Tayyab Mahmud (Seattle): Cheaper than a Slave: Indentured Labor, Colonialism and Capitalism. Larissa Van den Herik (Leiden): Addressing “Colonial Crimes” through Reparations? The inaugural issue of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society is out, including Eve Tuck (SUNY-New Paltz) and K. Wayne Yang (UCSD): Decolonization is Not a Metaphor. What is decolonization and why does it matter? Eric Ritskes investigates. From Reviews in History, a review of German Colonialism: A Short History by Sebastian Conrad. The Gulf’s Black Treasure: Hossein Askari on the old colonialism and on the new colonialism. Here are a few ways in which Western culture has made a complete ass of itself by re-appropriating cultures and religions it doesn't even care enough about to want to understand. A review of Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies by Emmanuelle Saada. Is Western condemnation of cultural destruction reserved exclusively for enemies? Ramona Wadi reviews Politics of Indignation: Imperialism, Post Colonial Disruptions and Social Change by Peter Mayo. The decision to reshelve Herge's Tintin books because of their perceived colonial and racist tint has generated heated debate.
Jason Michael McCann (TCD): Social Systems of Oppression: How Society Supports the Structures of Poverty. As we enter the twenty-second century, the need for capping income gaps to guarantee social cohesion and preserve the environment is no longer challenged; yet only a century ago, this idea seemed utopian. From FDL, a book salon on Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America by Nancy L. Cohen. A look at Islam’s inroads in Haiti, the land of Voodoo and Christianity. But how do you really feel? Someday the computer may know. Getting back on the horse: Is the world ready for the securitization of cancer research? Zoe Corbyn on how people can be tricked into reversing their opinions on morality. Robert Hainault on why we need a new aristocracy. A group of UN experts urge governments to repeal laws that criminalize adultery. David Runciman reviews The Occupy Handbook. The Male Art Pregnancy Project: An excerpt from Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture by Irina Aristarkhova. A visit to the right’s least popular museum: The GOP insisted Whittaker Chambers' pumpkin patch become a historical site — it averages two guests a year.
Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg (Bar-Ilan) and Tali Gal (Haifa): Restorative Criminal Justice. Vernon Thomas Sarver Jr. (South Florida): A Due Process Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty in the United States. Sherod Thaxton (Chicago): Leveraging Death. America’s safer streets: The great crime decline continues — no one is sure why. Are crimes morally wrong? Yes and no; it depends. A porn stash and a false confession: How to ruin someone’s life in the American justice system. The Throwaways: Police enlist young offenders as confidential informants — but the work is high-risk, largely unregulated, and sometimes fatal. Women who kill: From a review of the literature, it's clear that we have a long way to go to understand violence in females (and part 2). A jaw-dropping explanation of how governments are complicit in the illegal drug trade: The drug war is far, far more than just simply criminals at work, says scholar Oliver Villar. Was it really me: Neuroscience is changing the meaning of criminal guilt — that might make us more, not less, responsible for our actions.
From Image and Narrative, Donata Meneghelli (Bologna): What Can a Film Make of a Book? Seeing Literature Through Apocalypse Now and Barry Lyndon. From Eat the State, not your grandfather’s GOP: Lansing Scott on how it helps to understand the long arc of historical developments that built what the GOP is today (and part 2 and part 3). Conor Friedersdorf on the English-speaking world's issue with women's breasts. Simon Garfield on maps through the ages — in pictures. There’s a special kind of bracing refreshment when a commentator proclaims outright that a vote for Obama is a vote for the Holocaust. Icelanders vote in favor of a new, crowdsourced constitution. Nigel Warburton on a very little history of philosophy. Molly Redden on five loopy candidates who will probably lose. Darwin, that genius, was Responsible for Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot: Mark Joseph Stern on the latest effort to smear evolution by natural selection. Mitt Romney wants Republicans confident, President Obama wants Democrats scared. Slave states vs. free states, 2012: A century and a half later, we've come full circle — the red-blue state divide falls along Confederate-Union lines.
David Rolph (Sydney): Playing Away from Home: Sportspeople, Privacy and the Law. Erin Buzuvis (Western New England): Including Transgender Athletes in Sex-Segregated Sport. Sportista co-author Andy Markovits on the female phenomenon in sports. Coach Asshole: Charles Bethea on why it's still fashionable to be a hardass sports drill sergeant — it shouldn't be. In which the idea of not watching football is suggested: Pete Beatty on how the NFL is too shitty. Bleacher Report is a sort of Demand Media of sports, a content farm engineered to get search engine visits with lowest common denominator clickbait — and it’s a heck of a business. An interview with Simon Kuper, author of Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour. How did Lance Armstrong avoid a positive doping test? The World's Team: FC Barcelona is more than a club, more than a champion and more than Lionel Messi — it is the embodiment of a sporting ideal that has made it beloved across the globe. Chris Epplett reviews Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue by Heather L. Reid.