Zahra Albarazi (Tilburg): The Stateless Syrians. Lama Abu-Odeh (Georgetown): Egypt's New Constitution: The Islamist Difference. Paul A. Eden (Sussex): Palestinian Statehood: Trapped between Rhetoric and Realpolitik. Marcia A. Grant (Ashesi): Challenges of Introducing Liberal Arts Education for Women in the Middle East. From Ethics and International Affairs, a review essay on the Arab Spring, two years on, by Nader Hashemi. Extreme capitalism of the Muslim Brothers: The neoliberal policy of Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi looks very much like a continuation of that of Mubarak. How an American NGO came to Cairo after the revolution hoping to build a democracy, and ended up alienating the very people it was supposed to help. Ahmad Samih Khalidi on Palestine, peoples and borders in the new Middle East map. Aaron David Miller on the myth of the Arab state. How do we know the death toll in Syria is accurate?
From the Jewish Review of Books, Benny Morris reviews Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country—and Why They Can’t Make Peace by Patrick Tyler. Why should we even care if the government is collecting our data? Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove (and more). Oversight now: Bruce Ackerman on why Congress needs to go big — and restrict the power of a runaway executive branch. Sam Pizzigati on where Uncle Sam ought to be snooping: Let’s place private corporations with government contracts under surveillance — to make sure no one is getting rich off our tax dollars. “I don’t care much about my image”: John McDermott interviews Bernard-Henri Levy on toppling tyrants and his new “rendezvous with the question of art”. Beyond recognition: Katie Drummond on the incredible story of a face transplant.
Brandon Aultman (CUNY): On the “Flat” Democratic Life: Exploring the Trans Imaginary through Bruno Latour. Sanne van der Hout (Radboud): The Homeotechnological Turn: Sloterdijk’s Response to the Ecological Crisis. Eugene W. Holland (OSU): Deleuze and Guattari and Minor Marxism. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception. Mitchell Dean (CBS): The Prince and the Population: Rethinking the Government of Life. Adam Kotsko on how to read Agamben. Edyta Niemyjska and Michael J. Kelly interview Paul Rabinow, a leading scholar on the philosophy of Michel Foucault. A sample chapter from Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault by Peter Sloterdijk. You can download Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's Methods and Historical Sociology by Mitchell Dean (1994).
Hun Chung (Rochester): Hobbes's State of Nature: A Modern Bayesian Game-Theoretic Analysis. Waller R. Newell on how Plato and Aristotle help us understand the tyranny of Bashar al-Assad. Daniel Drezner on why Obama is arming Syria's rebels: it's the realism, stupid. Peter Ludlow on the real war on reality: Surveillance and deception are not just fodder for the next “Matrix” movie, but a real sort of epistemic warfare. Are savages noble? Ronald Bailey reviews Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk and The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. Uncapturing the Friedmans: Jesse Friedman spent 13 years in prison as a notorious child rapist — he may soon get an apology. Jordan Weissman on the court ruling that could end unpaid internships for good.
Eric D. Knowles (NYU), Rebecca L. Schaumberg and Brian S. Lowery (Stanford), and Elizabeth P. Shulman (UC-Irvine): Race, Ideology, and the Tea Party: A Longitudinal Study. The introduction to Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America by Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto. Jeremy Stahl on how bigoted taunts by the children of GOP honchos have everything to do with politics. Molly Redden on how Michele Bachmann's potential successors are almost as loopy as she is. Ronald Brownstein on why Republicans can get away with ignoring their problems: The GOP can enjoy another strong midterm election in 2014 without doing much more to attract young or minority voters. Noam Scheiber on how Obamacare is killing the GOP: Republicans' obsession with the law will be the party's undoing. Ramesh Ponnuru on a chronic disease: Obamacare won't go away on its own. Kevin Drum on how Republicans just don't care about improving healthcare.