Andreas Rasche (Warwick) and Dirk Ulrich Gilbert (Erlangen-Nurnberg): Institutionalizing Global Governance: The Role of the United Nations Global Compact. A largely overlooked change by USAID will have major repercussions for international aid efforts in the future — the gist? USAID no longer has to “buy American”. A review of All Business is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global Virtual World by John Quelch and Katherine Jocz. From Foreign Policy, a special issue on the world economy. In praise of brain drain: Want to help the developing world? Hire away its best minds. A review of Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism by Robert Guest. Who wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Where ancient history meets modern politics: The world's most controversial cultural sites. Is microfinance pushing the world’s poorest even deeper into poverty? Meet Ertharin Cousin, the new head of the World Food Program. The US outlines big plans for UN reform. A look at how the toppling of the Libyan dictator legitimizes R2P Doctrine. A dose of counterintuitive optimism: Charles Kenny is out to prove that things aren't as bad as they seem.
Eric A. Feldman (Penn) and Ronald Bayer (Columbia): The Triumph and Tragedy of Tobacco Control: A Tale of Nine Nations. The Age of Ships: Michael Anton on a time before passenger jets, when ocean liners were “the greatest of the works of man”. From NYRB, do the classics have a future? Mary Beard investigates. Winifred Gallagher, author of New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change, on exploring your inner neophiliac, on curiosity and boredom, and on Aristotle’s ideal, killed by the Web. David Bank on self-organization and the hierarchy of institutions. Gladwell vs. Shirky: A year later, scoring the debate over social-media revolutions. The Pirate Bay’s new plan to destroy capitalism: The piracy giant's offering up an idea that, if it goes right, could topple the economy and change digital exchange as we know it. A review of Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America by Astra Taylor, Keith Gessen et al. While the difficulties of winter have taken their toll, Occupy Wall Street organizers say they are confident that an "American Spring" is in the making. Here is a list of 5 rulers whose idiot siblings nearly screwed the world.
From Wired, Steven Levy on Facebook, Spotify and the future of music. Is everyone musical? One sonic pioneer thinks so — and he has the technology to prove it. Music and sex: Music is largely a primeval tool to gain the favour of mates. Music gets deep inside us and inspires great writing too, says Alex Ross. Robert Rose discovers unwritten history: Punk music was actually discovered a decade before its “emergence” was “officially” documented, in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The rise of punkademia: How do you study a movement that doesn’t want to be studied? Top 10 sing-along songs: Queen's "We Are the Champions" is officially the number 1 catchiest song, say academics. The revolution will be amplified: Is the Occupy Movement liberating music? Jan Swafford on the wild, sublime music that composers write on their deathbeds. A review of Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making by Adam Harper. Mommy, what's a ho? How to find good hip-hop songs for your kids to listen to. Mozart vs. the Gangstas: How classical music is changing young lives. What does a conductor do? A critic decides to find out — by stepping up to the podium himself.