Aleksandar Marsavelski (Zagreb): The Crime of Terrorism and the Right of Revolution in International Law. Colin J. Beck and Emily Miner (Pomona): Who Gets Designated a Terrorist and Why? Michael Brown (NMBU): The Illegitimacy of the Freedom Fighter and the Terrorist. Tim Krieger and Daniel Meierrieks (Freiburg): The Rise of Market-Capitalism and the Roots of Anti-American Terrorism. Ekrem Ersen Emeksiz (CUNY): International Terrorism Financing. Sybille Reinke de Buitrago (Leuphana): Media Discourse on Jihadist Terrorism in Europe. Nicholas Schmidle on the ambitions of the Pakistani Taliban's new chief. The next Bin Laden: Michael Hirsch on al-Qaida's new strategic mastermind, Abu Musab al-Suri, a red-haired, blue-eyed former mechanical engineer born in Aleppo in 1958 as Mustafa Setmariam Nasar. The jihadists may have gone too far: From Baghdad to Beirut, a growing backlash against the most extreme of the jihadists may change the course of civil wars in Syria and Iraq. Owen Bennett-Jones reviews Decoding al-Qaida’s Strategy: The Deep Battle against America by Michael Ryan and The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organisations by Jacob Shapiro. What happens when an Al Qaeda suspect is detained at sea? Wells Bennett investigates. Foreign jihadists aren’t as big a threat to the West as you might think: Most foreign jihadis do not commit terrorist acts upon returning home. 108 terrorist memoirs, analyzed: Yes, terrorists write autobiographies — and when they do, they can accidentally reveal some weaknesses of their enterprise. The Al-Qaeda Switchboard: Could phone surveillance have prevented 9/11? $0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense.
Katherine A. Valentine (Singapore Management) Norman P. Li (Gottingen), and Lars Penke (St Andrews): Judging a Man by the Width of His Face: The Role of Facial Ratios and Dominance in Mate Choice at Speed-Dating Events. Petya Y. Puncheva-Michelotti and Marco Michelotti (ESC Rennes): The New Face of Corporate Patriotism: When Domestic Corporate Ownership Fails to Serve the Nation. Jennifer Bennett Shinall (Vanderbilt): What Happens When the Definition of Disability Changes? The Case of Obesity. “You work until you die”: Harold Pollack goes inside America’s fragmented safety net for the disabled. Katherine Harvey reviews A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages by Irina Metzler. The first chapter from Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History by Donald E. Canfield. Dianne Timblin reviews The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O’Brien; and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova. Stop listening to rich people: Just because you’re a successful businessman doesn’t mean your policy ideas make any sense. With "Obama's pot dealer beaten to death for farting in gay lover's face", The Daily Mail may reasonably claim to have created the second-best newspaper headline in human history. Adam Martin on Nazis, slavery, lynchings, and more overblown modern analogies. Chasing A-Rod: The struggle between Major League Baseball and one of its greatest hitters over steroids is total war — fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.
From Popular Music, Travis D. Stimeling (West Virginia): Narrative, Vocal Staging and Masculinity in the “Outlaw” Country Music of Waylon Jennings; and Anne Desler (Hull): History without Royalty? Queen and the Strata of the Popular Music Canon. Devon Powers (Drexel): Lost in the Shuffle: Technology, History, and the Idea of Musical Randomness. Audra Schroeder on how Spotify helped reinvent mixtape culture. David Daley interviews David Byrne: “Do you really think people are going to keep putting time and effort into this, if no one is making any money?” From The Awl, did the CIA propagate rock 'n' roll? Adam Krause investigates. From Forward, Seth Rogovoy on the secret history of Paul McCartney, the Jewish Beatle: Why Macca is like Fab Four member of tribe; and on the secret Jewish history of Aerosmith: Mel Brooks and Jewish drummer forged hard rock history. And She Was: Lindsay Zoladz on the story of the greatest girl group you've never heard of. Juliet Jacques on The Sex Pistols and the collapse of the consensus: This is the moment at which punk rock moves from the underground to the mainstream. Jessica Hopper on how selling out saved indie rock. Art Edwards on why you actually love Hootie and the Blowfish, Alanis Morissette, Bush and the Dave Matthews Band. Jesus Brotons on how Els Masturbadors Mongolics brought punk to fascist Spain. An interview with members of the Pixies on the perks of being veteran artists, and the downsides of social media. “I’m not some cock-hungry groupie”: Rosemary Lucy Hill on women negotiating the rock groupie stereotype. Elias Isquith on how Supertramp got involved with one of the weirdest 9/11 truther conspiracies ever. Adam Tod Brown on 10 great songs by the worst bands of all time.