Sarah Joseph (Monash): A Human Rights Reading of Tintin. From M/C Journal, a special issue on the remix. For the past several months, a group of Christian writers have been debating the value and meaning of dressing modestly — a conversation that is relevant even to people who aren't part of religious communities. Noreen Malone on why fashion should be a refuge for the unemployable. Jonathan Meiburg goes inside the American Museum of Natural History’s hidden masterpiece. The man who organized everything: To Robert J. Glushko, the world is one big opportunity for arrangement. John Judis on how Obama just gave his most significant foreign policy speech (and more by Isaac Chotiner). The idiocy of crowds: Felix Salmon on equity crowdfunding platforms. If there is any Wyoming left in Wyoming a Cheney isn't going to get elected in the Equality State any time soon. From Skeptic, talking to the dead: James Van Praagh tested. Writing seen, writing spoken: Thomas Larson on how e-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer. Should we judge people of past eras for moral failings? Peter Ludlow on the banality of systemic evil. Terrible though it may be, a default may actually be necessary to preserve the constitutional structure of American government and the rest of Obama’s presidency.

From The Atlantic Monthly, the boom towns and ghost towns of the new economy: New York, Houston, Washington, D.C. — plus college towns and the energy belt — are all up, while much of the Sun Belt is (still) down; Richard Florida maps the winners and losers since the crash. If New York is better than ever — and it is! It is! — why does it kind of suck? Choire Sicha wonders (and more at The Awl). Northern New England is dying: Too many communities are focused on keeping people from fleeing instead of attracting new and diverse talent. Neo-Nazi Craig Paul Cobb plans white supremacist town in North Dakota (and more). If the plan for a new state in Colorado is going to succeed, it will have to learn a few lessons from the 37 add-on states that preceded it. Tom Kenworthy on the untold story of Western ranchers and their epic battle against coal: From the Northern Plains to the Pacific Northwest, opposition is building to plans for exporting coal and increasing carbon pollution. Kings of the wild frontier: Clive Sinclair on the internal contradictions of Wild West myths. The American west is being overrun by wild horses. Half of the United States lives in these counties. Richey Piiparinen on what Detroit has really taught America. Sergio M. Marxuach on Puerto Rico vs. Detroit. What's keeping Puerto Rico in political limbo? No. 1 in wine and porn: Sommer Mathis on the idiocy of state rankings. Gus Lubin on 26 maps that show how ethnic groups are divided all over America.

Abdulmalik M. Altamimi (Leeds): The UN's “Responsibility to Protect” and the Arab World's Quest for Democracy. Robbert Maseland and Andre Van Hoorn (Groningen): Does Democracy Deliver in Islamic Societies? Mohamed Abdelaal (Alexandria): Egypt's Constitution: What Went Wrong? Joshua M. Pryor (Hawaii): Prospects for Peace: Iranian Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East. Patrick H. O'Neil (Puget Sound): A Messianic State? Ideology, Rationality and Eschatology in Iranian Politics. Agatha S. Hultquist and Johanna Birnir (Maryland): The Patronization of Electoral Politics in Authoritarian States: A Study of Ethnopolitical Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Stop blaming colonial borders for the Middle East's problems: Plenty of other countries have “artificially drawn” borders and aren’t fighting — here's the real problem with Europe's legacy in the region. An Egyptian court orders the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets. Eric Trager on how Western media is fixated on the wrong arrest in Egypt. Negotiating Syria: George Packer on Obama’s politics, Assad’s war. The shadow commander: Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East — now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria. An interview with Christopher M. Schroeder, author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. What do Spain’s King Juan Carlos, Pope Francis, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have in common? John Judis on Hegelian dialectics.

David Barnhizer (Cleveland State): Through a PRISM Darkly: Surveillance and Speech Suppression in the Post-Democracy Electronic State. Adam Chodorow (ASU): Death and Taxes and Zombies (“This article fills a glaring gap in the academic literature by examining how the estate and income tax laws apply to the undead”.) From Nautilus, a special issue on the unlikely: Chasing the odds. Hoe down: Cara Parks on how small-scale farmers have turned to high tech to invent the tools they need. David Petraeus: Voldemort comes to CUNY. Done right, security and liberty should reinforce each other — Jane Harman on how to do it right. Why does the Right hate Obamacare? Robert Paul Wolff investigates. Forbes calls Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein holier than Mother Teresa. Ben Walsh on the opportunity cost of buying iPhones and Cronuts. From Harvard Business Review, here is a history of the world in three sentences. An interview with Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, authors of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro on the coastal consciousness of John Gillis: The historian explores the tense meeting of land and sea. Hanna Rosin on Murder by Craigslist: A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims — white, working-class men. Health care and education are messed up for the same reason: How do you keep costs down for a product when consumers can't say "no"?

From The American Conservative, Alan Pell Crawford on the anti-Alinsky: John Jay Chapman teaches conservatives the spirit of practical agitation. The GOP's latest bombshell: Janine Turner, who turned heads as the star of television's Northern Exposure, is turning them anew as a conservative political commentator. Frank Rich on why it’s hard to hate Rand Paul. Jason Zengerle on Ted Cruz, the distinguished wacko bird from Texas (and more by Josh Marshall: “An incredibly bright guy who's an arrogant jerk who basically everybody ends up hating”). Isaac Chotiner on how the Republican Party's wacko birds are also its policy wonks. Avi Tuschman goes inside the conservative brain: What explains their wiring? The wonk gap: What the G.O.P. doesn’t know can hurt us. How to save the Republican Party, courtesy of two Democrats, William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck. Scandal at Clinton Inc.: No one in Bill Clinton’s inner circle did more to shape his post-presidential life than Doug Band — for those who care about the Clintons, that’s a problem. After two decades in the political spotlight, Hillary Clinton and her inner circle now have the freedom to relax for a bit — if you could call this relaxation. A mayoral hopeful now, Bill de Blasio was once a young Leftist. David C. W. Parker on why Democrats are in trouble in 2014. Losing is the new winning: Liza Mundy on how we came to fetishize failure. Stop picking on the D.C. elite — this town is no worse than your town: Nicholas Lemann reviews This Town by Mark Leibovich.

Aaron M. Hoffman, Chris Kowal, and Jose Kaire de Francisco (Purdue): Terrorism Coverage and the Fear of Terrorism. Eric Min (Stanford): Taking Responsibility: When and Why Terrorists Claim Attacks. Ekrem Ersen Emeksiz (CUNY): The Media of Terrorism. Nick J. Sciullo (Georgia State): Unexpected Insights into Terrorism and National Security Law Through Children's Literature: Reading the Butter Battle Book as Monstrosity. From The Atlantic Monthly, Mark Bowden on the killing machines: How to think about drones; and did an 8-year-old spy for America? When U.S. allies in Yemen needed help targeting an alleged al-Qaeda operative for an American drone strike, evidence suggests they turned to one of the people closest to him. Terrorism as performance art: Brecht Savelkoul on why Karlheinz Stockhausen was right about 9/11. The first chapter from The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations by Jacob N. Shapiro. How Silicon Valley powers terrorism: After a month-long investigation into extremism, Jeremy Wilson and James Cook name and shame three well-known technology firms empowering radical Islamist terrorists. Yochi Dreazen on the new terrorist training ground: While America focuses on threats from the Middle East and South Asia, Mali has become a jihadist haven. Rachel Newcomb reviews Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism by Karima Bennoune. Dane Egli and Jared McKinney on handling the unstoppable terror threat. Twelve years after 9/11, we still have no idea how to fight terrorism.

Lucas Puente (Stanford): Unlocking the Secrets of the Temple: An Analysis of the Politics of the FOMC. From Vice, a special issue on Bob Guccione. In the modern redux, penis is patriarchy, and patriarchy is violence — but must showing one's penis be to endorse power and privilege? Michael Thomsen on an intimate reconsideration of male nudity. Robert Zaretsky on Syria and the Peace of Westphalia. Where are the leaders who can break us out of this historical void? Lilia Shevtsova on the end of the titans' era. Nicky Smith on why “hipster” is a meaningless slur: It’s not so different than “faggot”. The introduction to Our Bodies, Whose Property? by Anne Phillips. Is gratification better delayed? “Anticipation is also a pleasure in itself, some would say greater than that of indulgence”. From Tradition, Family and Property, Jeremiah Wells on the clash between two cities. Nader Hashemi on Syria, savagery, and self-determination: What those against military intervention are missing (from The Syria Dilemma, ed. Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel). Nonfiction narratives in under 750 words: Robin Kalinich interviews Dinty Moore, editor of Brevity. Who really said that? Corey Robin on how all that is necessary for misquotes to triumph is for good scholars to do nothing. PopFront is about debate, discussion and dialogue, and hoping for a soft launch in Winter 2013 and a hard launch in January — right now, they’re looking for collaborators.

Antoine Duval (EUI): Lex Sportiva: A Playground for Transnational Law. Marcel Van den Berg (Utrecht) and Michiel De Nooij (HVA): The Bidding Paradox: Why Rational Politicians Still Want to Bid for Mega Sports Events; and The Bidding Paradox: Why Economists, Consultants and Politicians Disagree on the Economic Effects of Mega Sports Events But Might Agree on Their Attractiveness. Matthew Poorman (Regent): Get with the “Times”: Why Defamation Law Must Be Reformed to Protect Athletes and Celebrities from Media Attacks. Rupert Macey-Dare (Oxford): Optimal Penalty Shootouts. Man and Superman: Malcolm Gladwell on doping, genetics, and sports. Soccer isn't for girly-girls? Hilary Levey Friedman on how parents pick the sports their daughters play. Peter Wood reviews The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini by Mark Kriegel. Bill Moyers interviews Dave Zirin on the collision of sports and politics. Jennifer Guiliano on the fascination and frustration with Native American mascots. An interview with Benjamin C. Alamar, author of Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers. Daniel Baker on Moneyball, Big Data, and overvalued defensive players: Baseball analytics miss externalities. Why it’s never been more fun to watch sports: Alexis C. Madrigal interviews Hank Adams, the CEO of Sportvision, the company that created the glowing hockey puck and football's yellow line.

From The Washington Monthly, Robert Kelchen, the mind behind WaMo's College Guide rankings, takes a comparative look at the U.S. News rankings; and Paul Glastris takes the fight to the pages of U.S. News itself. Rank irrelevance: Peter Campbell and Michael C. Desch on how academia lost its way. College for all, or just for some? Judith Sebesta on how Americans see a college degree as the ultimate insurance policy for success — but we need look to a far wider range of policy and educational tools to help those without a degree. From TNR, granite countertops, flat-screen TVs, fire pits: Inga Saffron on the surprising story of how college dorms got luxe (and more). Catharine B. Hill, president of Vassar College on how higher education’s biggest challenge is income inequality. Design specs for upgrading the communications device formerly known as the sheepskin: LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on how college diplomas are meaningless — this is how to fix them. Juvenile U: The real danger in MOOCs is that watching a professor on your Ipad becomes confused with education. Gordon Hutner and Feisal G. Mohamed on how the real humanities crisis is happening at public universities. All students — and I mean all — ought to think seriously about majoring in English; becoming an English major means pursuing the most important subject of all — being a human being. Fox, meet hedgehog: A strategic studies program at Yale revives ancient lessons about statecraft, and its popularity is soaring.

James Symonds (York): Colonial Encounters of the Nordic Kind. The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands. Are you a viking? Yes, but so is everyone else. From The Economist, searching for answers in the executive-search business: Times are tough for some headhunters; and in praise of laziness: Businesspeople would be better off if they did less and thought more. From n+1, David Marcus remembers Marshall Berman. Why do real estate agents still exist? Lydia DePillis on how the internet was supposed to kill real estate agents — instead, it helped them. Gary Gutting on science’s humanities gap. The latest issue of America magazine is completely given over to an interview with Pope Francis (and more and more). David Sirota on Chipotle’s self-serving deception: A “vegetarian” bait-and-switch”. Alec MacGillis on how raising the minimum wage could be a winning issue for Democrats. An excerpt from The Value of Violence by Benjamin Ginsberg. Lina Khan on how the folks who sell your Corn Flakes are acting like Goldman Sachs — and that should worry you. A new conspiracy theory on 4chan is riding Pronunciation Book's coattails. The first chapter from In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism by John S. Ahlquist and Margaret Levi. Tina Rosenberg reviews David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state.