Best of the Week: September 5-11, 2010

10. Liability and Excessive Risk Taking: Historical Evidence from Britain’s Banks — Richard S. Grossman & Masami Imai and Mortgage Rates and Home Prices — David Leonhardt
9. Free Speech Helped Avert Quran Burning — Jack M. Balkin, They Used to Burn Catholic Churches, Now They Burn Mosques — Juan Cole, and Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque — John T. McGreevy & R. Scott Appleby
8. Is Chinese Mercantilism Good or Bad for Poor Countries? — Dani Rodrik
7. Did the Federal Government Create the Great Divergence? Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4and Part 5 — Timothy Noah and It’s Not the Party; It’s the Policies — Robert Pollin
6. The Specter Haunting the Senate — Michael TomaskyPeople Don’t Listen to the President — Ezra Kleinand Waves Are for Surfing — Daniel Hopkins
5. Health Care: The Disquieting Truth — Arnold Relman and Why the ER Is So Crowded — Ezra Klein
4. The Crime Wave That Shames the World — Robert Fisk
3. Insights from the Afghan Field — Anatol Lieven and Top Ways 9/11 Broke Islamic Law — Juan Cole
2. Hard Times for Workers on Labor Day 2010 and Holding Wal-Mart Accountable — Harold Meyerson, Confessions of a Serial Liberty-Reducer — Peter Dorman, and Why Obama Is Proposing Whopping Corporate Tax Cuts, and Why He’s Wrong — Robert Reich
1. Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds — Michael Lewis
BONUS: Keynes’s Conference and Morgenthau’s Dream — Eric Rauchway and How FDR’s Concessions Saved the Social Security Act — David M. Kennedy

Quote of the Day: Juan Cole

I write in anger. Not blind rage, mind you. A cool, searing, steady anger. I think it is a righteous anger. It is not consequential, but it is my reality. I am angry about the 1,172 US troops dead in the Afghanistan War, and all the other brave NATO and Afghan soldiers who gave their lives for a new Afghanistan. Because they haven’t gotten a new Afghanistan. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for a ponzi scheme masquerading as a reformist government.

— Juan Cole (University of Michigan)

Best of the Week: August 22-28, 2010

10. Balanced Budget Amendment a “Phony” Deficit Solution — Bruce Bartlett
9. What About Germany? and Angela and the Fifty Hoovers — Paul Krugman
8. Why Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring — Scott Shane, Young Firms, Not Small Ones, Are the Engines of Job Growth — John C. Haltiwanger, Ron S. Jarmin, & Javier Miranda, and Misrepresenting the Bush Tax Cuts, or the Return of Death Panels — Howard Gleckman
7. A Filibuster Fix — Norman Ornstein
6. Matters to Consider Before Launching Another War — Gary Hart and Two Minutes to Midnight? — Tony Karon
5. Petraeus’ Dubious Strategy in Afghanistan — Christopher Layne
4. The Taylor Rule and the “Bond Bubble” — Paul Krugman
3. Dear Rev. Graham: Obama Was Not Born a Muslim and Neither Is Anyone Else — Juan Cole and The Ground Zero Mosque and Cognitive Biases — William Easterly
2. The Surveillance State Thrives on Fear — Glenn Greenwald
1. Iraq Special Report: “American Soldiers Sacrificed a Lot. But We Sacrificed More.” — Jonathan Steele and Obama Plays Down Plan for Post-2011 Iraq Troop Presence — Gareth Porter
BONUS:  Sigmoidoscomy: The Colonoscopy’s Cheaper, Equally Effective Predecessor — Jason Shafrin

Best of the Week: June 6-12, 2010

10. The Littlest Schoolhouse — Ta-Nehisi Coates
9. Private Contractors and Covert Wars in Latin America — Cyril Mychalejko
8. Iran’s Green Movement: One Year Later — Juan Cole and Iran Sanctions: Not Just Useless But Counterproductive — Richard Dreyfuss
7. What If Hamas Had Attacked Humanitarian Ships in International Waters? — Ed KinaneIDF Beatings, Abuse, Doctored Evidence Emerge — Mel Frykbergand The Method in Israel’s Madness — Pepe Escobar
6. What Happens When Democrats Are “Fighting Wall Street with One Hand, Unions with the Other,” While Republicans Are Fighting Unions with Two Hands? — Andrew Gelman & Matthew Yglesias
5. A Failure of Economic and Environmental Regulation — James Surowiecki and From the Oil Spill to the Financial Crisis, Why We Don’t Plan for the Worst — Richard A. Posner
4. “The Price That We Pay”: Undocumented Immigrants and Taxation — Yana Kunichoff
3. David Brooks and the Power of Magical Thinking at the NYT — Dean Baker and The United Kingdom Draws the Wrong Lessons from Canada — Marshall Auerback
2. Mark to Market and the Eurozone Crisis — e21
1. Waking Up From the American Dream — Joe Nocera
BONUS: The Governor and the Condemned Man — Dick Meister

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