Global Briefing, May 9, 2011: Socialists, Sellouts and Star Witnesses

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Lessons Learned — On Battleland, Mark Thompson mulls the most important lessons of the OBL saga; TIME editors Nancy Gibbs and Bobby Ghosh and political columnist Joe Klein discuss the implications — short-term and long — of the killing.

Open Doors —In the Hindu, Nirupama Subramanian urges India to take advantage of the “civilian moment”  in neighboring Pakistan.”Indian chest-thumping at Pakistan’s multiple embarrassments last week does nothing to help tilt the balance toward the civilian side either,” she writes, “it only ends up strengthening the military and pushes back the two countries chances for normalising relations.”

Sandinista Sellout — Daniel Ortega led Nicaragua’s socialist revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and became president in 2007. Since then, he’s embarked on a ruthless power grab, writes Tom Hennigan from Managua.

Star Witness — The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer profiles Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, or “Junior,” one of America’s most important sources of information about Al Qaeda and a “problem child” for the CIA.

Fair  Trade — A group of monks in northern Cambodia want to turn 44,479 acres of forest into an international ecological asset. Will it work? asks in a dispatch from Sorng Rukavorn.

Shame at SeaNATO and European military units left 61 African migrants to die at sea after ignoring their stranded ship,  reports to the Guardian. International maritime law compels all vessels to answer distress calls from nearby boats.

Mothers’ DayForeign Policy lists the ‘The Worst Place to Be a Mother’; Nick Kristof profiles the Mother’s Day Campaign; NewsFeed looks at the health of moms around the world.

In Pictures — Light Box features a ground breaking multimedia production called Blanco that explores ‘blindness’ across the globe.