Justin Alger and Trevor Findlay (Carleton): Strengthening Global Nuclear Governance. Does the taboo against the use of nuclear weapons only increase their allure? Pakistan doubles its nuclear arsenal: Is it time to start worrying? P. M. Kamath (VPM): Make No First Use of Nuclear Weapons: The First Step towards Global Nuclear Disarmament. A review of The Bomb by Howard Zinn. Ethan Porter reviews How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III by Ron Rosenbaum (and more and more and an excerpt: "In some cases a pre-emptive nuclear strike might be moral while nuclear retaliation might not"). A look at how one nuclear skirmish could wreck the planet. Nuclear weapons: How Cold War major Harold Hering asked a forbidden question that cost him his career. Justin Nobel on 3 unique tours through U.S. nuclear history. What would end-timers do without the threat of nuclear annihilation? Mikhail Gorbachev reflects on lessons learned from the Chernobyl disaster. A political impact as great as 9/11: The nuclear disaster in Fukushima makes it hard to ignore the vulnurabilities of the technology — it could spell the end of nuclear power. A new uncertainty: A fragile bipartisan consensus on nuclear power’s promise for the United States may have dissolved.
From TNR, a liberal education: Should academics join the government? Martha Nussbaum wonders. The intellectual as courtier: That great kissing-up sound you hear? That's a scholar flirting with a despot (and more on the perils of public intellectualizing). “Equal opportunity haters”: A profile of The eXile. What the right forgets about labor history: Busting unions gave Calvin Coolidge the White House, but it gave America the Great Depression. From The Believer, the dead chipmunk: The jokiness of a joke can be explained by the Ontic-Epistemic Theory, the surprisy, and the absence of post-Chekhovian details; and the race that is not about winning: We need a certain kind of teenage antihero to remind us that we are not alone. Robert Reich on the case for a 70 percent marginal tax rate on the rich (and a response). Dana Adam Shapiro interviewed dozens of divorced people about the end of their relationships — the result is a treasure trove of heartbreak and inﬁdelity. Finding new life as a cult classic: “An American Hippie in Israel”, the worst Israeli movie ever, includes naked hippies and machine-gun-toting mimes. The Must See Chart: This is what class war looks like. The Queer Queen: An analysis of power and privilege within queer scholarship. The fact is that white-collar criminals are, in general, incredibly good at deluding themselves that they’re good people, even when they clearly aren’t. The Afterlife of Henry James: Stylistically, he is the antithesis of our simplistic, hyperactive age — but topically, with his focus on inequality and class stratification, he's never been more timely. Russ Baker on Seymour Hersh and the men who want him committed. Your Grandpa’s Porn: Somewhere out there, there’s probably someone turned on by Jennifer Aniston plush toys — God help them. (And here is a post from last month on Japan.)
The popular uprisings in Arab nations should bury some long-standing Orientalist myths. How wrong we were: Five surprising lessons from the Middle East upheaval. Caught in contradictions: On the United States and the Middle East. Time for quiet idealism: The Arab upheaval shows that we should promote our values — up to a point. What drives anti-Americanism in Muslim countries? The Arab Spring has brought a lot of uncertainty to Washington's dealings in the Middle East — but if anyone thinks that means breaking up with Israel, or abandoning other Arab autocrats, they've surely jumped the gun. How the Arab revolt is rocking the neoconservative world. Shadi Mokhtari on George Bush and the turn to human rights in the Arab world. Is the Middle East swinging back into a new liberal period? Alain Badiou on the universal reach of popular uprisings. The End of the Arab Dream: Muammar al-Qaddafi's fall will end the Arab world's disastrous half-century-long affair with utopian governing fantasies. If Arab nationalism is dead, “Egypt is trying to revive it” came recent dispatches from the West. Pan-Arabism, which has been dormant since the 1967 war, has resurfaced with a bang. Pessoptimism: A view of the Middle East today. Without economic justice, democratic dreams in the Middle East can never truly be fulfilled (and more). Liberte, equalite, economy: After they've toppled their dictators, Arabs will need to build a functioning free market. The tyrant tax: James Surowiecki on how to fix the Middle East’s economies. Jean-Pierre Chauffour on trade as a means to consolidate the Arab revolutions.