From the International NGO Journal, Anja Mihr, Jos Philips, and Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Utrecht): Human Rights NGOs: Imperative or Impermissible Actors in (Post)-Conflict Societies? Rick Perlstein on why Occupy needs to start making demands. Frank J. Vandall on the intellectual foundations of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Insanity and utter ineptness — no other words are more suitable to describe the continued path of austerity imposed by the EU on Spain. Jonathan Chait how Romney simply wants to campaign on the straightforward economic impulse “The economy has been bad under Obama, vote Obama out”; and on Romney’s radical theory of fairness: What Romney calls a distraction is actually the most important issue of the election. At first glance, one does not normally recognize a connection between the commodified adult sex entertainment industry and political science. The church of cryopreservation: Michael Monette on spending eternity in liquid nitrogen (and part 2). Are you bonobo or chimpanzee? Over the next several months, Deni Y. Bechard will blog for Maisonneuve regularly from central Africa as he researches his new book.

From The New Yorker, Lauren Collins on how the Daily Mail conquered England. The world’s most popular online newspaper: How the Daily Mail took the title from The New York Times. From NYRB, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the truth about Murdoch. From Vanity Fair, Suzanna Andrews uncovers Rebekah Brooks, the woman wrapped in the enigma, the keys to her meteoric rise, and the latest object of her incandescent ambition; after writing two of the most interesting movies of the past several years, Aaron Sorkin has returned to television via HBO, which is premiering his dramatic series The Newsroom next month; and has The Washington Post lost its way? Tenacious: Dana Priest wants to show you how the world works. Inch by Inch: Mort Persky on the art of the newspaper column. Newsrooms may look different today, but their need for speed never wavers. From Neiman Reports, looking back what would they do differently? Six editors take a hard look at newspapers and what it will take for them to stay alive. Are online newspapers the modern day equivalent of 19th century bourgeois cafes for democratic discussions? From The Globe and Mail, where’s Robert Redford when we need him? The newspaper biz used to be so cool.

From Peace, Conflict and Development is out, a special issue on approaches to peace and conflict — what is missing? An issue of Nations and Nationalism is free online, including Rogers Brubaker (UCLA): Religion and Nationalism: Four Approaches; and Farhat Shahzad (Ottawa): Forging the Nation as an Imagined Community. Andras Jakab (Max Planck): Defining the Borders of the Political Community: Constitutional Visions of the Nation. Ronald Maraden Parlindungan Silalahi and Veny Anindya Puspitasari (Bunda Mulia): Linguistic Regulation and Nation Character Building: The Neglected Phase of Development. Carl Mosk (Victoria): Why the Prince Consort Was Right: Nationalism, Economic Development, and Violence, 1800-2000. Nicholas Sambanis (Yale) and Moses Shayo (Princeton): Social Identification and Ethnic Conflict. Mihaela Carausan (NSPSPA): The Survival of the National State in a Globalised World. How empire ruled the world: Compared with the six hundred years of the Ottoman Empire and two millennia of (intermittent) Chinese imperial rule, the nation-state is a blip on the historical horizon. Anna Simons on sovereignty, the ultimate states’ rights argument. Dani Rodrik on the nation-state reborn. Tyler Brule on how national airlines are a country’s brand to the world.

A new issue of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development is out. From NYRB, Ronald Dworkin on why the mandate is constitutional — the real argument. From The Montreal Review, John Pahle on resistance and revision: Toward a new narrative of nonfiction. Markus Krajewski on his book Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929. From Rain Taxi Review of Books, why Iowa? An essay on the Iowa Writer’s Workshop 75th Anniversary Reunion. From Jewish Political Studies Review, Dexter Van Zile updates the ancient infrastructure of Christian contempt: Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center; and Manfred Gerstenfeld on the spiritual and professional development of two Christian founders of an English Holocaust institute. Do the United States and Mexico really want the drug war to succeed? With a mixture of righteous indignation and outrageous prankery, the hacker collective Anonymous has emerged as a surprisingly potent actor in global politics — but what do they actually want, and how should governments respond? The case for a global currency: Would it make more sense to have one currency for the entire world?

A new issue of Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy is out. Kevin B. Anderson (UCSB): Marcuse’s and Fromm’s Correspondence with the Socialist Feminist Raya Dunayevskaya: A New Window on Critical Theory. From the 2012 Telos Conference “Space: Virtuality, Territoriality, Relationality”, Gary Shapiro on reading Nietzsche with Schmitt; and Matt Applegate on a virtual topography of the Manifesto. From Fast Capitalism, Gerry Coulter (Bishop’s): Jean Baudrillard’s Karl Marx: Productivist Ideology and the Future of the Left; and Baudrillard in the 21st Century (and After). Born-again Communism, or simply, Love Doctrine: The time of Imperial-White-Eurocentric-Patriarchal ideology is over — but there is a new wave coming which is non-white and non-male. A review of Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx by Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala (and more). Inside the factory, and out: A review of Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One by Fredric Jameson. From News and Letters, Ron Kelch on Absolute Negativity, Occupy and Situationists.

Arnab Chakladar (Carleton): Language, Nation and the Question of Indian Literature. From Outlook, special issues on sex in India and on aromas in India. Shikha Dalmia on the tragic truth about India's caste system: Untouchables cling to it because they have few other choices. Siddhartha Deb on how India's elite is blinded by a cultish belief in progress. A review of Talking Back: The Idea of Civilization in the Indian Nationalist Discourse by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. What next for Nagaland? After more than 60 years of bloodshed, recent moves suggest that the Nagas are inching towards a possible breakthrough. Fifty years after the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule, the loss of regional identity and culture figures repeatedly in its introspection. The victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat are still to get justice but are determined to continue the fight. From Tehelka, the 14th century cathedral in Paris has been in the safe hands of Joachim Irudayanathan for seven years; Adeline Bertin meets the Indian who holds the keys to Notre Dame; and no #@&%? Please, we’re Indian. Such a fall: Mumbai University, once an iconic institution, has lost its way.

A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. From Peace, all his life Gene Sharp has studied ways of fighting effectively without violence — now that he is regarded, at 83, as the brains behind the Arab Spring, people are taking his strategies seriously (and more). Mission from God: Josh Kron on the upstart Christian sect driving Invisible Children and changing Africa. From Foreign Policy, a look at the top 10 trends in global freedom. The return of sovereignty: Michael Ignatieff reviews Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement by Brad R. Roth. From Vice, Swedish feminists are so bored they’re telling men how to sit on the bus; and should being a racist dick on the Internet be illegal? A review of Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe by Jean-Laurent Rosenthal and R. Bin Wong. A review of Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 by Prasannan Parthasarathi. The living word: Peter Ludlow on how the meanings of the words we use are constantly changing, even as we speak. Conor Friedersdorf on why Tom Friedman is America's perfect centrist pundit.

Peter Tiersma (Loyola) and Lawrence M. Solan (Brooklyn): The Language of Crime. From the International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Kristine Levan (Plymouth State), Katherine Polzer (TCU), and Steven Downing (UOIT): Media and Prison Sexual Assault: How We Got to the “Don’t Drop the Soap” Culture. From In-Spire, Stephen Riley (Sheffield Hallam): Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice. From Tikkun, a series of articles on restorative justice, including Mikhail Lyubansky on how super is Superhero Justice? From The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik on the scandal of America’s teeming prisons. From Governing, how game theory is reinventing crime fighting: Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one. A review of The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William Stuntz. The Gray Box: An investigative look at solitary confinement. The end of the for-profit prison era? A nationwide campaign to stem investments in private corrections companies is gathering steam.

Donna L Akers (Nebraska): Decolonizing the Master Narrative: Treaties and Other American Myths. Gambling on nation-building: Tribes are at last becoming sovereign in more than theory, with mixed results. Jefferson’s Women: Sexual enlightenment and racism in the life of a secular hero. Contrary to popular opinion, publicly-funded assistance for the poor has been practiced in America from colonial days. Philippe Fournier (Montreal): Welfare and Foreign Aid Practices in the Contemporary United States: A Governmental Study. Gordon Wood reviews Law in American History, Volume I: From the Colonial Years Through the Civil War by G. Edward White. A review of The Evolution of a Nation: How Geography and Law Shaped the American States by Daniel Berkowitz and Karen B. Clay. American inheritance, Harvard pulpit: Douglass Shand-Tucci on Boston Brahmin liberalism. From History Now, a special issue on American Reform Movements. From Cardus, a review of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole.

A new issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is out. Sabine Weber (Dusseldorf): Corporate Participation in the Democratic Process in the United States and Germany. From The Philosopher’s Stone, Philip Green on religious freedom (and part 2). From Slate, Will Saletan and Ross Douthat discuss Douthat’s new book on faith in American society, Bad Religion. From dictatorship to democracy: A look at the role ex-Nazis played in early West Germany. Turned off from politics? That’s exactly what the politicians want. From Wired, Bruce Sterling on the New Aesthetic. What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in common? Daniel Dennett on the social cell. Indignadas and Indignados of the World, Unite: Eric Toussaint on the international context of global outrage (in 5 parts). What do social movements accomplish and how? Humanizing the social sciences: A review of Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore by Peter L. Berger. It’s been one of the enduring mysteries of the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Where did all the goop go?