From Diplomatic Courier, Vahram Ayvazyan on Putin’s Russia vs. a Russians’ Russia. How much does Vladimir Putin love annoying the West? This much. Daniil Kotsyubinsky on Putin’s divorce and the alpha tragedy of the beta male. Mark Adomanis on what it means to be “pro-Putin”. Victor Pelevin, Russia's hottest satirical novelist, takes on the anti-Putin opposition. From pump to Putin: Neil Buckley reviews Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia by Thane Gustafson. Whose idea was it to build a winter resort in the warmest part of Russia? Mikhail Loginov on Russia's paedophile hunters. Tom Peeping on why Russians are the scariest white people. Racism in Russia: Ilyana Ovshieva on how Moscow capitalizes on xenophobia. Sean Guillory on migrants and Russia’s split national identity. Communist-era justifications for bigotry don't make sense anymore — so why is Russia so homophobic?
From NYRB, Haleh Esfandiari on President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s man in the middle; and Martin Wolf on how austerity has failed. President Obama is announcing major new climate plans Tuesday — a chart explains why. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz on winning on climate: “These people have to be ridiculed”. Edward Snowden in Moscow, Twitter erupts — en route to Cuba, and then Ecuador — but why Ecuador? (or maybe not) Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a double agent recruited by the FBI? Peter Dale Scott investigates. From The Baffler, Heather Havrilesky on Fifty Shades of Late Capitalism; Hussein Ibish on the United Sades of America; and Slavoj Zizek is camera shy, blah blah blah blah blah blah. From Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen on emerging markets, hitting a wall; and Matt Ridley covers patents and the Tabarrok Curve. Alex Ruthrauff on six steps that Paula Deen could take to retool her image and revive her career. From The Washington Monthly, Kathleen Geier on the secret of Costco’s success revealed! (hint: no MBAs need apply) Jesus Diaz on Wozniak on Jobs' biopic: “Young Steve wasn't a saint”.
From The New Atlantis, a special section on the evolution of human nature, including Randal R. Hendrickson on Steven Pinker and reason’s progress against violence; Micah Mattix on just-so storytelling and the “art instinct”; Whitley Kaufman on the moral paradoxes of sociobiology; and Peter Augustine Lawler on the surprisingly traditional values of evolutionary psychologists. Allen Frances on Charles Darwin, the greatest psychologist. Did sexual selection and culture interact in the evolution of human height? Research suggests our early human ancestors thought grass was delicious. A new discovery of ancient diet in China shatters conventional ideas of how agriculture emerged. Rhitu Chatterjee on why humans took up farming. Why become a farmer? If you think about it, why humans switched from hunting and gathering to agriculture is a big, big puzzle. First farmers were also inbred: Missing teeth suggest sex with close relatives helped bind early farming communities together.