George E. Edwards (Indiana): Assessing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from the Birth of the United Nations to the 21st Century: Ten Attributes of Highly Successful Human Rights NGOs. From Ethics and International Affairs, Edward C. Luck (IPI): The Responsibility to Protect: Growing Pains or Early Promise?; a review essay on books about the Responsibility to Protect doctrine; a review of Genocide: A Normative Account by Larry May; and a review of The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality by Ayelet Shachar. Peter Singer on his book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. Beware those who sneer at "human rights imperialism": If universal rights are dismissed as "western", where does that leave Iranians, Tunisians and Sudanese battling for them? Martin Lewis on the failure of the Failed State Index. Solutions to social problems and why they work: To beat back poverty, pay the poor (and part 2). Trends in human population that will shape our future: An interview with Robert Kunzig, Senior Environment Editor of National Geographic. Top 10 aspiring nations: Here's a sampling of places vying for independence — some with more legitimate claims for freedom than others. An interview with Branko Milanovic on economic inequality between nations and peoples. The Jasmine Revolution: How did the Tunisian protests and other recent uprisings get such fanciful names?


A new issue of Church and State is out. Nicholas J. Reo (Michigan) and Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State): Hunting and Morality as Elements of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. From LRB, Adam Shatz reports from Egypt: Mubarak’s last breath (2010). From New York, as a web-porn tsunami continues to wash over us, what’s the damage? Yet another media industry nearly destroyed by the Internet; a youth culture more sexualized and chaste at the same time; and adult bedrooms full of three-ways, with two real people subjected to the tyranny of a busty projection. Martin Peretz is not sorry — about anything: The ever-combative former leader of The New Republic helped toughen up modern liberalism, so he’s not about to let some lily-livered lefties take him down. Is Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, a puppet master of the news media? He would like you to think so, but The New York Times’s dealings with him reveal a different story. The great French essayist Montaigne recognised that our inbuilt capacity for sympathy depends on our physical proximity to others — recent neurological research appears to back him up. The Arab Spring: Arthur Kroker on the contradictions of Obama's charismatic liberalism. Smoke and mirrors: It's time for Washington to stop giving cigarette makers an open door to developing markets. Science proves you're stupid: A review of Robert Burton's On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You Are Not.


From Logos, Jeff Madrick on economic recovery with no growth strategy. Republicans claim the poor caused the global financial collapse — new economic evidence proves they're wrong. More and more and more on American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865 - 1900 by H.W. Brands. It’s the unions, Jack: Why America’s working class would fare better in a social democracy. A review of Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System by Barry Eichengreen (and more). The Competition Myth: It’s a misdiagnosis to say that America’s economic problem is a lack of competitiveness. Tyler Cowen announces his new "kindle single" The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. A book salon on All The Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. Robert Shiller argues that rising inequality in the US was a major cause of the recent crisis, and little is being done to address it — he chooses books that give insight into human nature. What industrial safety can teach us about preventing financial meltdowns. From Democracy, two historians trace our economic mess and growing inequality to that dismal decade — the 1970s. Dean Baker on the tidal wave of nonsense on demography. Why do people who work in finance earn so much more than the rest of us?

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