Why has the Arab Spring skipped Central Asia (so far)? David Muckenhuber wants to know. Sarah Kendzior on the curse of stability in Central Asia: The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability, but they're really making excuses for decay. Decision time for Central Asia: Russia or China? Russia and China may compete economically in Central Asia, but not militarily. Zaid Hydari on Afghanistan's forgotten refugees. Central Asia braces for militants' return from Afghanistan. Erik Heinrich on how Afghanistan is on the leading edge of a tech revolution. Stranded on the roof of the world: Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of the most remote, high-altitude, bewitching landscapes on Earth — it’s a heavenly life and a living hell. An excerpt from Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book by Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters.

From Liberty Forum, Gordon Lloyd on the constitutional liberty of the Antifederalists (and two responses). Joanne Bamberger on Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, and America's new mommy wars: An elitist assault on working women? From Open Democracy, Kaushik Barua on the rise of the anti-politician. Et tu, chimp? The leader of a wild chimpanzee troupe was recently attacked by four of his underlings, who banded together to beat him to death. Leon Wieseltier on how a Darwinist mob is going after a serious philosopher Thomas Nagel. From Esquire, after years of trying to understand how Zimbabwe works, we finally have the answer: it's a diamond heist. Is gridlock a conservative victory? Amitai Etzioni wonders. Rick Searle on immortal jellyfish and the collapse of civilization. Jay Zawatsky on the real goal of a minimum-wage increase.

What are animals thinking? Chimps, cats, parrots, dolphins, and dogs have surprisingly smart and emotionally rich minds. The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence. Confirmed: Dogs sneak food when people aren't looking. The economics of extinction: How long before Africa’s rhinos and elephants are wiped out in the wild? Setting sail on unknown seas: Mary Caperton Morton on the past, present and future of species rafting. Gary Jason on the cruelty of the ASPCA. Here's a startup pitch you don't see every day: An "Interspecies Internet" to facilitate communication between humans and animals. We didn’t domesticate dogs — they domesticated us. Aleks Pluskowski reviews The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages by Joyce E. Salisbury.

From FDL, a book salon on Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich. From the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, here is the entry on political ecology by John P. Clark. From Constellations, ethics without normativity and politics without historicity: Seyla Benhabib reviews Judith Butler's Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. Dancing in the Streets of Timbuktu: In Mali’s fight against extremists, women’s freedoms — not Islam — is the central issue. Forget 1984 and conspiracy stories, this is the real thing. The tsunami survivor who lost her whole family: Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, children and parents in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami — what has saved her is daring to remember and to write. Does the government deserve your DNA? Jeffrey Rosen on the crucial privacy case before the Supreme Court. Danny Postel on Hugo Chavez and the Middle East: Which side was he on?

From WSJ, Arthur C. Brooks on Republicans and their faulty moral arithmetic: Conservative values and money issues are worth less than concern for the poor (and a response by Josh Barro). How can Republicans prove they care about the poor? The invisible fist: The GOP respects the hand of the market, but disrespects those who work for it. Jacob Heilbrunn on conservatism and the demise of Human Events. Samuel Goldman on why the GOP must come to terms with George W. Bush's disastrous presidency. Lipstick on an Elephant: Deep behind a tangle of denial and rebranding initiatives, a GOP resuscitation plan emerges. Are Americans as conservative as their elected officials think? According to a new working paper, the answer is no — not by a long shot. What if the pundits are right after all? A reply on polarization and sorting.