From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue in how the Arab world came apart. Andrea Pin (Padua): The Arab Road to Dignity: The Goal of the “Arab Spring”. John Chalcraft (LSE): The Arab Uprisings of 2011 in Historical Perspective. After the Arab Spring, the ruining of Egypt: Repression and the incompetence of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi are stoking the next uprising. Mohamed Abdelaal (Alexandria): The Paradox of Freedom of Religion in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. Yasmine El Rashidi on Egypt, forty-one months later. The torture of a foreign student has become the synecdoche for uncounted thousands of people now in Egyptian prisons or graves. Sean Yom on how Middle Eastern monarchies survived the Arab Spring. Marc Lynch on how Arab authoritarian regimes learned to defeat popular protests. Lauren Kosa on how dictators don’t stabilize the Middle East — they just create more terrorists.

Is the U.S. military strategy doing more harm or good in the Middle East? Cyrus Malik on Washington’s Sunni myth and the civil wars in Syria and Iraq (and part 2). Syria’s paradox: Max Fisher on why the war only ever seems to get worse. The stolen war: Ken Silverstein on how corruption and fraud created a failed state in Iraq — and led directly to the rise of ISIS. What do ordinary citizens in the Arab world really think about the Islamic State? The hell after ISIS: Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace — one family’s story shows why. ISIS targets Egypt: Oren Kessler and Max Peck on why the group set its sights on the Sinai. Bassel F. Salloukh on how to break the Middle East’s sectarian spiral.


Cortney Lollar (Kentucky): Criminalizing Pregnancy. Gregoire Webber (Queen’s): Proportionality and Absolute Rights. Barbara Demick on Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign of terror in the Philippines. From Buzzfeed, Chris Hamby on the secret justice system that lets executives escape their crimes: A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. New class war: Daniel McCarthy on what America’s ruling elite fears about the 2016 election. The alt-right is more than warmed-over white supremacy — it’s that, but way way weirder. Actual cuckolds are pissed off at the Far Right using “cuck” as an insult. From the forthcoming Philosophers Take on the World, Ole Martin Moen on checking people out. Sam Biddle on what to pack for a nuclear attack you won’t survive anyway.


Matthew J. Taylor, John T. Nanney, Desiree Z. Welch and Rachel A. Wamser-Nanney (Missouri): The Impact of Sports Participation on Female Gang Involvement and Delinquency. Aloys Prinz, Steffen Bollacke, Bjorn Bunger, Martin Langen, and Maik Roesler (Muenster): Who’s Afraid of Women's Football? Gender Inequality and Football Success. Why does Hope Solo get punished for things male athletes do all the time? How an “indecent” outfit revolutionized women’s tennis: An excerpt from Love Game: A History of Tennis, From Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson. Kelly Faircloth interviews Erica Westly, author of Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. Do female athletes get stiffed by the sports industry? The Olympics brought a moment of equality to women in sports, but don’t expect it to last. Is gender segregation in sports necessary? Kelly Dittmar on why seeing women slay matters.


David Seamon (Kansas State): Architecture and Phenomenology. Susan S. Kuo (South Carolina): Collective Coercion. Turkey’s purge could cause a massive brain drain. The revolution is not in Bernie’s hands: David Dayen reviews Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe. Many private universities can expect to see their graduate employees move to form unions in the wake of the National Labor Relations Board decision on such an effort at Columbia University. After Columbia: Deans often feign surprise at graduate student complaints, and claim not to notice the thousands petitioning them every semester. The union libel: Emmett Rensin on the argument against collective bargaining. Within the journalistic cesspool of cable news, Joy-Ann Reid is a rare beacon of integrity. Robert Armstrong interviews Philip Tetlock on the Brexit curveball and why political pundits get it wrong.


The University of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings: After a year of protests nationwide, one university is trying to be clear about what students should expect (and more and more and more). Emily Crockett on safe spaces, explained. With a strong stance on safe spaces, U. of Chicago sends a mixed message to students. UChicago said it won’t support “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” and students are livid. Malloy Owen in what U. of Chicago activists are complaining about — they do have a point. Does University of Chicago know the meaning of “safe spaces”? Jesse Singal on why the University of Chicago’s anti-“safe space” letter is important. Jeet Heer on how the University of Chicago is attacking academic freedom (and more). UChicago's anti-safe spaces letter isn’t about academic freedom — it’s about power.

Cecilia Capuzzi Simon on fighting for free speech on America’s campuses. Renewing the university: Alan Jacobs on what might be required to restore to campus intellectual life some of the energy that has been sapped by safe spaces, the campus as home, microaggressions, and trigger warnings. In the culture war between students and professors, the university is the real enemy.

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