A new issue of Global Labour Journal is out. Amos N. Guiora (Utah): Humanitarian Intervention and Sovereignty Under the Umbrella of Geo-Politics. From Fletcher Forum, Raymond Taras (Tulane): Why We Need the Novel: Understanding World Politics Through Literature. Rifat Azam (Radzyner): The Political Feasibility of a Global E-Commerce Tax. Fredrik M. Sjoberg (Columbia): Political Parties and Election Fraud. M. Shahid Alam (Northeastern): Did Colonialism Retard Human Resource Development? Theory and Cross-Country Evidence. Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates: “Death is something we really understand extremely well”. Who even needs the nation-state in the 21st century? From Facebook to private schools to security guards, citizens are replacing traditional government functions with a "virtual state". Zalfa Feghali reviews Citizens Without Frontiers by Engin F. Isin. From Theory Talks, an interview with Keith Hart on the informal economy, the Great Transformation, and the humanity of corporations. Louise Rubacky reviews The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare. Why do some conflicts get more media coverage than others? Olivia Mason reviews Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails by Christopher J. Coyne.
From Slate, Scalia the Mullah: Nathaniel Frank on the justice’s misunderstanding of morality, and how it leads him astray in cases about homosexuality. From Salon, Michael Lind on how the debate over affirmative action reveals a split among liberals — the charity liberals vs. the solidarity liberals. Noah Feldman on how the civil rights era ended yesterday (and more by Rep. John Lewis) — though it could be a poisoned chalice for the GOP. Nobody in Congress thinks they can fix the Voting Rights Act. Nate Silver on how geography, not the Voting Rights Act, accounts for most majority-minority districts. Al Gore calls President Obama’s remarks on the climate crisis a “terrific and historic speech, by far the best address on climate by any president ever” (and more and more). From TNR, Nate Cohn on why Democrats shouldn't fear Obama's climate change initiative; and Molly Redden on four ways the energy industry could derail Obama’s environmental regulations in court. IRSgate joins Solyndragate and Benghazigate in fake scandal heaven (and more). Bring on the upper-middle-class revolution: David Daley interviews Chris Hayes on Iraq, the economy, Katrina and elites. In defense of dessert: Chris Lehmann on the case against austerity. Eric Horowitz on the trouble with politicians who always talk about values.
From The New Atlantis, Caitrin Nicol plumbs the depths of elephant emotion and intelligence; Noemie Emery considers the pleasures and problems of horseracing; and Diana Schaub examines dogs’ unique relationship to their masters. Scott Huler on an interview with a zebrafish: Forget rats, mice, and guinea pigs — here's the ultimate research subject, and it's prepared to reveal everything about itself. The introduction to Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom by Daphne J. Fairbairn. Modern meadow makes leather and meat without killing animals. Shock and Awww: What is most likely to make people go vegetarian? Tracing the roots of human morality in animals: Bob Holmes reviews The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal and How Animals Grieve by Barbara J. King. Forget woolly mammoths — the business of copying cats is quietly making headway. Jason G. Goldman reviews Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell. Must cats die so birds can live? Jessica Pressler goes inside an animal-lover civil war. Bach vs. Snoop Dogg: What music do dogs prefer? J.F. Sargent on 5 ways you didn't realize you're making your pet hate you.