Christian Dustmann (UCL), Francesco Fasani (Queen Mary), Tommaso Frattini (Milan), Luigi Minale (Carlos III), and Uta Schonberg (Rochester): On the Economics and Politics of Refugee Migration. Sergio Dellavalle (Turin): Squaring the Circle: How the Right to Refuge Can Be Reconciled with the Right to Political Identity. Michael R. Castle Miller (American): Welcome or Not Welcome? Investigating the Causes of Host Countries' Receptivity to Refugees. Can Westerners help refugees from war-torn countries? Humanity washed ashore: The introduction to Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law by Itamar Mann.
Nafees Ahmad (SAU): Refugees: State Responsibility, the Country of Origin and Human Rights. States are ducking their responsibilities to refugees — this U.N. declaration might just start to change that. The UN's urgent plan to help refugees — two years from now: World leaders measure time in months and years — refugees do so in minutes and hours. The world is failing refugees from Nauru to the U.S. Siobhan Kattago on the tragic, enduring relevance of Arendt's work on statelessness.
Trump called the government's job numbers "phony" — what happens now that he's in charge of them? Statisticians fear Trump White House will manipulate figures to fit narrative: Experts, including former chief statistician of the US and outgoing head of Bureau of Labor Statistics, see threats to system of public, accurate data. Can a president who disregards the truth uphold his oath of office? Quinta Jurecic on how his job demands a basic level of respect for the concepts of law and meaning. Adam Gopnik on how President Donald Trump's disdain for truth and accuracy poses a threat to democracy akin to Big Brother in George Orwell's book "1984".
The political implications of crowding out the facts with Trump's alternative universe. The dangerous consequences of accepting even one "alternative fact". Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse on "alternative facts" and the necessity of liberal education. Fake think tanks fuel fake news and the President's tweets. Meredith Bohen: I was a White House fact-checker — don't accept Trump's attitude toward the truth.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of European Periodical Studies is out. Shiva Kakkar (IIM Ahmedabad): Elite Theory: A Review and Revival. Christian Lorentzen on considering the novel in the age of Obama. The man who became Donald Trump: It began as debate prep for Hillary Clinton — it grew into much more than that. Libraries in the age of Trump: Three critical issues facing librarians in Trump's America. Ann Louise Bardach interviews Bernard-Henri Levy, author of The Genius of Judaism. David Leonhardt on why Democrats should oppose Neil Gorsuch. Given that hackers are as well-paid and privileged as doctors, lawyers and academics, how come hackers are so much more political than other members of the professional elites?
From LRB, Owen Bennett-Jones reviews Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan; and Irregular War: Isis and the New Threat from the Margins by Paul Rogers. The commander stumbles: Trump's first executive orders will make it harder to vanquish ISIS. Trump's "Muslim ban" is a huge gift to ISIS: ISIS says the US is at war with Islam — Trump just helped them make their case. Donald Trump is already recruiting terrorists for ISIS. How Trump just made America less safe: The president just handed ISIS a path to rebirth. Kevin Drum is waiting for a 21st century Reichstag fire.
From Vox, Dara Lind on how Trump's immigration order was a 9/11-style crisis reaction — without a 9/11; the Trump administration is considering a broad crackdown on legal foreign workers; and a leaked Trump order suggests he's planning to deport more legal immigrants for using social services. Nearly 1,000 at State Department officially dissent on immigration order (and more). The Trump Executive Orders on immigration enforcement: Alex Aleinikoff on how a wilful disregard for facts has produced disastrous policy. The incompetence displayed by Trump's immigration orders will be terrifying in a crisis. Trump's immigration order is just the opening salvo in Steve Bannon's war against Islam. Steve Bannon is making sure there's no White House paper trail, says intel source: The Trump administration's chief strategist has already taken control of both policy and process on national security.
Never again: Muslim ban echoes authoritarian states. Experts on authoritarianism say Trump's presidency is getting even worse. Populist/authoritarian strains worry Koch network. Stefano Passini (Bologna): Different Ways of Being Authoritarian: The Distinct Effects of Authoritarian Dimensions on Values and Prejudice. Crisis mode: What happens if Donald Trump refuses a federal court order. Quick-fire: Trump is barreling through the Nixonian playbook with his firing of Sally Yates. In just 10 days, President Trump has split the government into warring factions.
Do Republicans remember when they promised they'd be a check on Trump? The Republican Congress is responsible: They make his actions possible — they are responsible for virtually everything he's doing. The Democrats are finally growing a spine — maybe. Are Trump's generals mounting a defense of democratic institutions? Progressives were worried about the heavy concentration of retired brass in the new administration, but James Mattis and John Kelly could prove to be the most effective checks on the president.