From The Cairo Review, Karen Koning AbuZayd, Carla Del Ponte, Vitit Muntarbhorn and Paulo Pinheiro on how ISIS militants are using severe brutality and radical interpretations of sharia law to govern a large civilian population. Life under ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul: “We're living in a giant prison”. Algerian writer Kamel Daoud ponders the brutal and senseless absurdity the jihadis seek to impose. ISIS women and enforcers in Syria recount collaboration, anguish and escape. ISIL sells its oil, but who is buying it? The group hasn’t only recruited suicide bombers, it has also drawn technicians and engineers to manage the oil fields. Confessions of an ISIS Spy: For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings, but a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security services has stepped forward to provide that inside view.

An “independent historian” documents life under the Islamic State with “Mosul Eye”, a Facebook blog in both Arabic and English. Syrian journalists risk death covering life under airstrikes and ISIS occupation: “All of us are accepting that any one of us will be killed at anytime or anywhere”, one says. David Remnick on telling the truth about ISIS and Raqqa.


Carl T. Bogus (Roger Williams): The New Road to Serfdom: The Curse of Bigness and the Failure of Antitrust. A force awakens in Spain with Podemos’s shock election surge. Calum Marsh on the repellent magnetism of Justin Trudeau: Trudeau’s charisma and popularity on social media has drawn unprecedented global interest in Canadian politics but at home, the traditionalists are unamused. From Vice, what will replace the hipster? A guide to the subcultures you will come to hate over the next few years. Cats and academia, a short history: From writing papers to urinating on other people’s work, cats have a rich history of scholarly work. Bowe Bergdahl, American scapegoat: Scott Beauchamp on how Republicans turned their war hero into a criminal. What was Gary Becker’s biggest mistake? Adam Davidson on the economy’s missing metrics. “If I burn out, I burn out”: Meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius.


From The Atlantic, Ed Young on the new gene-editing technique that reveals cancer’s weaknesses: CRISPR can finally tell us which human genes are essential — and which matter specifically to cancer cells; on the quest to make CRISPR even more precise: To fulfill its revolutionary promise, the gene-editing technique will need to be edited; and what can you actually do with your fancy gene-editing technology? Wading through the hype about CRISPR. The gene hackers: A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before. Editing humanity: A new technique for manipulating genes holds great promise — but rules are needed to govern its use. Jennifer Kahn on the CRISPR quandary: A new gene-editing tool might create an ethical morass — or it might make revising nature seem natural. Jesse Kirkpatrick and Andrew Light on the great potential — and great risks — of gene editing. CRISPR is getting better — now it’s time to ask the hard ethical questions.

The biggest scientific breakthrough of the year will reshape life as we know it. Laura H. Kahn on a CRISPR future. Where in the world could the first CRISPR baby be born? Heidi Ledford on how the legal landscape suggests where human genome editing might be used in research or reproduction. Better babies: Nathaniel Comfort on the long and peculiar history of the designer human, from Plato’s citizen breeders to Nobel sperm banks and beyond. Antonio Regalado on how to (really) engineer a human baby. George Dvorsky on why we’ll eventually have to accept designer babies. Open season is seen in gene editing of animals. Scientists seek moratorium on edits to human genome that could be inherited. Encourage the innovators: Rather than emphasize risks that are not entirely new, talks about germline editing should focus more on the benefits, argues George Church.


A new issue of Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History is out. Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Why Crime Rates Are Falling Throughout the Western World. Military to military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war. Jonathan Mahler and Nicholas Confessore go inside the billion-dollar battle for Puerto Rico’s future. On the rule of the perpetual snot-nose: Kathleen Geier on how the domination of politics by family clans is something few predicted during the midcentury heyday of the middle class. From Vanity Fair, everything you know about Martin Shkreli is wrong — or is it? Humans are slamming into driverless cars and exposing a key flaw: They obey the law all the time, as in, without exception. The best way to die: Given hypothetical, anything-goes permission to choose from a creepy, unlimited vending machine of endings, what would you select?


Jide Nzelibe (Northwestern): In Praise of Faction: How Special Interests Benefit Constitutional Order. Lea Ypi (LSE): "It is True that Some Divisions are Harmful to Republics and Some are Helpful": On Factions, Parties and the History of a Controversial Distinction; and Political Commitment and the Value of Partisanship. John Sides interviews Marc Hetherington and Thomas Rudolph, author of Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis. The introduction to When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History by Daniel Schlozman. Don’t bury political parties just yet. Daniel I. Weiner and Ian Vandewalker on strengthening the parties to strengthen democracy. Julia Azari on why parties are not the problem — they’re the solution. Jonathan Chait on politics in a country where nobody changes their mind.

“Political identity is fair game for hatred”: Ezra Klein and Alvin Chang on how Republicans and Democrats discriminate. A House Divided: Ryan Lizza on how a radical group of Republicans pushed Congress to the Right. Framing and party competition: Robert M. Entman on how Democrats enabled the GOP’s move to the uncompromising Right. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Theda Skocpol on how the Right trounced liberals in the states: Conservatives have mastered the art of cross-state policy advocacy, while liberal efforts have fizzled. Democrats are in denial — their party is actually in deep trouble. The Democratic Party is in a deep, deep hole — but Democrats are trying to do something about it. Ian Millhiser on how the future of the Democratic Party will be decided by the Supreme Court.


From The Ideology and Politics Journal, a special issue on the post-Soviet order between tradition and modernity. Ivan Szelenyi (Yale): Pathways from and Crises after Communism: The Case of Central Eastern Europe, and The Case of Former USSR and China. Alexi Gugushvili (Oxford): Self-interest, Perceptions of Transition and Welfare Preferences in the New Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Katerina Kolozova (ISSHS): The Uses and Abuses of Neoliberalism and Technocracy in the Post-totalitarian Regimes in Eastern Europe. Marissa Wyant (South Florida): The Political Economy of Transnistria: How the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union Could Contribute to Conflict Resolution. Andrew Curry on building a new Silicon Valley in a post-Soviet dictatorship. Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier. Incommensurate Russia: Perry Anderson on the spectre of Great Power status that still informs the post-multinational nation — and why, despite all the Kremlin’s attempts at integration with the US–EU, the country remains indigestible.


A new issue of Architecture Philosophy is out. Jose Luis Bermudez (Texas A&M) and Michael S. Pardo (Alabama): Risk, Uncertainty, and “Super-Risk”: Parallels Between Law and Finance. Hannah Rosefield on the diary of the most boring man in the world: Reconstructing the life of a Victorian bachelor. “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”: Joel Suss interviews Richard Layard, author of Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies. Edward Brooke-Hitching on fox tossing and other forgotten blood sports. Jeremy Hance on how humans are driving the sixth mass extinction. The ministry of truth: Orwell taught us to fear technocratic jargon that doesn’t let us say what we mean — but that is language at its best. Rabah Arezki, Adnan Mazarei, and Ananthakrishnan Prasad on sovereign wealth funds in the new era of oil. Ezra Klein on how Martin Shkreli is the symptom, not the problem.


Steven J. Heyman (IIT): A Struggle for Recognition: The Controversy Over Religious Liberty, Civil Rights, and Same-Sex Marriage. Nancy J. Knauer (Temple): Religious Exemptions, Marriage Equality, and the Establishment of Religion. Patrick M. Talbot (Pelita Harapan): Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty Clashes in the U.S. After Obergefell v. Hodges. Lynne Marie Kohm (Regent): The Unspoken Consequences of Obergefell: Calling Convictional Christian Scholars. Suzy Khimm on how the Religious Right has no idea what to do now: The Values Voter Summit revealed a movement in disarray after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. Ruth Colker (OSU): Religious Accommodations for County Clerks? A brief history of religious toleration: George Makari on gay marriage, Kim Davis and the birth of the secular mind. Why do we vilify Kim Davis, but accept doctors who refuse women abortion care? Evangelicals won’t cave: Russell D. Moore on why evangelicals will not be surrendering to the sexual revolution.


E. Glen Weyl (Chicago): Price Theory. Thomas Meaney reviews The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions by Michael Walzer. What will Obama’s legacy be? According to Jason Furman, “History is going to say he saved us from a second Great Depression”. Daniel Drezner on President Obama’s biggest leadership failure: The president has failed to use the bully pulpit to ease American fears. Roheeni Saxena on how no one really knows how likely a bioterrorism attack is: Risk estimates range from “none” to “inevitable”. Chris Lehmann on how the Martin Shkreli schadenfreude will pass when he wins like every other CEO. High school teacher’s lesson in Arabic calligraphy prompts closure of entire school district. Donald Trump has an absolutely terrifying plan for the Supreme Court. Kyle Chayka on how you might be able to 3-D print your next house.


From The New Rambler, Adrian Vermeule reviews The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 by Daniel R. Ernst. Jeffrey S. Lubbers (American): Is the U.S. Supreme Court Becoming Hostile to the Administrative State? David S. Rubenstein (Washburn): Administrative Federalism as Separation of Powers. Jon D. Michaels (UCLA): Of Constitutional Custodians and Regulatory Rivals: An Account of the Old and New Separation of Powers. Eric Posner (Chicago): Presidential Leadership and the Separation of Powers. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Most Knowledgeable Branch. Julian Arato (Brooklyn): Deference to the Executive: The US Debate in Global Perspective. Is America heading toward dictatorship? Presidents have more power today, but there are good historical reasons for the trend. Regulation deadlines created by Congress are meaningless, report says. “Everything is a workaround”: Lydia DePillis on life in Obama’s agencies as Congress does nothing. Cynthia R. Farina (Cornell) and Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): The Place of Agencies in Polarized Government. Christopher J. Walker (OSU): Inside Agency Interpretation. Jordan Tama (American): The Politics of Strategy: Why Government Agencies Conduct Major Strategic Reviews. Hail to the pencil pusher: Mike Konczal on American bureaucracy’s long and useful history.

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