WorldViews: November, 2013

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Photos of the day: Dubai goes a little overboard with fireworks celebration

The Emirati city-state celebrated winning hosting rights for the 2020 World Expo.

By Max Fisher  |  12:59 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Arab Emirates

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Why did China impose an ‘air defense zone’ that was so likely to fail?

The most plausible case may be that Beijing wanted to boost its internal legitimacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Israel mourns Arik Einstein, one of its most celebrated musicians

Israelis of a certain age can date their past romances -- and heart break -- by Arik Einstein’s songs.

By Ruth Eglash  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Is Iran already hedging on a key nuclear concession?

Foreign Minister Zarif announces Iran can continue construction at the Arak nuclear facility.

By Max Fisher  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Oops: WHO says it was wrong about Greeks giving themselves HIV en masse

Is this the most embarrassing correction ever made?

By Max Fisher  |  09:10 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Greece

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Iranian President Rouhani now has his own ‘Yes, We Can’ music video

Some Iranian performers made this almost-exact copy of Obama’s 2008 viral video.

By Max Fisher  |  08:40 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Iran’s supreme leader publicly blesses the nuclear deal

Crucially, Ali Khamenei also pushed against Iranian skeptics of the agreement.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Russia is already using Iran talks to try to extract something for itself

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is the world’s top geopolitical troll.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/25/2013

9 questions about Iran’s nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Iran’s nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Iran nuclear deal

Everything the deal does and doesn’t do, what it means, whom it hurts and helps.

By Max Fisher  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/22/2013

The Cuban missile crisis almost ended the world. Was it Kennedy’s fault?

Four ways to think about the crisis that almost sparked World War III.

By Max Fisher  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, Cuba

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 11/22/2013

A guide to 26 foreign countries and names that Americans mispronounce

“ee-RON, not EYE-ran“: Clip-and-save for Thanksgiving or congressional debates.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Why did North Korea arrest an 85-year-old American? Here are four possible reasons

North Korea experts’ best guesses as to why Pyongyang is holding a tourist from California.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Photos: Life on the capsized boat that 50 typhoon survivors have made their new home

Filipinos in the hard-hit city of Tacloban have had their homes destroyed, so they found a new one.

By May-Ying Lam  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Philippines

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Everything we know about Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old American imprisoned in North Korea

It is a complete mystery why North Korea has held the elderly tourist for three weeks now.

By Max Fisher  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 11/20/2013

The U.S. just issued its harshest travel warning against North Korea in 18 years and no one knows why

What happened that’s got the State Department suddenly spooked?

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 11/20/2013

The five craziest moments from Gary Locke’s tenure as U.S. ambassador to China

The last two-plus years have seem some dramatic moments in U.S.-China relations.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Americans support an Iran nuclear deal 2 to 1. That’s a big deal.

Getting Congress to support a nuclear deal with Iran just got a lot easier.

By Max Fisher  |  11:06 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Five lessons from the Iranian foreign minister’s video asking for peace

Mohammad Javad Zarif is very, very into “dignity.“

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Elle magazine names ‘North Korea Chic’ as a top fashion trend for fall 2013

What do Americans think of when they see the words “North Korea“?

By Max Fisher  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Will Syria’s civil war spread to Lebanon? The case for ‘no’

All the major players have an interest in keeping Lebanon stable.

By Max Fisher  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 11/18/2013

North Korea endorses ‘Double Down’ as proof that ‘The U.S. is the root cause of all sorts of evils’

North Korean state media quotes liberally and approvingly from the book about the 2012 presidential race.

By Max Fisher  |  02:23 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013

A brief and surprisingly entertaining video history of America’s wars in Asia

How the Cold War got the U.S. involved in Korea and Vietnam and why it still matters.

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Nepal’s protest candidate channels rising popular disaffection

The U.S.-educated Ujwal Thapa says he wants to stir up Nepali politics.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:11 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepal

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

‘The seeds of genocide’: What Mia Farrow saw on her U.N. travels to the Central African Republic

The activist and former actor discusses the country’s worsening crisis.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central African Republic

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 11/16/2013

China’s rules for when families can and can’t have more than one child

These are the nine exceptions to the one-child policy

By Max Fisher  |  10:09 AM ET, 11/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 11/15/2013

8 maps that explain why Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines so hard

From climate change to the government’s preparation to the size of the storm itself, told in maps.

By Max Fisher  |  02:03 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, The Philippines

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Why China’s one-child policy still leads to forced abortions, and always will

This may be the one thing that Americans most misunderstand about China’s birth restriction.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2013

This powerful video is dominating Indian social media. Here’s why.

The three-minute Google ad is syrupy, but it tells one of India and Pakistan’s most important stories.

By Max Fisher  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, Pakistan

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Video: Meet the world’s first professional Kim Jong Un impersonator

Too bad he gets the North Korean leader wrong.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama’s approaching an Iran deal. Here’s why Congress might stop it.

Congress is facing a real dilemma over Iran talks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013

The Decline of the Vulcans: How Obama’s sidelined Cabinet explains his foreign policy

How his administration consolidated foreign policy decision-making may have shaped key decisions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2013

This Iranian political cartoon nicely captures the country’s view of nuclear talks

It’s funny, as well as a reminder of the mutual Iranian-Western mistrust permeating the talks.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 11/12/2013

This map shows why the Philippines is so vulnerable to climate change

A U.N. report identifies it as the third most at-risk country in the world.

By Max Fisher  |  03:46 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Philippines

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013

47 statistics that explain Typhoon Haiyan

The Philippines’ deadly storm, by the numbers

By Max Fisher  |  12:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Philippines

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

A nuclear expert explains, in very basic language, the science at the heart of Iranian nuclear talks

What is a heavy water reactor and why is it such a big deal?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Why the Philippines wasn’t ready for typhoon Haiyan

Poverty, fractured governance and a weak rule of law made the country ill prepared for typhoon Haiyan.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Philippines

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 11/09/2013

What has to happen -- and what can’t happen -- for an Iranian nuclear deal to succeed

Kenneth Pollack: “This may well be the best opportunity that we have ever had, and maybe that we will ever have, to get a deal with the Iranians.“

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Does it matter that the U.S. just lost its vote in UNESCO?

The United Nations cultural body does touch on U.S. interests.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Nations

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/08/2013

How Netanyahu could kill a nuclear deal with Iran

The Israeli leader could leverage opposition in Congress, which Obama needs to make a deal work.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Why 140,000 Chinese people want to kick out CNN

A CNN.com op-ed has sparked national outrage in China.

By Li Qi  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Why did we go to war in Iraq? An interview with Peter Baker.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy, Wonkblog

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Anyone who faces imprisonment for their sexuality can now seek asylum in Europe

In some ways, LGBT asylum policy in Europe is now more progressive than in the U.S.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe

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

What Iran today has in common with the U.S. in 2008

The Post’s Jason Rezaian talks about being a reporter in Tehran.

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

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/07/2013

I toured the devastated Fukushima nuclear plant. This is what I saw.

Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi facility is isolated and silent, with no clear sign of the problems occurring out of sight.

By Chico Harlan  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan

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

A stunning map of depression rates around the world

A new study estimates the global burden of clinical depression.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Sweden’s plan to bring gender equality to the movies

Swedish theaters will now label movies that pass the “Bechdel test.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sweden

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Everything you need to know about polonium, which may have killed Arafat

This video explains what it is and why it’s so scary.

By Max Fisher  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Canadian regime roiled by provincial scandal, sparking fears of instability

A satirical take on how we’d cover Rob Ford if he were from, say, China.

By Max Fisher  |  01:26 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Why Nazi-seized art is only now resurfacing and how it will change the art world

The more than 1,400 paintings discovered in a Munich apartment are just the tip of the iceberg.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators

Here’s why violent uprisings tend to fail, but nonviolence works.

By Max Fisher  |  12:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate.

China and Thailand are the best for expats, a new study finds.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps, Thailand

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Germany is only now exposing many Stasi spies. This film shows what that’s doing to the country.

The new documentary, “Being Radler,” sheds light on the country’s anti-NSA backlash.

By Max Fisher  |  04:50 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany, NSA

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Would the world blame Israel if Iranian nuclear talks fail?

If a deal falls apart, international support for isolating Iran could weaken.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

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

Wow: Nearly half of Egyptians support suspending TV satirist Bassem Youssef

Egypt’s Jon Stewart survived the Morsi era, but is the public turning against him?

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 11/01/2013

‘They just can’t get it done’: A report card for post-withdrawal Iraq

An Iraq expert flunks Baghdad on security and the economy, but gives a B on sectarian issues.

By Max Fisher  |  05:16 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/01/2013

How anti-NSA backlash could fracture the Internet along national borders

Eric Schmidt predicted that Web would break into pieces that might be coming true.

By Max Fisher  |  12:56 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Germany, NSA

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Washington thinks pro-Israel groups are all-powerful. Few Americans agree.

Despite the groups’ fearsome reputation in Washington, only 4 percent call them the most influential lobby.

By Max Fisher  |  07:03 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

 

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