Yvonne Terlingen (AI): The United States and the UN's Targeted Sanctions of Suspected Terrorists: What Role for Human Rights? From PS: Political Science & Politics, a special issue on terrorism and human rights (and more). From Ctheory, Carl Kandutsch on mechanisms of power in the age of terrorism. A review of How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns by Audrey Kurth Cronin. The idea of "unlawful combatancy": A review of The Trouble with Terror: Liberty, Security, and the Response to Terrorism by Tamar Meisels; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy by Seumas Miller; and The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism by Timothy Shanahan. What do you learn at terrorist training camp? Some marksmanship, maybe bomb-making, and a whole lot of indoctrination. Robert Wright on the myth of modern jihad. The case for calling them nitwits: Most terrorists are bungling fools — spread the word. A review of Terrorism: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Joseba Zulaika. A look at the economic cost of harboring terrorism. Bank Shot: Nine years after 9/11, getting between extremist groups and their funding remains an uphill struggle. A review of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? by Brian Michael Jenkins. No Martyr Left Behind: An article on "When Heads Roll: Assessing the Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation" by Jenna Jordan. As the U.S. struggles to manage its efforts to influence opinion about Al Qaeda abroad, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has produced its first English-language propaganda magazine (and more). Is Al Qaeda now just a brand? Islamic terrorism may not have an obvious bad guy any more.
Christopher J. Coyne and Matt E. Ryan (WVU): With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Aiding the World's Worst Dictators. From Poroi, a special issue on the rhetoric of science and technology, including Rebecca Scott (Queen's): Meat My Hero: “I Have a Dream” of Living Language in the Work of Donna Haraway, Or, Ride ‘Em Cowboy!; and Hamilton Bean (Colorado): Foucault’s Rhetorical Theory and U.S. Intelligence Affairs. From MIT Sloan Management Review, an article on how to save your brand in the face of crisis: Choosing the best response can spell the difference between a brand’s survival — even enhancement — and its irreversible tarnishing; an interview with Andrew McAfee, author of Enterprise 2.0, on putting the science in management science; and an interview with Julian Birkinshaw, author of Reinventing Management. If you don’t understand evolutionary biology, don’t write a book about it! A review of Bugs and the Victorians by John F. Mcdiarmid Clark. Gay Marriage Foes: The National Organization for Marriage was on a roll — until it wedded its campaign to a multistate legal effort to keep its donors secret. An interview with Philip Mead, author of Networked Language: Culture and History in Australian Poetry. From Standpoint, can the Atlantic coalition hold? William Kristol, Tim Montgomerie, and Daniel Johnson debate; and Berlin suited Vladimir Nabokov until the Nazis, like the Bolsheviks before them, drove him into a second exile. A review of Nancy Fraser's Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World. Techspeak and the abuse of language: While the doomsday plot of the Terminator movies — what can happen when human decisions are wholly entrusted to computers — we are perhaps formulating the dangers of technology in the wrong way.
A review of The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America by Anna McCarthy. On Brick Lane: Are Jews the model immigrants? How America's stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the death penalty stacks up against the world. Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean on their book The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America. A review of The Liberty Bell by Gary Nash. How America got its name: The surprising story of an obscure scholar, an adventurer’s letter, and a pun. A Visual History of the American Presidency is filled with entire book's worth of information, in 18 different graphs. A review of The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America by Sarah Barringer Gordon. A review of Prison Writing in 20th Century America. From Christian Century, a review essay on being Muslim in America. Pufendorf, Grotius, and Locke: Who is the real father of America’s founding political ideas? An interview with Brooke Rollins of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on fighting for state sovereignty. A review of Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America by Peter Schrag. A review of Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura Gomez. While you can’t deny its historical significance, our flag will inevitably change again; Ken Carbone illustrates the options. Americans lament the partisan venom of today's politics, but for sheer verbal savagery, the founders were in a league of their own. Few things are more American than t-shirts and pissing people off for no reason; combining the two is a long-held national pastime that makes baseball seem about as exciting as sniffing Ben Franklin’s beer farts. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski.
Mark D. Harmon (Tennessee): Religious Groups and “Affluenza”: Further Exploration of the TV-Materialism Link. A new issue of PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture is out. From Moment, a look at the provocative Baron Cohen clan: Sacha (aka Ali G, Borat, Bruno) is not the only member of this British Jewish family to make a name for himself as a creative rebel; and ask the rabbis: Is there such a thing as asking too many questions? Until cryonics do us part: The men who want to be cryonically preserved, and the women who sometimes find it hard to be married to them. From LRB, August Kleinzahler on the taboo against discussing overpopulation. Viktor Mayer-Schonberger wants to "revive the art of forgetting" by putting expiration dates on Web data. National Review interviews Glenn Beck on The Overton Window. Dennis Baron on how digital archaeology has revealed Thomas Jefferson’s revisions of the Declaration of Independence. From Swans, Michael Barker on foundations and the racial politics of knowledge; and an interview with Jerry Gershenhorn, author of Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge. From Stanford Social Innovation Review, an interview with Jeffrey Sachs on lifting a billion-plus people out of poverty while simultaneously reducing our impact on the environment. From the Smithsonian magazine's special 40th anniversary issue, a series of articles on 40 things you need to know about the next 40 years. Robert Wright on building one big brain. While Catholic, Orthodox and some other religious communities place the location of Jesus Christ’s death within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, most Protestant churches opt instead for an outcrop of rock near the Garden Tomb — where is Golgotha?
Shannon Gleeson (UC-Santa Cruz): From Rights to Claims: The Role of Civil Society in Making Rights Real for Vulnerable Workers. A review of From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the Social and the Historical in the Evolution of Economic Theory and From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences by Dimitris Milonakis and Ben Fine. Washington's odd jobs attitude: Why high unemployment is terrible for the economy. How liberty helps the poor: Contrary to conventional wisdom, the poor should be the biggest supporters of small government. A review of The Right to Exploit: Parasitism, Scarcity, Basic Income by Gijs van Donselaar. Why do conservatives want to European-ize America? Supposedly, the left is in love with Europe, but have you heard of laissez-faire and the Austrian School? A review of The World of Private Banking. Reinhart and Rogoff's This Time Is Different is a quantitative reconstruction of hundreds of historical episodes in which perfectly smart people made perfectly disastrous decisions. From Cato Journal, a special issue: Are Unions Good for America? Once upon a time, human beings oversaw the trading of stocks; they've been replaced by a complex system of computers that can produce a scary new kind of mechanized panic — an investigation into the crash of May 6. A review of Inherited Wealth by Jens Beckert. Sebastian Mallaby gets the inside story on hedge funds in More Money Than God (and more). Stephen Rose on four reasons why the economy will roar back to life. From The Nation, a forum on Inequality in America. Rich people have solution to economic crisis: Make lazy poor get jobs. James K. Galbraith on the key to financial recovery — restoring the rule of law on Wall Street.