From Global Brief, a debate on the proposition "Advanced countries have a duty to help feed the Horn of Africa". Jeffrey Marlow weighs up the pros and cons of plans in South Sudan to abandon the decrepit colonial city of Juba and build a new capital from scratch. A review of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason K. Stearns. Stephen Ellis on rethinking Africa: 13 ways the continent is changing. Africa's newest country? In northeastern Mali, Tuareg and Islamist rebel groups have declared a new country of Azawad (and more). Why Mali is making headlines and why we should care (and more). In Kony's shadow: A review of The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army by Wojciech Jagielski. Africa's richest man is cementing his place in history: Aliko Dangote has risen from a small-time trader to a household name in Nigeria on the back of its construction boom. Africa takes off: Sub-Saharan Africa is starting to shed its reputation as an economic laggard — the West should pay attention. Finding the perfect wave in Liberia: Its old war scars healed, the West African coast beckons surfers of all varieties.
A new issue of Lacan.com’s The Symptom is out. From Regulation, a special issue on William A. Niskanen. From Edge, William Poundstone explains “Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma Contains Strategies That Dominate Any Evolutionary Opponent” by William H. Press and Freeman J. Dyson. A review of Water: Asia’s New Battleground by Brahma Chellaney. Patricia Leavy on the top 4 reasons Americans should care about the hard v. soft science debate. From The New Yorker, Ezra Klein on why Republicans oppose the individual health-care mandate. From the Human Life Review, William Murchison on the theology of ObamaCare. Health care is a privilege: Jonathan Chait on what the GOP won’t admit. Brian Beutler on what the Supreme Court could do to Obamacare. Real people, real problems: Jonathan Cohn on the stakes of the Obamacare lawsuit. James Fallows on 5 signs the United States is undergoing a coup. Masculinity in the movies: On the big screen, Christian men are rougher and tougher than ever. An interview with Charlotte Witt, author of The Metaphysics of Gender.
Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): On Constitutional Disobedience. Mila Sohoni (NYU): The Idea of "Too Much Law". Adam J. Kolber (NYU): Smooth and Bumpy Laws. Steve Durden (Florida Coastal): I Am Textualism. From Policy Review, Joel Alicea (Harvard): Forty Years of Originalism; and Peter Berkowitz reviews Living Originalism by Jack M. Balkin. Analytic jurisprudence established: The first chapter from Gerald J. Postema's Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World. From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the Supreme Court and the struggle for judicial independence. Justice for sale: Lincoln Caplan on how big money is overwhelming judicial elections and corroding our confidence in the courts. Judges try to work with facts which have been vetted by both sides; now, Supreme Court justices spend time Googling around, looking for facts to support their opinions. A review of Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance by J. Harvie Wilkinson III. First, Let’s kill all the law schools: A review of Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America by Walter Olson.