venezuelan capital, where two embassy personnel were wounded Tuesday morning

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/28/2013

Tel Aviv bids to become the next Silicon Valley

The "start-up city" has diversified its tech offerings and is trying to attract foreign entrepreneurs

By Ruth Eglash  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The U.S. weapons systems that experts say were hacked by the Chinese

According to a report prepared for the Pentagon, cyber-spies breached the designs of important military aircraft and missile-defense systems

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:09 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013

88 percent of Chinese say the economy is doing well

That's despite reports of China's economic slowdown, and opposite the pessimistic outlooks in most advanced economies

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Improvising in a time of war

At the Turkey-Syria border, cheap cars bought from Europe are sold for sometimes triple the price.

By Kevin Sullivan  |  09:41 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Saudi man investigated after Boston Marathon speaks out

"Is it because of the color of my skin or ... the name of my country?" Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi asked in his first interview since the attacks

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:53 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Five charts that help explain Sweden's youth riots

Contrary to Sweden's idyllic image, the country suffers from growing income disparities and youth unemployment.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sweden

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/24/2013

How Pakistanis reacted to Obama's new guidelines for drone strikes

Pakistanis are skeptic about the new guidelines set for targeted strikes.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drones, pakistan

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Massive Russian earthquake felt 4,000 miles from epicenter

People in nine time zones felt their houses sway, but Russian authorities report little to no damage

By Will Englund  |  11:11 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Poll: Germany is the world's 'most popular' country

It outranked Canada, Britain, Japan and France in the BBC's latest public opinion survey, despite its controversial austerity push.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:59 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Obama's case for drones

The president's speech on counterterrorism laid out a "just war" rationale for using drones.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/23/2013

A surprising map of where the world's atheists live

According to a 2012 poll, almost half of Chinese consider themselves "convinced atheists"

By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013

London knife attack boosts British far-right groups on social media

The sudden surge in attention to the anti-Islamic English Defense League illustrates some ongoing tensions in British society.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 05/23/2013

'A society discovering itself': The amazing, subversive rise of Chinese documentary film

A new art exhibition showcases some of the best of China's growing and often-powerful documentary movement.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 05/23/2013

New Coca-Cola ad campaign mired in sensitive Israeli identity politics

Israeli consumers can get bottles personalized with their names, but Arabs and other minorities are out of luck.

By Ruth Eglash  |  11:08 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Should the U.S. allow companies to 'hack back' against foreign cyber spies?

A special commission suggests allowing corporations to take the fight to hackers, but the risks could be substantial.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Russia

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2013

British politician compares London machete attack to U.K. policy in Syria

George Galloway says his government's support for Syrian rebels is akin to the bizarre machete attack.

By Max Fisher  |  03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Chilling video of London attacker explaining machete attack on reported soldier

The man carried a knife and a machete, his hands covered in blood.

By Max Fisher  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 05/22/2013

'If Imam Khomeini were alive and he registered [for president], he would be disqualified'

An Iranian legislator wrote an open letter to Khameini criticizing the decision to bar Rafsanjani from running.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Staunch anti-American Saeed Jalili an early favorite in Iran's presidential race

The nuclear negotiator has consistently discouraged negotiations with the U.S. and called for "resistance."

By Max Fisher  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 05/22/2013

What our foreign correspondents are reading

Looking for a new book to read? Here is a list of great books recommended by our foreign correspondents.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:11 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Video: A rare glimpse inside Tibet at a time of unwelcome change

As Chinese migrants flow in and construction changes the holy city, it's "a shadow of what it once was."

By Max Fisher  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Rafsanjani's disqualification follows tumultuous relationship with Iran's supreme leader

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Riot police return to Tehran's streets

As the Guardian Council blocks former president Rafsanjani from runnings, tensions increase.

By Max Fisher  |  02:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Prague announces bizarre plan for singles-only subway cars

The European tourism hub wants to promote dating during daily commutes.

By Max Fisher  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Czech Republic

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Locusts flood Israel, echoing biblical tales and providing a new kosher snack

Israelis are doing their best to tamp down the insect influx, including by eating them.

By Ruth Eglash  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Everest's latest climbing season brings new records and challenges

More than half a dozen new records were set on Everest this past week.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:09 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mt. Everest

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013

How Chinese hacking makes it tougher for the U.S. to stop old-fashioned spies

A 2010 attack on Google may have revealed FBI investigations into suspected foreign agents.

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Coca-Cola ad says Coke vending machines can soothe India-Pakistan tensions

The drink company takes the McDonald's theory of conflict prevention to new heights.

By Max Fisher  |  04:43 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, pakistan

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2013

American held in North Korea had pledged to 'collapse' country with prayer

Kenneth Bae, in a 2009 sermon caught on video, laid out a plan to sneak hundreds of praying Americans into the hermit kingdom.

By Max Fisher  |  02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013

China's culture of hacking cost the country $873 million in 2011

Cyber-espionage isn't limited to the military, with freelance hackers doing damage to internal commerce.

By Max Fisher  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Could Rafsanjani be disqualified from Iran's presidential race for his age?

A Guardian Council statement may have hinted as much, although it's not clear this is what he intended.

By Max Fisher  |  12:58 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 05/18/2013

Japanese leader revives dark memories of imperial-era biological experiments in China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's photo op in a plane marked "731," intentional or not, infuriated former victims.

By Max Fisher  |  01:34 PM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013

Photos of Ai Weiwei's latest work, a response to China's baby milk scandal

In 2008, milk tainted by an industrial chemical killed six infants and sickened 300,000.

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Thieves make off with $1 million in jewels from hotel near Cannes Film Festival

The jewels reportedly belonged to the jeweler Chopard and were to be loaned to celebrities for the film festival.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  03:59 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Get caught up on Benghazi, in five short paragraphs

If you've been having a tough time following the controversy, here's a quick summary for you.

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Libya

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013

5 insights on the racial tolerance and ethnicity maps, from an ethnic conflict professor

Steve Saideman, who studies some of the issues raised in the maps, expands on some points and pushes back on others.

By Max Fisher  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Somalia

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Chinese tourists' bad manners harming country's reputation, says senior official

A vice premiere says Chinese tourists are hurting the country's image.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Disturbing video: Greek member of parliament shouts 'heil Hitler' during session

A member of Golden Dawn shouted the Nazi slogan during a debate.

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Greece, Right-Wing Europe

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/16/2013

A revealing map of the world's most and least ethnically diverse countries

According to a landmark 2002 study, diversity correlated with lower GDP, worse governance and, interestingly, equatorial latitude.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2013

27-year-old CIA wig resurfaces in Moscow spy case

WORLDVIEWS | In the latest bizarre twist, a literal relic of the Cold War may have reappeared in Russia.

By Will Englund  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 05/16/2013

A dazzling documentary about pop music in China's Muslim-majority province

What's it like to be a young musician in restive Xinjiang?

By Max Fisher  |  09:11 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Map: How the world voted on a U.N. resolution for political transition in Syria

It's revealing to look at the 12 countries that voted in Syria's favor and the 59 that abstained.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maps, Russia, Syria, United Nations

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 05/15/2013

KFC smugglers now delivering fast food through Gaza tunnels, report says

More profitable business has dried up, some smugglers complain, since Israel and Egypt cracked down on the tunnels

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:13 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gaza Strip, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013

A fascinating map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries

Survey tracks peoples’ willingness to live alongside neighbors of a different race.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bangladesh, France, India, Maps, pakistan, South Korea

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 05/15/2013

An amazing time-lapse video of Dubai's rebounding growth

A photographer's video of the so-called "millionaires' playground" shows the world's tallest building, heavy traffic -- and lots of construction cranes.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:03 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Arab Emirates

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Chinese petitioner, after asking White House for help, visited by Chinese police

The young woman who asked Obama to call attention to a petrochemical plant not says authorities 'scared' her.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 05/15/2013

New Zealand may declare a war on cats

In a country obsessed with birds, felines are considered a menace.

By Max Fisher  |  10:36 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Zealand

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Japanese Web users debate whether politician was right to call wartime sex slavery 'necessary'

The mayor of Osaka, a rising star in the country’s nationalist movement, made provocative comments excusing wartime abuses.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/14/2013

A heartbreaking photo of a young Syrian girl selling bread amid destruction

A hint of normalcy in Deir al-Zour as well as a tragic sign of the war's deep damage.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 05/14/2013

How Europeans stereotype one another, in one chart

A new Pew survey on public opinion within Europe finds the financial crisis exacerbating some very old perceptions.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Kenyans release pigs in front of the parliament to protest members' greed

Protesters in Nairobi said the parliamentarians are greedy to demand higher pay.

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kenya

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Pew poll shows Europeans losing faith in the E.U.

Pew finds public support for the European experiment dropping across member states.

By Eliza Mackintosh  |  02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Meet the Chinese 'censors' who watch 700 pornographic movies every week

What it's like to watch sexually explicit DVDs in the service of the state.

By William Wan  |  01:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

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

5 signs there's something fishy about the alleged CIA spy arrested in Moscow

Why would a CIA agent carry a self-incriminating letter offering outlandish sums for little return?

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Here's the spy recruitment letter allegedly found on CIA agent in Moscow

The note offers $1 million a year to spy for the United States.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Photos, video of alleged American CIA spy's arrest in Moscow

It's not clear who filmed the arrest or how Russian media got this so quickly.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Here's the story the AP suspects led to sweeping Justice Dept. subpoena

The agency secretly obtained Associated Press phone records from 20 different phone lines over two months.

By Max Fisher  |  06:11 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Yemen

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Teacher jailed on charges of insulting Islam is freed by Qatar

The Nepali teacher had been jailed last week after a dispute with some young students.

By Anup Kaphle  |  05:26 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepal, Qatar

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

U.K. lawmakers debate leaving the European Union

"I don't think the status quo in the European union is acceptable today."

By Eliza Mackintosh  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Video of Czech president staggering through ceremony has many wondering if he was drunk

Local media say that many Czechs believe he was intoxicate at the event. It's not hard to see why.

By Max Fisher  |  04:50 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Czech Republic

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Passenger captures video of Beijing airport brawl between passengers and employees

What started with delays and angry passengers climaxed with a manager lifting a metal stool over his head.

By Max Fisher  |  02:17 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Six ways Assad has turned the tide in Syria

Regime forces appear to have regained the momentum in the conflict, at least for now.

By Max Fisher  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Revolutionary fast food: Anthony Bourdain samples Libya's 'Uncle Kentaki' chicken

The American fast food chain is sometimes treated as a symbol of the U.S. in the Middle East.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Libya

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Israeli Web users mock Netanyahu's $127,000 airplane bed

The prime minister reportedly spent heavily to install a double bed for he and his wife on a flight to London.

By Ruth Eglash  |  11:50 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Should the Newseum consider cameramen for Hamas-run TV to be journalists?

The museum's decision to honor men killed while reporting for Gaza-based Al-Aqsa TV has raised some larger issues.

By Max Fisher  |  11:36 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Robert Gates on Benghazi: 'There just wasn't time'

The former secretary of defense argues that a quick-reaction force might not have been the right response.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The real roots of China-Japan tensions

A prominent historian argues that China is struggling for a post-Mao ideology and Japan is bristling against U.S. dominance.

By Max Fisher  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Newseum stands by controversial honor for cameramen with Hamas-run TV station

The two Gazans, with al-Aqsa TV, were killed in an airstrike last year.

By Ruth Eglash  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Video: Iranians rally in support of Rafsanjani's surprise presidential candidacy

The former president has applied to run in the coming election, shaking up Iranian politics.

By Max Fisher  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Dennis Rodman returning to N. Korea to free Kenneth Bae: Could it actually work?

The American citizen has been detained in the hermit kingdom for several months already.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Photos from Guantanamo's force-feeding facilities

The U.S. Army has released photos showing guards discarding food and a special chair used for force-feedings.

By Max Fisher  |  11:59 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/10/2013

10 heartbreaking photos from the building collapse in Bangladesh

A woman who was rescued today had been trapped in the basement for 17 days.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bangladesh

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/10/2013

This powerful video shows Iran's worsening crackdown on journalists

"Only Somali journalists have gone into exile in higher numbers."

By Max Fisher  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Is this the documentary that got a U.S. citizen sentenced to hard labor in North Korea?

A 2007 film that references religious freedom in the hermit kingdom was among Bae's official charges.

By Max Fisher  |  05:54 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Qatar jails a Nepali teacher on charges of insulting Islam

The chemistry teacher could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

By Anup Kaphle  |  03:08 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepal, Qatar

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Surreal, 100-year-old footage shows Jerusalem as you've never seen it

The just-restored video shows Jews arriving in the Ottoman-era city before even the British mandate.

By Ruth Eglash  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 05/09/2013

North Korean 'traffic girl' may have won military award for saving Kim Jong Un poster

When she won the state's highest honor under mysterious circumstances, some defector suggested she had stopped a coup.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Mystery surrounds North Korea's bizarre decision to grant top military honor to traffic cop

The official explanation for the medal suggests she averted some sort of disaster, but what?

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Syrian pro-Assad hacker insists attacks are funny: 'Haters gonna hate'

A member of the Syrian Electronic Army responds to my characterization of the group.

By Max Fisher  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Video: Burkina Faso's foreign minister faints in the middle of a press conference

It was clear midway through the public meeting in Ankara that something was wrong.

By Max Fisher  |  10:03 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burkina Faso, Turkey

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Pakistan's plight, in one striking chart

More than nine in ten Pakistanis say they're dissatisfied with their country's direction.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pakistan

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Britain, the world, react to Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Manchester United manager

Ferguson managed the popular Manchester United football club for 26 years.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:32 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Here's how Kim Jong Un probably translated Dennis Rodman's 'do me a solid' tweet

The idiom is best approximated by a Korean expression "look at my face," for some interesting reasons.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 05/08/2013

How did Syria cut off the entire country from the Internet?

The prevailing theory from the latest such incident is complicated but we explain with a video.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Here's a map of the best and worst countries to be a mother

The U.S. scores surprisingly poorly, ranked below Belarus and Lithuania.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Web monitor: 'Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet'

Is the Internet blackout a deliberate precursor to some sort of regime campaign?

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Worrisome map shows billions of locusts pushing across North Africa

The bugs could devastate crops and threaten food security from Morocco to Saudi Arabia.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sudan

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Here's North Korea's new official song, with creepy music video

Believe it or not, there's a serious point to be made about this piece of unintentional kitsch.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Anti-American countries can become pro-American. Here's how South Korea did it.

In only ten years, public opinion there went from among the world's most skeptical of the U.S. to its most approving.

By Max Fisher  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, South Korea

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Is Russia's social network chief really a free speech martyr?

The head of the popular, Facebook-like site VK is on the run from state security.

By Will Englund  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Map: More than half of humanity lives within this circle

About 3.6 billion of the world's 7.1 billion people live in South and East Asia.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2013

This is how sarin kills

The chemical weapon, possibly released in Syria, turns the victim's own nervous system against him or her.

By Max Fisher  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Syrian hackers seize The Onion's Twitter account, aren't very funny

The pro-Assad cyber vandals attempt to mimic The Onion style, with a touch of anti-Semitism.

By Max Fisher  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Syrian chemical weapons reports get murkier

Were rebels, and not the regime, actually responsible for the alleged sarin exposure?

By Max Fisher  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 05/06/2013

'Atheists must be hanged': Raw video from Islamist street clashes in Bangladesh

What began as a protest for anti-blasphemy laws ended with 15 killed.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bangladesh

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Astonishing video from the Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Israeli jets attacked Syria twice over the weekend, an unusual escalation.

By Max Fisher  |  10:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Syria

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013

The strange, conspiracy-filled case of 'Russia's Mark Zuckerberg'

Russian security forces and hostile investors with Kremlin ties have sent the founder of Russia's Facebook into hiding

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

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

How economics are driving fast food's takeover of France

The trend has to do with much more the culinary appeal of the "McBaguette."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013

New U.S. representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan is critic of Biden on war

James Dobbins previously published an article criticizing, and at points mocking, Biden's proposed Afghan war strategy.

By Max Fisher  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, pakistan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 05/03/2013

The study that shows why China and India probably won't clash over border dispute

A fascinating 2005 analysis of China's resolution of border disputes might surprise you.

By Max Fisher  |  05:42 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Why it's great news that China wants to mediate Israel-Palestine talks

Don't wait for Beijing to resolve the peace process, but it says volumes about China's evolving view of its place in the world.

By Max Fisher  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/03/2013

A distressing map of religious freedom around the world

Fifteen countries are cited for "systemic, ongoing and egregious" violations of religious liberty.

By Max Fisher  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 05/03/2013

12 countries where the government regulates what you can name your child

New Zealand -- which banned the baby names "4real" and "Lucifer" -- is not alone in policing parents' questionable taste

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:01 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Zealand

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/02/2013

What happens when a Guantanamo detainee gets force-fed

A detailed and unsettling description of how the U.S. facility keeps hunger-striking prisoners from starving to death.

By Max Fisher  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/02/2013

See David Guttenfelder's award-winning photos from inside North Korea

The AP photographer is one of only two American journalists regularly allowed into the Hermit Kingdom

By Anup Kaphle  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Indian prisoner's death in Pakistan spurs diplomatic crisis

Sarabjit Singh had spent over two decades on death row in Pakistan.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, pakistan

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/02/2013

What the Muslim world believes, on everything from alcohol to honor killings, in 8 maps, 5 charts

A sweeping study of Muslim attitudes in dozens of countries turned up some fascinating results

By Max Fisher  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/01/2013

China's version of Google marks Worker's Day by banning discussion on Marx, 'labor,' 'strikes'

A bit of supremely ironic censorship from the world's largest ostensibly socialist state.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Saudi Arabia launches powerful ad campaign against domestic violence

According to some reports, as many as 50% of all Saudi wives have suffered some form of spousal abuse

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/01/2013

64 percent of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan support the death penalty for leaving Islam

A new Pew survey on views in the Islamic world finds an alarming trend.

By Max Fisher  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Egypt, pakistan, Religion

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Obama may arm Syrian rebels: Why now?

Three theories on why the administration signaled it might change policy on Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Video: Fists fly inside the Venezuelan parliament

Weeks after a bitter election, parliamentarians in Venezuela threw punches and kicked each other.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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