Hitoshi Nasu (ANU): The Expanded Conception of Security and International Law: Challenges to the UN Collective Security System. Fred Grunfeld (Utrecht): International Law and International Relations: Norm and Reality or Viceversa. Cindy Daase (FUB): The United Nations and the Secretary-General as Mediators and Norm-Promoters Global Norms and Standards in the Mediation of Intra-State Conflicts. From the Goettingen Journal of International Law, Alexander R. J. Murray (Lancaster): Does International Criminal Law Still Require a "Crime of Crimes"? A Comparative Review of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity; and Mayeul Hieramente (Max Planck): The Myth of "International Crimes": Dialectics and International Criminal Law. From Vision, David Hulme on Global Problems, Global Solutions: Weapons and warfare; inadequate food and water; and injustice. Daniele Archibugi on why international courts and tribunals need to become real instruments of justice — and not simply tools for the strong — if the promise of Immanuel Kant's universal community is to become a reality. A review of The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics by Kathryn Sikkink. Avoiding the scourge of war: Donald Hempson on the challenges of United Nations peacekeeping. Making UN peacekeeping more robust: Patrice Sartre on protecting the mission, persuading the actors. Non-state actors and human rights: Gustavo Mauricio Bastien Olvera on the case of arms manufacturers. The pink elephant in the corner of the room that nobody wants to acknowledge: Michael E Harris on the dichotomy of multinational corporations, instruments of foreign policy, development, and impediments to corporate criminal prosecutions for gross human and humanitarian rights violations.
Nancy Leong (Denver): The Open Road and the Traffic Stop. Joseph Blocher (Duke): Rights To and Not To. From Der Spiegel, a special report on the Ticking Euro Bomb: How a good idea became a tragedy (and part 2 and part 3). America the Brutiful: Yanks are starring on foreign screens — and it ain't a pretty sight. Did a massive comet almost wipe out humans in 1883? From U.S. Intellectual History, an article on Occupy Wall Street and the culture wars of the “New Class”. Should Occupy Wall Street take up arms? American history is full of revolutionary violence — will the Occupy movement follow John Brown’s example? United Nations expert on torture Juan Mendez calls on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners except in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible. Has empathy become the new scapegoat? Empathy doesn’t always lead to more moral behavior, but it can lead to more intelligent behavior. Why did the approval ratings of President George W. Bush — who was perceived as indecisive before September 11, 2001 — soar over 90 percent after the terrorist attacks? Because Americans were acutely aware of their own deaths. What's in a logo? A search is underway for a universal logo for human rights. Where to get the world’s best service: International travelers rank the level of service they experienced in 24 countries. Nate Silver on the geography of college football fans (and realignment chaos). Who profits from unpaid labor? Emily Witt and Marc Smirnoff go head to head about Ross Perlin's Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy (and more at Bookforum). Is Craig Venter going to save the planet, or is this more hype from one of America’s most controversial scientists? A look at the 6 most badass families of all-time.
A new issue of Freethought Today is out. Daniel Philpott (Notre Dame), Timothy Samuel Shah (Georgetown) and Monica Toft (Harvard): From Faith to Freedom: The Role of Religious Actors in Global Democratic Progress. Victor M. Muniz-Fraticelli (McGill): The Distinctiveness of Religious Liberty. Rupert Read (East Anglia): Religion as Sedition: On Liberalism's Intolerance of Real Religion. Zachary R. Calo (Valparaiso): Catholicism, Liberalism and Human Rights. Elizabeth Oldmixon (North Texas), Brian Calfano (Missouri State) and Jane Suiter (Cork): Clergy as Political Elites. James V. Schall on liberal education and the priesthood. Is religion above the law? In supposedly avoiding certain questions, a ministerial-exception case raises other, unanswerable ones. From Skeptic, a review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Derek Murphy; and a look at religion in Harry Potter: Do J. K. Rowling’s novels promote religion or undermine it? Brook Wilensky-Lanford on Edens Everywhere: It wouldn’t be paradise if it weren’t already lost. Peter Laarman on why liberal religious arguments fail. A seminary for nonbelievers: Is A. C. Grayling creating his own religion? Tom Bradley on baptizing dead people for fun and profit: Organized religion's most imaginative scam. From Science, did an unholy trinity kill Jesus? Converts vs. Cradle Catholics: Are believers-by-birth less motivated witnesses? Believing in Johnny Cash: An open letter to atheists. A review of Tri-Faith America: How Catholics and Jews Held Postwar America to Its Protestant Promise by Kevin M. Schultz. From The New Individualist, beyond belief: Is the world ready for a fully rational outlook? Varieties of irreligious experience: There are many ways not to believe — Jonathan Ree on the evoluton of atheist thought. The Dating Game: How Jehovah's Witnesses meet their match.