Lawrence McMillan (BIRC): Foreign Aid and Economic Development. BM Fikre (Addis Ababa): The Politics Underpinning the Non-realisation of the Right to Development. From International Politics and Society, Michael Cichon, Christina Behrendt, and Veronika Wodsak on the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative: Moving Forward with the Extension of Social Security. The first chapter from Solomon's Knot: How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations by Robert D. Cooter and Hans-Bernd Schafer. From Christianity Today, a cover story on the best ways to fight poverty — really (and a series of responses). Why economics — the dismal science — is far too pessimistic when it comes to analyzing the amazing gains in poverty eradication. Esther Duflo explains to John Gapper why the empowerment of women will not solve poverty. It's shocking to learn how many people live on less than $1 day — but could the statistic actually have done more harm than good? Bill Gates has pushed global philanthropy onto the agendas of the super-rich; more money for good causes — that's got to be a good thing?

A new issue of Homeland Security Affairs is out. Nick J. Sciullo (Georgia State): Social Justice in Turbulent Times: Critical Race Theory and Occupy Wall Street. Wiretaps and Weathermen: An excerpt from Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner. On the Market: Alice Gregory on working at Sotheby’s. Some awfully good companies are competing for the "Worst Company in America" title. Stunning immorality: If the Ryan budget somehow became reality then you might have to give up on college and avoid air travel — assuming you survived the food poisoning and killer diseases. The birth control debate is really about fear of the entire future. From NeoAmericanist, Shaun Clarkson on Woody Allen and the Golden Age of Kitsch. Andrew Gelman on voting patterns of America’s whites, from the masses to the elites. From the latest issue of The Baffler, Thomas Frank on too smart to fail: Notes on an age of folly. Good news first, bad news never: Ryan Cooper on how the Peace Corps believes its own PR, looks past its mistakes, and shafts volunteers in the process. Who wrote the Iliad? The “Homeric Question” is one that scholars cannot resist answering.

Irina Savelieva (RAS): In Search of the New "Turns": History and Theory in the 21st Century. From World History Connected, a special issue on the environment in world history. Telling Time: William Grassie on a correlated history of the universe. An interview with Sanjay Subrahmanyam on how history cannot be written as if nations had always been around. From The University Bookman, a series of essays focusing on the life and achievement of historian John Lukacs. How a historian who reveled in destroying the reputations of others ruined his own: A review of An Honourable Englishman: The Life of Hugh Trevor-Roper by Adam Sisman. Baffled by the ease with which titles promising to turn world history on its head have won huge audiences despite defying logic and lacking proof, Daniel Melia laboured to divine the hidden secrets that allow anyone to identify truly "bad books". History, sired by literary nomads: Raju Peddada on how itinerant scribes of antiquity drafted historiography (and part 2). Geoff Dyer on different ways of writing history and examples where innovative or experimental approaches have paid off.