WorldViews: February, 2014

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Mansion was only a fixer-upper, Yanukovych says

Deposed Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych says his opulent estate in Kiev is more a fixer-upper.

By Kathy Lally  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Both Ukrainian and Venezuelan protesters have been called fascists. Why?

It’s a complicated term.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fascism, ukraine, Venezuela

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Syrian extremists amputated a man’s hand and live-tweeted it

The group deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda performed what may have been a Twitter first Friday: live- tweeting the amputation of a hand.

By Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 02/27/2014

To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history

The Crimean Peninsula has been fought over for centuries.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:28 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Peninsula, ukraine

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/27/2014

How a sensible economic policy might have sparked Venezuela’s protests

Venezuela’s middle class had long been placated with arcane foreign exchange laws.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Venezuela

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 02/26/2014

This map helps put Russia’s military moves near Ukraine in perspective

Should we be spooked?

By Adam Taylor  |  06:19 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/26/2014

This photo from Syria is horrifying, but does seeing it change anything?

The dark situation in Yarmouk, Damascus.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, United Nations, War

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/26/2014

The colorful history of this Soviet monument in Bulgaria, and why it angers Russia

For Russia, history matters.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bulgaria, Russia, Soviet

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Why do people choose to live in the ‘worst city in the world?’

Baghdad has a bad reputation.

By Adam Taylor  |  07:45 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baghdad, Cities, Iraq

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014

How did Venezuela’s protests get so big? These two charts offer a clue

Venezuela’s economy is in the tanks.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Protests, Venezuela

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/25/2014

The important thing missing in this video of Xi Jinping walking Chinese streets

“Breathing together, sharing the fate.“

By Adam Taylor  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China Pollution, Smog, Xi Jinping

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/25/2014

The most surprising thing at Yanukovych’s estate? He has relatively good taste.

I’ve seen mansions of the once mighty fall, and get quickly looted, gutted, torched, bombed. But the experience in Ukraine was something new.

By William Booth  |  11:51 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Ukrainians keep pulling down Soviet statues. Now Russia is getting angry.

Estimates that more than 100 statues have been pulled down.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Lenin, Russia, Statues, ukraine

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Amid the coverage of Ukraine, is a crisis in Venezuela being ignored?

Euromaidan gets more headlines, but why?

By Adam Taylor  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kiev, ukraine, Venezuela

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Here are the 10 countries where homosexuality may be punished by death

Uganda’s tough new anti-gay law stops short of imposing the death penalty but has drawn criticism for its punishments.

By Terri Rupar  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 02/22/2014

The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin?

Some 60 percent of people in the region are ethnically Russian.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:43 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 02/22/2014

To get why so many people hate Viktor Yanukovych, take a tour of his ridiculously luxurious mansion

Locals have taken control of the Ukrainian president’s residence.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:17 AM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 02/21/2014

On Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday, here are his 9 most memorable quotes

Zimbabwe’s president is known for his sharp tongue.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:22 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Robert Mugabe, Robert Mugabe Birthday, Robert Mugabe Quotes, Zimbabwe

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/21/2014

There are two competing stories about what’s happening in Ukraine. They’re both right.

We have two very different understandings of what’s happening there and why.

By Max Fisher  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/21/2014

These maps show the chaotic history of Kiev’s protests

Kiev resident Dmytro Vortman has been using his own footwork and media report to map the progression of the protests.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Euromaidan, Kiev, Maps, ukraine

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Ukraine’s parliament may have just saved the country from its crisis

And it could be an even bigger deal than that.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014

China is angry about Obama meeting the Dalai Lama. But the U.S. shouldn’t worry.

This isn’t the first time a sitting U.S. president would meet the exiled Tibetan leader.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Obama

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Ukrainian medic who tweeted after being shot returns to Twitter to say ‘I’m alive!’

Olesya Zhukovskaya has become a subject of headlines all around the world.

By Adam Taylor  |  08:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kiev, twitter, ukraine

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Ukraine’s parliament just threw President Yanukovych under the bus. That’s great news.

A resolution undercutting the president’s powers has huge symbolic weight.

By Max Fisher  |  05:41 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/20/2014

If Ukraine protesters are shooting back, that’s great news for the government

Research finds that, when protesters take up arms, they become much more likely to fail.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Dramatic photos: Ukraine’s priests take an active role in protests

Christianity has deep roots on Ukraine, but the politics of it are complicated.

By Max Fisher  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/20/2014

A Ukrainian medic’s tweet after reportedly being shot: ‘I am dying’

Olesya Zhukovskaya is believed to have been hit by a government bullet.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kiev, twitter, ukraine

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 02/20/2014

The illuminating and perhaps alarming results of a huge survey answered by 1.4 million people around the world

People from all around the world were asked which six factors, out of 16 possibilities, would improve their lives and those of their families.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:03 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Global Warming, United Nations

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Why a new Pussy Riot video is more surprising than you might think

Pussy Riot releases a new video that takes aim at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:48 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pussy Riot, Russia, Sochi, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Could Ukraine’s crisis become a civil war?

More observers, analysts and heads of state are warning of war. Are they right?

By Max Fisher  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Ukraine is burning: Here are some other countries where protests have unfolded.

Protests unfolded in five countries in four different continents this week. Here is what’s happening.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/19/2014

The 10 most important events in Ukraine since protests reignited

Here’s a quick rundown on the last 24-plus hours in Ukraine’s crisis.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/18/2014

The 16 essential Twitter accounts to follow Ukraine’s unfolding crisis

At least nine people have been killed in the ongoing violence. Follow live with people on the ground.

By Max Fisher  |  02:57 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/18/2014

WATCH: Live video feed shows the ongoing crackdown in Ukraine

Nine people have already been killed and the violence is worsening.

By Max Fisher  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Chinese soldiers are getting too big for their tanks

A study by the People’s Liberation Army says Chinese waistlines have grown two inches.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2014

The three big reasons that protests reignited in Ukraine

Up to five people may have been killed since violence returned Tuesday.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 02/18/2014

That 4-year-old Syrian refugee wasn’t alone, but his story is still heartbreaking

A photo of a 4-year-old clutching a plastic bag in the desert went viral.

By Loveday Morris  |  09:11 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/17/2014

The UN report on North Korea: Four things to know

The report accuses North Korea of spying on its citizens, torturing them and banishing them to prison camps.

By Chico Harlan  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, United Nations

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014

The powerful stories behind the six best news photos of 2013

World Press Photo announced their winners for photos of the year. Here’s what they say.

By Max Fisher  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bulgaria, Burma, Djibouti, India, Philippines, South Africa

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 02/14/2014

‘From Syria With Love’: A Valentine’s Day message that puts today in context

“Amid starvation, a message from Syria on the day of love. From Syria with love.“

By Max Fisher  |  09:56 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Here’s a list of former Afghan detainees who have returned to fight for the Taliban

Here’s a list of former Afghan detainees who have returned to fight for the Taliban

By Julie Tate  |  03:05 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Where women work, and don’t: A map of female labor force participation around the world

This doesn’t just matter for women’s welfare it matters for a country’s ability to succeed.

By Max Fisher  |  01:57 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender, Maps

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Russian climbers took this amazing video while illegally scaling China’s tallest building

The pair climbed an ancient pyramid at Giza last year.

By Max Fisher  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 02/12/2014

This map of Syria shows why the war will be so difficult to end

Territory is increasingly divided between several groups, none of them strong enough to win or willing to negotiate.

By Max Fisher  |  03:27 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Syria

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Is U.S. press freedom really ‘plummeting’? Not if you look at the data.

Looking into the data behind the alarming Reporters Without Borders report gives strong reason to doubt this conclusion.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014

This poll says Americans love France again. Is that really true?

France’s favorability among Americans has more than doubled in 10 years.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  France

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Yes, Americans hate on Russia too much. This ‘Daily Show’ segment proves it.

In 2009, they spoofed American misconceptions of Iran. Can it work again in Moscow?

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 02/10/2014

This photo shows how bad things are getting in the Central African Republic

Sectarian violence may be senseless, but it does have a certain self-reinforcing logic all its own.

By Max Fisher  |  01:53 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/10/2014

This very telling map shows which U.S. ambassadors were campaign bundlers

23 U.S. ambassadors or nominated ambassadors raised money for Obama.

By Max Fisher  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Yes, Kazakhstan should change its name. This map shows why.

President Nazarbayev wants to attract more investment, but there’s a much better reason.

By Max Fisher  |  12:56 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kazakhstan

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014

This parody song perfectly captures what’s hilarious about Sochi problems

‘Sochi Sucks’ is the ultimate Phil Collins-parody anthem for Olympic mishaps.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Viral Twitter account rounds up all of Sochi’s problems

But take them with a grain of salt -- some of the pictures are misleading.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

People also thought South Africa wouldn’t be ready for the World Cup

Worries that South Africa couldn’t finish hotels in time turned out to be wrong. Is Sochi different?

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, South Africa

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Photographer captures a lynching in the Central African Republic

Moments after the country’s leader praised her soldiers, they hacked a man to death.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central African Republic

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Sochi’s dogs are being ‘taken into custody’ — but then what?

The IOC says only the sick strays will be killed, but a pest-control company says he has a contract to kill them.

By Terri Rupar  |  01:28 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/05/2014

15 signs that Russia is not very ready for the Olympics

You thought the stray dogs and floorless hotel rooms were bad.

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/05/2014

This chart shows just how bad things are getting in Iraq

January was the deadliest month for Iraq since April 2008.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 02/04/2014

The Sochi Olympics, explained in two minutes

This video tells you the very basics including how they’re getting snow here.

By Max Fisher  |  10:34 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Stranded: 9 amazing stories of survival against the odds

The fisherman who says he drifted from Mexico to Polynesia follows a long line of survivors.

By Terri Rupar and Max Fisher  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences

“My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, ‘do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.’“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Americans don’t want Olympics in Russia — but not because they care about human rights

Americans are very concerned about security issues. Gay and political rights, not so much.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014

If jihadi videos had blooper reels, this is what they would look like

A Syrian documentary company posted this satirical take on jihadists.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/03/2014

The fascinating and ancient history of accidental trans-Pacific exploration

Today’s Mexican castaway may be following centuries of Polynesian explorers.

By Max Fisher  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polynesia

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Disturbing camera phone video shows Western journalists detained in Egypt

The Egyptian government has held them without charge for over a month.

By Max Fisher  |  09:50 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 02/02/2014

The story of the Sochi double toilet won’t stop running

Russians say initial reports were a misrepresentation of the situation, but more double loos have popped up elsewhere.

By Kathy Lally  |  12:49 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/01/2014

The very basics of Ukraine’s crisis, explained in two minutes

Why are people protesting? What’s the bigger picture? Where is Ukraine, anyway?

By Max Fisher  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ukraine

 

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