From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth, Martin Crook (London): The Mau Mau Genocide: A Neo-Lemkinian Analysis. Renfrew Christie (UWC): Domesticating the UN Convention against Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prevention of Torture in Africa. Godfrey Musila (Nairobi): African Union and the Evolution of International Criminal Justice in Africa: Challenges, Controversies and Opportunities. Gustavo Gomes da Costa Santos (Pernambuco): Decriminalising Homosexuality in Africa: Lessons from the South African Experience. Ran Greenstein (Witwatersrand): Race: A Theoretical Introduction (from Sociology: A South African Introduction). Livio Sansone (CEAO/UFBA): Eduardo Mondlane and the Social Sciences. Laura Paez (UNECA): Trade Interventions and Poverty Alleviation: Is Aid for Trade Helping the African Poor? Adugna Lemi (UMass) and Blen Solomon and Sisay Asefa (Western Michigan): Do Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Aid Promote Good Governance in Africa? Orphah Ruzvidzo on governance in Africa. Environmental concerns are central to the daily lives of ordinary people across Africa — how can social sciences face up to the challenges of the 21st century? Fertility treatment: Birth rates are not falling in Africa as fast as they did in Asia — more contraception would help. An awakening giant: If Africa’s economies are to take off, Africans will have to start manufacturing a lot more things — they may well do so. Will e-publishing help Africa switch on to reading? #AfricaTrending: From FIFA to Magnum ice cream to Nairobi’s traffic, Michela Wrong on what Africans talk about on Twitter.
The inaugural issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry is free online. Richard J. Bernstein (New School): John Dewey’s Encounter with Leon Trotsky. William Foster (Washburn): Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates. Amanda J. Peters (South Texas): Modern Prostitution Reform and the Return of Volitional Consent. From The Economist, an article on the economics of prostitution: Laying bare supply and demand in the oldest profession. Why is Robert Gates angry? Max Boot reviews Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates. Mark Nevitt on the National Historic Preservation Act: Preserving history, impacting foreign relations? Young people dislike Democrats and Republicans but they love Big Government — our future might be more liberal than Libertarian. Jeffrey Ball on how the proportion of young Americans who drive has plummeted — and no one knows why. Winners take all, but can’t we still dream? In the arts, low-cost digital technology allows more niche players a chance to compete — yet entertainment’s giants still have vast advantages. Laura Sullivan on how government's empty buildings are costing taxpayers billions. The Sovereign Survivor: Phillip Lobo on an analysis of contemporary crafting/survival games. Did the Right set Obama's agenda? Scott Lemieux on how recent debates on the left seem to overlook the success of critical progressive legislation. "It was kind of like slavery": Backbreaking labor, vicious beatings, unmarked graves, childhoods lost — five men return to the scene of their nightmares, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
Alison Greig (Wales): Heaven in the Early History of Western Religions. From Cognition and Culture, a webinar on Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan. Terry D. Goddard reviews Before Religion: a History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri. Religion in contemporary world: Octavia Domide and Larisa Bianca Pirjol review The Everyday Sacred: Symbols, Rituals, Mythologies by Cristina Gavriluta and The Sociology of Religions: Beliefs, Rituals, Ideologies by Nicu Gavriluta. The introduction to A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day, ed. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora. Rosemary Joyce on women as leaders in early Christianity: Fairy tales? From The Atlantic, Richard J. Miller on religion as a product of psychotropic drug use: How much of religious history was influenced by mind-altering substances? From Student Pulse, is paganism a religion? Betsy C. Chadbourn on exploring the historical and contemporary relevance of paganism. Was Nietzsche right about religion? John Gray reviews The Age of Nothing by Peter Watson and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton. Secularisation, myth or menace? Melvin Tinker on an assessment of modern “worldliness”. God and Man in the Machine: Peter Moons on religion in the transhumanist environment. Laura Leibman on clothing and religion. An interview with Dan W. Clanton, Jr., author of Understanding Religion and Popular Culture. An excerpt from The Age of Atheists by Peter Watson. Pseudo-scientists are still trying to convince you that the Shroud of Turin is real — don't believe them.