Clever Mapaure (Namibia): Reinvigorating African Values for SADC: The Relevance of Traditional African Philosophy of Law in a Globalising World of Competing Perspectives. Tin Cheuk Leung (CUHK) and John T. Dalton (Wake Forest): Why is Polygyny More Prevalent in Western Africa? An African Slave Trade Perspective. How do the last surviving monarchs of Africa's grandest kingdoms live in modern times? How Africans want to be seen. The problem with secession: If individual nations cannot overcome their differences, how can a continent come together to advance economic and political sovereignty? Darfur is getting worse: Why aren’t the UN and US pressuring Khartoum to reverse this horrific trend? Stephen W. Smith on the story of Laurent Gbagbo. The fate of a nation: Can Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast’s new president, save his country? A look at the ethnic dimensions of the conflict in Ivory Coast (and more). A friendly little dictatorship in the Horn of Africa: Why the world doesn't care about Djibouti's autocracy. Are the winds of change sweeping the Middle East reaching Burkina Faso? The heart of bleakness: Sifting through the wreckage of Congo’s conflict economy. A from-the-ground report on how the tapping of Angola’s natural resources has kept the country a killing field, and made it one of the world’s most glaringly inefficient kleptocracies. Death by Tabloid: Giles Muhame, Uganda’s most infamous journalist, makes no apologies. The supposed Christian-Muslim vendetta in West Africa is a front for a much simpler story. An African success: In Namibia, the people and wildlife coexist.

J. Mark Ramseyer (Harvard): Why Power Companies Build Nuclear Reactors on Fault Lines: The Case of Japan. Andrew F. March (Yale): Speaking about Muhammad, Speaking for Muslims. Perverted Justice: Sex offender laws represent the triumph of outrage over reason. Why a century-old battle over vaccination continues to rage: A review of Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich. An excerpt from Sophia Rosenfeld's Common Sense: A Political History. Why the debt ceiling debate matters now: If Congress doesn't act soon, interest rates could spike, maybe for a long time — then you'll care. Does coaching win championships? An excerpt from Conscience: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Strohm. Many schools, including SUNY New Paltz, have set up popular programs in emergency management and disaster response. An excerpt from Beyond Red and Blue: How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape American Debates by Peter Wenz. Global vegetation mapped from 19000BC to 3000AD. An interview with Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania. Making choices "as if the future matters": David Leonhardt interviews Diane Coyle, author of The Economics of Enough (and more). From Slate, a series of the gay bar: Is it dying?

Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Refusing Safety: The Feminist Struggle to Be Revolutionary. A review of Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila J. Rupp. The tragedy of traditional masculinity is that it shortens men’s lives — and that it does so in the name of making them better husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. Have a Tab, Barbie: T.A. Frank on the curious evolution of women in advertising. Feminism by Treaty: Christina Hoff Sommers on why CEDAW is still a bad idea. Jessica Valenti on SlutWalks and the future of feminism. An interview with Kevin Arnold on "straight bro" parodies, male desire, and his balance of humor and criticism. Linda Martin Alcoff on when culture, power and sex collide: How cultural attitudes toward sex, in France or anywhere else, can distort our perceptions of sexual violence. Why girls hate each other: There are two essential truths about girl-on-girl friendship. Jessi Fischer on the vilification of male sexuality: Are men getting a bad rap for bad behaviour — or doing what comes naturally? Two decades after its release, Linda Diebel examines why "Thelma & Louise" still resonates long after the pair’s iconic leap into the Grand Canyon. An interview with Mara Hvistendahl, author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (and more and more and more and more). Now that’s seminal: Can we take a break from the ejaculatory locutions, please? Women were long considered unsuited for public office because hormones cloud their judgment, but men like Anthony Weiner are the ones who can't think straight. A review of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys by Kay S. Hymowitz.