A new issue of Africa Spectrum is out. Christopher Williams (Tufts): Explaining the Great War in Africa: How Conflict in the Congo Became a Continental Crisis. Is The Hague racist? The African Union claims the International Criminal Court is a racist institution hunting down Africans because of the color of their skin. Africa rising? Experts fill in the blanks on the state of politics in Africa. The foreword by Nadine Gordimer from Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid by Alan Wieder. South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal to make Zulu language compulsory for all students. A House Divided: Eve Fairbanks on why the students at one prominent South African university, once a model of racial harmony, chose to resegregate. From autocracy to kleptocracy to dynastic oligarchy in 50 years: Shailja Patel on Kenya’s three tribes. Welcome to Mogadishu: Katrina Manson spent six days in May in the notoriously dangerous capital of Somalia — she found a city bursting back to life and a people full of hope. Life after warfare: Adam Rogers on how a digital map could help revive Mogadishu. Somaliland is a real country, according to Somaliland. Is Africa finally on Obama's agenda? The terror diaspora: Nick Turse on the U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa. Africa's turn: An interview with Senegal's president Macky Sall on democracy, development, regional security, and Obama.
Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Hannah Arendt as Peter Pan. What is the political equilibrium when insect-sized drone assassins are available? Tyler Cowen wonders. Born this way: Scientists may have found a biological basis for homosexuality — that could be bad news for gay rights. Maybe bowling alone isn’t so bad: Ray Fisman on how the prevalence of civic associations in Weimar Germany may have sped the rise of the Nazis. Kenyan poachers make a killing: Glen Johnson on how East African ivory and rhino horn continue to be in high demand, despite international efforts. Terry Eagleton reviews The Frontman: Bono (In The Name of Power) by Harry Browne. Terry Eagleton takes a snide turn, picks a fight with America: Geoff Nicholson reviews Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America. Chris Masiano on how Machiavelli doesn’t belong to the 1 percent: The Prince is oft-quoted on Wall Street, but its author was a hero of the working class who despised elites. Jonathan Chait on how Glenn Greenwald is Ralph Nader. Brad DeLong on what to do with the hypertrophied financial sector. John Judis on how not all interventions are imperialist: On Syria, the Left has forgotten its history. A look at 4 recent scandals that are (almost) too crazy to be true.
From the Heritage Foundation, Joseph Postell, Robert E. Moffit, and Todd F. Gaziano on how to limit government in the age of Obama. From Doublethink, Ken Silva on libertarians in small town Republican politics. Emma Elliott Freire reviews The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin Williamson. Robert Parry on the marriage of libertarians and racists. The practice of handing over cash to turn out votes used to be an urban Democratic specialty — are rural Republicans getting in on the fun? While liberals are deploying behavioral science with stunning results, conservatives have failed to follow up on their success three decades ago with the psychology of “broken windows” — here are several policy initiatives with which to begin. Chris Kluwe on what’s wrong with Ayn Rand and libertarians. The Free State Project grows up: Garrett Quinn on how libertarians are changing the face of New Hampshire. Grow up, libertarians: Your philosophy is superficial, juvenile nonsense — here's what you should focus on instead. Seriously, what's the matter with Kansas? Mark Binelli on how gun nuts, anti-abortion zealots and free-market cultists are leading the state to the brink of disaster.