From The Atlantic, has Europe reached its Articles of Confederation moment? From NPR, Heather Rogers on why Germany needs a strong Europe. Europe, in thou we put our faith: Germany has benefitted from decades of European integration — now we are tasked with the defense of the EU. What advice might Chairman Mao and Lee Kuan Yew give Mario Monti? The opacity of consensus: Stephanie Novak on decision-making at the Council of the EU. How Brussels stifles democracy in Europe: The euro would never have got off the ground if it had been put to national referendums, nor would the bailouts or austerity plans. Has the euro crisis killed off social democracy for good? Across Europe, we used to say "never again" to the threat of war — today, we say "never again" to the danger of debt. The euro crisis summit has caused a deep split in the European Union — Britain has been sidelined, and other member states feel steamrolled by Germany and France; the future of the common currency is as uncertain as ever. Roya Wolverson on why Britain and the EU still need each other. L'etat c'est toi: Jean Monnet was not only a visionary, he was also a realist — achieving a true integration would take many sacrifices and quite a bit of courage. Stephen Kinsella on what the EU should learn from Ireland's austerity fiasco. If we diverge from the path of integration, there is only one outcome: the marginalization of Europe as an infighting and inward-looking region. From the United States to a Federation of Europe: Why unification works. From BIG Map blog, here is a map of Europe: John Bull and His Friends (1900). The New Europe in 2021: Niall Ferguson peers into Europe's future and sees Greek gardeners, German sunbathers and a new fiscal union — welcome to the other United States.

Irus Braverman (SUNY-Buffalo): Potty Training: Nonhuman Inspection in Public Washrooms. President Obama is expected to announce the formal end of the American war in Iraq in a speech; here are facts and figures about the war in Iraq. Mikhail Prokhorov, the third richest man in Russia and owner of the New Jersey Nets, vows to run against Vladimir Putin in 2012 — does Prokhorov stand a chance? From Arts and Opinion, Louis Rene Beres on the disappearance of the philosopher-kings: "Sustained by banality, empty chatter and half knowledge" and the making of the celebrity politician; a review of Why Catholics Are Right by Michael Coren; Wahajat Ali on Islamophobia in America: Who funds it and who writes the elegant hate literature; and does plastic surgery heal the mind? A plastic surgeon is a psychologist with a scalpel in his hand. That the nation-state should be formed around an ethnic group is the most dangerous dumb idea that will not die. Were the 1970s the most boring decade in history? Embattled intellectual historians make a stand. If you are wondering what a Tim Tebow is but don't have time to examine the voluminous coverage surrounding him of late, this should get you caught up. Myra Hindley was, for the British public, evil personified, and was the most hated woman in Britain from the time of her arrest in 1965 until the day she died in 2002 for murdering children with her boyfriend and burying them on the Moors. Shovel-ready clinics: A job creation idea so obviously good even Washington couldn't possibly say no — could it? Reviewage: G. Kim Blank on the culture of online opinions. What is the future of knowledge in the Internet Age? A conversation with David Weinberger about facts, fiction and forecasts. Why gold backs global currencies, and not an element like argon.

Patrick Metze (Texas Tech): Death and Texas: The Unevolved Model of Decency. Michael Javen Fortner (Rutgers): The Carceral State and the Crucible of Black Politics: An Urban History of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Arthur H. Garrison (Kutztown): Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans: What History and the First Decade of Twenty-First Century Have Brought. James Forman Jr. (Yale): Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow. Kim Shayo Buchanan (USC): E-Race-Ing Gender: The Racial Construction of Prison Rape. Rachel Harmon (Virginia): The Problem of Policing. Richard Delgado (Seattle): The Wretched of the Earth. Roger Koppl and Meghan Sacks (Fairleigh Dickinson): How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying. Kit Kinports (Penn State): Feminist Prosecutors and Patriarchal States. From The Good Men Project, a special series on prisons. The appeal of death row: Why would a California convict opt for a death sentence? Lincoln Caplan reviews The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William Stuntz (and more and more). Is there an “Obama Effect” on crime? A surprising new theory for the continuing crime decline among black Americans. A review of Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law. A review of The Immorality of Punishment by Michael J. Zimmerman. Prisonless: How modern technology allows prisoners to walk and live among us. A review of Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy (and more and more). Rania Khalek on the shocking ways the corporate prison industry games the system. Abolish death penalty in 4 simple steps: In the aftermath of Troy Davis, activists say they're closer than ever. Some people’s brains may doom them to a life of crime: An excerpt from Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga. From Cracked, a look at 5 common crime fighting tactics (statistics say don't work) and 6 prison jobs that are probably better than yours.