As we hurtle to the end of the semester, here are some stories for the week that caught my eye:

  • Felix Salmon on why wonk bloggery is the future of journalism
  • From Kyle Dropp and co-authors, Americans who can’t find Ukraine on the map are more likely to support intervention there. What does this say about low information voters?
  • Kim Yi Dionne and coauthor review the strange raid of a US-funded AIDS effort by Ugandan authorities as part of the emergent state-backed homophobia campaign
  • Rich Cincotta pours cold water on the idea that food prices drove the Arab Spring: local prices didn’t increase that much
  • Seymour Hersh suggests that Turkey might have been behind the chemical weapons attacks in Syria, as an attempt to draw the U.S. in
  • New York TimesĀ encourages the U.S. to ratify the treaty that would deny ships laden with illegal fish from being able to dock; treaty needs a few more states to enter into force
  • Megan Price and Anita Gohdes remind us that conflict event data are all artifacts of the truth, that they represent reporting of events and may suffer from lack of completeness or other biases, each dataset with its own wrinkles and issues.