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[Aug 31] From Russia, the proposed military deployment in Iraq is fraught with consequences. From Sudan, an interview with President Omar Ahmad al-Bashir.  All work and no play is the US way. A review of Pat Kane's The Play Ethic. On the campaign to transform Los Angeles' Bunker Hill into a downtown mecca. Rigoberta Menchu on justice for Archbishop Oscar Romero. Sebastian Mallaby on the character question. And you say black, I say African: Blacks debate "African American"

[Aug 30] From South Africa, traditionalists see virtue in virgin testing. From Germany, the country is united, but Easterners are dissatisfied. An editorial from The New York Times on the Electoral College. And Dahlia Lithwick on what the Supreme Court Justices do over the summer. From US News, an interview with President Bush, and articles on Karl Rove and the news business. On the Rights to Reagan: Two factions claim the GOP icon's mantle. And Oklahoma identifies with Bush over moral issues

[Weekend 2e] From Pakistan, Musharaff ally is sworn as prime minister. From Bangladesh, on human rights and the assassination attempt. From Great Britain, on the arrest of Mark Thatcher, and whose coup was it? From Europe, is immigration a danger or a ray of hope? From the IMF, a special issue of Finance and Development is out, celebrating its 60th anniversary, with an introduction, a timeline, and how should it be reshaped? pdf At the RNC, President Bush will present the record of not one but two presidencies. From Slate, a leaked video shows what Bob Dole really thinks about Bush's tactics, and on the two creepiest words in the English language. And on how vanity is just a wistful form of ambition

[Weekend] From Germany, on the future of Deutsche Bank. From Asia, Beijing's star is in ascendance. From the Caribbean, the party's over for spendthrift governments. From YaleGlobal, private organizations are emerging to monitor and certify global trade flow, and on coping with the world population boom and bust (and part 2). Although an ailing pope may never visit Moscow, an icon goes before him. The Economist reviews George W. Bush's presidency. Mother Jones on what the latest Pew polls have to say. On a way to add as many as eight new Republican senators to Congress. Here's the webpage for a new initiative called Creative America. From Slate, on the uncritical worshippers of America's best press critic, AJ Liebling. Adult-film performer Jenna Jameson is now a mainstream cultural celebrity. How did that happen? And remember what Sundays used to be like?

[Aug 27] From Germany, the number of citizens converting to Islam is rising. From Malaysia, continued success requires less love and more words. Why did Singapore succeed and so many other post-colonial states didn't? The Arab world wonders: How low can the U.S. go? From The Globalist, on Russia's newly-found "soft power", and is John Kerry the European candidate? Business Week takes a look at Bush's Ownership Society plan and at his economic team. Dahlia Lithwick on why there's never going to be a smoking gun on Abu Ghraib. Howell Raines on how important intelligence really is in an American president. Why Dick Cheney is being selfish on gay rights. Studies find Democrats increasingly rely on secular voters, and half of Americans will use food stamps. And from CJR, a page on who owns what in the media industry

[Aug 26] From Nepal, rebel blockade of Katmandu ends. From Turkey, on culture becoming savage. From Tuvalu, tides divide scientists. From Greece, athletes well beyond their youth are making their mark. What's the most crowded capital city in Europe? Business Week interviews Treasury Secretary John Snow. From The Village Voice, bile for Bush fuels a boom in readers and advertising for lefty magazines, and an irreverent guide to the Republican National Convention. And a review of The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches from an Almost Hip Life

[Aug 25] From Iran, a requiem for Ateqeh Rajabi. From New Zealand, a speech on Anti-Americanism and its Discontents. On America's dictator problem in Uzbekistan. Jimmy Carter writes to The Wall Street Journal on the recent referendum in Venezuela. From Business Week, a cover story on global warming (and a review of The Discovery of Global Warming). Why the conservative media's handling of the Swift boat dispute is a case study in bias. Maligned and ridiculed, cold fusion gains respect as a cheap way to produce nuclear weapons. How the "Indian queue" is a fascinating subject for sociological analysis. And there is a name for it, of course, because this is the 21st century and all: the Ego Google

[Aug 24] From Nepal, Maoists tighten ring around Katmandu. From Hungary, prime minister steps down. From Barbados, on a new "ism" in the Caribbean. Could China be headed for the worst environmental disaster ever? Shlomo Avineri on the refugee dilemma in Cyprus. The Globalist takes a look at the key findings of the Human Development Index, and on six ways out of an economic crisis. On what belongs on the front page of The New York Times. From TAP, on what Bush and Cheney were up to in 1969, and how would Osama vote? Can Virginia turn from red to blue? It hasn't gone Democratic since LBJ, so maybe not. How Maine could go for Bush and Kerry, and is Oregon so progressive that Kerry could lose it? Voters may say they want candidates to stay positive, but in truth, they respond more readily, more viscerally, to attack ads, and on the state of the George W. Bush joke. (In fact, Bush ain't funny himself.) Time discovers 14 secret capitals in Europe. Christopher Orlet on why women won't marry down. And sex, sex, sex up front in bookstores near you

[Aug 23] From Bolivia, the country's divisions grow deeper. From Canada, the Ontario government is looking to outlaw mandatory retirement at age 65. From Japan, did antidepressants depress the country? An article on the United Nations in a changing world. Bush promises to offer detailed plans for a second term at the RNC Convention. The New York Times takes a look at the birth of an anti-Kerry ad (and more from The Los Angeles Times). The Bush campaign is busted passing out 'Swift Boat Veterans for Bush' flyer. A Defense Department investigation finds Gen. Boykin violated regulations. Crisis' Deal Hudson on sex and the price of politics. Lawrence Lindsey defends Bush's economic record (and more from N. Gregory Mankiw). From The Washington Post, a series on Bush's record in regulatory policy (and part 2 and part 3). And is a $10 bag of ice illegal? When it's price gouging, and when it's just really expensive

[Weekend] From Nigeria, how to use psychology in national problem solving. From India, on the sociology of suicide. From China, a look at the politics of plastic surgery. From Lebanon, lefty hangouts offer sanctuary for the country's avant-garde. From the Vatican, on a new trend among new priests in the US, and more on man-woman relationships. Central Africa could be stumbling towards another disastrous war. On Europe and the USA: An ocean apart, a world of difference. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press publishes a report on foreign policy attitudes in the US. From CJR, a review of The Creation of The Media: Political Origins of Modern Communication. A look at the circulation numbers of political magazines. A feud between Mayor Daley and The Chicago Tribune heats up. A magazine is new in Moscow, but looks familiar to New York. And a Spanish - language studio is targeting the stranglehold of the Hollywood machine

[Aug 20] From Brazil, Lula's unlucky streak is lifting. From Span, socialists pursue sweeping push to left. From Romania, on Corneliu Vadim Tudor and a fascist's lament. From Canada, on the just society and its enemies. Unresolved wars have poisoned the newly independent republics of the former Soviet south--and could flare anew. David Kay, former Iraq arms inspector, faults prewar intelligence. Iraqi soccer players are angered by Bush campaign ads. From the National Catholic Reporter, how a philosophy professor with a checkered past became the most influential Catholic layman in George W. Bush's Washington. (Oops! Deal Hudson, publisher of Crisis, resigns campaign post.) Anarchists emerge as the RNC Convention's wild card, as the FBI goes knocking for political troublemakers. And from The Washington Post Magazine, a cover story of Jessica Cutler, aka Washingtonienne

[Aug 19] From Nepal, on a vision of good governance and the role of the state. From Pakistan, on the portrayal of women on TV. From Great Britain, there is now a new "class" of Asians and blacks, almost as xenophobic and intolerant as white racists. From Israel, Zionism is not a narrative. The number of humanitarian crises in the world is greater than ever before but most go unreported in Western media. Who's afraid of context?: On the differences between American and European media. Eric Alterman on how PBS adds insult to injury. TAP interviews Jack Germond, crack political reporter. LRB's Andrew O'Hagan on John Kerry, the Nominee. An analysis of Florida as a swing state, and why the "50 Floridas" argument for the Electoral College doesn't hold. A Blue Dog Democrat takes a look at the Libertarian Party's Michael Badnarik (and an interview and a follow up). And what is life among the baggage carousels really like?

[Aug 18] From the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez takes over the presidency again. From PINR, on India as a rising power. An interview with economist Ray Fair on predicting the election. An article on the value of rituals in politics. Gangs have been a fixture of urban life in the United States for more than 150 years, and now it's the "Hispanic turn". Jim Holt on a moral blind spot: Punishment by imprisonment. And why pacifists praising fascists is killing democrats

[Aug 17] From Venezuela, Hugo Chávez wins referendum. From Brazil, on Lula's Workers Party as a Gramscian outfit. From Russia, is Chechnya a puppet state or a failed state? From India, on how the roots of Western rationalism lie in the East. From China, on how to optimize the country's social structure. Slaves for vacation: Europe ponders the meaning of life. The United States is considered the place 'where languages come to die'. Michael Kinsley on the dance of the stem cells. From TAP, three years of watching Bush makes the point: Intelligence matters more than “character”, and take another look at Democrats’ favorite Republican. McCain is not all you want him to be. And an article on Ann Coulter as the blond assassin

[Aug 16] From Burundi, scores are killed in an attack on a refugee camp. From Poland, Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz dies. From Japan, on the influence of controversial weekly newsmagazines, or shukanshi (and part 2). From Australia, on Election 2004: Indigenous rights and institutions. From Turkey, on morality and societal capital. From Israel, and now, a kind word about France. From Greece, Puerto Rico beats USA Dream Team in Olympic hoops (and more). Republicans who back gay rights and abortion rights want to be heard at the convention. More voters seen as opting for early decision. John Allen Paulos on red states, blue states and a model for thoughtless voting, and Pi and Phi have been in the spotlight: what about e? Meet five soul searchers who've taken the 'descent into darkness'. You can see how your US representatives voted on legislation that affects the United Nations and other international issues. And in the year 2104, Americans will speak a new kind of English
[Aug 31] From Open Democracy, an exchange between Ramin Jahanbegloo and Richard Rorty. Tariq Ramadan is constantly being told the truth about who he is. Gregg Easterbrook on the case for getting out of Iraq. On Susan Lindauer's mission to Baghdad. Exactly how bad would it be if more countries acquired nuclear weapons? From Intellectual Conservative, why conservatives should not accommodate the GOP's leftward drift. And on flip-flopping: only Bush can take diametrically opposed positions and call them principled

[Aug 30] David Brooks on how to reinvent the GOP. A new issue of Newtopia is out, including articles on the rebirth of ideology, on greenism, on libertarianism, on conservatism, and on the momentary affixing of ideologies. More on Samuel Huntington and the fear of cultural decline. A review of books from critics of BushRichard Posner reviews the 9/11 Commission Report, and Walter Russell Mead on intelligence reform: Now for the hard part. And is there room for nuance in a time of war?

[Weekend 2e] Historian Douglas Brinkley wrote about John Kerry's battles in Vietnam--now he's fighting his own. Eric Alterman on rhetoric and reality. On Che Guevara's voyage from reality to myth. Frank Furedi confronts the dangerous rise of anti-intellectualism. Gary North on authentic libertarianism. What follows is an exercise in naked partnership. Mark Durfee offers up a liberal conservative plank. The advancement of civilization has always been led by liberals--history proves it. The good news is we are living longer than ever before--the bad news is it's going to cost us. And corporations and their critics are so obsessed with brands that they ignore the real worlds of work and politics

[Weekend] From The New Pantagruel, an article on Christianity and Liberalism: Two Alternative Religious Approaches, and an excerpt from Equality by Default: An Essay on Modernity as Confinement. An interview with Bart Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities. From Christianity Today, thirteen bad arguments (and answers) for same-sex marriage. From Zeek, on the spiritual foundations of Bushism. From Open Democracy, an exchange between David Elstein and Irwin Stelzer, articles on Venezuela after the referendum, on the revival of the Committee on the Present Danger, and on multiculturalism and post-hybridity politics, and are Europeans of less economic value than monkeys? From Culture Change, an essay on the origins of materialism and the implications for our future in the post-petroleum reality. And here's a webpage from Adbusters on true cost economics

[Aug 27]  From The Nation, a review of Isaiah Berlin's Flourishing: Letters, 1928-1946, a review of Bernard Lewis' From Babel to Dragomans, and an excerpt from a book on Bush's military past. From In These Times, Garrison Keillor on Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous. From Mother Jones, an exchange between Tom Engelhardt and Jonathan Schell on the imperial system. From Salon, conservatives discuss what Bush needs to do to win, on what Bush has planned for America if he wins, and on how Lynne Cheney makes sure that historians and other scholars follow the right path. From New Statesman, on the lessons from America, and Thomas Frank on Bush as the working class hero. And from Democracy Now!, a debate on resistance and the RNC

[Aug 26] Bill Frist and Hillary Clinton on how to heal health care. Margaret Talbot on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. An extract from Granny Made Me An Anarchist (and an interview). An op-ed on philosophy and animal welfare. Get Your Geechee On: Commercialism and Hope in the Sea Islands. George Monbiot says goodbye to this kind world. Just what are these American values we keep hearing about? Why is Florida's voting system so corrupt? On how not to use the Olympics for political gain. And on reading political philosophy into a genteel, romanticized orchestration of The Star-Spangled Banner

[Aug 25] From The Village Voice, a review of books by Said and Fukuyama, and Get Mad. Act Out. Re-Elect George Bush. The candidates respond to adversity with different styles. Bush and Kerry won't even bother campaigning in 30 or more states--that's good. James Pinkerton on mining pop culture to win elections, and Michael Lind on how the Atlantic is becoming wider. Regime-shaking George Soros goes at Washington. Articles on Sean Hannity as a fox in the crowd, and on Reverend Billy, a performance artist in a cleric's garb on a crusade against consumerism. From Christianity Today, a review of books on marriage (and more). And religious columnist Dennis Prager interviews Sam Harris, secular author of The End of Faith

[Aug 24] From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on how political science understands voters. Two economists look at America through very different glasses. Steven Johnson on the political brain. Stuart Taylor on the threat that Bush, Kerry and the voters ignore, and Jonathan Rauch introduces the Senate candidate of the future. Why elections are a lousy way to run a country. From TAC, on the coalition of the coerced. War heats up in the neconservative fold. Samantha Power on ethnic cleansing in Sudan. Could Fahrenheit 9/1 actually change the course of civilization? From Left Hook, a review of the movie "The Corporation". When we speak of "mental" versus "manual" labor, are we overlooking anything? Joseph Stiglitz on the resource curse revisited. From Enter Stage Right, on democracy and freedom. On the subtle influences of paganism in American culture. From Christianity Today, on the cure of gay souls, and why marriage was designed for male and female. And on two examples of why the neo-Catholic establishment is a house built on sand

[Aug 23] Do Americans know enough to vote intelligently? Peter Singer says Australia has become a selfish global citizen (and more). An op-ed on rescuing the Law of the Sea. Welcome to 2004 and "Summer for the Gods Part 2: Revenge of the Public Officials." What happens when you read Bible Porn to kids? A purple patch on religion and revolution. From The Washington Monthly, how John Kerry busted the terrorists' favorite bank. An article on how capitalism opens the door to freedom. A review of Lou Dobbs' Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas. Pat Kane argues that play-not work-is the key to a healthier society. On the persistence of the princess myth. On the decline of the once mighty Association of Trial Lawyers of America. John Pilger on the warlords of America. From Trotsky to puppets: Other revolutions are possible. And politics has become increasingly the plaything of obsessives. And what obsessives bring to politics...

[Weekend] From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: How It Started, What It Means, and Why We Have to Win. From the Center for Defense Information, an essay on Explaining Religious Terrorism: Part 1: The Axis of Good and Evil, and Part 2: Politics, Religion, and the Suspension of the Ethical. Does Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence have validity and utility in our time? Why is bin Laden still on the loose? From Mother Jones, a look at the major political groups jockeying for power at the INC. Why the U.S. should detain suspected terrorists--even if it can't make a case against them in court, and on how Israel may have created the Palestinian Mandela. From The Nation, Richard Falk on the possibility of a global parliament. Henry Giroux on double speak and the politics of dissent, and an interview with Jeffrey St. Clair. And from Socialist Viewpoint, an essay by Fidel Castro, and more from Counterpunch

[Aug 20] From Esquire, Ron Reagan on The Case Against George W. Bush. Dahlia Lithwick on the language framing the national conversation about the president. The Gadlfyer's Paul Waldman gets a disturbing view of Brent Bozell's undying rage. An interview with Thomas Frank. A conservative view on what's really wrong with corporations. More from Walter Williams on why socialism is eeeevil. From spiked, on how diversity breeds division. A formally taboo topic among Asian-Americans and Latinos comes out into the open. How liberals appease Muslims for fear of association with anti-immigrant thugs. From In The National Interest, a review of Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain, an article reassesses America's grand strategy, and is Kerry an isolationist? Why postwar Germany was nothing like Iraq. And Najaf a problem? Just bomb the mosque into a parking lot!

[Aug 19] From Le Monde diplomatique, Jose Saramago on reinventing democracy, and Eduardo Galeano on superducks and underducks. From New Statesman, where have all the children of the left gone? More on Hardt and Negri's Multitude. A review of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. From Slate, on psychopharmaceuticals and brain imaging that could make prisoner interrogation more humane, the skinny on what American troops do in Europe, and can shareholders fight terrorism? Amy Goodman interviews Mordechai Vanunu. More on Timothy Garton Ash's Free World. More on Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth--by People, for People. Al Gore reviews Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Are Fueling the Climate Crisis--and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster (and an excerpt). And from The Globalist, an excerpt from The Long Summer

[Aug 18] From Dissident Voice, Apartheid without Borders: The New Globalism and its Enemies. Christopher Hitchens reviews books on John Kerry (and here are three excerpts). From TCS, are terrorists courageous? David Ignatius on how the mixing of anti-terrorism policy with the 2004 presidential campaign is becoming destructive. So what does one do in the face of the prospect of another Jihadist attack? And an article on learning to live in the age of terrorism

[Aug 17] From The New Yorker, a review of books on World War I. What if there is a global power vacuum? Fareed Zakaria on why Kerry is right about Iraq, and Ronald Brownstein on how pointing out Kerry's reluctance on Iraq may spotlight Bush's rigidity. Christopher Hitchens reviews Edward Said's From Oslo to Iraq: And the Road Map. A profile of Antonio Negri, nostalgic revolutionary and slippery customer. Dahlia Lithwick on activist and re-activist judges. On the curious fate of Populism: How politics turned into pose. Popular culture is just a postmodern term for entertainment, which is a lot more fun than politics, but totally different. An interview on the politics behind cultural relativism. And Julian Baggini on why feeling pure won't help the world's poor

[Aug 16] From Context, a review of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. From Think, an article on Francis Fukuyama, America's most famous thinker. More on Michael Walzer's Arguing About War, and more on Hardt and Negri's Multitude. More on Graham Allison's Nuclear Terrorism. On how Craig Unger battled right-wing censorship to tell of Bush-Saud links, and on the story of Carmen Bin Ladin. From Swans, a review of A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America. Holy Terror: Why religion isn't the solution--it's the problem. Immanuel Wallerstein on the changing geopolitical role of East Asia. Jeffrey Sachs on India taking the lead, and Robert Schiller on the electronic money revolution. Why the illegality of pot is criminal. From Dissident Voice, some economic results of the civilizing mission. What self-respecting protestors, The Glorious Revolutionary Federation of Fortune 500 Killers asks, request permission to protest? And is Keith Preston a fascist? An open letter to the left-wing anarchist movement


[Aug 31] From Foreign Policy, Fareed Zakaria on anti-Americanism as a dangerous idea, Moises Naim on the ideas that died in Iraq, a memo on how to reform Saudi Arabia without handing it to extremists, on a field guide to consensuses,  and Think Again: Bush's foreign policy. Are professors misleading students by teaching widely accepted ideas about men and women that are scientifically unsubstantiated? And on published research reports: Some are cutesy and others are just plain icky

[Aug 30] Anne Alstott (Yale): What Does a Fair Society Owe Children-and Their Parents? From Ideas, a look at the work of Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan (and more). From Great Britain, why scientific progress is best left in private hands. A review of Eichmann: His Life and Crimes. San Diego's Lawrence Hinman (creator of Ethics Update) on why Rover is not replaceable--forget cloning. A review of books by ageing males. And for long-term straight couples and gays, solving the name game can get very personal

[Weekend 2e] A review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments. A review of Diane Ackerman's An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain. A review of Jacob's Ladder: The History of the Human Genome. Australia's Raimond Gaita on the need for truth. Do we really think a 12-year-old has a lot to learn from Plato's aesthetics? An article reflecting on Penguin's new series of philosophical reprints. Modern biographers stick too closely to a Victorian formula but change will surely come. A purple patch from AJP Taylor on Trotsky. And a new director is appointed to head the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas

[Weekend] Stephen Newman (NYLS): The Use and Abuse of Social Science in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate. From Edge.org, Smolin vs. Susskind on the anthropic principle. An excerpt from Elaine Pangels' Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (and an interview). A review of The Humor of Kierkegaard: An Anthology. A review of The Intruders: Unreasonable Searches and Seizures from King John to John Ashcroft, and a review of Constitutional Deliberation in Congress: The Impact of Judicial Review in a Separated System. A review of Cities. There is absolutely nothing amazing about the six degrees of separation theory. From factoids to facts: At last, a way of getting answers from the web. And from Opinion Journal, the UNC-Chapel Hill officially derecognizes a Christian group, and why do even the best colleges get defensive about the U.S. News evaluations?

[Aug 27] From the Association of Political Theory, here's the August newsletter. From the London Review of Books, Perry Anderson reviews books on France, and Slavoj Zizek reviews Timothy Garton Ash's Free World. A review of Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony. A review of Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System, and a review of Labour Law in an Era of Globalization: Transformative Practices and Possibilities. More on 50 Years of Dissent. The Great Books are still alive and kicking. From Psychology Today, on the making of a modern dad. From Knowledge @ Wharton, Guilt is Good: A new approach to environmental problems. From Harvard, Mica Pollock explores 'colormuteness' in American education. And if you think college professors are bad, take a look at the students

[Aug 26] Thomas Platt (WCUP): Appropriate Predication: The Other Problem of Evil pdf. Here are some book reviews from the Journal of World-Systems Research pdf. More on JK Galbraith's The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time. On why striving to be more than human is human. For better or worse, election years lure many members of the ivory tower into the real world. From Australia, authors gather to meet the people who read their books. And on the world of books: Quality, not quantity, will always win out

[Aug 25] Here's a press release on the upcoming APSA conference. Kym Farrand (Flinders): Anti-Morality, Truth and Peace: Beyond Kant and Others--A New Theory (Replacing Moral Philosophy, and Morality or Ethics, with an Epistemic, Science - Based Theory). A response to Richard Pipes' article in Foreign Affairs, which argues Russians don't want democracy. US sociologists are finally challenging the intellectual stranglehold of economists. The US revokes the visa of Tariq Ramadan, who was scheduled to teach at Notre Dame this fall. From Time, more on the conservative putsch on campus. Colleges embrace homeland security curriculum. And are Advanced Placement courses growing too fast?

[Aug 24] A new issue of Logos is out, including a conversation with Jurgen Habermas on America and the world, and articles by Cornel West on democracy matters, Stephen Eric Bronner on Interpreting the Enlightenment: Metaphysics, Critique, and Politics, Fred Dallmayr pays tribute to Arundhati Roy, and Stanley Aronowitz on Zionism and its Jewish Critics. A review of The Two Sides of Being: A Reassessment of Psycho-Physical Dualism. Obituary: John Passmore. An interview with David Laibman, editor of Science and Society. From Al-Ahram, what is Coptology? From Scientific American, Michael Shermer on mustangs, monists and meaning, and an article on mistakes, damned mistakes and statistics. Imagine if one company controlled the card catalog of every library in the world. The chief of staff of the Army issued a significant update to the Army's list of recommended books. And are 'little magazines,' those tip sheets on the literary future, an endangered species--or on the verge of a renaissance?

[Aug 23] Ville Päivänsalo (Helsinki): Plurality of Evils and Reasonable Liberalism pdf. Mark Tushnet reviews Freedom of Commercial Expression, and a review of The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts, and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada. A review of Eqbal Ahmed's Between Past and Future: Selected Essays on South Asia.  A look at Kenneth Arrow's recent work on labor markets. From B&W, on a 'paradigm shift' in Finnish linguistic prehistory. On Abu Ali al-Hussein ibn Abdollah ibn Sina, or Avicenna, great philosopher and physician for all ages. An Objectivist review of The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them.  Walden at 150: What would Thoreau think of the 24-Hour news cycle? On another stage in transhumanism's evolution: Getting the attention it deserves. And here is a personal take on a libertarian - transhumanist philosophical platform

[Weekend] From PNAS, David Earl and Michael Deem (Rice): Evolvability is a selectable trait. A review of Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered. An essay on aggression and anarchy. Peter Steinfels takes a look at a new book, One Electorate Under God? More on Martha Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame and the Law. More on Alain De Botton's Status Anxiety (and an excerpt) and Michael Marmot's The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity. Roger Penrose has written a thousand-page explanation of physics, while Steve Grand admits he's an alchemist. US News publishes its latest college rankings. From The Chronicle, on postdoc survival skills and on measures of success. A conservative look at pornographic scholarship and the war on terror. An article on political art: potshots to sure shots. And even in the ugliest reality, beauty bubbles up spontaneously

[Aug 20] Bram Ieven (Lieden): The Legitimate/the Just: Ethics and Law in Deconstruction pdf. A new issue of Foreign Affairs is out, including articles by Larry Diamond on what went wrong in Iraq and Peter Peterson on three long term trends that are threatening to bankrupt America, an exchange of letters between Samuel Huntington and Alan Wolfe and an exchange on demography and destiny, an article on the neglected home front, and a review of Martin Wolf's Why Globalization Works. From Socialist Worker, eighty years after his death, Lenin is still getting a bad press. Obituary: Political scientist Pendleton Herring. In the classroom, web logs are the new bulletin boards. The Economist on why so many business books are awful. Why criticism of manufactured culture is the opposite of elitist. And a study of obscure Amazon tribe sheds new light on how language affects perception (and more)

[Aug 19] A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including a forum on Election 2004 and the SCOTUS, with an introduction and contributions by Northwestern's Stephen Presser, Chicago's David Strauss, and Georgetown's Mark Tushnet, and a look at possible nominees' stats. A review of Locke's Theory of Language. A review of Smart Questions. Are crimes the result of brain abnormalities?: On a slanging match between scientists and philosophers. Ronald Bailey on why you should care about old mice. From Great Britain, a study of A-levels show media studies up, sciences down. What's the most gay positive college in the US? Why law schools protest too much about campus military recruiters. A look at why conservatives are winning the campus wars. Richard Powers explains why reading is the last refuge from the tyranny of time. And at the 440 B.C. Olympic Games, a hot young author made the scene

[Aug 18] Roberto Buonamano (UT-Sydney): Humanity and Inhumanity: State Power and the Force of Law in the Prescription of Juridical Norms pdf. A review of Language Rights and Political Theory, a review of Guardians of the Moral Order: The Legal Philosophy of the Supreme Court 1860-1910, and a review of Presidential War Power. More on Hardt and Negri's Multitude. How do computer hackers "get inside" a computer? And a conference on solipsism is cancelled

[Aug 17] Shani D'Cruze (MMU): Protection, Harm and Social Evil: The Age of Consent since 1885 pdf. Vince Luizzi (Texas State): New Balance and the Scales of Justice pdf. From Metapsychology Online Book Reviews, a review of Gerald Edelman's Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness, a review of Thomas Szasz's The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience, and a review of Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society. Carnegie Mellon's Raj Reddy tries to take technology to the masses. A look at the work of Jesuit scholar Walter Ong. Obituary: Wolfgang Mommsen. And on a secret method by which you can slowly refurbish an entire university for absolutely nothing

[Aug 16] Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan (York): Dominant Capital and the New Wars pdf. Dorothea Olkowski  (Colorado): Besides us, in memory pdf. From Larry Kramer's The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, a chapter on popular constitutionalism, circa 2003 pdf. A review of Strawson and Kant. Former Irish President Mary Robinson on sociology and human rights. From The Chronicle a profile of blogger Ezra Klein of UCLA. Christian homeschoolers will hit the campaign trail for George Bush. Why aren't liberal homeschoolers following suit? From India, academic life is unsure of what excellence means. A review of books by book reviewers. A review of Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin. In trying to make art, success can be as damaging as failure. An interview with Gerald Edelman on neural Darwinism. CNRS' Francesco d'Errico on humanity and modernity. And if aliens exist, we'll know in 20 years