Abdelaziz Kesbi (UNIVH2M): From Orientalism to Occidentalism and the rise of Westophobia. Where the Arab Spring has not yet sprung: The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa, but you won’t see much about it in the headlines. Where's the Arab Deng Xiaoping? Massoud Hayoun wants to know. Don't go Baghdad on Tehran: Rolf Ekeus and Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer on how to avoid repeating the Iraq debacle. Don't assume Iran is the greatest threat: Daniel Byman on five other dangers that deserve our immediate attention. Brian Palmer on China currency manipulation: How does it harm the U.S. and what can we do about it? Fred Kaplan on what the Cuban Missile Crisis should teach us: Fifty years later, this famous moment of Cold War history remains strangely misunderstood. Declinism is America and Mitt can too: Ty McCormick on how Doomsday prophesying is a favorite American pastime, but Mitt Romney wants no part of it (anymore). The benevolent hegemon shall (and must) endure: Zachary Fredman reviews Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline by Robert J. Lieber. Jeffrey Goldberg on real questions for the foreign affairs debate.
Justin R. Pidot (Denver): Deconstructing Disaster. Alison Fitzgerald and Jonathan D. Salant on hiding the identities of mega-donors. What if genocide scholars have been approaching the field the wrong way? Kelly McFall interviews Christian Gerlach, author of Extremely Violent Societies in the Twentieth Century. Who’s the boss? New research shows the huge economic value of effective supervisors and the surprising ways they make workers more effective. Dylan Matthews interviews Peter Diamond on Social Security, privatization proposals and the grand bargain he’d like to see. What about fashion in the Soviet Union, during Khrushchev’s partial opening to the West? Julie Hessler reviews S’habiller a la sovietique: La mode et le Degel en URSS by Larissa Zakharova. Why do the Sunday shows suck so much? Paul Waldman on explaining the awfulness that is Meet the Press, This Week, and the rest. Svetlana Savranskaya on how Cuba almost became a nuclear power in 1962: The scariest moment in history was even scarier than we thought. M. Asher Cantrell on 13 disturbing news stories you probably missed.
Steffen Bohm and Sandra Moog (Essex) and Maria Ceci Misoczky (UFRGS): Greening Capitalism? A Marxist Critique of Carbon Markets. Julie A. Nelson (UMass-Boston): Is Dismissing the Precautionary Principle the Manly Thing to Do? Gender and the Economics of Climate Change. Ken Perrott reviews Ice, Mice and Men: The Issues Facing Our Far South by Geoff Simmons and Gareth Morgan. Rachel Carson didn’t kill millions of Africans: William Souder on how the 50-year-old campaign against Silent Spring still distorts environmental debates. Katherine Rowland on Whole Earth mental health: The evolving field of ecopsychology aims to cure what ails us by bridging the human-nature rift. Out of the nuclear closet: Why it's time for environmentalists to stop worrying and love the atom. Mary Mellor reviews The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World by John Barry. Is climate change the sleeper issue of the 2012 election? Surprising new polling data shows swing voters are going green. From Dummies.com, a section on environmental science.
Sean Noah Walsh (FIU): Gambling from a Weak Hand: Radical Skepticism and an Ethics of Uncertainty. From Intelligent Life, who was the best president is the latest Big Question. Annie Lowrey on how income inequality may take a toll on economic growth. What the Islamists get right: Michael Moynihan on why it’s time to admit that banning Mein Kampf while allowing anti-Islam cartoons is a double-standard. Katrina Lantos Swett and Robert P. George on why a constitution is a bad place for a blasphemy law: A constitutional ban on blasphemy might sound like a good idea to some — but it can mean less freedom for everyone. From American Scientist, Teenie Matlock on framing political messages with grammar and metaphor: How something is said may be as important as what is said; and Peter Pesic reviews Discord: The Story of Noise by Mike Goldsmith. What is the most annoying sound in the world? A new study examines which sounds are most unpleasant to the human ear. Where can you find the real moochers? Simon Johnson says they’re on Wall Street. Molly Redden on five ridiculous Congressional candidates who will probably win.
From Bad Subjects, a special issue on the many political, social, and cultural aspects of women's lives. Who creates harmony the world over? A report by the Institute of Development Studies calls for more balanced approach to resolving conflict and says the female view on freedom from violence is needed. What do you know, feminism really does work: A fascinating study that is monumental in its research scope and ambitions finds that the “mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians”. The Humanist interviews with Gloria Steinem. Research suggests sex-related literature jeopardizes and empowers young women’s sexuality. From Ms. blog, Lisa Hix on why ordinary things go pink. Megan Hanson on how skinny women are “real women” too. How the new gender economics has more and more professional-class women looking at their mates and thinking: How long until I vote you off the island? From New York, can Marissa Mayer really have it all? Kate Barker on the (non)-sense of anti-feminists: women who oppose feminism. Gaby Dunn reviews We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yael Kohen.