From Essex Human Rights Review, a special issue on Preventing Torture in the 21st Century (and part 2). A review of Genocide Before the Holocaust by Cathie Carmichael and The Final Solution: A Genocide by Donald Bloxham. A holiday ends in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge gets its day in court. Mark Mazower on the US, Turkey and the Armenian genocide. The Hardest Word: The use of "genocide" as a legal term gets in the way of healing historical wounds. How to apologise for genocide: May it be better to let the perpetrator into the moral circle, to acknowledge the act and the human agency behind it, and to forgive? More and more and more and more on Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. A review of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All by Gareth Evans. An interview with Andrew Cayley on books on war crimes. A review of Targeted Killing in International Law by Nils Melzer. An interview with Pamela Yates on justice and the International Criminal Court. A review of Prosecuting Heads of State. A review of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics by Jennifer Lind. In the aftermath of fighting or repression, people are often told to forget things — but in free societies, selective memory cannot be imposed for ever. The first chapter from Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence by Ernesto Verdeja. The media are fundamental to the reconstruction of broken societies and can have a critical impact on the fragile processes of negotiation and conciliation. A review of When the State No Longer Kills: International Human Rights Norms and Abolition of Capital Punishment by Sangmin Bae.


From Public Reason, Stefan Bird-Pollan (Harvard): Rawls: Construction and Justification. From Lapham's Quarterly, a special issue on Arts & Letters. From The National Interest, so long as Washington continues to nationalize uncompetitive companies, and handpick winners and losers, our innovative preeminence will be in jeopardy. Why we need ACORN: The group, once a top anti-poverty organization, fought to empower those whose interests and needs get short shrift. Karin L. Kross reviews Cecil and Jordan in New York by Gabrielle Bell. From RAND Review, an article on Esther Duflo and how science can help fight the War on Poverty. The philosopher kings of UK politics: Are Clegg, Brown and Cameron just modern-day versions of Locke, Hobbes and Rousseau? From Education Next, Paul Peterson on the legacy of James Coleman. Rashid Khalidi on Bad Faith in the Holy City: How Israel’s Jerusalem policy imperils the peace process. Glee is one of a handful of television shows offering unabashedly smart, awkward, nerdy, female characters — will Hollywood take to the trend? The Great West Coast Newspaper War: An article on the crazy alt-weekly war in San Francisco. Alternative cartoonists nearing the punch line? As alt weeklies go, so go alt comics. The Edge, too has its edge: Fridolin Schley on reading Uwe Johnson in New York. Collateral damage denialism: Why do we keep on acting like a kinder, gentler form of warfare is even possible? Hypatia, ancient Alexandria’s great female scholar: An avowed paganist in a time of religious strife, Hypatia was also one of the first women to study math, astronomy and philosophy. Haiti and the Dominican Republic may share a tiny Caribbean isle, but they have always despised each other; the earthquake may have changed that.


The Golden Football: Tom Palalma on the University of Texas’ bad example. To ESPN's Seth Wickersham, sportswriting is a pursuit to be perfected, much like his subjects' efforts to throw a perfect spiral or build a better football team. From Bookforum, Clay Risen reviews Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France by Daniel S. Pierce and and He Crashed Me so I Crashed Him Back: The True Story of the Year the King, Jaws, Earnhardt, and the Rest of NASCAR's Feudin', Fightin' Good Ol' Boys Put Stock Car Racing on the Map by Mark Bechtel (and more); and literary authors have always been drawn to boxing, and many have written beautifully about the sport; over the past half century and more, talented writers have chronicled its appeal while dissecting its ugliness. From Curator, an essay on football as art. Despite the dangers, hockey's old-school, rough justice is essential to its appeal. A review of The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons. An excerpt from Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession by Dave Jamieson. There will come a time, inevitably, where nearly every fan will find themselves backing a loser. A look at the 5 most badass (and possibly insane) athletes of all-time. Keep your team out of my book: Joe Queenan simply refuses to read any books whose authors or characters have any affiliation with the Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys or the Duke University men’s basket­ball team. Tim Tebow is the Virgin King in the Land of Strangelove: Given that we will no doubt continue to read about future scandals to come, might we hold out future hope for a positive sexual role model among our athletes? Andrei Markovits on the last legitimate bastion of "separate but equal". An interview with Mike Huber on sabermetrics.


From The National Interest, Sam Tanenhaus, Grover Norquist, and Jacob Heilbrunn debate the future of conservatism. From the annual meeting of the OAH, Angus Burgin, Beverly Gage, and Jennifer Burns on the new intellectual history of conservatism. From CRB, a review essay on American conservatism. The Tea Party movement, with its educated, middle-class supporters, can trace its roots to ’60s-era conservatives. The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires were it not for the USSR. Who owns the American Revolution? Jill Lepore on tea parties past and present. Why would Sarah Palin want to be president in 2012? She’s already the CEO of right-wing America, a job that’s paid her $12 million in just ten months. Rush Limbaugh on liberals and the violence card: Conservative protest is motivated by a love of what America stands for. Here are 200 examples of anti-Obama merchandise. Don’t Mess With Texas: What Gov. Rick Perry's hard-right turn says about America in the age of Obama (more). A Plague of "A" Students: PJ O'Rourke on why it’s so irksome being governed by the Obami. For Obama and past presidents, the books they read shape politics and perception. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Bridge by David Remnick. Obama's health-care gamble: History is on his side. Obama Unleashed: How a calm, reasonable president gets exercised about financial regulation. Just as ultraliberal capitalism is floundering, social democracy is unable to step up to the plate. Bill Quigley on nine myths about socialism in the US; and misrepresenting the Left: We are not liberals. A look at why liberals abhor populism. Here are the rules on how to start a new left wing group.


Orlando Figes, a historian with a history of litigious quarrels, admits posting Amazon reviews that trashed rivals, and "apologises wholeheartedly to all concerned" (and more on sock puppetry). Rachel Polonsky on how she rumbled the lying professor: The story behind the discredited don who rubbished rivals on Amazon, then left his own wife to take the blame. Should internet commentators use their real names? A debate on whether online anonymity brings out the worst in us — or safeguards one of the internet's essential freedoms. Bonfire of the intellectuals: Ron Rosenbaum reviews The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman. More on The Task of the Critic by Terry Eagleton. Pound them keyboards: Why are fights between critics so tame? You suck, and so does your writing: Writers have always loathed and envied other members of the tribe — and boy is it fun when it shows up in words! Michelle Kerns on the 50 best author vs. author put-downs of all time (and part 2). Bookstores are packed with score-settling tomes; Lloyd Grove on the irresistible allure of backstabbing books. What can writers learn from Gawker Media? Gaby Darbyshire explains. Can you really rank writing programmes? (and a response) Here are six simple tips for writing a literary manifesto. Jami Attenberg reviews Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields. Trouble seeing the line between fact and fiction: Have we suddenly become a nation of liars, or have we just forgotten that there's a limit to what we call nonfiction? Juliet Gardiner on writing non-fiction: "Even on bad writing days there was something I could spend time finding out". Every writer of reportage ought to learn from the Kapuscinski controversy: Creative non-fiction is a slippery slope.

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