The inaugural issue of Indian History is out. Utsav Kumar (ADB): India's Demographic Transition: Boon or Bane? Neer Varshney (Symbiosis): Equality and Social Justice: Is Affirmative Action in India Justified? From Seminar, a symposium on the relationship between science, knowledge and democracy. From Theory Talks, an interview with Siddharth Mallavarapu on international asymmetries, ethnocentrism, and a view on IR from India. India defeats polio: It's one of the biggest public health victories of our time — now we have to keep it from coming back. Vidya Subramanian on the surprising friendship between cricket and military technology. Do you understand me? K. Satchidanandan surveys the culture of translation in India (and part 2). Indian Supreme Court creates “third gender” category for transgenders. G.P. Manish reviews Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India’s Modernity by David Arnold. Neo-liberalism and democracy: Prabhat Patnaik on the rise of fascism in Indian politics and the growing popularity of a "messiah" who promises to solve all problems in the "closure" of politics under neo-liberalism. Is India's new prime minister a neo-fascist or a reformer? William Dalrymple investigates. Isaac Chotiner on how the next prime minister is a dangerous man; and on the biggest losers in India's election. With the rise of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi culminating in this week's election, Pankaj Mishra asks if the world's largest democracy is entering its most sinister period since independence. Adam Ziegfeld on why India’s election isn’t as historic as people think: The BJP's actual support is lower than its win would suggest.

Alyssa Hadley Dunn and Mari Ann Roberts (Georgia State), Erica K. Dotson (Clayton State), Jillian C. Ford (Kennesaw State): “You Won't Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses. Troy J. Scott (RTI): The Economic Efficiency of Progressive Taxation. Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Ethical Aspects of Economic Sanctions: A Third Theory. From Diplomatic Courier, a series examining the role of UAVs — commonly called "drones" — exploring the uses of unmanned aerial technology outside of traditional or well-publicized wartime uses. Josh Marshall explores the origins of the Legend of Joe Biden. Harold Pollack on the surprising policy legacy of Ladies Home Journal. At nonprofits, millions missing with little explanation: An analysis finds more than 1,000 groups have had a “significant diversion” of assets since 2008. Confronted with climate change, Rightbloggers advocate resistance (to doing anything about it). William Giraldi on Joseph Epstein, the importance of reading, and the role of the critic. Multilinguals have multiple personalities: Alice Robb on how flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. From Edge, an interview with Edward Slingerland on the paradox of wu-wei. Nicholas Confessore on on how a quixotic ’80 campaign gave birth to Kochs’ powerful network. From The New Yorker, how big a job is the presidency? Jeff Shesol investigates. In one week, Ukrainians are scheduled to choose the successor to the interim president — how prepared is Ukraine to hold an election? Normcore is not a joke: It's the natural result of our sarcasm and irony-drenched culture.

Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua (Hawaii): Hawai’i: An Occupied Country. Asya Pereltsvaig on the Big Wind and underdevelopment on Hawaii. Can Florida's Space Coast regain its hallowed place as the world's capital of human spaceflight? Chemical valley: Evan Osnos on West Virginia’s environmental crisis. In 1988, Hollywood built an ersatz baseball field in rural Iowa for a Kevin Costner film; a quarter century later, the community finds itself bitterly divided over a curious question: Should the field’s fake authenticity be preserved? Adam Weinstein is chilling with the South’s new secessionists. Ariel Miller on the construction of Southern identity through Reality TV: A content analysis of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty and Buckwild. Annette Trefzer reviews Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith. Ryan Cooper on how the West was reinvented: Nudged by Bill Clinton, an economy based more on recreation than extraction is transforming the rural West. High and dry: From the Rockies to the Sierra, water managers gauge implications of climate change. Government is “slavery”: Tim Draper's reason for chopping California into six different states is the absolute worst (and more and more). Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas: What language does your state speak? Jenny Xie on a map of all the places in the U.S. where nobody lives. “It’s just a population map!”: Andy Woodruff on everyone’s latest favorite map to hate, US GDP Split in Half. How can I create my favorite state ranking? Yasuyuki Motoyama and Jared Konczal on the hidden pitfalls of statistical indexes. Diane Francis on why the U.S. should merge with Canada.

Janell L. Blazovich (St. Thomas), Kirsten A. Cook (Texas Tech), and Murphy Smith (Murray State): Do Ethical Firms Bridge the Gender Gap in CEO Compensation? Yinlong Zhang (UTSA), Lawrence Feick (Pittsburgh), and Vikas Mittal (Rice): How Males and Females Differ in Their Likelihood of Transmitting Negative Word of Mouth. Marcus Dittrich (CUT): Gender Differences in Strategic Reasoning. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk and Joseph Burke (Ave Maria): The New Battle of the Sexes: A 2 X 2 Model of Female Alienation. Rena Bivens (Carleton): The Gender Binary Will Not Be Deprogrammed: Facebook's Antagonistic Relationship to Gender. Aya Gruber (Colorado): Neofeminism. Zachary A. Kramer (ASU): The New Sex Discrimination. Henriette Prast (Tilburg), Mariacristina Rossi (Turin), Costanza Torricelli (UNIMORE), and Cristina Druta (Maastricht): Do Women Prefer Pink? The Effect of a Gender Stereotypical Stock Portfolio on Investing Decisions. Marcia Angell reviews The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World by Alison Wolf. Gender and neoliberalism: Christina Scharff on exploring the exclusions and contours of neoliberal subjectivities. Sex, culture and justice: Clare Chambers interviewed by Richard Marshall. The confidence gap: Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men — and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence; Katty Kay and Claire Shipman on why and what to do about it. Allison Kopicki on women and the “I don’t know” problem. Charts of the day, female risk-aversion edition. Girls’ ascendance in academic settings may portend a shift in the relative pay of men and women — but a change in social norms is needed, too.

Torleif Halkjelsvik and Jostein Rise (SIFA): Social Dominance Orientation, Right-Wing Authoritarianism, and Willingness to Help Addicted Individuals: The Role of Responsibility Judgments. Jessica A. Clarke (Minnesota): Identity and Form. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg (VU): Going All the Way: Politicizing, Polarizing, and Radicalizing Identity Offline and Online. From International Studies Quarterly, a symposium on the "Third Debate" 25 years later. Vladimir Putin has been outplayed by Barack Obama. Fred Sanders on what you can learn from Calvin and Hobbes about the message and the medium. Nicholas White on how selfies changed how and what we share. Rejection and difference: E. Colin Ruggero on “centrists” and “children” and “bros” and “highschool brats”. Emily Badger on how Millennials are undercutting their own influence on social policy: They have very different views from their parents on marijuana, gay marriage and immigration — but they're consistently underrepresented on Election Day. “There is so much shame”: Emily Letts on why she filmed her abortion — and what happened next. Jonathan Chait on Obama’s moment of environmental decision: “The mysterious workings of the mind of Anthony Kennedy have perplexed a generation of legal scholars. In this case, the outcome may literally determine the fate of the world”. Craziest political debate in U.S. history just got a highlight reel. Arctic sovereignty, a short history: Ty McCormick on how a frigid no man's land became one of the most hotly contested territories on Earth. You can download the Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire, ed. Gabor Agoston and Bruce Masters.

From National Affairs, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner on a conservative vision of government; Henry Olsen on conservatism for the people; and Jonathan Bronitsky on the Brooklyn Burkeans. From Twentieth Century Communism, Jean-Francois Fayet on writing the history of anti-communism; and a century of anti-communisms: A roundtable discussion. Jesse Norman on Michael Oakeshott, conservative thinker who went beyond politics. Democracy’s Sphinx: Andreas Hess reviews Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty by Lucien Jaume. Anne Norton reviews Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique by Grawnt N. Havers. From Public Seminar, Jeremy Varon on the New and Next Left: A reply to Eli Zaretsky (and “What’s Left”, a response by Zaretsky); and more on how capitalism will end. Autobiography of Red: An excerpt from Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis by Benjamin Kunkel. Wilfred M. McClay on the voice of Michael Oakeshott in the conversation of conservatism. For the common good: Stefan Collini reviews The Life of R. H. Tawney: Socialism and History by Lawrence Goldman and Richard Hoggart: Virtue and Reward by Fred Inglis. Robert Zaretsky reviews Edmund Burke: The First Conservative by Jesse Norman (and more). Tim Barker reviews Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism by Johanna Bockman and Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. Daniel McCarthy reviews Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal by Paul Edward Gottfried. Michael Ignatieff on sovereignty and the crisis of democratic politics: A healthy future for democratic politics depends on reviving sovereignty, regaining the sense that we’re masters in our own house.

From IASPM@Journal, a special issue on popular music performance. Anya Kurennaya (New School): “Look What the Cat Dragged In”: Analyzing Gender and Sexuality in the “Hot Metal Centerfolds” of 1980s Glam Metal. Chuyun Oh (Texas): The Politics of the Dancing Body: Racialized and Gendered Femininity in K-pop. From New York, a special issue on 100 years of pop music, including the town that put the pop in music: Jody Rosen on a look back at 100 years of New York sounds. Swedish Pop Mafia: Whet Moser on how a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world. Is it finally time to let go of the Beatles? James Marcus on a fan’s notes. Excerpts from X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein: Gen X to Gen Y: We had the best music; and Generation Y to the world: Sorry about John Mayer. Ian Crouch on how people who like Celine Dion are people, too. Michael Reid Roberts on what everybody gets wrong about Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”: It actually is ironic, and here's why. Hunter Schwarz on the secret history of Britney Spears’ lost album. Why is it cool to hate Coldplay? Kei Hiruta writes in defence of Avril Lavigne: Racism, cultural appropriation and the meaning of Hello Kitty. Three hit songs in the last few months have pushed the same message: You are awesome, you’re awesome just the way you are, even — no, especially — if you don’t fit in. I've got 99 problems, but Ariana Grande isn't one. These are the songs teens actually want to hear at prom. Counting couplets: What is the most common rhyme in the history of pop music? Julia Lipscomb on the life cycle of a pop song.

From Open Anthropology, a special issue on the social life of health, illness, medicine and health care: Anthropological views. Alasdair S. Roberts (Suffolk): How Railroads Changed American Government. Ajibola Ogunbadewa (Wales): The Virtues and Risks Inherent in the “Bitcoin” Virtual Currency. We all have the right to be forgotten: Europe is ahead of the United States in repairing the damage to privacy the Internet — and especially Google — has wrought. Kate Nocera on how North Carolina’s voter ID law could actually help Democrats this year. There’s a science to squashing rumors, and the Times did the opposite. Barbara G. Walker on the truth about funerals: Follow the money. Big Brother teams up with TMZ: Julie Scelfo on how celebrity culture is hastening privacy’s digital demise — our appetite for gossip has gotten way too big. No such thing as a sure thing: Adam B. Shniderman on neuroscience, the insanity defense, and sentencing mitigation. Jason Zasky reviews A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of S-Bahn Murderer Paul Ogorzow by Scott Andrew Selby. Hey, class of 2014, it's ok to shun commencement speakers, but please pick better targets — the rise of liberal intolerance is ruining debate on college campuses. "Americans want the two parties to get along, but they fail to understand that this requires one of them to acquiesce in its own defeat": Jonathan Chait on how Mitch McConnell hacked American politics. You can download What Counts and What Gets Counted by Robert J. Bloomfield of the Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Tomasz Grzywaczewski (Lodz): Re-building the Empire: The Right of Secession in Public International Law in the Context of Quasi States: The Cases of the Republic of Crimea and Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): Stalin and Bandera: Politics of Totalitarian Leaders in Contemporary Ukraine. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Ukraine Neither a State Nor a Country. While we praise Ukrainian restraint, Putin builds his neo-Soviet empire. Get real, Nick Kristof: Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin. The (dis)integration of Moldova: Walter Kemp on five scenarios for Ukraine's fragile neighbor. Which former Soviet state could be the next Ukraine? Linda Kinstler on how Russia says it has an obligation to protect Russian speakers everywhere, which could be used as an excuse to make additional landgrabs. Who will be the president of Novorossiya? A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine — they're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet. Edward P. Joseph on how Putin could achieve all of his designs on Ukraine — without sending a single tank across the border. Why is Ukraine's army so appallingly bad? Linda Kinstler wonders. The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one — but these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin. From TNR, Anne Applebaum on why nationalism is exactly what Ukraine needs: Democracy fails when citizens don't believe their country is worth fighting for; and Timothy Snyder on how the battle in Ukraine means everything: Fascism returns to the country it once destroyed. Jann Ingmire and Wen Huang interview Eric Posner and Stanislav Markus on the Ukraine crisis. Max Fisher on the speech Obama would give on Russia if he were brutally honest.

Thomas Chadefaux (ETH Zurich): The Triggers of War: Disentangling the Spark from the Powder Keg. Jeremy Ferwerda and Nicholas Miller (MIT): Political Devolution and Resistance to Foreign Rule: A Natural Experiment. Matthew O. Jackson and Stephen Nei (Stanford): Networks of Military Alliances, Wars, and International Trade. Thomas Alured Faunce (ANU): Nanotechnology and Military Attacks on Photosynthesis. Woody Evans (Zayed): Swarms Are Hell: Warfare as an Anti-Transhuman Choice. Martin C. Libicki (USNA): Why Cyber War Will Not and Should Not Have Its Grand Strategist. Stephen J. Cimbala (Penn State): Nuclear Deterrence and Cyber: The Quest for Concept. From Armed Forces Journal, Brett Williams on cyberspace: What is it, where is it and who cares? Whitney Kassel on COIN's funeral: How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan — and why it might never be used again. Annalee Newitz and Joseph Bennington-Castro on the 10 most important theories about why we make war. Ian Morris on how in the long run, wars make us safer and richer. Lawrence Freedman reviews War: What Is It Good For? The Role of Conflict in Civilisation, from Primates to Robots by Ian Morris and War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt by Kwasi Kwarteng. Laurie R. Blank reviews What Is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11, ed. Mary Ellen O’Connell and International Law and the Classification of Conflicts, ed. Elizabeth Wilmshurst. Medical care is now a tool of war: Thanassis Cambanis on how modern conflicts have destroyed the old protections around health care — and we’re only just beginning to assess the damage.