Alexander Domrin (Iowa): Corruption in the Name of Democracy: The USA and Russia in the 1990s. The Conspiracy Channel: With a larger staff than Fox News, a worldwide Russian TV network spreads a unique brand of anti-American propaganda. Whether Russia is simply behind America — and will soon follow it into cultural decadence — or is truly charting an independent course remains to be seen. A review of No Precedent, No Plan: Inside Russia's 1998 Default by Martin Gilman. A review of The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 by Asif A Siddiqi. A review of books on Russia. Mikhail Zakharov on Russia's multicultural myth. Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan on Russia’s very secret services. Sword or Samovar: A monthlong journey through Russia's killing zone. Who was behind the mysterious bombing in Belarus? "Europe's last dictatorship": Alexander Lukashenka's departure from the path of liberalization required by the EU's Eastern Partnership programme suggests Russian pressure on Belarus. Little-known and often misreported, Belarus under Lukashenko is a well-kept secret — a booming country that blends the best of modern life with a controlled economy (and more). Despite its position out on Europe’s eastern flank, Belarus has historically and culturally been at the heart of European civilisation. As Ukraine is now demonstrating, after revolutionary euphoria fades and normality returns, democratic revolutions can be betrayed and reversed. Legends of Kiev: Angela Kennedy on the stranger side of an ancient capital. A review of Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams by Charles King. Bridge over the Dniestr: Walter Kemp on confidence-building measures in Moldova. The lands autocracy won’t quit: Autocrats in the former USSR show that ousting a dictator doesn’t always bring democracy.

From LRB, Jeremy Waldron on targeted killing and Osama bin Laden. The Humanist: Richard Wolin reviews The Fear of Barbarians, Torture and the War on Terror, and Duties and Delights: The Life of a Go-Between by Tzvetan Todorov. Julian Assange: "We shouldn’t be surprised by the war on WikiLeaks. The elite have always loathed the radical press, from English civil war news books to early American labour newspapers." John Cook reviews Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding, and WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency by Micah L. Sifry (and more and more and more and more). The Numbers Guy on the science of DNA and the art of identification (and more). C-SPAN’s Chamber Music: C-SPAN relies on the public domain for musical accompaniment that is “pleasant without being distracting”, but some want more modern compositions. So many things could have gone wrong on the raid on Osama's compound. What does "friend" mean now? In the age of social networking, it seems like everybody’s a friend — except they’re not. An interview with former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on the death of Osama bin Laden. Conservatives won in Canada's national elections, but it provides an opportunity for progressives to get stronger. Who’s the dog hero of the raid on Bin Laden? (and more and more) From Vanity Fair, her lightning-rod years behind her, Hillary Clinton is an administration star and a formidable, low-maintenance secretary of state — as she grapples with the Arab Spring, Jonathan Alter steals quality time with the ever airborne diplomat in chief. Branding Bin Laden: How Osama's death will affect the al-Qaeda name.

Stephen Rushin (UC-Berkeley): Rethinking Miranda: The Post-Arrest Right to Silence. Roger Fairfax (GWU): Outsourcing Criminal Prosecution? The Limits of Criminal Justice Privatization. Justin Dickerson (Loyola): "Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job": Homeboy Industries and Restorative Justice. Alexander Volokh (Emory): Everything We Know About Faith-Based Prisons. Paul Marcus (William and Mary): Capital Punishment in the United States and Beyond. From The Public Intellectual, an interview with Barry Krisberg on gang policy; why we punish LGBT kids — especially when they’re not white — and how we might stop; the economy is down — shouldn’t violent crime be up?; and has the Obama administration made good on campaign promises for criminal justice reform? Attorney General Eric Holder's weakened plan to stop rape in prisons disappoints advocates. Peter Moskos writes in defense of flogging: Of course it's brutal — but it's better than prison. How drug cops go bad: We shouldn't be surprised when the police officers we ask to break the laws they enforce turn corrupt. A boom behind bars: Private jail operators like the Corrections Corporation of America are making millions off the crackdown on illegal aliens. Books Behind Bars: What are wardens thinking when they censor magazines and books? The least dangerous criminals in America: Why are some federal prosecutors and senators so eager to waste resources on lawbreakers who do us no harm? The American prison state: The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world today and throughout history — the financial costs are tremendous and rising. A review of Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition by David Garland. A review of Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence by Bill James.