Susan J. Linz and Yu-Wei Chu (MSU): Weber, Marx, and Work Values: Evidence from Transition Economies. Collapse as crucible: Tony Wood on the reforging of Russian society. From Geocurrents, a special series on Siberia; and Asya Pereltsvaig on “Divided Russia” maps and xenophobic nationalist views. Russia’s intellectuals look for the exit: More are complaining that they cannot work, or even think, in the increasingly repressive country. End of the affair: Why Russian liberals no longer look up to America and the West as a model. An interview with Stephen Collier, author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics. The Rise and Fall of a Russian Energy Baron: The formidable duo of Putin and Sechin take aim at powerful energy clans — but whose interests are they really defending? Don’t be fooled: Russia Today is trash. If authoritarianism is a relic of a pre-democratic age, Putinism, like the late regime of Putin’s friend Silvio Berlusconi, is not authoritarian. Andranik Migranyan on Pussy Riot’s Pyrrhic victory. Nitsuh Abebe on why Pussy Riot is big in America, but not Russia. What does the Pussy Riot sentencing mean for Russia's opposition?


From Living Reviews in Democracy, Timm Beichelt (EUV): The Research Field of Democracy Promotion; and Rinaldo Kuhne (Zurich): Media-induced Affects and Opinion Formation: How Related and Unrelated Affects Influence Political Opinions. A 3-D printed house: The applications of such rapid-fire housing are endless: affordable housing for the poor; “extraterrestrial buildings constructed from in situ materials”; emergency FEMA-style housing, and the like. Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history. Inarticulate by choice: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on the decline of letter writing and the future of the intellectual past (and a response). Mark Leon Goldberg on why Beyonce is teaming up with the United Nations. Researchers unravel twenty-five-year-old riddle of buckyball formation.


Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn) and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch): Humor and the Omniscient God. The Scatological Luther: A review of “Martin Luther’s Humor” by Eric W. Gritsch. Who is Christwire really mocking, anyway? Thomas G. Long on the absurd in worship. Overboard: Geez sends rogue disciple on a Christian cruise. From Relevant, why won't God hurry up? Sometimes we need help making sense of why we keep waiting on God; and is there room for erotica in Christianity? Sex sells, even in Christian bookstores. Gerald Hiestand on evangelicals, premarital sexual ethics, and a grocery list. Girls Gone Mild: An article on the top 10 Christian fashion tips. Called to party: Why Christian hospitality looks less like fine china and more like a dance party in your living room. Rob Goodman on how the Bible is not a diet plan. Digesting Grace: Why the food we eat matters to God. Todd Bentley, a pastor who heals people by kicking them in the face, is surprisingly popular. From The Christian Post, Greg Stier on a look at 10 ways to be cool though Christian and on why you should not slap, mock or treat the bride of Christ with disrespect.


From Almatourism, Rossella Belluso (Sapienza): The Geographic Landscape as Cultural Heritage in the Post-modern Age. From BusinessWeek, a special “Interview Issue” lets leaders in business, politics, economics, and finance reveal something about themselves — in their own words. With the Affordable Care Act here to stay, what are the prospects for Medicaid, employer-based insurance, and single-payer? Andrea Louise Campbell examines the upcoming political battles over health care. So where do we stand now, in 2012?: An excerpt from Slavoj Zizek’s The Year of Dreaming Dangerously. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? (and part 2 and part 3). What injustice do we accept today that will seem outrageous in 20 years? Michael Kinsley wonders (and part 2). The most important election since 1932: Jeff Madrick on why an Obama victory is critical.


R. George Wright (Indiana): What Counts as “Speech” in the First Place? Bill Reader (Ohio): Free Press vs. Free Speech? The Rhetoric of “Civility” in Regard to Anonymous Online Comments. Ashley Messenger (NPR): The Problem with New York Times, Inc. v. Sullivan. From Quadrant, Richard Allsop on the difficult history of free speech; and Nicholas Hasluck on freedom of expression in a world of vanishing boundaries. John Paul Stevens reviews The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron (and more and more and more and more and more). From NDPR, a review of The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics by Martin Jay. Is there a First Amendment right to beg for change? Freedom by association: Michael W. McConnell on how neglect of the full scope of the First Amendment diminishes our rights. Does “Gay Inc.” believe in free speech? In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated. The introduction to When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider.


Kevin Bruyneel (Babson): Political Science and the Study of Indigenous Politics. From Left Hook, Travis Reitsma on five reasons non-indigenous people should boycott “Indian” iconography in sports. Decolonizing together: Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization. New World Sodom: Philip Colin Hawkins on Biblical tales of conquest and acculturation. Western Innocence: Jon Hinkson on why the West continues to devastate Aboriginal cultures. Humiliation, exploitation must stop: Suhas Chakma on why no time must be lost in creating a buffer zone for the Jarawas. Revealed: Secret agenda of ranchers to steal uncontacted tribe’s land. The ghost’s in the details, ma’am: Arundhati Roy has got it all wrong — the facts speak out against her romantic notions of the tribals’ fight. Indian islands challenge Supreme Court move to end “human safaris”. Aboriginal Education Matters: A series of articles on the status of aboriginal people and scholarship in the academy. Dean Ashenden on accidental white heroes of Aboriginal culture.


A new issue of the Scottish Review of Books is out. Sarath Sanga (Yale): Does Officer Race Matter? The Naked and the TED: Evgeny Morozov reviews Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization by Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna. We usually think of John Kenneth Galbraith as the archetypal liberal — and not without reason; but Galbraith's late 1950s understanding of the interplay between the sources of poverty and public policy remediation was far more realistic, and in every way superior, to what came after him. Letter carriers consider bringing back banking services: Ellen Brown on how to save the postal service. The emerging revolution in game theory: The discovery of a winning strategy for prisoner's dilemma is forcing game theorists to rethink their discipline; their conclusion? Winning isn't everything.


A new issue of Air and Space Power Journal is out. Luke N. Condra (Pitt) and Jacob N. Shapiro (Princeton): Who Takes the Blame? The Strategic Effects of Collateral Damage. From Prism, Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford): International Support for State-building: Flawed Consensus; Dennis C. Blair (USN): Military Support for Democracy; Dov S. Zakheim (CSIS): The Opportunity Cost of Security; Colin S. Gray (Reading): Concept Failure? COIN, Counterinsurgency, and Strategic Theory; an interview with David Petraeus; and a review of Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness by Molly Dunigan. A look at how AFCENT is applying its lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan to the rest of the Middle East. From Proceedings, is great-power war still possible? Clear and present safety: Contrary to campaign rhetoric, the US is safer than ever — and not because of its massive military. Just what is the military? If it’s defined formalistically, it’s the Army, Navy and so on — if it’s defined functionally, it’s a lot less clear.


A new issue of Common Ground is out. Kim Yuracko (Northwestern): Soul of a Woman: The Sex Stereotyping Prohibition at Work. Tom Ginsburg and Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez (Chicago) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): When to Overthrow Your Government: The Right to Resist in the World's Constitutions. A review of The Philosophy of Human Evolution by Michael Ruse. A look at how Norway led the way in gender quota success. From Coast Guard Compass, the series “Life of a service dog” focuses on Nathan, as he goes from a clumsy puppy to a focused service animal ready to serve our nation’s veterans. I, Nephi: Adam Gopnick on Mormonism and its meanings. Francis Fukuyama on how the HBO television series The Wire, which aired between 2002 and 2008, brought Americans face-to-face with the stubborn and disturbing reality of inner-city life.


A new issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is out. From Early Modern Culture Online, Staale Sinding-Larsen (NTNU): Operational Determination: Math in Buildings and Math Statements About Them. Calculation is neither a matter of merely attributing intentional states, nor do humans and calculators implement algorithms in the same way. The algorithm that runs the world: Its services are called upon thousands of times a second to ensure the world's business runs smoothly — but are its mathematics as dependable as we thought? The first chapter from A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing. Keith Devlin on telling stories with numbers. An interview with Dana Mackenzie on the beauty and fun of mathematics. A review of In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation by William J. Cook. Barry Mazur on why mathematicians are giraffe hunters. Every statistic is the result of someone’s work, and we’d do well to ask ourselves why it was created. The introduction to The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On by Julian Havil.

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