Anders Walker (SLU): Strange Traffic: Sex, Slavery and the Freedom Principle. From The Atlantic Monthly, Ta-Nehisi Coates on the emancipation of Barack Obama: Why the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election; and how the White House is like a prison: Over the years, the president's home has attracted an astonishing array of negative reviews from its residents. Roger Berkowitz on federalism and the crisis of politics. From Vice, a look at how Cracked.com is full of lies. How beautiful is too beautiful? Studies suggest that physical perfection isn’t always advantageous. As Japan’s tsunami debris washes up on the BC coast, beachcombers consider the meaning of the refuse. The Princess and the Trolls: Camille Dodero on the heartrending legend of Adalia Rose, the most reviled six-year-old girl on the Internet.

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