Sumantra Maitra (Otago): Understanding Putin's Foreign and Economic Policy Correlation. From The Monkey Cage, Steven Ward on how Putin’s desire to restore Russia to great power status matters; R. William Ayres and Stephen Saideman on why the Crimea crisis is not about a Greater Russia project; is Crimean independence or annexation a good outcome for Russia? No, argue Helena Yakovlev-Golani and Nadiya Kravets — in the long term, Russia would be better off with Crimea remaining a part of Ukraine; is greater decentralization a solution for Ukraine? Timothy Frye on the Mylovanov Initiative; and do Crimeans actually want to join Russia? Grigore Pop-Eleches and Graeme Robertson investigate. Kiley Kroh and Igor Volsky on how a fight over natural resources is quietly driving the world’s response to Ukraine. Ukraine oligarchs grab key posts in bid for unity. Leon Neyfakh on Putin’s long game: Meet the Eurasian Union. Ukraine is not Russia, but Crimea may not be Ukraine, either. Michael D. Kennedy on solidarity with Ukraine against Putin’s reality. Timothy Snyder on Crimea: Putin vs. Reality. Stefan Soesanto on how Russia might actually have international law on its side and the successful legal defense of NATO’s actions in Yugoslavia in 1999 might serve as precedent to justify Russia’s military incursion into the Ukraine. We’re just not that special: Andrew Bacevich on what the crisis with Russia reveals about the USA’s age-old self-obsession. Adam Gopnik on Crimea and the hysteria of history. Here's everything you need to know about the U.S.'s potential economic sanctions against Russia. Jakub Grygiel on how Putin believes that the West is decadent, weak and divided — the West needs to prove him wrong.
Tetsuya Saito (Nihon): Bitcoin: A Search-Theoretic Approach. M. Blake Wilson (Binghamton): The Biopolitics of Revenge in a Nietzschean Theory of Justice. Harvey Gilmore (Monroe): New York's Taxable Lap Dancing at a Strip Club Near You. Karolina Libront (Warsaw): Evolution of NATO’s Identity in the 21st Century. The first chapter from NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone by David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman. Can't work, must chat: Ben Crair on how instant message and the open office made everyone's job impossible. The introduction to The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility by Gregory Clark. Anastasia Corell on Tibet's tense new reality: Checkpoints with fire extinguishers, pincer-wielding police officers, and spies disguised as monks — welcome to daily life in Lhasa. What would it mean to actually free Tibet? Leah Shellberg wants to know. A look at the genetic origins of high-altitude adaptations in Tibetans. Maggie Lange on alerting the world to “normcore”. In defence of Julian Assange: Assange publisher Colin Robinson writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder. Artist colonies are mysterious places: Available only to a select few, supposedly teeming with alcohol, affairs, and creative hoodoo, but the rumors aren’t true — they just lack detail. How Hobby Lobby supporters talk about “religious liberty”: Katie McDonough 5 outrageous quotes that show it’s all about sex.
From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on US manufacturing. Stephen Mennell (UCD): America: A Social and Economic Model to Be Rejected? A new populism: Michael Tomasky reviews Social Democratic America by Lane Kenworthy. From The Washington Monthly, want fast-food workers to get a raise? Let local restaurant owners form a union to fight their corporate masters; and Ryan Cooper on free money for everyone: A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation. Paul Krugman on the stimulus tragedy. Mike Konczal on how the Silicon Valley labor scandals prove minimum wage hikes don't cost jobs. Closing the gap: America’s labour market has suffered permanent harm. Zachary Karabell on the zombie numbers that rule the U.S. economy: Figures like gross domestic product were appropriate for their own time — but today, they paint a consistently misleading portrait of America. We need a new conversation about inequality: Democrats are scared of class — but issues like inequality are why liberals exist, and talk can't be left to elites. The wolves of the web: Booming technology firms are now at the centre of worries about inequality. Want to end recessions, reduce inequality, prevent fraud and help immigrants? It's time to install postal banking. No, really, you didn’t build that: David Sirota on how the rich became dependent on government subsidies. When we talk about combating America's crisis of inequality, we talk about raising the minimum wage, curbing CEO pay, supporting organized labor, and other progressive ideas; let's not allow the simplest fix of all to get lost, though: raising taxes.
Raj Kumar Kothari (Vidyasagar): Russia's Policy towards Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Years. From NYRB, a review essay on why, and what, you should know about Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid. James L. Jones Jr. on why Central Asia can't be forgotten. Central Asia and its Russian dependence: Russia attempts to draw Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan back into its orbit. From The National Interest, Georgiy Voloshin on the Red Star over Central Asia; and Julia Famularo on the latest from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Seth Morgan on what it’s like to be Tajik. Natalya Ryabinska on new media and democracy in post-Soviet countries. Caucasus and Central Asia see robust growth, but risks remain. Rachel Stauffer reviews Understanding Central Asia: Politics and Contested Transformations by Sally M. Cummings. Ulugbeck Khasanov on Eurasia’s cross-border threats. From Eurasianet, Joshua Kucera on 2014 security risks in Eurasia: The experts weigh in; and on the U.S. in post-2014 Central Asia: New Silk Road or geopolitics. Kara Downey on why secular but illiberal governments are no guarantee of religious freedom: Recent calls to view post-Soviet Central Asia as a model for political development in the broader Muslim world overlook the fact hostility to religious extremism does not imply an embrace of liberal values. The first chapter from Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane by S. Frederick Starr. Nick Holdstock in Balykchy, a town that has good reason for Soviet nostalgia (and more); and this doctor in Kyrgyzstan says he can cure heroin addicts by putting them in a coma.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences is out. J. Adam Carter (Edinburgh) and Martin Peterson (TU/e): On the Epistemology of the Precautionary Principle. Stephen Cowley (USD) and Jens Koed Madsen (Birkbeck): Time and Temporality: Linguistic Distribution in Human Life-Games. Jonathan St. B. T. Evans (Plymouth): Rationality and the Illusion of Choice. Corey Rayburn Yung (Kansas): How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America's Hidden Rape Crisis. From Newsweek, Leah McGrath Goodman on the face behind Bitcoin. Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto chased by reporters, denies founding Bitcoin (and more on the Satoshi paradox). The return of Newsweek to print: Samir Husni interviews Newsweek’s Editor Jim Impoco. How likely is your life? It depends on how you choose to look at it. Ferris Jabr on why life does not really exist. We can’t eat Lupita Nyong’o’s black beauty, try as we might: There’s a weird edge to the way Hollywood idolizes beautiful black women — and that's putting it politely. Edward Platt on how the ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide. Michael Blume on reproductive vs. cooperative theories in the evolutionary studies of religion. Bianca Bosker goes inside the one-man intelligence unit that exposed the secrets and atrocities of Syria's war. Ingenious: Fixing a body’s broken genes is becoming possible. The great expulsion: Barack Obama has presided over one of the largest peacetime outflows of people in America’s history. Carlos Lozada on 150 journalism cliches — and counting. John Cheese on 5 ways parenting turns you into a dumbass.
From the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, a special issue on the end of the Volksfront?; Mark Potok and Laurie Wood interview Derek Black and Corinna Burt on leaving white nationalism; Ryan Lenz on following the White Rabbit: Tim Murdock sits atop an online cult, spreading fears of “white genocide” that have fueled violence and terrorism; Don Terry on the Smiling Nationalist: Video blogger and Internet sensation Ramzpaul delights white nationalists and racists but calls himself a satirist; and Matthew Heimbach says White Nationalist ranks are plagued by “cowardice”. Confessions of a Right-wing shock jock: Jack Hunter says he’s not a racist — he just played one on the radio. White supremacists tried to take over a town: Here's the documentary. A judge in California finally decided the fate of a violent and damaged child who murdered his neo-Nazi father a few years ago, when he was just 10 years old — Amy Wallace reports on the tragic, impossible case of Jeff and Joseph Hall. No, the swastika can't be rehabilitated: An international effort to return the Nazi symbol to its peaceful roots is deeply misguided. How racist do you have to be before the New York Times calls you a racist? Rachel Tabachnick on the John Birch Society’s anti-civil rights campaign of the 1960s, and its relevance today. White supremacists protest Black History Month event in Harrison, Arkansas. Amy Davidson on Ted Nugent's “subhuman mongrel” slur, in translation (and more). White supremacy’s long shadow: An excerpt from A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America by Jacqueline Jones. The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, the SPLC found in its annual count.
Michael Burger (Roger Williams) and Paul Frymer (Princeton): Property Law and American Empire. Amitai Etzioni (GWU): The Devolution of American Power. From Foreign Affairs, Michael A. Cohen (Century): Hypocrisy Hype: Can Washington Still Walk and Talk Differently? Richard Falk on An American Idol: Should the United States “govern” the world? Matthew Crosston on the US and the problem of being a geopolitical prom queen. The world is right to hate us: Patrick L. Smith on arrogance, ignorance and obscene foreign policy. Anne Applebaum on why America’s critics will miss the U.S. superpower. Last one standing: The pundits told us “the rest” would rise — now they’ve fallen, and America is on the cusp of an astonishing geopolitical comeback. Carlos Lozada reviews The Myth of America’s Decline by Josef Joffe (and more). Refuting U.S. declinism, sort of: Anne Kim reviews Unleashing the Second American Century: Four Forces for Economic Dominance by Joel Kurtzman. Stephen M. Walt reviews Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power by Mlada Bukovansky, Ian Clark, Robyn Eckersley, Richard Price, Christian Reus-Smit, and Nicholas Wheeler. The End of History ends: For the first time since the Cold War, the United States is going to have to adopt a coherent Eurasian strategy that integrates European, Middle Eastern, South Asian and East Asian policy into a comprehensive design. From Beijing to Jerusalem: Robert Kaplan on the creation of a mega-zone of conflict. Harry J. Kazianis on debating a strategy for World War III. Always and everywhere: Andrew J. Bacevich on the New York Times and the enduring “threat” of isolationism. President Barack Obama discusses his foreign policy — Israel, Iran, Syria — in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg.
Emily Savell, Anna B. Gilmore, and Gary Fooks (Bath): How Does the Tobacco Industry Attempt to Influence Marketing Regulations? A Systematic Review. Donna Roberts (Gilan) and Daniel Garza Usabiaga (MAM): The Use Value of Lucifer: A Comparative Analysis of the Figures of Lucifer and Satan in the Writings of Roger Caillois and Walter Benjamin in the 1930s. Lea Shaver (Indiana): Copyright and Inequality. Russia vs. Ukraine is a clash of brothers, not cultures: Countries with shared identities but different political regimes have historically been more likely to fight wars. Amy Knight on Putin’s golden dilemma. Max Seddon goes inside Vladimir Putin’s paranoid vision. Kiley Kroh on why much of what you’ve read about Ukraine isn’t quite right, as explained by Ukranians. Strong, mean, shirtless: American conservatives still have an awkward crush on Putin. Jonathan Chait on how Obama’s embrace of Republican proposals to expand the EITC will likely wind up serving the sole function of calling their bluff; and Paul Ryan tries to enlist social science to back up his poverty plan, disaster ensues. Is history repeating itself?: Here is Jonah Peretti’s recent memo to the BuzzFeed staff. What’s the matter with white dudes? Jim Newell wants to know. Is sex work (specifically, prostitution) vulnerable to technological unemployment?: John Danaher on sex work, technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee. The preface to A World without Why by Raymond Geuss. Max Read on America's 99 problems, ranked.
Jeremiah Robert Newhall and Benton C. Martin (Emory): Technology and the Guilty Mind: When Do Technology Providers Become Criminal Accomplices? Joshua Adams (George Washington): Decriminalizing Hacktivism: Finding Space for Free Speech Protests on the Internet. David Modic and Ross J. Anderson (Cambridge): Reading This May Harm Your Computer: The Psychology of Malware Warnings. Sarah O'Donohue (Emory): “Like” it or Not, Password Protection Laws Could Protect Much More than Passwords. Garry Trillet (Tilburg): How to Combat Spam? Christopher S. Stewart and Merissa Marr go inside the effort to kill a web fraud “botnet”. Cory Doctorow on what is exposed about you and your friends when you login with Facebook. Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic: Internet trolls really are horrible people (and more). Taylor Clark on Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet: How one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web. Reporting from the Web’s underbelly: Brian Krebs’s widely read blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet — profit-seeking cybercriminals who make billions off spam, malware and frauds. From Ethics and Global Politics, do the deviant acts carried out by the collective known as Anonymous qualify as vigilante activity, and if so, can they be justified? Steve O'Hear goes inside the billion-dollar hacker club: “Everyone talks about the PayPal mafia, but nobody talks about the w00w00 mafia”. Robert Evans, Caleb Eldon Brinkman on 5 hacking myths you probably believe (thanks to movies).
Geoffrey P. Miller (NYU): Property in the Bible. The Bible is more accessible now than anytime in history; work to translate into every tongue hastens Jesus' return? A Costco in Simi Valley found itself in a flap after a local pastor posted a photo on Twitter showing Bibles at the big-box store labeled as fiction. From Cracked, Luke T. Harrington on 6 filthy jokes you won't believe are from the Bible; and a look at the 16 most bizarre moments in the Bible. King David, “vile human being”: The Biblical hero seems to have been a terrible person, argues Joel S. Baden. Jay Parini on Jesus’ resurrection: What really happened? The science behind Jesus Christ: Deirdre Rose on the scientific explanation of God. Did Jesus drink wine? Tom Roberts investigates. Thomas Larson on the social authorship of the Bible. Joan Acocella on justice, Old Testament-style: The biblical book of Job is bewildering, from beginning to end — is there any moral sense in its random violence? Timothy Michael Law reviews The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden. Esther Inglis-Arkell on the 9 most baffling passages in the Bible, and what they really mean. Matthew V. Novenson reviews The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto by Stephen D. Moore and Yvonne Sherwood. Greg Carey reviews The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, and Daniel J. Harrington. Newly translated pre-Biblical tablet describes a great flood and a “rescue boat” with wild animals aboard — in pairs! The whole Bible thing is b.s. because of camel bones, says science. Rob Bricken on God's 12 biggest dick moves in the Old Testament.