Jean LeClair (Montreal): Federalism, Socrates and Ulysses. Craig Scott (York): Will Canada Be an Open Democracy after May 2? Here are 41 things about Canada's 41st federal election. Worthwhile Canadian Candidate: Michael Ignatieff may want to be prime minister too much for Canadians to give it to him. Does the election mark Common Sense Revolution 2.0? Canada was once defined by the schism between English and French; today, our divide is increasingly ideological — can it be bridged? A review of Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984–2008 by Brooke Jeffrey. From the Globe and Mail, a special report on the trials of Nunavut: How a crime epidemic is challenging the future of Canada's newest territory. From The Walrus, has Nova Scotia put its treasure hunters and the bounty they seek at risk of extinction? Emily Landau investigates; wannabe Canadian Grant Stoddard explains why we ought to curb our devotion to Her Majesty; Allison Martell on a new chapter in the census scandal; and John Semley on why Ultimate Fighting Championship will never measure up to Canada’s golden age of wrestling. Between Rwanda and Sierra Leone: Peter Braul on Canada's beer drinking habit. From LRC, a review of Heroes: Canadian Champions, Dark Horses and Icons by Peter C. Newman and Mavericks: Canadian Rebels, Renegades and Anti-Heroes by Peter C. Newman; and a review of Police in Canada: The Real Story by John Sewell. Welcome to Toronto’s prostitution island. Lament for a TV nation: This is part of that distinct set of Canadian values — indifference to new ideas, shrugging off chicanery, fetishizing hockey, watching Survivor. Canada has nothing to fear but itself: Those old Canadian devils — ear of foreigners, a vacuum of national leadership, petty provincialism — are conspiring to rob us.
Peter J. Phillips (USQ): The Diseconomies of Terrorism. Paul Gill (Penn State) and Joseph K. Young (American): Comparing Role-Specific Terrorist Profiles. Alec D. Walen (Rutgers): Criminalizing Statements of Terrorist Intent: How to Understand the Law Governing Terrorist Threats, and Why it Should Be Used Instead of Long-Term Preventive Detention. Thomas Myers (Florida A&M): Terrorist to Tyrant. Jihadi media unleashes the first online terrorist magazine for women — welcome to the she-had. Why Yasir Qadhi wants to talk about jihad: To prevent violent extremism in the US, the Muslim cleric says he must talk openly to his young followers — but can the J-word even be part of the conversation? New York congressman Peter King says the threat of homegrown terrorism is on the rise and American Muslims aren’t doing enough to stop it — his opponents say he’s on a witch hunt. On counterterrorism, the only difference between Republicans and Obama is rhetorical. Inside terrorism: An interview with Bruce Hoffman. Moorthy S. Muthuswamy on a sharia- and jihad-based theory of Muslim radicalism. A beast in the heart of every fighting man: The case against American soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians turns on the idea of a rogue unit — but what if the killings are a symptom of a deeper problem? The Jihadi High School: Recruiters in this Afghan refugee camp don’t wait for graduation before sending kids to the front lines. How does a hunting trip in Pakistan provide a glimpse into the country's feudal past — and its dangerous present? Securing Pakistan is far more important than “victory” in Afghanistan — and the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign is only stoking extremist flames in the Hindu Kush.
John D. Inazu (Duke): Between Liberalism and Theocracy. William P. Umphres (Virginia): "Justice is a Bad Idea for Christians": Religious Identity in Political Deliberation. Christoph Engel (Max Planck): Law as a Precondition for Religious Freedom. From Inside Catholic, Thomas D. Williams on the myth of religious tolerance. From TFP, Gustavo A. Solimeo on the dictatorship of equality: A Catholic perspective; and John Horvat on how to stop blasphemy — from the mouths of those who promote it. A review of The Church and the Libertarian by Christopher Ferrara. Jeffrey A. Tucker on why religious people struggle with economics. Where are religious conservatives when you need them? Religious conservatives profess to care about the poor, but when the poor need help most, they're nowhere in sight. How should Christians realize their obligations to the poor in a post-welfare state world? "Christian economics" meets the antiunion movement: Gary North, a prolific writer who applies biblical principles to economic issues and the free market, is an influential figure on the American far right. Submitting to the Christian Right: The press ignores the influence of religious conservatives on Republican lawmakers bent on curbing the rights of American women. A look at how the new Evangelical Left is pushing the bounds of Christianity. Theocracy in America: Should we be more worried about radical Islamists or Christian fundamentalists? Helen De Cruz wants to know. A review of The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders by Damon Linker. An interview with Robert Putnam and David Campbell, authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Bruce Van Baren (Loyola): The Wall Comes Tumbling Down: The Establishment Clause Collides with School Choice. Emile Lester, author of Teaching about Religions, on how religions can be incorporated into a public school curriculum.