Vu Dung Nguyen, Blesson Varghese, and Adam Barker (St Andrews): The Royal Birth of 2013: Analysing and Visualising Public Sentiment in the UK Using Twitter. Marco Goldoni (Glasgow) and Chris McCorkindale (Strathclyde): Why We (Still) Need a Revolution. From Soundings, Doreen Massey on vocabularies of the economy: The language we use is one of the sources of the political straitjacket we are in; and Michael Rustin on a relational society: Human relationships cannot be encompassed within a narrow, market-exchange world view. What is to be done about the banks? John Lanchester on “an existential threat to British democracy, a more serious one than terrorism, either external or internal”. Not his finest hour: Philip Hensher reviews Churchill and Empire: Portrait of an Imperialist by Lawrence James. Academics may not be celebrities, but their careful research is improving public policy. Archaeologists working at the site of a planned housing development in Britain have unearthed a mysterious medieval mansion that, according to historical records of the time period, never existed. Andy Murray’s historic victory at Wimbledon sparked instant debate about whether his was a win for Scotland or Britain. From BBC magazine, is queuing really the British way? The Welsh language is dying out as young people are afraid to use it, research has found.
Andre L. Smith (Widener): Boycotts, Black Nationalism, and Asymmetrical Market Failures Relating to Race. From Adbusters, a special issue on the Epic Story of Humanity (and part 2). After multiple denials, CIA admits to snooping on Noam Chomsky. Dava Sobel on the wait of the world: Doing away with the leap second would mean decoupling clock time from the Earth’s rotation — from day and night itself. Caroline Winter on Mansudae Art Studio, North Korea's colossal monument factory. Why are there North Korean schools in Japan? Peter Maass on how Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets. From FDL, a book salon on Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants by Phil Tiemeyer. How do you measure a country's happiness? Governments are now providing free psychotherapy to their citizens — is there a limit to state-sponsored happiness? A survey of nearly 20,000 Americans reveals that marriages between people who met online are at least as stable and satisfying as those who first met in the real world — possibly more so. Jack Shafer on why the next publisher of the Washington Post is Vijay Ravindran. David Moinina Sengeh on technology and innovation as a national development strategy.
Thom Brooks (Durham): Criminal Harms. Stuart P. Green (Rutgers): Vice Crimes and Preventive Justice. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Human Sacrifice, Capital Punishment, Prisons and Justice: A Comparative Study. Vernon Thomas Sarver Jr. (South Florida): Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United States: An Untested Argument. Isaac Unah and Elizabeth Coggins (UNC): When Governors Speak Up for Justice: Punishment Politics and Mass Incarceration in the American States. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez reviews Social Control and Justice: Crimmigration in the Age of Fear. Nicole Flatow on how slashing racist crack sentences has already saved 16K prison years and half a billion dollars. America's most prolific jailhouse lawyer and his many fans: Behind bars, Jonathan Lee Riches was offline — he still became an Internet celebrity. Emma Smith reviews The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer by Lisa Downing. Are we born to be bad? The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime by Adrian Raine explores the link between biology and breaking the law (and more). Marc Bookman on the confessions of innocent men: Why would two suspects caught up in a grisly murder investigation admit to a killing they didn't commit? John Marshall on US murder rates, humility and history. Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas on 11 facts about America’s prison population.