Michelle Pace (Birmingham) and Francesco Cavatorta (DCU): The Arab Uprisings in Theoretical Perspective: An Introduction. From The American Interest, Christopher Clary and Mara E. Karlin on the Pak-Saudi nuke, and how to stop it: If Iran does get the bomb, there is a tight logic to military cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to match it; and Dov Zakheim on the geopolitics of Scripture: If American power recedes from the Middle East in the advancing post-Cold War era, Israel's strategic circumstances, not least its concern about a nuclearizing Iran, could start to look a lot like they did in Isaiah's time. Are Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak really crazy enough to bomb Iran — against the wishes of the United States and their own people? Aaron David Miller on the Politically Incorrect Guide to U.S. Interests in the Middle East: Sorry, folks — America just doesn't care about freedom or Arab-Israeli peace all that much. A review of The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life by Roger Owen. Qaddafi's Spawn: Yahia H. Zoubir on what the dictator's demise unleashed in the Middle East. As Islamists across the Arab World continue to enshrine sharia concepts in their constitutions, noted academic Tariq Ramadan asks, are other alternatives available? Just like the region it covers, The Middle East magazine has been through some good times and some bad times.
Steven G. Calabresi and Larissa Price (Northwestern): Monopolies and the Constitution: A History of Crony Capitalism. From The Public Eye, a forum on the "hate" frame in policy, politics and organizing. From the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, here is a study on being in a relationship that others disapprove of. Pyramid Insurance: Why are multilevel-marketing companies making big donations to state attorney-general candidates? Scott McLemee reviews Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance by George Michael. From RealClearBooks, Mark Judge on why the New Criterion should rock. A desire for higher social status drives pundits to confidently make presidential predictions despite a lousy track record, researchers say. In the late eighties, Jane Pratt practically defined Gen X's confessional voice; now 49, she's den mother to Sassy's journalistic progeny.
James L. Gibson (WUSTL): Public Reverence for the United States Supreme Court: Is the Court Invincible? Judith Resnik (Yale): Building the Federal Judiciary (Literally and Legally): The Monuments of Chief Justices Taft, Warren, and Rehnquist. Constitutional conventions: Adrian Vermeule reviews The Power of Precedent by Michael J. Gerhardt. Simon Lazarus on the conservative legal stars who presaged John Roberts' health care decision. Richard A. Epstein on where Chief Justice Roberts tripped himself up in the health care decision (and more by John Yoo). Robin L. West on Justice Roberts’ America. Herman Schwartz on how the Supreme Court came to embrace strip searches for trivial offenses. Is the Supreme Court un-American? Jeff Nilsson investigates. A review of Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World by Jack M. Balkin. Grand Prize: Presidents hold power for only a few years, but their judicial appointments shape the country for decades. SCOTUS Spotting: Adam Cohen on how the next president could change the Supreme Court.
From Bookforum.com, Morten Hoi Jensen interviews Martin Amis on his new novel Lionel Asbo. World Hyperinflations: Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas E. Krus supply, for the first time, a table that contains all 56 episodes of hyperinflation, including several which had previously gone unreported. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it "cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term Catholic". From Not So Reviews, fuck heroes, root for the villain. Perry Anderson on Indian independence is a most vicious hatchet job and completely gratuitous: it contains no new facts and reviews no new book — so why? Young adult sci-fi is supposed to make us question society — is the current crop of young adult dystopian lit holding up its end of the bargain? Jeff Smith on the 10 reasons Todd Akin is staying in.
From TLS, a review of books on Olympic sports. The modern Olympic Games are an international phenomenon, often criticised for their controlling commercialism; however, they owe their origins to a celebrated novel set in an English public school. The 2012 Olympic Games logo is a true example of how signs can outgrow even unpromising beginnings through cultural re-appraisal. Thucydides in London: Would the ancient Greeks approve of our modern Olympics? From Prospect, why is watching the Olympics so much more pleasurable than watching any other televised sport? This year's Olympics confirmed once again that the medal count can be predicted with great accuracy from four key variables: population, GDP per capita, past performance, and host status; everything else is pretty much noise. Michael Allen on what the Olympics medal tally says about democrats and autocrats. How many gay Olympic athletes were there? With the 2012 Summer Games in London now a wrap, the world’s attention shifts slightly westward to Llanwrtyd Wells, home of the Olympics of weird sports. So now it is Rio de Janeiro’s turn.