Timothy Webster (Whittier): Insular Minorities: International Law's Challenge to Japan's Ethnic Homogeneity. Minglian Han (Jinan): The Appeal of Marshall McLuhan in Contemporary China. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on the state and religion in China. From The Atlantic, Alan Taylor goes inside North Korea; and just after Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China quelled its own "Jasmine" protests; is the Chinese public less satisfied — and more combustible — than it appears? (and more) Will crisis help Japan get out of its longstanding slump? The Long Goodbye: Robert D. Kaplan and Abraham M. Denmark on the future North Korea. Zen, Japan and the art of democracy: Foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan’s self-discipline in the face of multiple disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to the financial crash — yet this fatalism has its dangers. From Boston Review, despite recent crackdowns on dissidents, revolutionary political changes are afoot in China: A forum. A review of Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea by Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland. China's Manhattan knock-off: On a peninsula southeast of Beijing, developer Vincent Lee wants to copy New York City — literally. C.D. Alexander Evans on the future of the Japanese labor movement. Rising out of the Yellow Sea like a modern day Atlantis, Songdo International Business District (IBD) is not just South Korea’s urban utopia, it is the country’s bridge to the world, and to the future. Chollywood: Mitch Moxley goes behind the scenes of China’s booming film industry. The terrorist threat we're ignoring: How the high-tech software we import from China is setting us up for potential cyberattacks. Asia’s threesome turns four.

Alex Schulman (Duke): From Lear to Leviathan: On States of Nature and Social Contracts in Shakespeare's Politics. Donald H. Stone (Baltimore) and Linda S. Stone (Towson): Dangerous and Disruptive or Simply Cutting Class; When Should Schools Kick Kids to the Curb? An Empirical Study of School Suspension and Due Process Rights. From the latest issue of Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): On Judging American Foreign Policy: Human Rights, Political Realism, and the Arrogance of Power; Joseph Lowndes (Oregon): Looking Forward to the History of the Tea Party; and Plato’s Gospel: Vincent Czyz on evidence that the Gospels are quite clearly a species of fiction — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The cataclysmic extinctions that scoured Earth 200 million years ago might have been easier to trigger than expected, with potentially troubling contemporary implications. An interview with John McWhorter, author of What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be. Daron Acemoglu on how cooperation evolves: History, expectations, and leadership. A review of Unfinished Projects: Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre by Paige Arthur. Should black women learn to share their men? The benefit of doubt: We shouldn’t be afraid of being uncertain. Life out there: Darpa, the government agency that helped invent the Internet, is studying what it would take to send humans to another star. What happens when the band stops playing? Around the world, symphony orchestras are threatened as public subsidies dry up, but great cities need them more than ever. Is female masturbation really the last sexual taboo? The right 
to speak out loudly: How journalists struggle to live up to professional standards while maintaining a strong stance on controversial issues.

Kanishka Jayasuriya (Adelaide): Building Citizens: Empire, Asia and the Australian Settlement. Aboriginal people and the deferral of the rule of law: Desmond Manderson on how the language of "emergency" is used to suspend legal principles. From the inaugural issue of Settler Colonial Studies, an introduction to the journal; Scott Lauria Morgensen (Queen's): The Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism: Right Here, Right Now; and a review of Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities by Penelope Edmonds and Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning by Libby Porter. Alia Somani (UWO): The Apology and its Aftermath: National Atonement or the Management of Minorities? From Geist, how did it come about that the indige­nous peo­ple acquired a rep­u­ta­tion for irre­spon­si­bil­ity and lazi­ness? From the International Indigenous Policy Journal, Joanna R. Quinn (UWO): Canada’s Own Brand of Truth and Reconciliation?; and Janique Dubois (Toronto): Beyond Territory: Revisiting the Normative Justification of Self-Government in Theory and Practice. A review of Chocolate, Women and Empire: A Social and Cultural History by Emma Robertson. A review of To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland's Global Diaspora 1750-2010 by Tom Devine. Simon Schama on this “imperial calamity” Americans inherited from Britain (and more and more by Maya Jasanoff). Andras Tarnoc (EKTF): Narratives of Confinement: Revisiting the Founding Myths of American Culture. Carolyn Liebler and Meghan Zacher (Minnesota): The Case of the Missing Ethnicity: Indians Without Tribes in the 21st Century. Michael C. Blumm (Lewis and Clark): Why Aboriginal Title is a Fee Simple Absolute. Americans like to celebrate their Irish and Scottish roots, but not their English ones — why is that?

Christopher L. Gilbert (Trento): Anomalies in Economics and Finance. John A. List (Chicago): Why Economists Should Conduct Field Experiments and 14 Tips for Pulling One Off. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): The Theory of Banking: Why Banks Exist and Why We Fear Them. Ronen Shamir (Tel Aviv): Socially Responsible Private Regulation: World-Culture or World-Capitalism? Peter J. Boettke (GMU): An Anarchist’s Reflection on the Political Economy of Everyday Life. Michael E. Levine (NYU): Regulation and the Nature of the Firm: The Case of U.S. Regional Airlines. From Cadmus, Orio Giarini (Risk Institute): Science and Economics: The Case of Uncertainty and Disequilibrium; Ian Johnson (Club of Rome): The Perfect Storm: Economics, Finance and Socio-Ecology; Winston P. Nagan (Florida): Human Rights, Liberty & Socio-Economic Justice; Garry Jacobs (MSS) and Ivo Slaus (WAAS): Global Prospects for Full Employment; and Hazel Henderson (Ethical Markets): Grossly Distorted Picture: GDP Still Misleading. A review of Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element by John Mueller (and part 2; and more). Garbage in, garbage out: Robert Higgs on truth, freedom, and falsehood in economic analysis and policy making. From Citizen Economists, Ajay Shah on books that should be read before starting a Ph.D. in economics. For love of laissez-faire: Through the letters of Frederic Bastiat shines the most charming economist you have ever met. A review of Economics Evolving: A History of Economic Thought by Agnar Sandmo. The first chapter from The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History by Francesco Boldizzoni. Fairies, witches and supply and demand: Once economics is on the brain, it seems to pop up a lot in children’s literature.

Niva Elkin-Koren (Haifa): The Changing Nature of Books and the Uneasy Case for Copyright. From Pathways, economic divisions and political polarization in Red and Blue America: To hear pundits tell it, the well-to-do are increasingly likely to "vote blue" — Andrew Gelman examines the data and finds it just ain't so; and taxing the poor: Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O'Brien show that many Southern states are making poverty worse because of their regressive tax policies; Esra Burak talks with Maurice Lim, head of the Family Independence Initiative, about his radically different approach to helping families achieve self-sufficiency. Porn is here to stay, so we would do well to make it better, rather than waste time trying to make it disappear — this is true of both the content and, importantly, the marketing of porn. A review of The Political Thought of Xenophon. More and more on John J. Mearsheimer's Why Leaders Lie. Dana Milbank on Hurricane Irene and the benefits of Big Government. We can't teach students to love reading: The idea that many teachers hold today, that one of the purposes of education is to do just that, is largely alien to the history of education (and a response). Mental abacus does away with words: The technique used by some to do complex mental calculations seems to free mathematics from its dependence on language. While saving the world’s threatened languages may seem informed more by nostalgia than need, federally funded researchers say each tongue may include unique concepts with practical value. The introduction to How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity by Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber. Growing numbers of children take up musical instruments — but do they get a step up in life, or does relentless practising put youngsters off music for ever?

Jon R. Bond (Texas A&M), Richard Fleisher (Fordham) and Nathan A. Ilderton (UCF): Was the Tea Party Responsible for the Republican Victory in the 2010 House Elections? Barack Obama isn’t to blame for the Tea Party’s surge, liberals are — and if they want him to win re-election in 2012, they better listen to Moses and learn how to take initiative. What are the four primary characteristics most associated with those Americans sympathetic to the Tea Party? "Authoritarianism, ontological insecurity (fear of change), libertarianism and nativism," so says a new study. Ayn Rand Vs. America: The celebration of the individual is seeing a resurgence in U.S. politics, but is freedom to earn one's living the same as the freedom to emasculate government? Republicans have finally found a group they want to tax: poor people. Can we fix the economy? Kevin Drum on theories floating around that imply — or are used by others to imply — that we really can't do much of anything to help the economy recover (and more). Is there anything that can be done? A TNR symposium on the economy, with contributions from Peter Diamond, Felix Salmon, Jonathan Cohn, Richard Posner, Jared Bernstein and more. If I were president: We've heard from the media and from experts incessantly — what if we entered a pundit-free zone? As pundits bemoan the broken political system, historians say even as far back as Jefferson and Hamilton, acrimony is just the American way. Far from being a reflection of living patterns created without our conscious control, partisanship and compromise are both deliberate decisions made by political leaders.The ideology of no: New research into how liberals and conservatives think differently. Whenever you read conservatives trying to critique what they think the other side believes, you find them assuming that their opponents must be mirror images of themselves.

Adrien K. Wing (Iowa) and Hisham A. Kassim (NLI): After the Last Judgment: The Future of the Egyptian Constitution. Academic Nirvana: George Scanlon finds lifelong satisfaction and recognition in Islamic archaeology. The Syrian revolution is unique in the Arab Spring, but the regime is using technology, regional support and its history of brutality to fight back. From Words Without Borders, two issues on the Arab Spring (and part 2). Will Syria’s revolt disrupt the Turkish borderlands? The Arabic Novel in Non-Western Eyes: Anthologies of "world literature" have often used the term to market a largely Western canon — but isn't western literature still implicitly regarded as the measure of all things? (and more) From World Affairs, democracy in Egypt: Seth Cropsey and Arthur Milikh on applying the Tocqueville standard; and 1989 and 2011: How does the Arab Spring stack up against the wave of revolutions that ended the Soviet Union? A review of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright. Nothing prepared us for what we saw happening across the Arab world this year; one network knew damn well how to report a revolution — Michael Paterniti takes us behind the cameras at Al Jazeera. The Al Jazeera Effect: The Qatar-based channel’s extensive coverage of the Arab Spring underscores its emerging role as a major player, but controversy continues to swirl about its coverage. Time wars: How a huge new clock in Mecca is reviving a century-old clash over what time it is. Mongrel Intellectual: Jonah Raskin on the question of Edward Said. The Enemy of the West: An interview with Ian Buruma on Occidentalism. America's radical idealists strike again: Did Bush's "forward strategy for freedom" birth the Arab Spring? Umm, no. Is Islam compatible with capitalism? The Middle East’s future depends on the answer. Razib Khan on how culture differences matter (even within Islam).

Paul C. Giannelli (Case Western): The Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham: Junk Science, an Innocent Man, and the Politics of Death. From Fast Company, an article on Ticketmaster, the most hated brand in America. A review of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped by Dean Budnick and Josh Baron. It was only a matter of time before scholars would bone-up on modern pharmaceutical culture and give us The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World. With the pirates who plague the waters around the Horn of Africa, shipping companies are protecting their vessels with armed private security personnel — Der Spiegel joined one such ship as it ran the pirate gauntlet on the world's most important trade route. Can The Daily Dot become the Web's "hometown newspaper"? Jesse Bering on female ejaculation: The long road to non-discovery. Forty years in captivity: Austrian man allegedly abused daughters for decades. The Fixer: Streetwise sociologist Greg Scott guides reporters through the drug underworld. The first chapter from The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment by Pierre Saint-Amand. Annie Platoff, a librarian at UC Santa Barbara, is on a mission to find out what happened to the American flags that astronauts planted on the moon during the six lunar landings. A review of Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson. When spirituality kills: How should society regulate New Age gurus or Christian Scientists? J. C. Hallman reviews Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman (and more and more and more and more and more). Will North America be the New Middle East? It’s yes or no for a climate-killing oil pipeline — and Obama gets to make the call.

Samuel T. Morison (DoD): History and Tradition in American Military Justice. Julia Chazkel (WIIS): Sexual Harassment in the Military. Military rape, rampant and ignored: A lawsuit against Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld and new legislation try to stop an epidemic. Rebecca Patterson (Kauffman): Revisiting a School of Military Government: How Reanimating a World War II-Era Institution Could Professionalize Military Nation Building. George Reed on what’s wrong and what’s right with the war colleges. Senators from both parties are demanding that new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta take action to fund military schools that are falling apart. New norms for the 21st century soldier: Basic soldier skills for today's Army should include operational adaptability, cultural and language proficiency, digital literacy and space knowledge, and skills in negotiations, technical intelligence, and site exploitation. As the Navy SEALs celebrate their success in killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, they're also looking to the next-generation gear that will enable their future missions on land, sea and air. The Invisible Army: For foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell. A review of A More Perfect Military: How the Constitution Can Make Our Military Stronger by Diane H. Mazur. From Freedom Daily, Jacob G. Hornberger writes an open letter to the troops: You’re not defending our freedoms. America’s sentimental reverence for the military bespeaks a wounded nation’s unease. An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military: What life was really like as America's military struggled with its last great identity crisis. The Making of Marines: How Marines Magazine evolved into a true media brand. Adm. Mike Mullen recounted his early career missteps to laughs on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Marcyliena Morgan (Harvard) and Dione Bennett (LMU): Hip-Hop and the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form. Unlike other hip-hop fans around the world, young Cubans had little access to the latest trends in American rap, so they had to look inward for inspiration. In comparison to other genres rap music stands out for the intensity and graphic nature of its lyrical objectification, exploitation, and victimization of women. Seriously, Bro: Frat Rap needs to stop. We live in an increasingly "me, me, me" society, and the lyrics in today's most popular music can't help reflecting it. How heavy metal is keeping us sane: Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature. LCD Soundsystem: How a chubby "old" guy became king of the hipsters. Cassette owners of the world, rise up, for tapes have become trendy — even though they were never particularly trendy before. Ten years after the White Stripes "saved" it, rock is again in crisis: The death and revival of rock is an old trope — a trope that itself is undergoing a revival this very moment. A history of Christian rock: Well, sort of — more accurately, the musings of one music fan who was weaned on the stuff. Sniffing Glue: Meghan O’Gieblyn on a childhood in Christian pop. Defenders of the Faith: We live in the golden age of all-female tribute bands, from Sheagles and Blonde Jovi to AC/DShe and Cheap Chick. Hail Yankovic, or how I learned to stop worrying and love being weird. Devo's crisis of late capitalism: How the pioneers of irony sold out without selling out. From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, what your favorite ’80s band says about you. A review of Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds (and more and more). Does it matter if there’s no such thing as a No. 1 song anymore?