A new issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law is out, including a special section on the International Criminal Court; Bernhard Kuschnik (EICC): Humaneness, Humankind and Crimes against Humanity; and Johanna Fournier (Bucerius): Reservations and the Effective Protection of Human Rights. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Universal Human Rights as a Shared Political Identity: Necessary? Sufficient? Impossible? A review of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn (and more and more and more and more). An interview with Jean Bricmont on the abuse of human rights discourse, relations with Iran and the value of international law. Onur Bakiner (Yale): History, Ethics, Politics: Rethinking the Legacy of Truth Commissions. A review of United Nations Justice: Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations by Calin Trenkov-Wermuth. Eric Reeves on the annoyance of international justice. The July conviction of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch — the 68-year-old head of the Khmer Rouge’s leading torture center — by a special UN–Cambodian criminal court has been seen as a breakthrough in international justice. A review of The Politics of Genocide by Edward Herman and David Peterson (and more). If we’ve learned anything from the trials for genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda, Bosnia, and now Cambodia, it’s that they don’t dispense victor’s justice — the sentences lean toward the light side. Paul Kagame is proving to be a pliant Western ally, but a shocking new UN report shows why the Rwandan president can no longer claim to be a victim — and it's time to hold him accountable (and more and more). A review of A Time for Machetes: The Rwandan Genocide — The Killers Speak by Jean Hatzfeld.
A new issue of Triple Canopy is out. From the inaugural issue of Konturen, a special section on Political Theology and the Question of the Border, including Tracy McNulty (Cornell): The Gap in the Law and the Border-Breaching Function of the Exception; Peter U. Hohendahl (Cornell): Political Theology Revisited: Carl Schmitt's Postwar Assessment; and Leonard Feldman (Oregon): Schmitt, Locke, and the Limits of Liberalism. Is Canada’s use of “traditional ecological knowledge” in resource planning an environmental advance or just a political sop to native tribes? A review of Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties by Eric Burns. Fantasy Politics: Is it time to awaken from the American dream? From TED, Eric Berlow on how complexity leads to simplicity. The Unstoppable Infomercial: Even an economic downturn can’t prevent these sometimes bizarre products from selling. In the first intercollegiate "muggle" Quidditch match Middlebury College slaughtered Princeton 100-0 — take that Princeton, you can’t be good at everything. Will birth control solve climate change? The Era of Error-Tolerant Computing: Errors will abound in future processors — and that's okay. There's little money to be made in actually curing people — the question is, should we give drug companies financial incentives to develop antibiotics? The scholar of revolution Alexander Rabinowitch in Berlin: "I'm not fomenting revolution, I'm studying it". Marcus Boon on his book In Praise of Copying. The introduction to Scripting Addiction: The Politics of Therapeutic Talk and American Sobriety by E. Summerson Carr. Dean Baker on why the economy's current problem has nothing to do with deficits. From The New Yorker, will New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg run for President in 2012?
New research shows the importance of Archaea, one of three domains into which all living things are classified, for understanding all of biology. The origin of complex life: It was all about energy. Bacteria ‘R’ Us: Emerging research shows that bacteria have powers to engineer the environment, to communicate and to affect human well-being — they may even think (and more). An interview with Helene Guldberg on books on man and ape. The persistent paradox of human uniqueness: Does the example of a forgotten Darwin critic have any lessons for us? The chaos theory of evolution: Forget finding the laws of evolution — the history of life is just one damn thing after another. The Gates of Immortality: Did biology evolve a way to protect offspring from the ravages of aging by creating a physical barrier that separates the parent from its young? From Slate, some animals live for 400 years — what can they teach us about extending life?; and here is a modest proposal to slow aging and extend healthy life. Brooke the Immortal: An American child may hold secrets to aging. How beer, Oprah and Sergey Brin can help cure aging: An interview with Aubrey de Grey. From Wired, why breasts are the key to the future of regenerative medicine. Here are the top five reasons transhumanism can eliminate suffering. Human being in an inhuman age: What does it mean to be human amidst super-human technological advances? Think transhumanism is a relatively new social and intellectual phenomenon? Guess again — George Dvorsky revisits the proto-transhumanists Diderot and Condorcet. The “bodily turn” in philosophy began to emerge well before the current millennium, though its progress continues unabated. Keith Norbury on technology, ethics, and the real meaning of the “Rapture of the Nerds”. Kyle Munkittrick on why we need Gattaca to prevent Skynet and global warming.
From Vice, an article on the forgotten starts of 1970s terrorism. The Palin Network: A who’s who and what’s what of the inner circle of the leading Republican shadow candidate. A review of Parting Shots: The Undiplomatic Final Words of Our Departing Ambassadors. How the cell phone is changing the world: The impact of the ubiquitous device extends from politics to business, medicine, and war. As NPR celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new oral history, VF.com puts faces to the public-radio network’s biggest names. The Lies of Islamophobia: John Feffer on the three unfinished wars of the West against the Rest. You always hear about how New York’s Times Square was more fun way back when, when hookers and porno ruled, before America’s terror mayor Rudy G. “took back the streets” by banishing the Squeegee Men and welcoming Disney into the fold, and maybe it was — but more aptly, it was a different era. Online comments maybe not a total waste of time: Conversations on news sites show how information and ideas spread. A review of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Matt Taibbi on how the courts are helping banks screw over homeowners. Is this a "golden age" for air travel? Travelers of the 21st century, count your blessings. Pretty good for government work: Warren E. Buffett says thanks are in order for an economic meltdown averted. In Treatment: In Argentina, psychoanalysis is as common as Malbec. Whit Stillman is Running Late: First Things tracks down the revered director as he makes his first new movie in twelve years — if he hurries. In a newly published exchange of letters, Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy prod, parry, and spar. A review of The Fear of Barbarians by Tzvetan Todorov.
Corey Robin (CUNY): Conservativism and Counterrevolution. Jan-Werner Mueller (Princeton): Comprehending Conservatism: A New Framework for Analysis. A review of Conservatieve Vooruitgang (Conservative Progress). From The Point, what conservatism is for: Jonny Thakkar on why conservatives should read Marx; and James M. Wilson on the drama of cultural conservatism. Why conservatives love war: From Edmund Burke through Francis Fukuyama, conservative thinkers have been drawn to the idea, if not the actuality, of combat. From Five Books, Brink Lindsey recommends books on traditional and liberal conservatism (and more); and an interview with Peter Berkowitz on books about liberty and morality. Do Republicans want to bring back Social Darwinism? The policies they promote could come from the mouths of heartless 19th century industrialists. Kim Phillips-Fein on the roots of the conservative grievance industry. The Forgotten Conservative: An assessment of Revilo P. Oliver. No more “Party of No”: How conservatives can reclaim their heritage of prudent reform. If "ideas have consequences," what's the consequence of having none? Declarations of conservatism's demise after the 2008 election were greatly exaggerated; as the opposition, American conservatives are in their element. A look at how conservative intellectuals romanticize the Tea Party. Joe Carter on God and Man in the conservative movement. George W. Bush's Decision Points is a terrifying journey into the authoritarian mind. From H-Net, a review of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media's Role in the Rise of the Right by James Brian McPherson; and more on David Farber's The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History. A review of No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America by David Courtwright. A look at how Russell Kirk gave shape to a conservative movement that would transform late–20th century America from a family farmstead in Mecosta County in Michigan. Why fighting global warming should be a conservative cause.