Michael J. Perry (Emory): The Morality of Human Rights. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Human Rights: A Critique of the Raz/Rawls Approach. Jeremy K. Kessler (Yale): The Invention of a Human Right: Conscientious Objection at the United Nations, 1947-2011. Jubril Agbolade Shittu (Babcock): Sovereignty, Human Rights and the Global Land Grab. Going global with a twist: Olivier Beys on making human rights a universal tool. Competitive suffering: As we focus on a particularly appalling human rights problem within its own context, we must remember the old labor slogan that “an injury to one is an injury to all”. Human rights, past their sell-by date: It is activists, not states who will make a difference in future — but western-led rights organizations may have seen their day. Adam Lupel on debating the use of force: When should we intervene to stop mass atrocities? Prophet without honors: Raphael Lemkin helped make genocide illegal — so why haven't you heard of him? Lucas Van Milders reviews Rwanda and The Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention by Joshua James Kassner. Is this the face of a new global human rights movement? Controversial son of Venezuela’s elite Thor Halvorssen brings a Cold War sensibility to the chaotic 21st century. The introduction to Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States by Michael J. Perry.
Here are the inaugural issues of Horror Studies (January 2010); Philosophy of Photography (March 2010); the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (October 2010); the Journal of European Popular Culture (November 2010); Punk and Post-Punk (September 2011); the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (March 2012); Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media (September 2012); and the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies (April 2013). From New York, a special section on Sex: Theory and Practice. Slow ideas: Atul Gawande on why innovations don’t always catch on. In climbing income ladder, location matters: A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston. Pramit Bhattacharya on everything you wanted to know about the Sen-Bhagwati debate. Matthew Yglesias on how Nate Silver's amazing election forecasting method is also incredibly simple (and more). Obama speech, Trayvon protests lure Rightbloggers into another week of hilarious minority outreach. Tyler Cowen on wealth taxes: A future battleground. A look at how to block the royal baby news on Facebook, Twitter. In a just world, this innocent child would be going up for adoption, since its family would have been imprisoned for crimes against humanity. Lee Billings on the best way yet to talk to aliens (if they’re out there).
From Aeon, trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality. The dirty secret of evolution is that it's a lot more like the game of Mousetrap than you might think: An excerpt from Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science by Dorion Sagan. From 3:AM, Jonathan Bain is an ice cool philosopher of physics; and Tim Maudlin is the Tekken Revolution of the philosophy of physics. Jim Stein interviews Brian Clegg, author of Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe. Mark O’Connell reviews The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers by Curtis White. Daniel Clery goes inside the most expensive science experiment ever. Serena Golden interviews Scott L. Montgomery, author of Does Science Need a Global Language? English and the Future of Research. Leonard Susskind on string theory and using maths to explain the universe. Dominique Lambert on why science needs Catholicism. Richard Marshall. Is teaching “junk science” protected by academic freedom? Physicist Carlo Rovelli looks at free will, determinism, quantum theory and statistical fluctuations. The past is key to the future: Historical observations strengthen modern science. Science's hunt for a unifying account of how the world works requires us to entertain everything from hidden dimensions to multiple universes — but are these ideas based on fact or fiction? It's a no-brainer: The government should be spending money on science that nobody else wants to fund.