Fareed is taking your questions
March 6th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Fareed is taking your questions

Do you have a burning question about what's going on in the world? From the U.S. presidential race to unrest in Syria, from China's rise to diplomacy with Iran, events are rocking the political, economic and social foundations of this planet.

Submit your questions in the comment thread below before 8am EST on Wednesday  and check back later in the week for Fareed Zakaria's video and text answers.


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  1. rana

    1)Syria- Why is the US not imposing no fly zones like they did over Libya? I don't get it..why the western powers suddenly turned hostile towards the dictators..and almost paved the way for Islamization of the "freed" countries from Egypt -Tunisia?
    2)Iran-This sabre rattling on both sides is giving the world economy the jitters with oil ruling over $125 a barrel..what do you think is going to happen..given that Iran will become a nuclear state sooner or later?
    3)Euro zone and US – the liquidity pumped in and the incredible low rates of interest have made the world awash with cash.w/o assets to show for it..what do you think will be the fall out?
    4)China- will try to cover themselves from future shocks by making inroads into mineral rich countries..which country do you think will be able to balance China out given that US is on its wane?

    March 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  2. Domingo

    I would like to know what happens next to the Palestinians now that all the news are about Iran? Will they ever see an Independent State?

    March 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  3. Sonia C T

    Would really appreciate it if you could recommend some interesting books for people who are a bit behind with global politics !

    March 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  4. Jonathan

    Do you think Israel will attack Iran in 2012? If so, what would be the ramifications of the attack?

    March 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  5. Elliott

    What policies can the US do to grow long term economically? Should we invest in green energy and infrastructure or focus on reducing the deficit?

    March 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  6. Ariff Azman

    Salam Fareed,

    I would love to have your opinion on whether or not tighter fiscal unity is truly a necessary evil to keep the euro afloat and will they submit? From my point of view, the economy of the a nation is intertwined with politics. In the aspect of politics Europe and escpecially the Euro Zone is divided. How can we trully save the euro? Is it worth compromising economical and most probably in the future political freedom? Or should the euro just be dissolved? And if it is how will it affect other European countries and the rest of the world? You insight would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  7. Nikuie

    For the last 6 years, negotiations with Iran have gotten no where mainly because the two sides could not even agree on the very pre-conditions for talks, mainly the West insists that Iran halts its enrichment before they can talk, and Iran says halting is not a pre-condition, rather should come out of the negotiations. How is this 6-year old dilemma being handled this time around?
    2. We used to hear about a carrot and stick policy. Now days, there is only talk of stick and bigger stick. Are there any carrots offered to Iran? If so, what kind of package is being offered and how come we do not hear this side of the story any more?

    Regards.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  8. Lee

    I want to ask some questions 1) You went in Harvard university , read book and you believed all ? forgot who are you ? 2)Double standard is logical and intellectual consequence of Liberal Democracy ? 3) Israel & USA is greater evil @ Noam Chomsky . Israel has nuclear warhead , did not sign NPT , how Israel tells another nation about Nuke . How funny 4.) USA wants to invade Syria for Humantarian aid .but Bahrain and Soudi regime are also violating Human rights and repressing protesters , why News media is silent ? Is it not double standard ? So write , president Obama , help Bahrain 5) after Islamist coming at power , why now western media is shouting for Egyptian people Human rights , freedom ? During Hosni Mubarok era , do they have any freedom ? Why USA helped Hosni Mubarok to stay at power ? Is it double standard . Do everything as you can to steal other nation natural resource and become imperialist force to grab all business . But who will punish these criminal . Nope there is no God .

    March 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  9. DM

    I think nuclear Iran will create a balance of power in the region. No Country , including Iran, is stupid enough to go to war with another nuclear country, in this case , Israel . This is just a propaganda so we can send more of our tax payer money to that region. Tax payers of America wake up! We can contain Iran, even if they become nuclear.
    The war games go on, and we always need and enemy to justify the war, so exporters of weapons and can make the money. And who is the biggest importer and exporter of weapons in that region? You guessed it!

    March 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  10. Ljupco

    Fareed, what do you think, why did president Obama finished his AIPAC speech with: "God bless the people of Israel, God bless USA". What did he meant saying "people of Israel" – does that include Palestinians, or he meant American Jews?

    March 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  11. JOHN Westerdale

    FZ, Is our election process broken, considering its now guided by monetary forces, and less by the character and vision of the leader? Our primary process confuses Fact and Opinion, and the magic of the moment is won by sound bytes and slip ups. I can't see how we'll get a leader our of the process. Do we need to rewrite election rules?.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  12. Karen E.

    Is the rumor true that Saudi Arabia will attempt to keep oil prices as low as possible to assure a second Obama Administration? (I read your books and articles, watch your show, subscribe to GPS and believe you are one of the most authentic commentators we have!

    March 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  13. Scott A.

    Why does the US have the bond that it has with Israel?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  14. Mohamed Zeeshan

    Hello Fareed!
    China has now increased its defence budget to over USD 100 billion. India has also increased its defence budget, China's is still 3 times that of India's. Many believe that insecurity is rising in the region. Your thoughts on what might be the new-age Cold War?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  15. Peroba

    What effect have the austerity measures had in Europe?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  16. Alex

    why lot of central bank of countries like Isreal, south korea etc are planning to invest in equities ? and its effects? are we in deflation ?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  17. Jaleel Syed

    Salaam Fareed,

    Do you think the uprising in Syria is directed by someone else ? In my opinion, looking at what happened in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, not even Syrian government but any government would think twice before starting to kill innocent civilians.

    Secondly, wouldnt it be a good idea for all the middle eastern nations/kingdoms to form a Union and establish a Caliphate, bring everyone under ONE umbrella AGAIN(emphasis on AGAIN) and make sure that atrocities to civilians wont happen and peace and harmony maintained across the world?

    God knows best!

    JS.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  18. David Gallaspy

    Have u seen New Yorker article Magic Mountain, Mar 5, re Davos? This paints an unflattering portrait of a communion of elitists, wonks and compulsive conferees from the. 01 percent. Does a Davos mean anything? If so, is it a bad thing that some artifice like this matters?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  19. AMS

    My husband and I enjoy your show very much.

    Would you discuss your thoughts on how global leaders and average citizens can reduce the "trust deficit" in this new interconnected global community? How might a global morality and code of ethics that crosses cultural ideological, and religious divisions evolve?

    Thank you for offering balanced, thoughtful discourse on current events, and for this opportunity for your audience to participate in the dialogue.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  20. Scott W.

    To me the problem with video cameras in the supreme court is that less-than-scrupulous people will take video clips out of context and use them for media campaigns to impeach the justices, or to incite demonstrations at the houses of the justices, etc.. In order to protect themselves from such attacks, they would be under pressure to censor themselves in front of the cameras. Would it be legal for such videos to be licensed only for online viewing at the supreme court web-site (in much the same way commercial content is licensed), thus at least keeping the video clips off of shows like yours? Would such a thing work?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  21. Sanjib Kumar Bharali

    With the American Economy starting to glitter , will president Obama take undue risk in supporting Israel for an unilateral strike against Iran

    March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  22. gleong

    Fareed,
    past years of recession in 2008, US prints money in trillions for QE, now European abyss see printing another Trilliln Euro. if nation fails, bailout is on the table. i m getting bored on the outcome as to why this happen , next generation needless to study or work hard waiting the goverment to give and take and drive the world crazy. What is your advise to generation alpha and beta to look up for goal in their life in the future outlook smeared by current financial mess? Does next generation need to work and study hard for national productivity and efficiency? Does the future hold any promise in education, looking at the fact that a current professor pay can not even owns him a equvalent grammes of gold compared to those lesseducated labour in the 70s? What is your advise to current teenagers , what advise you will give to children as a parent for them to survie future outlook? Thanks in advance.
    from a father.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  23. Maudood A. Bhatti

    As an analyst, how do you see the future unfold in the next few months leading up to the US election including US/Global economy, Syrian conflict, pending Israel strike on Iran? In other words, are things moving toward normality or abnormality?

    March 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  24. Opa

    I look forward to your comments in Time, CNN and Facebook. Thank you!

    Do you think Iran is behaving with one eye on the upcoming US elections? Are they trying to influence them? Do they think they will get a better deal with Obama than with the Republicans? Or do the Iranians think whoever is President makes no difference?

    I appreciate your thoughts.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  25. Norman Elliott

    Patrick Buchanan once referred to the US Congress as occupied territory. His reference was to the political power of AIPAC. There is a significant group of people who believe that the Jews have guilefully taken effective control over the political process in, primarily the US, but also much of the wider Western World. They have accomplished this by owning or controlling the mass media and using it to sway and influence public opinion to their own ends. Of course too, AIPAC is a highly sophisticated and well monied organization that wields a harsh stick of discipline and the sweet carrot of lucre.

    To put this in the format of a question: Those of us so concerned, are we right or wrong? Or, are we paranoid or anti-Semitic? Or is the question to controversial and to politically incorrect to honestly address in a public forum?

    Note: Yes, the Christian Zionists are, as the term indicates, at one with AIPAC. But! There is scholarship that indicates that Dispensation, the theology that steers Christians to support Israel and the Jewish people, was inserted into Christianity by Jews, via the Scofield annotated bible, about the year 1907, for the explicit purpose of garnering Christian support for the establishment of the Jewish State.

    Perhaps this sounds a bit far fetched, but also, in fact, quite recently, the Jews have produced another self serving Christian Bible. The JANT, the Jewish annotated new testament.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Brownstein

      Yes, it is obvious that Israel has many supporters in congress, or they wouldn't be rattling their saber. They would be afraid, but they have bought congress and the US and even the president. It's disgusting to see this country let political interests move its decisions. We need to stop these people from driving our country and take over and do what's best for us. We're only discussing the issue of Iran because ISRAEL wants to talk about it.... but it's nowhere in our interests to threaten with war. Or maybe our president has amnesia,having forgotten the disastrous war we began in 2003 and still can't get out of. If we don't change our political system, this country will have an end just like the Roman Empire.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  26. Alexander L.

    How much good would a sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace solution represent to the regional and global security, and which actors would benefit most of a regional stability besides Israel? And who will benefit less?

    March 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  27. Daniel Paul G.

    Looking at the mass protests that have become a common occurence around the world, I get the impression of a deeply interconnected and unknowingly empowered world that is stumbling out of bed and slowly waking up. What kind of changes do you see this having on traditional political structures in the long term?

    Also, I can't help but wonder if you can see yourself getting more directly involved in politics. If offered, would you ever consider a cabinet position?

    March 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  28. Norman Elliott

    Granting the controversial nature of this subject matter, in as much as Israel and AIPAC are lobbying hard for the US to take up arms for the state of Israel, this matter is of the utmost importance and warrants high level public and plain discourse.

    As regards the Christian Zionist thrall to Zionist Judaism: I would further submit that the Christian command to have faith, renders them intellectually crippled. They are thus rendered incapable of critical thinking and by that stricture not responsible for their actions: The grave consequences notwithstanding.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  29. Gragn Ahmed

    MR ZAKARIA,
    DOES AMERICA VALUE MELES, PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA? IF SO HOW DOES HE GET SOME LOOSE SCRUTINY FROM USA WHEN MELES INTERFERS IN MUSLIM'S LIFE IN ETHIOPIA. WHY DONT YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE AH BASH MOVEMENT IS AND HOW AMERICA VIEWS ETHIOPIANS CURRENT MOVEMENT OPPOSING THE ACTIONS OF THE PRIME MINISTER IN INDOCTRINATONG OUR MUSLIM WAY OF LIFE. WE ETHIOPIAN MUSLIMS GET COUNTED AS HALF CITIZENS AND OUR POPULATION NUMBER SYSTEMATICALLY REDUCED. WILL NOT THIS ENDANGED OUR OWN SECURITY IF COPTIC CHRISTIANS KINGS LABEL US TERRORISTS IF WE GO TO MESJID.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • 100% ETHIO-AMERICAN

      That's not TRUE, Brother. This is CNN, not Nazret.com

      March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
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