Bastian Friborg (Webster): Refugees and Thoughts on What Should be Done. Seth Frantzman (HUJI): Exodus to Europe. A record-breaking 522,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean to get to Europe this year. Can the EU be hospitable? Jasmine Gani wonders. With some opposition, European leaders establish refugee quotas. Mapped: What each EU country impacted by new quota plan thinks about refugees. Some Eastern European countries are welcoming refugees, some aren’t — here’s why. Why is cosmopolitan Italy so anti-immigrant? The non-existence of Norway: Slavoj Zizek on the refugee crisis (and Peter Ramsey on open borders as the only realistic policy). Dimitris Skleparis (ELIAMEP): The Islamist Threat amidst the Refugee Crisis: Background and Policy Proposals. Turkey and Jordan to EU: Our refugee problem is bigger than yours. Srecko Horvat on how the roots of this refugee crisis go back even further than the Arab spring. Zack Beauchamp on the Syrian refugee crisis, explained in one map.

From The Global Observatory, can mass migration be a good thing? Jimena Leiva Roesch and Jill Stoddard wonder. Don’t blame the smugglers: Hein de Haas on the real migration industry. Let refugees fly to Europe: To stop needless deaths, screen them outside Europe, and allow legitimate asylum seekers to travel legally. Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan and Susan Fratzke on Europe’s migration crisis in context: Why now and what next? Sink or Swim: Michael Soussan on the case for passports for the world’s refugees.


Gordon Pennycook, Jonathan A. Fugelsang, and Derek J. Koehler (Waterloo): Everyday Consequences of Analytic Thinking. Saifedean Ammous (LAU): Economics beyond Financial Intermediation: Digital Currencies’ Possibilities for Growth, Poverty Alleviation, and International Development. It’s 2015 — you’d think we’d have figured out how to measure web traffic by now. Marketers thought the Web would allow perfectly targeted ads — hasn’t worked out that way. Farhad Manjoo on ad blockers and the nuisance at the heart of the modern web (and more and more). From New York, guess what? Americans love Planned Parenthood; and Ann Friedman: “The assault on Planned Parenthood is getting personal for me”. Ron Stodghill on what Dr. Dre and the Koch Brothers have in common. Jeff Spross on why Carly Fiorina’s business experience doesn't matter. David Corn on Ben Carson’s love affair with “nutjob” conspiracy theorist W. Cleon Skousen. Jeffrey Beall on article spinning, a plagiarism technique for the 21st century.


J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): What Athletic Achievement Can Teach About Ethics. Martin Hardie (Deakin): A is for Armstrong. Let athletes dope: Torbjorn Tannsjo on a moral case. From the Journal of Sport Behavior, a look at the relationship of young adults’ health and their sports participation; and an article explores the shame coping experiences of youth sport parents. Jon Bois on how participation trophies are great. Dan Markel (Florida State), Michael McCann (New Hampshire), and Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): Catalyzing Fans. Drew Harwell on the rise of daily fantasy sports, online betting’s newest empire. The hot new form of fantasy sports is probably addictive, potentially illegal and completely unregulated. John T. Holden and Ryan M. Rodenberg (Florida State) and Anastasios Kaburakis (SLU): Occam’s Razor and Sports Wagering Law. Michael Powell on how sports owners dip into the public’s purse, despite their billions in the bank. The impossible fight against America’s stadiums: Chris Heller on the shady money and politics behind the country’s biggest, most expensive sports arenas.


Daniel Vedia-Jerez and Julie Le Gallo (CRESE): Factors of Income Inequality Over the Last Half Century: The Case of South America. Jeffery R Webber (Queen Mary): Dual Powers, Class Compositions, and the Venezuelan People. Venezuelans should stop laughing at their misfortunes and actually do something about them. Joel Gillin on how America keeps disgracing itself in Colombia. Samuele Mazzolini (Essex): Left-wing Populism in Ecuador: Preliminary Notes on the Potentialities and Risks of Constructing a “People”. William Finnegan on the brutal quest for gold in the ice-capped Peruvian Andes. Robert F. Hamilton (Mississippi) and Miguel Centellas (Jackson State): Reconsidering Chilean Exceptionalism: Politics in the Early Twentieth-Century Southern Cone. Fernando Leiva (UC-Santa Cruz): Chile's Grupo Luksic, the Center-Left and the “New Spirit” of Capital in Latin America (and more). Aaron Tauss (UNALMED): Revisiting Argentina’s Recuperated Factories: Reflections on Over a Decade of Workers’ Control. Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein on Latin America, the populists vs the people.


Yaroslav Shramko (KNU): Is Time Reversible? Ezra Klein on a theory of how American politics is changing. Sarah Mirk on four things the government should defund instead of Planned Parenthood. Elaine Kamarck on why Speaker Boehner can't govern: Primaries, parties, privacy, and pork. Paul Krugman on the Blackmail Caucus, a.k.a. the Republican Party. Carly Fiorina abuses the truth just like a teenage conservative hoaxer. Jeb’s donors are losing patience with his flagging performance. Ryan Cooper on why the GOP is the true party of “free stuff”. Our George Wallace: Donald Trump is a scaremonger — and he’s bringing the most hateful strains of American politics back to life. When America was “great”, taxes were high, unions were strong, and government was big: Ester Bloom on how the bygone nation Donald Trump’s supporters yearn for looks awfully liberal, at least in terms of economic policy. Why are you reading Keats but not Barry Cornwall, Austen but not Mary Brunton? Carlin Romano on how literary fame happens.


From Buzzfeed, this is what it’s like to fall in love with a woman who doesn’t exist: Leah Palmer was a high-flying fashionista with a jet-setting lifestyle and a host of admirers on social media — but her entire existence was a fraud, a multi-year hoax that depended on stealing someone else’s life. Lucas Matney on how Hipster Barbie shows us how plastic we all really are on social media. From The Morning News, when the media talks about social media, it’s always about young, white Americans; Sam Stecklow speaks to a wider sample — including a sex worker, a pastor’s wife, a rapper — to see why people do what they do online; and social media makes it easy to virtually tour our neighbors’ homes and really, their entire lives; the hard part is finding the clear divide between entertainment and cyberstalking. Robin Tran writes in defense of outrage culture: “Social media gave me a voice and saved my life after years of being silenced”. Jacob Silverman on an attempt to build a more empathic Facebook beyond the click of a button. A look at how the Internet causes depression.


Charles P. Kindregan (Suffolk): Dead Soldiers and Their Posthumously Conceived Children. Women in the military are not a social experiment: Scott Beauchamp on how America’s armed forces should reflect the country’s diversity, not a bygone era. Justin Salhani on how the military’s outdated gender standards are finally breaking down. E.J. Graff goes inside the fight to end trans discrimination in the military. Though transgender people are still barred from openly serving in the military, a small but increasingly visible population of veterans are demanding health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs — and getting it. Give troops the pay and benefits they deserve. Long in retreat in the US, the welfare state found a haven in an unlikely place — the military, where it thrived for decades.

From New Left Review, the costs of America’s imperial project are registered in the emotional damage inflicted on its soldiers, and multiplier effects on those around them: JoAnn Wypijewski reviews Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel. Moral injury: Amanda Taub on the quiet epidemic of soldiers haunted by what they did during wartime. John Waters interviews Nancy Sherman, author Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers. The Department of Defense wants to use science to make soldiers literally fearless. Engineering humans for war: Annie Jacobsen goes inside the Pentagon’s efforts to create a super-soldier — and change the future of the battlefield. William M. Arkin on how the Army is developing killer robots.


Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford) and Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Principle of the Malevolent Hiding Hand; or, the Planning Fallacy Writ Large. The many resurrections of Sherlock Holmes: Amy Sturgis on why the Great Detective is always in fashion. Michael Tomasky reviews Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again! by Donald J. Trump. Ben Carson appears to mean what he says, and there is a consistent market for his brand of exonerating racism. Why I still think Fiorina was a terrible CEO: She can diss Jeffrey Sonnenfeld all she wants on live TV, but personal attacks won’t take her from colossal business failure to leader of the free world (and more). Steven Rattner on how Carly Fiorina really was that bad (and more and more and more). John Boehner may have been the only thing standing between America and madness (and more and more). Kashmir Hill created a fake business and bought it an amazing online reputation. Sasha Abramsky on how the atheist son of a Jewish rabbi created one of the greatest libraries of socialist literature.


Fran Quigley (Indiana): For Goodness’ Sake: A Two-Part Proposal for Remedying the U.S. Charity/Justice Imbalance. What are billionaires for? Look around at our charitable causes, and you’ll see the public good packaged as one continual study in billionaire self-portraiture. From Vox, you have $8 billion and you want to do as much good as possible — what do you do?; Zack Beauchamp on the most persuasive case for giving more money to lifesaving charities — and it’s written from perspective of a frat bro; and Dylan Matthews spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity — he came away worried (and a response). Mathew Snow is against charity: Rather than creating an individualized “culture of giving”, we should be challenging capitalism’s institutionalized taking. Dwight Garner reviews Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar. Facebook adds “Donate Now” button to make giving to charity easier.

From The Washington Post’s In Theory, a series on effective altruism: A primer. Tyler Cowen on effective altruism, where charity and rationality meet. Iason Gabriel (Oxford): What’s Wrong With Effective Altruism? Emily Clough on effective altruism’s political blind spot. James Snowden on why effective altruism used to be like evidence-based medicine — but isn’t anymore. Amia Srinivasan reviews Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference by William MacAskill (and more). Felix Salmon reviews Smart Money: How High-Stakes Financial Innovation is Reshaping Our World — For the Better by Andrew Palmer and How to Be Great at Doing Good: Why Results are What Count and How Smart Charity can Change the World by Nick Cooney.


From Our World in Data, Max Roser on world poverty. Seven-in-ten people globally live on $10 or less per day. Dylan Matthews on a chart that shows one of humanity’s greatest modern accomplishments. Era Dabla-Norris, Kalpana Kochhar, and Evridiki Tsounta on growth’s secret weapon: The poor and the middle class. The IMF blasts “trickle-down” economics. Justin Fox on how it’s often a curse to be blessed with commodities. Dani Rodrik on back to fundamentals in emerging markets. James Kynge and Jonathan Wheatley on redrawing the world map: The term “emerging markets” has become obsolete, say critics, as developing markets overtake developed ones in some areas (and more and more and more).

Paul Cammack (CUHK): The Multilateral Development Banks and the Global Political Economy. Dear governments and aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs.What would happen if the aid industry started collecting data on how the people it serves actually feel about their lives? Don’t teach a man to fish — just give him the goddamn fish. Do-gooders, do no harm: What are the best–and worst–ways to help those mired in international conflicts? The militarization of development aid: Rafia Zakaria on how war makes USAID a dirty word. Tim Kovach on how the way we give disaster aid to poor countries makes no sense. Improving humanitarian aid: David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy on how to make relief more efficient and effective. Chris Blattman on the case for upending humanitarian aid as we know it — and is this the most effective development program in history?

Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Oxford): The Right to Be Free from Economic Coercion. Out of Sight: Erik Loomis on the labor abuses behind what we eat. In the global apparel industry, abusive and deadly working conditions are still the norm. The sweatshop feminists: Hester Eisenstein on how global elites have appropriated feminist language to justify brutal exploitation and neoliberal development. Charles Kenny and Sarah Dykstra on advancing a gender-based development agenda. Great Gatsby Revisited: Justin Sandefur on how inequality explains learning outcomes around the world. Ricardo Hausmann on the education myth. Sarah Baird, Joan Hamory Hicks, Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel on mass deworming: (Still) a best buy for international development. Mapping the Worm Wars: Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur on what the public should take away from the scientific debate about mass deworming.

Yuen Yuen Ang (Michigan): Which Comes First in Development, State Capacity or Economic Growth? John Gerring and Matthew Maguire (BU), Carl Henrik Knutsen (Oslo), Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus), Jan Teorell (Lund), Michael Coppedge (Notre Dame), and Staffan I. Lindberg (Gothenburg): Electoral Democracy and Human Development. Ziya Onis (Koc): Democracy in Uncertain Times: Globalization, Inequality and the Prospects for Democratic Development in the Global South. Malcolm Langford (Oslo): Rights, Development and Critical Modernity. Dietz Vollrath on dumb luck in historical development. What goals should guide international development? Miriam Kelberg wants to know. Mark Suzman on how the sustainable development goals can be made to work for the world’s poorest (and more and more). Jonah Busch on climate change and development in three charts.

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