Global Briefing, April 27, 2011: There Will Be Blood

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Turning Points Misratah, the besieged port city in western Libya, has become a symbol, for both sides, of the rebellion’s reach. Abigail Hauslohner and Aryn Baker explain why neither Gaddafi nor the rebels can afford to let it go.

New Leaders — The Wall Street Journal interviews Lobsang Sangay, the new prime minister of Tibetans in exile. He talks about his relationship with China, his hope for Tibet and why he’s (sorta, kinda) like Barack Obama.

‘So Far, So Bad’ — Jerome A. Cohen of the U.S. Asia Law Center explores Ai Weiwei’s disappearance from a legal perspective. “If a famous figure like Ai Weiwei can be so blatantly abused in the glare of publicity,” he writes, “what protections do ordinary Chinese citizens receive from their police?

Required Reading American soldiers are encouraged to read Three Cups of Tea, finds Rolf Potts.  He parses the history of military readings lists for the New Yorker.

There Will Be Blood TIME’s Tony Karon invokes Tiananmen to describe the violence waged by the Syrian regime against anti-goverment protestors.

Without Cause — Tom Lasseter tells the story of Naqibullah, a 14-year old Afghan boy  held at Guantanmo without cause.  Dozens of others faced the same fate, McClatchey finds.

Old School — The Christian Science Monitor profiles China’s Tsinghua University, arguably the country’s most presitgious acaemic institutuion. As it marks its 100th anniversary, the school has set its sights on becoming a ‘Top 10’ schooll rivaling Havard or Oxford, reports Peter Ford.

In Pictures Light Box features of the work of Sanna Kannisto, a Finnish photographer whose work explores her relationship with nature.