Alison Bailey (Illinois State): On White Shame and Vulnerability. From the IMF's Finance and Development, a special issue on Africa. The politics of impunity: Alex Lichtenstein on human rights in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Circle of life: Namibia is trying to save its lions by charging trophy fees to kill them. Fall of Gaddafi opens a new era for the Sahara's lost civilisation: Libyan leader showed no interest in ancient culture of Garamantes, but now archaeologists hope to unearth neglected slice of history. The Great Green Wall of Africa can either be a literal project, a 15km-wide west-east forest meant to keep the Sahara out, or a metaphor for the addition of trees to the African landscape wherever they’re needed. Martin W. Lewis on the migration of place names — Africa, Libya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan — and on ethnic politics and the relocation of Ghana, Benin, and Mauritania. A review of Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora by Marika Sherwood. Life in hell: Can Somalia survive as a nation? Conflict in the Comoros: By some accounts, the Comoros is the most coup-wracked country in the world. The Mapa Cor-de-rosa: Frank Jacobs on a Portuguese empire that never was.
Here is the latest Edge Question 2012: What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? From Wired, Anonymous 101: Quinn Norton on an introduction to the Lulz (and part 2 and part 3). Claire Potter on history and the politics of scholarly collaboration: Or, why Anthony Grafton is a rock star (and part 2). It’s time for the U.N. to admit Palestine: Who won the Intelligence Squared debate, and how. Can well-heeled insiders create a populist third-party sensation? Michelle Dean on the struggle for the Occupy Wall Street archives. A look at how a UN vote could allow mankind to control the Sun. Reaction was swift and passionate to Public Editor Arthur Brisbane’s blog post about whether The New York Times should be a “truth vigilante” — here are the 5 most interesting comments you may have missed. The life of Tariq Aziz, Foreign Minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, hangs in the balance. Mesodinium chamaeleon is a newly discovered single-celled organism is a unique mixture of animal and plant. Why Tim Tebow is the Sarah Palin of football: The harder the Broncos quarterback and the Alaskan governor fall, the more convinced their supporters become that they are modern messiahs. Sebastian Junger on how we’re all guilty of dehumanizing the enemy.
Colin Farrelly (Queen's): Patriarchy and Historical Materialism. Chandrakala Padia (BHU): Resisting Logocentrism: Mainstreaming the Gender. From Qualitative Sociology Review, Annalisa Murgia (Trento): "Flexible Narratives": Discursive Positionings of Gender and Identity in Precarious Times; Jeni Loftus (Purdue) and Paul Namaste (PHE): "Expectant Mothers": Women’s Infertility and the Potential Identity of Biological Motherhood; and a review of Erotic Mentoring: Women’s Transformations in the University by Janice Hocker Rushing. The reality of sexist abuse online: Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats. A review of Duels and Duets: Why Men and Women Talk So Differently by John L. Locke. Battle of the sexes: Traits that help one sex but hurt the other are not sufficient for maintaining genetic variation. No, men's magazines aren't written by "rapists": Melissa Petro says to give the guys a break — women are writing and editing these magazines too. Why is "white male" the default? Maria Pawlowska wants to know. Geoffrey Arnold on how heightism is a social construct based in gender norms. Mark Manson on the truth about universal masculinity. Gay vs. straight: What’s a sexy man? Peter Lawler on what we can learn about courage from the philosopher of manliness Harvey Mansfield. A look at 4 evolutionary explanations for modern annoyances.
John B. Kirkwood (Seattle): A Prudent Approach to Climate Change. Daniel Bodansky (Arizona State): Governing Climate Engineering: Scenarios for Analysis. Is it time to embrace environmental change? Some scientists believe we've already created a new geological epoch — and it may not be a bad thing. Whatever happened to the evangelical-environmental alliance? Molly Redden wants to know. An interview with jailed climate activist Tim DeChristopher. Garbage is a terrible thing to waste: Shawn Williamson on how to reach Zero Waste. How much can we blame on global warming? Sorting through the confusion on “extreme weather events”. Stop pretending it’s not climate change: 2011 is further proof that a new era of extreme weather is dawning — and it's about to get much, much worse. A review of Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet by Roger Scruton (and more). What are climate change skeptics still skeptical about? Matthew C. Nisbet on a study that maps the relationship between cable news and climate change perceptions. A panel on But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World by Gernot Wagner. When should we blame climate change for natural disasters? David Roberts on why brown spin keeps beating green spin. How have climate change deniers been so successful in persuading members of the public that climate change is somehow "a hoax" or "junk science"? An interview with Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege. A review of Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology by William Ophuls.
J. O. Famakinwa (OAU): Interpreting the Right to Life. In the struggle between the freewheeling openness of the internet and developers' Apple-inspired desire to control the user experience — the Un-internet — the internet always prevails. It’s difficult to find a Russian author of note who has not written for Snob, billionaire Mikhail Prokorov’s luxury lit mag. Film censorship in post-Stalin Russia was neither rational, nor a product of ideology; as historian Martine Godet convincingly shows, it was rather the result of a fluid and unpredictable process, where status and stratagems played a key role. Magnificent Visions: In Amazonian Peru, Ted Mann traces the source of the powerful Stone Age botanical hallucinogen ayahuasca. Rodney Dubey on E.P. Taylor and how monopoly took over a sport. A review of Le choc de l’Histoire: Religion, memoire, identite by Dominique Venner. A mathematical model determines which nations are more stable and which are more likely to break up. Jeff Weintraub on how obituaries for humanitarian intervention may be premature. A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap — Scott McLemee scrolls through it. A review of Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles. The media industry has undergone dramatic changes in its technologies and business models; Books and Ideas takes the discussion away from simplistic dichotomies between the Internet and the so-called “traditional” press. A review of Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power.
Sol Picciotto (Lancaster): Paradoxes of Regulating Corporate Capitalism: Property Rights and Hyper-Regulation. Richard Schragger (Virginia): Democracy and Debt. David A. Spencer (Leeds): Work is a Four-Letter Word: The Economics of Work in Historical and Critical Perspective. A review of Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes by Roger E. Backhouse and Bradley W. Bateman. Redistribution of labour: With working hours and unemployment on the rise, Harriet Bradley argues that it's time to consider the logical alternative — job-sharing. Justin E. H. Smith reviews Debt by David Graeber (and more and more and more and more). The theory of power: Many economists are offering a robust challenge to laissez-faire, but to prevail they'll have to win in the court of public opinion. A review of Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan. Esther Dyson on the real job creators: America should glorify entrepreneurs less and managers more. "No one knows what the term scab means, anymore": Steven Higgs on the decline and fall of American labor. Big business is good for America: Why vilifying corporations misses the point. Robert H. Frank on how technology and winner-take-all markets have made the rich so much richer, and on the progressive consumption tax, a win-win solution for reducing American income inequality. Rethinking Debt: Jared Bernstein on how Washington refuses to understand that debt can be an essential tool for economic growth — can we overcome this irrational and destructive fear? Meet 5 big lenders profiting from the $1 trillion student debt bubble (Hint: You know some of them already).
From Alternative Right, John Bean on a way forward for the British National Party. A review of Hate: My Life in the British Far Right by Matthew Collins. The myth of the polite Englishman: A review of Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century by Simon Dickie. War of words between London and Edinburgh over Scotland's future heats up. The Scottish Player: How a Canadian expat became an unlikely kingpin in another country’s ruling separatist party. What if Scotland divorced the UK? Jennifer O'Mahony wonders. From Open Democracy, Scotland and the crisis of the British and European Unions: How do we democratise?; and is Euroscepticism a very English disease? From NYRB, Jeff Madrick on how austerity is killing Europe. Will we be all right in the end? From Foreign Policy, a special report: Can Europe be saved? David Runciman writes about the current European crisis. The Myth of Europe: The euro crisis isn't really about money — it's about the fiction that Europeans ever existed at all. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama on European identities (and part 2). More justice through more Europe: An interview with Ulrich Beck. In a new Eurozine focal point, contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. From Eurozine, Pierre Nora on recent history and the new dangers of politicization. War in Europe? Not so impossible. Norman Davies on Europe’s vanished states: There’s as much to learn, if not more, from looking at states that have disappeared (and more).
Susan Ekberg Stiritz and Susan Frelich Appleton (WUSTL): Sex Therapy in the Age of Viagra: "Money Can't Buy Me Love". From the Rutherford Journal, a special issue on Alan Turing, Father of the Modern Computer, by B. Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot. The Luddite spirit lives on in people like Kirkpatrick Sale; he tells Alison George why we are on a collision course with technology — and why he now uses a computer. Why are smart people usually ugly? An answer to the Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year. The American Economic Association's annual meeting is red-letter day for "the dismal science" — and dismal it proved. Solitary: 30,000 supermax prisoners in the US are denied any human contact — so how does it affect them? From The New American, Selwyn Duke on the myth of fascism. From the SPLC's Intelligence Report, Bryon and Julie Widner decided to quit the world of hate — but former comrades, and Bryon’s tattoos, made it an uphill struggle; and something is happening on the radical right — extremists are ratcheting up the rhetoric of war. A review of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. 10 roads to the end of the Earth: Even in the day of GPS, there are still lost roads — these are the most extreme and isolated passes on the planet. Politics by other means: In Egypt, street protests set the agenda. Ayatollah for a Day: Karim Sadjadpour war-gamed an Israeli strike on Iran — and it got ugly. Gender stealth: Why transgender disclosure is not necessary. An article on 5 logical fallacies that make you wrong more than you think.
C. Christine Fair (Georgetown), Neil A. Malhotra (Stanford), and Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton): A Religion of Peace? Islam and Support for Political Violence. From Zenit, does conscience collide with papal teaching? Cardinal Newman offers well-founded answer; and an interview with Thomas D. Williams, author of The World As It Could Be: Catholic Social Thought for a New Generation. Jay Rubenstein on crusade vs. jihad: Which is worse? A review of Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia by Stephane Lacroix. When is self-interest moral? Daniel Finn on a gap in Catholic social teaching. A review of Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: An Introduction to the History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott. Patrons and companions: When it comes to the saints, there are two extremes to avoid. A review of Catholicism in Social and Historical Contexts: An Introduction by Curt Cadorette. The vote is mightier than the sword: Islamist political parties are changing their tactics — the future battles will be won at the ballot box. Samuel Gregg on dissenting Catholics’ modernity problem. The introduction to Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society by Leor Halevi. Church teaching has shifted away from damnation and now focuses on salvation — is that a good thing? A review of Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest by Hamid Dabashi. A review of The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity. A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred Donner. A review of Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy by Ibn Warraq. Andrea Fernandes on 15 patron saints for modern situations.
C. Ulises Moulines (Munich): The Nature and Structure of Scientific Theories. What if there were rules for science journalism? No false balance, no miracle cures, no opaque statistics. A review of The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. Are there mysterious forces lurking in our atoms and galaxies? Physicists stalk a delicate “fifth force” of nature, hidden within the interstices of the other four — what they have not found is even more amazing. David Pescovitz on the map "A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 202". Who really discovered the expanding universe? From TLS, a review of The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order by Robert S. Westman and Leviathan and the Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life by Steven Shapin. In physics, telling cranks from experts ain’t easy. Philip Ball is going to try to be like an arts critic, but for science. An interview with Allen Everett and Thomas Roman, authors of Time Travel and Warp Drives: A Scientific Guide to Shortcuts through Time and Space. Here are the top 5 implications of finding the Higgs Boson. Delusions of grandeur: Information systems professor Ian Angell tells Laurie Taylor where science has gone wrong. The accidental universe: Alan P. Lightman on science's crisis of faith. Science affects everyone on the planet, so how and to what extent should the public help set its agenda? Jon Turney looks to the notion of vox populi research for some ideas. Oxford and Cambridge in partnership with US cluster to establish Philosophy of Cosmology as a new field of study. Michio Kaku addresses the question What if Einstein's theory of relativity is wrong?