Megan Jane Davis (UNSW): Indigenous Struggles in Standard-Setting: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Gregg McClymont, Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, takes on musician, playwright and independence advocate Pat Kane on the question that will be put to Scottish residents next year in a referendum: should Scotland be an independent country? Abortion rights, long considered sacrosanct in Canada, are suddenly up for debate — is this the start of a new culture war? Andrea Bennett and Kin Fu want to know. Niki Seth-Smith on UKIP and the rise of English nationalism. Conservatism on top down under: Meet Tony Abbott, the next prime minister of Australia. Mark Beeson on Abbott’s foreign policy future: Anglosphere or regional friend? Jonathan Crowe on a fantasy map of the United States, Australia, Great Britain, and Ireland. “U.K.'s Muslims should learn from Jews”: Multiculturalism has had its day, says outgoing chief rabbi of Great Britain. Steven Lydon on why it’s time to start teaching philosophy as a formal subject in Irish secondary schools. Matthew Green on the lost world of the London coffeehouse. Why the Australian economy is the next great test for macroeconomic theory and policy. Is Ulster doomed? The demographic data does seem to suggest it, ceteris paribus, and yet there are two credible — or at least thinkable — alternatives. British nannies show the way for nudging Americans in the "right" direction.
Dan Patroc (Romanian Academy): How to Theorize in Humanities. From New York, a special issue on Michael Bloomberg (and more and more). Hyperbolic space for tourists: Viktor Blasjo on how a creature accustomed to Euclidean space would fare in a world of hyperbolic or spherical geometry, and conversely. Joanna Scutts on Dorothea Brande: Wake Up and Live! reveals the connection between the radical individualism of 1930s self-help manuals and fascist politics. Rightbloggers go peacenik on Syria; prefer war with Iran, Obama. Choire Sicha six lesser-known "golden ages" of media, 1991–2005. Chris Arnade on how the wealthy “make mistakes”, the poor go to jail. Roger Angel is one of the world's most brilliant and audacious engineers — could he design the next energy revolution? Testes size correlates with men's involvement in toddler care. From The National Interest, Kim R. Holmes on Syria and the moral follies of humanitarian warfare. Fiona Duncan on the Wintourian Candidate: With high theory and unstable irony, Not Vogue strives to liberate us from the seductions of corporatized fashion. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stepped down Sunday at the end of his five-year term, becoming the first democratically elected president in the country’s history to complete his full term in office. Explainer: What is cute aggression? Mike Abu on the exploitation and crushing capitalism of Fashion Week.
Jan Kunnas (Stirling): The Theory of Justice in a Warming Climate. From Grist, David Roberts on how conservative hostility to science predates climate science and the futility of “just the facts” climate science; and can climate science be rendered conservative-friendly? Cass Sunstein on how people don’t fear climate change enough: “the world is unlikely to make much progress on climate change until the barrier of human psychology is squarely addressed”. Al Gore explains why he’s optimistic about stopping global warming. Evan McMorris-Santoro on Al Gore’s Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint: The former vice president set out to create the Apple Computer of climate change — from a sweeping, expensive “blitz” to a “niche” effort in digital media. With climate journalism like this, who needs fiction? If Rachel Carson had been a better scientist while at Johns Hopkins, she might never have become the science writer who sparked the environmental movement. The new climate radicals: Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara are reminiscent of the human-centered, Quaker-inspired anti-nuke founders of Greenpeace. Keith Kloor on the future of conservation. Does millionaire Russ George deserve a Nobel Prize or a prison sentence? The man who calls himself "Greenfinger" takes on the controversial practice of geoengineering. Keystone cops: Ryan Lizza on testing the president on climate change (and more).