Andrew Friedman (Friedman): Kagame’s Rwanda: Can an Authoritarian Development Model be Squared with Democracy and Human Rights? Pascah Mungwini (South Africa): "Philosophy and Tradition in Africa": Critical Reflections on the Power and Vestiges of Colonial Nomenclature. From the Journal of Pan African Studies, Julian Kunnie (Arizona): Richard Wright’s Interrogation of Negritude: Revolutionary Implications for Pan Africanism and Liberation; and the global presence of African civilizations: An interview with Runoko Rashidi. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on the long-run effects of the Scramble for Africa. Can family planning programs reduce high desired family size in sub-Saharan Africa? The Pan-African University has been officially launched. A review of Inventing Africa: History, Archaeology and Ideas by Robin Derricourt. English has been the medium of instruction in most of Namibia's classrooms for nearly 20 years, but with teachers shown to be failing in competency tests, calls for change are mounting. A review of Warfare in Independent Africa by William Reno.
Paolo Buonanno (Bergamo), Ruben Durante (Sciences Po), and Giovanni Prarolo and Paolo Vanin (Bologna): On the Historical and Geographic Origins of the Sicilian Mafia. Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola): The Pedagogy of Violence. From the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Paul Longley (ANU): Literary and Cartographic Projections; Steven Aicinena (UTPB): Bubba Goes to a Tennis Tournament; and Mordechai Gordon (Quinnipiac): What Makes Humor Aesthetic? Our own worst enemies: For screen villains, the black-and-white, “us versus them” era is over — welcome to the uneasy age of us versus ourselves. The Lost Party: The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart. “Liberals are disgusting”: Julian Savulescu writes in defence of the publication of “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” From Smithsonian, where did dragons come from? Dungeons and Dragging It Along: A fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons attempts to unite disparate factions of fans. A look at how Homeland Security kept tabs on Occupy Wall Street. Irina Uriupina is an antinatalist, apparently.
Gerhard Meisenberg (Ross): Secularization and Desecularization in Our Time. Jacob Felson (William Paterson): The Effect of Religious Background on Sexual Orientation. In a world where the supernatural is threatened with extinction, the sacred may survive in the lands of fairies, fantasy and fable. From Kairos, here is a short overview of the faith of Jesus Christ and the Antichrist. Christian Jihad: A review of Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses by Philip Jenkins. From Commonweal, Nazi racism and the Church: How converts showed the way to resist; and when is self-interest moral? Daniel Finn on a gap in Catholic Social Teaching. Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse, a pastor who left his faith and career in 2011. The evolutionary significance of religion: 2012 promises to be a pivotal year for proponents of group selection and multi-level selection theory. Chuck Colson takes on the Spaghetti Monster. D'oh my God: This year, The Simpsons celebrate their 25th birthday and their 500th episode — Andrew Mueller pays homage to the family we can all believe in.