Best of the Month: March 2010

10. What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous? — Robert A. Pape, Lindsey O’Rourke, & Jenna McDermit, Lady Gaga vs. the Occupation — Thomas Hegghammer, and Hating Us for our Degeneracy — Daniel Larison
9. Study: Two-Thirds of Boys in Afghan Jails Are Brutalized — Gareth Porter, Iraqi Children’s Growth Stunted by War — BBC News, Night Raids Belie McChrystal’s New Image — Gareth Porter, and Gen. McChrystal: We’ve Shot “an Amazing Number of People” Who Were Not Threats — Justin Elliott
8. Taking Sides — John Mearsheimer and Top Ten Reasons East Jerusalem Does Not Belong to Jewish-Israelis — Juan Cole
7. 10 Questions for Finance Reformers — Barry Ritholtz and The Lone Star Secret — Alyssa Katz
6. Cultural Change Is Key to Bank Reform — Justin Fox, Greeks, Romans, and Financial Reform — Paul Krugman, and The Source of Global Trade Imbalances — Johanna Mollerstrom
5. As Things Get Worse in Pakistan, the Optimism Continues to Soar — Robert Fisk, Pakistan to America: What Have You Done for Us Lately? — Arif Rafiq, Into the Terrifying World of Pakistan’s “Disappeared” — Robert Fisk, and Don’t Forget India — Nikolas K. Gvosdev
4. The Arab Tomorrow — David B. Ottaway, Once Again, a Nation Walks Through Fire to Give the West Its “Democracy” — Robert Fisk, The Oil Curse — Christopher Dickey, The Political Resource Curse — Fernanda Brollo, Tommaso Nannicini, Roberto Perotti, & Guido Tabellini, and The Political Limits to Globalization — Daron Acemoglu & Pierre Yared
3. Fiscal Policies in “Normal” and “Abnormal” Recessions — Paul De Grauwe
2. How to Combat Modern Slavery — Kevin Bales
1. “The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy — Noam Chomsky and A Curious History of the CIA — Jane Mayer
BONUS: Setting Congress’s Sights on Next Target — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: March 21-27, 2010

We’re experimenting with a “Top 15” instead of a “Top 10” list for our “Best of the Week” series. Email me or post your comment below to let us know whether this version is better or worse. We hope the longer list will deliver something for everyone, but we don’t want to overwhelm you! — AWO

15. The Gold Bubble — Rick Bookstaber
14. Think Really Different — Daniel Lyons
13. The Criminal Flaw in Obama’s Immigration Vision — Seth Wessler
12. Iraq’s Moment of Truth — Marc Lynch, How Much Do They Hate Maliki? — Michael Wahid Hanna, and Iraq: National Unity Government or Return to Sectarianism? — Juan Cole
11. Drone Wars, Without Any Rules — Dan Froomkin and How Inclusion Cools Islamist Hotheads — Saif Shahin
10. The Curious Triumph of RomneyCare — J. Bradford DeLong2017 — Matthew Yglesias, A Long View on Health Insurance — Catherine New, and The Individual Health Insurance Mandate and Taxes — Howard Gleckman
9. Obama’s “New” Trade Policy: What Happened to Multilateralism? — Kevin Gallagher
8. Bagram Prison in Afghanistan May Become the New Guantánamo — Michael Evans and Washington Keeps a Lock on Detainees — Gareth Porter
7. New England, Mid-Atlantic States Show How Pollution Pricing Works — Sean Pool
6. Science Can Answer Moral Questions — Sam Harris and Sam Harris on Science and Morality — Russell Blackford
5. What Happens When Congress Fails to Do Its Job? — Ezra Klein
4. Civil War Certain as “Afghan National Army” Now Over 60% Tajik — Craig Murray and Listen to the Arabs — Parag Khanna
3. Taking Sides — John Mearsheimer and Top Ten Reasons East Jerusalem Does Not Belong to Jewish-Israelis — Juan Cole
2. Cultural Change Is Key to Bank Reform — Justin Fox, Greeks, Romans, and Financial Reform — Paul Krugman, and The Source of Global Trade Imbalances — Johanna Mollerstrom
1. “The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy — Noam Chomsky and A Curious History of the C.I.A. — Jane Mayer
BONUS: Think Globally — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Month: February 2010

10. Massive Moisture-Driven Extreme Precipitation During Warmest Winter in the Satellite Record–and the Deniers Say It Disproves (!) Climate Science — Joseph Romm
9. The Fetishism of Morality — Jonathan Rée and Doing What Comes Supernaturally: Stanley Fish on Fact and Value — Russell Blackford
8. The Making of a Euromess — Paul Krugman and California Death Spiral — Paul Krugman
7. Child Slavery in Uzbekistan — Craig Murray
6. Questions and Answers about the Financial Crisis — Gary Gorton, Due North: Canada’s Marvelous Mortgage and Banking System — Mark J. Perry, and The Troubling Resolution Revolution — Peter J. Wallison
5. “Too Big to Fail” Is No Redemption Song — Avinash Persaud and How to Make a Bank Raise Equity — Oliver Hart & Luigi Zingales
4. Blair: Gaza’s Great Betrayer — Avi Shlaim
3. Eric Holder and the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial — Jane Mayer and Susan Collins Spreads Central Myth about the Constitution — Glenn Greenwald
2. The World Needs All Kinds of Minds — Temple Gradin and How Brains Learn to See — Pawan Sinha
1. State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel — Robert Fisk, Arieli Is a Man with a Plan. The Trouble Is, It’s a Map of Israel — Robert Fisk, and Gaza’s Defiant Tunnellers Head Deeper Underground — Robert Fisk
BONUS: Let’s Not Create More Debris in Haiti — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: January 31 – February 6, 2010

11. Is “the Process” Driving Opinion about Health Care? — John Sides and Policy Compromise Is Easy. Political Compromise Is Impossible. — Ezra Klein
10. Hottest January in UAH Satellite Record — Joseph Romm and Groundhog Decade: We’re Stuck in a Bad Movie, Where It’s Always the Hottest Decade on Record — Joseph Romm
9. Iran, China, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann LeverettAnalysis of Multiple Polls Find Little Evidence Iranian Public Sees Government as Illegitimate — World Public Opinion, and Regime Change in Iran Will Come from the Centre — Tony Karon
8. With Raw Recruits, Afghan Police Buildup Falters — Rod Nordland, U.S., Karzai Clash on Unconditional Talks with Taliban — Gareth Porter, Peace Talks May Follow Ex-Taliban Mediators’ Plan — Gareth Porter, Taliban Take on the U.S.’s Surge — Syed Saleem Shahzad, How to End the War in Afghanistan — Ahmed Rashid, Not for Sale — Ron Moreau, and A Look at America’s New Hope: The Afghan Tribes — Ruhullah Khapalwak & David Rohde
7. Five Myths about America’s Credit Card Debt — Robert D. Manning
6. A Very Productive Congress, Despite What the Approval Ratings Say — Norman Ornstein
5. Seeking a Safer Way to Securitization — Floyd Norris
4. All Bark, No Bite — Clay Risen
3. Finding a Better Way to Grieve — Meghan O’Rourke
2. Blair: Gaza’s Great Betrayer — Avi Shlaim
1. Eric Holder and the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial — Jane Mayer and Susan Collins Spreads Central Myth about the Constitution — Glenn Greenwald
BONUS:  From Fish to Infinity — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Month: October 2009

10. Basic Economics Is Intuitive — Bryan Caplan
9. The Race to Save Lehman — Andrew Ross Sorkin
8. An Ugly Peace — Nir Rosen
7. Death Cometh for the Greenback — Joseph E. Stiglitz
6. The Risks of the C.I.A.’s Predator Drones — Jane Mayer
5. Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis: Products of Common Causes — Maurice Obstfeld & Kenneth Rogoff
4. The Snatchback — Nadya Labi
3. “Rape-Rape” — Jenny Diski
2. Too Big to Fail — Andrew Ross Sorkin
1. Held by the Taliban, Part One: 7 Months, 10 Days in CaptivityPart Two: Inside the Islamic EmiratePart Three: The World of Young MilitantsPart Four: A Drone Strike and Dwindling HopePart Five: A Rope and a Prayerand Epilogue — David Rohde
BONUS: Market Strategy: It’s Not Just the Rules, It’s Enforcement — Anthony W. Orlando