October 31st, 2014
03:01 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Debating extremism in Islam, whether to fight ISIS, and Bourdain on Iran

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

On GPS this Sunday: First, Fareed offers his take on political developments in Tunisia and Egypt, and explains what they say about the prospects for democracy in the Arab world.

“Tunisia's relative success is in marked contrast to the abysmal failure of Egypt, the Arab world’s largest and once most influential country,” Fareed says. “As in Tunisia, Egyptians also overthrew a dictator three years ago. But after Egypt's brief experiment with democracy, in which the Muslim Brotherhood was elected and then abused its authority, today the country is ruled by a repressive dictatorship.”

Then, Fareed’s first guest says that over 300 million Muslims are either jihadists or want to foist Islam on the world. Really? Sam Harris's recent appearance on Bill Maher's show sparked a big debate on the issue. Fareed sits down with Harris to discuss his take.

Also, should America and the West be involved in the fight against ISIS, or is it a local sectarian conflict, best left alone by the world? Fareed hosts a great debate.

Finally, writer and chef Anthony Bourdain discusses his trip to Iran – the food, the people and the culture behind politics in the Islamic Republic.

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  1. Crockett

    All he needs is some bleaching cream to try to look like his Caucasian puppeteers.

    October 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Anthony Bourdain should visit Iran as this could lead to an improvement of relations between that country and the U.S. Our senseless hostility toward Iran sorely needs to end!

    October 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
    • banasy©

      Anthony Bourdain DID visit Iran. He will have as much impact on US-Iran relations as Dennis Rodman did on US-NK relations.
      That is to say, none.

      October 31, 2014 at 10:34 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Agreed @ Joey in black! We need to also stop listening to Israel's paranoia! They've proved numerous times that their goal is to manipulate the US into doing THEIR bidding and its come with a great financial cost to the US and a major hardship to other countries that Israel would just like to swallow or to control!

    October 31, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I disagree with My Troll.
      I disagree with @ chrissy on what she calls "paranoia" in Israel: for Israelis not to be aware that many humans desire the destruction of their country would raise "Denial" from pop psychology to true psychosis.

      October 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
  4. My Picture Of Muhammad


    October 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
  5. Blue Saffron

    ISIS\Iran\Islam\\Jehadis\Freedom Figthing is a fabric made from the same thread. Never the twain shall meet till the Palestinian problem is solved and Indian Occupied Kashmir is liberated. Other than that keep on eating biryani and seekh kebabs in Tehran.

    October 31, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  6. Blue Saffron

    ALL the moslems are jehadists and want to foist, hoist, moist, joist Islam into prominence and onto the world. So what? And what are you going to do about it? That is the million dollar question. After all moslems ruled the world and catapulted it from Dark Ages into Renaissance.

    October 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
    • George patton

      Quite true Blue Saffron, quite true. During the Middle Ages, Muslim-ruled Spain had by far the highest living standard in Western Europe than the other countries at that time!

      October 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
      • Zhang

        Is that right George? Well that's ancient history you little snot nose dip. s hit.
        Today the United States rules and so do the Israeli Jews. And there's nothing you can do about it.

        October 31, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
      • Zhang

        In other words, boy, today the Muslims don't rule squat. That's why many have become terro.rists.

        October 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm |
  7. Blue Diamond

    Everytime @Blue Saffron talks I learn more. I respect him for that. I have come here to praise him for that. Remember the time when saffron was more expensive than diamonds.
    Think about what I just said.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
    • Zhang

      Blue Diamond. You are truly an idiot. So is Blue Saffron. Your comments show nothing but shallow worthless ways of seeing the world. I hope you both get run over by a bus.

      October 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm |
      • Cristobal

        Did the mexicans f ukk ya at the car wash today.

        October 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
  8. Cristobal

    Fareed, Burkina Faso would fit your personality perfectly. Move there. Blue Saffron can take of this. We got you covered.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey in blue, it does not matter....if i were to say its dark at night time you would disagree with that as well.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    Iran has made no threats to Israel, yet Israel has repeatedly tried to encourage a conflict with the US against Iran!

    October 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
    • Zhang

      Oh yea chrissy? Who treats their citizens better. Israel or Iran, you moron ape.

      October 31, 2014 at 6:59 pm |
      • Mike

        your culture is the same as Iran regime Mullah security guards!

        October 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
  11. Ferhat Balkan

    Don't even get me started on Israel. They kill innocent Palestinian civilians by the thousands, yet there are no sanctions, no outcry from the media. Every time someone raises a voice against them, it ends up somehow being anti-semetic. I'm tired of the West treating Israel like a spoiled child. It is time for Israel to pay for their illegal terrorist actions against innocent people.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Thats EXACTLY what i mean @ Ferhat! And @ Zhang, you obviously part of the group that treats their citizens bad eh? What with your childish name calling tactics trying to make some kinda point! My suggestion, grow up some more before you attempt to have an intelligent conversation with adults. That is, if you expect to be taken seriously. And hey isnt it time for you to be out trick or treating? You better hurry now or there will be nothing left. Wouldnt want you to fail twice in the same day lol.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm |
  13. Gisselle

    Hey ya mudder phucker ED Zhang. How's your p ecker doing. Did you get a cast on to hold it up. Kiss my a zz.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm |
    • Cristobal

      LOL. Zhang is s ukking Bibi Netanyahoo's wiener these days. He likes jewish kosher sausage.

      October 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Please guys, can you refrain from using that filthy Tea Party lingo? It has no place here as I said before. Other than that, go on with your childish rants if you please.

        October 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm |
      • Gabe

        Shut up Joseph. Go s uk on tea leaves like you Shai Walla leader Modi. I don't like pretentious people.

        October 31, 2014 at 8:58 pm |
  14. Blue Saffron

    Moslems are the future of this world. That is what the demographics tell us. Jews are done. They won't last longer. Fasten your belts.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm |
    • banasy©

      According to Wiki:
      The world's core Jewish population in early 2013 was estimated at 13.9 million people (around 0.2% of the world population).

      They have never really been a threat to the world. They are not now.

      October 31, 2014 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Mike

    The Iranian people welcoming american because this culture left over from before revolution, but Islamic Iran Mullah regime do not like any contact with free and democratic countries.
    Their guards pure Acid to the Iranian woman to force them to use head cover!
    and arrest students, lawyers, human right activist, journalist and anybody that wanted freedom!
    The USA instead of null negotiating with this most hated regime about Nuclear weapon, must put more sanctions and also keep them away from the ME countries like Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
    Talking soft with this Terrorist supporter regime is wrong way.

    October 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Posted like another run-of-the-mill Tea Partier. Thank you, Mike.

      October 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
      • Mike

        You do act like the Ayatollah militia that link any opposite idea to the west and opposition groups like Mujahedin or Reza Pahlavi!!!?

        October 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm |
  16. Mike

    Iran Islamic Shia regime = ISIS Sunni.
    They put the people in the big jail. The books and newspapers and tv and internet get filterd by government and any request about human rights = send you to jail and put your name in the execution waiting list.

    October 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm |
  17. Mike

    Supporting of USA from Shia terrorist armed groups like Badre Sepah or Hezbollah in Syria and Iraq against the Sunni groups is the worst mistake. Both extremist radical groups have the same anti west ideology and beheaded kafers!!.

    October 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Do you honestly believe that Shah Reza Pahlavi was any better, Mike? Of course he wasn't and in fact, he was much worse than any Ayatollah!

      October 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Senator, I cannot speak for @ Mike, but I think that the Shah of Persia was a wonderful leader.
        It would be to the advantage of the USA to restore one of the Shah's children or grandchildren to the throne. I think that his daughter is presently living in New York.
        Any Pahlavi, however, would do nicely.

        November 1, 2014 at 5:40 am |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        You must be kidding, Joey. Anyone with half a brain knows better than that!

        November 1, 2014 at 9:35 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        No, Senator.
        You are wrong. Your celebrated patriotism does not render acceptable your lack of support for USA interests regarding our loss of the Shah of Persia.
        Any Pahlavi would be better that what is there now.
        BTW, I enjoyed your hearings, Senator.

        November 2, 2014 at 6:12 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        "...better than what is there..."

        November 2, 2014 at 6:16 am |
  18. Mousa

    Why do Hindus like to scratch their a ss and dig deep down. I say probably because of anal inflammation due masala intake (from rear perhaps) and ensuing hemorrhoids. Others say due to ring worms crawling in their a ss. Their homes and eating living conditions are very dirty. They like to do it (scratching) in public and like a dog will also lift up a leg to enable enhanced scratching from a more pleasure able angle. This is usually followed by a licking of contaminated fingers.

    November 1, 2014 at 6:37 am |
  19. Sandra Meyer

    Good grief. Bourdain is not a politician. Rick Steve's (travel expert with television show and is a travel guide) also went to Iran and said the same thing. So, what can we conclude? The people of Iran (culturally) are friendly. End of story.

    November 1, 2014 at 10:51 am |
    • banasy©

      Boutdain is on GPS to drum up viewership fir his new CNN show. That's all.

      November 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
      • banasy©


        November 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
  20. Randy

    @banasy. Be quiet. You hindu raypist from India.

    November 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm |
  21. Bo Bernaise

    I would be very surprised if Fareed and Tony last 2015 at CNN. They are just uncouth personalities. No substance.

    November 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
  22. Ralph Sorbris

    England tried to control the world, even India, but it did not work in the end. France tried to control the world and finally had to give up Algeria after one of the most bloody wars in recent history. Russia tried to control large parts of Europe but the Eastern Europeans wanted to control themselves. The English and the French tried to control the Middle East but it failed. Then America has tried to control the Middle East and will not work. The Middle East wants to control itself. It is not about religion. It is about money and control of property and land. The best we can do is to leave the Middle East and let them fix their own backyard.

    November 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Well said, Ralph. Thank you.

      November 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm |

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