Matthias Goldmann (Max Planck): We Need to Cut Off the Head of the King: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to International Soft Law. Emily Crawford (Sydney): Levee En Masse: A Nineteenth Century Concept in a Twenty-First Century World. Andrew Guzman (UC-Berkeley): The Consent Problem in International Law. Brian Opeskin and Ivan Shearer (Macquarie): Nationality and Statelessness. Alberto Fernandez Gibaja (IECAH): Living in the Wrong Neighbourhood: State Failure and its Implications for Neighbouring Countries. Simone Florio (Granada): Serbia vs Kosovo: International Law and Politics of Secession. Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Portsmouth) and Gerhard Kemp (Stellenbosch): Aggression as "Organized Hypocrisy"? How the War on Terrorism and Hybrid Threats Challenge the Nuremberg Legacy. Ian Hurd (Northwestern): Is Humanitarian Intervention Legal? The Rule of Law in an Incoherent World. A review of Democracy and Dissent: The Challenge of International Rule Making by Frank Vibert. Karen Alter (Northwestern): The Evolving International Judiciary. Michael Hein (Greifswald): Constitutional Conﬂicts between Politics and Law in Transition Societies. James Hollyer and B. Peter Rosendorff (NYU): Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Sign the Convention Against Torture? Signaling, Domestic Politics and Non-Compliance. James Hollyer (NYU) and Leonard Wantchekon (Yale): Corruption in Autocracies. Barry Weingast (Stanford): The Failure to Transplant Democracy, Markets, and the Rule of Law into the Developing World. Do foreigners have the same human rights as the rest of us? Countries that fail to safeguard free speech and press freedom are likely to be visited first by dictatorship, and then by threats to the governing regime. A look at the 6 weirdest free speech issues around the world.
A new issue of Speculations is out. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on letting Murdoch in through the back door. The new arms race: The Pentagon, the IMF, Google, and others have been hacked — it’s war out there, and a cyber-weapons industry is exploding to arm the combatants. Here is a firsthand account of the massacre in Utoya, Norway (and more). The bomb that didn't go off: Since September 11, 2001, we have finely honed our fear of the other, but the truth is, the overwhelming majority of our terrorism has always been homegrown, and it is times like these — times of anger and disaffection — when we turn on ourselves, and kill. What do the Second Amendment, the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and support for Israel have in common? An interview with Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin, authors of Framing Muslims: Stereotyping And Representation After 9/11. From Dark Matter, Gopal Nair on revisionist multiculturalism and its neo-racist proclivities. Demonising Muslims: When does criticism of religion cross the line into racism? From e-flux, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Julian Assange (and part 2). From Expositions, a special section on "Homeless Chic". A bookshelf the size of the world: Robert Darnton, director of the Harvard University Library, and others are working to create a worldwide digital public library. Has Obama embraced a "doctrine of restoration"? Carlos Lozada wonders. The Village Voice profiles guys who like fat chicks; and Michael Musto goes behind the scenes at gays' fave hookup app, Grindr. From News & Letters, a special section on revolution and counter-revolution at the world stage. Robert Ettinger, a pioneer transhumanist known as the “the father of cryonics”, was cryopreserved Saturday by the organization he founded, the Cryonics Institute (and more and more and more).
From Dollars and Sense, James Cypher on the nearly $2 trillion purloined from US workers in 2009; and Dear Dr. Dollar: Are low wages and job loss inevitable? From Monthly Review, Fred Magdoff on the jobs disaster in the United States. Upside down: Why millennials can’t start their careers and baby boomers can’t end theirs. The wealthiest Americans are the real "job-killers": The top 1 percent takes in more than twice the share of national income today than they did 30 years ago, and that's a big reason why consumers are tapped out. A review of Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America by David Callahan. How can inequality be good? Gary Becker says if it prodded people to seek greater productivity, higher pay, and a better standard of living. New York has one of the richest and one of the poorest congressional districts in the country and they’re right next to one another — what money looks like from opposite banks of the Harlem River. Positive changes for the poor will occur only in conjunction with changes to the republic’s rules, in the form of the full implementation of democracy. "Asset bubbles" have been roiling our economy ever since America’s wealthy started supersizing three decades ago — but another bubble, this one enveloping those wealthy, may be just as essential to understand. A review of Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson (and more and more). How the Great Reset has already changed America: In the wake of the recession, cities and suburbs are being knit into giant city-states, with millions of people and billions — even trillions — of dollars of business. How did 2011 go so wrong? Derek Thompson on America's two-speed recovery. A review of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert B. Reich. How capitalist is America? Mark Roe wonders.