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Fareed Zakaria

Editor of Newsweek International, columnist

PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post. He is a member of the roundtable of ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanapoulos" as well as an analyst for ABC News. And he is the host of a new weekly PBS show, "Foreign Exchange" which focuses on international affairs. His most recent book, "The Future of Freedom," was published in the spring of 2003 and was a New York Times bestseller and is being translated into eighteen languages. He is also the author of "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role" (Princeton University Press), and co-editor of "The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World" (Basic Books). Close.

Fareed Zakaria

Editor of Newsweek International, columnist

PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post. more »

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Happy Birthday, PostGlobal

Two years ago, we convened a group of journalists and commentators from around the world and asked them to join a conversation about issues that mattered to us and to them. It was an experiment, and we were ready to close it down if nobody came to the party.

Happily, many, many people have visited and posted on the site. We would love to see the number grow larger, and we will soon launch more new features and blogs -- and, especially, new ways for readers to join in the discussion. But we're delighted to have created a virtual water cooler, at which people from all parts of the world can weigh in on the issues of the day.

A year from now, we hope this will be a site that realizes the Internet's opportunity to create a new kind of bottom-up journalism--gathering reports from many thousands of individuals around the world who can explain to us what's really happening--the surprising, exhilarating, heartbreaking experiences that stand behind the reports we call "the news." That's still a work in progress, but we're hoping....

For now, our thanks to the panelists who shaped this debate with their thoughtful commentaries each week from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Our special thanks to Chuck McLean and his team, who shaped each day's Global Power Barometer; to Amar Bakshi and Jack Fairweather, who experimented with new ways to tell the world's story; and to our new Washington Post bloggers, John Pomfret and Steve Mufson, whose posts help us see China and the energy market in new ways. To all the PostGlobal team, and to the many, many voices who've joined them each week, our thanks and Happy Birthday wishes.

--David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria

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congratulation for your success


I'm a huge fan of Zakaria.

But On Faith has censured and fired one of the only people who dared talk about Israel in less than fawning terms. Gandhi!

And spent most of it's days with the Israeli flag on the front page and headlines of Israeli and Jewish writers. Who talked aobut things Israeli and Jewish.

If you found anything on any other group, you had to search for it. The cost was lack of any other real religious discussion.

In other words, it's product has been phony, NOT AT ALL WHAT it purported to be.

That is success only in some eyes.

berry, ecuador:

Happy Birthday from Quito, Ecuador !!!

And congratulations on your great work!!

Speaking on improvements, I would suggest:

- Include options to grade articles and comments, the way the WP allows on its editorials. I have seen an improved version of this in Ecuador's newspaper El Comercio (www.elcomercio.com) which allows readers to grade articles on a 1-5 scale, and to give comments either a positive or a negative grade. That's pretty cool, as we can "see" public opinion in real time.

- Include polls on major issues.

- Include a search engine. Many times I have tried to go back to an old article/comment, and I had to browse the entire PG site.

Congratulations again!!

Citizen of the post-American world:

May I take this opportunity to make a suggestion, as you seem to be open to new ideas?

For a long time now I have dreamt of the day when you (PG) would invite high level intellectuals from other countries (those considered the best and most challenging in their respective countries), to speak freely to the American public. Why not ask THEM to give us their perspective on this post-American world, as well as on their country's place and role within it? Personally, I would like to hear that, at last, from the horse's mouth, so to speak, rather than always from the very same American pundits (Peace be upon them!), and from an American standpoint.

Mark Leonard, for one ("China's Intelligentsia", "What Does China Think", etc.), has referred to that "hidden world of intellectuals, think-tankers and activists, all engaged in intense debate about the future of their country". In this post-American world, why not have "Voice from China", "Indian Vision for a New World", "Rising Latin America", "Africa Online"... and (why not?) "Middle East Live". You might even wish to invite those participants to decide how it will be called, determine the format, etc.

I dare say that even if, in some instances, that had to be arranged with foreign governments through diplomatic channels, it would be worthwhile. I would even bet those countries would be eager to "joint venture" and publish the material at home, as well as in the Washington Post.

Were you to do this and publicize this new initiative the way you know how..., 1. the number of readers commenting might be phenomenal, 2. the quality of the conversations and discussions might be enhanced beyond imagining, 3. a precedent in international cooperation for the media would be set, and 4. a significant step toward mutual understanding would be made.

Happy Birthday, congratulations, and heartfelt thanks.

With those hats on, make sure you have a large ice cream cone and take a picture.

All the best to all of you!


Greetings from Warsaw, Poland.
Happy Birthday and a lot of wisdom and courage to all of you.

PostGlobal is an interactive conversation on global issues moderated by Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria and David Ignatius of The Washington Post. It is produced jointly by Newsweek and washingtonpost.com, as is On Faith, a conversation on religion. Please send us your comments, questions and suggestions.