Dan Hirschman, Budding Sociologist, takes issue with Michael Shermer's claim that the left is as anti-science as the right.
Daniel Drezner strongly disagrees with the contention of Roger Cohen that American diplomacy is impossible. It's simply more complicated than before, with more and more transparent actors.
Far Outliers compares policies towards indigenous languages in the early Spanish and English empires, noting that in Spanish territories native languages like Nahuatl and Quechua were promoted for evangelism's sake while in New England English was pushed on the indigenous populations.
Window on Eurasia's Paul Goble has three posts about policing the fringes of the Russian ethnos, starting with the desire of some inhabitants of the Russian-populated province of Stavropol in the largely non-Russian North Caucasus Federal District to gain status as a Russian republic, to charges of treason levied against a Pomor activist fron a distinctive Russian subgrouping on the White Sea to controversy surrounding Cossack patrols.