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Iran’s political economy under and after the sanctions

This post is part of the “Iran and the Nuclear Deal” symposium. That new market smell is in the air. Tehran’s hotel ballrooms are filling up with visiting delegations of European and American investors who hear tea-fueled assurances of long-term profits before shuttling off to the tourist sights in Shiraz and Isfahan. The London-based asset […]

#BlackLivesMatter, the international papal edition

Recently, Pope Francis caused a major diplomatic incident with remarks he made about the Armenian Genocide during a mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Turkey, which has long maintained that the deaths of Armenians during WWI were a tragic accident of war and not an intentional slaughter of an ethnic group, has withdrawn its ambassador to the […]

There is no great penal stagnation, a drone and cell phone twofer

…the warden of the Lee Correctional Institute, Cecilia Reynolds, said that in recent weeks her officers found 17 phones in one inmate’s cell. She said she suspected that the phones continue to come in on drones. There is more here, interesting throughout.  How about this bit?: Prison officials, echoing Ms. Reynolds, say that convicts and […]

Are eSports real sports, a money pump, or both?

What are non-e sports for that matter?  Via Liam Boluk, I read this from Prashob Menon: Last year’s League of Legends championship, for example, drew nearly 30 million viewers, putting it in line with the combined viewership of the 2014 MLB and NBA finals, or the series finales of Breaking Bad and Two and a […]

“For Clintons, speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity”

WaPo: Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records and … Continue reading ?

“Wisconsin Goes to the Supremes The U.S. Justices should hear a major First Amendment case.”

WSJ editorial: Wisconsin’s attempt to criminalize political speech is destined to become a case study on the use of election law to silence political opponents. Whether it is a cautionary tale or a blueprint for nationwide imitation is now up … Continue reading ?

Two on Money in Politics from Paul Blumenthal

Wealthy Donors Are Throwing Way More Money At The Republican Party This Year (0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:35 PM WASHINGTON — The Republican Party is taking full advantage of the new campaign contribution accounts and limits … Continue reading ?

In Never-Ending Texas Redistricting Litigation, Supplemental Briefs on Alabama Racial Gerrymandering Case

Via the indispensable Election Law @ Moritz: Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum (filed 4/20/15) Affidavit Perez and NAACP’s Supplemental Brief (filed 4/20/15) USA’s Advisory to the Court (filed 4/20/15) Quesda’s Supplemental Brief (filed 4/20/15) MALC’s Brief (filed 4/20/15) Congressperson’s Brief (filed 4/20/15) … Continue reading ?

America Should Say No To War Against Iran: U.S. Has No Right To Kill At Will

War has become Washington’s panacea for any international problem. Since the end of the Cold War, no other state has attacked as many countries or threatened as many countries as has the United States. The most persistent threat to use force has been against Iran, which is said to endanger the United States. Show More Summary

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

David Cyranoski and Sarah Reardon report: In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted—rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month about the ethical implications of such work. […]

“Jeb the Destroyer: Jeb Bush is tearing down what little campaign finance law we have left.”

I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: In February, the Campaign Legal Center, a group which works on campaign finance reform issues, released a “white paper” contending that many of the leading potential presidential candidates were likely breaking federal … Continue reading ?

What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. income distribution

As I boarded a flight last night, I tweeted that airline boarding is the new caste system. It could be worse. Suresh Naidu pointed me to Kieran Healy’s terrific illustration of the Air Gini. Here’s what seating in an Airbus A330-300 would look … Continue reading ? The post What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. Show More Summary

The multicultural myth?

There’s this idea that Toronto is becoming a post-racial city, a multicultural utopia where the colour of your skin has no bearing on your prospects. That kind of thinking is ridiculously naïve A great article: The Skin I’m In: I’ve been … Continue reading ? The post The multicultural myth? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Which of your priors need updating now?

The oldest stone tools on record may spell the end for the theory that complex toolmaking began with the genus Homo, to which humans belong. The 3.3-million-year-old artefacts, revealed at a conference in California last week, predate the first members of Homo, and suggest that more-ancient hominin ancestors had the intelligence and dexterity to craft […]

“A Checklist Manifesto for Election Day: How to Prevent Mistakes at the Polls”

Josh Douglas has posted this draft on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:   Mistakes happen – especially at the polls on Election Day. To fix this complex problem inherent in election administration, this Article proposes the use of simple checklists. … Continue reading ?

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