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.
A new issue of Army History is out. McKay M. Smith (George Mason): Occupy Wall Street and the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division: A Hypothetical Examination of the Slippery Slope of Military Intervention during Civil Disturbance. Lessons from a Demigod: Gilgamesh was a brutal tyrant who foolishly tried to defeat death. On designer babies: Is it ethical to select advantageous genes and select against disadvantageous genes when having babies? The introduction to In Our Name: The Ethics of Democracy by Eric Beerbohm. The first chapter from Irish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish Race by Bruce Nelson. A review of Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It by Mariko Lin Chang. From The Hedgehog Review, an interview with Wendell Berry. Future genetic therapy could be as simple as applying a topical lotion, with nanoscale compounds soaking through your epidermis to tweak your DNA. What would Ayn Rand do about the euro crisis? A look at six policies economists love (and politicians hate).
David Gilmartin (NCSU): Towards a Global History of Voting: Sovereignty, the Diffusion of Ideas, and the Enchanted Individual. Alessandro Lizzeri (NYU) and Leeat Yariv (Cal Tech): Collective Self-Control. As the US gears up for Obama-Romney 2012, Andrew Gelman uncovers the (often surprising) realities of how Americans of different backgrounds vote. The first chapter from Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails by Judith G. Kelley. Political scientists who have studied primary systems invariably find that top-two election systems do not elect more centrist candidates. A study finds political ads by independent groups are not only common — they are more effective. Nuke ’Em: Why negative advertisements are powerful, essential, and sometimes (see “Daisy”) even artistic. Ted Brader, author of Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work, on five myths about campaign ads. The New York Review of Magazines reviews Campaigns and Elections. A review of Understanding the Fundamentals of the U.S. Presidential Election System by Alexander S. Belenky.
A new issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is out. From Dissent, David Plotke on Occupy Wall Street, flash movements, and American politics. A review of Alien Phenomenology, Or What It's Like to Be a Thing by Ian Bogost. From The Distributist Review, Thomas Storck on the chief question in economics. From New York, a special issue on sex. Here are 32 crowdsourced questions for the presidential debates. From Swans, Michael Barker on the roots of theosophy (and part 2). Paul Ryan and his fellow conservatives embrace only the economic aspects of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, forgetting the parts that don’t fit with their ideology. The first chapter from The Reputational Premium: A Theory of Party Identification and Policy Reasoning by Paul M. Sniderman and Edward H. Stiglitz. Leftist Planet: Why do so many travel guides make excuses for dictators? James Flynn, the man who charted our rising IQs, on how modern intelligence has changed — and why women and Asian Americans make better students.
From NYRB, Steven Weinberg on the Big Higgs Question. Alexis Madrigal on why the Higgs Boson discovery is disappointing, according to the smartest man in the world. A review of The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis. A look at how the mathematics of eternity prove the universe must have had a beginning (and part 2). The Principal Uncertainty: Don’t be too sure of what popular physics books say — minus math, there’s no physics. Scientists are trying to get the first direct look at the black hole at the center of our galaxy — how close will they come to seeing the unseeable? From Plus, Marianne Freiberger on Schrodinger's equation: What is it, what does it mean, in action. In the deep, dark quantum sea known as the Intensity Frontier, particle physicists expect to find everything from exotic new particles to new insights into the evolution of our universe. Has the meaning of nothing changed? In his quest to understand the origins of the universe, Jim Holt stands up for the big 0.