Mark Shirk (Maryland): Consequences of Combating Transnational Violence: The Golden Age of Piracy and the Creation of an Atlantic World. Neil Irwin on how Wall Street stopped worrying and learned to love global turmoil: Syria in flames, emerging markets crashing, a debt ceiling debate nearing — this is why financial markets are doing just fine, anyway. There's a new guideline for helping chemical-weapons victims in Syria — and it's brutal. Fruzsina Eordogh on how BuzzFeed is taking trolling to a new level by pandering to right-wing nuts. Caroline O’Donovan on the difference between a tablespoon and an ocean: Academic blog The Monkey Cage finds a home at The Washington Post. Why would anyone use nerve gas when the world loathes its existence? Joe Pappalardo on three reasons it probably makes sense to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Middle East explained in one excellent “Letter to the Editor”. Max Fisher on the one map that shows why Syria is so complicated. Brian Beutler on the right’s black crime obsession: Conservative media's total fixation on black-on-black and black-on-white crime isn't going to end — here's why. Why do we pathologize gender nonconformity? Shaunacy Ferro on what Chelsea Manning's gender dysphoria reveals about the limits of psychiatric diagnoses. Meet 115, the newest element on the Periodic Table. Researchers take on crucial question: Are haters gonna hate?