Michael C. Davis (Hong Kong): Tibet. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on Environmental Governance in China: New Developments and Perspectives. Joel Kotkin and Sim Hee Juat go inside the Sinosphere. How Walmart is changing China: Will the world’s biggest corporation succeed in transforming environmental standards. Although China plans to diversify its fuel sources, the nation at present runs mostly on domestic coal cheaply mined — cheap, that is, provided the costs to water, atmosphere and human life are not factored in. A review of Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong by Gordon Mathews. The Red Royalty: As China's economy continues to trend downward, Beijing's elites are sparking a new, palpable frustration in the general population. Two recent books explain how the government has strategically allowed investigative journalism to flourish, strengthened by the market and the expectations of the Chinese population. A review of No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems by Liu Xiaobo.
Yuval Eylon (OUI): Sexual Value. Craig Martin (Washburn): Going Medieval: Targeted Killing, Self-Defence, and the Jus Ad Bellum Regime. Crazy aunt on the loose: For central bankers in the rich world, unconventional is the new conventional. Eight items have been added to the United Nations List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. An interview with Genny Beemyn and Susan R. Rankin, authors of The Lives of Transgender People. Black Flag: A mysterious Islamist banner has been popping up across the Middle East, from Benghazi to Lebanon — is it a simply a sign of faith or the battle flag of al Qaeda? Chris Hedges on suing the Obama Administration over a particular part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Why should we stop online piracy? A little copyright infringement is good for the economy and society. The years of ship owners doing what they want must end; the anarchy on the high seas cannot be allowed to continue. A look at how Corey Robin’s Reactionary Mind has stirred an Internet debate. Surnames: Can you make your mark legally?
From The Nation, a special section on Occupying the Safety Net, including Frances Fox Piven on what the Occupy movement could do for poor people — and vice versa. Occupy the Cloud: What Occupy Wall Street can take from Gov 2.0. From Jacobin, Mike Beggs on Occupy economics. Wealthy financiers are trying to turn the Occupy movement into a rich vs. poor debate — what they still don't understand is that Americans don't hate the rich, they hate the rich in finance. At Occupy Wall Street, an unlikely mix of students, vets, bankers, regulators and academics are planning alternative financial institutions — including an Occupy bank (and more). Is Occupy Wall Street strapped for cash? Louis Rene Beres on Occupy Wall Street, Adam Smith, and the Wealth of Nations. From The Awl, Lauren Kirchner on Occupy Scandinavia's long winter. From Counterpunch, what if Occupiers armed themselves? In the year of protests, is it really fair to compare the grievances of the Occupy movement to the courage of the Arab Spring? Occupy Wall Street has been quiet since the November evictions, but the 2012 elections will give it a chance to have a lasting impact. What has happened to Occupy Wall Street?