Obama, Gaddafi and American Credibility

“My fellow Americans,” said President Ronald Reagan during a soundcheck for a TV appearance in 1984. “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

Reagan was joking, of course. Not only was the U.S. not going to bomb the Soviet Union; he knew full well …

Global Briefing, Mar. 28, 2011: The Cost of Reconquest

The Cost of Reconquest — Eastern Libya is a “morbid playground of war-ravaged streets and shredded tanks,” writes Abigail Hauslohner for TIME. Her piece evokes the human toll of the still-raging battle between Gaddafi loyalists and rebel fighters.

Voice from the Grave — In the New Yorker, David Grann investigates the case of a …

Why NATO May Stop Short of Bombing Gaddafi’s Regime to Smithereens

The question is not whether Libya’s rebels will capture Colonel Gaddafi’s birthplace of Sirte, or storm his citadel in Tripoli; it’s whether NATO will hand them those prizes by escalating its air war with the aim of destroying Gaddafi’s regime. Coalition air strikes have broken the grip of Gaddafi’s forces on the cities of eastern Libya …

Nuclear Crisis Continues, But Not for Caregivers in Japan’s Shelters

The crippled nuclear plant at Fukushima continued to grab headlines on Sunday, as Japanese media reported that radiation levels in the water at reactor 2 are now 10 million times above normal levels (a reading the Tokyo Electric Power Company now says was a mistake — though radiation levels are still worryingly high). As of Sunday …

Canada’s Government Collapses: What’s Next?

Guest post written by TIME’s Megan Gibson

In a year when myriad governments have had their authority challenged, add one more to the list. We’ve seen Libya and Syria’s regimes reel in the face of mass uprisings, and Tunisia and Egypt’s leaders depart. And now… Canada?

Though not quite as tumultuous as events in the Middle …

Cold Case: How Libya’s Revolution Might Solve a 1984 Murder

One April evening in 1984, an after-work drink took a surreal turn. On the way to a bar, we skirted a police cordon at the entrance to St James’s Square in central London; we had barely lifted our pints before armed officers clattered into our midst and informed us that the cordon had been extended. We were not to leave. The Libyan …

Gaddafi Resilience Poses Challenges for the West’s Libya Mission

Never mind who will command the Libya air war; the far larger problem lies in determining its purpose, terms and limits, and in honing a realistic strategy in terms of the limited commitment – both by measure of time and scale – of most of its authors.

By all accounts, Libya’s air force and its air defenses have been taken out of the …

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 …

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