From The Nation, Sean Guillory on how Russian nationalism fuels race riots: The Biryulyovo riots should be read first and foremost as a protest against the multiethnic state. Can the absence of freedom of speech, a monopolized media market, and a politicized education create obstacles which will stand in the way of economic growth? Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy and Dmitry Cherny on the crooked mirror. James W. Carden on why Russians still don't hate communism. Reports of Russia’s death are exaggerated: Spengler reviews Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America by Ilan Berman. Nikolas K. Gvosdev on how Russia's military is back. J. Lester Feder on the Russian plot to take back Eastern Europe at the expense of gay rights. Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Kenneth Yalowitz on how to handle Russia. Russia’s foreign policy is nearing complete failure: Putin’s diplomatic coup on Syria obscures a dismal pattern, writes Stephen Sestanovich. What the hell's going on in Ukraine, explained. Gideon Rachman on how Putin miscalculated in the struggle for Ukraine. Is Ukraine Putin’s Pyrrhic victory or “resurgent neo-authoritarian Russia flexing geopolitical muscle”? Kevin Drum on Vladimir Putin and the limits of thuggishness. The seduction of George W. Bush: Peter Baker on how the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin — and how a warm friendship turned to ice.

From White House Studies, Robert J. Spitzer (SUNY-Cortland): Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes. Evelyn M. Tenenbaum (Albany): The Union of Contraceptive Services and the Affordable Care Act Gives Birth to First Amendment Concerns. Tenzan Eaghll on a plea to critique the pope’s pity. To walk the world: Journalist Paul Salopek embarks on a seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra Del Fuego, following in the footsteps of our restless forebears. With "Knockout Game" back in fashion, Rightbloggers revive the old Ooga Booga. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the hard charger at Obama’s side, has his hands full (and more). Jonathan Chait on how Obamacare is still alive. Eating their own: Sahil Kapur on the rise of Obamacare McCarthyism. Chomsky versus Dershowitz: Richard Falk reviews Chomsky and Dershowitz: On Endless War and the End of Civil Liberties by Howard Friel. Bill Gates on how you can be a more effective donor. Clive Thompson on Vaclav Smil, the man Bill Gates thinks you absolutely should be reading. Wagner and consequences: Slavoj Zizek on a Lacanian reading of classic operas — the ridiculous excess of mercy. The “evolution” of Little Red Riding Hood: New analysis reveals whether different folktales are related or not. For 20 years the nuclear launch code at US Minuteman silos was 00000000.

Luigi Guiso (EIEF), Paola Sapienza (Northwestern) and Luigi Zingales (Chicago): The Value of Corporate Culture. Richard Schragger (Virginia) and Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Some Realism about Corporate Rights. Anne Alstott (Yale): Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards: Options for Legal Design in the United States. Y. Han (Andy) Kim (NTU) and Felix Meschke (Kansas): CEO Interviews on CNBC. Christopher M. Bruner (Washington and Lee): Is the Corporate Director's Duty of Care a “Fiduciary” Duty? Does It Matter? Mitchell Hoffman (Toronto) and John Morgan (UC-Berkeley): Who's Naughty? Who's Nice? Experiments on Whether Pro-Social Workers are Selected Out of Cutthroat Business Environments. Do firms go bad? Lee E. Biggerstaff, David Cicero, and Andy Puckett on how curbing corporate misbehaviour is a key policy goal but fixing the problem requires an understanding of what causes it. Don Peck on how the emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote. Emma Roller on the corporate ethos that contributed to's failure. Capitalism in trouble: CEOs are growing nervous — can they help save our system from its worst excesses? Wells Fargo’s makeover: Avi Asher-Schapiro on how Wells Fargo has found a way to spin its history of racist and predatory lending into public relations gold. Daniel Little on Thorstein Veblen's critique of the American system of business. The mindfulness business: Western capitalism is looking for inspiration in eastern mysticism.

Hai-Anh Dang (World Bank): Vietnam: A Widening Poverty Gap for Ethnic Minorities. Can East Timor dodge the “resource curse”? Despite oil and gas riches, signs of wealth remain scarce in the impoverished country. From The New York Times Magazine, Luke Mogelson on the Dream Boat: More than a thousand refugees have died trying to reach Christmas Island — but faced with unbearable conditions at home, they keep coming; and a game of shark and minnow: The shell of a forsaken ship has become a battleground in a struggle that will shape the future of the South China Sea and, to some extent, the rest of the world. Walter Lohman on the South China Sea and the lessons of history. Michael Auslin on the day America lost Asia. James Fallows on how to think about the Chinese air-defense news. Troubled skies over troubled waters: China announces a new air defence zone, causing neighbours to protest about the latest escalation of territorial disputes in the East China Sea (and more). Heather Timmons and Lily Kuo on how China’s air defense zone isn’t the only way the country is exercising its new military muscle. Joe Pappalardo on what a shooting war in the East China Sea might look like. Taiwan military: China able to invade by 2020. Economic experiments and the battle for East Asia: Ely Ratner on why the race for dominance in East Asia is about economic strength, not military power. Peter Gordon reviews Poverty in the Midst of Affluence: How Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity by Leo F. Goodstadt.

John O. Hayward (Bentley): Religious Pretenders in the Courts: Unmasking the Imposters. Patrick H. O'Neil (Puget Sound): The Deep State: An Emerging Concept in Comparative Politics. From NYRB, here be monsters: Marina Warner reviews Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps by Chet Van Duzer and Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map by Joseph Nigg. Meet Ryan Shapiro, the punk rocker who can liberate your FBI file. Henry Aaron and Harold Pollack on why now's not the time for liberals to say "I told you so" about Obamacare. Did the feds fix Maggie Fox, Mike O'Brien and Mark Murray on how we’ll know. How will we know Obamacare is working? The media will stop covering it. John Cassidy on why liberalism will survive Obamacare. Brad Plumer on 103 different ways to reduce the deficit. George Dvorsky on how we'll swear in the future. USA Today lets go top climate reporter Dan Vergano, embraces confusionist Bjorn Lomborg. Eugene Brennan reviews Reflections on Anti-Semitism by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre. Dukakis and the Tank: Josh King on the inside story of the worst campaign photo op ever. Susan B. Glasser on the price of smart power: Will Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran come at the cost of Syrian lives? Jacqueline Millner on why Yoko Ono still matters. Gawker Media has more readers than the top-circulation U.S. magazines — who's out-of-touch now? A to Zine: Sabrina Ricci on a guide to understanding zines. Gavin Jamieson on 5 “crazy people” who were right all along.

Wilson Ray Huhn (Akron): Slaves to Contradictions: 13 Myths that Sustained Slavery. William M. Carter Jr. (Pittsburgh): The Promises of Freedom: The Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment. Does the Gettysburg Address distract us from the real Lincoln? Sean Wilentz on the politician behind the oratory. Was the Gettysburg Address a mistake? Chuck Thompson on why Lincoln was far too kind to the South — and we still are. Amy Crawford on the slaves who sued for freedom: New research uncovers a little-known force for abolition — captives who took their masters to court. Jacqueline M. Allain on sexual relations between elite white women and enslaved men in the Antebellum South. Can America face up to the terrible reality of slavery in the way that Germany has faced up to the Holocaust? Elizabeth Anderson on American conservative politics and the long shadow of slavery. 150 years of racism: Attitudes in the American South. David Cole on how to uphold racial injustice. The new nullification movement: Ari Berman on how some states are reviving disenfranchisement schemes that date back to the antebellum South (and more and more). Richard L. Hasen on how courts should think about Republican efforts to make it harder to vote. Leader of Colorado's secessionist movement says the problem they're fighting is the "urbanization of America". The RNC seems pretty sure that racism has ended. From Mobilizing Ideas, a symposium on Right-Wing Extremism, Racist Movements, and Fights for Racial Justice (and part 2). Linda Kinstler and Kevin Mahnken on why Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s new miniseries about civil rights matters more than ever.

Patrick McKinley Brennan (Villanova): The Liberty of the Church: Source, Scope, and Scandal. Meet the Catholic extremists who could shatter the church: The Society of St. Pius X has a past of Fascist sympathy and worse. Michael Joseph Gross on the Vatican’s Secret Life: Despite headlines about a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican, the Catholic Church’s gay cardinals, monks, and other clergy inhabit a hidden netherworld. Torn bread: Kaya Oakes on communion in a woman’s hands. Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the developing world? Michael P. Orsi reviews Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritatis in Veritate by Maciej Zieba. Pope Francis calls capitalism “a new tyranny” and very explicitly called on global leaders to act on poverty and growing inequality, and lays out mission statement, tells priests not to be defeatist “sourpusses”. Here is a quiz to see whether you can distinguish statements by Pope Francis from statements by Karl Marx. From The Week, Peter Weber on 5 ways the pope is resuscitating the Catholic Church; and is Pope Francis on the Mafia's hit list? The Pope has angered Italy's crime lords with his corruption crackdown. John L. Allen Jr. reviews Bergoglio's List: The Untold Story of the People Saved by Francis during the Dictatorship by Nello Scavo. John Cornwell reviews Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Jonathan Freedland on why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis. The new Pope, Francis: great guy — still, the best thing that this nice Pope could do would be to dismantle the Catholic Church.

Ozgur Evren (NES) and Stefania Minardi (HEC Paris): Warm-Glow Giving and Freedom to Be Selfish. Ban Brynne Alexis Sharafi (Cal State-Dominguez Hills): American Multiculturalism, French Universalism, Antiblackness, and the French Headscarf. From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on educational struggles. The Nazi anatomists: Emily Bazelon on how the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science — and American abortion politics. Is this America’s own Pussy Riot trial? US climate activist Reverend Billy faces one year in jail for bank protest. Seth Colter Walls reviews We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939–1975. What's the point of literary magazines? It's true that many cannot survive from sales — but this argument can be made about all art. Despite US opposition, UN approves rights to privacy in the digital age. William Davies on the tyranny of intermediaries. Digital delta: Two men from different fields are teaming up to create the future of mapping in one of most biologically diverse wildernesses on Earth. George Musser on what happens to Google Maps when tectonic plates move. From Knowledge@Wharton, an interview with social activist Anna Hazare: “The first task is to remove corruption”. Jeffrey Rosen on how Clarence Thomas does not share the Founding Fathers' view of corruption. Thanks, Internet — you killed the mystery of the music bargain bin.

Lauren Prather (Stanford): Fighting Poverty at Home and Abroad: Explaining Attitudes Towards Redistribution. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Harvard) and Jeffrey B. Wenger (Georgia): Policy Information and the Polarization of American Social Policy Preferences. H. Luke Shaefer (Michigan) and Kathryn Edin (Harvard): Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs. Paul Buhle reviews A Freedom Budget for All Americans by Paul LeBlanc and Michael D. Yates. Mike Konczal on why the government should spend more each year. Colin Gordon on Social Security by the numbers. The Great American Ripoff: Joshua Holland on the high cost of low taxes. Want a real overhaul of the tax code? Here's an elegant way to end the 1 percent’s free ride and mitigate poverty — in one land tax. Should the government pay everyone a basic income? Steven Mazie investigates. Tressie McMillan Cottom on FAFSA federal student aid: Benefits go to the middle class, not the poor. On the myths of economic growth and the state’s role in innovation: Fred Block reviews Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Edmund Phelps. Timothy Shenk reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Capitalism redefined: Nick Hanauer and Eric Beinhocker on what prosperity is, where growth comes from, why markets work — and how we resolve the tension between a prosperous world and a moral one.

Ann Reed (North Dakota): Diaspora Tourism: The Heritage of Slavery in Ghana. From Pambazuka News, a special issue on reimagining another Africa: Food security, economic freedom and self-organising; and is Africa really rising? Ama Biney wonders. Timothy Spangler on a journey into Zimbabwe’s postcolonial subconscious. Is Africa really a drunken continent? The price of precious: Jeffrey Gettleman on how the minerals in our electronic devices have bankrolled unspeakable violence in the Congo. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on national institutions and subnational development in Africa. From the new Women Change Worlds blog, Beatrice Achieng Nas on poverty and the rural African girl. No need to dig: Many of Africa’s fastest-growing economies have not relied on oil or mining. Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Western Sahara, a land under occupation: For nearly four decades, Sahrawis have struggled for independence from Morocco — there are growing fears of a return to arms. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay wars that the deteriorating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) may spin out of control, further destabilizing the country. Amanda Sperber on the Central African Republic’s death spiral (and more). An excerpt from Africa's Moment by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray. The not-so-great professor: Howard W. French on Jeffrey Sachs' incredible failure to eradicate poverty in Africa. Where to from here for the African PhD? Karen MacGregor wonders.