Speranta Dumitru (CNRS): Migration and Equality: Should Citizenship Levy Be a Tax or a Fine? Roger D. Waldinger (UCLA): Immigrant Transnationalism. Hans Lindahl (Tilburg): In Between: Immigration, Distributive Justice, and Political Dialogue. David Bartram (Leicester): Migration, Return, and Happiness: On Seeking One’s Fortune in a Wealthier Country. Gregory D. Saxton and Michelle Benson (SUNY-Buffalo): The Origins of Socially and Politically Hostile Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Outgroups: Economics, Ideology, or National Context? Roger D. Waldinger and Thomas Soehl (UCLA): The Political Sociology of International Migration: Borders, Boundaries, Rights, and Politics. From Global Governance, a special issue on international migration, including an introduction; Kathleen Newland (MPI): The Governance of International Migration: Mechanisms, Processes, and Institutions; Bimal Ghosh (Colombia): The Global Financial and Economic Crisis and Migration Governance; and Alexander Betts (Oxford): Survival Migration: A New Protection Framework. From Culture and Society, Christian Giordano (Fribourg): Paradigms of Migration: From Integration to Transnationalism. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Opening a Dialogue on Migrant (Rights) Activism. A quick glance at countries miles and oceans apart reveals how diverse and intransigent the issue of so-called illegal migration is today. From Spatial Analysis, James Cheshire on global migration maps. Multiculture War: From Sweden to Switzerland, liberals pushing unfettered immigration court a populist backlash. The effect of the welfare state on immigration and its composition depends on whether the destination country's migration policy is “free” or “managed”, and on whether the source country is developed or developing.

Tayebi Tahmineh and Parvaresh Vahid (Isfahan): I Will Wow You! Pragmatic Interjections Revisited. From The New York Times Magazine, is sugar toxic? That it makes us fat is something we take for granted — that it might also be making us sick is harder to accept; is sitting a lethal activity? James Vlahos wants to know; and what’s the single best exercise? Gretchen Reynolds investigates. Royal wedding: Does Kate Middleton really want to marry into a family like this? By redefining anti-immigration and anti-Muslim impulses as a defense of Western values such as women’s rights and the rule of law, muscular liberalism gives a veneer of responsibility to far baser emotions — it is a Trojan Horse for a subtle new authoritarianism that true liberals must resist. The really smart phone: Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease — even our political views. Is church a waste of space? From New York, a special issue on post-crash Wall Street. Birtherism is dead, long live Birtherism: David Weigel on the history of a national embarrassment, and why it's not over yet. David Roberts on policy in an age of post-truth politics. Mat Honan on how to make your lie go mainstream in 26 easy steps — a handy flowchart. It gets harder and harder to be a Republican: With an ever expanding list of Republican dogmas to adhere to, it's not just tougher to stay in the party — it's tough to win a general election. The nonsense quandary: How should news organizations deal with phenomena like the “birther” brouhaha? John Cassidy goes inside George Soros’s “Monstrous Monkey House”. What does your phone know about you? More than you think. The nostalgia trap: In Brooklyn and London, the future is losing to the past.

From CJR, Felix Salmon on how Wall Street elites read the business press: What a story says depends on who exactly is reading it. From Christianity Today's Books and Culture, a podcast on the Wall Street Journal's Review Section: A reader’s report six months after the launch. While many news organizations are struggling and retreating, Bloomberg News keeps adding talented journalists, expanding its empire and elevating its ambitions. Mark Seddon on the strange death of radical journalism. At 79, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is still kicking ass and winning Emmys, but with his exposes sandwiched between pro wrestling and Girls Gone Wild, is anybody watching? Good Media Bad Media: Fiza Fatima Asar on how news-making practices make stories news worthy and their impact on society. The ninth art meets the fourth estate: Leigh Phillips traces the emergence of comic-book journalism. Trying to globalize journalism might cause more problems than it solves: A review of Global Journalism Ethics by Stephen J.A. Ward. A review of The Environment and the Press: From Adventure Writing to Advocacy by Mark Neuzil. The twilight of foreign correspondents: What will the future of international news look like in the era of blogs, Facebook and Twitter? A look at the (more than) 101 ways to read the New York Times. An interview with Ted Conover, participatory journalist. McClatchy’s new Washington bureau chief Jim Asher is a champion of aggressive reporting. Jack Shafer on what journalists write when they encounter known unknowns. A review of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America by William McGowan. T.A. Frail on the top 10 unforgettable editorials: These editorial voices rose above the America clamor with words we will never forget.

Leonid Grinin (VCSR) and Andrey Korotayev (RSUH): Will the Global Crisis Lead to Global Transformations? The Coming Epoch of New Coalitions. A review of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace by Charles A. Kupchan. The first chapter from Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order by G. John Ikenberry. The first chapter from Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft by Peter Trubowitz. An interview with Joseph S. Nye, Jr., author of The Future of Power. Is the world too big to fail? Noam Chomsky on the contours of global order. A new trend in business writing focuses on how to rebuild the American economy and retain its superpower status amid growing anxiety over the rise of China. Relax, America: Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future. Forget China, look to Latin America: With inflation a concern in the Far East, commodity and consumer-driven economies like Brazil and Chile may be 2011's biggest winners. Exclusive new cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the United States' heavy-handed efforts to help Israel at the UN. Learning to love change: Why America needs to end its obsession with stability. How close did the United States come to launching a war against Iran? The Islamic Republic of Talibanistan: Why the West should stop fighting with the Taliban for hearts and minds, and start letting the Islamists try their hand at governing. Echoes of the Soviet Surge: The West's war in Afghanistan increasingly resembles the Soviet Union's. Will a Middle Eastern oil disruption crush the economy? New research suggests the answer is no — and that a major tenet of American foreign policy may be fundamentally wrong. The Consequentialist: Ryan Lizza on Barack Obama’s shifting foreign policy.

From the latest issue of Revue d’etudes benthamiennes, Emilie Dardenne (Rennes II): From Jeremy Bentham to Peter Singer (and a response by Singer). From Conversations with History, an interview with Richard J. Goldstone (February 17, 2011) on the role of law in transitions to democracy, in the prosecution of war crimes, and in the enforcement of the rules of war in the post 9-11 environment. The Immortal Bonk: Charles Schulz's classic Peanuts may have had its low years, but it will always be iconic. Financiers switch to GOP: Hedge-fund titans who backed Democrats open their wallets for Republicans. James V. Schall, S.J. on what knowledge pertains to. From Z Magazine, Jack Rasmus on how to create 15 million jobs: Suggestions for a way out of the current economic swamp. The "I'm-happy-I'm-green" consensus won't placate our lust for novelty: A critique of consumer culture must answer both the human itch for excited engagement and the call of the damaged Earth. What if it's 1996, not 1999? The question isn't if we're in a bubble — it's where we're at in the bubble. The self-determination delusion: A Dutch action group for free will wants to give all people the right to assisted suicide — but can this be achieved without us ending up somewhere we never wanted to go? Don't Mess With Taxes: Sorry, Tea Partiers — taxation isn't the source of America's ills, and your income has more to do with dumb luck than hard work. A review of Groups in Conflict: Equality Versus Community by Donald Franklin. A look at the top 20 conspiracy theories that have already sprung up around President Obama’s birth certificate. The shocking truth about the birthplace of Obama’s policies: President Obama, if you look closely at his positions, is a moderate Republican from the early 1990s.

Helga Vanda Koczogh and Balint Peter Furko (Debrecen): Gender Differences in the Use of the Discourse Markers You Know and I Mean: "It's just like, dude, seriously, it's been a bad week, I mean, kind of thing." The world's 6,000 or so modern languages may have all descended from a single ancestral tongue spoken by early African humans between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago (and more and more). Research suggests language seems to have evolved along varied, complicated paths, guided less by neurological settings than cultural circumstance (and more). Longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? The takeaway language of slang: The sheer linguistic inventiveness and indestructible quality of slang can keep some of its terms in use for centuries. Paul Collins on sh*t-faced: a brief history of the word. The devil strip: Jan Freeman on learning to love regionalisms. Question? Answered: Erin McKeanon the growing world of online language advice. Marquee languages definitely serve their purposes, but when you learn a minority language, like Romansh or Sioux, you become a member of a select group. A review of You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity by Robert Lane Greene. What is a language? When easy questions demand tough answers. I [heart] the OED: Is the Oxford English Dictionary stooping? A review of The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack (and more). Lose the hyphen: Little changes can set people off. A review of Do you speak Swiss? Decode: Do this puzzle and revive a lost language. A look at 6 mistranslations that changed the world.

The meaning of human spaceflight: 20 essays on its 50th anniversary. The team overseeing the satellite observatory Kepler is unveiling a list of 400 stars that are the best bets for harboring planets that could be the most Earth-like worlds discovered. Is the Earth's sixth mass extinction almost here? Something new under the Sun: Scientists are probing deep beneath the surface of our nearest star to calculate its profound effect on Earth. A review of Voyages of Discovery: The Missions of the Space Shuttle Discovery by Robert A. Adamcik. A review of Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen. Exoplanets cast doubt on astronomical theories: Planets in other solar systems are set to change ideas on how worlds form. How's this for an astronomical estimate? There are at least 50 billion exoplanets in our galaxy. The more new planets we find, the less we seem to know about how planetary systems are born. Two separate quests, one to discover habitable worlds, the other to synthesize artificial organisms, now unite to redefine life and its place in the universe. Extremophiles: Clara Moskowitz on the world's weirdest life. A team of scientists is re-engineering cells to create a mirror image of life on Earth. From white dwarfs to dark matter clouds, the universe may have many homes for habitable planets. An interview with East German cosmonaut Sigmund Jahn: "Capitalism now reigns in space". Infoporn: Here is an exoplanet atlas. Forget space travel, it's just a dream: The clash of two titans — physics and chemistry — are major barriers to human space travel to Mars and beyond, and may well make it impossible, at least with existing technologies. A review of Moon: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner. Some time this year, Nasa’s Space Shuttle will touch down for the last time; bereft of their jobs and their mission, what will happen to the people of Florida’s Space Coast?

Katie R. Eyer (Penn): That's Not Discrimination: American Beliefs and the Limits of Anti-Discrimination Law. Martin E. Gold and Lynne B. Sagalyn (Columbia): The Use and Abuse of Blight in Eminent Domain. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on the oil-price panic; and who is responsible for fixing Medicare? From NYRB, Elizabeth Drew on Obama and the House Radicals; and Nicholson Baker on how we don’t know the language we don’t know. The Iowa Caucus Kingmaker: Bob Vander Plaats offers GOP candidates a choice — join his crusade against gay marriage or lose the primary. Want to play Sherlock Holmes? For over a decade now, the FBI hasn't been able to crack a code found on a murdered man — which may be the key to finding out what really happened to him. Money Talks: The Supreme Court looks set to hand the GOP another victory. A review of The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World by David Deutsch. Peruvians are bracing themselves for one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in recent history, with nationalist Ollanta Humala set to face off against right-wing Keiko Fujimori on June 5 (and more). A look at 6 studies that prove Reality TV is causing the Apocalypse. Linton Weeks on the rampant rise of Ayn Rand-O-Mania. Could video games develop some skills that can solve real-world problems? Probably not. As the US tries to ride high tech out of recession, does it risk innovating its workforce out of jobs? What they really mean by "American exceptionalism": Obama's cosmopolitan bearing and generous spirit are being translated as subversive of a "real" American character. A review of Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate by Johannes Goransson.

From Common-place, a special issue on American food in the age of experiment, including an introduction by David Shields; and what does barbecue tell us about race? A review of Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food by Andrew Warne. A review of Morality's Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America by George Cotkin. Here’s a timeline of the birth of and battle for one of the country’s weirdest little plots of land. Deep in the Cumberland Plateau, mysterious drawings, thousands of years old, offer a glimpse of lost Native American cultures and traditions. Are American museums forgetting the rest of the world? An interview with Richard Pells, author of Modernist America: Art, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture. A review of Envisioning the Nation: The Early American World’s Fairs and the Formation of Culture by Astrid Boger. A review of A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russell. A review of The Passport in America: The History of a Document by Craig Robertson. Mark Vanhoenacker on the superiority of American domestic appliances. The Boy in the Box: Mark Pulham on America’s unknown child. Civil war lit: How the War between the States changed American literature. How Longfellow woke the dead: When first published 150 years ago, his famous poem about Paul Revere was read as a bold statement of his opposition to slavery. A review of American Political Cartoons, 1754-2010: The Evolution of a National Identity by Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop. A review of When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America by David Nye. Our first public parks: Rebecca Greenfield on the forgotten history of cemeteries. The Problem With Question 36: Why are so many of the answers on the U.S. citizenship test wrong? A look at 6 presidential secrets your history teacher didn't mention. National Porcineographic: Here is a portrait of America as a young hog.

Tim Engartner (Duisburg-Essen): Less Government is Good Government? Deregulation as an Undermining Principle of Financial Markets. Eric J. Pan (Yeshiva): Understanding Financial Regulation. Renee B. Adams (Queensland): Who Directs the Fed? Ruth Mason (Conn): Federalism and the Taxing Power. Taxes should probably rise for everyone, but they should rise the most for the rich. Why is it so hard to raise taxes on the rich? As budget solutions go, almost nothing polls better than asking the wealthiest to pay more. Yes, 47% of households owe no taxes — but look closer. Stop this race to the bottom on corporate tax: Globalization compels governments to compete for dwindling corporate tax dollars. What actually happens if the US hits the federal debt ceiling? Treasury would surely step in — but colossal problems would still be sure to follow. The Great Global Freakout of 2011: Imagining the worst-case scenario if the United States even comes close to defaulting on its debt. Budget Battle: 20 big thinkers suggest ideas to fix the broken US government. Ezra Klein on the House Progressive Budget. An interview with Eliot Spitzer, author of Government’s Place in the Market. A book salon on Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite by Bruce Levine. From Mother Jones, what Wisconsin is really about: How screwing unions screws the entire middle class; an article on Michael Dell and the making of an American oligarch: How a homegrown geek outsourced, downsized, and tax-breaked his way to the top; and America's captains of industry, poverty baron edition: How to get very rich off the backs of the working poor. Didn’t they notice? David Runciman reviews Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson.