Birger Heldt (Folke Bernadotte): Genocide Intent and Randomness of Killings of Civilians. From Forward, no straight path from dogma to dissent: Vasily Grossman went from apologist to Treblinka chronicler; and the numbers tattooed on the skin of concentration camp victims rank among the most horrifying images of the Holocaust. Charles Carter reviews The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire by Taner Akcam. LINKDavid Livingstone Smith on his book Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others. Yale historian Timothy Snyder explains Bloodlands and its transnational narrative of the Holocaust. Cecile Alduy interviews Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. How judges look to history to make more sense of war crimes and genocide: Tara O’Leary reviews Writing History in International Criminal Trials by Richard Ashby Wilson. A new United Nations study exploring the ways schools around the world address the subject of the Holocaust. In the heart of the DR Congo: Andre Vltchek on the most brutal genocide money can buy.
Richard H. Pildes (NYU): Elections. D. Wendy Greene (Samford): Categorical Discrimination. Brazil's commitment to the rule of law is currently being tested in the Brazilian Supreme Court in what has been called Brazil’s “trial of the century”. An interview with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil. From The Jury Room, Katherine James the witness the jury is going to hate. Jimmy Callaway on why John Candy appeared in so many awful, awful films. How science explains America’s great moral divide: Jonathan Haidt delves into the psychology of red state/blue state, and offers hope for reconciliation. Birgit Schippers reviews Politics and the Emotions: The Affective Turn in Contemporary Political Studies by Simon Thompson and Paul Hoggett. Factory Girls: John Seabrook on cultural technology and the making of K-pop. The Killer Crush: Rachel Monroe on the horror of teen girls, from Columbiners to Beliebers. Are political spam text messages legal? Michael E. Miller on Tony Galeota: From running Porky's, Miami's most notorious strip joint, to rotting in a Panamanian jail. Richard Booher reviews Max Stirner.
A new issue of Pacific Journalism Review is out. Lili Levi (Miami): Social Media and the Press. Self-regulation done right: How Scandinavia’s press councils keep the media accountable. A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta, for calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it. Alexandra Kimball on how to succeed in journalism when you can't afford an internship. Alec MacGillis on how the press fumbled the stimulus. Michelle Hutchinson on the immorality of the news. David Berreby on how we want good journalistic practices — we just don't want to pay for them. From the Vatican’s Zenit, journalists are given the chance to learn how to cover Catholicism. An exasperated plea to newspapers: More exciting headlines, please! Beverly Bell interviews Leslie Thatcher on the role of alternative media in protecting democracy. Welcome to the Golden Age of Fact-Checking: Greg Beato on what the Jonah Lehrer debacle reveals about the state of journalism today. Is asking inane questions the future of journalism? Paul Waldman spoofs Newsweek’s infamously sensational cover stories.
A new issue of Policy Review is out. Jan Smits, Andrei Ernst, Steven Iseger and Nida Riaz (Maastricht): If You Shoot My Dog, I Ma Kill Yo’ Cat: An Enquiry into the Principles of Hip-Hop Law.George A. Rutherglen (Virginia): The Way Forward after Wal-Mart. Recent figures indicate that for every soldier killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, 25 veterans commit suicide upon their return to the U.S. — how can this be? Mitt Romney explains how he's turned his campaign around. Does going undercover as a low-wage worker make a difference?: Maggie Garb reviews Class Unknown: Undercover Investigations of American Work and Poverty from the Progressive Era to the Present by Mark Pittenger. Sometimes fairytales do come true, even for dogs. An interview with Edward Skidelsky on virtue from Plato to the modern day. Choose your choice: Claude S. Fischer on the great American obsession. From Nerve, a look at the 30 all-time best stand-up bits about sex. The Beer Archaeologist: By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization.
John D. Inazu (WUSTL): The Four Freedoms and the Future of Religious Liberty. Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Against Religious Institutionalism. Jay Michaelson (HUJ): Hating the Law for Christian Reasons: The Religious Roots of American Antinomianism. Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): “Religious Freedom,” the Individual Mandate, and Gifts: On Why the Church is Not a Bomb Shelter. Jeremy G. Mallory (Chicago): Prophetic Speech. Joy Milligan (UC-Berkeley): Religion and Race: On Duality and Entrenchment. From Christian Century, a review essay by Philip Jenkins and Grant A. Wacker on world Christianity and American religion. Brian Solomon profiles David Green, the Biblical billionaire backing the evangelical movement. When God and comedy meet: Marisa Carroll on Stephen Colbert on Christianity. Thom S. Rainer on seven common comment non-Christians make about Christians. Jeanie Groh on how Americans overstate the size of religious minorities. The number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation has hit an all-time high — about one in five American adults.