Mirjam Kunkler (Princeton): Electoral Victory, Political Defeat: A Failed Democratic Transition in Iran. A trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish illuminates the strange consequences of economic sanctions. A nuclear Iran: Alireza Nader on why it won’t be the end of the world if the mullahs get the bomb. Roger Cohen reviews Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett. Adam Shatz reviews Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences by James Buchan. From Foreign Affairs, the power struggle begins in Iran: Meet Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, Ahmadinejad’s chosen successor; and Hooman Majd on Iran's democracy of small differences: Why, despite everything, Iranians are still excited to vote. Cameron Abado on the unpopular populist: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ending his presidency an outcast. Iran is in the throes of an unprecedented sexual revolution — could it eventually shake the regime?
David Kretzmer (HUJ): The Inherent Right to Self Defence and Proportionality in Jus Ad Bellum (and responses). From Poroi, a special issue on “Inventing the Future: The Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Medicine”. Math as myth: What looks like the golden ratio is sometimes just fool’s gold. Our Nyikina Story: Anne Poelina on Australian indigenous people of the Mardoowarra. For a future that won’t destroy life on earth, look to the global indigenous uprising. They’re coming for your DNA: The Supreme Court just made it much easier for the government to collect genetic information. Do elite universities admit the academically best students? Debopam Bhattacharya investigates. When you ask Democrats and Republicans basic factual questions about politics, they tend to get questions wrong in a way that helps their side — but if they get paid to be right, they don't.
Andrew W. Hartlage (Michigan): Europe's Failure to Prepare for the Next Financial Crisis Affects Us All. Paul Rose and Christopher J. Walker (OSU): The Importance of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Financial Regulation. Charles S. Tapiero (NYU Poly): The Future of Financial Engineering. Jan Fichtner (Frankfurt): The Rise of Hedge Funds: A Story of Inequality. Timothy Spangler reviews How to Make a Million Dollars An Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America’s Wealth by Les Leopold. How Barney Frank foiled the banking lobby to form a new financial watchdog: An excerpt from Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t by Robert G. Kaiser. From FDL, a book salon on The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong With Banking and What To Do About It by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig. Jason Zweig on why there is no justice on Wall Street. Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires on the cities that are stealing finance jobs from Wall Street.
Cornel Ban (BU): Give Me a Paradigm Shift, But Not Yet: Research and Fiscal Policy at the IMF. Joseph G. Howard (Simon Fraser): Agents of Change or Victims of Empire? Native Converts to Christianity. Helen M. Kinsella reviews Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett. Ezra Klein on Ben Bernanke’s surprisingly excellent, radical speech, taking direct aim at the "meritocracy". From Logos a review essay on the life and times of the underground press by Abe Peck. The recent campaign at the University of Sussex against the outsourcing of 235 non-academic jobs has confronted certain organizational and ideological limitations of the struggles in higher education so far. Looking for votes, Rightbloggers explore "conservative reform", find pretty much conservatism.
From BBC Magazine, has Google’s Street View changed the way we behave? Nick Mokey on how Google conquered cartography again with faster, cleaner, smarter maps. There's no such thing as “the perfect map”: Google should be honest about its cartographic ethos — its Google Maps app is partly a tool for delivering ads. Emily Badger on the potential problem with personalized Google Maps? We may never know what we're not seeing. My map or yours? Google’s plan to personalize maps could end public space as we know it. Leo Mirani on why the new Google Maps is the most honest form of cartography: Maps have always been distorted — now that distortion is Google's selling point. Bots scour Google Maps to find faces in the land: The psychological tendency to see meaningful images in vague visuals actually has a name — pareidolia — and it’s the basis for a mesmerizing new project. Big Pic: Kelsey D. Atherton on how Turkish protesters use Google Maps to track police.