WorldViews: July, 2013

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Syrian rebel fatwa bans croissants as a symbol of Western colonial oppression

The ban, while comical on its face, reflects the growing reach of radical al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013

U.S. could save millions by paying each Gitmo prisoner $2 million annual salary to do nothing

A reminder of why the Obama administration is eager to find almost any other option.

By Max Fisher  |  01:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guantanamo

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/31/2013

This is what it looks like if you drive through downtown Pyongyang

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Edward Snowden's father says he still can't communicate directly with his son

In an interview with the Post, Lon Snowden says his son should stay in Russia.

By Max Fisher  |  11:23 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Behind the spectacle, the ugly truth about North Korea's 'mass games'

One of the most impressive shows on Earth is also an extension of some of the country's greatest cruelty.

By Max Fisher  |  09:46 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013

This is my new favorite Robert Mugabe quote

Aging autocrats are often eccentric, charming and paranoid, but rarely all three at once.

By Max Fisher  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Zimbabwe

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013

The free Web program that got Bradley Manning convicted of computer fraud

Wget, which dates to 1996, has a function so simple you probably didn't realize you needed a program to do it.

By Max Fisher  |  02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Instagram. Here are his first photos.

The sunny, cheery photos are often followed by vicious commenter fights.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:15 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 07/30/2013

The real reason boycotting Russian vodka is unlikely to improve gay rights

Western activists hope to pressure the country to improve gay rights, but that could risk backfiring.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 07/30/2013

China grapples with understanding spate of random violence

A string of bizarre murders has prompted national soul-searching.

By Simon Denyer  |  10:17 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 07/29/2013

More good-bad news on China's slowdown: Auditing local governments

The move is sort of the best and worst of the Chinese political system.

By Max Fisher  |  05:19 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

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

Afghan female rapper dreams of stardom

If she beats the odds, Paradise Soururi could become a star female rapper in Afghanistan.

By Monica Villamizar  |  05:05 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 07/29/2013

That North Korean ship caught ferrying weapons is also full of bees

The brown sugar hiding the military equipment has melted, adding another bizarre chapter to the story.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Panama

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Despite dozens of deaths, Muslim Brotherhood finds little sympathy at home or abroad

Why are so many people shrugging after security forces killed dozens of Brotherhood members?

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Lost in translation: Was Strauss-Kahn really charged with 'aggravated pimping'?

A look at the French law finds some nuance in the charges brought against the former IMF chief.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Yes, it really was a crime in France to insult the president until this week. Here's why.

The law's history is darker and more recent than many Americans might realize.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Afghan war now more unpopular with Americans than the Iraq war ever was

A new poll finds the lowest ever public support for the war, now ongoing for more than a decade.

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Iraq

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Chinese army-designed video game lets players fight Japan for the Diaoyu Islands

Players will "use their weapons to tell the Japanese that 'Japan must return our stolen territory!'" according to a press release.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Mugabe says of Obama's gay rights push, 'We ask, was he born out of homosexuality?'

The African leader often criticizes homosexuality or other perceived enemies to gin up populist support.

By Max Fisher  |  04:44 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Zimbabwe

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Spain's train crash was a rare aberration for Europe's ultra-safe rail system

According to the European Railway Agency, trains in the E.U. are about 28 times safer than cars, and fatalities are rare.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:17 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spain

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Israel's 'Jewish Olympics' draw athletes from around the world

The Maccabiah Games are having their 19th iteration in Jerusalem.

By Ruth Eglash  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Witness to Spanish train crash: It 'sounded like a thunderstorm,' bodies 'on the ground everywhere'

"It felt like a thunderstorm, like an earthquake with rocks falling, a very strong blow"

By Max Fisher  |  11:44 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spain

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Horrifying footage of the Spain train derailment that killed dozens

Footage captured by a security camera shows the speeding train derail at a curve.

By Anup Kaphle  |  09:37 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spain

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Controversial video of Western men harassing a Korean woman appears to have been staged

A Korean man who says he worked on the video provided video of two alternate takes of the encounter.

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Why Anonymous hacked the tiny, impoverished island nation of Nauru

The island is the site of a Australian refugee-processing center that one former prime minister called an "Australian gulag."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:31 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Cyber Security, Naura

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Al-Qaeda hosts a family fair in Syria, complete with ice cream and jihad

As the group gains territory in Syria, it's seeking to promote a cuddlier image.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2013

The case for Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

The reported choice is surprising, but her family legacy and gender equality work are real assets.

By Max Fisher  |  04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Ikea may open a West Bank store, but decides against North Korea

The Swedish furniture giant found the one country where it won't do business.

By Max Fisher  |  03:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, North Korea

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 07/24/2013

More on child brides: After a political fight, Nigeria will continue allowing them

The legislature defeated an amendment to the constitution, which currently enshrines a right for men to wed girls.

By Max Fisher  |  01:22 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nigeria

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Egyptian general's call for protest raises fears of something worse

The military coup leader says he wants a mandate to "fight terrorism," but is he seeking something more?

By Max Fisher  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Iran, belatedly, invites Snowden to visit, 'elaborate' on U.S. spying practices

Though he's expressed no interest in traveling to Iran, it would be accessible from Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Snowden said to be preparing for a life in Russia. Maybe permanently?

Russian media says the NSA leaker will be allowed to leave the airport, and his lawyer says he plans to seek a job.

By Max Fisher  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Child marriages: Video of pleading Yemeni girl is just the tip of the iceberg

Eleven-year-old Nada al-Ahdal escaped two arranged marriages, but millions of other girls do not.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Yemen

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Indian politicians ask Obama to deny a visa to one of their own

A group of 36 lawmakers sent a letter requesting that the U.S. block Narendra Modi's visa request.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 07/23/2013

A very funny video explains Zimbabwe's election 'chaos' in under two minutes

It's an important story, but it's OK if you haven't been following it. We've got you covered.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Zimbabwe

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Four reasons why you should care about the al-Qaeda jailbreak in Iraq

Things were already worsening in Iraq, but this has potentially even wider implications.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Here are the five best British tabloid front pages on the royal baby

They're certainly memorable.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/23/2013

The world's monarchs are going to be almost exclusively male for a very long time

Most monarchies either bar women from the throne or, with Monday's British royal son, have only men in line.

By Max Fisher  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Meet the world's other 25 royal families

There are emirs, sultans, elected monarchs and even a grand duchy, but their powers vary widely.

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  03:18 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Last vestiges of the British empire complicate royal baby's succession to the throne

If Middleton has a daughter, anti-monarchists in Australia and Canada could cause her big trouble.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Canada is a foreign country, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Yes, that's a photo of the pope carrying his own bag (onto his specially chartered plane)

Francis loves such shows of modesty, but his job can make them tough.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy, Religion

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013

A revealing map of how the world views China vs. the U.S.

The U.S. is more popular in most countries, but there are some big exceptions.

By Max Fisher  |  09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 07/22/2013

British news site offers 'Republican' option for readers sick of royal baby news

The Guardian's special homepage toggle serves anti-monarchists.

By Max Fisher  |  08:42 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Talking about talks about talks

Israelis and Palestinians have found an "establishing basis" for peace negotiations. What does that mean?

By Max Fisher  |  05:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013

U.S. Congress gestures in an unusual direction: toward diplomacy with Iran

The typically hawkish institution appears to be softening on Iran at a key moment.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013

A Moscow court has released Navalny. What happens next?

There are two unanswered questions in the case. Here are the possible answers.

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Insecticide blamed for Indian school deaths kills 200,000 every year, is related to sarin

Organophosphorous does terrible things to human beings but is still in wide use.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 07/18/2013

The story of how a Milan CIA station chief became a fugitive, now caught in Panama

Robert Seldon Lady was a CIA star in 2003. Now he's detained in Panama and could face extradition. What happened?

By Max Fisher  |  04:44 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy, Panama

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Israeli 24-hour news channel launches, with eyes on the world

The network will broadcast in English, French and Arabic but not Hebrew.

By Ruth Eglash  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/18/2013

2010 government report warned of serious flaws in India's school lunch program

The investigation found broad failures to maintain hygiene and food quality, particularly in Bihar.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Readers send messages of love and support to Nelson Mandela

A selection of messages from Post readers to South African leader Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday.

By Washington Post  |  11:13 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nelson Mandela

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 07/18/2013

School principal comes under fire in Indian school lunch deaths

WORLDVIEWS | The region's education minister has hinted at a political conspiracy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:32 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Tibetan musician releases music video honoring self-immolations

The emotional song and professional-looking music video praise Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule.

By Max Fisher  |  09:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 07/18/2013

After school lunch deaths, Indians on Twitter turn their outrage against the government

Many drew parallels between the incident and large-scale corruption scandals.

By Max Fisher  |  08:51 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Taliban commander to Malala Yousafzai: 'When you were attacked it was shocking to me'

Adnan Rasheed has allegedly written a letter asking Malala to return home and "use your pen for Islam."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:41 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pakistan

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Everything you wanted to know about the military technology on that N. Korean ship

Analysts say they've identified the system on board, but they've raised some puzzling questions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:51 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013

A delightful video guide for how to become a British monarch

The rules of royal succession are weirder and more elaborate than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  10:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Stephen Colbert explains what was really wrong with KTVU's fake Korean pilot names

"If you're going to do a racist joke, at least get the ethnicity right."

By Max Fisher  |  07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, South Korea

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 07/16/2013

An interactive map of the world's best and worst airports for flight delays

Japan's airports are the most reliable, China's the least, the U.S. does pretty well and the big surprise is in India.

By Max Fisher  |  02:23 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India, Japan, Maps

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The bizarre story of a North Korean ship detained in the Panama Canal

President Ricardo Martinelli took to Twitter and national media to recount the strange events.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Panama

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Veteran photographer recounts his first Afghan war assignment

Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Michel du Cille discusses his first experience reporting in Afghanistan.

By Michel du Cille  |  09:49 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

The world is poised to change dramatically over the next century, and in ways that you might not expect.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, India, Nigeria

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 07/15/2013

China's economy is slowing. Here's the case for and against freaking out.

The era of breakneck Chinese growth may finally be over. Is that good news, bad news or very bad news?

By Max Fisher  |  11:46 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Korea's Web community roiled by shocking video of Western men tormenting a local woman

Only 78 seconds long, it manages to hit on some of the country's most sensitive issues regarding. gender and race.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/14/2013

George Zimmerman and the U.S. effort to improve minority rights abroad

When the U.S. is perceived as poor on minority rights, it can be easier for other countries to shrug off pressure to improve their own.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context

Posted at 06:17 AM ET, 07/13/2013

The White House is turning up the pressure on Moscow over Snowden. Will it make any difference?

Snowden isn't in the driver's seat anymore; that ended the moment he landed in Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  06:17 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 07/12/2013

How to live your life: Advice from an American student who was killed in Egypt

Two weeks before 21-year-old Kenyon College student Andrew Pochter was stabbed to death in Alexandria, Egypt, he sent a wise letter to the boy he mentored.

By Karen Tumulty  |  01:54 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advice, alexandria egypt, andrew pochter, andrew pochter letter, Egypt

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/12/2013

India's Narendra Modi lets politics go to the dogs

India's Narendra Modi made a rare comment on 2002 riots in a Reuters interview -- but had Indians bristling with a puppy-related analogy.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  12:32 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Welcome to the transit zone: Photos from Snowden's meeting and the strange scene outside

The scene at Snowden's meeting, like the international politics that got him there, was at turns strange and boisterous.

By Max Fisher  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/12/2013

A trip to the roof of the world

The Post's Kevin Sieff describes leaving Kabul for a place peaceful and forgotten, the Wakhan Corridor.

By Kevin Sieff  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Full text of Snowden's new statement: I had 'the power to change people's fates'

The NSA leaker called efforts to extradite him "a threat to us all."

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Russia's human rights commissioner: Snowden considers himself a patriot

"I want the U.S. to succeed," Snowden said in Moscow on Friday.

By Max Fisher  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Snowden wants asylum in Russia, but can he stick to Putin's terms?

Putin has said Snowden would have to stop leaks "aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners."

By Max Fisher  |  10:27 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Snowden, in e-mail to human rights groups, announces meeting and assails U.S. 'escalation'

The e-mail says he will speak about his situation to human rights groups at 5 p.m. local time in Moscow (9 a.m. Eastern time).

By Max Fisher  |  08:22 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 07/11/2013

A hidden political significance to graffiti on China's D.C. embassy

Many have interpreted the tag as a protest against China's controversial "land grabs."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:45 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 07/11/2013

A hospital in Zimbabwe charged women $5 for each scream during childbirth

If that doesn't sound like much, consider that average annual income is about $150 in the country.

By Max Fisher  |  02:51 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Zimbabwe

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Turns out that Aeroflot flight to Havana is diverting because of turbulence over Greenland

At least three other Westbound trans-Atlantic flights are taking a similarly unusual path over the ocean.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Snowden watch: Today's Moscow-Havana flight taking a very odd detour that avoids the U.S.

It might be for other reasons, but some are naturally wondering if the flight is carrying NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Another reason why the U.S. hasn't condemned Egypt's coup: one high-level personal relationship

How one lunch between an American and an Egyptian may have guided the U.S. reaction.

By Max Fisher  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Here's the creepy wax statue of Kim Jong Il that was a formal gift from China

The Chinese Communist Party got North Korea a very unnerving present to mark the Korean War anniversary.

By Max Fisher  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 07/10/2013

'The finest poppy storage warehouse ever built for the Afghan army'

The U.S. spent $34 million on a military complex no one wanted and that it will most likely raze.

By Max Fisher  |  04:06 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Beyond aid: Why it matters if the U.S. calls what happened in Egypt a coup

The Obama administration is wary of condemning the military takeover, but could that be in the country's own best interests?

By Max Fisher  |  01:45 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Egypt's political crisis, explained in eight surprisingly entertaining minutes

A pair of Youtube vloggers break down the current conflict in language a 10-year-old could probably understand.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:20 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Why Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood is bad for everyone

The military's decision to arrest top leaders risks exacerbating political divides.

By Max Fisher  |  11:48 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Meet Ron Dermer, Israel's new ambassador to the U.S.

The Miami-born political insider is close to Netanyahu.

By Ruth Eglash  |  04:47 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Snowden's five dubious options for getting to Venezuela

Looking these over, it's easy to wonder whether Snowden will ever get out of Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  03:38 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/09/2013

North Korean video lambastes U.S. 'plunder wiretap' surveillance programs

The propaganda piece mostly focuses on South Korea, calling it America's "51st state."

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  11:36 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Here's the Russian official's now-deleted tweet saying Snowden accepted asylum in Venezuela

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013

The State Department's Arabic outreach team spoofed an al-Qaeda video

The Digital Outreach Team tries to curb anti-American attitudes, but a study finds it may have the opposite effect.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Asiana Airlines president bows in apology for crash, a show of Korea's very different corporate culture

Why are Korean executives willing to publicly bow but Americans aren't?

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Korea

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 07/08/2013

15 dramatic photos tell the story of a momentous week in Egypt's history

What happened in the last week? These photos tell you.

By Max Fisher  |  03:06 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/08/2013

Video captures military sniper firing into a crowded pro-Morsi protest in Cairo

The disturbing two-minute video was purportedly taken from within the demonstrations where shooting killed at least 40.

By Max Fisher  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/08/2013

Harrowing first-person accounts from the military shooting in Cairo that killed 40

Egyptian troops opened fire on pro-Morsi protesters, killing at least 40.

By Max Fisher  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 07/06/2013

Three reasons Mohamed ElBaradei is an odd choice to be Egypt's new prime minister

He has little natural constituency, is not seen as a charismatic uniter and may sacrifice some of his democratic credibility.

By Max Fisher  |  04:09 PM ET, 07/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/06/2013

Video: Meet the 12-year-old Egyptian boy who wonderfully explains his country's crisis

The video, from October, is making the rounds as outsiders attempt to understand why Morsi was ousted.

By Max Fisher  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 07/05/2013

LIVE VIDEO: Follow live coverage from Egypt

Follow the latest development in Egypt, following intense clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters.

By Anup Kaphle  |  04:47 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Key congressional committee backs Egypt coup

Top members of the House Foreign Affairs committee tacitly support the military's decision to remove Morsi.

By Max Fisher  |  04:43 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 07/05/2013

The 'guardian coup' theory: Was Egypt's coup actually good for democracy?

There are three theories that July 3 was a good thing for democracy. Here's what they say and how they hold up.

By Max Fisher  |  04:18 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Harrowing video captures fatal shooting of pro-Morsi protester in Egypt

The moment seems a symbol of wider violence in Cairo.

By Max Fisher  |  02:18 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

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

U.S. has spotty record on law requiring it to cut aid after coups

Though presidents typically follow the law, they tend to bypass it in the Middle East and where national security may be at stake.

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

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 07/05/2013

Muslim Brotherhood site says Egypt's new president is secretly Jewish

An article on the official IkhwanOnline hints that Adly Mansour is aiding an Israeli-American plot.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 07/03/2013

The seven people to follow on Twitter for Egypt news and analysis

Not sure how to keep up with what's going on in Egypt? Start here.

By Max Fisher  |  05:34 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Law says the U.S. is required to cut aid after coups. Will it?

The events in Egypt would seem to meet the definition, but it's hard to imagine the U.S. wants to go through with that.

By Max Fisher  |  04:59 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Is what happened in Egypt a coup or a revolution? It's both.

WORLDVIEWS | Egyptians saw two very different events today. They're both right, but until they can agree the cycle may repeat.

By Max Fisher  |  04:54 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Watch this amazing live feed from Egypt's Tahrir Square

The situation's effects are uncertain but, for the moment, Tahrir is jubilant.

By Max Fisher  |  03:20 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Argentine president live-tweets her efforts to aid Bolivia's Morales

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner annotates, on Twitter, her campaign to rally fellow Latin heads of state.

By David Beard  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Evo Morales's controversial flight over Europe, minute by heavily disputed minute

There are six different versions of what happened. Here's what they all say.

By Max Fisher  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bolivia

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Audio purportedly from inside the cockpit of Bolivian President Evo Morales's flight

"We need to land because we cannot get a correct indication of the fuel indication."

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austria, Bolivia

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 07/03/2013

Here's a map showing the very strange flight path of Bolivian President Evo Morales

He claims his plane was made to take a hairpin turn and land at Vienna due to European suspicion he was sheltering Edward Snowden.

By Max Fisher  |  11:09 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austria, Bolivia

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 07/02/2013

The darkly funny joke that sums up Egypt's crisis

A humorous take on the Muslim Brotherhood's trajectory since taking office.

By Max Fisher  |  04:46 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Ecuador's strange journey from embracing Snowden to turning him away

Why did President Rafael Correa seemingly cool on sheltering the NSA leaker?

By Juan Forero  |  03:54 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ecuador

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Edward Snowden's father, in letter, compares son to Paul Revere, assails administration

The letter pledged to “educate the American people about the impending ruination of the Constitution.”

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/02/2013

The story behind an amazing sunset photo of Egypt's protests

It's actually three photos strung together, taken by a local university instructor.

By TJ Ortenzi  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Venezuela's president praises Snowden but stops short of asylum offer

Maduro charged that an "imperialist elite" in the U.S. had "created an evil system, halfway Orwellian, that intends to control the communications of the world."

By Juan Forero  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Venezuela

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Map: Tracking how countries are answering Snowden's asylum requests

Edward Snowden applied for asylum with 21 different countries. Here's who is rejecting him, who hasn't responded and who might say yes.

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Controversial Rachel Corrie play to open in Jerusalem

A play about the American activist killed in Gaza is already generating outrage.

By Ruth Eglash  |  09:50 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Stunning video of Russian rocket crash in Kazakhstan

Another spectacular setback for the country's space program.

By Max Fisher  |  09:31 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kazakhstan, Russia

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Some see Julian Assange's hand in new Snowden statement

The first word from Snowden in eight days reads an awful lot like the Wikileaks founder's work non-American English and all.

By Max Fisher  |  07:43 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Snowden, in new statement, accuses Obama of using 'old, bad tools of political aggression'

The NSA leaker's first public message in eight days charged that the U.S. is "afraid of an informed, angry public."

By Max Fisher  |  06:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Snowden's mission, ideals have been subsumed by international politics

The same idealism that led Snowden to release U.S. secrets may have landed him in Moscow and under Putin's thumb.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Ecuador, Iceland, Russia

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Here's the Egyptian military's full statement warning it may act in 48 hours

Some are taking the statement as a threat to intervene.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Obama wants to curb Africa's ivory trade. Here's what he's up against.

Elephants and rhinos are being pushed toward extinction by poachers.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, environment, obamainafrica

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013

The sincere fiction of Goree Island, Africa's best-known slave trade memorial

Why the slave memorial Obama visited matters, even if its official history is mostly false.

By Max Fisher  |  08:51 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, obamainafrica, Senegal

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Here's video of Jennifer Lopez's birthday concert for one of Asia's most notorious dictators

Lopez spent her Saturday night in the oil-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan.

By Max Fisher  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkmenistan

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Egypt's protesters find a new villain: the U.S. ambassador

How did Anne Patterson become a focus of anger in Tahrir Square?

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Video: Egyptian army helicopter drops flags over anti-government protests

A spokesman insisted it was not meant as a show of support for the demonstrations.

By Max Fisher  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

 

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