Samuel Adjetey Adjei (NKUST): The United States of Africa Philosophy: A Historical Perspective. What happened to the Pan-African University? One-Africa advocate Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi has urged the African continent to assemble a one-million-strong defense force capable of defending itself from China and NATO. A New Bandung: An interview with Samir Amin on Africa. Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Survival in the Sahel: It's getting harder all the time. Paul Pillar on the great divides of Africa. Atlas Obscura visits the Timbuktu Manuscripts, which showcase the civilization of West Africans during the Middle Ages. Will protecting an endangered toad trump Tanzania’s need for energy and development? Cameroonians may suffer in a repressive environment, but they neither lack vision nor motivation to unlock the democratic potential of their nation’s future. A review of Making History in Mugabe's Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media. Liberia is war-weary, with echoes of Old Dixie. Two things we can learn about Morocco’s illegal occupation of Western Sahara from the US embassy in Rabat, courtesy of Wikileaks. The Limits of Smart Power: Can the U.S. military end the epidemic of sexual violence in Congo without getting involved in another endless conflict? Obama's Other War: Can Barack Obama really defeat Joseph Kony, Central Africa's worst guerrilla warlord?
Claus Dierksmeier (Stonehill): The Global Rights of Humanity in Krausistic Philosophy. Wastebook’ is a Waste: What Senator Coburn’s list of fraud, abuse, and overspending doesn’t tell us. Psychologist Yacov Rofe argues that the repression of memory, as described by Freud, doesn’t exist. Encounters behind bars between Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering and an American psychiatrist 65 years ago raise questions about responsibility, allegiance and the nature of evil. A new study shows just how important the eyes really are when we judge whether a face is that of a living person or an inanimate object. An excerpt from The Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges (and more). John de Graaf on how reducing work hours and sharing available work is essential for our families, health, economic security, and the environment (and a response by Wendell Berry). Ed Kilgore on GOP senators who'll face primary challenge in 2012 and what that means for the future of the Senate. Are political cartoons popular in the Muslim world? A look at how the WikiLeaks cables show the DEA’s global reach. City officials in Perm, Russia, push art maybe a bit too far. Ann Fabian on her book The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead. In 2008, Mother Jones and other media outfits made an open records request for Gov. Sarah Palin's emails — Alaska state officials are still processing it.
Victor A. Beker (Belgrano): On the Economic Crisis and the Crisis of Economics. The financial crisis has exposed the weaknesses of many traditional economic models, yet economists still appear reluctant to venture out of their comfort zone. Financial fraud, Ponzi schemes, and legitimate economic policies: Neil Buchanan on misunderstandings of, and overreactions to, the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Faith in the "efficient markets hypothesis" is largely to blame for the massive deregulation of the late 1990s and early 2000s that made the crisis more likely, if not inevitable. From the Mises Institute, what is the current state of economic science? In two words, "not good"; and Art Carden on a message of hope from the dismal science. From Truthonthemarket.com, free to choose? A symposium on behavioral law and economics. Economics needs fixing: Why has billionaire financier George Soros donated $50 million to rethink economics? From MRzine, Michael Perelman on decoding economic ideology. An interview with David J Lynch on books on economic history. A review of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market by Gareth Dale. Do we need Google to measure inflation? Economists are creating new methods for tracking prices. A review of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy by Viviana A. Zelizer. An interview with Yana van der Meulen Rodgers on economics books for young children.
Andrew E. Taslitz (Howard): Why Did Tinkerbell Get Off so Easy? The Roles of Imagination and Social Norms in Excusing Human Weakness. "Senator Junior DeMint": Meet Mike Lee, the Tea Parties' most skilled spokesman. Jonathan Culpeper tackles the way in which the power of insults can change over time. What makes Somalis so different? Somali immigrants in America have followed European patterns of integration, and not the ideal of the melting pot. Bush and Foucault: Decision Points holds the same relation to George W. Bush as a line of fashion accessories or a perfume does to the movie star that bears its name (and more and more). Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next. The Finite World: World commodity prices have risen by a quarter in the past six months — what’s the meaning of this surge? The Turkish government is rushing to legally protect the country's national anthem after realizing Turkey does not actually own the copyright on the work. A review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie. A review of Larry Flynt's One Nation Under Sex. An interview with Siddharth Kara, author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. Eve Ewing writes in defense of the public: We must not let the commons be privatized. A Parallel Mainstream: The Fox News generation has made it impossible to have a serious discussion about policy.
A new issue of Journal of Law and Family Studies is out. Aoife Nolan (Durham): The Child as "Democratic Citizen": Challenging the "Participation Gap". Joan C. Williams on her book Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter (and more). From Eat the State!, John Chapman on how to turn your kids into radicals. From Yes!, a special issue on what happy families know, including a section on "This is my family": Eight personal essays on what family is today. Meet the Twiblings: How four women (and one man) conspired to make two babies. Emily Yoffe on the rise of the multigenerational family. As complex families proliferate, the law considers: Can a child have more than two parents? Teenage Confusion: The cult of the teenager forgets what it's like to be a teen. A review of Living History: A Family's 19th Century by Hugh Gault. Should children be expected to work? When it comes to involvement in their children’s education, Asian Americans have their own distinct style that often pays dividends when report cards arrive. David Leonhardt on the different costs of motherhood. Even as they become more connected, young people are caring less about others. The new 20-somethings: Why won't they grow up? They're unemployed, living with their parents and waiting longer to get married — what happened to young adulthood? Child-care providers have long been thought of as full-time baby sitters — the government can help them become well-paid professionals.