A new issue of Nieman Reports is out. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Taking Capitalism Seriously: Towards an Institutional Approach to Contemporary Political Economy. Thomas Kalinowski (Ewha): Regulating International Finance and the Evolving Imbalance of Capitalisms Since the 1970s. Astrid Mager (Umea): Algorithmic Ideology: How Capitalist Society Shapes Search Engines. Here is Matt Taibbi's advice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters: Hit bankers where it hurts. The Moneyball of Campaign Advertising: Political scientist John Sides urges voters to be skeptical of claims that certain kinds of political advertisements, whether positive or negative, "work" (and part 2). An interview with Nic Marks, author of The Happiness Manifesto: How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being. The case for the corrections page: Why news organizations should follow the Times’s example. Who really owns the NYPD? Turns out it's not such a rhetorical question. In killing a chupacabra, did a teen commit a felony? The largest and farthest reservoir of water in the known universe has been located; the water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a distant quasar more than 12 billion light-years away. A black hole is caught in the act of swallowing a star. Stanford and TCU prove that academics and athletics can coexist, so why aren't more schools held to that standard? Impact, Impact, Impact: Bob Liss on anxiety and Lebron James. Research on the mind demonstrates that a whirligig of emotions, instincts and biases, many of which operate outside conscious awareness, shapes our behavior. A review of Perplexities of Consciousness by Eric Schwitzgebel (and more and more). Republicans used to at least talk about poverty — what changed?

Gian P. Gentile (CFR): The Death of American Strategy. Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney) and Yusaku Horiuchi (ANU): In Search of Soft Power: Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter for U.S. Foreign Policy? Philip Alston (NYU): The CIA and Targeted Killings Beyond Borders. Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and Angola were the three rings of the Reagan Doctrine, the war by proxy, and none turned out well — the former president’s support of despots and violent insurgencies guaranteed a future of errant, and deadly, U.S. foreign policy. From The National Interest, a hotline with Iran? Ted Galen Carpenter on dealing with governments we loathe; and Trevor Thrall on ignorance, ideology, and the power of propaganda. How many secret wars are we fighting? U.S. special ops forces are being deployed in more and more nations — and the public has no idea. An excerpt from Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar. Twilight saga of the American empire? A review of Andrew J. Bacevich's Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, Philip S. Golub's Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion, and Chalmers Johnson's Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope. The All-American: John Kerry knows as well as anyone that diplomacy fails most of the time — but someone has to go to Islamabad. The introduction to The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order by David Ekbladh. From Modern Age, a review of Political Violence: Belief, Behavior, and Legitimation; and The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism by Paul Hollander. Fran Shor on declining US hegemony and rising Chinese power, a formula for conflict? Immanuel Wallerstein on the world consequences of U.S. decline. The West and the rest in a one-model-fits-all world: Pepe Escobar on the decline and fall of just about everyone.

Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): The Asian Century? Terence C. Halliday (ABF): Architects of the State: International Financial Institutions and the Reconstruction of States in East Asia. The Chinese Google: Baidu is the search engine of choice for 85 per cent of China’s net users — but what kind of window on the world is it when it claims Tiananmen Square is nothing more than a tourist attraction? From Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, a review essay on Labour, Capitalism and Ideology in Interwar and Wartime Japan; a review of Lost Goddesses: The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History by Trudy Jacobsen; and a special issue on Gender, Culture and Religion. From Boston Review, a forum on China’s Other Revolution: Missed in all the headlines are the radical political and social changes China has undergone over the past twenty years. An article on Japan and Asia and the implications of an improved relationship. John Quiggin on China's imminent collapse. No man’s island: It’s remote, it’s sparsely populated, it’s also rich with copper, gold, and timber — welcome to West Papua’s war with Indonesia. A review of Unveiling the Whale: Discourses on Whales and Whaling by Arne Kalland and Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics, and Diplomacy by Jun Morikawa. The battle over Zomia: Scholars are enchanted by the notion of this anarchic region in Asia, but how real is it? A review of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott (and more at Bookforum). How fast can China go? On the heels of its Olympic makeover, China flexes its engineering muscles once again with a $6.64 billion high-speed train that dusts the competition, including America. A review of A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia by Aaron L. Friedberg.

A new issue of Studies in Literature and Language is out. J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): The Rhetorical Possibilities of "Home" in Homeland Security. The Greater Recession: Derek Thompson on how America suffers from a crisis of productivity. Kash Mansori on why Greece, Spain, and Ireland aren’t to blame for Europe’s woes. How to podcast your brain: Audio recordings from a live brain are the most granular measurement possible today — single brain cells. One state, Maine, has sharply reduced prisoners in solitary without a rise in violence — is this the way out of the supermax morass? If you ever find yourself inside Louisiana's Angola prison, Burl Cain will make sure you find Jesus — or regret ever crossing his path. Ratifying women’s rights: Kavita N. Ramdas and Kathleen Kelly Janus on why the U.S. should endorse CEDAW. Kelly Sutton’s new minimalism: For the founder of the Cult of Less, the road to happiness is paved with stuff he used to own. Here are the 5 weirdest things that control the global economy. The introduction to Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes by Avidan Milevsky. A review of The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger. Phantom Time: Were the Middle Ages just a historical conspiracy theory? I [heart] Government: With everyone from Rick Perry to Barack Obama bashing Big Gummint, the time has come to defend it. Can you calculate the world's greatest sportsperson? The Journalist and the Spies: Dexter Filkins on the murder of a reporter who exposed Pakistan’s secrets. The even darker side: Could it be that "brand journalism" is just a new-look for PR? Web first, print later: Why some digital news startups are branching into print.

Suzanne A. Kim (Rutgers): The Neutered Parent. Scott Thomas Fitzgibbon (Boston College): Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues. From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on Legal Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Equality, including Alli Leigh Jernow (ICJ): Morality Tales in Comparative Jurisprudence: What the Law Says About Sex; Lynn Wardle (BYU): The Institution of Marriage and Other Domestic Relations; and Arthur S. Leonard (NYLS): The Miraculous Year 2010 in United States' Gay Rights Law: Anomaly or Tipping Point? From The Advocate, we often protest when homophobes insist that same sex marriage will change marriage for straight people too, but in some ways, they’re right — here’s how gay relationships will change the institution, but for the better. The morning after marriage: Should the gay community really be saying “I do”? In praise of promiscuity: As gay marriage becomes the norm, oldsters ask, when did gay life morph into a Jane Austen novel? With marriage expanding in once unimaginable ways, what might the next stage in this evolution be? A review of Why Do Married Men Cheat with Unattractive Women? by Emunah La-Paz. An interview with Frank Zaccari, author of When the Wife Cheats. In real life, a broken marriage is still a painful and damaging ordeal — so how did popular culture go from “Kramer vs. Kramer” to a sitcom called “Happily Divorced”? Here are 5 ways you know it's time to get married. Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers. Does absence actually make the heart grow fonder? A new book suggests that getting away from each other for prolonged periods of time is good for the health of your marriage. How can we get men to do more at home?

Pinon Carlarne (Moritz): Arctic Dreams and Geoengineering Wishes: The Collateral Damage of Climate Change. Elizabeth Burleson (LSE): Polar Law and Good Governance. Who owns the North Pole? Staking your claim at the top of the world is a messy and complicated science. Cinnamon Arctic Fever: In the far north of Alaska, the fragile food web that supports polar bears and humans alike may be starting to unravel. As Russia stakes a claim, the race to control the Arctic heats up. Greenland has been the majestic canvas on which domesticated Denmark could project its national dreams of greatness — even if they came with a serious risk of frostbite. Did climate change cause Greenland's ancient Viking community to collapse? Josh Rothman on the Arctic's mythic past. Global warming is set to bring the Arctic into play as a key strategic region for the US, China and Russia; can a stable set of rules be crafted? An exceptional wildfire in northern Alaska in 2007 put as much carbon into the air as the entire Arctic tundra absorbs in a year. From The Spectator, a review essay on the Heroes of the Ice Age. A look at how the thawing Arctic opens up new shipping routes on the "roof of the world", but Arctic resource wealth poses dilemma for indigenous communities. The physical changes from global warming are visible in the Arctic almost in real time — and they are a warning for those of us who live in more comfortable latitudes. From Geographicus, an article on speculative polar cartography, then and now. When Greenland's ice melts, where does the water go? Arctic ozone hole breaks all records: Earlier this year ozone loss over the Arctic was comparable to that over the Antarctic. Envisioning a new Antarctica: The Book of Ice explores the art, science and politics behind the stateless continent. Cryo Scoop: Ice islands and a new Antarctic map.

A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. Gregory F. Nemet and Evan Johnson (Wisconsin): Do Important Inventions Benefit from Knowledge Originating in Other Technological Domains? Richard A. Booth (Villanova): Sex, Lies, and Life Insurance. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Sexual Rights and Disability. Maria Tamboukou (East London): Archive Pleasures or Whose Time Is It? Histories of momentous events are being written more rapidly, but does an increase in immediacy lead to a loss of perspective? Extremism in defense of extremism is no vice: What's wrong with challenging the status quo? Spectacular stone structures in the Arabian peninsula rival the Nazca lines of southern Peru in their intricacy — thank Google for the find. A review of books on Scientology. Why did consciousness evolve, and how can we modify it? (and part 2) Think Different: Rightbloggers mourn the death of noted conservative hippie-hater Steve Jobs. Why education is not an economic panacea: Education, in and of itself, is not an antidote to poverty and inequality. From TED, Mark Pagel on how language transformed humanity. Print vs. Online: Jack Shafer on the ways in which old-fashioned newspapers still trump online newspapers. WaPo breaks First Lady Lunch news: “Dumbest news story ever written in human history”. A review of The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource by Mary Mellor and The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Micro-Economics by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt. Some say Occupy Wall Street protesters aimless; facts say otherwise. Corruption, murder, and the beautiful game: Brian Phillips on FIFA's scandalous history. Traces of humanity: What aliens could learn from the stuff we’ve left in space. The Ghost Sport: Boxing, today relegated to the margins, was once central to American life.

Brando Simeo Starkey (Villanova): You’re an Uncle Tom! The Behavioral Regulation of Blacks on the Right Side of the Criminal Justice System. The most racist thing that ever happened to me: For many blacks, it's more painful and subtle than any slur. Racism without racists: Even the most successful black Americans can feel haunted by a vague, invisible form of discrimination — Thomas Chatterton Williams's advice is to stop looking for it. Black America is moving south and to the ‘burbs — what’s it mean? A review of Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities. An interview with Elizabeth Anderson, author of The Imperative of Integration. For Alondra Nelson, health and science applied to Black bodies do not necessarily lead to the re-racialization of Black identity, they are also means of collective empowerment and can help to negotiate one’s ethnic identity. Post-Blackness Theory: Toure argues that African Americans should never have their racial loyalty or authenticity questioned — Randall Kennedy disagrees (and more and more and more on Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to be Black Now). A review of The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency by Randall Kennedy. All the President's Frenemies: In publicly attacking Barack Obama are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West upholding the prophetic tradition of Martin Luther King or acting out of personal pique — or both? That Obama has been gifted with critics, who are not always wise in their words, is unfortunate — it makes his words, on race at least, look wise, by default. It's time we had an Angry Black President: We're way past echoes of MLK — Obama should stick to his new tough line with the GOP. The first chapter from Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America by Desmond S. King and Rogers M. Smith.

Meital Pinto (Toronto): What are Offences to Feelings Really About? A New Regulative Principle for the Multicultural Era. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): Indigenous Rights, Modern Political Concepts, and the State. Steven B. Smith (Yale): Strauss’s Rousseau and the Second Wave of Modernity. Youngjae Lee (Fordham): Desert, Deontology, and Vengeance. Sirus Kashefi (York): Freedom: Blocked between Philosophical Thoughts and the Legal Sphinx, or between the Sky (Heaven) and Earth (Hell). Jeremy Bendik-Keymer (Case Western): Can Eco-Systems be Subjects of Justice? Schlosberg, Nussbaum and Structural Injustice. Christian Von Haldenwang (GDI): Mapping Legitimation: How Do States Manage Situations of Stress and Change? Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv): The Society of Property. David Mena Aleman (Iberoamericana): Would "Global Republicanism" be a Better Republicanism than the One We Have? Cecile Laborde (UCL): Political Liberalism and Religion: On Separation and Establishment. Daniel Betti (Oklahoma Panhandle State): Plato's Myth of Atlantis, Mad Max, and the Schizophrenia of Progressive Thought a Lesson in Natural Cycles and Story-Telling. Cecile Laborde (UCL): Republicanism and Global Justice: A Sketch. Virginia Held (CUNY): Morality, Care, and International Law. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Non-State Oriented Political Theory: A Critical Assessment. J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): Holy Evil. Louis E. Wolcher (Washington): The Ethics of the Unsaid in the Sphere of Human Rights. Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford): Citizenship and Obligation. Paul Brink (Gordon): Charting the Path Not Taken: Pluralist Explorations in Early Modern Political Thought. The introduction to The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte by Isaac Nakhimovsky.

The inaugural issue of Cosmoqueer is out, on femmes. Ezra Klein on financial crisis and stimulus: Could this time be different? David Leonhardt on the Depression: If only things were that good. From Dissent, Mark Engler on the legacy of "anti-globalization" (and a response), on five things that #OccupyWallStreet has done right, and on how #OccupyWallStreet is evolving and gaining power; and forty years after the Hard Hat Riot, a different response from organized labor to Wall Street protests. Steven Pearlstein on what Obama can learn from the Occupy Wall Street movement. “We are not dreamers, we are the awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare”: Slavoj Zizek visited Liberty Plaza to speak to Occupy Wall Street protesters — here is the full transcript of his speech and video. Breaking ranks: In the 90s, Alan Wolfe's iconoclasm made him new friends on the center left — now, it's costing him those same friendships. Glenn Greenwald on Erin Burnett: Voice of the People. Are modern airplanes dangerously overengineered? Between increasingly automated cockpits and lightweight materials untested over an aircraft's entire lifespan, some aviation watchers are worried the tech of planes is moving too fast. A look at the 7 worst behaviors on public transportation. From Gawker, Ryan Tate on what everyone is too polite to say about Steve Jobs. The End of Innocence: Frank Rose on how Steve Jobs was able to save Apple (and part 2). Affairs may do more than break hearts — they may break penises as well, a new study says. Uncreative Writing: To write the unreadable book may seem a strange quest, but for poet and archivist Kenneth Goldsmith, it’s the future of literature (and more and more on Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age). An interview with Michael Spence on the future of economic growth in a multispeed world.