Baogang He (Deakin): Deliberative Culture and Politics: The Persistence of Authoritarian Deliberation in China. Reza Hasmath (Oxford): White Cat, Black Cat or Good Cat: The Beijing Consensus as an Alternative Philosophy for Policy Deliberation? The Case of China. Corruption and a changing China: The Chinese Communist Party is centralizing authority, broadcasting the self-criticisms of local officials and calling for a new morality in public life. Joseph Stiglitz on the Chinese Century: Without fanfare — indeed, with some misgivings about its new status — China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy; this is, and should be, a wake-up call, but not the kind most Americans might imagine. Is China the new indispensable nation? Steven Mufson wonders. From NYRB, will the Western democracies ever be able to accept China as it is, the better to deal with the host of new global problems that menace us all, like climate change, pandemics, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation? China's Island Factory: New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state — but a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way. China’s dangerous game: The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war — but does the aggression reflect a government growing in power or one facing a crisis of legitimacy? Why China does not want to be the next Russia. From China to Jihad: Among the many recent stories concerning foreigners setting out to fight in Syria, the allegations about the Uighurs arrested in Songkhla stand out. Nick Holdstock on what we talk about when we talk about “the Uyghurs”. Ian Johnson on Remembrance, an unofficial journal published in Tiantongyuan, China’s brave underground journal.

William Mazzarella (Chicago): Totalitarian Tears: Does the Crowd Really Mean It? James Carney, Robin Dunbar, Anna Machin, Tamas David-Barrett, and Mauro Silva Junior (Oxford): Social Psychology and the Comic-Book Superhero: A Darwinian Approach. James Mark Mayer (Indiana) and Tae Hyun Baek (Kentucky): The Efficacy of Sexualized Female Models in Young Adult-Male Oriented Cigarette Advertising. Every which way but regulated: Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones on the “free market” trucking industry. Catherine Rampell on the familiar cycle of the taxi industry wars. Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert on socializing Uber: It’s easier than you think. Is the New Republic a public trust or a business? John Judis on how Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”. Jessica Luther on the wrestler and the rape victim: After being raped at a college party, Molly Morris had to endure our broken system for addressing campus sexual assault. Ann Friedman on 2014, the year everyone (finally) started talking about sexual assault. Questlove asked artists to get political — D'Angelo just responded. The Masters of the Universe, it turns out, are a bunch of whiners — but they’re whiners with war chests, and now they’ve bought themselves a Congress. Jonathan Chait on Dick Cheney’s 6-step torture denial. The idea that rapport-building is more effective than torture isn't a new one, but CIA and Bush administration leaders still wanted to torture suspects because they preferred torturing them — the idea of torturing "America's enemies" was pleasing to them. Erik Voeten on how the Lima Accord may nudge countries to do better on climate change — but won’t solve the problem (and more).

A new issue of the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture is out. Wendi Bellar, Heidi A. Campbell, Kyong James Cho, Andrea Terry, Ruth Tsuria, Aya Yadlin-Segal and Jordan Ziemer (Texas A&M): Reading Religion in Internet Memes. For a religion that some experts estimate includes only 30,000 members worldwide, Scientology attracts an extraordinary amount of media attention. Paul Hedges (Winchester): Why are There Many Gods? Religious Diversity and its Challenges. If there is one God, why are there many religions? Douglas Groothuis wonders. Gabriela Rusu-Pasarin (Craiova): Religion and Folklore or About the Syncretism of Faith and Beliefs. Jessa Crispin reviews A Million and One Gods: The Persistence of Polytheism by Page duBois. Edwin Ng (Deakin): Of Intellectual Hospitality: Buddhism and Deconstruction. How might looking at Hinduism alter philosophical approaches to religion that take Christianity as their primary example? Gary Gutting interviews Jonardon Ganeri, author of The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450–1700. Legions of faiths, girded for battle: Norton’s latest anthology explores world religion. Is religion to blame for history’s bloodiest wars? John Gray reviews Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong. Lorenzo Zucca (KCL): A Secular Globe? The Place of Freedom of Religion in the Westphalian World Order. Vinicius Marinho (UFRJ): The Tension Between Normativity and Plurality in Religious Dogmas and in Constitutional Principles. From Cato Unbound, Kevin Vallier on a genuinely liberal approach to religion in politics. Must a scholar of religion be methodologically atheistic or agnostic? Michael A. Cantrell investigates. Morten Hoi Jensen reviews Atheists: Origin of the Species by Nick Spencer; and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton; and The Age of Atheists by Peter Watson. Jack Miles on why God will not die: Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know — yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all.