A new issue of Studies of Transition States and Societies is out. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Justice after Violence: Critical Perspectives from the Western Balkans. From Synthesis Philosophica, a special section on philosophical trends in Southeast Europe. Tsveta Petrova on why recent converts to democracy in Eastern Europe are uniquely qualified to support transitions elsewhere. The "Natural Albania" campaign is a further attempt to put a merger with Kosovo in the political agenda. Tihomir Loza on two decades of the Balkans tribunal: In its 20 years, has the court furthered reconciliation, and was it even supposed to? When a country actually is wiped off the map: For many the decomposition of Yugoslavia into its constituent republics in the early 1990s was anything but smooth. Driving through postwar Yugoslavia was nearly impossible, but a young poet and his new wife struggled through the desolate landscape to Athens. A star pupil flunks out: Slovenia’s status as a post-communist standout was built on a shaky foundation. Europe’s new frontier: Croatia’s European Union membership offers hope for others — but does Europe really need to expand? “Refeudalisation” in the Balkans and the danger to the EU: Western Europe must beware of what the Balkan’s accession would mean for the rest of the Union.

A new issue of e-flux is out. Glenn Boyle and Scott Rademaker (Canterbury): Are Bureaucrats Really Paid Like Bureaucrats? From ResetDOC, Charles Taylor on interculturalism or multiculturalism; Kwame Anthony Appiah on misunderstanding cultures: Islam and the West; and Alessandro Ferrara on hyperpluralism and the multivariate democratic polity. Ice, Ice, Baby: Meagan R. Marold on the division of frozen embryos at the time of divorce. Brad Plumer interviews Cass Sunstein on how government regulations could be a lot simpler. Vassar Unzipped: Laura Jacobs explores why Mary McCarthy’s The Group still dazzles as a generational portrait, falters as fiction, and blighted McCarthy’s life. Gary Marcus on the problem with the neuroscience backlash. An Arctic Norwegian town that once lived in fear of the Red Army has flourished thanks to an influx of Russians who freely cross the NATO member’s border to shop, work and get married. In defense of fan-made parodies: Kelly Witwicki Faddegon on how the extortionate use of copyright law infringes on democratic culture. Does this study prove Malcolm Gladwell was right about social media and revolutions? Russian magazine names Putin most eligible bachelor. From Dummies.com, Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni on 5 useful Italian hand gestures.

From the Christian Post, Napp Nazworth interviews Tom Krattenmaker, author of The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians; why is Christianity losing in America? Michael Craven wants to know (and part 2); beware of Bible McNuggets: John Stonestreet on when reading the Bible can be spiritually unhealthy; and do the Bible and Atlas Shrugged share common ground? Alex Murashko interviews Mark David Henderson, author of The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground. Alicia J. Batten reviews The Political Aims of Jesus by Douglas E. Oakman. Christian leaders have always been misogynists: Valeri Tarico on the 20 most vile quotes from leaders of the church, from St. Benedict to Pat Robertson. Can Christians get along with America? Bakery owners and a high school valedictorian take a stand for religion, in very different ways. Adam Joyce reviews Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic: Why Christianity Makes Surprising Emotional Sense. The Left and Jean-Jacques Rousseau: William Haun on why religious liberty became controversial. How do I know I’m saved? An excerpt from Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by J.D. Greear. The New Theist: Nathan Schneider on how William Lane Craig became Christian philosophy's apostle to the skeptics. An interview with Stephen J. Stein, editor of the Cambridge History of Religions in America.