The inaugural issue of Bhutan’s The Raven is out. Imran Naseem, Kashif Rashid, and Shehla Zaman (CIIT): South Asia in the Globalized World. Nikolaos Biziouras (USNA): The Formation, Institutionalization and Consolidation of the LTTE: Religious Practices, Intra-Tamil Divisions and a Violent Nationalist Ideology. Maryam Shahid Khan (LUMS): Ethnic Federalism in Pakistan: Federal Design, Construction of Ethno-Linguistic Identity, and Group Conflict. From Guernica, recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle; facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege; and we call this progress: From a speech at the Earth at Risk conference, Arundhati Roy on the misuses of democracy and the revolutionary power of exclusion. A supposedly stupid thing I’d totally do again: There are easier ways to see India than pinned inside a tiny rickshaw — but to truly experience the country, that’s the way to go. Democracy takes root: As Bhutan prepares for its second-ever parliamentary elections in 2013, it can look back on five years of experimentation and internalization that have seen formal structures of democracy grow. Saleem H. Ali on ecological cooperation in South Asia: The way forward.
Smadar Lavie (Minnesota): Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain. The first chapter from Game Theory: An Introduction by Steven Tadelis. What Nate Silver gets wrong: The Signal and the Noise is a terrific book, with much to admire — but it will take a lot more than Bayes’s theorem to solve the many challenges in the world of applied statistics. New polling data about the UN may surprise you. With billions of mouths to feed, we can't go on producing food in the traditional way; scientists are coming up with novel ways to cater for future generations — in-vitro burger, anyone? Many organizations including churches could use faithful, submissive, and humble number twos — don’t be a Larry and miss an opportunity because of pride or damaged ego. Is there any way to determine the fraction of notable people on the planet? Samuel Arbesman considers various ways to calculate how many of the world's humans are famous. Are their intellectuals better than our intellectuals, asks modern Greek literature specialist Gregory Jusdanis; “our”, in this case, means American, and “their” means — well, pretty much anywhere else.
Mary Whisner (Washington): Fifty More Constitutions. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Rationing Legal Services. Keith J. Bybee (Syracuse): Open Secret: Why the Supreme Court Has Nothing to Fear From the Internet. Thomas Colby (GWU): In Defense of Judicial Empathy. James J. Brudney (Fordham) and Lawrence Baum (OSU): Oasis or Mirage: The Supreme Court's Thirst for Dictionaries in the Rehnquist and Roberts Eras. Timothy C. MacDonnell (Washington and Lee): Florida v. Jardines: The Wolf at the Castle Door. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): Originalism, Abortion, and the Thirteenth Amendment. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Sanford Levinson's Second Thoughts About Constitutional Faith. Kermit Roosevelt reviews Jack Balkin’s Living Originalism and Constitutional Redemption. Bryan Garner reviews America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live by Akhil Reed Amar (and an interview). Originalist sin: Akhil Reed Amar reviews Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. From Britannica.com, oyez, oyez, oyez! The 2011–2012 U.S. Supreme Court Term in review. From Green Bag, a micro-symposium on Orin Kerr's A Theory of Law.
Barbara Czarniawska (Gothenburg): Does Planning Belong to the Politics of the Past? Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie): Controlling Corruption Through Collective Action. Bruce Bartlett on why government spending is not out of control. Jeffrey Lord on the Conservative Anschluss Moment: No one — to be abundantly clear — is comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Ryu Spaeth on why pundits should stop blaming “the media”: The media is treated like a monolithic entity — and its top critics are often card-carrying members. Santiago Summit: Can Latin America now lecture Europe about economics? Barack Obama is not pleased: Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes interview the president on his enemies, the media, and the future of football. As Stuart Laycock wrote in All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To, he could only identify 22 counties in the world that had never hosted British troops (or their proxies) firing in anger from their soil, and Mali was one of them — so their presence there now allows Britain to add another notch to its gunbelt. Violent, naked carnie rampages through Florida home pooping and masturbating.
Wayne Barnes (Texas Wesleyan): Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel, and the Evangelical Fallacy. From The Pomegranate, a review essay on revisionism and counter-revisionism in Pagan history by Ronald Hutton. What exactly do people mean when they describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious"? Reason #1 why we can be both spiritual and religious: Church is not just a gathering of like-minded people. Son of Mary: Haroon Moghul on reflections on the Muslim Jesus. Jason Byassee reviews Sin: The Early History of an Idea by Paula Fredricksen. Is Christianity philosophical? David Lyle Jeffrey reviews Philosophy: A Student's Guide by David K. Naugle. Robert Merrihew Adams reviews Why Tolerate Religion? by Brian Leiter. Michael Muhammad Knight on how not to sound like an asshole when talking about Islam. Franz Lidz on the little-known legend of Jesus in Japan: A mountain hamlet in northern Japan claims Jesus Christ was buried there. From Saint Austin Review, Kevin O’Brien on a different kind of sex. Thom S. Rainer on the death of the mall and the future of church buildings. In the battle to combat immorality and instill certain values into professional sports, the Vatican says it wants NFL star Tim Tebow and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin on its team.