A new issue of Himalayan Linguistics is out. Nayanika Mathur (Cambridge): “It’s a Conspiracy Theory and Climate Change”: Of Beastly Encounters and Cervine Disappearances in Himalayan India. Madhusree Mukerjee on the impending dam disaster in the Himalayas: Two of the most populous nations — China and India — are building hundreds of dams in a violently active geologic zone. Nepal, before and after the earthquake: Jon Mooallem on confronting nature’s extremes on Everest and in Katmandu (and more). Anna Callaghan and Rabi Thapa on an oral history of Langtang, the valley destroyed by the Nepal earthquake (and more). Nepal adopts a democratic charter born of bloodshed, compromise. Mani Nepal (SANDEE) and Alok K Bohara (New Mexico): Consumption Insurance under Uncertainty: The Case of Nepal during Maoist Insurgency. Betrayal in the High Himalaya: Tim Chamberlain reviews Tibet: An Unfinished Story by Lezlee Brown Halper and Stefan Halper and Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom by Andrew Duff (and more).
Aryans in Arcadia: The early New Age movement was entwined with racist beliefs — though modern adherents have moved on, cultural appropriation still links them to its troubling roots. Tasneem Nashrulla on a history of racism at Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Racism in the classroom: Libby Nelson on how the “soft bigotry of low expectations” is just regular bigotry. Jack Holmes on how white kids get medicated when they misbehave, black kids get suspended — or arrested. Following the success sequence? Success is more likely if you’re white. So you flunked a racism test — now what? Erik Bryan on why it’s the duty of every white American to burn a Confederate flag. Matthew Pratt Guterl on how Jack Reacher embodies the American view of justice: White, male, and lawless. Jenee Desmond-Harris on how white people have a race — but everyone flips out when we talk about it.
David M. Jenkins (South Florida): Was It Something They Said? Stand-up Comedy and Progressive Social Change (Dissertation). A look at how fantasy sports employees bet at rival sites using inside information. Paul Theroux on the hypocrisy of “helping” the poor: Rich benefactors promise to lift the poor out of poverty, but it was their outsourcing decisions that made people poor in the first place. Emailgate is a political problem for Hillary Clinton, but it also reveals why she’d be an effective president. “My degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy,” Carly Fiorina said Sunday night, “because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally”. Jia-Chen Fu on the secret Maoist Chinese operation that conquered malaria — and won a Nobel. Meredith Farkas on why the next Librarian of Congress should be an actual librarian. What’s really hot on dating sites? Proper grammar. James Bedford, first cryonaut, is now the longest-surviving human being ever.
Texas professors warn allowing guns in class will inhibit free speech. Could Congress actually pass new gun-control laws? Margaret Hartmann investigates. Eleanor Clift on how the Brady Campaign hopes we’re about to see a cultural shift in the debate over guns — and has a plan to capitalize on that change. Alex Pareene on why the gun control movement needs its own pro-life fanatics. Matt Valentine on the myth of the good guy with the gun. Were the Oregon shooting victims Christian martyrs? Erik Loomis on guns, slavery, and America’s permanent white wingnuttery. Thinking beyond the moment: “In other words, yes, we really do want to take your guns. Maybe not all of them. But a lot of them” (but).
Scott Shane on the lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki: Four years after the United States assassinated the radical cleric in a drone strike, his influence on jihadists is greater than ever — was there a better way to stop him? U.S. counterterrorism strategy is the definition of insanity: Rosa Brooks on six theories for why Washington keeps doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. Monica Duffy Toft and Yuri Zhukov on why Islamist insurgents are so difficult to coerce. A new awakening: Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas A. Heras, Bassam Barabandi on how fighting ISIS means galvanizing its resistance. Bring back the privateers: As violent extremists spread carnage to more and more countries, letters of marque issued by Congress to private companies might offer strategic advantages in flexibility, speed and cost control. For $525, you can learn how to fight terrorists (Muslims need not apply). No, torture doesn’t make terrorists tell the truth — but here’s what actually works. Jacob Silverman on the permanent war on terror: Only as old as it feels.
Michael J. Perry (Emory): Human Rights Theory, 1: What Are “Human Rights”? Against the “Orthodox” View; and Human Rights Theory, 2: What Reason Do We Have, If Any, to Take Human Rights Seriously? Beyond “Human Dignity”; Human Rights Theory, 3: The Three Pillars of Democracy: The Human Rights to Democratic Governance, Intellectual Freedom, and Moral Equality; and Human Rights Theory, 4: Democracy Limited: The Human Right to Religious and Moral Freedom. Aoife Nolan (Nottingham): Not Fit for Purpose? Human Rights in Times of Financial and Economic Crisis. Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Should Human Rights Law Play a Role in Development? Orit Kamir (Michigan): Applying Dignity, Respect, Honor and Human Rights to a Pluralistic, Multicultural Universe. Makau W. Mutua (SUNY Buffalo): Is the Age of Human Rights Over? Samuel Moyn on how Pope Francis has given up on human rights — that’s a good thing. The introduction to Christian Human Rights by Samuel Moyn.
Brian D. Earp (Oxford): “Legitimate Rape”, Moral Coherence, and Degrees of Sexual Harm. What to do with the people who do make it across? Daniel Trilling on Europe’s borders. Phillip Carter on why foreign troops can’t fight our fights. Billions from U.S. have failed to sustain foreign forces. Josh Marshall on understanding the country’s choice on guns: It seems clear that being pro-gun has become a key element of Republican self-identification. This is why the gun nuts win: Amanda Marcotte on how an Oregon sheriff’s nutty conspiracy theories explains the GOP’s impotence. The Fiorina Foundation is run by an organization that has distributed funds to Planned Parenthood — oh, and the Fiorina Foundation doesn’t appear to exist. Is Donald Trump right to call NAFTA a “disaster”? Guy Trebay on Melania Trump, the silent partner. Did this Libertarian Senate candidate really sacrifice a goat and drink its blood? Everything you need to know about Florida Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus (and more).
Moshik Temkin (Harvard): The Great Divergence: The Death Penalty in the United States and the Failure of Abolition in Transatlantic Perspective. “There is blood, a lot of blood, very red blood”: Justin E.H. Smith on the death penalty in crisis. The cruel and unusual execution of Clayton Lockett: Jeffrey Stern on the untold story of Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection — and America’s intensifying fight over the death penalty. Lethal injection was supposed to be a cleaner, more humane version of capital punishment — over the past five years, it has become a messy, largely unmonitored testing ground for toxic drugs. Teaching philosophy on death row: Albert W. Dzur interviews Lisa Guenther. Revenge killing: Rachel Aviv on race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish. Prosecutor Dale Cox’s goal: “Kill more people”. Emily Bazelon on the law that keeps people on death row despite flawed trials. Stephanie Mencimer on 87 reasons to rethink the death penalty: Execution was meant for the worst of the worst — research shows that’s far from the reality. Scott Lemieux on why the American death penalty system is broken.
Rebecca M. Bratspies (CUNY): Do We Need a Human Right to a Healthy Environment? Augustin Fragniere (Lausanne): Climate Change, Neutrality and the Harm Principle. Michael P. Vandenbergh (Vanderbilt) and Benjamin K. Sovacool (Vermont): Individual Behavior, the Social Sciences, and Climate Change. Obama seeks psychological help with climate change: The social sciences could help combat global warming. This is your brain on climate change: Lise Van Susteren has focused on the psychological risks posed by global warming. Staying human in a time of climate change: Christopher Zumski Finke on how knowing about climate science isn’t enough — we need to get our hearts involved too. Jacqueline Peel (Melbourne): The Practice of Shared Responsibility in Relation to Climate Change. Elizabeth Kolbert on Christiana Figueres, the woman who could stop climate change. Roz Pidcock on the reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water. It’s not climate change — it’s everything change.
R. Randall Kelso (South Texas): The Structure of Planned Parenthood v. Casey Abortion Rights Law: “Strict Scrutiny” for “Substantial Obstacles” on Abortion Choice and Otherwise “Reasonableness Balancing”. I’m a hot mess for Hillary: Rebecca Traister on why she feels “a complex, long-brewing mix of deep admiration and deep reservation”. Christopher Hale on Pope Francis’s public transformation on LGBT rights. The House’s Right flank finally got Boehner’s scalp — so why doesn’t it feel good? A science of literature: Ben Merriman reviews Distant Reading and The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature by Franco Moretti, and Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History and Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature by Matthew Jockers. Wonks for hire: Elizabeth Warren challenged a think tank over iffy, industry-backed research — there’s a lot more where that came from. Keys please: Matthew Mezger on making valets refuse to give a drunk driver his keys after a night in the bar.
David B. Kopel (Denver): Background Checks for Firearms Sales and Loans: Law, History, and Policy. Guns killed more Americans in 12 years than AIDS, war, and illegal drug overdoses combined. The short American memory: Emily Badger and Kevin Schaul on how mass shootings vanish almost instantly. We can’t predict who will commit a mass shooting — gun control is the only way out. Why did the conservative justices, who seem so devoted to “originalism,” upend the well-established meaning of the 2nd Amendment? Dorothy Samuels on how the Roberts Court undermined sensible gun control. James King on the complications of Oregon’s guns-on-campus laws. Patrick Howell O’Neill on the Oregon shooting vs. China bombings: Should U.S. media censor its reports on mass killings? Zack Beauchamp on a surprising chart of terrorist threats to America, as ranked by law enforcement. White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. How often is hate-motivated violence committed against Christians in the U.S.?