Gregory H. Fox (Wayne State): Intervention by Invitation. Yuriy Matsievsky (Ostroh): Belarusization, Hybridization, or Democratization? The Changing Prospects for Ukraine. Robert W. McGee on the issue of possible future Ukrainian secessions from the broader perspective of political philosophy. The slaughter of 53 protesters in the Maidan on February 20 changed history — now, exclusive photographs show what really happened. Max Seddon and Oleksandr Akymenko on 25 tales of corruption from documents found at the abandoned palace of Ukraine’s ousted president. Farid Guliyev and Nozima Akhrarkhodjaeva on why Ukraine’s Euromaidan is not spreading to other post-Soviet states. The Russians are coming: Michael Weiss on 10 very good reasons not to believe Vladimir Putin when he says he's totally not going to invade eastern Ukraine. The end of the Putin mystique: Russia's actions in Ukraine are primarily intended to distract domestic audiences, but are ultimately destined to fail in this regard. Little green men: Alexei Yurchak on Russia, Ukraine and post-Soviet sovereignty. Putin's pipelines: How reliant is Europe on Russian gas? Petro-aggression: Jeff Colgan on how Russia’s oil makes war more likely. As the U.S. confronts Putin over Crimea, federal investigators probe whether Cisco enriched Russian officials with vast kickback scheme. Seven decades of Nazi collaboration as America’s dirty little Ukraine secret: Paul H. Rosenberg interviews Russ Bellant, author of Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party. Vladimir Putin has finalized his divorce from Lyudmila Putina, his wife of nearly 30 years.

Dmitry Dima Adamsky (IDC): The 1983 Nuclear Crisis: Lessons for Deterrence Theory and Practice. Giorgio Comai (Dublin City): Sovereignty Conflicts and Minority Protection: The Case of Abkhazia. From Buzzfeed, Ayesha Siddiqi introduces the new section BuzzFeed Ideas. Halil Gurhanli on the unbearable burden of being an intellectual in today’s Turkey. White, right-wing terrorist busted and hardly a peep. Is the CFPB about to break the payday lending business model? Lydia DePillis investigates. How the East Wing trapped Michelle Obama: Reid Cherlin goes inside the unhappiest White House office. McKenzie Wark on Andrey Platonov’s Antisexus and the sex-gender industrial complex. Christopher Ingraham on the Wonkblog guide to efficient drinking. Charles Koch explains why he is so crazy. The new normal: The bumpy, somewhat ironic, not necessarily genuine road toward normcore fashion, or how hipster narcissism managed to take an ugly turn. Opting out: A series on people who opt out of society on some level — homesteaders, back-to-the-landers, anti-government survivalists. Erik Loomis on McCutcheon: “The problem today is that progressives believe the ballot box is where change is made, when in fact it is where change is consolidated”. Jamelle Bouie on how Republicans rationalize voter suppression: The GOP’s claims of defending “voter integrity,” “fairness,” and “uniformity” are complete nonsense. The other Final Four: As the Final Four begins in Texas, the NCAA is facing four major lawsuits that could change college sports in major ways.

Christopher Marsden (Sussex): Law and Technology. Adam Candeub (Michigan State): Behavioral Economics, Internet Search, and Antitrust. Scott Shackelford and Jamie Darin Prenkert (Indiana) and Timothy L. Fort (George Washington): How Businesses Can Promote Cyber Peace. What happens when Amazon and Google start a price war over the future of the Internet? From the new, why the government should provide internet access: Ezra Klein interviews Susan Crawford, former Special Assistant to President Obama on science, technology, and innovation policy, on how the internet is too important to be left to the private market. In Silicon Valley there really is a class war going on, a wage-fixing cartel that’s pitting the one percent against everyone else. Yiren Lu on Silicon Valley’s youth problem: In start-up land, the young barely talk to the old (and vice versa); that makes for a lot of cool apps — but great technology? Selena Larson on Yahoo, destroyer of startups: Yahoo is shutting down innovative apps and services right and left as it snaps up startups — to no clear purpose. From New York, is this a tech bubble or not? Kevin Roose wants to know; a look at the failure fetish in Silicon Valley; and what’s become of the tech scene? Heart of blandness: Ken Layne on a walking tour of Silicon Valley. Mark Oppenheimer on how technology is not driving us apart after all. Tim Wu on why making technology easier to use isn't always good. From, John Brockman interviews Kevin Kelly on the Technium. The social in the machine: Barbara Hahn on how historians of technology look beyond the object.

Tom C. W. Lin (Temple): The New Financial Industry. Manuel A. Utset (FSU): Financial System Engineering. James Angel (Georgetown): When Finance Meets Physics: The Impact of the Speed of Light on Financial Markets and Their Regulation. The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street: An excerpt from Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis (and more). Kevin Roose on what it’s like to star in a Michael Lewis book; and on 9 gripes from a leading high-frequency trader about Michael Lewis’s “one-sided” book. Should you worry about high-frequency trading? High-speed trading isn't about efficiency, it's about cheating: When hedge funds use bots to buy and sell stocks within milliseconds, they're not improving the market — they're rigging the market. The new faces of Wall Street: An excerpt from Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose (and more and more and more and more and more). The truth is out: Money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it. Locking up the banksters — it's not hard: This speaks volumes about the nature of justice in the United States today. Sorry, Wall Street, the crash wasn't everyone's fault: Dean Starkman on exposing the big lie of the post-2008 economy. Lynn Stuart Parramore on why Wall Street loves Dixie: When bankers express fondness for the Old South, they ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. Finance and societies: Pedro Bossio on lessons to be learned from the early Middle Ages. The return of securitisation: A much-maligned financial innovation is in the early stages of a comeback.

The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Dharma Studies is out. Jeremy Wisnewski (Hartwick): Violence, Terrorism, and Corporate Colonialism: Or, Better Ways to Spend Time at Wal-Mart (“on the permissibility of anti-corporate sabotage”). From Public Seminar, Eli Zaretsky on the War on Fascism. From New York, Frank Rich on the National Circus: Obama won the Obamacare War, but the GOP won’t concede; and Bradley Cooper did not save Obamacare. Jonathan Cohn on why it's OK to feel good about Obamacare again — it was worth it, probably. Will the haters ever stop hating? If you can't complain about how no one wants Obamacare, complain there are long lines to get it, plus communism — you can't lose! Mark Strauss on what the GOP's war on science looks like. Archaeologists and historians come out on top in a battle against The National Geographic Channel. Predicting the future of your marriage, algorithmically: The creators of the dating website OK Cupid claim that an algorithm based on the answers to three apparently daft questions (“Do you like horror movies?” “Have you ever travelled around another country alone?” and “Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?”) are predictive of whether a couple will stay together. Supreme Court’s abomination: Paul Campos on how the McCutcheon decision will destroy American politics. Billionaire politics is here to stay.

Thomas V. Cunningham (Pitt): Rawlsian Reflective Equilibrium. Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam): Legitimacy and Consensus in Rawls' Political Liberalism. Ben Cross (Sydney): Rawlsian Liberalism, Justice for the Worst Off, and the Limited Capacity of Political Institutions. Alberto De Luigi (Milan): Liberalism and the Principle of Difference: Rawls Tested by Larmore's Theory, Part I. Justin Bruner (UC-Irvine): Rawlsian Distributions: An Experimental Approach. Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky): Unseating Privilege: Rawls, Equality of Opportunity, and Wealth Transfer Taxation. Fabian Schuppert (QUB): In Search of a Just Political Economy: Why We Should Go Beyond Rawls's POD and Schefczyk's RUWS. Jeppe von Platz (Suffolk): Are Economic Liberties Basic Rights? David Ronnegard and N. Craig Smith (INSEAD): Shareholders vs. Stakeholders: How Liberal and Libertarian Political Philosophy Frames the Basic Debate in Business Ethics. Kirsten Hager (Jena) and Nicole Becker and Jan Heufer (Dortmund): Revealed Notions of Distributive Justice I: Theory; and Revealed Notions of Distributive Justice II: Experimental Evidence. Kazutaka Inamura (Keio): Civic Virtue and Fraternity: Problems of Rawls’s Luck Neutralizing Approach. Marcus Arvan (Tampa): First Steps Toward a Nonideal Theory of Justice. Gareth Martin Thomas and Tim Banks (Cardiff): We Aren't Racing a Fair Race: Rawls, Sen, and the Paralympic Games. Forthcoming in The Rawls Lexicon, here is the entry on legitimate expectations by Martin O’Neill. The Theory of Justice musical is the nerdiest thing you’ll see all day.

From the International Journal of Bahamian Studies, a special issue of Caribbean Art Music. Michael Brei (Nanterre): Offshore Financial Centers in the Caribbean: An Overview. Christopher A.D. Charles (UWI): Studying the Personality of Political Leaders in the Caribbean from a Distance. Carlo A. Cubero (Tallinn): The Sea in Culebra. Valerio Simoni (IUL): Intimate Stereotypes: The Vicissitudes of Being Caliente in Touristic Cuba. Antonius Rickson Hippolyte (Hull): Unearthing the Legitimacy of CARICOM's Reparations Bid. Genetics show marks of Atlantic slave trade: A new study examines how indigenous South Americans, Africans and Europeans all left a little bit of themselves in the Caribbean basin. From Caribbean Business, CariCom unanimously adopts a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region; a look at how lack of customers dooms many Cuban businesses; Havana mob hotel Capri back in business; can Puerto Rico become a cruiseship paradise?; the Travel Channel cable network has picked up “Border Rico”, a new reality series that will follow the work of border security authorities in Puerto Rico; and abuse charges roil heavily Catholic Puerto Rico. Francisco De Armas on how maybe Puerto Rico needed a trip to the bond junkyard. Missionaries, mercenaries, and misfits: Erin B. Taylor on foreigners in Haiti. #tessnation, nation, and diaspora in the 21st century: Sheri-Marie Harrison on the case of a singer, a superstar, and a bobsled team. A dialectical entanglement: Daniel Whittall reviews The Caribbean: A Brief History by Gad Heuman.

Jamal Munshi (Sonoma State): A Method for Comparing Chess Openings. Laura Rosenbury (WUSTL): Marital Status and Privilege. Linda C. McClain (BU): The Other Marriage Equality Problem. Raphael (Rafi) Bitton (Tel Aviv): The Legitimacy of Spying Among Nations. Ian Delairre (Boston College): On “Constituent Power beyond the State: An Emerging Debate in International Political Theory”: The Foundation of a New Field and the Crisis of Democratic Legitimation. Where is the humanities' Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Adam Weinstein wants to know. Living life by the book: Leo Robson on why reading isn't always good for you. The despicable rise of conservative pranksters: Kembrew McLeod on race-baiting and conspiracy theories in the age of Obama. What does the future of the universe hold? The collision of our galaxy with the Andromeda galaxy is billions of years away, but it’s never too early to wonder what will happen. What if the universe is really against us? Tom Jokinen wonders. George Lois on the evolution of the modern magazine cover. Benoit Denizet-Lewis on the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists: How a new breed of activists is using science to show — once and for all — that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman. Behind the scenes at a rehearsal for Armageddon: Popular Mechanics presents the most detailed description of an ICBM test launch you'll ever read. The Obamacare train did not wreck: Jonathan Chait on what the Obamacare wars tell us about our skewed politics.

From the forthcoming The Social Thought of Karl Marx, Justin P. Holt (NYU): Communism; and Economics. Egmont Kakarot-Handtke (Stuttgart): Profit for Marxists. Raju Das (York): The Relevance of Marxist Academics. James Tyner (Kent State) and Joshua Inwood (Tennessee): Violence as Fetish: Geography, Marxism, and Dialectics. Jeffrey Kopstein (Toronto) and Michael Bernhard (Florida): Post-Communism, the Civilizing Process, and the Mixed Impact of Leninist Violence. Vladimir Popov (NES): Socialism is Dead, Long Live Socialism! The book that everyone needs to read: Imanol Galfarsoro interviews Santiago Zabala, co-author of Hermeneutic Communism. Julia Lovell reviews The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism (and more). Marx was right: Sean McElwee on five surprising ways Karl Marx predicted 2014. While Marx’s prediction of our political future was finally discredited with the fall of communism, is his view of our economic future being validated? Doug Henwood, Tyler Cowen, Brad DeLong and more debate. Communism saved the American worker: Communism may never have worked here, but capitalism isn’t working as well without a rival economic system. Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America? Young people have become increasingly politicised — and increasingly radical. For those too young to remember the Cold War but old enough to be trapped by the Great Recession, Marxism holds new appeal. Josh Eidelson on the Tea Party’s “absurd” socialism obsession: Actual Marxist Benjamin Kunkel sounds off. Jesse Myerson on 7 huge misconceptions about communism (and capitalism). A look at how ALL of #Obama's ideas are rooted in #Marxism.

Marta Soniewicka (Jagiellonian): Should Greece Go to Hell? Between Economic Salvation and Economic Damnation in Europe. Fritz W. Scharpf (Max Planck): No Exit from the Euro-Rescuing Trap? Susanna Cafaro (Salento): Are the Poor Outcomes of the Eurocrisis Boosting Democratic Evolution? Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Recognition and Social Exclusion: A Recognition-theoretical Exploration of Poverty in Europe. From Renewal, who’s afraid of public ownership? Joe Guinan reviews Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy by Andrew Cumbers; and Kevin Farnsworth on public policies for private corporations: the British corporate welfare state. The Kilburn Manifesto is a statement being made in twelve monthly instalments, issued free on-line, about the nature of the neoliberal system which now dominates Britain and most of the Western world, and about the need to develop coherent alternatives to it. Eduardo Porter on how Americanized labor policy is spreading in Europe. Germany's trade surplus is not about great products or hard work — the average German worker puts in many fewer hours than the average Greek, Spanish, or Italian worker. There is only one way to end Europe’s economic woes: Germany needs to buy more stuff. Eirini Karamouzi on a strategy for Southern Europe. Socialism in one village: Belen Fernandez on how Spain’s Marinaleda may not quite be a utopia, but it beats “reality” hands-down. Annie Lowry on Switzerland’s proposal to pay people for being alive: The simplest welfare program imaginable — an income for everyone, no strings attached. You can download Social Democracy in Europe, ed. Pascal Delwit (2005).