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[Apr 30] From Israel, Sharon's own party may reject Gaza withdrawal. From Nepal, why there is no alternative to democracy. From Poland, on its nervous return to Europe. BBC News asks opinion formers on where the EU might be in ten years time. Scholars ponder religion's role in the New Europe. Does a preliminary ruling by the WTO against US cotton open the way for radical change in the world trade system? Google officially announces its IPO for later this year. If no cameras record a meeting at the Oval Office, did the meeting matter? Corruption enriches the venal, but hurts everyone else--can it be curbed? A review of The Iraqi Baath: the rise and demise of Saddam Hussein. Senator Lautenberg provides an illustrated guide to Chickenhawks. Michael Kinsley will become the editorial and opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times. From Reason, on the politics of the video game. And what? Morals in South Park?!?

[Apr 29] From Macedonia, Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski wins presidential election. From Bangladesh on the art of compromise and the test of democratic leadership. From Turkey, this piece will annoy Pollyanna intellectuals. From Japan, can citizens judges handle the responsibility? From India, another reminder of globalizationís enriching potential. A new UN survey says economic woes have Latin Americans preferring autocrats. And here are 20 reasons why we owe Greece a debt

[Apr 28] From Croatia, on being a Balkan model for European integration, an example worth following. From Iraq, why Baathists should be allowed to return to government jobs. From Vatican City, John Paul II says without ethics, democracy is in danger of disappearing. From Israel, if you're gifted, you have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate. From Germany, highbrows get Cicero, a new political monthly. Bill Clinton will publish his memoirs, My Life, in June. Did NASA try to muzzle climate researchers from commenting on the upcoming movie The Day After Tomorrow? The contested election at the Sierra Club ends in favor of the group's current leadership. A look at terrorism and its tools (and part 2). Musician Pat Boone says censorship in the arts is healthy, and a response. And more on the 27 types of men

[Apr 27] From China, Beijing bars popular elections for Hong Kong's chief executive in 2007. From Great Britain, Chris Patten says the UK would have to leave the EU if it voted no in a referendum. From Hungary, why the past is casting a long shadow over its accession to the EU. From the United States, a grass-roots movement to give legal immigrants the right to vote in local elections is gaining a foothold, while the term limits movement may be stalling. From South Korea, on representative democracy and the Rae Index. From the Philippines, why partisanship is a political philosophy. A profile of Saddam's lawyer Jacques Verges, The Devil's Advocate. A look at the mysteries of faith... in UFOs. You're not alone: A new study suggests that urban America is hardly a swinger's paradise. And on the reason why politicaltheory.info exists

[Apr 26] From Cyprus, Greek Cypriots reject unification referendum while Turkish Cypriots vote in favor (and on the price of rejection). From Mali, a look at when Timbuktu was the Paris of Islamic intellectuals. From Scotland, why Scottish nationalism needs a better image, on 10 of the best political moustaches, on the history of X-rated movies, and Gallic skin-flicks have arrived! From New Zealand, boy gets three parents. The White House says Iraq sovereignty could be limited after the handover on June 30. Here's a glossary of the Iraqi occupation. Senator Chuck Hagel says the US may reintroduce the military draft. On Colin Powell and administration naysayers in history. New York Press interviews Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman. A profile of Clea Koff, chronicler of world massacres, and of Tara Sethia, teacher of non-violence. From BBC Magazine, on the secret of asking the right question, and is anything still taboo? And which is the deadliest of the seven sins?

[Weekend] From North Korea, train collision causes 3,000 casualties. From Kuwait, how the country is ruled by Sabahism, not Wahabbism. From Ethiopia, what did we dream, what did we achieve, and where are we heading? From Vatican City, on the subject in a vegetative state: a personalistic view. The US lifts bans on trade with Libya, and Treasury stops sharing information with Mexico on financial crimes after confidential information was leaked. A scandal surrounding the UNís former oil-for-food program in Iraq has begun to heat up: Where was the Security Council? BHL says Bosnia should be the model for Europe. A review of Peter Singer's The President of Good & Evil (and an excerpt). And in one of the great reversals in American history, the GOP has become the party of the people

[Apr 23] From the Middle East, how the Saudis support jihad in Iraq but not back home, and as the policy of barring ex-Baathists from key posts is eased, is Baathism dead? From Central Asia, as the Eurasia Media Forum meets the debate over whether to engage or boycott the hard-line regimes of the region heightens. From Guatemala, the government apologizes for the killing of a human rights leader. Obituary: Kamisese Mara, Fiji's founding father. Why anarchist Emma Goldman's issues resonate today. Ulama, the oldest sport in the world, is still being played. And have malls changed the way we shop and live?

[Apr 22]
 From Iraq, Spanish, Honduran and Dominican will pull out forces and Thailand threatens to follow suit. From Germany, the Bundesbank will likely get Professor Axel Weber at the helm. From Turkey, why the country's secularism is not under threat. From Brazil, the solution for saving the rain forest may be more development, not less. From Russia, give me liberty, but not too much. Why the door is open in Latin America for dangerous demagogy, a kind of creeping authoritarianism. More on Greg Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox. From Knowledge @ Wharton, Time Warner's Richard Parsons on why and how companies must go global. And why appreciating junk is an acquired taste

[Apr 21] From Great Britain, Blair calls for a referendum to test the British electorate's commitment to the European Union. From Uganda, just how democratic is this country? From Australia, on Mark Latham, Culture Warrior. From Scotland, what is the Scottish contribution to American society? Bob Geldof calls on world leaders to help the "Fourth World" underclass. On the third-party threat: It's not just Nader. Bob Woodward answers questions on his new book, and two more excerpts. Is Dick Cheney God? If you read the Gospel According to Woodward, it's clear that the president seems to think so. On a grand experiment in Orthodox Judaism at an Upper West Side Jewish high school. And here are the nominees for the 2004 Webby Awards (we are overlooked yet again!!!)

[Apr 20] From Europe, why economic reform is a political issue, why Poland will be the most difficult country to control from Brussels, and Green parties join forces to form a European Green Party. From Spain, Zapatero orders troops to leave Iraq "as soon as possible". From Kenya, a perspective on language and culture. Georgetown's David Cole, on America's prisoners, American rights. Purdue's Robert May on when America was considered a rogue nation. A discussion with Brookings' Philip Gordon on his new book Allies At War: America, Europe, and the Crisis Over Iraq. From Foreign Service, toward a new US-UN rapprochement pdf. A look at the best nations the US ever built. On the differences between London and Berlin. Are human beings guilty on interplanetary littering? And physicists have now shown that a well-hit curveball trumps a well-hit fastball

[Apr 19] From South Korea, a youthful, anti - establishment party wins elections. From Slovakia, underdog Ivan Gasparovic wins presidential election. From Israel, a helicopter strike kills Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, igniting a tinderbox in Iraq (and more). From Pakistan, a talk with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on the nuclear program. From Brazil, does the country have to choose between economic development and protecting the Amazon? From the United States, more on plans for a new citizenship test. Why the Western representation of Serbia says more about the West itself than about Serbia. An introduction to Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, and two excerpts (and more). Where did all the anti - globalization protesters go? A review of Eurydice Street. An interview with Kenneth Starr, on Life After the Report. Is charismatic authority the central component of a healing encounter, and what is its relation to narrative? And is political correctness dead, or just not cool?

[Weekend] From South Africa, ANC wins elections in a landslide--an analysis. From Iraq, a videotape of a captured American soldier is broadcast, family is overjoyed. From Cyprus, why Greeks will say "no" to a UN peace proposal. From India, why the upcoming election is a contest less of policies than of opportunistic alliances. A new book by Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, says Powell warned Bush of the "You break it, you own it" rule. Bernard - Henri Levy on a tale of love and death in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was easier to deal with when he wasn't open to focus groups (and more). The Guardian profiles Mordechai Vanunu, Israel's nuclear whistleblower. Barbara Crossette on corruption's threat to democracy. On this year's winners of the dubious Jefferson Muzzle awards for suppression of free speech. Corporate culture clash: On elitism, popularity and rock 'n' roll. A review of Falling (and an excerpt). And why the privacy fears about Google's email service are silly

[Apr 16] From somewhere in the Middle East, Osama bin Laden offers Europe a truce through an audiotape. From Iraq, militants free three Japanese hostages and execute an Italian captive. From Pakistan, Abdul Qadeer Khan says North Korean has developed three nuclear devices. From Saudi Arabia, Americans are told to leave the country. From Nauru, the country appears to be close to bankruptcy. From Australia, is there a crisis in masculinity? From Great Britain, on how social mobility has ground to a halt. From the United States, porn industry is hit by HIV fear. Political parties revamp their websites to take advantage of online fundraising and coordination.
From Slate, how the AMT has become a weapon against Democrats, how Bush distorts Kerry's views on terrorism, and on the tribes fighting for control of Kerry's campaign. How do you get stupid white men out of office? And progressives need to route around the mainstream media--the blogosphere is the way to do it
[Apr 30] Stanford's Larry Diamond and Stephen Krasner point out the failures of US policy in Iraq, and a look at how ethical quandaries are deepening. The Atlantic Monthly interviews Bernard Lewis. Health care for all? Not in America: Hillary Clinton writes on the imperative to reform healthcare and answers questions. Why healthcare is getting worse, even though medicine is getting better. From The Gadflyer, a primer on political polling, on Kerry being the only adult in this race, and on Kerry, Bush, and religious double standards. From Remnant, on American Catholic politicians as the legates on the New Church, and a look at Catholic Zionists. Why the influence of the Christian right will only increase if George Bush wins a second term. A timely look at how faith informs the Bush presidency. Todd Gitlin on the US as a faith-based superpower. And have you hugged an evangelical today

[Apr 29] Why the Bush administration may be jeopardizing US interests in the Middle East. Is civil society a part of society like the NGO sector? A type of society like liberal democracy? An arena for public debate? Or a mixture of all three? A review of The Empty Cradle. Rich Lowry reviews Samuel Huntington's Who Are We?  From Open Democracy, on America and the Iraq War, or thinking inside out. And why are Republican states red and the commies blue?

[Apr 28] From In These Times, on the most infuriating thing about David Brooks, and some Notes to a Young Feminist. Jonathan Schell on the archeology of the dilemma that Kerry and the Democratic Party face today. A new issue of The Geonomist is out, and 101+ famous thinkers on owning Earth. For some reason anarchists have a reputation for lacking practical, constructive ideas. On how neo-liberals fail to plan so plan to fail. Thomas Sowell on how the political left criminalizes business (and part 2). From Enter Stage Right, on traditionalist conservatism and the dignity of labor. From New America Foundation, The Cartoon Guide to Federal Spectrum Policy is now available. Why the 2004 presidential election may actually be a blowout. And swallow this, Deep Throat: A case for silencing anonymous sources

[Apr 27] Richard Rorty on the end of civil liberties and democracy. From New Internationalist, a special issue on equality, including an article on the passage of a troubled ideal, a short glance at Rawls, Nozick, Young, et al., and do we really want equality? An excerpt from John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography: "Restless intellect drives Kerry's positions". An assessment on the lives of politicians. Foreign Policy's Moisťs NaŪm on why campaign rhetoric can't predict the next president's foreign policy. Anarchy's Jason McQuinn on the fear of individual freedom in the radical milieu. John Zerzan on patriarchy, civilization and the origins of gender. More on the history of marriage. America's drug warriors, much like its marijuana smokers, seem under the spell of a powerful intoxicant. And more on After the New Economy

[Apr 26] From Salon, Cass Sunstein on the secret $700 million controversy. From The American Prospect, more on the story that deserves to be a scandal, on what Bush learned from Howard Dean, and why Kerry will have to clean up a mess if he wins. From In These Times, on the historic march for womenís reproductive rights and health, it's official: Transpeople are here to stay, and on a new campaign slogan: "It's the stupidity, stupid!". From The Progressive, Molly Ivins and Howard Zinn celebrate the magazine's 95 year anniversary, an interview with Noam Chomsky, and Ruth Conniff on when Kerry was liberal. From The Globalist, on political will and political "won't", on India's election as an event of global political significance, and can businesses make the world safe? More on Alexander Hamilton (and an excerpt). On the Starbucks Paradox: A look into the contradictions of coffee, class, and race. And Walter Williams writes on racial profiling

[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of Richard Clarke's Against All Enemies and the 9/11 Commission report, a review of The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, and an article on how to get out of Iraq. Why the US faces a contradiction when mixing a mercantilist security strategy with a global laissez-faire economy. William Schneider on why the 9/11 commission is making it harder for Bush to run as the anti-terrorism president. More on Jonathan Schell's The Unconquerable World, and more on Walter Laqueur's No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. And Walter Russell Mead answers questions about his new book Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk

[Apr 23] Joshua Marshall on Bush, polls and the election. The Nation profiles Daniel Pipes. Did Barry Goldwater mean to kick Aristotle in the seat of his pants? On the problem of aging societies: The future is affordable. Experts say Greenspan is out of touch with US workers. John Derbyshire takes on Trevor Phillips, multiculturalism and The Bell Curve. George Monbiot on Christian fundamentalists: "Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power." Todd Gitlin on why foreign policy is domestic policy. And why big companies should focus on making lots of small improvements

[Apr 22] From The Village Voice, on the new economics of being young, an essay on indecent exposure, Nat Hentoff on the hidden Supreme Court, a look at Bush's global holy war, and on the fables of reconstruction in Iraq. An article on the Philosophy of Intelligence: Leo Strauss and Intelligence Strategy. From American Diplomacy, a review of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century, a review of America and the Japanese Miracle, and more on Joseph Stiglitz's Globalization and its Discontents. From Think Tank, a conversation on the next pope (and part 2). And from the Catholic magazine Crisis, on five pro - abortion dodges, and a response to Steven Weinberg on the meaning-full universe

[Apr 21] From Foreign Affairs, Samuel Berger on a foreign policy for a Democratic president, Alan Wolfe reviews Samuel Huntington's Who Are We?, a debate on how to handle terrorists, a look at the four faces of nuclear terror, and a view from the south on Cancun's false promise. From US News, on the roots of war: Can humanity ever escape its age-old legacy of battle? On the Rwanda experiment: Can ethnic hatred be eliminated by eliminating ethnicity? From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick on the terrorism trials, a look at the 60-year-old case that will decide Guantanamo, and should the Supreme Court care what other countries think? Some notes on Kafka and anarchism. A review of Alexander Hamilton. And why an "atomic bomb in a suitcase" is really just a metaphor

[Apr 20] From Time, a list of the 100 most influential people (and more). From Salon, James Galbraith on war and inflation, and the ultimate political insult is making a comeback: Who's a fascist? A look at the ecology of Nazis, Greens and Socialists. From the World Socialist Web Site, a series on Marxism and the political economy of Paul Sweezy (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7). From Global Agenda, Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt on why we need a multilateral Magna Carta, Kwame Anthony Appiah on the limits of being liberal, and Jagdish Bhagwati on the human face of globalization. On a taxation policy to make John Stuart Mill weep. A look at a proposal for simpler, fairer taxes. From Better Humans, on the myth of human dignity. And from Transhumanity, on transformative humanization of nature toward a moral technology

[Apr 19] From The Economist, banks have rediscovered the virtue of knowing their customers, on a non-human example of the cultural transmission of social norms, a review of Howard Gardner's Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds, and on America's embarrassed allies: We told you so--but now what? From Salon, on the neocon conundrum: It's damned if we stay, damned if we go. Chicago's Daniel Drezner on American foreign policy after the November elections. On why Americans agree Iraq is a mess yet continue to support the war. A lack of resolution in Iraq finds US conservatives divided. From Al-Ahram, on the clash of civilizations, revisited. Iraq shows the west and its new liberal imperialists have forgotten the lessons of history. A look at Third World resistance and western intellectual solidarity. An excerpt from End of the American Era on the parallels between the US and Rome. And Christopher Caldwell on the global village: "No politics is local"

[Weekend] From The Atlantic Monthly, Michael Sandel on the case against perfection, on the fashions of body armor, Cullen Murphy on 1536 and all that, on rethinking the American fixation on the bright side of life, a profile of Bob Shrum, Kerry's consigliere, and why humor is no laughing matter when you're running for president. From Open Democracy, a debate on terrorism, democracy and Muslims after the Madrid bombs, Todd Gitlin on how the US elections look from Turkey, and since our beliefs can let us down, disillusion requires reinvention not fanaticism or despair. Is it likely that people will once again come to see themselves and their interests in class terms? Robert Barro and Paul Krugman duke it out on Dubyanomics. Does Big Government hurt economic growth? Apocalypse soon: A review of books on fuel, inflation, and farming. On Wal-Mart, a nation unto itself (and more). And NPQ's Nathan Gardels interviews Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyama and writes about globalization biting back

[Apr 16] From The Nation, an article in praise of diasporism, a review essay on the cult of Tocqueville in America, and a special section on civil rights: A look back at Brown vs. Board of Education after 50 years, a review of books on Brown, and a debate on the legacy of Brown. Peter Berkowitz on Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, and identity politics. From Reason, a look at 16th Amendment rebels, and on Washington's new crackdown on pornography. From In These Times, a look at Theory and ivory-tower feminism, and on cool conservatives: "This is a disturbing sentiment, of course". A new issue of Bad Subjects is out on the family and the nation, including an introduction. Paul Berman on how Democrats can show leadership on Iraq. Christopher Hitchens on why Iraq is not another Vietnam. Wallerstein on why the US is losing the war. And why the real issue isn't why the U.S wasn't ready for the attack, but why the Administration used the tragedy to invade Iraq


[Apr 30] Pratap Bhanu Mehta (JNU): Empire and Moral Identity. Richard Palmer (MacMurray): Gadamer's recent work on language and philosophy: On 'Zur Phanomenologie von Ritual und Sprache' pdf. Social sciences students are being duped by universities pretending that all opinions are equally valid. More and more on John Maynard Smith. Are scientists on the brink of learning how to erase memories? Purple patches on friendship, on Isaac Newton, on creativity and the schizoid character, and history, science and fiction. There is (yet) another dip in the Mediterranean in search of Atlantis. From Universe Today, how advanced can civilization become? And from Scientific American, on the myth of the beginning of time, why the facts in science never just speak for themselves, an editorial on Bush's Lysenkoism, on Rep. Henry A. Waxman as science's political bulldog, and on a modest proposal for small screening in medicine

[Apr 29] A new issue of The Examined Life On-line Philosophy Journal is out, including an introduction, and an article on Metasociology: Metatheorizing in Social Sciences and Philosophy of Social Sciences, a review of The Shortest Shadow: Nietzscheís Philosophy of the Two, and a look at Plato's Law of Nature: Enki and Prometheus. Iraqi academic and democracy advocate Gailan Ramiz dies in Baghdad explosion. And from Harvard, queer issues magazine debuts

[Apr 28]  Dan Fuller and Doris Geide-Stevenson (Weber State): Consensus Among Economists, Revisited pdf. From the APA's Monitor on Psychology, a special issue on behavioral genetics, including articles on heritability, twin studies, gender, and beliefs. From the new student journal Refusing Structures, an essay on "Collective Memory" as a Building Bloc of "Imagined" Networks: an Alternative Outlook on Historical Sociology Beyond the Cultural Turn. A look at the military-academic complex, and on Generation Debt: How grad school provides exciting new road to poverty. On the burden of immortality and the ethics of slowing the aging process. From India's Current Science, next time we hear a frog croak, let's say thank you! pdf. Here's a practical philosophy crossword pdf. And from Useless Knowledge, on the counter-culture melting pot

[Apr 27] Michael Salter (Lancashire): Neo-Fascist Legal Theory on Trial: An Introduction of Carl Schmitt's Defence at Nuremberg from the Perspective of Franz Neumann's Critical Theory of Law pdf From LRB, a review of Common Bodies: Women, Touch and Power in 17th-Century England. From China, philosopher Zhang Dainian dies. Researchers at UMass and Michigan take a look at about 60 years' worth of old death records. Economists in the US and Britain have worked out the financial value of a good sex life. Julian Baggini on lies, damn lies and statistics. Poor women take a crash course in the humanities, helping them open doors with a handle on the language of the elite. On drawing parallels between soccer and economics. Most students at the Kids Philosophy Slam say war is inevitable. And grades, schmades, or as Ms. Orrico says, 'more to life'?

[Apr 26] A new issue of Boston Review is out, including an article by Yale's Anne Alstott on how public policy can support the hard work of raising children (and responses), and essays on the extinction crisis, on saving Social Security, and on rationality and terror. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, a review of books on the political influence of evangelicals, on full-time faculty members who concentrate on teaching, on the differences between the humanities and natural sciences, and who bestowed the magic kiss on the mathematical frog? A review of Amos Tversky's Preference, Belief and Similarity: Selected Writings, a review of Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox, and a review of Structure and Agency in Everyday Life: An Introduction to Social Psychology. Jim Holt on the emergence of modern humans from a chance defect in a gene. NYU's Gary Marcus on how genetics will help social engineers nurture the brain's nature.And from UCLA, on globalization's missing middle

[Weekend] Rick Wolff (UMass): Capitalist Hegemony and Contesting Concepts of Class. Nick Bostrom (Oxford): The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant. A review of On Human Persons. A review of The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberties Under the Law, a review of Repositioning Restorative Justice, and a review of Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol. 28. Richard Dawkins gives advice to entrants to a competition for young science writers. John Kekes on the professoriate and the truth. A review of Bruno Latour's Politics of Nature: How to bring the sciences into democracy. An interview on how mind control is getting smarter by the minute. The AAAS says US budget plan would harm research. From Popular Science, on the Best of What's Next 2004. And James Wood on how tragi-comedy was invented by the modern novel

[Apr 23]  From What Next?, Ann Robertson (SFSU): The Philosophical Roots of the Marx-Bakunin Conflict; a review of books on globalization and capitalism; and Andrew Robinson on Between Marxism and Populism: Working Class Identity and Bourgeois Ideology and Where Now for "Marxism"? Reading Marx Creatively (and a response). From B&W, on saving the seed or saving romantic assumptions. Obituary: John Maynard Smith (and more). A Berkeley biology professor endows a NAS museum with $25 million. Study Kant, make millions? Well, at least become happier. And why college dating is on the brink of extinction

[Apr 22]
 A new website, Political Research Online (PROL), is set up by APSA that "serves as the common resource for all emerging scholarship in political science." A review of French Hegel: From Surrealism to Postmodernism. More on Mumbo Jumbo. Why explanations rarely hold very much water for scientists and Colin McGinn. From Harvard, Stephen Pinker on the scientific evidence for God. On the illusiveness of immortality: The longer our lives, the more we'll realize that there's no "self" living them. On the seduction of science to perfect an imperfect race. A llok at the red-green divide over human enhancement. And from Japan, scientists demonstrate how mammals can reproduce without a male

[Apr 21] Oren Bar-Gill (Harvard) and Omri Ben-Shahar (Michigan): Credible Coercion. A review of The Art of Living: the Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy. A review of Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World. Princeton's Harry Frankfurt delivers the 2004 Tanner Lectures in Human Values at Stanford. An international team publishes a detailed map of 20,000 human genes on the internet. Scientists score another victory on the Kennewick Man dispute. From Iran, an archaeologist is racing to uncover a literate Bronze Age society he believes predates ancient Mesopotamia. A look at how science's inquiring minds succeed despite flaws. And studies say that physical beauty involves more than goods looks

[Apr 20]  Ethan Leib (Yale): What Should a Marxist Legal Analysis of Torts Become? From Politics and Culture, a review of Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx, a review of Slavoj Zizekís Welcome to the Desert of the Real! Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates, and a review of Susan Buck-Morss' Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left. From Edge, Nassim Nicholas Taleb on learning to expect the unexpected. Big Bang glow hints at funnel-shaped universe. From Great Britain, meet Celia Hoyles, a mathematician with a mission to bring excitement into school lessons, and on how "suburb studies" has found a home on the college agenda. From UCSD, on the growth of pot in movies through the decades, from Hepburn to Spicolli. From Maryland, KRS-One is like the Socrates of hip-hop. And Tony Butler was a subway philosopher, homeless but not friendless

[Apr 19] Dalia Kandiyoti (CUNY): Multiplicity and Its Discontents: Feminist Narratives of Transnational Belonging. You can download papers from the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. History Today looks at the impact of scientific transformations since 1900 and how these changes have produced a new world culture and global organization. A profile of Daniel Dennett, semantic engineer. A review of The Power of Negativity: Selected Writings on the Dialectic in Hegel and Marx, and a response. And from the Law & Politics Section of APSA, a review of Beyond Common Knowledge : Empirical Approach to the Rule of Law; a review of Jurisdiction and the Ambit of the Criminal Law; a review of No Escape: Freedom of Speech and the Paradox of Rights; a review of Constructing "Race" and "Ethnicity" in America; a review of Justice for the Poor: A Study of Criminal Defense Work; a review of Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America; and a review of Good Cop/Bad Cop: Mass Media and the Cycle of Police Reform

[Weekend] Charles Tilly (Columbia): Historical Analyses of Political Processes, and Relational Origins of Inequality pdf. You can download papers from the Illinois Conference for Students of Political Science. From Financial Times, an audience with Jacques Derrida. From FrontPage, on the wacky world on French intellectuals. Peter Singer accuses Bush of being morally stunted (and more). A report on Manuel Castells' LSE Miliband Public Lecture, Politics and Power in the Network Society. Can goodness be godless? Humanists are gaining ground in their battle for recognition. From AUB, Richard Rorty speaks on science, religion and intellectual responsibility. From UNLV, on when the right is left behind. From Oregon, why the rejection of social control begins with our own bodies. Can a machine read a person's mind? A medical device company is about to find out. Whatever happened to the children of the Nobel Prize sperm bank? And on Einstein as the first spin doctor

[Apr 16] From Situation Analysis, Julain Baggini on Philosophy and Public Life, a review of his Philosophy Behind the Headlines, and an article on academic freedom and the New McCarthysim pdf. From The Symptom, Alex Betancourt - Serrano on burying a few liberals as a Lacanian gesture, Kirsten Hyldgaard on The Conformity of Perversion, Jacques Alain Miller on The Sum of X, and Slavoj Zizek on Passion in the Era of Decaffeinated Belief. A review of Learning from Our Mistakes: Psychoanalysis and Beyond, a review of The New Psychoanalysis, and a review of The Emergence of Sexuality: Historical Epistemology and the Formation of Concepts. Why Gay is Good: A review of Evolutionís Rainbow: Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People. A review of Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature in Medicine. From Duke, on taking an interdisciplinary approach to research. From Princeton, on the problem of grade inflation. And more on HR 3077: Is it the end of academic freedom?