Global Briefing, April 11, 2011: Fatwas, Facebook and Fear

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Revolution, Interrupted — Two months after the uprising, the Egyptian revolution is having trouble figuring out what to do next. Abigail Hauslohner explains why its old friend, the army, may be getting in the way.

Fatwas and Facebook— In a Tom Friedman-esque essay for Newsweek, Niall Ferguson argues that social media help “enemies of freedom.” He writes: “Our most dangerous foes are the Islamists who understand how to post fatwas on Facebook, email the holy Quran, and tweet the call to jihad.” (Me: What?)

Pot Meets Kettle — Every spring, the United States issues a report on human rights in China. The Middle Kingdom promptly issues its own findings — on America. TIME’s Hannah Beech unpacks the reports and the rivalry.

Of Burqas and Bigotry — Bruce Crumley chronicles the “dysfunctional” first day of France’s unpopular new law; On Al Jazeera, Mohammed Khan says that the law has done little but ‘unveil’ French hypocrisy.

Portrait of an Artist — The New York Times, hosts a lively digital debate on Ai Weiwei and the role of artists in Chinese society. It includes essays from Melissa Chiu, Wenran Jiang, Gao Minglu and Guobin Yang.

Climbing Blind:  Outside follows 11 combat veterans (one is blind, several are missing limbs, many suffer from PTSD) on a high-altitude trek in Nepal.

Journeys — The New Yorker‘s Evan Osnos goes to Europe with a 37  Chinese tourists. First stop: Trier, birthplace of Marx — but only for 11 minutes. A fantastic,  funny, read.

In Pictures — Light Box features photographs from Pakistan’s Sindh province, where, after last year’s flood, spiders invaded the landscape, building massive, ballo0n-like nests.

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