Raj Kumar Kothari (Vidyasagar): Russia's Policy towards Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Years. From NYRB, a review essay on why, and what, you should know about Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid. James L. Jones Jr. on why Central Asia can't be forgotten. Central Asia and its Russian dependence: Russia attempts to draw Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan back into its orbit. From The National Interest, Georgiy Voloshin on the Red Star over Central Asia; and Julia Famularo on the latest from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Seth Morgan on what it’s like to be Tajik. Natalya Ryabinska on new media and democracy in post-Soviet countries. Caucasus and Central Asia see robust growth, but risks remain. Rachel Stauffer reviews Understanding Central Asia: Politics and Contested Transformations by Sally M. Cummings. Ulugbeck Khasanov on Eurasia’s cross-border threats. From Eurasianet, Joshua Kucera on 2014 security risks in Eurasia: The experts weigh in; and on the U.S. in post-2014 Central Asia: New Silk Road or geopolitics. Kara Downey on why secular but illiberal governments are no guarantee of religious freedom: Recent calls to view post-Soviet Central Asia as a model for political development in the broader Muslim world overlook the fact hostility to religious extremism does not imply an embrace of liberal values. The first chapter from Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane by S. Frederick Starr. Nick Holdstock in Balykchy, a town that has good reason for Soviet nostalgia (and more); and this doctor in Kyrgyzstan says he can cure heroin addicts by putting them in a coma.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences is out. J. Adam Carter (Edinburgh) and Martin Peterson (TU/e): On the Epistemology of the Precautionary Principle. Stephen Cowley (USD) and Jens Koed Madsen (Birkbeck): Time and Temporality: Linguistic Distribution in Human Life-Games. Jonathan St. B. T. Evans (Plymouth): Rationality and the Illusion of Choice. Corey Rayburn Yung (Kansas): How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America's Hidden Rape Crisis. From Newsweek, Leah McGrath Goodman on the face behind Bitcoin. Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto chased by reporters, denies founding Bitcoin (and more on the Satoshi paradox). The return of Newsweek to print: Samir Husni interviews Newsweek’s Editor Jim Impoco. How likely is your life? It depends on how you choose to look at it. Ferris Jabr on why life does not really exist. We can’t eat Lupita Nyong’o’s black beauty, try as we might: There’s a weird edge to the way Hollywood idolizes beautiful black women — and that's putting it politely. Edward Platt on how the ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide. Michael Blume on reproductive vs. cooperative theories in the evolutionary studies of religion. Bianca Bosker goes inside the one-man intelligence unit that exposed the secrets and atrocities of Syria's war. Ingenious: Fixing a body’s broken genes is becoming possible. The great expulsion: Barack Obama has presided over one of the largest peacetime outflows of people in America’s history. Carlos Lozada on 150 journalism cliches — and counting. John Cheese on 5 ways parenting turns you into a dumbass.
From the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, a special issue on the end of the Volksfront?; Mark Potok and Laurie Wood interview Derek Black and Corinna Burt on leaving white nationalism; Ryan Lenz on following the White Rabbit: Tim Murdock sits atop an online cult, spreading fears of “white genocide” that have fueled violence and terrorism; Don Terry on the Smiling Nationalist: Video blogger and Internet sensation Ramzpaul delights white nationalists and racists but calls himself a satirist; and Matthew Heimbach says White Nationalist ranks are plagued by “cowardice”. Confessions of a Right-wing shock jock: Jack Hunter says he’s not a racist — he just played one on the radio. White supremacists tried to take over a town: Here's the documentary. A judge in California finally decided the fate of a violent and damaged child who murdered his neo-Nazi father a few years ago, when he was just 10 years old — Amy Wallace reports on the tragic, impossible case of Jeff and Joseph Hall. No, the swastika can't be rehabilitated: An international effort to return the Nazi symbol to its peaceful roots is deeply misguided. How racist do you have to be before the New York Times calls you a racist? Rachel Tabachnick on the John Birch Society’s anti-civil rights campaign of the 1960s, and its relevance today. White supremacists protest Black History Month event in Harrison, Arkansas. Amy Davidson on Ted Nugent's “subhuman mongrel” slur, in translation (and more). White supremacy’s long shadow: An excerpt from A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race From the Colonial Era to Obama’s America by Jacqueline Jones. The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, the SPLC found in its annual count.