Jason Lyall (Yale): Are Coethnics More Effective Counterinsurgents? Evidence from the Second Chechen War. Paul Gregory (Houston): The Ship of Philosophers: How the Early USSR Dealt with Dissident Intellectuals. From the Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Luke Chambers (Oxford): Authoritarianism and Foreign Policy: The Twin Pillars of Resurgent Russia; an interview with Julie A. George, author of The Politics of Ethnic Separatism in Russia and Georgia; and Fareed Shafee on the new geopolitics of the South Caucasus. From The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, Juliette Cadiot (CERCEC): Russian Army, Non-Russians, Non-Slavs, Non-Orthodox: The Risky Construction of a Multiethnic Army; and a special issue on NGOs and power ministries in Russia. Leaving home to go home: Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic Russians, isolated and increasingly powerless, are heading to the Motherland in droves. From Open Democracy, a review of Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus by Oliver Bullough; and Zeynel Abidin Besleney on Circassian nationalism and the Internet. An interview with Oliver Bullough on books on the Caucasus. A review of Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the Soviet Union by David King. From Foreign Policy, a short history of a bad metaphor: Working with Russia isn't necessarily a bad idea — reducing it to a catchphrase is; the Obama administration's efforts to reach out to Russia won't work as long as Russians don't take them seriously; and the charge that U.S. allies have been betrayed by the Russian reset is simply false. The real reason why Russia and China aren’t interested in stopping Iran’s nuclear program. The Russians are stressed — and Russia is stressed too, which is why the world ought to take note.


Vani Borooah (Ulster) and John Mangan (Queensland): Multiculturalism versus Assimilation: Attitudes towards Immigrants in Western Countries. From the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, William Bostock (Tasmania): Beyond the Realms of the Specialists: The Challenge of the Generalized Issue; and Robert Howell (CSRI): Choosing Ethical Theories and Principles and Applying Them to the Question: "Should the Seas Be Owned? From New York, Jonathan van Meter on the lure of the Jersey Shore: What has made America fall in love with the Cote Crass?; and the MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets around: Revolutionize the bus — but can even the most sensible ideas get implemented these days? From Curve, when it comes to domestic violence, lesbians are far from safe; and an article on lesbian-on-lesbian rape: The rarely spoken about threat lesbians face, from one another. A review of Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Witchcraft by Barry Blake. A review of Laura Vanderkam's 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Wild, hairy, folks who fought griffons and nomads — have paleontologists unearthed mythic figures of folklore? Shakespeare never had any guarantee that his name would be remembered to history — or, indeed, that four hundred years on academics would still be mining his sonnets for veiled references to premature hair-loss. A review of The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage by Anthony Brandt. From Invention and Technology, a special issue on steam engines. What's with steampunk? A bizarre subculture that romanticises Victorian-era machines and Jules Verne is steadily entering the mainstream.


From The New York Review of Magazines, a profile of Modern Drunkard. A new kind of drunkenness: Troy Patterson on the greatness of gin. What's in the bottle? An investigation into the startling fraud accusations that have upended the fine wine world. Everyone’s the wine expert: Wine critics and bloggers, professional and amateur, are mixed up in a social media web. Who invented the cocktail? That depends on how you define invented — and cocktail. Greg Beato on Starbucks' midlife crisis: The coffee giant can’t quite accept its own customers’ tastes. Are you what you eat? While people with an unhealthy lifestyle are no more risk-loving than other people, they are more impatient. The world's healthiest diets: Is the American diet really so bad that it's time to look to other countries for help? French haute cuisine superstar from four-star Le Bernardin Eric Ripert draws inspiration from fatty fast food? Mon dieu! A review of Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef by Mark Schatzker (and more). Shoe-leather reporting: A history of well-done meat in America. A review of The Theology of Food: Eating and the Eucharist by Angel F. Mendez Montoya. Melanie Rehak on urban farmers. From TED, Ellen Gustafson on how obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue. Food writer Michael Pollan has already changed the way many of us eat — does that mean he should go to Washington as Secretary of Agriculture? An interview with Anna Lappe, author of Diet for a Hot Planet. Tuna’s End: On the high seas, the bluefin is being hunted into extinction — will we ever be able to think about seafood the same way? The bold "pay-what-you-want" restaurant experiment: A new dining trend allows customers to decide their own menu prices; an economist explains why it's a bad idea.


A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From International Socialism, Roland Boer on Marxism and religion; Talat Ahmed on Gandhi: the man behind the myths; Christian Hogsbjerg on CLR James and the Black Jacobins; Richard Seymour on the changing face of racism; Judith Orr on Marxism and feminism today; Jane Pritchard on the sex work debate (and a response); and a review of One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power. Darwin’s Literary Models: It may not be structured like a journal paper, but On the Origin of Species was written according to classical rules of rhetoric. That misery called meditation: What seven days of silence can do to your head. Is it okay to cheat in football? Peter Singer investigates. YouTube and Context: Faculty member's lecture about Machiavelli gets the professor accused of advocating rape and using inappropriate language. Here is a useful toolkit which can be used to identify pseudoscience. The transformation of a radical: Poland’s new president Bronislaw Komorowski was once a brave oppositionist — now he’s known as one of the country’s most cautious politicians. Outrage World: Emily Gould on how feminist blogs like Jezebel gin up page views by exploiting women's worst tendencies. Jezebel v. Jon Stewart: The women of The Daily Show fire back (and more). A review of Catholic Church and Modern Science: Documents from the Archives of the Roman Congregations of the Holy Office and the Index. Robert Skidelsky on Keynes and social democracy today. An interview with Jonah Hill on wanting to be like Bill Murray, finding beauty in silence and why he didn't want to get to know Marisa Tomei. The Curse of the Nike Ad: The company's "Write the Future" commercial is a warning against banking on star power during the World Cup.


From Intelligence Report, a special issue on militias and the larger antigovernment "Patriot" movement. John Eldredge's Wild At Heart, a Christian book touting manly aggression, inspires a violent fundamentalist meth trafficking cult. How one wing of the Tea Party movement is contributing to a new development in the religious right’s myth-making: the idea that racism is a legacy of slavery, not a cause. Our Founding Confusion: What the Boston Tea Party tells us about today’s Tea Partiers. Liberals vs. Glenn Beck University: With the Fox News host offering online lectures on faith, hope, and charity, the jokes practically write themselves. Mama Bear: Malcolm Gay on how Sarah Palin has inspired an army of Republican women to run for office. Deep roots, strong tree: In the morass of partisan politics, Lamar Alexander forges his own path. From Hoover Digest, Kenneth Starr as peacemaker? The former special prosecutor offers a bracing defense of political civility; and Harvey Mansfield says “beyond politics”, the latest mantra in Washington, is at best astoundingly naive. A Reasonable Man: In a world of loud voices and extreme positions, David Brooks manages to be both irrelevant and absolutely essential. An excerpt from Red Families vs. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. David Bromwich reviews Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight by Karl Rove. A review of books on neocons and the conservative movement. "You just don't get it": John Dickerson on the most popular put-down of the 2010 campaign so far. A review of Robert Kuttner's A Presidency in Peril. From NYRB, William Pfaff on what Obama should have said to BP; and David Cole on the Roberts Court’s free speech problem. A review of books on Eliot Spitzer.

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