Emily Crawford (Sydney): Road to Nowhere? The Future for a Declaration on Fundamental Standards of Humanity. Adrien K. Wing (Iowa): Conceptualizing Global Substantive Justice in the Age of Obama. From the International Peace Institute, a policy paper on the UN Security Council and the Responsibility to Protect: Policy, Process, and Practice. Marco Roscini (Westminster): The United Nations Security Council and the Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law. All the frogs croak before a storm: Dostoevsky versus Tolstoy on humanitarian interventions. A review of Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders by Nathan Hodge (and more). From Counterpunch, Anthony DiMaggio on the myth of humanitarian catastrophe; and do we really need an International Criminal Court? Diana Johnstone wants to know. How to punish collective agents: Anne Schwenkenbecher on non-compliance with moral duties by states. "The oppressed have no obligation to follow the rules of the game": An interview with Ashis Nandy of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. A review of Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide by Claudia Card. Perry S. Bechky (Seattle): Lemkin’s Situation: Toward a Rhetorical Understanding of Genocide. Noam Schimmel on remembering the survivors of genocide in Rwanda. “Never Again,” again and again: David Rieff on the persistence of genocide. Gideon John Boas (Monash): Trying Tyrants for Mass Atrocity. A review of International Criminal Law and Philosophy. David J. Luban (Georgetown): Hannah Arendt as a Theorist of International Criminal Law. Ansel J. Halliburton (UC-Davis): Pirates Versus Mercenaries: Purely Private Transnational Violence at the Margins of International Law. James Kraska (NWC): Sovereignty at Sea; Freakonomics of Maritime Piracy; and The Co-operative Strategy and the Pirates of the Gulf of Aden.


From the latest issue of Theoretical & Applied Ethics, a special issue in bioethics. Carl L. Palmer (Notre Dame): Political Socialization and Group-Centrism. What defines a meme? James Gleick on how our world is a place where information can behave like human genes and ideas can replicate, mutate and evolve (and more and more and more and more on The Information). Scott McLemee reviews Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World. An article on Obama conspiracy theorists even more insane than you think. Thou Shalt (Sometimes) Kill: Bin Laden's killing has divided Christians — while Americans celebrated, liberal Europeans felt unease, but they're the ones who may need to take another look at the Bible. Fighting Words: A professor proposes adding certain terms to everyday e-mails as a political protest. Economic chaos, religious hysteria and depraved morals “all lie just under the surface” — but it’s a good thing: Parag Khanna argues in his new book that the world has entered a new Middle Ages which could give rise to a kind of enlightened colonialism (and more). The right-wing network behind the war on unions: Inspired by Ronald Reagan and funded by the right's richest donors, a web of free-market think tanks has fueled the nationwide attack on workers' rights. A review of Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence by Ian Stewart. A review of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn by Suleiman Osman. Sex, drugs, and American jurisprudence: Susan Reid on the medicalization of pleasure. From Vanity Fair, the mid-90s saw Goldman Sachs in crisis as a future U.S. senator and a future Treasury secretary vied for control; William D. Cohan tells how the long knives came out and today’s Goldman was born. A review of Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen.


A new issue of eMinds: International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction is out. Alison Powell (LSE): Lessons from the Net Neutrality Lobby: Balancing Openness and Control in a Networked Society. John Connor (Texas Tech): Digital Life after Death: The Issue of Planning for a Person’s Digital Assets after Death. Superconductivity's first century: In the 100 years since superconductivity was discovered, only one widespread application has emerged. The Sinclair ZX81 was small, black with only 1K of memory, but 30 years ago it helped to spark a generation of programming wizards. Tablets for all: Farhad Manjoo on the future of mobile gadgets. What happens when computers stop shrinking? By around 2020, the age of the ever-smaller chip will come to an end — and we'd better prepare for it. A review of Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life by Helen Nissenbaum. “Envisioning technology” is a speculative and subjective overview of potential future technologies (and a response). Writing Tech Books for Dummies: You, too, can turn an interest in Carrier Ethernet or string theory into an idiot's guide. Johnny Ryan on how the atom bomb helped give birth to the Internet. Robert Darnton on six reasons Google Books failed and on five myths about the "Information Age": New technology is reinforcing old modes of communication more than it is undermining them. A review of Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality by Elias Aboujaoude. Do computers cost too little? The surprisingly complicated economic debate about how much, exactly, our technology is worth to us. By making the internet a new nervous system for humanity, humans will also re-connect with one another in a profoundly new way. A look at how self-described Mac and PC people are different.

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