Simon Chesterman (NUS): The Outlook for UN Reform. From Cultural Survival Quarterly, a special issue on Truth Commissions. The Phantom Menace: Phantom states field armies, hold elections, and run economies, yet they inhabit a foggy space between de facto statehood and international legitimacy. Terhi Anneli Jyrkkio (Helsinki): "Other Inhumane Acts" as Crimes Against Humanity. Heikki Patomaki (Finland): Towards Global Political Parties. The Lions of Lagos, the Rotarians of Rawalpindi: How the civic groups that once defined America are thriving abroad, and what it means for us. Fabrice Weissman (MSF): Criminalising the Enemy and its Impact on Humanitarian Action. The comparison of genocides is neither a crude equation nor an equivalence of evil, argues historian Ugur Umit Ungor. Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts): The Crisis in International Law. From This, Linda McQuaig on the United Nations Emergency Peace Service. Olivera Simic (Griffith): Bringing “Justice” Home? Bosnians, War Criminals and the Interaction between the Cosmopolitan and the Local. Why should we help people in need beyond our borders? A review of Cosmopolitan Regard: Political Membership and Global Justice by Richard Vernon. Kenneth Anderson (American): "Accountability" as "Legitimacy": Global Governance, Global Civil Society and the United Nations. A review of Making Sense of Mass Atrocity by Mark Osiel. Joseph W. Dellapenna (Villanova): The Forms of International Law. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption. From Cadmus, Andreas Bummel (KDUN): Towards a Global Democratic Revolution; and Jasjit Singh (CAPS): Revolution in Human Affairs: The Root of Societal Violence. From Diplomatic Courier, a series explores the United Nations through the lens of legitimacy (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4).

Vanessa Quince (Binghamton): All Work and No Pay: The Effect of Tourism on Workers' Rights. From Law, Social Justice and Global Development, a special issue on Child Rights, Law and Emerging Challenges. The Other Koch Brother: In the shadow of his brothers' Tea Party fame, Bill Koch seems almost like a normal billionaire. The Meaning of Utopia: The modern world began — and ended — with visions of an ideal state. How Guitar Hero's godfather plans to democratize one of the oldest musical art forms. Modernism Revisited: Thomas de Zengotita on artistic works, academic disciplines, divided minds. A review of Litter: How Other People's Rubbish Shapes Our Lives by Theodore Dalrymple. My So-Called Adulthood: How a generation that hated baby-boomer wistfulness can learn to do nostalgia right. Gavin McInnes on 10 unchecked theories to cherish. Does Spanish matter, or is the English language the world's only virtual superpower? A look at a useful model for evaluating global influence. An interview with Niall Ferguson: "The real point of me isn’t that I’m good looking. It’s that I’m clever". Fear, Inc.: A special report on The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America. Sunshine of Your Love: Why does semen glow in the dark? Andrew Trask on the non-fiction class action. Eight unusual all-American museums: From voodoo to barbed wire, there’s an offbeat museum for every taste. Without Jobs as CEO, who speaks for the arts at Apple? A look at 6 lies about the human body you learned in kindergarten. As America gawks at the grotesque British phone-hacking scandal, it’s worth exploring just how pervasive and insidious the Murdochization of our own culture has been. Lubricious puritanism: Pascal Bruckner on the alliance of US feminists and the religious Right in the DSK affair.

From The Millions, what ever happened to the New Atheism? We all know what we think secularism means but is the idea really so simple, and what is the good that it aims for? A review of The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now by George Levine (and more). Since there is nothing useful about the God hypothesis, we can happily discard it; physicist Mano Singham makes the scientific case for atheism. Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God; now it’s the turn of the atheists — from A C Grayling to P Z Myers — to explain why they don’t. A review of The Good Book: A Secular Bible by A.C. Grayling. As fundamentalism gets stronger, post-religious liberalism offers a naive and sentimental creed. A review of Reasonable Atheism: A Moral Case for Respectful Disbelief by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse. Going Godless: Does secularism make people more ethical? An excerpt from Rethinking Secularism by Charles Taylor. Shelley's necessity of atheism: Religions are merely unreal, not of this physical world, until they become the fires that burn heretics. Is this a godless age? No, say "post-secularist" academics, who argue that the world outside the liberal West is "furiously religious" — but such scholars overstate the number of believers and ignore support for secularism worldwide. The immorality of the Christian religion: An excerpt from A Voice of Reason in an Unreasonable World: The Rise of Atheism on Planet Earth by Al Stefanelli and Michele Sheppard. A better form of atheism: An interview with Adam Kotsko, author of Politics of Redemption: The Social Logic of Salvation. A review of Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancy Pearcey.