August 7th, 2014
10:37 PM ET

Global success stories

By Fareed Zakaria

Wherever you look these days, the world seems on fire. New hot spots like Russia-Ukraine are competing with old ones like Gaza. Festering conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq are getting worse. Even Afghanistan, which seemed in better shape than the other places, had a setback this week. Is there any good news out there?

In fact, some of the most important countries in the world are making remarkable progress, affecting at least 1.5 billion people. Let me give you the good news.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world. It has more Muslims than Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf states put together. It is also crucially located, in East Asia where great power politics and rivalries are heating up. Only 10 years ago, the fear was that Islamic militants were taking over the country and that it was an economic mess and an unreliable crisis spot in the region. The country has defied all skeptics and last month it took a big step forward.

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  1. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    August 8, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Dan

      You really need to seek help for that.

      August 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Fareed evidently forgot to mention Vietnam as another global success story. We not only left that country a shambles back in 1975 but cut off all foreign aid to South Vietnam plus slapped an 18-year-long embargo on their economy which wasn't lifted until Feb. 1994. Today, Vietnam is fairly prosperous in spite of this.

    August 8, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    I suspect you dont like the United States very much! What i cant figure out is why you dont move to another country? You have the means to be able to do that so why dont you? FAKE JOEY!

    August 8, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      You have to admit chrissy, that what I said about Vietnam is very true. I just stated a case against our senseless interventionist foreign policies.

      August 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed Zakaria names three "success stories" to show a beam of light in a world of darkness. Indeed this year is an anuus horribilis. We see depressing reports on the conflict in Gaza and the civil war in Syria, which has spilled over into Iraq and possibly soon into Lebanon. There are so many hot spots that the UN doesn't know anymore where its priorities lie. Moreover its resources are overstretched. The EU stays on the sidelines and the US is war-weary. China embraces a principle of minding one's own business. Russia is focusing on the depressing development in Eastern Ukraine and faces international isolation. For a change Fareed highlights three stories to cheer us up.

    August 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Let's all hope j. von hettlingen, that the U.S. gets war wary enough not to jump into future conflicts. Unfortunately, the right-wing thugs in Washington won't stand for that!!

      August 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  5. Dan

    Thanks for the bright spots in the world today! It does appear things are spiraling-out of control right now.

    August 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Reply

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