Pavlos Vasilopoulos (Athens): Political Sophistication in Greece: Explaining the Paradox of a Politically Knowledgeable Electorate. Caitriona Coen and Mark Maguire (NUIM): Death of a Tiger: The Collapse of Irish Property Dreams. Vytautas Kuokstis (Vilnius): What Type of Capitalism Do the Baltic Countries Belong To? Mikolaj Turzynski (Lodz): Bookkeeping in Manor Farms of Polish Gentry in 17th Century. From Comparative Population Studies, Michaela Kreyenfeld, Krystof Zeman, Marion Burkimsher and Ina Jaschinski on Fertility Data for German-speaking Countries: What is the Potential? Where are the Pitfalls? Jean-Pierre Gouzy on Robert Lafont and Political Occitanism. Christiania’s rejection of Danish society: Hippies (and Germans) all the way! It seems there’s one little piece of Spain that we’re all still hungry for: tapas. Hen: Sweden’s new gender neutral pronoun causes controversy. Who's afraid of Greater Luxembourg? Norway's Dilemma: How to punish Breivik and stay liberal. If it were a business, the Mafia would be one of Italy’s most successful and one of the largest in Europe — but how did it come to be so powerful?
Elke Schwarz (LSE): @hannah_arendt: A Hypothetical Exploration of Hannah Arendt’s Perspectives on Social Networking. Al Mauroni (USAF): Nuclear Terrorism: Are We Prepared? From Reddit’s “Explain Like I’m Five”, what exactly is Obamacare and what did it change? Jack Goldsmith on how post-decision leaks will change the Supreme Court. At Jacobin.com, Slavoj Zizek responds to his critics. From TELOSscope, Sunil Kumar looks at Theodor W. Adorno's "The Stars Down to Earth: The Los Angeles Times Astrology Column," from Telos 19 (Spring 1974). A review of The End of Illness by David B. Agus. From Worldwatch, a look at five great grains with promise for the future. A review of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work by Belen Fernandez. 50 years of Walmart: A look at ten ways Walmart changed the world. From Monthly Review, Ellen Brun and Jacques Hersh on faux internationalism and really existing imperialism. Investigative reporter Greg Palast is back — and this time, it’s personal. There’s a prospect on the Right: Ted Cruz might become the next Ronald Reagan — if he can just win an election first.
What’s eating the NYPD? Ray Kelly has built the best police force in the country — now it is turning on him. William K. Black on applying James Q. Wilson's “broken windows” theory and policies to elite white-collar crime. A look at the ugly history and repressive role of Neighborhood Watch. Are crime reporters guilty of fear mongering and, if so, does that derail the development of good public policy? Theodore Dalrymple on how forgiveness is a kind of wild justice. What if prison is the disease, not the cure? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson on the US penal system; and who supports the US penal system? Crime and punishment: Bruce Western on how public safety doesn’t require more inmates. Are too many people in prison? Gary Becker on how putting lawbreakers behind bars is one way to cut crime, but it’s hardly the only way. Since the 19th century, attitudes to drugs have been in constant flux, owing as much to fashion as to science. The right to pursue pleasure gives us reason to legalize drugs, while addiction and self-harm fail to give us good reason to prohibit them — that is the essence of a strong moral argument against the war on drugs.