Global Briefing, May 27, 2011: Remembering Srebrenica

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Mladic, Behind Bars — General Ratko Mladic, the alleged architect of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, was arrested yesterday. Dejan Anastasijevic explains why it took so long; The Atlantic mulls parallels with Pakistan and Osama bin Laden raid;  The Christian Science Monitor features their Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the massacre. This story, from November 1995, is particularly gripping.

Vestigial Organs — The chorus of G8 critics is growing, fast: The New Yorker‘s John Cassidy blasts the group, saying that what started as a serious gathering a degenerated into pure farce.  Have you read a good defense of the gathering? If so, send us the link, please.

Wanna Be Friends? — Citing unidentified sources, the Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia is taking steps toward building an ‘anti-Iran’ alliance. They’re already courting Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and unspecified ‘Central Asian’ countries, the paper says.

Corporate Perks — Spiegal Online looks at how business fuels the country’s sex industry. “The fact that bordello visits are used as rewards can be observed at every trade fair.”

Brits on the Beach — The Independent has a funny piece about Britons on holiday: “On the whole, we are rubbish at other languages, bad at tipping, terrible at haggling, and the family with the worst sunburn on the Benidorm beach is much more likely to come from Bolton than Berlin or Bergen,” he writes.

The Stans — Tajikistan is the failed state you’ve probably failed to learn about, explains Ishaan Tharoor. For more on the country, check out his 2009 piece about Russia’s role in Central Asia.

Kept Women — This fall, young girls in China’s southern Guangdong province will be learning a new subject in school: how to avoid becoming a mistress, reports Chengcheng Jiang from Beijing.

In Pictures — TIME’s photo department tells the story of General Ratko Mladic, using images to evoke the long shadow of the Bosnian War.

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