Sahan Savas Karatasli (Princeton) and Sefika Kumral (Johns Hopkins): Territorial Contradictions of the Rise of China: Geopolitics, Nationalism and Hegemony in Comparative-Historical Perspective. Rosita Dellios (Bond): Silk Roads of the Twenty-first Century: The Cultural Dimension. Xi Jinping is “putting the house in order” — or is China facing destabilizing changes? The dark side of China’s national renewal: The race-based ideas of the country’s leaders have unwelcome historical echoes. The renminbi goes global: Barry Eichengreen on the meaning of China’s money. China’s robber barons take collusion to a whole new level.

Wen-Chen Chang (NTU) and David S. Law (WUSTL): Chinese Constitutionalism: An Oxymoron? Lose religion or face censure, top China official tells Communist Party members. China’s besieged human rights lawyers: As the global spotlight on the nation’s domestic policies has dimmed, lawyers for dissidents increasingly face a terrible choice: acquiescence or imprisonment. Kevin J. O’Brien (UC-Berkeley): China’s Disaffected Insiders.

Michael Hathaway (Simon Fraser): China’s Indigenous Peoples? How Global Environmentalism Unintentionally Smuggled the Notion of Indigeneity into China. Lessons from the “airpocalypse”: Slavoj Zizek on China’s smog problem and the ecological crisis. China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants. China looks to capitalize on clean energy as U.S. retreats.


Jennifer Mueller (Skidmore): Producing Colorblindness: Everyday Mechanisms of White Ignorance. Republicans more likely to say white Americans — rather than black Americans — face discrimination. White Trump voters think they face more discrimination than blacks — the Trump administration is listening. Yes, you can measure white privilege. The Trump administration’s new war on affirmative action, explained. ICE is just arresting everyone now. Pro-Trump trolls and white nationalists praise Stephen Miller’s nativist immigration presser. How Stephen Miller rode white rage from Duke’s campus to Trump’s West Wing.

“Rural America” doesn't mean “white America” — here’s why that matters. If white America is in “crisis”, what have black Americans been living through? Trump panders to white fragility: Remember last year when candidate Trump asked African American voters, “What do you have to lose?” White fear of demographic change is a powerful psychological force. Make America afraid again: Trump’s “slice and dice” rhetoric about brown-on-white violence has a single purpose. Trump’s white nationalism torments us now, but the “centrality of whiteness” will fade away: Carey Purcell interviews Sheryll Cashin, author of Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.


Lena Cavusoglu (Izmir) and Mourad Dakhli (Georgia State): The Impact of Ethical Concerns on Fashion Consumerism: A Review and Case-based Evidence. “Everyone thinks he was whacked”: The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin’s death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. Alex Thomson reviews Democracy and Justice: Reading Derrida in Istanbul by Agnes Czajka. Surfing and sushi: Andrew Potter on obsession and authenticity. Scott McLemee writes of the recent passing of George A. Romero, the “godfather of zombie film,” and how his work was simultaneously horrific and satirical. What can some of the world’s most historic documents tell us about the documents of the future? Save free speech from trolls: Criticism is not censorship no matter how insistent Twitter’s free speech brigade might be.


Jamelia N Morgan (ACLU): Caged In: The Devastating Harms of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities. Federal prisoners with mental illness may spend years in solitary confinement. The harm of solitary confinement: The psychological and social effects of supermax isolation. America’s invisible inferno: Martin Garbus reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. The link between race and solitary confinement: Men of color are overrepresented in isolation, while whites are typically underrepresented. Will America stop putting kids in solitary confinement? America’s inability to put an end to solitary confinement: Peter Baker reviews 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter.


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