Nora Lustig (Tulane), Luis F. Lopez-Calva (World Bank), and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez (UNDP): Deconstructing the Decline in Inequality in Latin America. Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB): The Pragmatic Turn of Democracy in Latin America. Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell): Party Systems and Democratic Divergence in Contemporary Latin America. From Middle Ground Journal, a review essay on Caribbean history and its relevance to global history by Jerome Teelucksingh. Antonio Lecuna on how Latin America's Left gets cozy. Marie Arana on Simon Bolivar, the Latin American hero many Americans don’t know. The blank slate state: Will an isolated corner of Honduras become the new birthplace of liberty? Alo Presidente: Martin Marinos on Hugo Chavez and popular leadership. Pablo Stefanoni on the libertarian left and “people’s governments”: Some bridges, and a fair number of precipices. Is the US losing Latin America? Shlomo Ben-Ami wonders. Too bourgeois to bus tables: An article on Mexico’s middle class. Che Guevara's “betrayer” Ciro Bustos tells his side of the story after 40 years. Fractured continent: Juan de Onis on the turmoil and promise of Latin America. Tim Harcourt on Uruguay, South America's New Zealand. Andres Velasco on illiberal democracy in Latin America. Ecuador asked the world to pay it not to drill for oil — the world said no. Brazilian soldiers and native tribespeople are clashing in the Amazon. Lucas Lyndes on how ebooks can bridge borders in Latin America.

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Nonsectarian Welfare Statements. From GeoCurrents, Asya Pereltsvaig on the geography of “book” and the spatial distribution of words. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on the history and psychology of clowns being scary. Kevin Drum on why Obama's Syria muddle is so disappointing. Crossing the line: Steve Coll on Syria’s chemical weapons and memories of Iraq. Thomas Stackpole on how the world's most notorious micronation has the secret to protecting your data from the NSA: A decade ago, the Principality of Sealand tried to create a data haven and failed spectacularly — now it's trying again. Sean Roberts on uncovering spurious correlations between language and culture. Kevin Higgins on Hitchens through the looking glass: The late polemicist gets a taste of his own medicine. Mike Konczal on how conservatives don’t get that some problems are public, and it’s hurting them. From Improbable Research, a look at the universality of “Boys Will Be Boys” (and more). The war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum: Two of the opposition's favored fevered conspiracy theories about the law have clashed, like two asteroids headed for the planet that smash into each other before they can do any damage below. Why are major media outlets ignoring bestselling writer Mark Levin? Mark Wilcox on 7 management myths that need to be busted.

Greta Olson (Giessen): Recovering from the Men We Loved to Hate: Barack Obama as a Representative of Post-Post September 11 White House Masculinity. Peggy Li (UC-Berkeley): Physical Attractiveness and Femininity: Helpful or Hurtful for Female Attorneys. Paul Sargent (SDSU): Reluctant Role Models: Men Teachers and the Reproduction of Hegemonic Masculinity. Mary E. Guy (Colorado): Inch by Inch: Gender Equity Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Does Manly Courage Exist? Karie Cross (Notre Dame): The Gendered Effects of Structural Violence. Marijke De Pauw (VUB): Women's Rights: From Bad to Worse? Assessing the Evolution of Incompatible Reservations to the CEDAW Convention. Estelle B. Freedman on feminism’s amazing achievement: Changing the conversation — and laws — about rape. Men are people and women are women: The Home Depot edition (and more). “There is no pressure for a girl to be a girl”: Caroline Kitchener on her quest to understand why some of her female friends are drawn to the frattiest social club on campus. Sarah Hawkes on how gender norms are killing men. The Pinterest Effect: Jessica Grose on the rise of DIY and the end of expertise — nouveau domesticity isn't just anti-feminist. Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic wonders. The oldest war: Remember when the battle of the sexes was a laughing matter?