June 28th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

The world of the U.S. health care issue

Editor's note: "Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care" re-airs on CNN TV on Sunday at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET; on CNN International on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET and Sunday at 6 a.m. ET. We'll take you around the world to show you how other nations manage their health care and what lessons the U.S. can learn.

As the U.S. Supreme Court released its rulings on the constitutionality of Obamacare, check out a round-up of ideas for how to save health care from a previous "Global Lessons" report and Fareed Zakaria's takes from the past few months in the lead-up to this court decision.

Zakaria: How to fix U.S. health care

From Fareed Zakaria:

America's health care system is broken. Our healthy life expectancy, the standard measurement, ranks only 29th in the world – behind Slovenia. Our infant mortality rate ranks 30th – more than twice that of Sweden and Japan. And for this sub-par care, we pay more than any other nation in the world. Almost one out of every five dollars spent in America is spent on health care.

Can it be fixed? How? FULL POST

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Topics: Health
June 27th, 2012
08:59 AM ET

When a handshake is not just a handshake

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shook hands Wednesday with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in a historic gesture marking an advance in the peace process around British rule of Northern Ireland.

The handshake comes 14 years after the end of a conflict that claimed about 3,500 lives and illustrates one example of when a handshake is more than just a handshake.

A few other handy examples in the history books: FULL POST

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Topics: Diplomacy
U.S. no longer champion of human rights?
Jimmy Carter
June 26th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

U.S. no longer champion of human rights?

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, former President Jimmy Carter makes the case that the United States is "abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights."

He points to some of the government’s counterterrorism policies including, interrogation tactics at Guantánamo Bay and the "president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or 'associated forces.'”

Carter also points to the use of drones and its negative impact on American foreign policy: FULL POST

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Topics: Foreign Policy • President Obama
How 5 cities are fighting for climate survival
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, greets Sweden's King Carl Gustaf as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon looks on.
June 22nd, 2012
10:59 AM ET

How 5 cities are fighting for climate survival

Flash floods, extreme heat, rising sea-levels and buckling infrastructure — the list of catastrophes caused by climate change reads like the plot of a dystopian sci-fi novel. But these are all present dangers detailed in the latest C40 Cities report.

As world leaders converge in Rio De Janeiro this week for the Rio+20 Summit, CNN has teamed up with The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Carbon Disclosure Project to show the risks climate change poses to five major global cities and how those cities are trying to protect their booming populations and complex economies from climate disaster.  Check out the interactive.

And check out more coverage and commentary on the Rio+20 Summit:

Promises and criticism

Author Bjorn Lomborg on GPS: Summit is wasted opportunity

Tewodros Melesse: Rio+20 summit must not ignore rapid population growth

The elephant in the room at Rio

Bianca Jagger urges leaders to 'Plant a Pledge' to plug emissions gap

What is Rio+20 and why is it important?

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Topics: Uncategorized
June 16th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Quiz: When were Olympics first televised in U.S.?

When were the Olympics first televised in the U.S.? Who was the first woman in space? How much is Nobel cutting its prize money?

How much do you know about the world? Test yourself on these questions and more in the quiz above.

And check out some of the past weeks' quizzes.

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Topics: Quiz
June 14th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Syria's 'cyber warriors' choose cameras over guns

As the talk of who's arming whom in Syria continues, there's one area the U.S. is arming Syria: with technological know-how.

CNN talked with Jay Newton-Small, who recently reported for TIME magazine on some of the technology help the U.S. is giving the Syrian rebels. Here's an edited version of that conversation.

CNN: What did you find out in your reporting?

NEWTON-SMALL: It's fascinating, because for months you've seen this proliferation of videos from behind Syrian lines. And you wonder, because Syria has got such control over their Internet, how are these videos getting out? Have the dissidents suddenly become expert hackers or have they hired expert hackers? And it turns out, actually, no. FULL POST

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Topics: Syria • Time Magazine
Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world
New citizens wave flags before being sworn in during a Naturalization Ceremony in October at the Statue of Liberty.
June 10th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world

Fareed Zakaria looks at how the immigration systems work – and don't work – in Japan, Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the TV special: "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" which aired on CNN on Sunday, June 10. Watch on CNN International on Saturday, June 16, at 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET

Immigrants founded America hundreds of years ago, coming to the promised land in search of freedom and opportunity, in pursuit of the American dream.

Today, many Americans see immigrants as a danger to that dream.

They worry that immigrants are taking their jobs, using government services and changing the country's national identity. The average American believes that 39% of the U.S. population was born abroad. The real figure is 13%, still the highest level since 1920.

Related: How much do you know about U.S. immigration?

Immigration is divisive, a wedge issue in this election year. But most Americans (73%) agree that the government is doing a poor job of managing it.

So, how should the U.S. handle immigration? Does anyone else do it better? What can the U.S. learn from successes – and possible mistakes – from other countries? FULL POST

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Topics: Canada • Europe • Global Lessons • Immigration • Japan
June 10th, 2012
05:59 AM ET

Quiz: France's first lady, Greek politics gets physical, more

France's new First Lady will keep her job as what? What Greek political party attacked its rivals - literally - on live TV?

How much do you know about the world? Test yourself on these questions and more in the quiz above.

And check out some of the past weeks' quizzes.

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Topics: Quiz
June 7th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Is capturing Joseph Kony possible?

What will be the fate of the notorious Joseph Kony?

"If he cannot be captured, [then] he will be rendered ineffective," Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, told Fareed Zakaria in a recent interview. Watch the excerpt above for more or tune in for the full interview with Kagame on Sunday's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

Kagame says groups should be working together more to capture the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, the guerrilla movement notorious for its attacks on civilians and use of child soldiers.

Kony led a failed uprising against the government of Uganda and was pushed out of Uganda in 2006. He has been moving around other countries in the region ever since. Wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, Kony was the subject of a celebrity-backed video that went viral earlier this year that helped make Kony's alleged crimes more widely known.

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Topics: Africa • GPS Show
June 4th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

How to keep America competitive

How do you make a small business, a conglomerate or even a country competitive? Michael Porter answers that questions for CEOs and world leaders every day.

Porter is widely recognized as the world's most influential and most cited thinker on management and competitiveness. A founder of the consulting firm Monitor, he is also a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of 18 books.

Watch the entire interview, above, from Sunday's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" or download the entire show on iTunes.

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Topics: Business • Economy • GPS Show
What the Mubarak verdict reveals about Egypt
Anti-Mubarak protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the former president was sentenced Saturday.
June 4th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

What the Mubarak verdict reveals about Egypt

Egyptian protesters have been venting their anger in Tahrir Square since former president Hosni Mubarak and former interior minister Habib El Adly were sentenced to life in prison Saturday.

Many Egyptians think Mubarak should have received the death penalty for his role in the deaths of demonstrators last year. They are also upset that six of his former aides were acquitted.

Samer Shehata, a professor of Egyptian and Arab politics at Georgetown University, talked to CNN about the reaction and what the verdicts might mean for the upcoming presidential runoff.


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Topics: Egypt
June 4th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

Syria: Nightmare scenario on horizon?

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

It has been more than a year since Syria's uprising began, but unlike with Egypt, Tunisia or even Libya, there is no clear endgame.

What does the recent massacre there signal, how long can the regime of President Bashar al-Assad hang on and what should the U.S. do? Fawaz Gerges has been in and out of Syria three times in the last year, and he says it looks and feels like a civil war. Gerges, a professor at the London School of Economics and author of "Obama and the Middle East, the End of America's Moment," weighs in on the issue, in this edited interview with Fareed Zakaria from "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

ZAKARIA: What do you make of the recent brutal massacre? Does it tell us something about the regime? It feels like this is an attempt to really rule by a kind of terrible brutal example. What they are sending a signal throughout Syria is if any place tries something like this, you will be mowed down.

GERGES: The Houla massacre will not be the first and the last massacre. FULL POST

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Topics: Syria
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