Brendan Sheehan (Leeds Metropolitan): Some Challenges of Global Financial Governance. Alessio M. Pacces (Erasmus): Illiquidity and Financial Crisis. Usha Rodrigues (Georgia): Securities Law's Dirty Little Secret. The best comprehensive history of the financial crisis so far makes the case for the US government response: John McDermott reviews After The Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder. Scott A. Redenius reviews The Development of American Finance by Martijn Konings. Karen Weise on how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is having an impact. Rohan Mascarenhas interviews Andrew W. Lo, editor of Rethinking the Financial Crisis. Bill Moyers and Michael Winship on the shady inside deals that are protecting Goldman Sachs at your expense. From n+1, the trouble’s still the banks. How the rentier class cannibalizes the economy: An excerpt from Michael Hudson’s The Bubble and Beyond. In the next four years, we’ll see if Wall Street can be reformed. The Untouchables: Frontline investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages. Slavoj Zizek on how the west's crisis is one of democracy as much as finance. Eileen P. Flynn on her boook Ethical Lessons of the Financial Crisis.
A new issue of German Law Journal is out. Aaron Tugendhaft (AIAR): Unsettling Sovereignty: Politics and Poetics in the Baal Cycle. From Figure/Ground Communication, Gonzalo Ralon and Laureano Ralon interview Howard S. Becker, author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. An open letter to President Obama: The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight. Shahidha Bari reviews Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger by David Simpson. Ingrid Piller on why English for everyone is unfair. Jacob Soll reviews The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork by Ben Kafka. David Yerle on why the future will almost certainly be better than the present. Ian McEwan sinks his Sweet Tooth into the Monty Hall Problem. Bones of contention: Paige Williams on Eric Prokopi’s curious trade in Mongolian dinosaurs. Reminiscence bump explanations: Why we remember young adulthood better than any other age. Is it possible to love all humanity? Juliana Breines investigates. The introduction to Public Capital, Growth and Welfare: Analytical Foundations for Public Policy by Pierre-Richard Agenor. No, Brian Dunning is not on the payroll of (name your evil entity).
Devika Mittal (SAU): History and the “Modern” Nation-States: Analysis of Hindutva and Sinhalese Nationalism. Brent M. Smith-Casanueva (Stony Brook): Nation in Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. Amelie Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA): Immigrants, Ethnic Identities and the Nation-State. Robert Kaplan on the return of toxic nationalism: The spread of universal values is being rolled back on many fronts, from Russia to the Middle East (and a response). The first chapter from Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks by Jenny White. Is Hungarian national heritage doomed? Thalia Bayle wonders. David Pan on Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan and the stability of the nation-state. From United Nations University, Stephan Schmidt interviews Seunghoon Emilia Heo, author of Reconciling Enemy States in Europe and Asia. Jacqueline Newmyer Deal on China's nationalist heritage. Toshio Nishi on the new Japanese nationalism: A once-reserved country fuels itself on indignation and catharsis. Nationalism rises in northeast Asia: Jean-Pierre Lehmann on how anger and territory fights menace prosperity in Japan, China, South Korea and global interdependence. Us and them: From newborns to nation states, we trust similarity — but does that mean we must hate difference?
Eleanor Wilkinson (Leeds): What’s Queer About Non-monogamy Now? Kevin Jon Heller (Melbourne): The Role of the International Prosecutor. From the Los Angeles Review of Books, Ariana Kelly the phantom phone booth. More evidence emerges that "hobbits" were a separate species. For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century, but archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes. Tax reform a la 1986 may not be possible in today's political environment, but tax standardization is a goal within reach in 2013. The Dewey Decimal System, and where innovation goes wrong: The innovation paradox is the need to find answers we didn't know we needed, from places we didn't know to look — the very antithesis of what we often do. Stewart Brand is credited with coining the phrase "information wants to be free"; in the wake of the suicide of 26-year-old cyber activist Aaron Swartz, we need to re-evaluate that assumption. Steve Kolenberg on 6 ridiculous myths about the Middle Ages everyone believes. Bansky in Ukraine, maybe.
A new issue of Military Review is out. Roy Sugarman reviews Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century by Jonathan D. Moreno. Military suicides at record high, far outnumbering combat deaths. Is the no-draft military creating a warrior class? Some fear all-volunteer force may desensitize US to effects of warfare. Paul Akers interviews Lewis Sorely, author of Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam. Fred Andrews reviews Bleeding Talent: How the US Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It’s Time for a Revolution by Tim Kane. Brad Plumer on America’s staggering defense budget, in charts. How much military is enough? Jill Lepore on the battle over military spending. Barney Frank on the new mandate on defense: No, it’s not to spend more — it’s to spend less, and liberals should not flinch from that position. Christian fundamentalists freak out over yoga in the military. The most satisfied military employees? Black women — the least satisfied are white men. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women serving in combat. From Military History Monthly, Joe Knight looks at the life of Maria Dickin, founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in 1917 and creator of the “animals’ Victoria Cross”.