From NYRB, a review of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan and ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger. Life under the Islamic State: Stories and documents from refugees describing life in the Islamic State’s domain testify to the apparatus of control the group has swiftly constructed across the territory it conquered in Syria and Iraq. Nancy A. Youssef and Shane Harris on the women who secretly keep ISIS running. Ellie Hall on how one young woman went from fundamentalist Christian to ISIS bride. Mia Bloom on six things you need to know about women and ISIS: What ISIS is doing is thinly veiled gang rape. Rape survivor who escaped ISIS discusses torture she was subjected to. James Reinl interviews Zainab Bangura, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, about the latest IS crimes. Tim Arango on how ISIS is transforming into a functioning state that uses terror as a tool. Is the Islamic State actually a state? No, but letting it say so is dangerous. Lawrence Rubin on why the Islamic State won’t become a normal state.


The inaugural issue of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly is out. Prateek Verma and Supratim Sengupta (IISER Pune): Bribe and Punishment: An Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Analysis of Bribery. Alfred G. Cuzan (West Florida): Five Electoral Laws of Politics. Rich Lowry on the toxic world-view of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Annie Lowrey on why Uber is a political Rorschach test. Barney Frank on why progressives shouldn’t support Bernie: Wishful thinking won’t win the White House. Mark Blumenthal and Ariel Edwards-Levy poll true activist grassroots Republicans, and here’s who they’re backing: History shows it’s the views of the most plugged-in Republicans that really matter right now. Brian Beutler on why Donald Trump truly terrifies Republicans: It’s not just the threat of a third-party challenge. The epic 200-Tweet Story #HowIQuitSpin is a piece of pop culture art. Conor Friedersdorf on exceptional nonfiction stories from 2014 that are still worth encountering today.


Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Humiliation and Justice for Children Living in Poverty. Jessica Rising on the 5 best things about raising kids poor. Class matters: Allison J. Pugh on what job insecurity does to our kids. David Leonhardt, Amanda Cox and Claire Cain Miller on an atlas of upward mobility that shows paths out of poverty (and more). Julian Gill-Peterson (Pittsburg): The Value of the Future: The Child as Human Capital and the Neoliberal Labor of Race. Gregor Aisch, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Quealy on how family income predicts children’s college chances. Zafer Akinci (Azteca): The Effect of Parents Approach on Children Academic Achievement. George Monbiot on how aspirational parents condemn their children to a desperate, joyless life. Steven Horwitz (St. Lawrence): Cooperation Over Coercion: The Importance of Unsupervised Childhood Play for Democracy and Liberalism. Kevin Ryan (NUI Galway): Childhood, Biosocial Power, and the “Anthropological Machine”: Life as a Governable Process?

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