A new issue of Human Rights and Human Welfare is out. Robin Bradley Kar (Illinois): The Psychological Foundations of Human Rights. Utsav Gandhi (Nirma): State Sovereignty as a Major Hurdle to Human Rights. Andrew T. Guzman and Katerina Linos (UC-Berkeley): Human Rights Backsliding. Guy Aitchison (UCL): The Agonistic Dimension of Rights. Fabienne Peter (Warwick): The Human Right to Political Participation. From Constellations, a special section on Human Rights, ed. Rainer Forst, Stefan Gosepath, and Christoph Menke. From the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, a review essay on the basics of human rights from interdisciplinary approaches by Yves Laberge. The introduction to Philosophical Dimensions of Human Rights by Claudio Corradetti. Maggie Murphy on “traditional values” vs human rights at the UN.


Margaret Kohn (Toronto): Privatization and Protest: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Toronto, and the Occupation of Public Space in a Democracy. Endless rewriting print: When novice writer Helen Hazen received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have know what she was in for? Keeping the dream alive: Canada and South Africa once seemed the closest of allies — what happened? Chadwick Matlin goes inside the GIF-Industrial Complex: How the animated image file took over the Internet. From Moneyball to Money Bombs: Rob Bluey on what sports analytics can teach political nerds. The Unnaturals: What to think when a player looks like a rocker, a Fiat mechanic, a cable guy, a terrorist — anything but the very competitive athlete he is. Scott McLemee reviews A Palette of Particles by Jeremy Bernstein.


Thomas Oatley, W. Kindred Winecoff, and Sarah Bauerle Danzman (UNC) and Andrew Pennock (Brown): The Political Economy of Global Finance: A Network Model. The first chapter from The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig. William Carroll reviews The Evil Axis of Finance: The US-Japan-China Stranglehold on the Global Future by Richard Westra. The history of finance capitalism in the United States: Natascha van der Zwan reviews Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman, Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance by Greta R. Krippner, and When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors' Democracy by Julia C. Ott. Financial reform is being dismantled — why Doesn't President Obama seem to care?


John Denvir (USF): Watching Television Can Change the World: The Wire as Critique. Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M): Capital Noir: [W]hite Supremacy, Prisons and the Road to Perdition in The Wire. Can we teach computers what “truth” means? It’s harder than it sounds. From io9, George Dvorsky on the 25 coolest catch phrases for scientific concepts; and are popular scientists becoming modern day preachers? From On Think Tanks, Ileana Avalos, interviews Jorge Vargas Cullell, Adjunct Director of the State of the Nation Program. The Prospect Think Tank Pages is a hub for think tanks around the world and for debate about their best new work on political, social and economic policy. You can download Environmental Economics: An Integrated Approach by Philip Graves. Who controls the money? Lisa Elkins Goodman investigates.


From Texas Observer, universities criticized for over-emphasizing race, gender and class issues in history. A long way from February 1, 1960: Goodbye Black Studies. Neil Gross on the actual politics of professors. Anne Hendershott on the Orwellian world of Catholic higher education. A look at how Virginia’s Liberty University has transformed into an evangelical mega-university. Joseph E. Davis interviews Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. Higher and higher ed: Will no one stop the rising cost of college? Kevin Carey on fixing financial aid: For 40 years, federal money has sustained higher education while enabling its worst tendencies. The myth of the meritocracy: Brilliant but poor kids are not even applying to top colleges. Reuben Fischer-Baum and Tom Scocca on the names that get you into Yale — or keep you out.

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