From The Nation, Sean Guillory on how Russian nationalism fuels race riots: The Biryulyovo riots should be read first and foremost as a protest against the multiethnic state. Can the absence of freedom of speech, a monopolized media market, and a politicized education create obstacles which will stand in the way of economic growth? Konstantin Moshe Yanovskiy and Dmitry Cherny on the crooked mirror. James W. Carden on why Russians still don't hate communism. Reports of Russia’s death are exaggerated: Spengler reviews Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America by Ilan Berman. Nikolas K. Gvosdev on how Russia's military is back. J. Lester Feder on the Russian plot to take back Eastern Europe at the expense of gay rights. Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Kenneth Yalowitz on how to handle Russia. Russia’s foreign policy is nearing complete failure: Putin’s diplomatic coup on Syria obscures a dismal pattern, writes Stephen Sestanovich. What the hell's going on in Ukraine, explained. Gideon Rachman on how Putin miscalculated in the struggle for Ukraine. Is Ukraine Putin’s Pyrrhic victory or “resurgent neo-authoritarian Russia flexing geopolitical muscle”? Kevin Drum on Vladimir Putin and the limits of thuggishness. The seduction of George W. Bush: Peter Baker on how the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin — and how a warm friendship turned to ice.

From White House Studies, Robert J. Spitzer (SUNY-Cortland): Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes. Evelyn M. Tenenbaum (Albany): The Union of Contraceptive Services and the Affordable Care Act Gives Birth to First Amendment Concerns. Tenzan Eaghll on a plea to critique the pope’s pity. To walk the world: Journalist Paul Salopek embarks on a seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra Del Fuego, following in the footsteps of our restless forebears. With "Knockout Game" back in fashion, Rightbloggers revive the old Ooga Booga. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the hard charger at Obama’s side, has his hands full (and more). Jonathan Chait on how Obamacare is still alive. Eating their own: Sahil Kapur on the rise of Obamacare McCarthyism. Chomsky versus Dershowitz: Richard Falk reviews Chomsky and Dershowitz: On Endless War and the End of Civil Liberties by Howard Friel. Bill Gates on how you can be a more effective donor. Clive Thompson on Vaclav Smil, the man Bill Gates thinks you absolutely should be reading. Wagner and consequences: Slavoj Zizek on a Lacanian reading of classic operas — the ridiculous excess of mercy. The “evolution” of Little Red Riding Hood: New analysis reveals whether different folktales are related or not. For 20 years the nuclear launch code at US Minuteman silos was 00000000.

Luigi Guiso (EIEF), Paola Sapienza (Northwestern) and Luigi Zingales (Chicago): The Value of Corporate Culture. Richard Schragger (Virginia) and Micah Schwartzman (Virginia): Some Realism about Corporate Rights. Anne Alstott (Yale): Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards: Options for Legal Design in the United States. Y. Han (Andy) Kim (NTU) and Felix Meschke (Kansas): CEO Interviews on CNBC. Christopher M. Bruner (Washington and Lee): Is the Corporate Director's Duty of Care a “Fiduciary” Duty? Does It Matter? Mitchell Hoffman (Toronto) and John Morgan (UC-Berkeley): Who's Naughty? Who's Nice? Experiments on Whether Pro-Social Workers are Selected Out of Cutthroat Business Environments. Do firms go bad? Lee E. Biggerstaff, David Cicero, and Andy Puckett on how curbing corporate misbehaviour is a key policy goal but fixing the problem requires an understanding of what causes it. Don Peck on how the emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote. Emma Roller on the corporate ethos that contributed to's failure. Capitalism in trouble: CEOs are growing nervous — can they help save our system from its worst excesses? Wells Fargo’s makeover: Avi Asher-Schapiro on how Wells Fargo has found a way to spin its history of racist and predatory lending into public relations gold. Daniel Little on Thorstein Veblen's critique of the American system of business. The mindfulness business: Western capitalism is looking for inspiration in eastern mysticism.