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31] From South Africa, a call to do more for Apartheid's
victims. From Israel, on the mental
block of the Left. From Egypt, on democracy
as the centerpiece of a national revival. From Cape Verde, "We
can be flexible. We
can be friends with everyone." Never before has there been so
much Europe. What will happen "the day after" Lukashenko,
Are Americans overworked,
or are they slowing
down? The Christian Science Monitor creates a page
on "Empire Builders: Neoconservatives and their blueprint for US
power". The Guardian
and the Tories. What does Charles Murray have against Marie
Curie? The Atlantic Monthly "dusts off" its online
archive. And on Google's
[Oct 30] From the United Arab Emirates, four questions about the Arab and Western media. From Nicaragua, on plans to rival the Panama Canal. From Australia, author finds a backslide in gender equality. From Pakistan, on philosophy and national consciousness, and how history is full of cocky individuals who have an attitudinal problem. From Vatican City, pope urges just and sustainable development. A radio show on art and technology in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. On Amartya Sen and literacy, on Kant and robot rights, and on Derrida and Halloween. For intellectuals, it's Hollywood or bust. Can something really scare you to death? (Maybe this action figure will). And where did depression come from?
[Oct 29] From Russia, on going forward to the past. From Georgia, another separatist region in the making? From Mexico, the PRI embraces socialism (sort of). From India, on attacking the rational - secular basis of knowledge in education. From Nigeria, why should government exist in a state? From UPI, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agree on nuclear cooperation and evidence that free market reforms are being rolled back. On a growing trend of undemocratic idealism in democratic politics. It seems loyalty is in pretty short supply at the moment. An interview on the politics of making people laugh. Slate's Mickey Kaus on the case against editors. And from the home office in Utopia, Ohio: It turns out the Fourierites weren't very good at marketing
[Oct 28] From Taiwan, on following the lead of the US' and the EU's constitutional conventions. From France, PM Raffarin chastizes intellectuals for "not being open-minded enough about the world". From Cuba, how sovereignty and culture are bound together. From Malaysia, why knowing math is part of literacy. From Brazil, "Of course these are mine... I bought them with my own money". From Nigeria, how poverty dehumanizes. Why Africa is not a monolith of crisis--but where is it going? On a short history of freelance diplomacy in Israel. Hawaiians march for an independent state. How education issues are being ignored by politicians. More on the study Hardwired to Connect. Obituary: James O'Gara. And Cantinflas makes a comeback
[Oct 27] From Iraq, mortar attack hits Wolfowitz's hotel. From Taiwan, why expertise and democracy may not mix well. From Switzerland, explaining Blocher's victory. From China, democratic consciousness grows in the countryside, while a village dies of Aids. From Australia, on economic fundamentalism and setting standards for economics students. From Ghana, on culture and development, and why are men always accused of harassing women? From Lebanon, girls gyrating a go-go. From Brazil, affirmative action comes of age. More on the Wild West atmosphere in Abkhazia. Here's a guide to the European Union's drafting of the Constitution. And Amazon tries to monopolize your time
[Weekend Special] From Poland, President Leszek Miller faces increasing problems. From Malaysia, former deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim on Mulism politics. From Nepal, is the free market boon or bane? From Saudi Arabia, on urging Palestinians to adopt “Gandhi-style civil disobedience”. From France, teenage boys accused of raping girls. Across the Americas, indigenous peoples make themselves heard. Obituary: Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Profiles of Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, and conflict mediation expert John Paul Lederach. Andrew Nierman, World's Smartest Person, turns his mind to world peace. Most Americans believe in heaven... and think they'll go there. On balancing tech utility with privacy. And research shows the first few years of marriage are a dangerous time
[Oct 24] From Barbados, on a play about what is legal and what is right. From the Czech Republic, whose job to mind the multinationals? From the Philippines, on winning the alternative Nobel Peace prize. Why it's in Iran's interest to comply with the IAEA: is the crisis over, or is it just a delaying tactic? Obituary: Bosnia's Alija Izetbegovic. Justice Scalia blasts the legalization of gay sex. The Guardian introduces a prison correspondent. From Opinion Journal, Brian Mulroney on Iraq and the UN, Gabriel Schoenfeld on the risks of a nuclear attack, and is PBS fair and balanced? More on the Free State Project. The Sierra Club on better living through forestry. And on the impact of the Flynn effect
[Oct 23] From Switzerland, a big win for the People's Party. From Ghana, a number of theories could be used to explain "political hibernation". From Great Britain, there is a silent revolution in the corridors of the judiciary. From Georgia, a stunning find may change ideas on human evolution. From Mauritius, what would one gain in becoming a professional student? From Zambia, why send a child to an expensive school if it's going to be crowded? On letting the Israeli Defense Forces kick someone’s ass. Did you know? Hairdressers cut hair on full moon, because then the hair grows stronger. Alternet on the American Jihad and John Paul II as a totalitarian pope. The cult of Mother Teresa faces tough questions. Gilberto Gil as the Minister of Cool (and part 2). And a summary of a UK seminar, "Gone to the Blogs"
[Oct 22] From the Ukraine, the fate of the country hangs in the balance. From New Zealand, how mixed - member proportional representation has fared. From the Czech Republic, communism is making a comeback. From Nigeria, an agenda for youth empowerment and nation building. From China, who is the richest person in the mainland? On the future European Constitution: what would Montesquieu think? More on Mayor Bloomberg's proposal for nonpartisan elections in New York City. Is China becoming the new Roman Empire? There are whispers of democracy across the Middle East. On the cultural ties between Spain and the Arab world. And Anti - Americanism? It isn't just a Middle Eastern thing
[Oct 21] From Kenya, on Africa's unwritten history. From Ghana, on an alliance against hunger. From South Africa, on the dangers of democratic despotism and how local knowledge dissemination is vital for nation-building. Two articles on the new Arab Human Development Report. Is there a change in Muslim thinking in India? On Khatami's reaction to the Nobel Peace Prize. Will the Iraqi Baath be reestablished as a democratic party? TCS on the state of Islam 2003, and on the six dilemmas of the moderate Muslim. Forget the namby-pamby girly stuff, there are too few "good reads" for men and boys. And Lawrence Lessig on how blogs are transforming presidential politics
[Oct 20] From Bolivia, how they got rid of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. From East Timor, one year after independence. From Canada, conservatives face uphill battle. From Brunei, The Sultan speaks. From Germany, on puking over whining, and on artistry in engineering days off work (and another look). From Iceland, keeping it hot. What Iraq and Afghanistan can learn from Haiti. From Le Monde diplomatique, on Venezuela and agricultural reform. Economists fear Americans will run out of money in retirement. And a comment on Bush, intellectuals and Iraq, a report on 'unleashing' Christian Army Lt. General William G. "Jerry" Boykin, and why does the nonreligious Left fear the religious Right?
[Weekend Special] From Pakistan, translating democracy into practice is a question never given the attention it deserves. From The Globalist, on culture destroying trade and the third wave of globalization. The text of Susan Sontag's Friedenspreis peace prize acceptance speech. On an existential dilemma that is felt only by those who can afford the luxury to ponder. Obituary: Ben Metcalfe, founder of Greenpeace. On when it's acceptable to judge a book by its cover. And two teenage mathematicians make a fortune and inspire computer nerds
[Oct 17] From Bolivia, protesters march towards La Paz. From Canada, on a scandal involving a cartoon. From South Korea, on the lesson of Socrates for dictators. From Kenya, how the papacy is steeped in the old ways. From Ghana, if Christianity is such an obvious truth, why must it be drilled into children? What role did the post-Keynesian economists see for industrial strikes? If you watch Fox News, your views about the war are probably wrong. Does it still make sense to save art for the nation? If you're a fan of abstinence, you better sit down for this one. Germany is home to a panoply of the absurd. And can a dog be accused of being a Nazi?
[Oct 16] From the Philippines, an interview with President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo (and a message). From Bangladesh, democracy from an Islamic perspective. From India, on the decline of the public intellectual. From Great Britain, revisiting the capital of racism. From Bulgaria, on coming to terms with the present. Germany is now the world's leading exporter. Obituary: Emil Ludwig Fackenheim. On the "sapient behavior paradox". There is now an overwhelming case that cannibalism is a worldwide phenomenon. More on the influence of John Paul II and the celebration of a milestone. Will James Hutton knock Darwin off his pedestal? On moments when celebrities fouled things up. And take the male brain test
31] From Open Democracy, 10
fascinating facts, and a look at Shirin
Ebadi. Why won't the Prez stop using fuzzy
terrorism language? On the Austrian School's perspective on
argument. Kenan Malik on the dirty
D-word. Studs Terkel on what's
to be done by activists. A review
of John Gray's Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. Roger
Scruton says pro-hunting people are being treated like a "sub-human
species". From Forward, "who the hell wants
somebody to know
how few of us there are in particular places?" UT - Austin's
Robert Jensen asks "Can big
houses and global justice coexist?" On Barbara Ehrenreich's singular
crusade. And how Marcuse originated the double
standard against conservatives
31] Martin Gustavsson (Stockholm): The
Market in the State and the State in the Market. A review
of Beyond the Market: The Social Foundations of Economic Efficiency.
More from Prospect: on social
capital, the fetishisation
of history, and why are some
societies more violent than others? A look at the British
Paper on The Future of Higher Education. Is technology "just
a tool" in higher education? Academic experts say the credit
hour is a relic. Harvard's Elizabeth Warren on why middle
- class income doesn't buy a middle - class lifestyle. If
psychohistory is not
done in a corny way, academics will be less dismissive of it. And is
Adorno fashionable? Absolutely - at
least this year...
[Oct 30] John Keane (Westminster): Cosmocracy; and Whatever Happened to Democracy? Miguel Vatter (Northwestern): Machiavelli and the Rule of Law pdf. Paul Starr (Princeton): Liberalism, Conservatism, and the Intellectuals. From Reconstruction, some questions about teaching and power. A fight is on over the appointment of a new president at BU. In retirement, many return to campus life. The Thernstroms on race and education. A Denison professor explores Sartre and violence in a new book. From Notre Dame Magazine, why nuns need not be roller-bladers to be appealing. Here's an online book, Polyarchy: a paradigm. And the Oracle says "I was trained by the Great Greek philosophers and the Jewish ones, too. You’re Jewish, trust me"
[Oct 29] Books, Books, and More Books: A review of Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship, and a review of Marx and Wittgenstein: Knowledge, Morality and Politics. A review of Ideology and Community in the First Wave of Critical Legal Studies, and a review of Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling. From the Independent Institute, a review of International Order and Individual Liberty: Effects of War and Peace on the Development of Governments, and a review of James Madison and the Future of Limited Government. A review of Derek Bok's Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. From The Nation, a review of books on Israel and Zionism. And the Tractacus is updated for contemporary times
[Oct 28] Obituary: John Hart Ely. On poaching star professors as a blood sport, something ancient Greek sophists knew all too well. UC - Berkeley's George Lakoff on framing political debates (and part 2). Quentin Skinner lectures on three concepts of liberty, Cornel West on racial equality and Anthony Marx on privileges and responsibilities. Articles on student political organizations at Seattle University, an Arab student conference at Yale, and a conference at Northwestern on The Souls of Black Folk. MIT gets creative with Web services. A look at the new SAT test. We like to hear stories because we understand the world through them. More on David Horowitz's Bill for Academic Freedom. And professor Graham Stewart's classes are popular with students at Heriot-Watt University
[Oct 27] From Harvard, a survey finds college students have become more conservative than the general population (and the survey doc). Duke's Christopher Schroeder on Americans' attitudes toward government. Deepak Lal on the who, what and how of INGOs. Obituary: Rusty Simonds. A debate over Scotland’s role in shaping the Empire descends into a personal battle. Debates also rage on across toilet walls. On "general symbol machines" as the first stage in the evolution of symbolic communication. Forensic tests on Samuel Huntington and his wife will likely be difficult. And from Israel, a brave and moving response to the refusenik pilots, on the Logan Act and natural right and "lock up those peaceniks in the ivory tower!"
[Weekend Special] Stanley Fish quits as UIC dean. Barbara Ehrenreich on higher education and Class Struggle 101. A conference in Slovakia discusses Roma marginality and integration. More on the documentary Derrida. Yet more on Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment. Psychology graduate programs are hot (and IR is doing ok). An excerpt from Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity, by Robert Pollin (UMass). A high school club is the talk of the town in quiet Oakley, CA. And from college newspapers: On the lack of cultural studies in academia, stereotypes of another kind abound, Derrida offers ideas for living together, on the lack of tenured female professors, and "oh, how the times have changed. It's so cool to be Black"
[Oct 24] John Cairns (Virginia Tech): Sovereignty, individuality and sustainability pdf. Amitai Etzioni's advice to Democrats: It's the message, stupid! On changes to university funding in the UK, and on questioning the role of the American research university. The day might come when experiments on chimpanzees are ended. More on Charles Murray's Human Achievement. David Chalmers lectures on The Matrix. Christianity depends on reading. Therefore, Christians have to read. James Miller on the unhappy afterlife of '60s radicalism, though John Fund fears the sixties might make a comeback. And "I want to stop feeling clueless when a teacher uses words like superannuated"
[Oct 23] Clayton Crokett (Central Arkansas): Piety, Power and the Bare Life: What in the World is Going on in the name of Religion? pdf Raghunath Ananth Mashelkar (CSIR): Fun and joy of science: Learning from anomalies and discontinuities pdf. A review of Pascal Boyer's Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought. A review of Divine Action and Modern Science. Joan Didion reviews Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages. Homosexuality is officially out of the Conservative movement's closet. Jerry Fodor reviews Thinking without Words. Dartmouth professors ponder the lack of conservatives on college faculties. A review of Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein. And how the university is only as strong as the social contract that sustains it
[Oct 22] From Commonweal, an interview with John Rawls (1998). A review of Frank Furedi's Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability In An Uncertain Age. Students speak out: Apparently, the marketplace of ideas stops on the steps of the Court, how the little man may deliver yet another humiliation to the elites, and "I don't blame politicians or the media. I blame me. I blame you." From Yale, Judith Butler speaks about ethics and social norms. From UC-Berkeley, an interview with Norman Borlaug, the man who fed the world. From Oklahoma U, Wendy McElroy on the political theory of the Devil. From the University of Washington, on the textual appeal of Tupac Shakur. And the people at Anarchist University want to be there
[Oct 21] Ted Honderich on Palestinian terrorism, morality and Germany. From Demos, an ebook on Democracy's New Challenge: Globalization, Governance, and the Future of American Federalism pdf. A review of Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of Aboriginal History. Hadley Arks on why moral truths are necessary in the evolution of law. An article on sexuality in times of war. Does education make black people crazy? A review of Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. Can a literary magazine be sexy, serious, and successful? And "besides the occasional relapse, I, Joe Puma, have become a distinct entity"
[Oct 20] From The Philosopher, on the nature of philosophy in the post - genomic era, and on learning from Epicurus. Princeton's Michael Wood on Edward Said. An encounter with Harold Bloom. From the TLS, a review of After Theory, and Colin McGuinn reviews The Philosopher at the End of the Universe. Applying Barrington Moore's historical scholarship to India. A scholar makes a modern case for Christianity's creeds. A review of John McWhorter's The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care. Nilufer Gole of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes on the Islamist identity. And the report of a NYAS conference, Meeting Neuroethical Challenges in Cognitive Enhancement
[Weekend Special] Tim Lenoir (Stanford): All But War is Simulation: The Military - Entertainment Complex pdf. A Heritage report on the over-criminalization of social and economic conduct. Obituary: Carolyn Heilbrun. A Yale study examines role of postdoc researchers. On questioning the need for vocational degrees. An interview with Charles Murray on his new book, Human Accomplishment. Columbia's George Fletcher on defining terrorism. Tricia Rose: "What's the difference between minstrelsy and black behavior, black culture?" And on getting tongue tied over sex words
[Oct 17] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including articles by Martha Nussbaum on Bernard Williams, Duncan Kennedy on the dangerous mix of economic and military goals in Iraq, and a forum on school vouchers. Richard Wolin on the moral defensibility of suicide bombers. Obituaries: Neal Wood and Benny Levy. A review of Moral Writings and The Right and the Good, and a review of Onora O'Neill's Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics. On the implications of the sexual revolution in the US. A review of Crowded Lives, by Lindsay Tanner. Sissela Bok presents 'field notes' from travels through happiness studies. And a statement on publishing progress
[Oct 16] John Henry Schlegel (SUNY - Buffalo): From High in the Paper Tower pdf. From InterJournal, papers on the evolution of international orders, the self - organization of the world economy, the possibility of complex philosophy, why we don't understand complex systems, and can there be a science of complex systems? From SMU, reflections on the right to be racist (and part 2). Michel Wieviorka on non-violent conflict and war. Philosophy professor Steve Yalowitz gets paid to try and answer life’s difficult questions. Why you should look before you leap on an academic path. How can a language be dead when it is in constant daily use? And you can download a free ebook: National Security and Open Government: Striking the Right Balance