From Foreign Affairs, a special section on the Iran debate: To strike or not to strike? (and reponses) From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story: Will Israel attack Iran? Joshua Pollack on how to prevent war with Iran (and more). From The Monkey Cage, Matthew Fuhrmann on military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities: Are they likely and will they work?; and how do states act after they get nuclear weapons? Iran’s navy may not be a match for the US, but the Strait of Hormuz offers plenty of ways for it to make life tricky. Is a nuclear Iran really to be feared? After proliferation: Joshua Rovner on how to deter Iran when it goes nuclear. Should the West just let Iran enrich uranium? Jeremy Bernstein on Iran: The scientists and the Bomb. Is Iran's offer to talk nukes a win for the West? (and more) Despite a nearly decade-long atomic scare, there is still no firm evidence of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Can Europe's oil embargo force Iran to back down on its nuclear program? Martin W. Lewis on the dream — or nightmare — of “Greater Iran”.
Antti Kauppinen (TCD): What Is Wrong With Economic Inequality? From Social Research, a special issue on The Body and the State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body. From Archaeology, a look at the top 10 discoveries of 2011. How to break Murphy's Law: The introduction of verification and checking procedures can improve structural safety and performance and so prevent the application of the "law". From LRB, Slavoj Zizek on the revolt of the salaried bourgeoisie. His ascent to cultural superstardom has been fuelled by his comic talent, but jokes are a serious business for Slavoj Zizek. Mat Callahan on distinguishing friend from foe in the intellectual property debate. Jacques Verges, lawyer who seeks out and associates with nazis and antisemites and downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust to defend a Nazi war criminal, has been invited to take part in a public event at the University of London. Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment: Martin Jay on the Frankfurt School as scapegoat of the lunatic fringe. A scientist has dreams filled with carrots screaming, crying and begging to die.
A new issue of Religion and Liberty is out. From Religions, Casey Borch and Matthew West (Alabama) and Gordon Gauchat (UNC): Go Forth and Multiply: Revisiting Religion and Fertility in the United States, 1984-2008; Rebecca Y. Kim (Pepperdine): Religion and Ethnicity: Theoretical Connections; R. Khari Brown (Wayne State): The Connection between Worship Attendance and Racial Segregation Attitudes among White and Black Americans; Stephen M. Merino (PSU): Neighbors Like Me? Religious Affiliation and Neighborhood Racial Preferences among Non-Hispanic Whites; Todd Matthews, Lee Michael Johnson, and Catherine Jenks (West Georgia): Does Religious Involvement Generate or Inhibit Fear of Crime?; Jeanne Halgren (Minnesota): The Park 51/Ground Zero Controversy and Sacred Sites as Contested Space; and Karam Dana (Harvard) and Matt A. Barreto and Kassra A.R. Oskooii (Washington): Mosques as American Institutions: Mosque Attendance, Religiosity and Integration into the Political System among American Muslims. So what if America is the most religious nation? If you compare creed and deed, the claim is hollow.