Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): The Paradoxical Success of the Iraq Constitution. Fanar Haddad (NUS): Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War. George Emile Bisharat (Hastings): Re-Democratizing Palestinian Politics. From Reuters, a special investigation on the Assets of the Ayatollah: The economic empire behind Iran’s supreme leader. An intimate profile of a mass murderer: Annia Ciezadlo on how Syria's polite, genocidal dictator Bashar Al Assad won. On Monsterphilia and Assad: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on the problems with the “anti-imperialist” position on Syria. Jordan Chandler Hirsch reviews Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi. Ralph Langer on Stuxnet's secret twin: The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized. Where are the good guys? The rise of jihadists and the worsening sectarian strife in Syria have put Western backers of the rebel opposition in a quandary. Is a Third Intifada in the offing? Khalid Amayreh on how a worsening Palestinian economy, peace process stalemate, and Israeli expansion could lead to new uprising. Mitchell Plitnick on Obama of Arabia. "The near future of Iraq is dark": Patrick Cockburn interviews Muqtada al-Sadr. The desert of Israeli democracy: Max Blumenthal on how a trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel’s national nightmare. Is Dubai the future of cities? As instant boomtowns compete with ancient metropolises, the Middle East debates what makes a true urban center.
A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. J. Bryan Hehir (Harvard): Nonproliferation: A Global Issue for a Global Ethic. S.N. Balagangadhara (Ghent): Some Theses on Colonial Consciousness. Gina Apostol on Borges, politics, and the postcolonial. From LARB, a review essay on post-financial crisis spiritual reading by Jeffery Atik. Jeffrey Morris reviews An Historical-Legal Analysis of the Impeachments of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Clinton: Why the Process Went Wrong by Arnold H. Leibowitz. Leah Price on when doctors prescribe books to heal the mind: Can you read your way to psychological health? The introduction to Jews and the Military: A History by Derek J. Penslar. Katie Heaney on the silly science of near-death experiences: There's no way to prove whether or not someone's had an out of body experience, but that hasn't stopped scientists from trying to study the phenomenon. From FDL, a book salon on The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity by Ellen Brown. James Gustave Speth on why prioritizing growth is bad policy. Mark Nevitt on defending the environment: A mission for the world's militaries. The Army goes green, but not to save the Earth. When “life hacking” is really white privilege: Jen Dziura on how personal development gurus can get away with whatever they want, so why can’t you? Glenn Greenwald's new media company is a bespoke firm — and we may be about to see a lot more like it. Jake Heppner 39 test answers that are 100% wrong but totally genius at the same time.
Danielle Keats Citron (Maryland) and Mary Anne Franks (Miami): Criminalizing Revenge Porn. From Technology Review, Tom Simonite on the decline of Wikipedia. Is Wikipedia for sale? Martin Robbins wonders. How much is Wikipedia worth? Rose Eveleth investigates. Going global: As connectivity balloons, so does Wikipedia’s diversity. Dariusz Jemielniak on why Wikipedia needs paid editing. Miles Klee on Wikipedia Zero: All the world's information, no Internet access needed. Joe Kloc on the death and life of great Internet cities. Top nine things you need to know about “listicles”: Steven Poole on the crucial facts about the internet phenomenon of written lists. John Herrman on how Internet chain letters took over the media. The Biggest Little Site in the World: What does Imgur, one of the most highly-trafficked sites on the web, want to be when it grows up? Television. Noreen Malone how Instagram's new feature shows how the Internet is embracing intimacy. The internet mystery that has the world baffled: For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world's finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolvable problems, but to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301. Jay Yarow on why Facebook is a fundamentally broken product that is collapsing under its own weight. David A. Banks on very serious populists: The point of online voting systems like Reddit is not to highlight the best content, but to build and maintain hegemony. Daniel D’Addario on why 2013 was the Internet’s worst year ever.