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[Jan 30] From Europe, on defining a long-term agenda (maybe a think tank will help?). From India, on becoming the capital of the computing revolution. From Japan, what good is English? From Sweden, where animal sex is not illegal, pets are injured because of sexual assaults. Kofi Annan on why it would be unwise for rich countries to close their doors. Barbara Crossette on how much of the world's conflict is fueled by small arms. Here's a critical guide to Bush v. Gore scholarship. Why good government begins at home. A review of books on Rupert Murdoch. How the Iraq War blotted out the rest of the world in 2003 TV news. Young voters are turning to comics as an alternative to the news anchors. Has global oil production peaked? How Plutarch can help Ian Duncan Smith overcome his rejection (maybe it was because of his name). Arizona House Democrats claim prayer is disrespectful. A talk with Gary Marcus on language, biology, and the mind. And from Popular Science, on putting the gene back in genealogy (in 6 parts)

[Jan 29] From New Zealand, an address by Don Brash, leader of the National Party. From Afghanistan, how to spend money wisely. Some news on US plans for a spring offensive in Pakistan. How contemporary Islamist ideology permits genocidal murder. Immanuel Wallerstein on a rising new force in world public opinion. From New America Foundation, on giving more Americans a stake in national prosperity, and why presidents don't have to be economy savants. These deficits look familiar? Meet Richard Milhous Bush. How criminals (could) have permeated the electoral process. Is there a secret Democrat plan to win in 2004? But do elections really matter? A report lays out how aging and falling populations could slam world growth. On myths, truths and half-truths about human population growth and the environment. On trends of what may be the long term future of the net. Is it possible to download knowledge into the brain? And what's the transhumanist position on free will? 

[Jan 28] From Europe, on being downbeat on its goal of trying to catch US. From India, on the rise of Western-style gated communities: a new caste system? From Sweden, euroskeptics to form new political party. Daniel Ellsberg on exposing leaders' lies about Iraq. Why the people at Davos are listening to the poor. Tom Hayden: Post-Marx from Mumbai. Why God is key to American elections, whether his name is Allah or Jehovah. Why the next seven primaries are key for Democratic candidates (though not for Lyndon LaRouche). Should they stop coddling the South? It was Self-Abuse Week again in the news trade. Does the BBC offer a more aggressive and complete approach to the news? Does it duck the Palestinian story? Why has the myth of Jews killing Christian children persisted for so long? David Duke is considering a run for Congress. Judith Seid is a self-described Secular Jew. An essay on the life of a salesman (and responses). A discussion on the Pentagon's online voting program. And another age is already upon us. Call it cosmozation

[Jan 27] From Nepal, King Gyanendra speaks about current chaos (and part 2). From Mexico, Peace Corps volunteers are invited for the first time. From Germany, gays lose a test case on civil unions. From Zambia, on the challenge of under - development. From India, on hope, tragedy and liberalism, and on Vedanta, Wittgenstein and the Absolute. A Saudi peace initiative suggests Arab states absorb refugees. An interview with China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing. Why China and France are civilizational soulmates. The US now wants the UN to help bring peace to Iraq. The White House retreats claims that Iraq had WMD, while a part of the Patriot Act is ruled unconstitutional. Wesley Clark leads Democrats in first global poll. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La) will become PhRMA's president. Skull details suggest Neanderthals were not humans. It seems certain opportunities appear when your name is Neil Bush. And this headline should be sent to Leno

[Jan 26] From Great Britain, David Kay resigns, saying Iraq never had WMD, and on the legacy of Thatcher's idea of the public interest. From Uzbekistan, fearing a Georgia - style revolution. From Poland, PM Leszek Miller is under pressure. From Myanmar, on the Wa people as the likely losers in the opium war. From Guatemala, Supreme Court reinstates the conviction of Colonel Juan Valencia Osorio. From India, on morality and the market, and why the rich fear globalization. From Australia, on fear as the politician's best friend. An interview with Robert McNamara on Iraq. An essay on the tyranny of copyright. From the Sierra Club, 10 common sense solutions for the next 20 years. An interview with an animal liberationist. Why space in not the final frontier. An essay on the limits of predictability. On cognitive liberty in the age of memory - management drugs, and, since brain and brawn are one and the same, get that brain pumping! A look at the "medication of risk".  And how biotech became the new religion (and part 2)

[Weekend] From China, one country, two elections. From Pakistan, on living with two constitutions. From Iraq, on awkward choices in the quest for democracy. From Europe, new members united in fiscal misrule. From Brazil, on the perfect body as the newest worldwide pathology. How the past year brought renewed media attention on the UN. From The Globalist, John Paul II as a teacher of globalization, and an excerpt from Ending Hunger in our Lifetime. An interview on the Arabs from a Japanese perspective. An interview with CIP's Melvin Goodman on US intelligence. An interview with Senator Zell Miller, conservative Democrat. An interview with Al Franken on great news sources and his favorite liars. The Guardian profiles Wesley Clark. From American Scientist, on the progress of computing in the past 35 years, and the gene that creates lefties also determines which way hair whorls around. And from Lip, Che Guevara goes to business school, and there's only one thing more American than burning a flag

[Jan 23] From the World Economic Forum at Davos, Iran's Mohammad Khatami lectures on Islam and Western philosophy (while most Cabinet members resign after clerics ban 4,000 candidates), and Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf rejects the clash of civilization thesis. From India, on how to be eco-friendly. From Montenegro, playing with ethnic regionalism. From Japan, questioning Article 9 of the Constitution. From Spain, how the so-called consensus constitution could be in peril. How France has launched a global culture war, while the Bush administration plans for the next (little) nuclear wars. The cruel irony in American culture: We're living longer, but stereotypes about decline begin earlier. On the US as a nation of second guesses. On the space program: Is there theology on Mars? And who should own it? On finding the good life--on television. And philosophical meditations on Ted Williams

[Jan 22] From Israel, an indictment says land developer bribed Sharon. From South Africa, techno - capitalism reaches campuses. From Russia, on re-evaluating Lenin's legacy. From Nigeria, on the Pan African Circle of Artists tour. From India, on the meaning of a mustache. From Asia Times, a series on Central Asia (in 12 parts). US officials have a list of 5 million people thought to be potential terrorists or criminals. Here's a guide to Bush's SOTU address, and reactions from Fred Kaplan and Andrew Sullivan. And something worse... On Bush's immigration reform: Pro and con, but will it work? Why 2003 was a tough year for women leaders. More families are teaching their children themselves. Showtime develops a new reality show for 2004, American Candidate. New websites fact check politicians and journalists. And apparent Saddam capture photos surface: Unauthorized photos circulating on Internet

[Jan 21] From Ghana, on how Africa develops Europe and the rich world. From Great Britain, conservatives seek return to Thatcherite principles. From Ecuador, Indians fend off oil companies with tourism. From Bangladesh, on the crisis in governance and the state of democracy. From Spain, an interview with PM José María Aznar. From India, on globalization: Bane or boon? From Japan, on Tokyo's "Artelligent city". How black Iraqis can now explore their heritage. On Latin America as Washington's near - abroad, and how the Middle East is undergoing a dramatic realignment. On little-known European companies that are conquering the world. Richard Norton Smith answers questions on the history of the State of the Union address. An article on hemp as the demonized seed. Here are 3 lists of Top 100 non-fiction books of the 20th century. On a book about marketing romantic love. And research says American children are dangerously touch - deprived

[Jan 20] From Iraq, huge march backs cleric over US plan. From Indonesia, students arrested for the raising of a flag. From Europe, Jacques Delors says the EU is in a state of latent crisis, while French PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin says Europe can trust France (Need a dictionary?). From Ghana, a lesson on traditional rulers’ role in the developmental process. From Canada, how emotions help shape political parties. From Nepal, on youth unemployment and instability. From Bosnia, can federalism work? From the US, two Spanish - language newspapers merge. An article on how the French plunder Africa. Why is Katharine Gun facing jail time? On US-style democracy and caucuses in Iowa and Iraq. The transcript of a discussion on the Patriot Act. A review of Barry Schwartz's The Paradox of Choice: Why Less Is More (and an excerpt). A critique of Richard Florida and the new age theory of urban development. Maybe what Islam needs is a Cromwell. And here's a practical manual on anti - Semitism

[Jan 19] From Sri Lanka, a new political pact shatters peace hopes. From India, why size does matter for growth (part 2, and part 3). From Namibia, on Gerhard Schroeder's African safari. From Brazil, arguments over whether and how to develop the Amazon. From Europe, on tackling expansion while divided. From Singapore, when motherhood is a scary word. From The Netherlands, PM Jan Peter Balkenende named conservative politician of 2003. Why the US needs Ukraine to oppose Russia. Check out the Open Democracy World Calendar. On a seminary that functions as a spiritual United Nations. Just what is the next big thing in computing? From Business Week, a special report on Voice Over IP, a technology making a comeback. How mobile communication is changing the world, and how you're probably using it already. And might it not be a good idea to embark on a large-scale technological Marshall Plan?

[Weekend] From the United States, the Bush administration wants entire 9/11 case kept secret, as disturbing allegations about its members grow. From Venezuela, ex-military officers ask for a US military invasion. From Africa, on getting the basics right, and more. From Spain, an imam is sentenced for writing a wife-beating book. From Sweden, controversy at an exhibition: “Preventing Genocide: Threats and Responsibilities”. From Singapore, are things going wrong, or is the country the closest thing to Utopia? From Great Britain, Europe minister Denis MacShane on a new year, a new EU, and David McLetchie MSP on involving people in politics. The test for US citizenship faces an overhaul, while jailed migrants in Arizona are told to register for the (voluntary?) draft. Blacks and Latinos try to find a balance in a touchy new math. On The New York Post and the media's double standard. And from MoJo, how the paper of record misses the boat. Again and again and again

[Jan 16] From Spain, Aznar says Bush acts like an emperor. From Haiti, opposition grows, but lacks a clear alternative. From Great Britain, on a cause which is galvanizing 'protest virgins'. From Venezuela, from hostile rhetoric to open confrontation with the US. From Nigeria, on the economics of the HIV - AIDS vaccine. From Israel, on a better way to help the poor. From Saudi Arabia, could we tailor a democracy that suits the occupation? From China, going online in search of justice. From Europe, on economic nonsense, and self-destructive politics to boot, and on fearing the coming hordes of migrants. The FTAA sneaks into the Summit of the Americas final text declaration. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new kind of empire (and part 2, part 3 and part 4). On the logs of war: How timber fuels the world's worst conflicts. A new study shows that being risk-averse may shorten your life. And an interview with Ann Coulter
[Jan 30] From Open Democracy, on the future of the World Social Forum. From The Village Voice, on how journalists report errors on the Web, more on The Cheating Culture, and who the man for the Democrats? Robert Reich on the real fight within the Democratic Party. Evangelicals have become major players--that may be their biggest problem, and what does "sharia" law and the Puritan experiment have in common? An extract from The Bubble of American Supremacy, by George Soros. An essay on the two world orders, and an article on global population and Western imperialism (and part 2). A review of Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-belonger, by Harvard's Richard Pipes. Berkeley's Franz Schurmann on how Nixon's successes could guide Bush to re-election. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on what Bush sees. Dartmouth's Douglas Irwin on why outsourcing is good for America. Cambridge's Ha-Joon Chang on the "real" history of free trade. Brainwash reviews Reason's heroes of freedom. An essay on the death penalty and the innocent. And Keith Burgess - Jackson escapes from ideology

[Jan 29] George Soros: Bush plans will cause a "boom in 2004 and bust in 2005". Will he panic the market? And is he a threat to all god-fearing Americans? Robert Kagan on the war for legitimacy. Are parallels to Nazi Germany crazy? The Council of Secular Humanism doesn't think so. An article on reporting the capture of Saddam Hussein, and Noam Chomsky on what a fair trial for Saddam would entail. From Al-Ahram, how international capitalism, and religious fundamentalism combine to further oppress women, and who loves the US? A review of Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever, by Tom Daschle (and some battle plans). On conceptualizing the world working class (and part 2). Thomas Fleming on human nature vs. The Public Interest. One way the rich get richer: A review of Perfectly Legal.Why Virginia Postrel mistakes style for meaning. More on The Progress Paradox. And so much choice. How do I choose?

[Jan 28] On the politics of sex and love: A new issue of American Sexuality is out. A review of The Pursuit of Perfection. An essay on Women, the State, and the Family. Why paternity defines who we are. On Edwardian family values and modern-day parenthood. Why should couples, straight or gay, enjoy special privileges? Brain size matters for sex: The fear center finds a role in arousal. A review of The Secret Power of Beauty. Marriage: it's the new disease of the week. People rate shapeliness based on a girl's ratio of volume to height. Maybe all you really need is a mate. Stanley Kurtz on the conservative case for same-sex marriage. The name of world's first weekly men's lifestyle magazine? Nuts. Sex Positive! What a great new buzzword. Where are the women? By now, plenty were supposed to be in corner offices. A review of Pheromones and Animal Behaviour. Shame on you thinking with your monkey heads. Let Dan Savage answer your most intimate questions. And got a feeling you're a little more straight than your mates? Take the Gay-O-Meter!

[Jan 27] From The Drawing Board, a review of books on democracy and the Information Age. On 101 ways to save the internet. Arundhati Roy on the New American Century. A review of manifestos for the millennium. An essay on conservatism and the philosophic state of the union. A review of Nelson Lichtenstein’s State of the Union. Does trade promote democracy? Brad Delong reviews Robert Rubin's In an Uncertain World. On Iraq, public goods, and ideology as infrastructure. Safire on a possible Kerry-Edwards ticket: Leftist! From the Chicago Tribune, is the public stupid? are critics snobs? On the media's obsession with celebrity. On the grief industry: How much does crisis counselling help? When it comes to mental health, what's Marxism got to do with it? And an essay on cultural influences in psychiatric treatment. Cathy Young on the new discrimination against the nonreligious. And did you know? Wesley Clark is an existentialist

[Jan 26] From International Socialism, on socialism in the 21st century, a look back at Rosa Luxemburg's The Accumulation of Capital, and a review of books on life after capitalism. On questioning the basic assumptions behind US labor law. Computerized voting in flawed, so Wired introduces the voting machine of the future. How to know if your focus group is telling the truth. An essay on how corporate law inhibits social responsibility (and more). A guide to better targeting of risk (and an audio interview). On the responsibility that comes with our special place in the natural world. An essay on law reform as if people mattered. On an eye that does not slumber: The UN's Global Watch. A review of books on the US as the only bad superpower. More Thomas Friedman's War of Ideas. A review of Deconstructing Evangelicalism. A review of Hitler's Second Book. From the Lawrence Dennis Institute, an essay on the purpose of constitutions. Samuel Francis on immigration and the neocons. And on Friedrich Nietzsche: Not nice, but not a Nazi either

[Weekend] Charles Cook on the 2004 election: From targeting swing voters to motivating activists pdf. (Not a American citizen? No problem!) And is this a year for political realignment? Note to Democrats: This election is not about policy. (Are they getting real?) And advice to conservatives: Reset your course (away from compassionate conservatism?) Why winning isn't enough in the presidential nominating system. Why politicians don't answer the &$%#* question. On a contraption political journalists operate for us every four years. An article on the future of journalism. And why do people read newspapers anyway? James Fallows 'fisks' the Bush's SOTU. Why the deficit is no political bomb. From HBR, on "globalisation: the forgotten strategy". On the new protectionism: Wrongheaded and dangerous. And who benefits from free trade? The WSF isn't short of ideas--are people listening? Has the distinction between war and peace collapsed? Why Americans are afraid of the wrong things. And a survey: 10% of Americans couldn't find America on a map

[Jan 23]
Interviews with Foreign Policy editor Moises Naim and Foreign Affairs editor James Hoge. A new issue of the IMF's Finance and Development is out, on the Millennium Development Goals. A look at a NBER Working Paper, "Psychology and the Market". An Austrian view of how money acquires its value. Is a global currency platform a good idea? The WSF ends--what purpose did it serve? Who are the Muslim moderates (neo-mods)? Thomas Friedman ends his series on the War of Ideas. Berkeley's George Lakoff on the hidden SOTU. Though it seems practically axiomatic that no decent progressive can really hold office in the US, liberals have a chance to emulate the conservative success on values, as Marvin Olasky advises Bush to stay the course. Bill Berkowitz on the newly minted "Healthy Marriages" initiative, and more. And how a romantic view of nature could come back to bite us

[Jan 22] From New Politics, on affirmative action, on intellectuals and anti - fascism, and a review of Eric Hobsbawm's Interesting Times. A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including articles on the free market, science and religion, and sexual abstinence. Slavoj Zizek asks, "What is to be done (with Lenin)? The Supreme Court ponders the usefulness of lawyers. US News profiles John Ashcroft, and a look at the falling dollar. Pete DuPont on why there's no reason to be pessimistic about life in America (land of the brave, the home of the free?) More on Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty. Frum and Perle on a big test for Democratic candidates, all of whom are now populists. An interview with James Carville. How political battles are much akin to war. Why there are no easy answers in the fight over censorship. A purple patch by George Orwell. A bumper sticker: "Death to coffee shop intellectuals." And what's in a town's name

[Jan 21] From New Left Review, a weightless hegemony: How Britain has contributed to neoliberalism. Can progressivism transcend the liberal - conservative divide? And how to bridge the labor - environment gap? A review of American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon. From Demos (UK), you can download a book: It's Democracy, Stupid! Ken Auletta on Bush's relationship with the press. Ideas interviews Madeleine Albright, and Frontpage interviews Andrew Sullivan. Which Democrat is best for Wall Street? A review of The Norman Podhoretz Reader. What accounts for the persistent belief that trade with poor countries will make us worse off? From The Globalist, articles on capitalism, the rule of law, and the changing nature of war (and more). A review of American Mafia: A History of its Rise to Power. And from Salon, James K. Galbraith on why Bush's backers want a stagnant job market, on not being an asshole, and just who is propping Bush's war on terror? Could it be... Satan?!?

[Jan 20] From National Journal, a cover story on Bush and God, and a report on The State of Congress. Why the Defense budget is bigger than you think. Richard John Neuhaus reviews Robert Bork's Coercing Virtue. John Dean on how Bush is testing the limits of his presidential powers. Divided We Stand (into 10 regions): Why it will take a candidate more than two colors to get to the White House. Robert Kuttner on the US as a one-party state. What is Ralph Nader doing in bed with the New Alliance Party? More from Thomas Friedman on the war of ideas. Tom Hayden on talking back to the global establishment. Joseph Stiglitz on globalization and its discontents in 2004. From The Observer, how Pakistan fuels nuclear arms race, and a profile of Silvio Berlusconi, a Roman emperor for the 21st century. A review of Autumn of the Moguls. On resorting to what is called the logical media lunacy, and on making amends with marketing people. And from The New Yorker, Aristotle on friendships

[Jan 19] From In These Times, articles on changing labor, labor organizing, and labor's future. From The American Conservative, on the Israeli - Palestinian conflict, why neocons are similar to French revolutionaries, and Pat Buchanan on the real message of the immigration amnesty. On Democrats and the politics of authenticity. An article on the crisis of secularism in France. Why the US should assume some of Iraq's external debt. On Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the cleric spoiling US plans in Iraq. Ralf Dahrendorf on the rule of law. A review of Jeffrey Rosen's The Naked Crowd, and on greeting Big Brother with open arms. A step back to the moon, a giant debate for America: On reasons to be cautious; is it worth it?; and is it pie in the sky because of its costs? And if we find ET, we will know? From Better Humans, on thinking outside the gene, how technology's making queers of us all, and popping memory pills. And watch out, the Techno Sapiens are coming!

[Weekend] Liberal hawks reconsider the Iraq War: Part 5. The World Social Forum, a community with a vision of global justice and supported by the Ford Foundation, opens with an anti-war call. Can it reform or will it become irrelevant? The CPI(M) speaks of another forum. An essay on social movements in India. And just just who attends these things? How the war on terror, now reaching western Sahara, is being used as an assault on NGOs, and why Guantanamo legitimizes oppression across the world. Daniel Pipes on a call for intelligent profiling. From The Age, why democracy is the best system, but its spread can't be taken for granted. Stuart Taylor on Bush's tyrannical handling of enemy-combatant cases. Here's The Guardian profile of Paul O'Neill, and an excerpt from Charles Lewis' The Buying of the President 2004. A look at the report by the President's Council on Bioethics, Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. And why eating Pringles and watching football is dystopian

[Jan 16] Liberal hawks reconsider the Iraq War: Part 4. A new issue of The Washington Monthly is out, including articles on Howard Dean, the GOP's anti - elitism, and Paris Hilton. Does The New Republic regret endorsing Joe Lieberman? Todd Gitlin on the politics of anti - politics. Bill McKibben on the The $25 revolution. How can you uphold free speech while preserving social order, and what have the Arabs ever done for the West? On Islam and the contemporary crisis of humanity. Why the Arabs are the new Irish. More on the War of Ideas by Thomas Friedman. An excerpt from Anti-Capitalism: A Field Guide to the Global Justice Movement. Is Bush's Healthy Marriage Initiative a "Platonic proposal"? Will a schism destroy the Episcopal Church? On The Sims: Going home again, in a worried mind's eye, while a real-life debate on free expression emerges--in a cyberspace city. And an interview with Berkeley's George Lakoff


[Jan 30] Frances Kamm (NYU): Failures of Just War Theory and Terrorism rtf. Mathias Risse (Harvard): Do We Live in an Unjust World? Geoffrey Sayre - McCord (UNC): Rational Agency and Normative Concepts pdf. You can download Egalitarian Capitalism? by Lane Kenworthy of Emory. Dissent celebrates its 50th anniversary, with articles by Paul Berman, Deborah Meier, Michael Walzer, and Sean Wilentz. A review of The Political Philosophy of Needs. A review of Lincoln's Constitution. From Quadrant, on Sisyphus and the meaning of life, and is science in trouble? The Nation reviews books by Terry Eagleton (and Raymond Williams on tragedy). A review of How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. Is it worthwhile studying philosophy? A review of Liberal Education in a Knowledge Society. A debate on post-left anarchism: Jason McQuinn starts it off, Peter Staudenmaier responds, McQuinn again, and a second rebuttal. An essay on tolerance vs. respect. And purple patches by Eliot Cohen, John Keegan, Robert Rothstein, and Susan Strange

[Jan 29] An excerpt from Charles Taylor's Varieties of Religion Today. A new issue of The Washington Quarterly is out: Do the major powers matter? (and an editor's note pdf). A new issue of First Things is out, including a review of Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography, a review of Richard Epstein's Skepticism and Freedom, and an article on Catholicism as the Other. A close-up look at modern metropolises through the writings of philosophers and social scientists. A review of Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class and Justice In The Origins of America. A review of Courts and Political Institutions: A Comparative View. A review of For the Survival of Democracy (and an excerpt). How to produce a volume of historical quotations. A discussion with Michael Dirda on books. A review of The Psychology of Good and Evil. What archaeologists can gain from markets, or lose by ignoring them. A purple patch from Max Weber on ethical religion and art. And on a Kantian theory of study abroad

[Jan 28] Martin Finkelstein (Seton Hall): The Morphing of the American Academic Profession. Mary Devereaux (UCSD): The Philosophical Status of Aesthetics. A new issue of Academe is out, on the new academic labor system. More on Amy Gutmann. Obituary: Stanford's Heinz Eulau. More on Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. On the promise and peril of 'open access', and on new pressures to end legacies in admissions. Community colleges wait and see about Bush job plan. A review of Education and Capitalism. An essay on why the right hates public education. As it reaches its centenary, is the intelligence test is back in vogue? From Singapore, the story of Nanyang University, or how pragmatism triumphed over culture. From South Korea, family rallies to the side of Habermasian scholar under fire.The Library of Congress helps rebuild Baghdad’s National LibrarySp!ked re-examines the Tuskegee study. The Guardian's Francis Wheen on the rise and rise of mystic mumbo-jumbo (and part 2). And a search committee virgin tells all

[Jan 27] G. A. Cohen: Rescuing Justice from Constructivism pdf. More on The End of Theory. An excerpt from John Kekes' The Illusions of Egalitarianism. An interview with Amy Gutmann. Lester Thurow proposes a global patent system. Harvard's Jim Heskett on the exportation of jobs. Robin Blackburn reviews 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. A review of Owen Flanagan’s The Problem of the Soul. A review of The Millennium Problems. From Canada, is more education always a good thing? From Australia, on the campaign for religious values in education. Having accepted the marketization of higher education, critics of top-up fees have lost the argument. Christian colleges are booming and reinventing the meaning of a faith-based education. How elite universities in the US compete for the best students. What do they spend their money on? And is it important for them to develop a meaningful philosophy of life?

[Jan 26] William Bradford (IUPUI): The Duty to Defend Them: A Natural Legal Justification for the Bush Doctrine of Preventive War. A review of books on the myth of the new anti - Semitism. A review of Privileged Access: Philosophical Accounts of Self - Knowledge. One two three four reviews of Tzvetan Todorov's Hope and Memory: Reflections on the 20th Century. A review of Michael Mann's Incoherent Empire. Is the alphabet a distinct advance in civilization? How feminist awareness is hard to inspire in today's campuses. From The Economist, articles on financing higher education in Great Britain. From Uganda, on developing a culture of research and publishing.  Vermont's Frank Bryan on the virtues of the town meeting. What matters to Chicago's John Mearsheimer and why. Yale's Jason Sorens on the Free State Project.  From Stanford, why the UN should go back to school. A profile of Robert Silvers, founder of The New York Review of Books. And from American Scientist, an obituary: Garrett Hardin

[Weekend] Joshua Foa Dienstag (Virginia): The Anatomy of Pessimism pdf. James Wither (Marshall Center): British Bulldog or Bush’s Poodle? Anglo - American Relations and the Iraq War. From Quodlibet, Jack Marsh (UNC): Hegel, Kierkegaard, and the Structure of a Spirit-full Self; and an essay on Emmanuel Levinas. From Economic Sociology, Geoffrey Ingham (Cambridge): The Nature of Money; Richard Swedberg (Cornell): On the Present State of Economic Sociology (1990s); and a review of On and Off the Trading Floor. A new issue of Reconstruction is out, on technology & historiography. From Wilson Quarterly, on the case that made the Court, a review of In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage, and do ideas matter in America? From Butterflies & Wheels, an essay on fundamental epistemology. An article on the fate of nature in the scientific revolution. Sheffield's Fred Inglis on postmodern pedantry and the death of irony. And CUNY's Martin Duberman on an event that’s like the Pope opening the Vatican to the Pharisees

[Jan 23] Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka (Queen's): Multiculturalism and Welfare. Christopher Anderson (Hartford): Hobbes, Locke, and Hume on Trust & the Education of the Passions pdf. From Situation Analysis, Mary Midgley on science and poetry pdf, and an article on Oil and Debt: The Collision Between Ecology and Economy pdf. A new issue of Surveillance and Society is out, on Foucault and Panopticism Revisited. A review of The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View. A review of OUP's Philosophy of Science Today. Elaine Showalter reviews Terry Eagelton's After Theory. From the AACU's Peer Review, an essay on writing and the disciplines. Chicago's Nussbaum and Sunstein host a conference on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. From Colorado, a web site will gather complaints about left-leaning faculty members. And Julian Baggini reviews The Thinker's Guide To Evil, a "trashable book"

[Jan 22] Amy Gutmman becomes president of Penn. Tony McGrew (Southampton): Transnational Democracy: Theories and Prospects. Herbert Kitschelt (Duke): Origins of Contemporary International Terrorism in the Middle East. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies, and a review of Public Reactions to Supreme Court Decisions. From Iraq, Abdul Latif Mayah is the fourth professor killed recently. From Macedonia, on legalizing the Albanian - language Tetovo University: Equality or segregation? From Ghana, on academia and industry: What is the way forward? Obituary: sociologist David Levy. What is that happy cliché of literary criticism, a "minor" work? Tests suggest scientists have found "Big Bang goo". On the major barriers to a simian Shakespeare. Purple patches on nationalism, imagined communities, narrating the nation, modernization, and invented traditions. And here's some news-you-can-use

[Jan 21] From the Carnegie Council, Amartya Sen on Human Rights and Asian Values, and Michael Walzer on Universalism and Jewish Values. Mark Laffey (London) and Jutta Weldes (Bristol): Representing the International: Sovereignty after Modernity? doc. Renee Hobbs (Babson): The Seven Great Debates in the Media Literacy Movement. A look at how the Democratic candidates view academe. On the Academic Pyramid Club that is writing letters of recommendation. A review of The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain. Was Origen friend or foe of Christianity? From Kenya, on university dons and their battle with the state. From Duke, on gender discrimination in the lab. From NYU, students protest the exit of a popular professor. From Pace, how Chris Malone imbues students with political passion. Self-publish and be damned? Not always. How highfalutin jargon has self-actualized in U.S. education. And a lesson plan that actually is multi - disciplinary

[Jan 20] Zvi Tauber (Tel Aviv): Criticizing Totalitarian Democracy: Herbert Marcuse and Alexis De Tocqueville. Nadia Urbinati (Columbia): Review of Norberto Bobbio's Autobiografia. Hilde Eileen Nafstad (Oslo): The Neo - Liberal Ideology and the Self-Interest Paradigm as Resistance to Change. A review of Anthony Smith's Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity. Here's a look at recent books on how people make moral choices. A review of The End of Blackness, a review of books on Latin American politics, and more on Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment. A look at a paper by UCSB's Eli Berman on religion and economic motives (part 2 and part 3). Frontpage interviews Richard Pipes. CNN goes to school at Berkeley, Georgia, Harvard, Howard, Kent State, and Richmond. Subconsciously, athletes may play like statisticians. How drug companies get too close to med schools. And Yale students find sex-related seminars arousing

[Jan 19] Charles Taylor: No Community, No Democracy (Part II) pdf. The Arizona Law Review posts an issue online, on youth and power. From Replika, issues about Europe and the social sciences. Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben cancels his visit to NYU as protest. A look at the University of Baghdad today. From The Telegraph, a review of Marks of Opulence: The Why, When and Where of Western Art 1000-1900 AD, a review of The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914, and on finding a fitting memorial to Kant. A review of The Book of Skin. From UPenn, do accountants who act as consultants take greater care or cut corners? A new study questions fairy tales' preoccupation with beauty. Why disgust is good for you (and more and a test). On the matter of science and the soul, and interview with Cardinal Camillo Ruini. And purple patches from Diamond and Plattner, Mary Kaldor, Margaret Levi, and Robert Rotberg

[Weekend] Sandra Jeppesen (York): Where Does Anarchist Theory Come From? The first issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy is out, on sexuality and social change. A new issue of Bad Subjects is out, on protest cultures. Tel Aviv University's Adi Ophir responds to Benny Morris. From ATTAC, an essay on globalization and development. The Scientist interviews E. O. Wilson. An excerpt from John Gribbin's Science: A History. Here's an essay in defense of the humanities, and a review of T he Great War and the Language of Modernism.  From Humanities, an essay on Forty Acres and a Mule: The Ruined Hope of Reconstruction. A. C. Grayling reviews Jung: A Biography. Why 2003 was historic for the Open Access movement, and an essay (from Dec 01) on The Indexing of Scholarly Journals: A Tipping Point for Publishing Reform? And a Hollywood ending: Harvard establishes an undergraduate concentration in film studies

[Jan 16] From civnet.org, on Democracy, Participation, the State and the People; and on Rights: An International Perspective. On the dangers of proportional coalitions: A look at a working paper: "How Do Electoral Rules Shape Party Structures, Government Coalitions, and Economic Policies?" A review of The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought. On academic anti-Bushism: Why the hallowed halls of learning are filled with Bush haters. From Canada, faculties are to beware of sex with students. From TownHall, on a queer theory of free speech. Notre Dame hires Tariq Ramadan. From Maryland, universities seek steady funding. From Buffalo, on making sense of the globalization debate. From Harvard, scientists pursue happiness, but the results are not too cheerful. On a new USC and CalTech focus on direct democracy. A Heritage Lecture on the perils of the precautionary principle. And a interview with Thomas Cahill