A new issue of the IMF’s Finance and Development is out. From Crooked Timber, how would open borders affect the well-being of the world’s population? Chris Bertram on open borders, wages, and economists (and part 2). From Doublethink, Jarrett Skorup on Norman Borlaug, the American who fed the world. James North on a huge victory for global justice: With a new SEC regulation, no longer will big oil and mining companies be able to hide under-the-table payments to crooked Third World governments. Joe Berkowitz on the (intentionally) saddest Pinterest page in the world: UNICEF creates a page for Ami Musa, a young girl from Sierra Leone, to bring her “pinnable” interests and ours into sharp relief. Onward Christian Workers: Marvin Olasky on biblical worldview teaching as the link, often missing, between evangelism and economic development. Must the poor go hungry just so the rich can drive? Sports stars like Mo Farah at No 10 will not change a simple fact — people are starving because of the west's thirst for biofuels. Carmaggedon is coming: As Brazil, China and India grow, cars follow — and so does traffic; are we doomed to nightmare commutes? A review of Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs by Nandita Dogra.
From Almatourism, Rita Cannas (Bologna): An Overview of Tourism Seasonality: Key Concepts and Policies; Rossella Belluso (Rome): The Geographic Landscape as Cultural Heritage in the Post-Modern Age; and Daniela Calanca (Bologna): Italian Fashion History and Cultural Heritage: Data for a Tourist Guide. A review of Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine. The weatherman is not a moron: In the hocus-pocus realm of predicting the future, weather forecasting is an area of progress — your own experience may differ. An interview with Alberto Toscano, co-author of Cartographies of the Absolute (co-written with Jeff Kinkle). Wikipedia for the Weird: Lindsey Weber on a list of prizes for evidence of the paranormal. Is homeopathy really as implausible as it sounds? Emily Elert looks into the mathematics of alternative medicine. From New Humanist, here is a secular guide to voting Obama. How child molesters get away with it: Malcolm Gladwell on the lessons of the Sandusky case. On the ethical economy: Edward Hadas on the false idol of free trade; and can Communist China drop Marxism? As a description of America today, Mitt Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy; it’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other, says David Brooks.
Kehinde A. Durowade (NIU): The Role of American Individualism in the Current State of Public Schools. Charlotte Garden (Seattle): Teaching for America: Unions and Academic Freedom. Has Teach for America betrayed its mission? Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character — resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus — may be the best way to help poor students succeed. The risks of a "Sputnik moment": Do we really want the federal government to launch a national curriculum? Kelly Catalfamo interviews Lawrence Blum, author of High Schools, Race, and America’s Future: What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community. Let’s be frank: Legal segregation is no more in the United States, but the de facto segregation of far too many American schools and whole school districts continues to this day. The Conscience: Jonathan Kozol has spent 45 years reporting on the children left behind. Charter-school entrepreneur Chris Whittle is finally chasing the real money in education — delivering New York’s new international elite to the country’s most selective colleges. Rachel Tabachnick on the Right-wing machine behind “school choice”: Think public-school teachers are bad and vouchers are good? You may be prey to a well-funded stealth campaign.
Laura Elizabeth Armey (DRMI) and Robert Martin McNab (NPS): Democratization and Civil War. From the new magazine Aeon, Will Wiles on the machine gaze: As the boundaries between digital and physical dissolve, can the New Aesthetic help us see things more clearly?; and Marek Kohn on the thousand-year stare: We can build structures that last for centuries, but can we connect with our distant descendants? Meme me: Jessica Roy on how Funny or Die convinces celebs to make fun of themselves. From TLS, a review essay by Gabriel Josipovici on why we don’t understand Kafka. Turn Your Radio On: Former director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Jeffrey Gedmin assesses what's right and what's wrong with U.S. broadcasting policy. The introduction to Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media. From Information Dissemination, Bryan McGrath on libertarians and national defense. Mired in presidential intrigue: The Maldives is caught in political uncertainty as rival politicians set their eyes on elections amid rising tensions. Thomas B. Edsall on the Ryan sinkhole. Steve Gimbel on why the great (Lance Armstrong and Harvard students) cheat.
From Democracy, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein on the election and the future: Politicians won’t change until they’re forced to — only a more demanding electorate and more responsible elites can compel them; and Kent Greenfield on how changing corporations, not the Constitution, is the key to a fairer post-Citizens United world. A book salon on Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast and Ted Rall. Remember all the famous moments in past debates that changed the outcome of those elections? Well, they didn’t. From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the birth of the modern campaign; and James Surowiecki on victory-lab on how to run for President. Richard McGregor goes inside Obama’s HQ: The “big data” push to keep the President in power uses technology to micro-target voters like never before. Despite George W. Bush's absence from the 2012 Republican National Convention, he still influences today's GOP ticket. Peter Beinart on the Ghost of George W. Bush: Why Dubya will decide the winner this fall. From Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis on Obama’s Way (and more). The Tragedy of Barack Obama: Michael Knox Beran on how he fell into the tragic error he once deplored. Why experts say Obama’s in for a rough four years — even if he wins big.