Christopher A.D. Charles (West Indies): The Anti-Informer and Anti-Snitch Discourses in Dancehall and Rap Songs. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall on Twitter, TEDx, hip hop and the 21st century public intellectual. Gon Ben Ari on when Jews and blacks got along better than ever in hip-hop world: Rap stars pay homage to the relationship between the two communities. Nick Messitte on why hip hop and country will be the new “pop” in 2014. Daniel Sternkopf on how the big sound of hip-hop went indie. This is the best-ever explanation of gangsta rap. Gretchen Cundiff on the influence of rap and hip-hop music: An analysis on audience perceptions of misogynistic lyrics. Battle of the female rapper: Female rappers are causing a stir in Nepal, it appears — an unusual phenomenon for a country dogged by gender violence. Who does hip hop think it is? Akwesi Shaddai on hip hop and the loss of identity. Ramon Ramirez on why OutKast is the greatest rap group of all time. Dave Bry on how hip-hop is getting whiter, but that doesn't mean the genre is doomed. A study finds “hip-hop” students unfairly targeted. Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrinjan on rap lyrics on trial: Should rap lyrics be used in court as evidence of a crime? The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, bans rap music from buses. David Kobialka on thrift shopping with Macklemore. From “The Tonight Show”, Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon teach the “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon debut “History of Rap Vol. 5”. Neil Drumming on how the fact that a rap group is the official "Tonight Show" band is a huge deal (and more). Meet Boyfriend, the sex-positive English nerd who defies every rap stereotype imaginable. Alyssa Rosenberg on what Bill O'Reilly has in common with the rappers he thinks are ruining America.
Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): The Politics of World War II in Contemporary Ukraine; Political Regionalism in "Orange" Ukraine (2010); Democracy and Political Values in Ukraine (2012); and The Rebellion in Ukraine: Alternative Views. Andreas Umland (NaUKMA): A Typical Variety of European Right-Wing Radicalism? Andreas Umland (NaUKMA) and Anton Shekhovtsov (UCL): Ultraright Party Politics in Post-Soviet Ukraine and the Puzzle of the Electoral Marginalism of Ukrainian Ultranationalists in 1994-2009. Frank C. Thames (Texas Tech): Party Systems and Legislative Cohesion in Post-Communist Ukraine. Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor): Ukraine in Context: What Happens When Authoritarians Fall. Mikhail Krylov and Anton Gritsenko (RAS): The Dynamics of Cultural Identity in the Left-Bank Ukraine and Neighboring Regions of Russia. Samuel Charap (IISS) and Mikhail Troitskiy (MGIMO): Russia, the West and the Integration Dilemma. Poland has become a part of Western Europe — for better or for worse; in the face of the escalating Ukrainian conflict it definitely seems for worse. Timothy Snyder on Ukraine: The haze of propaganda. Putin goes to war: David Remnick on how with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea, Russia’s period of Olympic mercy has come to an end. The “Russia reset” was already dead: The US and Russia don't really have strong shared interests — it's time to abandon fruitless efforts to work together with Putin. Zack Beauchamp on why the crisis in Ukraine isn’t the start of another Cold War. Erik Voeten on why international institutions are going to be crucial for resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict even if they seem feeble now. 22 maps that explain the centuries-long conflict in Ukraine.
Patricia J. Zettler, Jacob S. Sherkow, and Henry T. Greely (Stanford): 23andMe, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Future of Genetic Testing. Amitai Etzioni (GWU): On Curbing Obesity. From Attunement, a special issue on what exactly constitutes a generation. It was extraordinary to see an article in the Sunday Washington Post telling readers that CBO is often wrong and that its scores may not always be the best basis for policy decisions. Martin O Reilly on ethics, drugs and sport. From Time, a cover story on Obama's Trauma Team: Steven Brill on how an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama's troubled HealthCare.gov website. Jacob Heilbrunn on the assault on John Judis. Suppose it is possible, through genetic engineering, to modify the genomes of Neanderthal embryos, causing their brains to develop as ours do — would it not be our moral duty to make this modification available to Neanderthal parents who want it? The power of dirt — public toilets: Ilma Molnar on the body, the wall and the politics of space. David Golumbia, author of Cyberlibertarianism: The False Belief in Digital Liberation, on Bitcoin: The cryptopolitics of cryptocurrencies. How do you upset the French? With Judith Butler’s gender theory. Remakes keep flopping, but here are 4 reasons why Hollywood still makes them. Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the new liberal critique of Hollywood: Isaac Chotiner interviews Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Ilham Tohti, the respected Uyghur economist, has been charged with separatism and faces ten years to life in prison in China.
Otto Pohl (Ghana): The False Charges of Treason Against the Crimean Tatars (2010). Austin Charron (Kansas): "Through the National Lens”: Nationality, Territory, and the Formation of “Crimean-Russian” Identity. Ivan Katchanovski (Ottawa): Small Nations but Great Differences: Political Orientations and Cultures of the Crimean Tatars and the Gagauz (2005). Who are the Crimean Tatars, and why are they important? They constitute a minority of significant size in Crimea that does not support Russian rule (and more). Crimea crisis: Thomas De Waal on three lessons from the Caucasus. Joe Pappalardo on how to annex another nation's territory: The Crimean invasion in 6 steps. Russian-sponsored territories: Over the past twenty years Russia has removed a set of territories from other countries — the intention now appears to be to carry out the same operation in Crimea, removing it from Ukraine. Kimberly Marten on 4 reasons why Crimea is not Abkhazia. Putin's war in Crimea could soon spread to eastern Ukraine and nobody — not the U.S., not NATO — can stop him. Putin’s bluff: U.S. spies say Russia won't invade Ukraine. Hayes Brown on 5 ways the U.S. can respond to Russia invading Ukraine — without going to war. Ukraine is just the latest example of Obama’s limited global influence: From Kiev to Kabul to Cairo, the U.S. president is a frustrated bystander (and more). John Cassidy on the U.S.’s Putin dilemma: Talk tough and then what? Kevin Drum on what is going to happen with Ukraine: “(a) the United States will play only a modest role in all this, and (b) conservative hawks will continue to think that if only we'd done just a little bit more, Putin would have blinked and Ukraine would be free”.
David Golumbia (VCU): Commercial Trolling: Social Media and the Corporate Deformation of Democracy. Matthew W. Hughey (Mississippi State) and Jessie Daniels (Hunter): Racist Comments at Online News Sites: A Methodological Dilemma for Discourse Analysis. The year megaplatforms ruled the Internet: John Herrman on the web we lost, the web we deserve, and the web we want. Twitter is for narcissists, Facebook is for egotists: New research shows Twitter isn't just for narcissists. Lydia DePillis on how click farms are the new sweatshops. The Stream is fun and fast, but don't you miss the sense of an ending? Leon Neyfakh on the botmaker who sees through the Internet: Darius Kazemi’s little creations are funny, poignant, popular — and a sly commentary on how the Web is organizing our lives. The message to aspiring video makers on YouTube is clear, and seductive: Attract an audience, build your brand — but success, let alone stardom and wealth, remains elusive. Andrew Leonard on Facebook’s fatal weakness: Why the social network is losing to Amazon, Apple and Google. I did not sign on for the #outrage: Twitter has become a combat zone that fills me with dread — when did the Internet turn into such a minefield? This is Facebook’s Internet, and the media is just attempting to find a way to sustain itself in it. Dominic Pettman on the Tumblrst Tumbl ever Tumbld: or, how I found the Angel of History trapped on the flypaper of social media. Matthew J.X. Malady has discovered the Internet's most Internet sentence: No other sentence better captures the ethos of the web.
Henry Hansmann (Yale): All Firms are Cooperatives — And So Are Governments. Michael L. Perlin (NYLS) and Alison J. Lynch (DRNJ): “Love is Just a Four-Letter Word”: Sexuality, International Human Rights, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. "I don't see the president as an intellectual at all": Isaac Chotiner interviews Michael Ignatieff, author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. Michael White on the genetics of global warming: As climates continue to change, so does the DNA of the species around us. Your genome is a post-apocalyptic wasteland: It's way more than just a twisted ladder. Is junk DNA really junky? Sam Kean on the delicious, religious debate over what most of our genome is good for. Kissing cousins: The genetic contribution Neanderthal man made to modern humanity is clearer. In the darkness of Dick Cheney: Mark Danner reviews In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney, with Liz Cheney; and Heart: An American Medical Odyssey by Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, with Liz Cheney. Evgeny Morozov on the mindfulness racket: The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda. Britt Peterson on the amazing endangered languages of Russia: Despite nods to diversity in Sochi, more than 130 different languages in the country are now imperiled, say experts. Barra O Seaghdha reviews Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development by Maurice Coakley. Colin Kidd reviews The Republic: the Fight for Irish Independence 1918-1923 by Charles Townshend. Morris P. Fiorina on the only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can't enact their agenda: Unfettered parties that can.
From Radical Orthodoxy, an American politics of paradox: Steve Knepper on the legacy of Wilson Carey McWilliams. Now what, Left wing? George Scialabba on how it’s possible the solution for the left wing won’t be found in a magazine. Daniel Hannan on the Right side of history: Why liberals are conflicted over patriotism and western values. Sam Tanenhaus and Jim Rutenberg on Rand Paul’s mixed inheritance. Why do Appalachians love Clinton and hate Obama? Jonathan Chait investigates. Daniel DiSalvo reviews The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class by Fred Siegel. Conservative religious thinkers and their intellectual crusades: Chris Lehmann reviews Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen and The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George M. Marsden. Ed Kilgore on the vast shredding of America's moral fiber: The conservative theory of economic desert is preposterous. The tide is rising for America’s libertarians: The new spirit in a rising climate of anti-politics has become an attitude, rather than a movement. Charles R. Kesler on the Tea Party, conservatism, and the constitution. Eric Posner on the paranoid libertarian and his enemy, the angry liberal: Two characters the government can’t afford to ignore, however irrational they are. Loyola New Orleans debates the views of Walter Block, a libertarian faculty member who argues that most civil rights laws are wrong. This Nixon as liberal construction is wrong — and it is dangerous because it distracts us from creating the change we want. Twilight of the Right: Alan Pell Crawford on how when conservatism became a movement, it lost its soul. Psychologists find that getting liberals to agree really is like herding cats.
Ngaire Woods, Alexander Betts, and Devi Sridhar (Oxford) and Jochen Prantl (NUS): Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century. Nancy Birdsall, Christian Johannes Meyer, and Alexis Sowa (CGD): Global Markets, Global Citizens, and Global Governance in the 21st Century. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Subsidiarity and the Global Order; and Competing Conceptions of Subsidiarity. Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos (Aristotle) and Filippos Proedrou (ACT): Global Governance and Cosmopolitan Democracy: Bridging the Gap between Proponents and Opponents. Jonathan W. Kuyper (Stockholm): Designing Institutions for Global Democracy: Flexibility Through Escape Clauses and Sunset Provisions. Caleb Young (Oxford): Cooperation-based Internationalism and Global Justice. Fabian Schuppert (QUB): Collective Agency and Global Non-Domination. Joshua D. H. Karton (Queen's): International Arbitration Culture and Global Governance. Dirk Messner and Alejandro Guarin (DIE) and Daniel Haun (Max Planck): The Behavioural Dimensions of International Cooperation. Simon Chesterman (NUS): The Appointment of Executive Heads of International Organizations. From the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, here is the entry on International Institutions by Turkuler Isiksel. Pascal Lamy and Ian Goldin on rethinking international institutions. Why are international institutions more popular than domestic institutions? Erik Voeten investigates. Akbar Rasulov on why it is not a good idea to think of treaties as contracts: A critique of the domestic analogy.
Isabel Lofgren (EGS): Philosophy and Desert Islands: What We're Really Thinking About When We Travel to a Desert Island. From the Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology, a special forum on the Philosophy of Martial Arts; Sylwester Czopek (Rzeszow): Prehistoric Cultures of Warriors or Warriors of Prehistoric Cultures?; and Wojciech J. Cynarski interviews Wojciech Pasterniak on the possibilities of spiritual sports training. Gosh, you mean there's a good reason Obamacare is so complicated? CBO teaches Republicans the lesson that governing is hard. A tale of two countries: While politicians in Kiev are scared to mention federalisation because of its separatist undertones, in reality it is already happening. From The Baffler, John Summers reports from “The People’s Republic of Zuckerstan” — once known as the liberal community of Cambridge, Massachusetts, now a playground for startup science and tech professionals. Ted Polhemus on why “youth” is an outdated myth. Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty", reputedly sired hundreds of children and perhaps more than a 1,000; now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years. Tom Perkins is winning: The rich already vote more. How the tables have turned: Gay tolerance is again a wedge issue — this time against Republicans. Sochi’s bleak future: A look back at former Olympic hosts reveals why the Russian city could be in deep trouble. Is Pussy Riot’s music actually any good? Digby Warde-Aldam wonders.
From Methode, a special issue on Free Will: Thirty Points of View. Joshua May (UAB): On the Very Concept of Free Will. Manuel Vargas (San Francisco): If Free Will Doesn't Exist, Neither Does Water; and How to Solve the Problem of Free Will. Jennifer Matey (FIU): Can Blue Mean Four? Alfred Mele (FSU): Free Will and Neuroscience. Could quantum mechanics save the soul, and in the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible? Sam McNerney on the illusion of conscious will. Herbert Gintis reviews Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia S. Churchland. From PUP, the introduction to Developmental Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction by Susan E. Fahrbach. Safecracking the brain: Virginia Hughes on what neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves. From The Atlantic Monthly, Paul Bloom on the war on reason: Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry — here's why they're wrong. Eran Asoulin reviews Explaining the Computational Mind by Marcin Milkowski. Pumping dust: John Jeffery and Todd K. Shackelford review Daniel C. Dennett’s Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking and Nicholas Humphrey’s Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Brandon Keim on Christof Koch’s radical theory of how networks become conscious. Sorry religions, human consciousness is just a consequence of evolution: Krishna Andavolu interviews Michael Graziano, author of Consciousness and the Social Brain. Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science; don’t believe the hype — the Hard Problem is here to stay. Is Google wrecking our memory? Nope — it’s much, much weirder than that. R. Douglas Fields on how to erase bad memories.