Daily Briefing

Global Briefing April 8, 2011: Old Foes, New Elmo

Stalemate — Libya is deadlocked. TIME’s Tony Karo offers five reasons western intervention is unlikely to continue and mulls what come next.

On Language — The Economist parses the results of a massive (but not satistically controlled) study of English-language ability, linking fluency to factors like wealth and export …

Global Briefing, April 1, 2011: This Is No Joke

Tank vs. Kalashnikov — For Libya’s rebels, the difference between victory and defeat may come down to weaponry, writes Abigail Hauslohner from Benghazi.

Taking Control — As Japan’s nuclear crisis enters its fourth week, the government is considering taking over TEPCO, says Lucy Birmingham in a dispatch from Tokyo. But will the …

Global Briefing, Mar. 30, 2011: Secret Wars and Snake Escapes

Libyan Lament — In the besieged town of Bin Jawad, Abigail Hauslohner meets rebel fighters dismayed by the absence of allied planes. “Sarkozy betrayed us,” one says. “There are no planes,” says another.

Cricket’s Biggest Game — In an op-ed for the New York Times, Aakanksha Pande previews today’s India vs. Pakistan semi-final; …

Global Briefing, Mar. 23, 2011: Reality Bites

The Latest on Libya — The U.N.-mandated air campaign over Libya was hardly a knockout blow, says TIME’s reporter in Benghazi. More on Libya, here.

Japan’s Pain — Krista Mahr visits the town of Minami Sanriku, where survivors wonder if they can, or should, rebuild; Hannah Beech explores how Japan’s bureaucracy is slowing …

Global Briefing, Mar. 22, 2011: Battles and Bad Bromance

Leading from the Back — Obama’s approach to Libya shows that “multilateralism can serve American interests,” argues Romesh Ratnesar in his weekly column for TIME.

India’s Future — The FT compares India to Russia, arguing that world’s largest democracy is sinking into crony capitalism.

Counterpoint — In the Guardian, George …

Global Briefing, Mar. 17, 2011: Broken Promises and Bad Analogies

Broken Promises — TIME’s Krista Mahr meets evacuees in Yonezawa, a city of 90,000 about 60 miles west of the Fukushima plant. There, as elsewhere in Japan, anger is brewing about the handling of the nuclear crisis.

Solidarity — A group of 130 artists plan to boycott the $800 million Guggenheim museum being built in Abu Dhabi, …

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