Paul Pryce (LIIA): Putin’s Third Term: The Triumph of Eurasianism? Andrei Piontkovsky on the four stages of Putinism. Keith Wagstaff on why so many Russians still love Stalin. Andrei Veselov on how an attempt to create a real labor union lands you in a penal colony. Should the Russian language be cleansed of foreign words? Yvonne Howell reviews We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity by Anindita Banerjee. Putin’s Ph.D.: Can a plagiarism probe upend Russian politics? For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of WWII. Can Moscow lift its profile as a cutting-edge destination? Ekow Eshun tours the hotspots of a creative renaissance. The czars and commissars alike are long gone — Moscow has almost become a normal European city. Marshall Poe interviews Eric Lohr, author of Russian Citizenship: From Empire to Soviet Union.

Lili Levi (Miami): “Smut and Nothing But”: The FCC, Indecency, and Regulatory Transformations in the Shadows. Seeking a moral calculus: Michael DeLang considers society's continual acceptance of violence; whether governmental or individual, anonymous or notorious, the ends never justify the means but the perpetrator feels justified. Sparing you the agony of enduring any more explanations of ear-candling or aromatherapy than is strictly necessary, Crispian Jago has compiled a handy Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense. Alex Murashko on The Bible series: Hollywood gets the message it's good business to respect Christians. The Philosopher Ploughman: Graham A. Macdonald reappraises the ideas and impact of the 20th-century political thinker, Michael Oakeshott. Slyer than Fox: Rebecca Dana on the wild inside story of how MSNBC became the voice of the left.

Nik Winchester (Open) and Nicholas Bailey (Cardiff): Making Sense of “Global” Social Justice: Claims for Justice in a Global Labour Market. Andy Sumner (King's): The Buoyant Billions: How “Middle Class” are the New Middle Classes in Developing Countries? (And Why Does it Matter?) Andy Sumner (King's): Where Will the World's Poor Live? An Update on Global Poverty and the New Bottom Billion. A place of one’s own: Land is more than real estate — in many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity. The migration and labor question today: Raul Delgado Wise on imperialism, unequal development, and forced migration. Global justice between minimalism and egalitarianism: Chris Armstrong reviews From Global Poverty to Global Justice by Pablo Gilabert and On Global Justice by Mathias Risse. Watch Thomas Pogge set out his plan to end global poverty at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London.

Floris Solleveld (Radboud): Conceptual Change in the History of the Humanities. From Reason, Matt Welch on the death of contrarianism: The New Republic returns to its Progressive roots as a cheerleader for state power. “Of all the sciences to be subject to congressional restrictions on what research can and can’t be funded by the National Science Foundation, congress may have chosen the worst possible science to pick on”: Jennifer Victor on how to lobby to get your grant back. The entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration, published by Taylor and Francis, has resigned in protest over restrictions that would require scholars to wait up to 18 months before making their published research more widely available on open access, or pay a fee of nearly $3000. Glenn Greenwald on how Noam Chomsky is discussed: The more one dissents from political orthodoxies, the more the attacks focus on personality, style and character.

Katharine K. Baker (IIT): Sex and Equality. Emma Poulton (Durham): “If You Had Balls, You'd Be One of Us!” Doing Gendered Research: Methodological Reflections on Being a Female Academic Researcher in the Hyper-Masculine Subculture of “Football Hooliganism”. Christian Williams on the trouble with tough guys. Erika Bachiochi on why U.N. feminists should want to partner with the Holy See. It’s well-established being funny makes men more attractive — now a new paper reports that being attractive makes men funnier. Sympathy for the stay-at-home mom: Judith Shulevitz on an argument about work, life, and the modern calendar. The final feminist frontier: Why men still don't do their share of the dirty work. The retro wife: Lisa Miller on feminists who say they’re having it all — by choosing to stay home. Donald N.S. Unger on how men can't have it all either. Yes, we’re still gendering everything.