Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE): Post-Soviet Space and the Unexpected Turns of Religious Life. Caucasian connection: Kelly Moffitt on how the Boston Marathon bombing was covered by media in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia. A pleasant post-apocalypse: Central Asia is, both defiantly and tragically, a land without a narrative. Richard Marshall interviews David Bakhurst, author of Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy: From the Bolsheviks to Evald Ilyenkov. The Soviet Union had its Gulag — it also had its seaside resorts: The same government that threw its citizens into labor camps also gave them vacations and places to spend them, some of them lavish. Central Asia and the horse: An excerpt from The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors by Christoph Baumer. From Pushkin to Putin: Mikhail Shishkin on the sad tale of democracy in Russia. Central Asia's most important city is not in Central Asia, it's in China — welcome to Urumqi. Russian schools to teach Putin’s version of history. Joel Krupa reviews Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love With Vladimir Putin by Ben Judah. Amnesty raps post-Soviet states for renditions.

From Anamnesis, Richard Reinsch (Liberty Fund): A Constitution in Full: Modern Political Tendencies and the American Departure; and Joseph R. Stromberg (Independent Institute): Orestes Brownson and the Mystical Body of the Union. From the first edition of the Encyclopędia Britannica, a table of remarkable Eras and Events. Public Intellectual, immigrant, activist: Roger Bromley on the many lives of Stuart Hall (and more). Justin Fox on the case for paying people more. Peter Ludlow on the strange case of Barrett Brown: Amid the outrage over the NSA's spying program, the jailing of journalist Barrett Brown points to a deeper and very troubling problem. Iveta Cherneva on Bulgaria’s Twitter revolution. Nerds and cat ladies alike should have stopped with their laser pointer keychains and questioned: "Are laser pointers illegal?" According to a new study, the answer in most cases is yes. John Halle on Tim Wise’s game. Prepare for the worst: Seth Stein LeJacq on how we generally agree that the big medical problems should be left to the professionals, but that wasn’t the case in seventeenth-century Britain, where domestic healing was the norm. Jacob Phillips reviews Bakhtin Reframed by Deborah J. Haynes. Marina Simakova on decoding democracy: Who’s next in this Pussy Riot marketing quest? Marc Tracy on why the hipster vote is meaningless in New York City. The CIA wants to control the climate!!!!11!

A new issue of Philosophy in Review is out. Daniel Dennett is the mild mannered super wizard of philosophical brainstorms. With the work of the Bentham Project at the University of Leeds we have begun to more accurately apprehend his views, including his never-published third volume of Bentham’s Not Paul, but Jesus. Jon Cogburn on a cursory defense of LEMM as "core analytic" philosophy. Do women have different philosophical intuitions than men? George Dvorsky on important unresolved ethical questions that are on the verge of becoming highly relevant. Fichte, Nietzsche, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Darwin, and Heidegger: George J. Marlin reviews Hitler’s Philosophers by Yvonne Sherratt. Be employable, study philosophy: Shannon Rupp on how the discipline teaches you how to think clearly, a gift that can be applied to just about any line of work. What makes a popular philosophy book a good book? Beyond the “secularism tick”: Nina M. Flores interviews Sandra Harding. Philosophers: do you see yourself making the world "a better place", and does that matter? Against cynicism: Adam Kirsch on Peter Sloterdijk’s brilliant reasons for living. Ramin Jahanbegloo on reading Hegel in a Tehran prison: Jahanbegloo recollects imprisonment in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher: Nathan Schneider on life lessons from the Christian apologist William Lane Craig.