Global Briefing, Mar. 4, 2011: Ten World Stories to Inform Your Day

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Manifestos — The Daily Beast re-reads the Green Book, a volume published by Gaddafi in 1975.  An excerpt: “According to gynecologists women, unlike men, menstruate each month.”

Sorry, Kids — Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez apologizes (via YouTube) for the deaths of nine children in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. But, notes Wired, given that he’s speaking in English and that few locals have Internet access, you have to wonder who exactly he’s addressing.

Dress Codes — TIME’s Bruce Crumley on a French campaign instructing citizens to be burqa vigilantes.

Superpower(s) — Fareed Zakaria says America is in decline; David Von Drehle warns the world not to bet against red, white and blue.

Gone Rogue — In the New York Review of Books, Ahmed Rashid reflects on the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, lamenting the “vapid” response from officials. Pakistan “is becoming a place where there is an army without a country,” he writes.

Hate Speech —  Jonathan Freedland takes on the Galliano affair. Antisemitism isn’t ‘back,’ he says, it was always there.

Two Steps Back — Ukrainian opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko worries that the gains of her country’s 2004 ‘Orange Revolution’ have been reversed.

Gold Rush — Illegal mines have become a new front in Colombia’s 40-year civil war, reports Simon Romero for the TimesNew York. Read TIME’s interview with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Outside Chance —  The Independent profiles Jaswant Singh, the opposition figure that may have a shot at being India’s PM. TIME profiled his party, the BJP, in 2009.

In Video — The New Yorker‘s China correspondent, Evan Osnos, chats with Stephen Colbert about Communism, solar power and  Charlie Sheen.