Kevin Bruyneel (Babson): Political Science and the Study of Indigenous Politics. From Left Hook, Travis Reitsma on five reasons non-indigenous people should boycott “Indian” iconography in sports. Decolonizing together: Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization. New World Sodom: Philip Colin Hawkins on Biblical tales of conquest and acculturation. Western Innocence: Jon Hinkson on why the West continues to devastate Aboriginal cultures. Humiliation, exploitation must stop: Suhas Chakma on why no time must be lost in creating a buffer zone for the Jarawas. Revealed: Secret agenda of ranchers to steal uncontacted tribe’s land. The ghost’s in the details, ma’am: Arundhati Roy has got it all wrong — the facts speak out against her romantic notions of the tribals’ fight. Indian islands challenge Supreme Court move to end “human safaris”. Aboriginal Education Matters: A series of articles on the status of aboriginal people and scholarship in the academy. Dean Ashenden on accidental white heroes of Aboriginal culture.
A new issue of the Scottish Review of Books is out. Sarath Sanga (Yale): Does Officer Race Matter? The Naked and the TED: Evgeny Morozov reviews Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization by Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna. We usually think of John Kenneth Galbraith as the archetypal liberal — and not without reason; but Galbraith's late 1950s understanding of the interplay between the sources of poverty and public policy remediation was far more realistic, and in every way superior, to what came after him. Letter carriers consider bringing back banking services: Ellen Brown on how to save the postal service. The emerging revolution in game theory: The discovery of a winning strategy for prisoner's dilemma is forcing game theorists to rethink their discipline; their conclusion? Winning isn't everything.
A new issue of Air and Space Power Journal is out. Luke N. Condra (Pitt) and Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton): Who Takes the Blame? The Strategic Effects of Collateral Damage. From Prism, Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford): International Support for State-building: Flawed Consensus; Dennis C. Blair (USN): Military Support for Democracy; Dov S. Zakheim (CSIS): The Opportunity Cost of Security; Colin S. Gray (Reading): Concept Failure? COIN, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Theory; an interview with David Petraeus; and a review of Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness by Molly Dunigan. A look at how AFCENT is applying its lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan to the rest of the Middle East. From Proceedings, is great-power war still possible? Clear and present safety: Contrary to campaign rhetoric, the US is safer than ever — and not because of its massive military. Just what is the military? If it’s defined formalistically, it’s the Army, Navy and so on — if it’s defined functionally, it’s a lot less clear.
A new issue of Common Ground is out. Kim Yuracko (Northwestern): Soul of a Woman: The Sex Stereotyping Prohibition at Work. Tom Ginsburg and Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez (Chicago) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): When to Overthrow Your Government: The Right to Resist in the World's Constitutions. A review of The Philosophy of Human Evolution by Michael Ruse. A look at how Norway led the way in gender quota success. From Coast Guard Compass, the series “Life of a service dog” focuses on Nathan, as he goes from a clumsy puppy to a focused service animal ready to serve our nation’s veterans. I, Nephi: Adam Gopnick on Mormonism and its meanings. Francis Fukuyama on how the HBO television series The Wire, which aired between 2002 and 2008, brought Americans face-to-face with the stubborn and disturbing reality of inner-city life.
A new issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is out. From Early Modern Culture Online, Staale Sinding-Larsen (NTNU): Operational Determination: Math in Buildings and Math Statements About Them. Calculation is neither a matter of merely attributing intentional states, nor do humans and calculators implement algorithms in the same way. The algorithm that runs the world: Its services are called upon thousands of times a second to ensure the world's business runs smoothly — but are its mathematics as dependable as we thought? The first chapter from A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing. Keith Devlin on telling stories with numbers. An interview with Dana Mackenzie on the beauty and fun of mathematics. A review of In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation by William J. Cook. Barry Mazur on why mathematicians are giraffe hunters. Every statistic is the result of someone’s work, and we’d do well to ask ourselves why it was created. The introduction to The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On by Julian Havil.
A new issue of Parameters is out. Cary Franklin (Texas): Inventing the “Traditional Concept” of Sex Discrimination. Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism. What is life?: J. Craig Venter on a 20th century perspective. From Cato Unbound, Jeffrey A. Schaler on Strategies of Psychiatric Coercion. Everything most people think about the budget is wrong: The Tea Party is wrong — defense spending and wars, not foreign aid or government workers, dominate the budget. A review of Contemporary Liberty: Why We Must Overhaul the Republic by Thierry Menissier. 122 minutes with Jamie Dimon: The JPMorgan Chase CEO is really, really, really sorry — except when he’s not. Though the nation’s fiscal challenge has taken center stage in the presidential campaign, raising more taxes from American families remains stubbornly off the table.
Michael Kennedy (Brown): The Next Left and its Social Movements. Gijs Schumacher and Barbara Vis (VU): Why Do Social Democrats Retrench the Welfare State? A Simulation. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Ben Jackson (Oxford): Social Democracy. From TLS, what would Jaures do? A review essay. Parties on the left side of the political divide, embattled even before the recent crisis, have languished since its onset — can they come back and make a credible case to voters? A review of The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government by Richard Murphy (and more). The Left vs. the Liberals: Sean Wilentz reviews American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation by Michael Kazin. Are you now or have you ever been an “anti-labor Leftist”? Michael Yates wants to know. One of the most striking explanations of the theory which underlies the anarchist attack on organized labor can be seen in a blog posted by the Oakland Commune. What’s needed at this political moment? 5 well-known leftists, 5 strong opinions. From Taki’s Magazine, Gavin McInnes on 10 things the Left gets right.
A new issue of Africa Spectrum is out. Jeremy Prestholdt (UCSD): Africa and the Global Lives of Things. From Cultural Anthropology, is Cote d'Ivoire cooling down? A symposium on a year after the Battle for Abidjan. Genomics and African queens: Diversity within Ethiopian genomes reveals imprints of historical events. Why Kenyans make such great runners: Max Fisher on a story of genes and cultures. How not to write about Africa: The media shamefully neglects Africa — until it decides to swarm a story with terrible coverage. The White Correspondent's Burden: Africa is many things, all at the same time — so why do you see the same simplified media stories over and over again? From Vice, a look at a cringeworthy letter from an idiot who wants to save Africa. Colonizing African values: How the U.S. Christian Right is transforming sexual politics in Africa. A review of Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid by Peter Gill. Once living up to its name as the grandest hotel in all of Africa, the Grande Hotel of Beira is now home to a community of squatters. Louise Redvers on Angola's Chinese-built ghost town. Dana Hughes and Kathryn H. Floyd on Africa’s love-hate relationship with China.
Janet Cooper Alexander (Stanford): Military Commissions: A Place Outside the Law's Reach. A review of Reclaiming Basque: Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism by Jacqueline Urla. Chris Haire on how military magazines have retreated from print. Sex class action: When dealing with sex discrimination, women seeking legal redress would have to resort to the existing structures built to address racial and religious discrimination — structures that didn’t always match up. From The Monkey Cage, Martin Gilens on economic inequality and political power (and part 2 and part 3). At least it’s not an ethos: “What the fuck do I have to do to convince you people that I’ll say and do whatever it takes to hold office?” Some conservative leaders warn of U.S. sovereignty issues related to UN disabilities treaty. Garance Franke-Ruta on facts and fictions of D.C.'s gentrification. Pussy Riot members accused of blasphemy and hatred of religion? Slavoj Zizek says the answer is easy: the true blasphemy is the state accusation itself.
A new issue of the International Journal of Zizek Studies is out. Nathan Van Camp (Antwerp): From Biopower to Psychopower: Bernard Stiegler's Pharmacology of Mnemotechnologies. Lauren Guilmette (Emory): Reading Butler Reading Beauvoir Reading Sade: On Ethics and Eros. Jonathan Kemp (Birkbeck): The Genealogy of Beefcake: Or, Having Your Beefcake and Eating It Too. Illan Rua Wall (Oxford Brookes): A Different Constituent Power: Agamben and Tunisia. From darkmatter, a special issue on Im-possible Derrida. Justice and otherness: A review of Elements pour une ethique de la vulnerabilite by Corine Pelluchon. A review of The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life. A review of Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other by John E. Drabinski. A review of The Adventure of French Philosophy by Alain Badiou. From Figure/Ground Communication, an interview with Simon Critchley (and more at Political Theology). A review of Bubbles: Spheres I by Peter Sloterdijk. A review of The Philosophy of Heidegger by Michael Watts. A review of The Philosophy of Sartre by Anthony Hatzimoysis. Clothing Degree Zero: A review of Travels in China by Roland Barthes.