Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Rawls in the Nordic Countries. Alberto Chilosi (Pisa): The Long March of Italian Communists from Revolution to Neoliberalism: A Retrospective Assessment. Yiannis Kokkinakis (Crete): Grasping for the Thread: Greece and the Ongoing Global Crisis. Where is the geographical midpoint of Europe? The question is straightforward enough, but the answer isn’t. Voodoo Economics: Why has Romania slapped an income tax on witches? In Search of Lost Paris: Luc Sante reviews The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps by Eric Hazan and Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb. In Norway, start-ups say ja to socialism. British Hispanicism: For many Britons, there is a certain long-standing fascination with Spain. Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea, experiences such idyllic weather that roses bloom in the middle of December. Is Belgium a failed state, and why is Belgium a country in the first place? (and more) From Crooked Timber, what’s the deal with Deutschland? A seminar on the European consequences of changes in Germany’s political economy. A review of Xenophobe’s Guide to the Estonians by Hilary Bird, Lembit Opik, and Ulvi Mustmaa. The Swiss and their guns: The relationship may be changing in Europe’s best-armed nation, which will vote on how to store guns for its standing militia. In a minor rebellion against tradition, growing numbers of Swedes about to marry are picking new names.

Annemarie Bridy (Idaho): Is Online Copyright Enforcement Scalable? From multilateral bureaucrat to populist patriot: An article on Mohamed ElBaradei's personal revolution. Back to the Future with Peter Thiel: The hedge-fund billionaire says we need more innovation — and less herd-thinking — to open a new frontier. From Greater Good, Philip Zimbardo on the psychology of evil and of heroism. With one of the world’s highest corporate tax rates, the US still raises less revenue from corporations than it used to — the reason is in the tax code. Bet Giorgis is a church built into stone, in a town frozen in biblical times. Immanuel Wallerstein on the Second Arab Revolt: Winners and losers. The Real CSI: How America’s patchwork system of death investigations puts the living at risk. From Student Pulse, an article on fascism, a political ideology of the past. The (sex) life of man: Were our ancestors free-loving communists? Every once in a while a paper hits the big time and the author gets his or her 15 minutes in the Warholian sun — that’s what’s happening to Daryl J. Bem and his paper, “Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect”. Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit? Slavoj Zizek on how the western liberal reaction to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia frequently shows hypocrisy and cynicism. A review of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson (and more).

D. Aaron Lacy (SMU): Represent: Hip Hop Culture, the NBA Dress Code and Employment Discrimination (and more). Curtis Fogel (Guelph): A Hockey Night in Canada: An Imagined Conversation between Theorists. Does Sports Illustrated's Lance Armstrong expose prove doping? Ryan O'Hanlon breaks down ESPN’s Race and Sports Survey. Does football have a future? Ben McGrath on the N.F.L. and the concussion crisis. George B. Kirsch on the patently false baseball myth that refuses to die. You should worship Kelly Slater: Why does the world's greatest surfer get no love? Caltech is considered one of the nation’s top research institutions, but it has trouble winning men’s basketball games. A book salon on Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love by Dave Zirin. When they’re not hitting a ball, the world’s leading sports stars are stabbing at the keys on their phone. Beyond Yao: An article on the future of Chinese basketball. White up the middle: How pro football changed the American racial psyche. In ESPN’s SportsCenter, the fan still finds solace — even order — in chaos. Making a racket: Claire Davis and Elizabeth Swinbank on the science of tennis. Peaked performance: Paul Kix on the case that human athletes have reached their limits. All hail Barcelona, the world's greatest soccer team. Despite the injuries, violence is why we like the sport — and that if the game is stripped of its physical cruelty, it will no longer be football.