Neo-Feudalism Explained: The flight of the best and brightest from Russia is no accident. The Coffee Republic: Thomas de Waal on a dangerous drift in postwar Abkhazia. State of Disorder: Rafael Khachaturian on Russia’s ultranationalist problem. Tajikistan was home to thousands of Bukharan Jews, and conditions seemed right for it to stay that way — but the legacy of Soviet persecution and recent Central Asian ties to Iran have made Jewish life more difficult to maintain. How the US could have avoided a P.R. crisis in Kyrgyzstan. From football to fascism: In Russia, 2010 ended with an unprecedented upsurge of ultra-nationalist violence. Tamerlane Museum: Looking for a unifying history, Uzbekistan finds its answer in a 14th Century Turco-Mongol conqueror — despite the fact he wasn't Uzbek. A look at why Russian Jews are not Russian. A haunting look at what it means to be Eurasian: A review of The Eurasian Face by Kirsteen Zimmern. Long live the khan: Kazakhstan's benevolent father Nursultan Nazarbayev, very nearly eternal. From Geocurrents, an article on the survival of animism in Russia and its destruction in the West; the suicide capital of the world is the Republic of Mari El; and a look at how Siberia is more Russian than European Russia. The Philanthropist of Dagestan: The Suleiman Kerimov Foundation has disbursed around $60 million to social projects in Dagestan and Russia. A review of The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev by Daniel Treisman.

A new issue of Judgment and Decision Making is out. Yong-yue Yu and Jian Li (Wuhan): The Ideological and Political Education Values of the Constructive Postmodernism. From NYRB, where is poetry going? Charles Simic wants to know; and can Congress force us to buy broccoli? David Cole investigates. From OK Cupid, what are the best questions for a first date? Inside the Secret Service: Granted exclusive access, Marc Ambinder follows the agency on one of its toughest assignments. Are Thailand and Cambodia about to go to war? Jonathan Cohn on the bad faith of mandate critics (and part 2). Farhad Manjoo on HuffPo's Achilles' Heel: Search engine optimization won't work forever (and more). Jason Linkins on how The Huffington Post works (in case you were wondering). Dana Milbank on Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation. Now what? No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces, knows what the Egyptian armed forces will do next. David A. Bell on why we can't rule out an Egyptian Reign of Terror: A historian's look at revolution and its discontents. What is the Muslim Brotherhood, and will it take over Egypt? The basics on the group that has Glenn Beck going batshit. From The Examined Life, Amanda Ruud on Marilynne Robinson and the courage to see. Christian Jarrett examines the relevance of the idea of sin to modern life, and introduces a special "sin week". Taxes too high? Actually, as a share of the nation's economy, Uncle Sam's take this year will be the lowest since 1950. Now that Ron Paul actually has some power over the Fed, what is he going to do with it? The Art of Scouting Models: Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management help transport young, beautiful people from obscurity to the fashion runways of New York and Paris.

Daniel McIntosh (Slippery Rock): The Transhuman Security Dilemma. How can we govern the garage biologists who are tinkering with life? A look at 5 ways science could make us immortal. Marios Kyriazis on the prospects of human biological immortality. 2045, the tear man becomes immortal: We're fast approaching the moment when humans and machines merge — welcome to the Singularity movement. A review of Genetic Twists of Fate by Stanley Fields and Mark Johnston. A review of Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People by Philip Ball (and more and more). Michael Anissimov on how the Singularity is the biggest threat to humanity (and a response and more). In his own quest to beat the machines, Brian Christian discovers that the march of technology isn’t just changing how we live, it’s raising new questions about what it means to be human (and more). An interview with Misha Angrist, publisher of his genome. Do not watch this video if you lay awake at night, kept from sleep by the terrifying knowledge that one day soon the human race will be thrown into slavery by The Machines. People have no anxiety about genetic tests. Do artificial beings deserve human rights? If the supercomputer bests the human Jeopardy champion this week, the news will be everywhere — but we shouldn't worry (and more and more). Lepht Anonym wants everyone to know the door to transcending normal human capabilities is no farther away than your own kitchen — it’s just going to hurt like a sonofabitch. The future of the human genome: What will the next 20 years of research bring? Minsoo Kang on his book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination.