Kamiar Mohaddes and M. Hashem Pesaran (Cambridge): One Hundred Years of Oil Income and the Iranian Economy: A Curse or a Blessing? Hassen Chaabani (Monastir): Insights on the History of Anthropology: Its Emergence in the Wider Middle East Before It Existed as a Discipline. Olivia Mason reviews Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of The Visual in Political Struggle by Lina Khatib. Why is the Arab world so easily offended? Fouad Ajami wants to know. What’s it like being a stand-up comic in Saudi Arabia? The terrible twos: Can Washington prevent the turbulent Arab Spring countries from going the way of the post-Soviet states? Many Americans find Jesus in prison; Abdullah Ocalan, the revered and despised leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), found Benedict Anderson. Fred Kaplan on the coming collapse of the Middle East: The region's borders have long been artificial — the war in Iraq accelerated their demise.
Richard Avramenko (Wisconsin) and Richard Boyd (Georgetown): Subprime Virtues: The Moral Dimensions of American Housing and Mortgage Policy. Daniel Altman on the United Petrostates of America: Ordinary Americans are about to find out why they call it the “resource curse”. I know what The Shining is really about: A new documentary, Room 237, explores the many meanings that obsessive fans of The Shining have extracted from Kubrick’s film. Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is just getting started. The ache for immortality: The Voyager probes speed on with their messages of humility and greatness, strange memorials to a spacefaring age. Want to find aliens? Look for their detritus. Christian Pearce reviews Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada by R. Blake Brown. A Burmese neo-Nazi movement is rising against Muslims.
Jonny Anomaly (Duke): Is Obesity a Public Health Problem? Allison K. Hoffman (UCLA) and Howell E. Jackson (Harvard): Retiree Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending: A Study of Consumer Expectations and Policy Implications. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues. Michael F. Cannon (Cato): 50 Vetoes: How States Can Stop the Obama Health Care Law. From The Washington Monthly, Phillip Longman on the Republican case for waste in health care: Conservatives love to apply “cost-benefit analysis” to government programs — except in health care; in fact, working with drug companies and warning of “death panels”, they slipped language into Obamacare banning cost-effectiveness research. The ignored scandal: Helen Epstein reviews Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner.
A new issue of OnEarth is out. Masatoshi Jinno (Toyo): The Impact of Immigration Under the Defined-benefit Pension System: An Analysis Incorporating Assimilation Costs. Daniel H. Levine (Maryland): Some Considerations for Civilian-Peacekeeper Protection Alliances. In a global crisis, should USIP take charge? From Curator, what would happen if everyone in the film industry voluntarily covenanted not to show positive gun violence for a year? Sorina Higgins investigates (and part 2). Jon Terbush on how the gun-law backlash made the NRA stronger: As an assault weapons ban fizzles, the NRA is enjoying some of its best fundraising ever. Is the deforestation of central Africa caused by man or climate? Stars love: Celebrity humanitarianism is moving beyond Western countries; it is increasingly becoming a trend among emerging markets.
From The New York Times' The Stone blog, was Wittgenstein right? The man who insisted that Western philosophy was based in confusion and wishful thinking is not popular among philosophers — but he should not be dismissed (and a response). Walter D Mignolo on non-European thinkers and philosophers (and more). What is feminist philosophy? Nancy Bauer talks about what attracted her to the field of philosophy and what made her remain there. Virginia Held is the philosopher of care ethics which she thinks is a feminist ethics that preserves the persuasive aspects of kantian, utilitarian and virtue ethics but is better. James Diamond reviews The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience by Diana Lobel. Philosophy is literally the "love of wisdom" — but what does it mean to love, pursue, and possess wisdom? Tom Morris on the Philosopher King of Reality TV.