Marc Lynch (George Washington): After Egypt: The Limits and Promise of Online Challenges to the Authoritarian Arab State. Harris Breslow and Ilhem Allagui (AUS): A Decade of Internet Time in the Arab World: Or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet. What Wikileaks tells us about Al Jazeera: Is the rapidly expanding Middle East satellite television network and voice of the Arab Spring as independent as it claims? From Le Monde diplomatique, what to do about Al-Jazeera? Al-Jazeera has great influence in the Arab world, now in ferment, and it is able to embarrass Qatar’s government by contradicting its diplomatic moves; and from oil to business tourism: In just a few years Qatar has risen to the forefront of the global economic scene (and more and more). The Pink Hijab: The Arab revolts of 2011 have transformed the image of the Islamic world; one young Egyptian woman’s struggle reflects the scope of change — and shows how long it has been in coming. The Egyptian impasse raises a sobering question: whether a revolution can succeed without violence. Have the Arab uprisings made Israel less secure? A review of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright (and more). Hussein Agha and Robert Malley on the Arab Counterrevolution. In post-Mubarak Egypt, the big decision is whether to face an uncertain future at home or abroad. Turbulence in the Fourth Wave: Even if the Arab spring does create a surge of regional democracy, expect the tide to ebb and flow. Is the Arab Spring doomed to end in tribal violence and strongman rule? Why the pessimists about Libya, Yemen, and the rest may have it wrong. A review of The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising by Jean-Pierre Filiu. Sons of no one: Syria’s rebel youth have had to teach themselves everything.
Charles M. Yablon (Yeshiva): Madison's Full Faith and Credit Clause: A Historical Analysis. William W. Van Alstyne (William and Mary): One Man’s Stand for Freedom: Opinions and Lectures of Mr. Justice Hugo Black. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on food and drink. The human capacity for self-deception knows no bounds, but why do we do it? According to biologist Robert Trivers the simple answer is that it helps us have more children. Daniel Kahneman on the hazards of confidence: It afflicts us all, because surety in our own judgments is part of being human. A review of What Is a Palestinian State Worth? by Sari Nusseibeh. Tune In: How five groundbreaking, teen-intoxicating videos got made. How MTV held pop culture hostage: A review of I Want My MTV by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum. The eternal adolescence of Beavis and Butt-Head: In the 1990s, Mike Judge unleashed a pair of giggling cultural commentators — now they’re back, returning to a very different culture. Eric Cantor’s America: The House majority leader is trying to stop the U.S. government in its tracks — and so far, he’s doing a pretty effective job. A review of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. From Vanity Fair, a special section on the New Establishment 2011. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's grandson has applied to study in Bosnia and is awaiting a visa before attending classes at an international college in the town of Mostar. But I just know: An excerpt from Believing Bullshit by Stephen Law. An excerpt from Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith (and more). Trippy Tales: Here is a history of 8 hallucinogens. Why won't Playboy die? Nora Ephron on the creepy resilience of Hugh Hefner, who has thrived even as his empire withers. A look at 6 laws you've broken without even realizing it.
Kwabena Boamah (SMC): The Collapse of Lehman Brothers: How it Happened. Rainer Masera (LUISS): Taking the Moral Hazard Out of Banking: The Next Fundamental Step in Financial Reform. Richard W. Painter (Minnesota): The Moral Responsibilities of Investment Bankers. Doc Zone, a documentary series produced by CBC Television, is now airing "Meltdown", a four part investigation into the great financial debacle of 2008. Darrell Duffie on his book How Big Banks Fail and What to Do about It. When will the walls of the central banks fall? Dean Baker on the cult of incompetent bankers. Sylvia Nasar on Keynes, Schumpeter and the great post-war mistake. The boom was the illusion: The world economy is on the edge of a precipice; the best we can hope for now is a managed retreat from the wilder shores of globalisation — the alternative is the collapse of the euro, protectionism and even war (and more) Nouriel Roubini on how to prevent a depression. Joseph Stiglitz on how to end the global recession: more public spending and financial reform. The Curious Capitalist on state capitalism vs the free market: Which performs better? The media likes to talk about markets as if they were just a force of nature — in fact, markets and their outcomes are largely shaped by political power. The capitalist network that runs the world: An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. History’s missed moment: Why did the greatest failure of laissez-faire capitalism since the Great Depression lead to a turn to the right rather than the left in both Europe and the U.S.? The revolution of capitalism: Karl Marx may have been wrong about communism but he was right about much of capitalism.