David B. Wilkins (Harvard): The New Social Engineers in the Age of Obama: Black Corporate Lawyers and the Making of the First Black President. Race talk in the Obama era: Randall Kennedy on the paradoxical reticence of America's first black president and how progressives must fill the vacuum. The mind works in mysterious ways: An article on unconscious race bias and Obama. It really is better now for blacks: Having a perspective on how badly black people were treated 100 years ago helps us appreciate the racial progress we have made. The Other Detroit: The black elite’s most majestic enclave tries to fight off blight. Many African-American Catholics still wonder if the faith is a place of their own — here’s what some of them had to say. Mules of the World: A review of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture by Sheri Parks and Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant. Marina Adhade on why black women are disproportionately against interracial marriage — despite finding white and black men equally attractive. Why I am a male feminist: The word turns off a lot of men (insert snarky comment about man-hating feminazis here) — and women, but here's why black men should be embracing the "f" word (and more). Radio personality Mister Cee's recent arrest has relaunched the popular conversation about the down low, but it's time to view the down-low brother for what he is: an urban exaggeration. Comic-book creators have grappled with how to handle race for decades — but don't expect this summer's superhero flicks to reflect that struggle. The paint-chip problem, revisited: Why fashion keeps tripping over race. The roots of racism: Will we ever get beyond the notion of racial identity?

Erik C. Snowberg (Stanford), Justin Wolfers (Penn), and Eric Zitzewitz (Dartmouth): How Prediction Markets Can Save Event Studies. Koch Industries lackeys admit to manipulating oil prices — and gloat about it, too. Theroux’s Gorey: Ideally, friendship is based on mutual admiration, while the relationship between fan and artist is more asymmetrical. Navy says chaplains may perform same-sex unions. Otto E. Rossler has a scientific proof that can save everyone’s life but no one listens. Sharia bans in 15 states are unconstitutional and unnecessary — and they misunderstand Sharia altogether. An excerpt from Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences by Greg Mitchell (and part 2). The lesser evil: Joshua Keating on the relativism of corruption. A (very) brief history of corruption: What trends in the prevalence of corruption has the world experienced in recent years? There’s a peculiar odor to burning hope; it’s the smell of exhaust fumes, human sweat, and a fast-food container interred under a seat cushion — Kevin Fanning becomes a commuter. A review of A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice by Kenji Yoshino (and more). An article on gangstas vs. rednecks and their weirdly similar subcultures. A review of Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz. An interview with David Brooks, the man who can measure true happiness. Why do fake phone numbers start with 555? Andrew Losowsky on the truth behind the failure of iPad magazines. Until cancer attacked his vocal cords, Christopher Hitchens didn’t fully appreciate what was meant by “a writer’s voice,” or the essential link between speech and prose — as a man who loved to talk, he turns to the masters of such conversation, both in history and in his own circle. An interview with Umair Haque on how to beat Wall Street once and for all.

From the new Infinity Journal (reg. req.) Antulio J. Echevarria (Army War College): Reconsidering War's Logic and Grammar; Eitan Shamir (Bar Ilan): Coping with Nonstate Rivals; and William F. Owen on the forgotten strategy for countering armed rebellion. A review of The Age of Airpower by Martin van Creveld. From Foreign Policy, a special survey on the future of war: What wars are we going to be fighting in the next decade — and with what weapons?; it takes a network: Stanley McChrystal on the new frontline of modern warfare; and the new virology: From Stuxnet to biobombs, the future of war by other means. As the world now knows, it appears to have attacked Iran’s nuclear program, and while its source remains something of a mystery, Stuxnet is the new face of 21st-century warfare: invisible, anonymous, and devastating. A review of Children of Abraham at War: The Clash of Messianic Militarisms by Talmiz Ahmed. War is hellishly profitable: A review of Halliburton’s Army by Pratap Chatterjee. A review of How Wars End by Gideon Rose. War's overlooked victims: Rape is horrifyingly widespread in conflicts all around the world (and more). Warfare seems to obey mathematical rules — whether soldiers can make use of that fact remains to be seen. A review of Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict by Michael L. Gross. A review of The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace by Shannon Beebe and Mary Kaldor. From the Journal of Conflictology, Stean Auguste Nkumb Tshiband on Peacekeeping: A Civilian Perspective? From Swans, Michael Barker on the Velvet Slipper and the Military-Peace Nonprofit Complex. David Cortright on non-military solutions to political conflict.