Will Butcher and James K. Galbraith (Texas): Microfinance Control Fraud: Poverty and Profiteering in Latin America. Dawn Paley (Puebla): Drug War as Neoliberal Trojan Horse. Dave Kellaway reviews Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Political Economy. Latin America’s poverty is down, but violence is up — why? Latin America is considered the world's most violent region, and 2014 did little to change that. The introduction to The Struggle for Memory in Latin America: Recent History and Political Violence, ed. Eugenia Allier-Montano and Emilio Crenzel. Will there be real change in Argentina? Federico Finchelstein wants to know. The end of the Chavez era? Venezuela’s ruling party is losing its grip on power. Will it be a majority or supermajority in Venezuela, and why this matters. Phil Gunson on Venezuela: Chavismo in crisis. Steve Ellner on setting the record straight on Venezuela. Is this the end of the Latin American Left? Guillaume Long on the end of Latin America’s Left turn? Ecuador may disappoint you.


David Ahlstrom (CUHK): The Hidden Reason Why the First World War Matters Today: The Development and Spread of Modern Management. Bjorn Lomborg’s new paper “appears to have no basis in fact”. World hunger is the result of politics, not production: John Gray reviews The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice and Money in the 21st Century by David Rieff and Eating People Is Wrong and Other Essays: On Famine, Its Past and Its Future by Cormac O Grada. Is deficit fetishism innate or contextual? Katrina Brooker on the inside story of how — and why — Goldman Sachs became a tech-investing powerhouse. Whether up is down or down is up , there’s never a need to reduce emissions at the Wall Street Journal editorial page. What if going viral matters more than Iowa? Emma Roller wonders.


From The Chronicle, Ursula Lindsey on the ties that bind jihadists: Scholars explore the culture of radical Islam. U.S. seeks to avoid ground war welcomed by Islamic State, which has focused on prophetic texts stating that Islam will be victorious after an apocalyptic battle to be set off once Western armies come to the region. Trump’s Muslim ban is exactly what ISIS wants. More useless liberal arts majors could destroy ISIS: A new study says that if we had fewer scientists and engineers, ISIS would starve. Jim Tankersley on why inequality isn’t driving the rise of the Islamic State: One of the most controversial theories for what’s behind ISIS is wrong. If you keep saying Saudi Arabia is like ISIS, you might get sued. Lee Fang goes inside Saudi Arabia’s campaign to charm American policymakers and journalists. Saudi Arabia is underwriting terrorism — let’s start making it pay. Nothing to fear but fear itself? Tim Harford on how it is not clear that the US economy has suffered much from terrorism, even from the enormity of 9/11.


Banu Bargu (New School): Odysseus Unbound: Sovereignty and Sacrifice in Hunger and the Dialectic of Enlightenment. From Boston Review, a symposium on the “Lure of Luxury”, with a lead essay by Paul Bloom on how most people own things they don’t really need, and responses by Virginia Postrel, Shamus Khan, and more. History to order: Neil Gregor on commissioned research, contained pluralism and the limits of criticism. Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto is probably unknown Australian genius Craig Steven Wright. McKay Coppins goes inside the sad, strange family feud that helped sink Rand Paul. Bruce J. Schulman on why it’s still worth being president of the fractious United States. This one anecdote perfectly explains today’s GOP (and another one). Rush Limbaugh claims Obama says “ISIL” to insult Israel.


Rand Paul thought of banning Muslims first — how come Donald Trump gets all the credit? Michelle Goldberg on the Islamophobe behind Trump’s hate: Frank Gaffney and his anti-Muslim cohorts laid the groundwork for Trump’s rise. On Fox, “Islamophobia is really nothing but a myth”. Is an immigration ban on Muslims unconstitutional, and President Trump couldn’t exclude Muslims by himself, could he? Kira Lerner on what Trump’s plan to ban Muslims would look like if actually enacted. Don’t think Trump will ever pass a Muslim Exclusion Act? Just ask Sen. James G. Blaine. Jeet Heer on how Trump differs from demagogues past. If you support Trump, you are unpatriotic. Un-American? Trump’s Muslim ban is sadly all too American. Trump’s attacks on Muslims fit a pattern of persecution — just ask Jews, Catholics and Mormons. Muslims are the new Jews as fascism goes mainstream. White nationalist and anti-Muslim fringe embrace Trump proposal. This neo-Nazi response to Trump’s anti-Muslim plan says it all.

Sarah Posner on Trump’s Messianism and the Christian Right. Franklin Graham is not alone in viewing Trump’s ban-Muslim-entry proposal as an act in defense of, rather than defiance of, Christian principles. Nearly everyone thinks Trump’s Muslim ban is a bad idea — except these Trump supporters. A poll finds 68% of Trump’s supporters would vote for him if he bolts the GOP. Igor Volsky on how Trump’s plan to ban Muslims is in line with the rest of the GOP. Trump has his Riefenstahl: “Yes, he’s almost a Coltrane of hate and incitement. But it's not about Trump. It's about his supporters” — and if you step back from the awfulness, it’s a fascinating experiment to see unfold. Nate Silver on how Republicans and polls enable Donald Trump. It is time for responsible Republicans to say they won’t back a Trump-led GOP.

Jeb Bush floats the theory that Trump might be a false flag operation planted by Hillary Clinton. Trump proves that liberals have been right all along: The Left nailed the pathology of the conservative movement years ago — The Donald is just making that impossible to deny. Jamelle Bouie on why we’re stuck with Trump: The GOP is a captive of the Donald’s supporters, and so are the rest of us. Along with Trump’s rhetoric, the stakes for 2016 have risen dramatically. What will Donald Trump do when he loses? Trump may not get the nomination, but he has already won. Leslie Savan on how Trump wins even if Time magazine doesn’t name him its “Person of the Year”. Trump gives Muslim on fence about radicalizing just the push he needed.

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