Abdulmalik Mousa Altamimi (Leeds): The UN's "Responsibility to Protect" and the Muslim World’s Need for Regulated Democracies. Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Arab Spring, Libyan Liberation and the Externally Imposed Democratic Revolution. Achim Vogt (FEF): Jordan's Eternal Promise of Reform. From the Journal of Democracy, Alfred Stepan (Columbia): Tunisia’s Transition and the Twin Tolerations; and Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan): The Languages of the Arab Revolutions. From CyberOrient, Mohammed el-Nawawy (QUC) and Sahar Khamis (Maryland): Political Activism 2.0: Comparing the Role of Social Media in Egypt’s “Facebook Revolution” and Iran’s “Twitter Uprising”; and Jens Kutscher (FAU): Islamic Shura, Democracy, and Online Fatwas. Kelly McEvers on how the United States looked the other way while Bahrain crushed the Arab Spring’s most ill-fated uprising. Why has the Arab Spring not sprung in Saudi Arabia? The Arab Spring uprisings were not prompted by religion as in Iran 1979 — but some think the Arab winter may bring a counter-revolutionary Muslim Reformation. Will democracy change the Middle East's borders?

From Ephemera, a special issue on work, play and boredom. From New York, a cover story on How to Make It in the Art World. Robert Guffey explores the hidden links between Charles Fort and Andre Breton, visionaries at the margins of consensus reality whose subversive synchronistic and surreal practice resonates to this day — an excerpt from Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy as Art Form. From The Monkey Cage, Gregory Koger addresses the most important policy question of the millenium: should we build a Death Star? Young, wealthy and gay, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge have begun to emerge as key players on the national political stage. How do pairs matched in physical attractiveness form if people are unaware of their own attractiveness? Liberals and centrists need to figure out that a significant conservative block wants pain and wants inequality and thinks that they are intrinsically good, godly, natural things and that without them the world is a worse place. Jason Stanley on the practical and the theoretical: When we discover that a plumber can prove a theorum or philosopher can hit a jump shot, why are we surprised?

From Out.com, why is the corrupt gay politico still around? Conservatives and “homo-bestiality”: Why do right-wing extremists keep linking gay sex to animal abuse? Dan Savage talks about his campaign to help gay kids — and why the GOP primary results freaked him out. Growing up gay in the 1990s: Has that much changed for today's gay youth? An interview with Mark McCormack, author of The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys Are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality. Is homophobia a "phobia"? There is now empirical evidence that homophobia can result from the suppression of same-sex desire. Here are the ten hottest homophobes on the Internet. When the facts don't matter: Same-sex marriage isn't hurting anyone — so why are so many people still afraid of it? An interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, editor of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. A review of The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation by Shannon Gilreath. A review of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock.