Matthew J. Mitten (Marquette): The Court of Arbitration for Sport and its Global Jurisprudence: International Legal Pluralism in a World Without National Boundaries. Neeraj Kumar Mehra Manish Kumar Vats (Delhi): United Nations, Olympism and International Understanding in Sports. Martin Muller (Zurich): The Topological Multiplicities of Power: The Limits of Governing the Olympics. Fred LeBlanc (Otago): Sporting Homonationalism: Russian Homophobia, Imaginative Geographies and the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Alex Krumer (Ariel) and Mosi Rosenboim and Offer Moshe Shapir (Ben-Gurion): Gender, Competitiveness and Physical Characteristics: Evidence from Professional Tennis. Didier Demaziere and Morgan Jouvenet (CNRS): The Market Work of Football Agents and the Manifold Valorizations of Professional Football Players. Baris Cayli (Stirling): Using Sports Against the Italian Mafia: Policies and Challenges on the Path of Cultural Renewal. From Der Spiegel, football is increasingly becoming a platform for right-wing extremist violence across Germany. Heil Schmidt: The world’s second-most-infamous Nazi was a French-Canadian wrestler. Patriot games: Michael Prodger on the innovation and drama of Soviet sports. Geoff Dyer reviews The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong by Guido Mina di Sospiro. David Cast reviews Sport and Democracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds by Paul Christesen. From stadium to page: Lee McGowan on why football deserves more fiction. Alice Gregory on how surf contests might be the strangest of all athletic competitions. An imported sport, soccer gets its own glossy magazines in the U.S. Benjamin Markovits writes about what it takes to win at sport. Here are 10 reasons chess may never make it as a spectator sport.


From Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, a special issue on Travels to the "Holy Land": Perceptions, Representations and Narratives. Dan T. Coenen (Georgia): The Filibuster and the Framing: Why the Cloture Rule is Unconstitutional and What to Do About It. JR Latham (LaTrobe): Special Considerations for Transsexual Surgeries. From the Journal of Political Philosophy, Veronique Munoz-Darde (UCL): In the Face of Austerity: The Puzzle of Museums and Universities. From NYRB blog, why Sochi? Christian Caryl wonders. Despite escalating government intimidation, Glenn Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S. Does a more equal marriage mean less sex? Lori Gottlieb investigates. Every Republican health-care reform plan in history has served the same purpose: to enable Republican politicians to say that they do indeed have a health-care reform plan, in order to block Democrats from enacting a health-care reform plan. Can three lawmakers revive the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court trashed it? Larry Lessig, off the grid: The superstar law professor is marching across New Hampshire to save democracy — are you with him? Robert Dahl, one of the greatest scholars of democracy, has died. Neil Clark on Pete Seeger’s conservative socialism: The late folk singer kept his attachment to peace and place as the New Left started culture wars. Gillian Slovo on writing in the gray areas: Are some acts so revolting that the people who commit them do not deserve a hearing? Heroes and villains: Rembert Browne on the indignity of the George Zimmerman–DMX boxing match.


A new issue of Finance and Development is out. Purusottam Nayak (North-Eastern Hill): Methodological Developments in Human Development Literature. Khalid Malik (UNDP): Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Frances Stewart (Oxford): Capabilities and Human Development: Beyond the Individual — The Critical Role of Social Institutions and Social Competencies. Barry Hughes (IFs): Development-Oriented Policies and Alternative Human Development Paths: Aggressive But Reasonable Interventions. Wolfgang Lutz and Samir Kumar K.C. (IIASA): Demography and Human Development: Education and Population Projections. Casper Worm Hansen (Aarhus) and Netspar Lars Lonstrup (Southern Denmark): The Rise of Life Expectancy and Economic Growth in the 20th Century. Francisco Buera (UCLA), Joseph P. Kaboski (OSU), and Yongseok Shin (WUSTL): The Macroeconomics of Microfinance. Milford Bateman (UNIPU): The Rise and Fall of Muhammad Yunus and the Microcredit Model. Milford Bateman (UNIPU): The Age of Microfinance: Destroying Latin American Economies from the Bottom Up. In a comparative survey, Lena Lavinas reveals the CCT model as a strategy for the financialization — not abolition — of poverty, and Latin America as laboratory for conditional cash transfers, fast becoming the hegemonic social-protection paradigm for the Global South. When loans beat grants: What’s best, giving a man a fish, teaching a man to fish, or lending a man a fish? Nathan Fiala went to Uganda to find out, and the results of his study make for fascinating reading. From Wired, a look at 5 maps that could help solve some of the world’s most daunting problems. Want to save lives? You need a map of what’s doing us in.

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