Mehdi Shadmehr (Miami): Ideology and the Iranian Revolution. Paul Pillar on why we can live with a nuclear Iran: Fears of a bomb in Tehran’s hands are overhyped, and a war to prevent it would be a disaster. Tehran's last chance: An article on Israel, Iran and the battle for the Bomb. How to contain a nuclear Iran: Regime change is a pipe dream — is there a way to keep peace in Tehran without it? Washington’s new antiwar movement: Two "realist" scholars lead the resistance to the Israeli campaign to drag the U.S. into another Mideast conflict. Jasmin Ramsey on 10 myths about Iran — and why they're dead wrong. Tougher actions against Iran won’t accomplish anything more than the needless suffering of its people, argues Iranian political dissident Akbar Ganji. When we hear “crippling sanctions” against Iran, this is what it means. An old predilection based on an Aryan Myth and its resurrection in virtual space: Mohammad Rafi on Iran's historical affinity for Germany. Special Report: Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent. One of the most troubling aspects of all the media coverage of an attack on Iran is that it can make a radically destabilizing act of unprovoked war seem like just another policy choice.
A new issue of Journal of Global Analysis is out. Robert O. Deaner (GVSU) and Brandt A. Smith (UTEP): Sex Differences in Sports Across 50 Societies. From continent., Nick Skiadopoulos on institutionalized art and errant social theory. From Philanthropy, James K. Glassman on Charles G. Koch, winner of the 2011 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership; and John J. Miller on how donors are working to replicate the Federalist Society in medicine, business, and national security. A review of Philanthropy in America: A History by Olivier Zunz (and more and more). Who is corporate philanthropy for? The Occupy Wall Street movement, long-ridiculed as being comprised of unemployed stoners, smelly hipsters, and the homeless, just got a whole lot more polished with a new site simply called Occupy. From The American Interest, Tyler Cowen on what export-oriented America means. Give me liberty: An open letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy on health care. The death of networks: Occupy and the Arab Spring are often glowingly compared to the decentralized, democratic internet — but that very similarity may have doomed these movements from the beginning.
Jonah Perlin (Georgetown): Religion as a Conversation Starter: What Liberal Religious Political Advocates Add to the Debate About Religion’s Place in Legal and Political Discourse. From the latest issue of the Journal of Religion and Society, Bradley R. E. Wright and Christina Zozula (Connecticut) and W. Bradford Wilcox (Virginia): Bad News about the Good News: The Construction of the Christian-Failure Narrative; and Dan W. Hess (Seattle Pacific): The Impact of Religiosity on Personal Financial Decisions. From Christianity Today's Books & Culture, a review of Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (and more). From America, how the sexual abuse crisis has reshaped priestly training. Unholy Alliance: The controversy over the Catholic Church and health care goes beyond birth control. The original Left Behind: Forty years ago, A Thief in the Night had scores of people wondering if they'd survive the rapture. We’d better start saying, “Jesus wants gays to be happy”. Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists — ignore them, writes Andrew Sullivan, and embrace Him.