Ashay Anand (Delhi): Sikkim: An Insurgency Free State. Asifa Zunaidha (JNU): Ethnicity and Nation Building: The Case of Sri Lanka. Former humanitarian chief John Holmes has defended the UN’s highly controversial record during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The fierce one: Deepak Adhikari on Prachanda’s long tussle for power in Nepal. Michael Van Es on the alchemy of transition in South Asia. Toby Cadman on Bangladesh justice: Have politics irreversibly stolen fair and impartial justice from the victims of the 1971 War of Liberation? Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan’s extremist democracy. Two cheers for Pakistani democracy: Omar Waraich on a sobering milestone. Know your own strength: India is poised to become one of the four largest military powers in the world by the end of the decade — it needs to think about what that means. Mark Thompson on avoiding Armageddon on the sub-continent. Arundhati Virmani on aesthetics in cartography.
Inigo Gonzalez Ricoy (Louvain): An Account of the Democratic Status of Constitutional Rights. From Jesus Radicals, the victims of the Newtown School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing are being set up by our collectivization of the trauma of these events as martyrs to white identity and white privilege. The tragedies of other places: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Rafia Zakaria, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper, reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil. She's not talking about it, but Siri is plotting world domination. How to punish robots when they inevitably turn against us: Dylan Matthews interviews Gabriel Hallevy, author of When Robots Kill: Artificial Intelligence under Criminal Law. Leon Neyfakh talks to scholars who argue that when it comes to the IRS, the line between public education and manipulative propaganda is very thin.
Jason Marisam (Hamline): The President's Agency Selection Powers. Another awesome presidential responsibility: Selecting members of the Marine Mammal Commission. Mark Doboga on the 12 best very small agencies to work for in government. Paul Light on how the sequester is an overhaul opportunity: A top-to-bottom reform of the federal bureaucracy would yield massive savings. While other senators pose for the cameras, it’s Barbara Mikulski who is quietly doing the tough work of keeping the U.S. government at work. Paperwork against the people: Rob Horning reviews The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork by Ben Kafka. Clay Johnson on the law everyone should hate, the Paperwork Reduction Act. A most useful ball of thread: Nestor M. Davidson reviews Navigating HUD Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Labyrinth.
Paul Dragos Aligica (GMU): Public Administration, Public Choice and the Ostroms: The Achievement, the Failure, the Promise; and Citizenship, Political Competence and Civic Studies: The Ostromian Perspective. Living in a quantum game: For scientists in the field of quantum information, the swirling chaos of space and the delicate intricacies of life are nothing more than a game. Should America let Syria fight on? Thanassis Cambanis on an unsettling new way to see the catastrophic civil war. Get rich or deny trying: Noam Scheiber on how to make millions off Obama. Tom Engelhardt on the Enemy-Industrial Complex: How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe. Keep Calm and Carry On: It is easy to feel scared and powerless in the wake of attacks like those at the Boston Marathon — but it also plays into the perpetrators' hands.
From Political Theology, Walter Brueggemann and Mira Morgenstern review In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible by Michael Walzer (and a response by Walzer). From Review of Biblical Literature, James M. Bos reviews No Tolerance for Tyrants: The Biblical Assault on Kings and Kingship by Robert Gnuse; Alicia J. Batten reviews The Political Aims of Jesus by Douglas E. Oakman; and Hans Leander reviews Jesus and the Rise of Nationalism: A New Quest for the Nineteenth Century Historical Jesus by Halvor Moxnes. How would Jesus rock? Backed by music exec Jeff Ayeroff, composer Hillel Tigay tries to recreate the sounds of the ancient Temple. The white man Jesus: There’s a reason why the Bible is silent about the colour of Jesus’ skin — so why has this become an issue for our age? Rebecca Onion on the 17th-century remixed Bible that charmed a king. Are Adam and Eve just an allegory? A look at 5 shocking scenes you won't believe are in the Bible.