Takis Pappas (Macedonia): Why Greece Failed. From The Nation, a review essay on Greece's ongoing crisis by Mark Mazower. John Feffer on the Two Europes: Along with the divide between rich and poor in Europe, another has opened between the mobile and the stationary. The euro zone’s exasperated north must do more than complain about the south’s troubles. Using the crisis to entrench neoliberalism: Rather than solving Europe’s crisis, EU institutions are allowing corporate elites to further enrich themselves through a fire sale of state assets. Has the European radical left missed an unique opportunity to advance its ideas and political weight in the wake of the global economic meltdown? Luke March wonders. What is Plan B for European social democrats? Matthew O’Brien on why the Euro is doomed in 4 steps. Anamaria Dutceac Segesten reviews The Justification of Europe: A Political Theory of Supranational Integration by Jurgen Neyer.
Adam Mossoff (George Mason): How Copyright Drives Innovation in Scholarly Publishing. From Anthropologies, a special issue on health matters. America’s terror courts will continue to exist because they spare U.S. officials from public accountability: Jane Mayer reviews The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin. Is China more democratic than Russia? On paper, Russia’s political system is an impressive reproduction of Western representative democracy, while the Chinese system remains an unreconstructed autocracy — the reality of the situation is much more complex, says Ivan Krastev. Is welfare spending, as Republicans now claim, the largest item in the federal budget? Only if you make up a new definition for welfare. Fuzz Hogan on the irrational exuberance of the snark market: Copping an attitude is still profitable, but signs of froth are everywhere.
From The Nation, what does millions in lobbying money buy? Lee Fang and Francis Reynolds on five congresspeople in the pocket of the private prison industry. ALEC makes public hundreds of “model” bills: Natasha Lennard on how the shady lobby group has published pre-written legislation under pressure from watchdog coalition. Conservatives’ support for state-based think tanks is paying off in regressive legislation — liberals are scrambling to keep up. Frederick E. Allen on learning to love our lobbyist friends: We may not exactly trust special interest groups, but we would abolish them at our own peril. John Sides on how activists misrepresent the groups they purport to speak for. “How could we resist?”: Samantha Cook on the revolving door for ex-members of Congress. Just how many Newt Gingrich's are there on K Street? Timothy M. LaPira and Herschel F. Thomas estimate the true size and shape of Washington's revolving door.
Erin Ryan (Lewis and Clark): Why Equal Protection Trumps Federalism in the Same-Sex Marriage Cases. Intercontinental collaboration: Caroline O’Donovan in how 86 journalists in 46 countries can work on a single investigation. Daniel Schuman on why Congress deserves a big fat raise: We loathe them, their work stinks — it’s time we paid for better. Seven young members of the National Ballet of Cuba defected last month while on a performing tour in Mexico. Brian Resnick on how those National Debt Clocks on congressional websites are wrong. A New York Times front-page piece on Larry Pratt and Gun Owners of America omits a tiny fact: He's a racist demagogue. The gospel of success: Victoria Beale on Paulo Coelho's vapid philosophy. Here is the first issue of the On Think Tanks Newsletter. A look at how thinks tanks are hotbeds for spy recruitment.
Timothy Takahashi (ASU): Drones in the National Airspace. Frederic Megret (McGill): The Humanitarian Problem with Drones. Anthony D'Amato (Northwestern): Drone Strikes Threaten Habeas Corpus: A Proposed Solution. What rules should govern US drone attacks? Kenneth Roth investigates. Is Obama’s policy of targeted killings really worse than Bush’s torture policy? Michael Dorf wonders. Does the advent of drone warfare, which keeps active soldiers out of harm's way, require a new brand of moral responsibility? Elspeth Van Veeren on drone imaginaries: There is more than one way to imagine a drone. Fred Kaplan on why it matters if the Pentagon takes command of the CIA’s drones. Drones are not only spreading to other countries, they're becoming smaller and smarter. James Jay Carafano on the future of drones. Drone manufacturers whine that they are misunderstood. The era of drone wars is already upon us — the era of robot wars could be fast approaching.