Best of the Week: March 28 – April 3, 2010

We will return to the “Top 10” format because the feedback didn’t suggest much value-add from the “Top 15”. If you wish us to return to the “Top 15” at any time in the future, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the site or email us. — AWO

10. Why Celibacy Should Be Abolished — Hans Küng
9. EIA: New Offshore Drilling Will Lower Gas Prices in 2030 a Few Pennies a Gallon — Joseph RommRisk Is Clear in Drilling; Payoff Isn’t — John M. Broder & Clifford Krauss, Grounded Ship: 3km Oil Spill on Great Barrier Reef — Marissa Calligeros, and What the Frack? — David Biello
8. Here We WMD Again — Scott Ritter, The United States, Iran, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War” — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett, and “Reporting” on Iran Should Seem Familiar — Glenn Greenwald
7. Is the Health Care Law Unconstitutional? — Jack M. Balkin, Randy Barnett, Abbe R. Gluck, David B. Rivkin, Lee A. Casey, & James F. Blumstein, Individual Mandate Penalties Are Adequate — Austin Frakt, Is “ObamaCare” Destroying Wealth? — Uwe E. Reinhardt, and Economy Will Get a Boost from Health Care Overhaul — Mitchell Schnurman
6. The Income Rollercoaster — Karen Dynan and High Income Disparity Leads to Low Savings Rates — Yves Smith
5. What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous? — Robert A. Pape, Lindsey O’Rourke, & Jenna McDermitLady Gaga vs. the Occupation — Thomas Hegghammer, and Hating Us For Our Degeneracy — Daniel Larison
4. Study: Two-Thirds of Boys in Afghan Jails Are Brutalized — Gareth Porter, Iraqi Children’s Growth Stunted by War, Says Study — BBC NewsPacified Populations — Kathy Kelly, 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
3. 10 Questions for Finance Reformers — Barry Ritholtz and The Lone Star Secret — Alyssa Katz
2. Fiscal Policies in “Normal” and “Abnormal” Recessions — Paul De Grauwe
1. How to Combat Modern Slavery — Kevin Bales
BONUS: Power Tools — Steven Strogatz

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 Week: March 14-20, 2010

10. Why Fritz Hollings Is Wrong About Economists — David K. Levine
9. Washout for the Anbar Awakening — Marc Lynch and Followers of Sadr Emerge Stronger After Iraq Elections — Anthony Shadid
8. Unhappy Yemen — Tariq Ali
7. People Vote for Competence Not Policy — Adrian Hamilton, What Failure Would Cost the Democrats — Norman Ornstein & Thomas MannMcConnell Strategy Shuns Bipartisanship — Carl Hulse & Adam Nagourney, and What Happened in Massachusetts — Stephen Asolabehere & Charles Stewart III
6. Global Cooling Bites the Dust: Hottest January Followed by Second Hottest February. Now March Is Busting Out. — Joseph RommGlobal Boiling: Freak Storms on Every Continent — Joseph Romm, and NASA: “It Is Nearly Certain That a New Record 12-Month Global Temperature Will Be Set in 2010” — Joseph Romm
5. Lehman’s Demise, Dissected — William D. CohanCurbing Risk on Wall Street — Oliver Hart & Luigi Zingales, How Bank Credit-Market Funding Helped Spread the Global Crisis — Claudio Raddatz, and How Chris Dodd’s FinReg Proposal Solves the Problem of Information, but Not of Regulators — Ezra Klein
4. Is the U.S. “Offer” to Iran on Medical Isotopes a Pretext for More Coercive Action? — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett and Rafsanjani Makes His Move — Geneive Abdo
3. Is the Bible More Violent Than the Quran? — Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Lenten Thoughts — Gary Wills
2. Health Reform: What Happens When? — Austin Frakt and A Viewer’s Guide to This Weekend — Sarah Binder
1. As Things Get Worse in Pakistan, the Optimism Continues to Soar — Robert FiskPakistan 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
BONUS: Square Dancing — Steven Strogatz and Financial Imagineering — Steven E. Landsburg

Best of the Week: March 7-13, 2010

Yay, we are finally up-to-date on our “Best of the Week” series! Thank you for your patience. We will now return to posting original commentary more frequently…hopefully. — AWO

10. Popular but Ineffective: Repealing Insurers’ Antitrust Exemption — Austin Frakt & Ian Crosby
9. Special Interest — James Surowiecki and Paul Ryan’s Plan to Tax You More — Kevin Drum
8. Marjah, the City That Never Was — Gareth Porter and Sorry, Rove, Bush Did Lie About Iraq — Robert Parry
7. The Case Against Biofuels: Probing Ethanol’s Hidden Costs — C. Ford Runge
6. Medicine in the Dark — Michael Hochman & Danny McCormick
5. CIA Drone Attacks Produce America’s Own Unlawful Combatants — Gary Solis
4. Noam Chomsky: Iran Pursuing Nuclear Weapons Out of Fear — Matthew W. Hutchins
3. One Year into Bull Market, Economists Divided Over Future — E. S. Browning and My Life in Finance — Eugene F. Fama
2. Rethinking Crime–Again — John J. DiIulio, Jr.
1. The Arab Tomorrow — David B. OttawayOnce Again, a Nation Walks Through Fire to Give the West Its “Democracy” — Robert Fisk, The Oil Curse — Christopher DickeyThe Political Resource Curse — Fernanda Brollo, Tommaso Nannicini, Roberto Perotti, & Guido Tabellini, and The Limits to Globalization — Daron Acemoglu & Pierre Yared
BONUS:  Finding Your Roots — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: February 28 – March 6, 2010

10. Social Security Does Not Need a “Bailout” — Kathy Ruffing
9. U.S., NATO Intensify War Games Around Russia’s Perimeter — Rick Rozoff and The Pentagon’s Runaway Budget — Carl Conetta
8. The Chicago Boys and the Chilean Earthquake — Andrew Leonard and Milton Friedman Did Not Save Chile — Naomi Klein
7. The Attack on Climate Science: Why It’s the O.J. Moment of the Twenty-First Century — Bill McKibben
6. This Won’t Hurt a Bit — Sharon Begley
5. Larry Fink’s $12 Trillion Shadow — Suzanna Andrews
4. The Way to Stop Prison Rape — David Kaiser & Lovisa Stannow
3. Afghan Ghosts: American Myths — Jonathan Steele
2. The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory — Daniel Kahneman
1. Betting on the Blind Side — Michael Lewis
BONUS:  The Joy of X — Steven Strogatz