Alisher Akhmedjonov (Zirve) et al: Russia’s Regions: Governance and Well-Being, 2000-2008. Andrey Shcherbak (HSE): Nationalism in the USSR: A Historical and Comparative Perspective. From Semionaut, while having the reputation of a timeless classic in the Western world, red lipstick was considered outdated by Russian females for a long time — but new generations grow and times change; and Marina Simakova on decoding democracy: Who’s next in this Pussy Riot marketing quest? Leon Neyfakh on why Russia’s drinkers resist AA: It’s not easy to export the American recovery movement — even to a nation that needs it. Henry Farrell on why Putin bailed out the Ukraine: to prevent unrest from spilling over into Russia. Bathsheba Demuth reviews Our Riviera, Coast of Health: Environment, Medicine, and Resort Life in Fin-de-Siecle Crimea by George Lywood. Graeme Gill reviews Can Russia Modernise? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance by Alena V. Ledeneva. Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan on Russia's surveillance state. Roque G. Vitanza on a chronology of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union in relation to oil. Brigid O’Keeffe on the Soviet Union, Esperanto, and historical imagination. Adam Blanden on Russia and the Left: From statism to civil society. Pawel Pieniazek on unchecked aggression against Russia’s LGBT community. What is Putin thinking? Joshua Tucker on four possible answers: Sochi, Navalny/Ukraine effect, game theory, or Mandela.

A new issue of e-flux is out. Rammy M. Haija (Pacific): The Real Syriana: Interlocking Directorates Shaping a Defense-Petroleum-Policy Complex. Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): Why Jeremy Waldron Really Agrees with Me. Is Christmas efficient? Tyler Cowen investigates. Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished. Kevin Drum on 10 reasons that long-term unemployment is a national catastrophe. “One person's perversion is another’s normality”: Frances Wilson on how sexual perversion became the new norm. Ad absurdum and the conquest of cool: Thomas Frank on how we're suckers for Mad Men and slick '60s odes to authenticity, and in the end we're just that — suckers. Dhruva Jaishankar on the case for India's nuclear weapons. From MagCulture, it’s been a typically big year for magazines. A very adult Social Security tantrum: Centrist Dems are horrified by Elizabeth Warren’s plan to raise benefits — but populists aren’t backing down. News sites could protect your privacy with encryption — here’s why they probably won’t. Here is the introduction to a special issue of Sexualities on the Fifty Shades “phenomenon”. What's this thing called love, and what does it have to do with ethics? Wanderley Dias da Silva investigates. Bee Somphet on indigenous people and the Arctic: The Cold War in the cold Arctic land. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is full of words you've never heard before.

A new issue of the International Journal of Islamic Thought is out. Chembea S. Athuman (BIGSAS): The Islamic World of Spirits: Myths or Reality? Marko Babic (Warsaw): Two Faces of Islam in the Western Balkans: Between Political Ideology and Islamist Radicalization. Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis (Monmouth): Sorry, But Its the Law: The Westernization of Islam; and The Post-Secular State and Religious Liberty: The FBOization of Immigrant Integration. Nilufer Gole on Islam's disruptive visibility in the European public space. Dominique Avon reviews L’Europe et l’islam. Quinze siecles d’histoire by Henry Laurens, John Tolan, and Gilles Veinstein. What does it mean that such a large proportion of Muslims in Europe are "fundamentalist"? Cas Mudde wants to know. The first chapter from Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused by Garth Fowden. How widespread is Islamic fundamentalism in Western Europe? Erik Voeten investigates. Jan-Jaap de Ruiter on how Muslims in Europe hold more liberal attitudes than Muslims in Islamic countries and than non-Muslims in some of Europe's less liberal countries. Jonathan Laurence on Islam and social democrats: Integrating Europe’s Muslim minorities. Elizabeth Segran on the rise of the Islamic feminists: Muslim women are fighting for their rights from within Islamic tradition, rather than against it. Why are Muslims finding it harder to complete the haj? Elaine Housby reviews Islamic Globalization: Pilgrimage, Capitalism, Democracy and Diplomacy by Robert R. Bianchi.