The inaugural issue of ThirdFront: Journal of Humanities and Social Science is out. The first chapter from The Pity of Partition: Manto's Life, Times, and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide by Ayesha Jalal. Scientists and an atomic subcontinent: In India and Pakistan, leaders have rarely weighed the consequences of their actions — instead, they have simply reacted to events and circumstances. Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan: A new beginning? Blasphemy, free speech, and rationalism: An interview with Sanal Edamaruku. Rafia Zakaria on the real Pakistan: It would seem that the sorrows of the subcontinent are neatly divided into two — on one side lie the shroud-covered bodies of terror’s victims. Rohit Chopra reviews Citizenship and its Discontents: An Indian History by Niraja Gopal Jayal. Haris Anwar on how Pakistanis want their trashy TV, too.
Elinor Ostrom (Indiana), Christina Chang (CAFOD), Mark Pennington (Queen Mary), and Vlad Tarko (George Mason): The Future of the Commons: Beyond Market Failure and Government Regulation. From TED, Peter Singer on the why and how of effective altruism (and more). Charlotte Allen goes beyond the pale: At “white privilege” conferences, a lengthening list of victims issue an ever-more-detailed indictment of Western civilization. The voice of a silent world: Jacques Cousteau was willing to go to whatever lengths were necessary to protect the seas. A young Houston couple is planning to give away $4 billion, but only to projects that prove they are worth it — can they redefine the world of philanthropy? You are less beautiful than you think: Ozgun Atasoy on how Dove's viral video gets it wrong. Why ban the sale of cigarettes? Here is the case for abolition.
Daniel Kreiss (UNC) and Mike Ananny (USC): Responsibilities of the State: Rethinking the Case and Possibilities for Public Support of Journalism. Can partisan media contribute to healthy politics? John Sides investigates. Establishment journalism: Gilles d'Aymery on how cable news networks carry the same news, with the same advertisers, hour after hour, with only a different political leaning but all owned by the Establishment. Laurie Penny on the view from somewhere: The fallacy of bland and faceless reporting hurts journalism by allowing bias and prejudice to masquerade as hands-off objectivity. Curtis Brainard on how “balanced” coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism. Lydia DePillis on how to make journalism work on Facebook and Tumblr: The social networks' experiments in journalism ignored their most valuable asset — data.
David Herzig (Valparaiso): Justice for All: The IRS Reimagined. Michael Miller on reform after the IRS scandal: Don’t bet on it. Think the IRS was bad? Try the spying on Occupy activists (and more). From Reuters, Felix Salmon on how technology redefines norms and on why public companies should have public tax returns. Matthew Yglesias on the idiocy of taxing profits: Want Apple to stop dodging taxes? Then scrap the foolish corporate income tax. James Polchin on how Sebastiao Salgado photographs of nature are undeniably beautiful, but they also portray a typical Western gaze. Nine decades ago, Marcus Garvey was convicted of mail fraud — his supporters have alleged a conspiracy ever since. Maggie Koerth-Baker on why rational people buy into conspiracy theories. Dominic Davies reviews Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire by Saikat Majumdar.
From Analecta Hermeneutics, a special issue on “Refiguring Divinity: Continental Philosophy of Religion”. Andrew F. March (Yale): Rethinking Religious Reasons in Public Justification. From the latest issue of Ctrl-Z, Nicole Pepperell (RMIT): The Exorcism of Exorcism: The Enchantment of Materiality in Derrida and Marx. Peter Danchin (Maryland): The Tangled Law and Politics of Religious Freedom. Thomas C. Berg (St. Thomas): Secular Purpose, Accommodations, and Why Religion is Special (Enough). Michael Hauskeller (Exeter): Something That Matters: The Religious Dimension of Moral Experience. Theocharis Grigoriadis (FUB): Religious Origins of Democracies and Dictatorships. Jeroen Temperman (EUR): Are State Churches Contrary to International Law? Troels Engberg-Pedersen reviews Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision: Critical Engagements with Agamben, Badiou, Zizek, and Others. Ray Pennings reviews Why Tolerate Religion? by Brian Leiter. Without the Bible, can there be democracy?