Lucian Dervan (Southern Illinois): Information Warfare and Civilian Populations: How the Law of War Addresses a Fear of the Unknown. From Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson on how Roger Ailes built the Fox News fear factory: The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history — inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network (and more). From Brown Alumni Magazine, Ryan Goldberg on The Patients No One Wants: How much health care should prisoners receive? As much as we an afford, and here's why. Can we be awake and asleep at the same time? Here are 5 reasons pro wrestlers are the best actors in the world. A book salon on Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill by Antonia Juhasz. Tea-bagger oil theory: A review of Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America by Christopher C. Horner. Why is polygamy mostly practiced by males? The Rise of Backyard Biotech: Powered by social networking, file sharing, and e-mail, a new cottage industry is bringing niche drugs to market. A review of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson. Manliness and Morality: Harvey Mansfield on the transgressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The People’s Budget: The Congressional Progressive Caucus lays out a surprisingly popular vision of the future. Lively's Lies: A profile of antigay activist Scott Lively. Taco Bell and the Golden Age of Drive-Thru: Operational innovations at restaurants like Taco Bell rival those at any factory in the world — a view from the drive-thru window at how they do it. Cass Sunstein on 21st-century regulation — an update on the president's regulatory reforms. Why positive fantasies make your dreams less likely to come true.

David Coates on the strengths and weaknesses of American exceptionalism. Gavin McInnes on 10 things he learned about the South. Andrew Hartman on the new historiographic consensus on the 1970s. A review of Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts by Daniel K. Richter. Living in the Midwest: Does it make you complacent and likely to wear clogs? Richard Cohen on the myth of American exceptionalism. Lean and mean: Citizens of Colorado Springs are self-imposed subjects of a small government experiment. James Wilson signed the Declaration of Independence and was a key architect of the US Constitution, and served as one of the first justices of the Supreme Court — he was also a reckless land-speculator, jailed more than once for debt, who died a fugitive. Securing Arizona: What Americans can learn from their rogue state. How slavery really ended in America: The forgotten story of three “contrabands,” a pragmatic general and a shrug that made history. Condo Culture: Richard Reep on how Florida became Floridastan. Michael H. Hunt on the Bin Laden killing and American exceptionalism. The most peaceful states in America? Nonviolent New Englanders. Here are 6 Civil War myths everyone believes (that are total BS). A review of A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski (and more). Tiny towns may be an endangered species: Several states facing budget shortfalls are offering incentives for townships to share services or even merge. The introduction to Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawaii by Isaiah Helekunihi Walker. Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Ru: Robert Moss on the forgotten liquor of the South is finding fans around town. We're #1: Ten depressing ways America is exceptional. A review of The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood.

Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Lesbians and Abortions. Jessica Wilkerson (Vermont): Conspicuously Absent: Birth Choice as the Next Feminist Fight. From The Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on technology, justice, and the global reproductive market. Is it time for birth control without a prescription? The recently published Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminist Debate sees authors Ann Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom take up opposing sides of the issue. A review of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz. Two Ivy League presidents — Penn’s Amy Gutmann and Brown’s Ruth Simmons — grapple with what’s holding smart, young women from seizing leadership positions. Kerry Howley reviews Sheila Rowbotham's Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century, and Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards's Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Tenth Anniversary Edition. A feminist identity takes time to blossom, and the bumps along the way are assets, not roadblocks: An excerpt from Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Dove's Go Sleeveless ad campaign creates body anxieties women didn't know they had and sells them the solution. The long road to equality: Julian Baggini reports on a surge of activity questioning the low representation of women. Christine Neejer (Louisville): Women’s Studies, Students and the Discourse of Crisis. Power, confidence, and high-heels: What’s the deal with women’s relationship to their footwear? How a sex rebel was born: Susie Bright talks about her sexual awakening, feminist hypocrisy — and where the sexual revolution went wrong. American feminist legend Erica Jong selects essential reading for women – and says the revolution is far from over. A review of Why Women Have Sex: Sexual Motivation from Adventure to Revenge — And Everything in Between by Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss.

Frank J. Vandall (Emory): Guns, Children and Congress. From Scientific American, how does a floating plastic duckie end up where it does? (and more) An article on understanding the 10 most destructive human behaviors. We no longer consider conjoined twins "freaks", but two hundred years after the birth of Chang and Eng, they continue to puzzle us. How do we brand our evolving selves? Universal brands like Facebook, Google and Twitter are changing the basic tenets of marketing. A review of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott (and more). With studies showing a decline in car use, are we seeing the beginning of the end for the car? The problem with gay men today: Outspoken activist Larry Kramer wants to know why this generation is so apathetic while he's still so angry. A review of Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer by Garry Wills. A look at five conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Three friends, on a drunken dare, set out in a dinghy for a nearby island, but when the gas ran out and they drifted into barren waters, their biggest threat wasn't the water or the ocean — it was each other. Don’t Draft Rick Perry: Why the era of the Southern Republican politician is over. Rebecca Alpert, author of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, on a reason to vote along racial lines. Sixteen years after the Srebrenica massacre and 19 years after the siege of Sarejevo, Ratko Mladic has finally been nabbed (and more). A review of Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic by Judith Armatta. What is the lure of a camper van? Paul Markillie struggles to find out. The real enemy of unions: Barry C. Lynn on why organized labor should join with entrepreneurs to bust the corporate monopolies threatening them both.

Graham Mayeda (Ottawa): Pushing the Boundaries: Rethinking International Law in Light of Cosmopolitan Obligations to Developing Countries. Koen Decancq (KUL): Global Inequality: A Multidimensional Perspective. Alberto Chong (IADB) and Mark Gradstein (Ben-Gurion): Who's Afraid of Foreign Aid? The Donors' Perspective. Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins (UNICEF): Global Inequality: Beyond the Bottom Billion — A Rapid Review of Income Distribution in 141 Countries. Randall Peerenboom (La Trobe): The Future of Law in a Multipolar World: Toward a Global New Deal. Alice N. Sindzingre (CNRS): Poverty Traps: A Perspective from Development Economics. Can the planet support 10 billion people? There's room for debate. The myth of 9 billion: Why ignoring family planning overseas was the worst foreign-policy mistake of the century. Sarah Ruden on the Christian case for family planning aid. From The European, the World Bank wants to fight poverty, yet its organizational structure prevents sustainable policy; and the machinery of global governance is changing — influential states from the Southern hemisphere are emerging as the old world is losing its political and economic influence. Andrew Linford on the difficulties calculating inequality and the Gini Coefficient. More than 1 billion people are hungry in the world, but what if the experts are wrong? A review of Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee's Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (and more). Andrew Linford on global inequality: Where is it found? A review of Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More by Charles Kenny (and more and more and more and more). A recent UNICEF report points to increasing economic inequalities and suggests that those in power, even in democracies, want it that way.

Danielle Holley-Walker (South Carolina): A New Era for Desegregation. The Failure of American Schools: In his eight years as chancellor of New York City’s school system, the nation’s largest, Joel Klein learned a few painful lessons of his own — about feckless politicians, recalcitrant unions, mediocre teachers, and other enduring obstacles to school reform. The GOP is simultaneously emasculating teachers’ unions while adopting the worst parts of their agenda — the result could be devastating. Tested: LynNell Hancock on covering schools in the age of micro-measurement. Behind the scenes of standardized testing: Jessica Lussenhop goes inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring business. Toward a free market in education: School vouchers or tax credits? Why preschool shouldn't be like school: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. Once deified, now demonized, teachers are under assault from union-busting Republicans on the right and wealthy liberals on the left — and leading the charge from all directions is a woman most famous for losing her job: the former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. It's school admissions season in New York: Does your 18-month-old have what it takes? Finland's educational success: Joshua Levine on the anti–tiger mother approach. Should public schools fear billionaires, is Finland a poster nation? An interview with Diane Ravitch, the nation's leading education historian. A review of Organizing for Educational Justice: The Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx by Michael Fabricant. False Choice: How private school vouchers might harm minority students. Who's "cool" after graduating from high school? In The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins finds out the surprising answer (and more).

Michael Quinn (UCL): Post-modern Moments in the Application of Empirical Principles: Power, Knowledge and Discourse in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham vs. Michel Foucault. Religion is a sin: Galen Strawson reviews Saving God: Religion after Idolatry and Surviving Death by Mark Johnston. A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never! Scientists have begun to focus on how architecture and design can influence our moods, thoughts and health. Often spot-on, sometimes creepy, David Thomson’s masterwork is the most influential book ever written about the movies — and the most infuriating. From New York, Sandy Pope was the daughter of an investment banker; she quit school and became a trucker — now she wants to run the Teamsters and make unions thrive again. The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundations's influence on Texas higher-education policy takes center stage again. In 1986, a young nurse named Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in Los Angeles; police pinned down no suspects, and the case gradually went cold — it took 23 years and revolutionary breakthroughs in forensic science before LAPD detectives could finally assemble the pieces of the puzzle. Joel Warner on Peter McGraw's attempt to explain every joke ever. Taki Theodoracopulos on monarchy, the fairest of them all. A review of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says about You by Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson. If expensive wines really don’t taste better, then the wine industry has no business model. The Making of Michele Flournoy: She’s a mastermind of the Afghanistan war strategy, and she may be the first woman Secretary of Defense. Blue Urbanism: Timothy Beatley on city planning and the ocean environment. Be specific: Perceived media bias can lead to political action.

Peter Atkins discusses why he thinks science is the only way to make sense of the world. Tools of discovery: Where would science be without them? Meet Science: What is "peer review"? Neuroskeptic looks at the decline and fall of effects in science. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has led the world into the future for 150 years with scientific innovations — what makes the university such a fertile ground for brilliant ideas? Martin A. Schwartz on to the importance of stupidity in scientific research. Scientific reputations emerge in a collective manner, but does this guarantee that fame rests on merit? An article on why the scientific endeavour needs to deliver public value, not just research papers. Mapping the human genome showed how the internet can play a vital part in collective scientific research — now more scientists are collaborating and inviting amateurs and colleagues from other disciplines to get involved. Science writer in profile: Simon Singh. Eclectic, entertaining and educational: Paul Rogers the 21st century science beat. When Hollywood tackles science: How movies map scenarios from the frontiers of science. Who owns Einstein's face? Decades after the genius' death, the question of who controls his publicity rights continues — even his prodigious imagination could not predict the media world of the early 21st century. A review of The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J Snyder. What gender is science? Maria Charles on how gender equality crops up in surprising places. A review of Philosophy of Science after Feminism by Janet A. Kourany. From The Global Spiral, William Grassie on philosophy of science in the comedy club. An article on the curious world of zombie science.

Ewan Sutherland (Witwatersrand): Coltan, the Congo and Your Cell Phone (and more). Pelin Ekmen (UCL): From Riches to Rags: The Paradox of Plenty and its Linkage to Violent Conflict. Do we have the Congo rape crisis all wrong? We've long understood the country's horrifying rate of sexual assault — on average 48 rapes per hour — to be a function and tool of conflict, but it may be something very different. Rediscovering Congo: Two decades in, the world wakes up to a tragedy — so what are we going to do about it? A review of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns (and more). From Mental Floss, here is a brief history of the Congolese space program. Kayumba P. David (Nkumba): State Sovereignty Versus Individual Rights in the Case of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Is Rwandan leader Paul Kagame a visionary statesman, or a blood-stained tyrant? Hotel Rwanda: The once genocide-torn nation is rebuilding its tourism industry by focusing on wealthy wildlife lovers. From LRB, Stephen W. Smith on Rwanda in Six Scenes (and more at Dissent). Welcome to Juba U.: Southern Sudan's premiere university, relocated to the north during years of civil war, is finally back — is it up to the task of training a new country's next leaders? Abraham Awolich on the joy in Juba and the birth of a new nation. Eric Reeves on the promise and peril of an independent Republic of South Sudan. Renewed war looms in Sudan, as the international community prevaricate (and more). Nothing to plunder: Southern Fried Scientist on the evolution of Somalia’s pirate nation. Ripe for revolt: Countries in the sub-Sahara have the same problems as their Arab neighbours to the north: poverty, corruption and repression (and more). A review of Season of Rains: Africa in the World by Stephen Ellis.

From Modern Age, a special issue on education as a political issue, including Robert Koons (Texas): The war of the three humanisms: Irving Babbitt and the recovery of classical learning; Jeffrey Polet (Hope): Christianity and the cultivation of global citizens; RV Young (NCSU): The liberal arts and the loss of cultural memory; and Carl Bankston (Tulane): Federal control of public schools and the decline of community. Will Lance Armstrong wind up behind bars? (and more by Dave Zirin) An internal NATO memo shows just how worried the alliance is about cyber threats and how it plans to confront them "head-on". Michael Lind on Niall Ferguson and the brain-dead American right: The British historian owes his celebrity here to the absence of authentic American conservative intellectuals. From New Scientist, genes, germs and the origins of politics: A controversial new theory claims fear of infection makes the difference between democracy and dictatorship. How do you fix a troubled marriage? David Brooks on how emergent thinking is essential. From The New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh on the strange fate of reality TV. The year that TV actually got it right: It wasn’t last year, it probably won’t be this year — when was it? From Cato Unbound, Bryan Caplan on population, fertility, and liberty. The debt is not nearly as scary as you think: Government budgets are absolutely nothing like a household budget, and here are five reasons why. Embrace the inner loser: It's the unpopular kids, with their quirky traits, who become successful adults. Perverse Incentives: Gynecologists cash in on an intimate new market. Is the biggest threat to Speaker of the House John Boehner the "young guns" in his own party? The Odorants in Deodorants: Elisa Gabbert sniffs those most populist of perfumes — the ones we rub under our arms.