Global Briefing Mar. 16, 2011: Conservatives, Closed Doors and Cash Cows

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Japan’s Pain —Bill Powell has the latest on the nuclear situation; Michael Schuman weighs in on the global economic impact of the disaster; LightBox showcases pictures of the aftermath.

Bad Times in Bahrain — In a dispatch form Manama, Karen Leigh shows how the country is caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia; On Global Spin, Aryn Baker makes the case for reform.

Keeping it Realist — Can conservatives care about international politics?  Yes, contends Sam Roggeveen in guest post at the Atlantic. And, he says, they should.

‘Where is America?’ — The New Yorker tells the story of a Libyan-American who joined the rebels and fell in the Gaddafi-led backlash; Vivienne Walt explains why Gaddafi is still standing.

Closed Doors — In Foreign Affairs Behzad Yaghmaian explores how conflict in North Africa has shaped E.U. immigration policy. He predicts an influx of migrants will prompt the  militarization of the Mediterranean Sea. Read TIME’s dispatch on Tunisians in Italy, here.

Marketing Dept. — Don’t be fooled by David Cameron’s attempt to brand ‘cuts’ as ‘savings,’ argues Johann Hari in the Independent. (Hari gets bonus points for invoking Orwell.)

Drones Meet Drugs — The U.S. has started flying high-altitude, unarmed drones over Mexico to collect information on the drug trade, reports the New York Times.

Rich Enemy, Poor Enemy — MGM is digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from their remake of ‘Red Dawn,’ reports the LA Times. Apparently, it’s just too expensive to anger China and its movie-going, money-spending public. The new bad guys? North Korea. Obviously.