Global Briefing, Feb. 28, 2011: Ten Stories to Start Your Day

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Not in Bloom — TIME’s Austin Ramzy chronicles the ‘sad farce’ of China’s would-be Jasmine revolution.

The Palin Doctrine — Foreign Affairs asks what Tea Party populism means for American foreign policy.

The Right’s Might —  A flagging Europe is at risk of a fascist renaissance, warns Ian Kershaw in the National Interest.

Social Medium — The Globe and Mail highlights the role of public squares in popular uprisings, from Tiananmen to Tahrir. Here’s a TIME clickthrough on famous protest plazas.

Piracy’s Price — Will the murder of four American tourists change the world’s approach to pirates? Jeffrey Gettleman explores.

Rigged Fixture — A soccer writer explains how one of Gaddafi’s sons made into Italy’s big league, despite being a lousy player.

Fashion Faux-Pas —  Mocking Gaddafi’s clothing has become a journalistic cliché, argues the Atlantic Wire. Meanwhile, TIME ponders the significance of Burma’s cross-dressing general.

Au Revoir — Foreign Policy blasts France’s “morally bankrupt” stance on Tunisia; the foreign minister has since resigned, Reuters reports. And here’s our take by Bruce Crumley, who has blogged extensively on Sarkozy’s foreign policy debacle.

A House of Cards Falls — How the U.S.’s anti-Iran alliance is in tatters, by Tony Karon.