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[Weekend 2e] From Venezuela, Chavez is holding fast. From La Española, Haiti stands on the brink of civil war, and the Dominican Republic ain't flourishing either. From Cuba, why there are no economic solutions without political alternatives. From Colombia, on a coed's path from poli-sci major to leftist guerrilla. How France and Britain can learn from each other over ethnic and religious diversity (and more and more and more), and on secularism beyond the headscarf, and as a state religion. American University's Akbar S. Ahmed on a dialogue of civilizations (and part 2). From Al-Ahram, Middle Egypt is a curious mix of secular/sacred, new/old, and foreign/local, and Edward Said on reforming Islam and the Arabs by adopting demotic rather than classical Arabic. After a series of bogus claims on cloning, a real breakthrough from South Korea: is it murder or medicine? Francis Fukuyama responds to the news. And from The Fortean Times, a short history of feral children, on the life and legacy of Paracelsus, and on an experiment far stranger than anything in Mary Shelley’s novel

[Weekend] From Europe, how the the European People's Party has succumbed to post - communist political grandstanding, on forging the social contract in the new democracies, and on the new face of fascism. From Switzerland, on signs it is becoming more like other countries. From Africa, the practice of female genital mutilation continues, and is religious zealotry and violence in its future?  9/11 Panel will seek testimony from Bush and Clinton. Ex - Halliburton staff claim company ripped off military. Makers of antidepressant are withholding data on children. Why the newspaper business is going to die within the next twenty years. On gay marriage: "It is neither gay nor marriage. Discuss". Does it have potential financial rewards? Maybe "it's the symbolism, stupid!" Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on how Bush is heading down the path of bigots. From Yellow Times, on God, marriage and sex. And we are in for one hell of a show. One doesn't normally think of modern Georgia as a backwater, but... How Voip is changing the way we talk, work, and get billed. And a short history of the hippy - to - zippy Beatles--count them out (in)

[Feb 13] From Iraq, the UN backs Sistani's call for elections. From Latvia, more on the fall of Einars Repse's government. From Liberia, on looking for donor money to rebuild the country. From Brazil, trade diplomacy looking south, north or both? Latin America considers a common defense pact. The Pentagon will allow dirty-bomb suspect Jose Padilla to see a lawyer. Intellectuals from nuclear nations speak out. IAEA's Mohamed ElBaradei on saving ourselves from self-destruction, and on Bush's nuclear hypocrisy. A NG soldier is accused of aiding Al Qaeda. Two more views of Bush's military career, and how did he get into the National Guard in the first place? Alice Rivlin and the Brookings Institution publishes a report on how to balance the budget. Congressional Quarterly introduces its new database, CQ Budget Tracker. How different election markets are giving different odds on who takes the White House. And here's a guide to "select smart" your candidate for president, and a website to calculate your Electoral College predictions

[Feb 12] From Great Britain, on a report that Al Qaida, the focus of a secret war, has obtained tactical nuclear weapons. From Egypt, Yemeni President calls for an EU-style Arab Union. From Nepal, the King won't budge over the current constitutional crisis. From Sweden, King apologizes for Brunei gaffe amid outcry at home. From South Korea, Habermasian scholar accused of being a member of North Korea's Workers' Party. From The New Yorker, a review of books on love and lust. Why being unloved has several advantages. On stories of sex in the first person. Quirky singles forge new attitudes on relationships. On being happy together without marriage. On k-i-s-s-i-n-g: First comes love--or not. "What do you think about infidelity? -Fun, but overrated". On standing up in favor of some unadulterated desire. Brain scientists offer new evidence for men and women reacting differently to being in love. Is smart the new sexy? How the US hops between the Puritan and the whorish faster than Jim Bakker could unzip his pants off camera. And "Puck me! Puck me harder!"

[Feb 11] From Bangladesh, on curbing the excesses of democracy. From East Asia, how Japanese business ties with China have exploded. From Great Britain, shades of Orwell's "thought crimes" and Minority Report. From India, how to identify a modern saint, and on the historical evolution and current trends of patent practices. From Chile, Easter Island culture seeks to survive. From the former Yugoslavia, on refugees returning to towns synonymous with ethnic cleansing. From Cuba, Nobel laureate Daniel L. McFadden tells conference attendants that globalization is inevitable. White House releases Bush's military record--while Bill O'Reilly is now skeptical about Bush? Not really (it's all Tenet's fault, you see...) Gore says Bush abused trust and has played the politics of fear (and the transcript). Jim Lobe on how Iraq blotted out the rest of the world in 2003 TV news. How online news are redefining the rules about whether a story is newsworthy. And on the Microsoft-Google incident

[Feb 10] From Europe, an interview with Luxembourg's PM Jean-Claude Juncker, and a new Roma exodus feared when EU expands east. From Germany, why Schroeder quit as SPD leader. From Jamaica, where is the country heading? From Haiti, a look back at the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture. From Puerto Rico, on the growing number of people headed for a new life on the mainland. US criticized for dimissing Iraqi companies in reconstruction. Alabama's former Chief Justice Roy Moore may challenge Bush for the religious vote. From ZDNet, on a new kind of worry: the Panopticon Singularity. Why the precautionary principle should share threats, costs and benefits equally. The Earth has entered a new era, the so-called Anthropocene. The Sierra Club is between a rock and a hard place. What does it mean to eschew all animal products? On the terror of animal rights. How did dogs become adept at playing to humans? And how is it that they come in so many shapes and sizes? How Asian and Mediterranean food pyramids offer healthier diets. And a review of Good Taste: How What You Choose Defines Who You Are

[Feb 9] From South Africa, on casting policy theories aside and focusing on the practical. From Argentina, Hurricane K takes on the US and the IMF. From Bhutan, on a vision for development (and part 2).  From Slovakia, why the Roma would rather stay in their ghetto world. From Malawi, on leadership choices and democracy. From Spain, on being determined to continue an active foreign policy. Obituary: Fuad Rouhani, first OPEC secretary. There's a no-fly list of Americans. More on the collision course in the gay-marriage debate. A review of books on hope and love (and an excerpt). What's the magic that makes love last a lifetime? On the role of lust and why there's so much pain in pleasure. Do giant people ever make romantic matches, even when they're born at 12 kilos? From The New York Times, on making connections between Camus and the Neo-Cons, some questions for Walter Mosley, a look at the virus underground and cybercrime, an essay on the end of happy endings, and James Traub on the way we live now: "Domesticated". A look at the new Canadian bi-monthly The Walrus. And on needing an email tradition comparable with the tradition of letters

[Weekend] From Pakistan, on some generals as pseudo - philosophers, more on nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and the threat we don't know, and is a SAFTA in the making? From Mexico, how NAFTA has brought few benefits. From Iraq, assassinations tear into the educated class. From Russia, on the death of its nascent democracy (and part 2), on reexamining old concepts about the Caucus and Central Asia, and on the new 'great game'. Political scientist Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group concludes his week-long diary for Slate. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts declines a Boy Scout request for tribute. After the Mass. Supreme Court ruling, everyone's a lobbyist. If laws can't define 'man' or 'woman,' how can they ban gay marriage? On a love that not dare squeak its name. That Goth kid in black pants and a cape isn't as frightening as he looks. From Salon, Bernardo Bertolucci on how "everywhere people are less puritanical, except in the US". And how Robert Altman's Tanner '88 exposes the fiction of democracy, shrewdly, and in a timely fashion

[Feb 6] From Latvia, PM Einars Repse resigns over corruption scandal. From Brazil, Indians end their land occupations (and more). From Uganda, on Hegel, Habermas and civil society. From China, groups join forces to combat environmental woes. From Great Britain, if Eleanor Rigby got it together with Father McKenzie, they would be better off living apart. From Hungary, on being overeducated and unemployed. From Australia, why a hard line on drugs is a labor of love. The Council of Europe censures the Ukraine for the way it is trying to make changes to the constitution, but can it face up to Islam? The Final Call interviews Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (part 2 and part 3). A review of After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust. Management gobbledegook is better known than English literature, but will anyone actually own up to being incompetent at work? Do voters prefer the glib to the genuinely articulate, the superficial to the profound? Is Bush smarter than the intellectuals who disdain him? And on Skulls & Bones, the secret society that ties Bush and Kerry

[Feb 5] From Europe, Maltese language will have a hard time in the EU, and officials consider a transatlantic trade body. From Syria, intellectuals urge reforms (and more). From Russia, on hope for its next Duma, and on Siberia as Communist megalomania. From Peru, police probe a possible case of human sacrifice. From Israel, meet Forsan Hussein, future leader of the millennium (and part 2). From Norway, Bush and Blair are nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. From Poland, an interview with Nobel Prize Laureate Czeslaw Milosz. Mass. Supreme Court declares gay couples are entitled to  full marriages. Comptroller General David Walker on the debt no one wants to talk about. The Pentagon reveals nationalities of Guantamano prisoners. Retired General Tommy Franks answers questions at a town meeting. Why the US better listen to Grand Ayatollah Sistani. Court of Appeals says scientists can study Kennewick Man. John Allen Paulos on the age of our ancestors. From Wired, how technology and biology are redefining life as we know it. And if you kick a robotic dog, is it wrong? (but what if it is "potentially racist"?)

[Feb 4] From North Korea, on a gas chamber horror. From Canada, a panel recommends proportional voting in Parliament elections, and films look at opposite ends of political spectrum. From India, spending time with Marquez, Keynes, and a charming democracy. From the Dominican Republic, on the deteriorating economic crisis. Why latest Latin dictator is an economic theory. On alternatives to the original US election plans in Iraq. A review of Local Matters: A Defence of Dooney's Cafe and Other Non - Globalized Places, People, and Ideas. A review of The Pig Who Sang to the Moon. Here's what the Democratic candidates' astrological charts can tell voters about their character. From Salon, an interview with Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love. How does surfing the Net for sex become so compulsive? Did sex make you brainy?: One two three reviews of Geoffrey Miller's The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature. Rich girls live the American dream by spending. And boys are full of it--fling poop at them

[Feb 3] From Pakistan, key official admits atom transfers, and on Western civilization: Supreme or decaying? From Bosnia, on a proposal to shape the constitution. From Angola, rich in oil but still poor. From Thailand, dead chickens give life to transparency. From Great Britain, how a small group of citizens can change the world. From Australia, who could argue with being nice to each other? Bostonians, perhaps? (and a review of The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule). There's a new chumminess between the US and India. Bush accuses Saddam of telling the truth: "His treachery knows no bounds”. John Dean on the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. On the US occupation of Japan and four lessons for Iraq. UN election team seeks order in Iraqi chaos. When is an accident a crime? Is Sunday this or next week? How much does a human soul weigh? And an article on ten technologies that refuse to die

[Feb 2] From Iran, elections are cancelled. From Cuba, Castro accuses Bush of plotting to kill him. From France, former PM Alain Juppé convicted of corruption. From Sweden, on the first intergovernmental conference on genocide. From Egypt, on two cultures that are looking towards heaven. From Israel, on the language wars that are messy and laborious. The Nation publishes an open letter to Ralph Nader. From UPI, a global initiative is launched to fight hunger, and how the world pension problems are growing. An interview with Ronda Chervin on a divine plan for happiness. John Paul II urges stricter interpretation of marriage laws. Adrian Room is a self-described "onomastician", and on the terrible power of what "everybody knows". A review of How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions. Rappers develop a political message, like George Soros. What is wrong, you may ask, with gossiping about politicians' wives? On a simple thesis which at first glance appears rather quaint. Is Dennis Miller really the wittiest, most astute comedian that CNBC could recruit? And now a word from Op-Ed

[Weekend] From Iraq, a list emerges of the beneficiaries of Saddam's oil vouchers. From Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia now likely to be partial EU members, but their long term success is not assured. From Great Britain, a government adviser suggests killing children with defects is acceptable. From Lybia, can Qaddafi be trusted? From the Czech Republic, Communists oppose the immediate formation of a European left party. From France, why the headscarf ban misses the point (and how can one be French?). Why Africa should care about robots. Here's a look at Bush's military record (and his smile), and an apology for the campaign of hate, anger and malice against God's own president. Andrew Sullivan on Bush as The Nanny President. NIH officials defend the use of sex studies. On intersex babies: Is sexual identity all in your head? An illustrator thinks he's an "artist," and his political views are very, very important. And why Britain should be ruled by retired taxi-drivers

[Weekend 2e] Media and politics: From Columbia Journalism Review, why a mob attacked political scientist Khalil Shikaki, the most rational man in the Middle East. On a few simple truths: Propaganda, power and moral truisms. Why are the government and the media in Britain so hostile to each other? Why the refusal to expose news sources isn't as wise nor as ethical as it has seemed. More on Autumn of the Moguls. A review of Backstory: Inside the Business of News, and how Ron Suskind's in-depth writing often sparks controversy, such as posting evidence online (and more). Why campaign journalism is at once seriously old-fashioned and wildly postmodern. Every four years, candidates and journalists (don't) discover America. On the struggle between the media and voters. Why the media are only as good as the voters demand. Can journalism tell stories for active citizens rather than cynical couch potatoes? How 'watchblogs' put the political press under the microscope. And from Salon, on the furious rise of the anonyblogger and on the changes at the NYTBR (and more)

[Weekend] On political economy: House Speaker Dennis Hastert blasts CEA chair Gregory Mankiw over the outsourcing of jobs, and an article on truth, jobs--and the election. John Dean reviews Robert Rubin's In an Uncertain World. On the difference between saving and hoarding. Who cares about the deficit, and why? Julian Sanchez has some unpleasant reflections on the budget. Why the unemployment rate is only the beginning of the problem. The Globalist looks at technology and the old saga of not-enough-jobs. How illegal workers prop up Western lifestyles. On the debates about reducing child labor. Robert Shiller on being wild about risk. Why pro-free market doesn't mean pro-business. How does Bill Gates combine ruthless capitalism with enlightened giving? From Capitalism Magazine, who will lead the War on Altruism? From the New America Foundation, a policy paper on Policy Options to Encourage Savings and Asset Building of Low Income Americans pdf. From Counterpunch, on the "nature" of capitalism. And what's wrong with Monopoly?

[Feb 13] UCLA's Eugene Volokh on why Congress has every right to judge the judges. Why the public shouldn't be allowed to choose how long prison sentences last. An essay on what's wrong with modern juries. From Monthly Review, on criminalizing dissent in the US. And even more politics: Can liberals take foreign policy back from the Republicans?; Mickey Z offers up a brief history of the Democrats; an article on the search of the elusive swing voter; Michael Kinsley on the pragmatists' primary and seeking electability; Christopher Hitchens on who should the Democrats nominate; why progressives should vote for Edwards; on the myth and math of Kerry's electability, and his war record compared to Bush's, though National Review's Jonah Golberg is not worried (and hey, "partisanship" isn't always about mindlessly belonging to a club); Arianna Huffington on why Kerry, the new JFK, should avoid the call of the mild; are there really "two Americas"?; why candidates visiting black churches is an insult to the intelligence of black voters; and Matt Drudge reports on a possible Kerry love affair (and more)

[Feb 12] More politics: Does this war president have any idea what he's talking about? (That's what happens when he doesn't read.) Why can't he get the words right? And it's one thing to lie to Democrats, another to lie to your comrades. Why Tim Russert needs to take a class in AP Statistics. More on Bush's military service (and why the issue is back), and more on pundits on the Right having doubts about Bush. Dick Cheney faces increasing troubles over CIA leak and Halliburton contracts (and more). How companies are making money on terrorism, and countering critics with commercials. An essay on global capitalism and American imperialism. Why US image abroad will 'take years' to repair. A review of Over There: How America Sees the World (Granta 84). More on After The Empire. How the US finds itself among the 'ruins' of Arab nationalism. No WMD found: whose fault is it anyway? And why ignorance is no excuse. From the LRB, an analysis of the Hutton Report. And MoveOn on a proposal for Congress to censure Bush (and more)

[Feb 11] From The Economist, on Bush's latest budget as an election-year farce, why the dollar should fall even further, and on efforts to revive negotiations on the EU constitution. Presidents can't stop talking about Lincoln, so why do they keep getting him wrong? Here are some reflections on Reagan from CBN, and another, and another. Where have all the conservatives gone? Why conditions may be present for the Perfect Deficit Storm. Victor Davis Hanson on why the recent WMD controversy makes the original case for the war stronger, and Jeffrey Rosen on the politics of national security. David Brooks wants Bush to throw in a few political hacks into the WMD commission (and he gets his wish, and more). More on Bush's interview with Tim Russert, and more, and more--and a memo to Karl Rove: "Don't worry. It's not the end of the world". Who better to run a degree in political communications than a former spin doctor? Women of the nation, beware, and fight back. And on war porn as the mindfuck of the year

[Feb 10] From Boston Review, on France's headscarf controversy. Here's a progressive's guide to populist economics, and a list of the 10 worst corporations of 2003. Are tax cuts a strategy to cut welfare? Here's a proposal for eliminating taxes. Kurt Vonnegut on the State of the Asylum. Prospect's David Goodhart on the liberal dilemma that is freedom of movement. Francis Fukuyama, on the lessons and cautions from Europe on assimilating immigrants. In our relentless search for happiness, have we made it more difficult to find? More on The Progress Paradox and The Cheating Culture. Think technology is just applied science? You're wrong. It's the other way around. From TCS, a statement on scientific inquiry and freedom, how a realignment is taking place in the politics of the US and the world at large, and an article on SUVs and the Clash of Cultures. A short interview with the author of High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the SUV. Conventional wisdom rebuked: The need for energy independence. An essay on green myths and the Green Revolution. And Adbusters on the tragedy of the (mental) commons

[Feb 9] From Meet the Press, the transcript of the interview with President Bush. Yale's John Lewis Gaddis says preemption has deep roots in American history. As Rumsfeld declares "I know in my heart and my brain that America ain't what's wrong in the world", Richard Goodwin claims "we are more likely to 'know' what we want to know than what we don't want to know," and now the US has to confront the nuclear threat it didn't want to be true. A review of Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order. Fareed Zakaria reviews Frum and Perle's An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror (and an excerpt from this piece of horror non-fiction). Michael Lind takes a crack at it too. Jonathan Rauch on why the war in Iraq was the right mistake to make. A review of Trust: From Spin to Socrates. From The Nation, Naomi Klein says hold Bush to his lie, while Arundhati Roy says the global justice movement must consider itself at war. And it's open season on Bush's military service: Dean says it's fair game; a look at what the record shows; and why was he missing a whole year? Was he avoiding a drug test?

[Weekend] From The New York Review of Books, essays on WMD and Israel, and Paul Krugman reviews books on Bush (and more reviews from Krugman, on economics for once!). How the administration's message on Iraq now strike discordant notes. On Bush vs. Kerry: It will be more interesting than you think. Why a Kerry presidency might be good for markets. Oh, the irony... Democrats avoid religion message for moral duty. On the Democratic campaign: drama, melodrama, or tragedy? From The Atlantic Monthly, an interview with Matthew Miller on the promise of the political center, and Blair Hull of Illinois thinks he has found the formula for how to buy a Senate seat. Conservatives are revolting! You said it, they stink on ice. Bill Maher: "Enough with the Civil War complex, Southern Democrats." Why Dennis Miller's new talk show is all about his political conversion. Young people get their news wherever they can. A Deaniac "loses her religion", and Natalie Jesionka never thought she would lose her idealism early in life. And here's a look at the lighter side of Campaign 2004

[Feb 6] From The Economist, a survey on Islam and the West (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7). Or is it Islam vs. the rest of the world? On the political choices of the US in Iraq: Hitchens, Danner, Power and Frum debate. On Al-Sistani's vision of Iraq's political and religious future. Was he or wasn't he the target of an attack? Why Iraqi corruption is a hard habit to break (and American corruption too). A review of books on Afghanistan from the NYRB. More on The Burning Tigris. As proliferation scandals go, Abdul Qadeer Khan's revelations in Pakistan are hard to beat. Why those UN inspectors were not wrong about Iraq. After Hutton: Don't be fooled again, people!  How faulty intelligence has catapulted the United States into war all too many times before. Why WMD are overrated as a threat. But if they aren't, why don't we just send the children of politicians to the front lines? Violence breeds violence, but so can nonviolence. A purple patch from J A Hobson on state power and imperialism. And the US State Department offers free access to its official series, Foreign Relations of the United States

[Feb 5] Progressive, conservative, and libertarian: From The Progressive, articles by Barbara Ehrenreich, Nat Hentoff, Molly Ivins, Matthew Rothschild, and Rep. Bernie Sanders. From Mother Jones, on the fight plan against Bush, and a profile of Grover Norquist. Is the faith that we place in democracy a religious faith? More on shifting state rights positions. From Christianity Today, on the conflicted loyalties of Christian antiliberals, on Nicolai Berdyaev and an alternative to modernity, and on interpretive method and heresy. How Christian foot soldiers battle for Bush. Cardinal Ratzinger speaks of the public dimension of Christianity. An article on The Natural Order of Things. Conservatives celebrate a coming-out day. A review of Conservatism in America since 1930. From Capitalism, why America exists in spite of Judeo-Christian philosophy, not because of it, and Walter Williams on the anti-free trader's true enemy. Milton Friedman debates prescription drug reimportation. The introduction to Hayek's Challenge. And can you have too much freedom?: More on The Paradox of Choice

[Feb 4] From the new Conservative Battleline, why a new magazine? What's wrong with National Review, The Weekly Standard, Chronicles (and more), Human Events, and The American Conservative? From Monthly Review, Fred Magdoff on the precarious existence of billions, an essay on poverty and inequality in the global economy, a review of The Consumer Trap: Big Business Marketing in American Life, and a review of Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor. James Galbraith reviews Perfectly Legal. Virginia Postrel on the trend of vanishing tech jobs. Benjamin Friedman on the deficit danger. From Slate, why the unemployment rate is really higher than it looks, Chatterbox investigates The Groundhog Fraud, and The Hitch on a tale of two reports. From Open Democracy, on the Hutton report: is there a crisis in the British model of governance? Children take lessons in "media literacy": What are they learning? Is celebrity overkill a major threat to the republic? And Sting speaks of his trek to Tibet (and part 2)

[Feb 3] Politics, politics, politics: From Slate, part one of a weeklong journal of a political scientist. From Salon, how post-Columbine hysteria is wrecking lives, on the Democrats' Southern paradox (and more from TAP), and Ruy Teixeira on how Kerry could beat Bush (and did they know each other at Yale?). National Journal on a Kerry Top 10. The Weekly Standard on Kerry (and more). TNR debates Kerry. The Atlantic Monthly on Kerry vs. Edwards. Populism anyone? Anyone? A review of Alterman and Mark Green's The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America. And what would Reagan do? Why independents are stoopid (and a response). An excerpt from The Buying of the President 2004. Let there be one lying president, and before you know it, there is another. Scalia and Cheney get chummy. An interview with George McGovern. From The New Criterion, on Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky as LaRouchians. And Bush answers the oldest riddle

[Feb 2] On the politics of lifestyle, and stuff:
A new issue of Newtopia is out, on activism. The 'alienated' generation gets politically active. Rethinking our search for happiness. British psychiatrist David Healy talks back to Prozac. Would you have time to fake your way into a mental hospital and see what happens? (and part 2) Conspiracies have metastasized -- why won't they go away? Who needs horoscopes? A review of World Astrology. There are a lot of career opportunities in that racket called philosophy. Let's say it loud: We're single... and proud. American marriage may be beyond the redemption of GlaxoSmithKline. Why parents won't let go of being cool. Canada tries to sort out the good spankings from the bad. How children have some interesting takes on proverbs. How is it that a woman can pilot a jet fighter but not drive a tank? From XY to GQ: The journey from simply male to super - attractive. On 64 ways to please your lover. Penthouse's Bob Guccione goes from boom to bust (and part 2). And on The Mutiny on the Bounty: It's all about sex

[Weekend] Can the BBC restore its reputation as a reliable news source? And what role did "Operation Rockingham" play in justifying the Iraq war? How the death penalty divides the US and Europe. Todd Gitlin continues his weekly column for Open Democracy. On airport profiling's hidden controversy. Can we still learn from Che Guevara? On the rising strength of the WSF. On the excessively Post-Communist Manifesto of George Monbiot. From Yes!, a special issue on water. A review of Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. A review of Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact. On the diminishing marginal returns of calling someone a Nazi. How cost differentials and labor flexibility mean opportunity for outsourcing. A look at David Ricardo on taxes. On grouping the 50 states into two categories: Givers and Takers. And The Economist takes a look at noteworthy articles from business journals
[Weekend 2e] Anthropology, immigration, and Latin America: Bruce Mazlish (MIT): The Uncertain Sciences. James Leigh (Intercollege): Implications of Universal and Parochial Behavior for Intercultural Communication. An interview with anthropologist Arjun Appadurai pdf. A review of A Brief History of the Human Race. Clovis Man turns 75, plus 13,000. On Homo erectus, bulky craniums, and mating rituals. A review of How Homo Became Sapiens, and a review of Evolutionary Psychology and Violence. An anthropologist proposes a link between per capita energy use and fertility rate (and more). From Syracuse, papers from a workshop on immigrant incorporation. A review of Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the "Illegal Alien" and the Making of the US-Mexico Boundary. Social scientists examine the experience of recent Latin American immigrants. A review of Legal Culture in the Age of Globalization: Latin American and Latin Europe. How Latin America can transform its universities. And how a Latina theorist wrestles with notions of identity and experience--but whatever you do, don't call her "Hispanic"

[Weekend] Barry Friedman (NYU): The Importance of Being Positive: The Nature and Function of Judicial Review doc. Paul Nursey - Bray (Adelaide): Anarchism and Poststructuralism pdf. The latest issue of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics is online. An essay on the meaning of life pdf, and on the strong likelihood we are living simulated lives pdf. TLS reviews The Norwegian Study of Power and Democracy (and more). Two more reviews of Francis Wheen's How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. Terry Eagleton reviews Frank Kermode's The Age of Shakespeare. How Kant's ideas still hold sway 200 years after his death, even the categorical imperative. Obituary: writer Janet Frame. What can one do if one cannot be anything but a chameleon? Become a poet, or read a book. Ten years after the elimination of mandatory retirement ages, the average age of professors is getting older. Opinion Journal disapproves of H Bomb, a Harvard student-run magazine, but approves the reviewing of movies for moral content, while Diane Ravitch writes about forbidden words and the ridiculous "education" guidelines that forbid them. And from Moral Moments, on "Gotta Go", a product that promotes deception

[Feb 13] The new International Journal of Baudrillard Studies publishes its first issue. And from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Label France magazine, a look back at 50 years of French philosophy; a look at the work of social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, historian Fernand Braudel, anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre; interviews with political scientist Bertrand Badie on a post-sovereign world, philosophers Alain Finkielkraut on the meaning of heritage, Luc Ferry on secularization, and André Comte-Sponville on making philosophy available to all, sociologist Jean-Louis Laville on new forms of citizenship and participation, writer Edouard Glissant on the cultural creolization of the world, ethologist Boris Cyrulnik on violence and trauma, and historian Michel Winock on 19th century Paris; and essays on the metamorphoses of democracy, historain Francois Furet and the Communist mirage, a female utopia, rethinking anti-racism, philologist Georges Dumézil and Indo-European civilization, and is psychoanalysis outdated?

[Feb 12] Princeton hosts a conference on Civic Education and Engagement: Towards a Political Science of Citizenship, with papers online. The World Social Forum publishes an online anthology of essays on the theory and practice of the Forum. A new issue of Bad Subjects is out, on Marx & Theory. A review of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues With Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. How Kant, not the bore of lore, serves as a cultural bridge between Germany and Russia, and thoughts from Joschka Fischer. Jeremy Bentham is back, in Britain's constitutional reform. A look at the life and work of Richard Hoggart. "What does the name Grove mean to you?" From Harvard, what makes a city thrive? From Stanford, Professor of Philosophy John Perry on a modest admissions proposal. More on the Duke Conservative Union. From Virginia, on multiculturalism and intolerant social justice. And a short news report on the conference Jihad, McWorld and Modernity: Public Intellectuals Debate the Clash of the Civilizations

[Feb 11] Jason Frank (Northwestern): Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship: Theorizing the Democratic - Republican Societies pdf. A dissertation chapter on fussy people and the limits of authority pdf. A review of The Unknown Stalin: His Life, Death and Legacy. More on Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain. A review of books within queer studies that assault Michel Foucault. From The Common Review, an essay on Orwell's Voice, Orwell's Presence. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, how conservative activists and students press campaigns against perceived bias on campuses, a statement by David Horowitz, founder of Students for Academic Freedom, and a response by Stanley Fish; the campaign spreads to places such as Duke; and The Center for Individual Freedom and the American Association of University Professors publish their positions. From Canada, part one of an 'amazing revolution' that is happening at university. And from Yale, President Richard Levin appointed to WMD commission by Bush

[Feb 10] Peter Amato (Drexel): Hobbes, Darwinism and Conceptions of Human Nature. From human-nature.com, a review of The Quest for Consciousness, a review of Natural Selection and Social Theory: Selected Papers of Robert Trivers, an interview with Philip Kitcher, and more on A Devil's Chaplain. A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including articles on moral moments, a look back at Richard Taylor, and on Charlie Brown as an existentialist. From What Next?, an essay on Between Marxism and Populism: Working Class Identity and Bourgeois Ideology. Lakeland Community College denies the charge of dismissing an instructor because of his Catholic beliefs. Berklee names a new president. A look at Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr. (a.k.a. Mr. Nice Guy) and America Behind the Color Line. Alain de Botton and the most brutal individualism. A review of The Atheist: Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Michael Shermer reviews three books on consciousness. How conservatives tune in, drop out after college. Why we should care about business Ph.D.s. And you can't shout "fire!" in a crowded theater--but can you shout a different F-word in a crowded arena? 

[Feb 9] Paul Edelman (Vanderbilt): In Defense of At-Large Representation: A Positive Approach (and should single-member districting be held unconstitutional?). A review of George Steiner's Lessons of the Masters: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 2001-2002. A review of Robert Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity, and the SSRC remembers him in a series of essays pdf. A review of Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works. A review of Beyond Retribution and Taking Responsibility for the Past. Can there be a 'physics of society'? A review of books on science. Russian scientist may have solved the Poincaré conjecture. Oliver Sacks on the two new periodic table elements. How science is inching toward a grasp of the greatest prize in the universe. Archaeologists find the 1,400-year-old tomb of an Anglo-Saxon king. Why it was the medieval world that dragged us into the future, not the reactionary Renaissance. Two reviews of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages. How an editor can still make a profound difference. And 'envy, competition and bitching are etched in the DNA of most academics'

[Weekend] Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science is now free online. H. Allen Orr reviews Richard Dawking's A Devil's Chaplain. A review of Judicial Process: Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States, and a review of Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State. More and more on How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. Adolf Hitler's race hatred was underpinned by the work of American eugenicists. On Karl Marx as the best hated man, and was Lenin the "original dictator"? A purple patch on monopoly capitalism. From Chicago, what did the Locrian maidens know about sex differences? A research study suggests the obvious. An excerpt from The Mommy Myth. A sociological study examines the importance of hair. From Men's News Daily, an interview with UT - Austin evolutionary psychologist David Buss. An interview with Gloria Steinem on women's equality under the Bush administration. More on 1968: The Year that Rocked the World. And apparently nostalgia's not what it used to be

[Feb 6] SAGE will provide free access to its publications until March 31st. From India, on the peer review cartel (in 18 parts!). How Africa needs to be self-reliant in medical research. Here's a website designed to provide complementary materials for the reader of You Can't Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws, by George Mason's David E. Bernstein. Stuart Taylor Jr. on Ted Kennedy and disclosing the admission of alumni relatives: "Why stop there?" Student anti-sweatshop activism has come of age. From Germany, Friedrich Schiller University awards late Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. From Colorado, an anarchy class refuses to hand over papers, while a professor in Ohio is punished for his religious views. From Australia, on the truth about cappuccino courses. UC - Irvine's Joan Petersilia on prison reform. South Alabama's Ethan Fishman is having a hard time seeing exactly what Bush is trying to conserve. Theologian Rev. J. Bryan Hehir will return to Harvard. From Tufts, on professors' pastimes. More on historian Alan Bullock. And Joseph Epstein has a mild distaste for nature

[Feb 5] Queen's University hosts a conference on Reparations: An Interdisciplinary Examinations of Some Philosophical Issues, with papers online, including papers by Glenn Loury and Jeremy Waldron pdf (and here are two articles). A review of Renascent Pragmatism: Studies in Law and Social Science, a review of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism, and a review of Concepts and Strategies in International Human Rights. A review of Donald Davidson, a review of Virtue, Vice, and Personality: The Complexity of Behavior, and a review of Nature and Narrative: An Introduction to the New Philosophy of Psychiatry. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ian Buruma on the origins of Occidentalism, and 'Totalitarian' and 'revisionist' historians debate the Cold War. SFSU opens a new Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality. On a class that features hardcore sex alongside Burroughs, Blyton and Joyce. An interview on the race to record ancient languages. On teaching science: back to basics or hands-on instruction? And why electives teach the most valuable lessons

[Feb 4] Amartya Sen: Why We Should Preserve the Spotted Owl. Slavoj Zizek: For a leftist appropriation of the European legacy. Judith Brown (Otago): Ernst Bloch and the Utopian Imagination. From News & Letters, on The fate of totalitarianism: Marxist - Humanism in conversation with Orwell, Sartre, and Adorno. A review of Competition Law, and a review of The Slaughterhouse Cases. A look at Alain Finkielkraut and the Parisian paradox. NYU's Niall Ferguson and Stanford's David Kennedy on The Reluctant Empire. A review of books on war, trauma, and psychiatry. Is Britain becoming too diverse to sustain mutual obligations? From Germany, on the government’s plan to designate elite universities. From Australia, why a financial focus devalues the richness of university life. Should a degree course in philosophy cost more than one in physics? Obituary: historian Lord Bullock. The cause of the Lingua Franca freelancers gains momentum. How Laura Bush and Dana Gioia remade the National Endowment for the Arts. On managing to make science more human. And from Cornell, on invaluable profanity

[Feb 3] From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Carl Raschke (Denver): Bataille's Gift; Eric Bain-Selbo (LVC): Religion and Rationality; and a review of Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy pdf. From Foreign Policy, Notre Dame's R. Scott Appleby on the job description for the next Pope, and what if poor nations actually caught up with rich ones? From Sri Lanka, Jayadeva Uyangoda, PoliSci chair at Colombo University, on religious bigotry and political mobilization. Gertrude Himmelfarb reviews John Stuart Mill: A Biography. A review of Cass Sunstein's Why Societies Need Dissent. More on Human Accomplishment. A review of Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. Is travel into the past possible? Antonio Damasio on how the brain creates the brain. A review of The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture. Uut and Uup become the newest chemicals in the periodic table. And can literature address the conflict in the Middle East?

[Feb 2] From Globalization, Michael Peters (Glasgow): Deconstructing "the West"? Competing Visions of New World Order; and Dave Ramsaran (Susquehanna) and Derek Price: Globalization: A Critical Framework for Understanding Contemporary Social Processes. A review of Descartes’s Concept of Mind. Denis Dutton of Arts & Letters Daily reviews Doubt: A History (and an excerpt), and reviews Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment. A review of Human Rights, Constitutional Law and the Development of the English Legal System. More on Tzvetan Todorov's Hope and Memory. The Santa Fe Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary. A look inside the American University of Kuwait. Georgetown's John Ikenberry moves to Princeton. From Harvard, Robert Barro and Rachel McCleary find links between religion and economic development, and an article on mathematical imagination. From Yale, a look at Amy Chua and the dark side of democracy, and a profile of PoliSci chair Ian Shapiro. A look at the work of Columbia's Robert Merton. From Bowdoin, conservatives are in short supply in academia--for a reason. And a GOP website at Colorado voices concerns

[Weekend] Neil Levy (Melbourne): Against the Unity of the Virtues, and Deflating Morality? pdf Robert Sitkoff (Northwestern): Politics and the Business Corporation pdf. Andrew Guzman (Berkeley): The Design of International Agreements. From the Carnegie Council, the Louis Nizer Lectures on Public Policy are online, and so are papers on public philosophy and empire and democracy. From RAND Review, Nation Building: The Inescapable Responsibility of the World's Only Superpower, and Burden of Victory: The Painful Arithmetic of Stability Operations. From Humantarian Review, why the US may want to pass the Iraq baton to the UN, and the moral dilemma facing NGOs in Iraq pdf. A review of Tom Nairn's Pariah: Misfortunes of the British KingdomTwo reviews of After the New Economy. A review of From Complexity to Life: On the Emergence of Life and Meaning. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute turns 50. A booktalk with Skeptic's Michael Shermer. And more on a new edition of Don Quixote