From Quest, a special issue on Israelis and Palestinians seeking, building and representing peace — a historical appraisal. From The Washington Diplomat, Michael Oren, Israel’s man in Washington, bids “shalom”; Reza Pahlavi, son of Iran’s last Shah: “I am my own man”; and Najib Ghadbian went from teaching students the complexities of the Middle East at the University of Arkansas to grappling with those complexities firsthand as the Washington envoy for a coalition of rebels battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Starting the Revolution: Egyptian activist Ahmed Salah gives a gripping first-person account of the 2011 Tahrir Square protests that toppled the Mubarak regime. From TNR, Marc Tracy on some advice for American Jews visiting Israel: Stop ignoring Palestinians; and sire, how much would you spend to stop the next Arab Spring? The revolution that wasn’t: Hugh Roberts reviews The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life by Roger Owen; Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria by Joshua Stacher; Raging against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt by Holger Albrecht; and Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt by Hazem Kandil. Marilyn Booth reviews Mapping Arab Women’s Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within. No space for a middle place: Nael Shama on how genuine liberalism that allies neither with the Islamists nor the army and its regimes is a minority position in Egypt, and a friendless one.
From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on what was, is and will be popular. You can download Contemporary Culture: New Directions in Art and Humanities Research, ed. Judith Thissen, Robert Zwijnenberg, and Kitty Zijlmans. From The Conversation, a look at Australia’s 2013 election results and the future: Experts respond. Did the NSA secretly make a major math breakthrough? Joe Kloc wonders. Matt Buchanan on how the N.S.A. cracked the Web. Kevin Drum on how the Snowden disclosures finally hit 12 on a scale of 1 to 10 (and more). Everything Snowden knows about following the rules he learned from the NSA; somebody, somewhere in the agency must be perversely proud of what he’s done. What happened to the Onion? Two words: The Internet. Jamil Zaki on how psychological studies are not about you. Slavoj Zizek on why Syria is a pseudo-struggle: The ongoing struggle we see is a false one, lacking the kind of radical-emancipatory opposition clearly perceptible in Egypt. Rebecca Greenfield on why we can’t help ourselves from caring about things that don’t matter. Istvan Aranyosi on Dawkins's accusers and the new "Oriental". Roxane gay on why we read New York Times wealth porn. Jonathan Chait on how John Boehner may save America after all: “Usually we associate cashing in on K Street with selling out your principles. In this case, selling out would actually allow Boehner to fulfill his principles”.
Robert S Taylor (UC-Davis): Illiberal Socialism. From Socialist Review, is Leninism finished? Alex Callinicos challenges the critics and argues that Leninism remains indispensable (and a response by Ian Birchall and a reply by Callinicos); and Ed Rooksby on why it's time to realign the left: Radical left parties such as Syriza in Greece and the Front De Gauche in France have made significant gains recently — but what about Britain? (and a response by Mark L. Thomas). The Global Power Project: Andrew Gavin Marshall on Exposing the Transnational Power Class; Identifying the Institutions of Control; the Influence of Individuals and Family Dynasties; Banking on Influence with JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo; and more. Duane Rousselle on anarchism as institution. Jon Hochschartner on the case for a more democratic, less narrow International Socialist Organization. Richard Seymour on how there's never been a better time to be a socialist. In defense of indoctrination: Katie Halper — comic, writer, blogger, unabashed liberal, and more — sets satire aside to share insights gleaned from making “Commie Camp,” her documentary and loving tribute to Camp Kinderland. You can download Social Democracy After the Cold War, ed. Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt. Dan Poulton reviews The Revenge of History: The Battle for the Twenty-First Century by Seumas Milne. Frank Ellis on evil in the east, communism’s European legacy.