Aristidis Tsatsos (Humboldt): The Geopolitical Role of Orthodox Russia within a Planetary Context: A Hellenic Perspective? From New Left Review, Tom Parfitt interviews Gleb Pavlovsky on Putin’s world outlook. Peter Pomerantsev on Russia’s ideology: There is no truth. Roberto Orsi on the demonisation of Putin. Putin’s coup: Ben Judah on how the Russian leader used the Ukraine crisis to consolidate his dictatorship. Matthew Luxmoore on how Russia's publishing industry is churning out revisionist histories. Daniel Drezner on Mary Sarotte’s The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, the book that will haunt Vladimir Putin as long as he’s in power. Timothy Snyder on Putin’s new nostalgia. Ilya B. Voskoboynikov (HSE) and Laura Solanko (BOFIT): When High Growth is Not Enough: Rethinking Russia's Pre-Crisis Economic Performance. From TNR, the Russian sanctions are working: Maria Snegovaya on how Putin can't keep buying popularity; and Julia Ioffe on how Russia's currency is plummeting and Putin's billionaires are cannibalizing each other. How he and his cronies stole Russia: Anne Applebaum reviews Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. Linda Kinstler on how Russia's currency crashed because Vladimir Putin put his cronies before his people. A look at why the Russian economy is melting down. ​Sorry, Putin — Russia’s economy is doomed. Checkmate, Putin — Russia’s economy is stuck in a catch-22. Plunging oil prices are doing Obama’s foreign policy for him. Lilia Shevtsova on what should the world fear, the rise or decline of illiberal powers? How the West answers this question will determine its relations not just with Russia, but with China as well. Prediction: Russia is gonna do some crazy shit soon. On the possibility of Putin zagging when everyone expects him to zig.


The inaugural issue of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change is out. Lindsey D. Carson (Johns Hopkins): Deterring Corruption: Beyond Rational Choice Theory. Georges Alexandre Lenferna (Washington): Divest-Invest: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Tracy Llanera (Macquarie): Morality by Words: Murdoch, Nussbaum, Rorty. Karl M. Manheim (Loyola): The Health Insurance Mandate: A Tax or a Taking? Maximilian Lakitsch (ASPR): A Theoretical Approach on Why and How to “Unfuck” the World in Europe and North America. From the Territory and Justice Network, a symposium on sovereignty and resources. Why do you deceive yourself? Jacob Silverman on the crowdsourcing scam. Imran Siddiquee on the topics dystopian films won't touch: Movies like The Hunger Games imagine society's present problems getting worse — except for sexism and racism, which magically disappear in the future. From Public Books, Scott Herring considers several new books that record the complementary (and contradictory) emotional and psychic needs that have propelled voyages to Harlem over the centuries. Sheikhs v shale: The economics of oil have changed — some businesses will go bust, but the market will be healthier. Sara Lipton on the invention of the Jewish nose. Same as the old Bush: Though often called “moderate” and “centrist” by fellow Republicans and the mainstream media, Jeb Bush’s record shows a far-right ideology on an array of social and economic issues. Daniel Engber on the comedy of beards — a theory. The introduction to Historic Engagements with Occidental Cultures, Religions, Powers by Iraj Omidvar and Anne R. Richards. If the Supreme Court reads this study, it could end partisan gerrymandering forever.


Corinne Hui Yun (Melbourne): Terms of Service on Social Media Sites. Ryan S. Ritter, Jesse Lee Preston, and Ivan Hernandez (Illinois): Happy Tweets: Christians are Happier, More Socially Connected, and Less Analytical Than Atheists on Twitter. Beware Twitter's civility police: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on how civility is for tea parties, not the public square — let's stay outraged. Instagram is getting so good at news, it should scare Twitter. Brian Lightbody (Brock): On FaceBook but Not of FaceBook: Using New Social Media Technologies to Promote the Virtues of Jacques Ellul. The Facebook Election: The social network may end TV’s long dominance of American politics — and open the door to a new kind of populism. Peter Kafka on why building a web business built on Facebook is so scary. Jay Rosen on Facebook’s phony claim that “you’re in charge”. Shirley Li on how numbers on Facebook change behavior: The Facebook Demetricator shows we like liking a little too much. Redesigning the social network: There's an artistic vision behind Ello, the latest Facebook competitor to trigger hype and backlash. Is Reddit's policy against self-promotion strangling the site's culture? Ben Branstetter on how Reddit ate the news media. Can Reddit grow up? Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy. Is Reddit broken beyond repair? Aaron Sankin investigates. Timothy B. Lee goes inside the company that rebuilt Digg. The 36 people who run Wikipedia: Stephen Lurie on what the weirdest, wildest, most successful participatory project in history tells us about working together. Wikipedia is amazing — but it’s become a rancorous, sexist, elitist, stupidly bureaucratic mess. Who killed Wikipedia? Virginia Postrel on how a hardened corps of volunteer editors is the only force protecting Wikipedia — they might also be killing it. Ron Horning on how social media is not self-expression.

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