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[Jan 15] From the UN, 2004 named the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition, and on breathing new life into an old federation. From the Netherlands, a school teacher is shot in the head by a student. From Lithuania, a presidential scandal rocks the nation. From the Caucasus, on the "privatisation generation". From Iran, on a countdown to counter - revolution. From Nigeria, on male daughters and female husbands. Bush plans a billion dollar drive for the promotion of marriage. The Institute of Medicine recommends the government provide universal health insurance. A liberal talk network plans to begin its national broadcast in the spring. J.P. Morgan Chase is set to acquire Bank One in $58 billion deal. On the curious evolution of reporters' privilege. Is online social networking financially viable? Fox launches a British channel aimed at young men. And remember when? 20 years ago, the BBC banned Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax"

[Jan 14] From Saudi Arabia, on citizenship and nationalism between rights and duties. From Armenia, on the relations between the country and its diaspora. From New Zealand, on a move to castrate sex offenders. From Malaysia, on the need to transcend the very idea of language. From Lebanon, on the conceptual basis and the historical antecedents of the term "civil society", and why moderation is the only prevention for a clash of civilizations. While social groups are left out, expectations are low at the Americas conference, which is no friendly get-together, though Vicente Fox has fresh hopes for Mexico. On Sex and the Democrats: Dean as a butch. Here's the first chapter of The Pursuit of Perfection. More on men and pretty women. From National Review, on marriage and the meaning of sex (and part 2). A review of The Many Faces of Men: The Definitive Guide to the Male Species. A review of Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives. A hidden camera investigation: Do looks really matter? Why many people are delaying the start of adulthood. And there's just no polite way to say this

[Jan 13] From Europe, left - wing leaders are set to forge a new pan-European party in April. From Zambia, South Africa's Thabo Mbeki on resisting the upside-down view of Africa. From Germany, on regretting the killing of thousands of Namibians. From Turkey, on Islamic revivalism and the nation-state project as competing claims for modernity. From Russia, on makeshift objects people used to cope with shortages. From Norway, why a new heir won't seal the monarchy's future. From Ethiopia, on using archeology and paleontology to boost tourism revenue. From Croatia, Josip Broz Tito voted the greatest Croat in history. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace slams the Bush administration on the WMD threat. Why the Caspian region will likely remain critical for the foreseeable future. Spanglish moves into mainstream: Creativity or corruption? A review of Six Modern Plagues. What role exactly should a physician play in a patient's life? How friendships play a key role in suicidal thoughts of girls, but not boys. How blogs are becoming way of life for many teens

[Jan 12] From Russia, why the West is doomed. From Canada, on an alternative understanding of the "clash of civilizations", and on re-examining of the basic pillars of democracy. From Zimbabwe, after 2003, trust politicians at your peril. From Iran, how the West can stop its nuclear program without setting back the cause of reform. From Peru, on fearing the final conquest of the Incas. From Mexico, how almost no one has forgotten the Mexican - American War. Paul O'Neill says Bush plotted Iraq invasion long before 9/11. A federal panel declares GOP remap of Texas districts can stand. Pope urges a more active UN role in the new global order. EU's Pascal Lamy on curbing corruption in a globalized world. On the perils of buying happiness and living in consumer paradise. From U.S. News, two cheers for the urban pioneers. Apryl Sandoval gets political. Can the most powerful nation on Earth throw off the shackles of an unforseen tyranny? Don't look to 2004 to be a banner news year. And here is your chance to make your own conspiracy theory

[Weekend] From South Africa, why the African Peace Drive is a political challenge. From Israel, between life and uncertainty: On war and identity (as they take in all remaining 18,000 Ethiopian Jews). From Hungary, on the problem of inflammatory and racist language. From Iran, on what really matters in the use of the words 'Farsi' and 'Persian'. From Zimbabwe, on the uneasy path towards racial integration. Will Europe become a backwater? A short history of macroeconomic troubles in Latin America. Is America’s heartland dying? The Yugoslavian Beauty and the Beast: On the life of 'Ceca' Raznatovic and Arkan (and part 2). From YaleGlobal, lessons on how to reduce poverty, how even labor unions can gain from free trade. Cullen Murphy on why the Middle Ages are something we can still look forward to. How DNA is used to explore our history. On the most common type of dreams. And beware: Soon enough, marketing will follow you

[Jan 9]
From Japan, a debate on changing the constitution gathers new steam. From Europe, why did the Brussels summit collapse? And is it good news or bad? From Argentina, on families entrenched in power for decades. From India, on the making of a matriarch, Sonia Gandhi, and does society encourage the expression of individual thoughts? From Israel, a look at its nuclear arsenal. From Nigeria, on their own home-grown Taliban. From Italy, it's good to know nothing gets in the way of a traditional Italian political spat. Bush has yet to use veto. The Fabian Society marks its 120th birthday. How languages may be more different from each other than is currently supposed, and more on the Voynich manuscript. A survey reveals a real-life glimpse at sex and the city. On a new kind of contraceptive, reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, and on surprises in the family tree (which grow and grow). Why the urge to go to war is in our DNA and only women can stop it. Why hair's a big deal for women. And Mary Wakefield doesn't lie... really

[Jan 8] From Greece, PM Costas Simitis will step down after election. From Somalia, is the end in sight for its civil war? From Peru, police release Shining Path prisoners. From Italy, Parmalat scandal unsettles an economy of business dynasties. From Australia, Michael Howard defends the publication of his political philosophy. From Great Britain, on a new kind of political party. From Asia, a burst of raw democracy -- anything wrong with that? On the United States as "one nation, under secularism". The IMF says US debts threaten world economy. The Worldwatch Institute issues its 21st annual State of the World 2004 report. Judge accused of saying women ask to get `smacked around'. What lies behind the female habit of 'tending and befriending' during stress?  Yahoo! gets set to give Google a run for its money. And why there's no earthly reason to go on a cruise

[Jan 7] From the United States, foreigners are fingerprinted at airports, while the world opines. From Nauru, asylum seekers stage a hunger strike. From Australia, why Michael Howard will need more than a set of homilies. From Great Britain, how the Tories' new credo has US roots. From Russia, permafrost reveals Siberian secrets. A coalition of 40 small islands blocked attempts to delay climate talks. A conversation with Kanan Makiya on Iraq's disappeared. Howard Dean claims Jesus was a Democrat. How conversation disruptions are more than white noise. Rob Walker on things consumed. How adolescent behavior now begins at an age when people ought to know better. On the latest publishing trend: intelligent non-fiction. And 20 big ideas on the way we work, rest and play

[Jan 6] From Puerto Rico, whatever happened to Vieques? From Europe, do the new member states want a more politically integrated union? And is a reference to God constitutionally permissible? The French have jokes, but do they have a sense of humor? And are they really anti - American? Bjorn Lomborg, the scourge of the greens, wins a round. From The New York Times, Paul Krugman on Robert Rubin and Gregory Mankiw, Joseph Stiglitz on Nafta, and Charles Shumer and Paul Craig Roberts on free trade. (And David Brooks on the era of distortion.) From Opinion Journal, on how to reform the United Nations, and how the Finnish start to the comfortable modern lifestyle. From Alternet, on the story of Robert King, some thoughts on a single POTUS, ISO SWF, and on the weirdest news stories of 2003. A review of Tom Peters' Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age. And how advertisers are increasingly resorting to shock tactics to attract consumers' attention

[Jan 5] From Afghanistan, constitution is approved. From Europe, who killed the constitution? From India, everybody agrees that the country is a very spiritual place--is that all good? From Brazil, how did Lula do last year? A look at the Democratic nomination, the angry election year, and a review of books on Bush. Economist and Nobel laureate Robert Mundell calls for a global currency. A look at that crazy little thing called love. Why the lure of the fairy tale is as strong as ever. An interview with Canadian geneticist David Suzuki, and an interview with Tariq Ali on empire and resistance. What will happen when a national political machine can fit on a laptop? The world is sometimes a really miserable place--how do you make yourself feel a little better? What makes Nigerians the happiest of people? Our beliefs are the result of individual choice and effort. But believe in what? is the question. And it's a little-known fact that the first economic rationalist was Ebenezer Scrooge

[Weekend] From Lithuania, parliament agrees to begin impeaching the president. From the Dominican Republic, a country in crisis. From Poland, on building a new world order. From China, Mao still a powerful icon. An editorial on the "New Republicans". A chasm has opened between the descendants of the Seminole people, Indians and escaped slaves. From Christianity Today, on religiously ignorant journalists. On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. An interview with comedian David Cross on politics. A review of Death Sentence, The Decay of Public Language. On how the meaning of "farmland" has evolved. A review of Interviews with Dwight Macdonald. Here is a 2003 year-in-review list of lists and a short glossary of the right-wing sectors in US foreign policy. And from AdAge, on 10 ads America won't see

[Jan 2] From Georgia, lawyer Mikhail Saakashvili is set to become president after Sunday's elections. From Serbia, extreme nationalists gain ground. From Angola, a retrospective on the performance of political parties in 2003. From China, financial enterprise is at odds with party politics. From Saudi Arabia, on the rise of unmarried girls. From Azerbaijan, a short history to mark its Solidarity Day. For blacks, there is no one-size-fits-all opinion on social issues--but there is the "O. J. Effect." The New York Times introduces a new column this Sunday. World's most mysterious book may be a hoax. BBC Magazine takes stock of additions to the news lexicon. From Wired, welcome to the broadband home of the future. On seeing the public's ad fatigue as an opportunity. Google beta tests a book search service. On trying to find the pleasure in waiting. On the psychology of sexual arousal. And from The National Security Archive, you can visit The Saddam Hussein Sourcebook

[Jan 1] From Europe, mail bombs sent to EU officials. From Haiti, bittersweet celebrations over independence bicentennial. (And will the US be the next Haiti?) From Saudi Arabia, intellectuals press for practical steps for political and economic reforms. From the Sudan, on the escalating crisis in Darfur. From Great Britain, on abandoning high - flying careers for the good life. From Scotland, a lazy guide to hogmanay. Justice Rehnquist rips the "Protect Act" in his annual report. What will the entrepreneur of the future look like? How being ethnically ambiguous is chic among the under-25s. A purple patch on heroism by Ralph Waldo Emerson. And some thoughts on the time we thought we knew
[Jan 15] Liberal hawks reconsider the Iraq War: Part 3. A new issue of Foreign Policy is out, including articles on the neocons, soccer, and the Cancún talks. Dissent celebrates its golden anniversary. On the Guantánamo "Black Hole": The Law of War and the Sovereign Exception. A review of Immanuel Wallerstein's The Decline of American Power, and a tale of two reports. On Europe's lesson, from Brussels to Baghdad, and why globalization can't work globally. Why the US' fiscal policy is dangerous, and Europe’s is illegal. On Paul O'Neill, unplugged, Or what would Alexander Hamilton have done? On piety, politics, and polls about religion. James Pinkerton on reason, church and state. From Dissident Voice, on fascism and the American polity. Why the lessons from the Mexican War we ignore at our peril. A slave state: Society in Sir Thomas More's Utopia. And why beauty alone is reason enough to justify conservation

[Jan 14] Liberal hawks reconsider the Iraq War: Part 2. From The Atlantic Monthly, a special issue, including articles on an intellectual audit of the Democrats and the Republicans, and Francis Fukuyama on nation building. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the power of Justice O'Connor. Mortimer Zuckerman on policing the corporate suites (and part 2). Open Democracy interviews WTO founder Peter Sutherland, and how patenting crushes Africans. On the Open Society Institute and its enemies. Was the public too stupid to oppose the war in Iraq? On the Palestinian refugee problem--for the record. On the strange syndrome of Western guilt and shame. Justin Raimondo on everything you wanted to know about neocons... Richard John Neuhaus reports from the public square. From Counterpunch, on the dialectic of the Kristol family, and on George Will's ethics. On MoveOn.org's "Bush in 30 seconds" ad contest. Is Howard Dean winging it? And does he mean mass electoral suicide for the Democrats? From The American Prospect, articles on the economy, wages, and workers. And "perhaps I should stop reading all that Nietzsche..."

[Jan 13] From Slate, a series this week on liberal hawks reconsidering the Iraq War. How the US right weaves tangled but effective web. A free-market Iraq? Not so fast. Due process for terrorists? The case for a federal terrorism court. A review of American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945. A review of books by Donald Kagan and Victor Davis Hanson on Ancient Greece. How to change society: Voting or activism? Articles on Bush's proposed immigration plan: 1 2 3 4 5 6. When greed is god and hedonism a habit. A review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Malady or Myth? More on Simon Blackburn's defense of lust. A review of Jung: A Biography. A purple patch by Sigmund Freud on human nature. Research reveals brain has biological mechanism to block unwanted memories. Why depression may be a vital part of our survival. On the trivialization of America: Where has argument gone? Here's an unscientific look at lies and the people who tell them. From Adbusters, a new issue on systematically distorted information. And "Darn it, The New York Times will print almost anything"

[Jan 12] Will Hutton on why the West is wary of Muslims. Thomas Friedman on the War of Ideas (and part 2). Amy Chua on how democracy can be an engine of vengeance, and Geoffrey Owen on why capitalism works. Virginia Postrel on Friedrich Hayek, and WWHD about gay marriage? Why those who trod the path of the Romans trod a path strewn with skulls. Will the French indict Cheney? And what are the roots of French corruption? Can a Democratic candidate emerge as the definitive "wise leader"? Or as religiously sincere? Why people need a choice, not an echo. How the culture wars have sparked a flip-flop on states' rights. Alan Wolfe is not worried about America's Christian conservatives. Why the dollar keeps falling, and why people should care. How risk is being shifted from government and corporations onto workers and their families. On 8 simple rules for dating my ex-wife. On the toxic, deranged, societal institution of marriage, and on couples whose unions have lasted six decades. Here's a study on married an cohabitating couples pdf. And why love isn’t a lost cause

[Weekend] From the DLC's Blueprint, an issue on the middle class, with an introduction and an article by Alan Wolfe. A Zogby poll shows the US culturally divided. From The New Republic, Joe Lieberman is their man, with kind words for Clark, Dean, Edwards, and Gephardt. From The Globalist, a series of articles on global society, war, trade, terrorism, global politics, and the global economy. From Chronicles, articles on Sartre and Islamic terrorism, "movement conservatism", human nature vs. the public interest. Ian Buruma on the price of permanent adolescence, and how Leftism reveals itself to be a kind of arrested adolescence. On European Labor and the ideological legacy of the Social Pact. How Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA chief, has been out in front on arms control. And review of The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work, by Arlie Russell Hochschild (and a conversation)

[Jan 9] From The Village Voice, a review of The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves; Russell Simmons wants to fatten the hip-hop vote—and maybe his wallet, too; and is The New York Times Book Review sexist? A review of a NYTBR review of Chomsky. Kristof on the "God gulf" of distrust. A review of American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon. Julian Sanchez on shibboleths in presidential politics. Michelle Cottle thinks the liberal-hate phenomenon is great news. George Will's ethics: None of our business? Ralph Nader has finally figured out how to unite Democrats and Greens. On Kantians with cruise missiles: The highest stage of 'liberal' imperialism. How philosopher Keith Burgess-Jackson became a conservative (and a response). Political correctness: Good or bad? In or out? Why did the US movie industry suddenly wake up to politics in the 1960s? 'Is American culture really superior to all others? Computers will be everywhere, and they'll all be talking to each other. And consumers are all but impotent unless they decide to act together

[Jan 8]
Here are Owen Harris' Boyer Lectures on the theme "Benign or Imperial? Reflections on American Hegemony". The challenge to postmodernism did not come from the expected quarters. George Soros on money, politics, and opposition to Bush. Naomi Klein on the Bush White House. David Brooks on the work of Michael Oakeshott. From ZNet, on anarchism, or the revolutionary movement of the twenty-first century. Why a voucher program is still central planning, the killer of families. Social bonding, trust and codes of conduct are what make social capital indispensable. It's an unglamorous, low-paying pursuit, but social workers bring hope to many. On the unselfish gene: why do we show such generosity at Christmas? A review of Being Me: what it means to be human. How scientists seek a place for god while embracing reason. And what if a new kind of life could be invented from scratch?

[Jan 7] From The New York Times, on asking the do-gooders to prove they do good; how spin operates in religion as well as in politics; and if the bomb is so easy to make, why don't more nations have it? Todd Gitlin reviews books on the invasion of Iraq. A review of How to Win the War on Terror, by David Frum and Richard Perle. More on Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival (and more). Jeffrey Rosen on naked terror. A review of books on Yasir Arafat. James Traub on what the Democrats carry. A review of Volokh Conspirator David Bernstein's You Can't Say That! More on Vidal's Inventing a Nation. A review of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom. More on Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox. And on the dangers in hyperbole: Some would rather the US failed than Iraq prospered

[Jan 6] From U. S. News, a look at the minds to watch in 2004. Stupid is in vogue, or why there might be an interesting psychological dynamic at work among conservatives. A Misean view of games economists play, and Thomas Sowell shares some thoughts on the dismal science. On domination fantasies: Does Rupert Murdoch control the media? Does anyone? From Yellow Times, articles on Heidegger, Nietzsche and the authentic self, and on how the American people shut their senses to what is really happening in the world. From Free Inquiry, on trust and ignorance, on the ambivalence of same-sex marriage, and religion's anthropocentric conceit. An exchange between Johann Hari and Richard Dawkins on Iraq. From Australia's Green Left, on a historic moment to restore the socialist movement, and what would people think of Ernesto “Che” Guevara if he were around today? And One Lord, One Faith, Many Ethnicities: How to become a diverse organization and keep your sanity

[Jan 5] From The New Republic, Richard Posner reviews Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution (and part 2), and more on Virginia Postrel's The Substance of Style (and part 2). How to avoid a potential crisis in Pakistan. Dictatorship is fading, but democracy doesn't always replace it. From Open Democracy, an overview of their discussion forums in 2003. An interview with Johan Norberg on globalization. Time columnist Michael Elliot on the many ways of being modern, and WSJ's Claudia Rossett on riding the world of dictators. On the link between Alfred Marshall and Paul Samuelson, and more on Robert Bartley (and yet more). An Objectivist view of risk, precaution and government regulation, and a sp!ked defense of bad luck. In praise of politicians: An essay on the need for opportunists. An exchange between Michael Albert and Alex Callinicos on movement building in 2004. And there is new evidence on links between Judaism, Christianity and Islam

[Weekend] From The New York Review of Books, Tim Judah on the "fog of justice", and a review of books on the 90s bubble. Jeffrey Sachs on lessons from America’s fiscal recklessness. On the work of Gary Becker. A Misean view of Inflation: The Grand Illusion. A review of Victor Davis Hanson's Mexifornia. How Howard Dean has mobilized the apathetic, the disaffected and the downright angry. Are voting rights preserved if boundaries are drawn to ensure particular election outcomes? The Five-Percent'ers: Religion or Gang? Can we end racial discrimination without affirmative action? From The New York Times, how reason and faith are eternally bound, putting God Back in politics, and David Brooks on the National Creed. Why religious wars are always fun to watch. And a review of Killing Freud: 20th-century culture and the death of psychoanalysis

[Jan 2] Colin Powell on what the Bush Administration will do in 2004. The Economist looks at the history of the idea of a united Europe. Arthur Miller writes "A Visit with Castro", the epilogue to Cuba on the Verge: An Island in Transition. Eric Schlosser on how the USDA has been taken over by industry interests. On refugees in limbo where the UN isn't welcome. From In These Times, why the fight for gay marriage is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Virginia Postrel looks at the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Why libertarian Karl Hess is worth remembering. From Z Magazine, an interview with Noam Chomsky, and from The Progressive, Howard Zinn on the logic of withdrawal. World interviews Charles Murray. On the citizenship of nonhumans, and on scientific literacy and democracy. How constituent communication suffers at the hands of politics. On Michael Moore and the racism of the white Left. And on the prospects for peace on earth

[Jan 1] Former national security officials speak out on stopping nuclear proliferation--and if Libya can do it, why not Israel? Asia Times' Pepe Escobar on how Saddam may still nail Bush, and why the resistance will increase. On 2003 as the worst year in the history of the United Nations. Omar Barghouti on the fundamental obstacle to a one-state solution. Is Peace on Earth too boring? David Gordon reviews books by Chris Hedges. A review of books that dumb down Jesus and Heaven. Can Democrats overcome the Bush advantage on religion? Lee Harris on honor and shame. From Wired, the inside story of a human cloning experiment. And why future machines will need emotions to be truly dependable
[Jan 15] A new issue of City Journal is out, including an article on self-reliance, and an article by James Q. Wilson on terrorism. More on Norberto Bobbio. Slavoj Zizek on Iraq's false promises (and part 2 and part 3). The Bush administration plans to require new regulations to rely more solidly on science that has been peer-reviewed. French psychoanalysts are mad over a proposed regulation reform. Economists claim to have found a new way to share the cake fairly. Catholic U's Jerry Muller on the morality of the market. Historian John Nagel (and Army major) approaches the Iraq war pragmatically and philosophically. This month sees yet another addition to the Nazi canon. A review of David Buss' The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating (2nd ed.). The evolution of a gene related to brain growth has been detailed. British scientists say they have created the first fully functional "robot scientist". And on how the relationship between science and society has changed

[Jan 14] Campbell Brown (ANU): Consequentalism, Democracy, and Blameless Wrongdoing pdf. From the first issue of The Industrial Geographer, Industrial Geography in the United States: The Past Half Century pdf. From The Scorpion, an essay on Nietzsche and Aristocracy. The Army War College attacks Bush's terror policy. Whatever happened to Lingua Franca? An interview with Benny Morris, professor of history at Ben-Gurion University. Why SUNY deserves more money, not less. Top French scientists in threat to quit. A review of Human Nature in Utopia: Zamyatin's We, and a review of The Essential Child: Origins of Essentialism in Everyday Thought. Why social studies is more than history and geography, and a review of Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? What every student needs to know: How to beat writer's block. A new organ donor network riles ethicists. Some science: On the four keys to cosmology; an essay on a new map of the universe, with advice from Einstein; and a "bizarre kind of subatomic pudding" has been discovered. And purple patches from Bertrand Russell (and more), and Max Weber

[Jan 13] Antonio Sousa Ribeiro (Coimbra): The reason of borders or a border reason? Translation as a metaphor of our times. A review of Virtue Ethics: A Pluralistic View. From Foreign Affairs, Kenneth Roth on the law of war in the war on terror, a review of Jagdish Baghwati's In Defense of Globalization, and Colin Powell on a strategy of partnerships. A look at Richard Perle's out-of-print 1992 novel. A review of A Pelican in the Wilderness, a book on the life of hermits. John Updike on a selection of his earliest work. From The Chronicle, On the high student attrition from Ph.D. programs, and how the American Anthropology Association will give electronic journal subscriptions to all members. How becoming bipedal may have made us human. An interview with Berkeley's George De Vos. UCLA's Eugene Volokh on how some on the right are getting the First Amendment wrong. The Philosophers' Magazine's Julian Baggini on false analogies. When and how much should one celebrate tenure? And on how the wealthiest nonprofits are favored by foundations

[Jan 12] Paul Bullen (Northwestern): The Concept of Political Science (politikê) in Plato and Aristotle; and The Epitome of Aristotle's Political Theory. A new issue of Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness is out. A review of Richard Rorty, ed. Guignon and Hiley. On studying literature by the numbers. Stanley Fish on real meetings in academia. An issue of Feminist Review is online, including an interview with Carole Pateman. How Camus has overtaken Sartre to become the popular hero of existentialism. A profile of Judith Butler, Jewish, lesbian, feminist. Louis Menand on the masters of the matrix, and on the best of the "best". What happens when more than 11,000 earth scientists gather? Michael Ruse on making sure you don't get religion and science confused. A review of Philip Kitcher’s In Mendel’s Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology. From Cornell, on chimpanzee - human genetic differences. A book review about putting genes in perspective. Is politics in the blood, or in the genes? And on the creation of science action figures

[Weekend] Obituary: Norberto Bobbio (and more). The Edge 2004 Annual Question: "What's your law?" with responses from George Lakoff, Daniel Dennett, and Martin Rees, among many others. A review of Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. A dialogue on reincarnation by Ray Kurzweil. A review of Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition. How does ethnography help business and political leaders to control us? How Thomas Cahill makes Ancient Greece hip and humorous--and relevant. A review of Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel That Ended It. On the dilemmas faced by text - writing professors. How you can publish a book a day. Should students be allowed to hook up with professors? How to read (sort of) and drive at the same time. A purple patch from Walker Conner on nation and state. And an essay on how to deconstruct almost anything

[Jan 9] George Kateb (Princeton): Undermining the Constitution. Anarchist Perspectives: (1) Postanarchism in a Bombshell; (2) Creativity out of Chaos: Anarchy and Organizing; and (3) The Sad Conceit of Participatory Economics (and a response from Michael Albert). From Parameters, on future warfare and the decline of human decisionmaking. From American Diplomacy, on a conceptual framework for national security. Ann Druyan talks about science, religion, wonder, awe... and Carl Sagan. A review of Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought. Thomas Szasz on the psychiatric protection order for the "battered mental patient". A review of Psychoanalysis in Focus, and a review of The Wisdom in Feeling: Psychological Processes in Emotional Intelligence. A Stanford study says the brain is built to forget (and more). On how academics who stayed in Iraq will welcome their old colleagues. LSE's Fred Halliday looks back on Saddam. Reach out and grade someone. And kids, don't let this happen to you

[Jan 8] Minqi Li (Toronto): After Neoliberalism: Empire, Social Democracy, or Socialism? Anthony O'Hear (Buckingham): ‘Two Cultures’ Revisited. An essay on Eichmann, the Banality of Evil, and Thinking in Arendt's Thought. A review of Hannah Arendt's Responsibility and Judgment. A review of Strawson and KantJohn Ikenberry will join Princeton's Wilson School, where less is more. "Domers" Rev. Theodore Hesburgh and Justice Alan Page receive the NCAA's two highest awards. Two out of three Catholic universities are in the Third World. A review of Slavoj Zizek's The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. On the mathematics of human thought. Why professors' productivity deserves thorough study. How net cheats devalue coursework. Adolph Reed on providing free college for all. And be careful out there: professors fund the Left and violate students' rights!

[Jan 7] Terry Eagleton says the golden age of cultural theory is past. A review of Susan Haack's Defending Science -- Within Reason. BC's Alan Wolfe on why a Democratic presidential candidate must speak to all of the people. Harvard's Felton Earls searches for the most important influences on a neighborhood's crime rate. A review of books on academe's embattled groves. An interview with John Kekes, the anti-liberal. A review of The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason. A look at Kanti Bajpai, headmaster of Doon School of India. Obituary: Psychologist Joseph Church. Forget bad sex--the literati have even worse politics. And if you want a sexy book title, attach the word "death" to something seemingly fundamental

[Jan 6] From The Independent Review, Alvaro Vargas Llosa on the individualist legacy in Latin America, a review of Ian Shapiro's The Moral Foundations of Politics, and a review of To Form a More Perfect Union. From The Harvard Political Review, articles on gays in America. From Project Syndicate, Ralf Dahrendorf on public services, Cornell's Kaushik Basu on playing at democracy, and Columbia's Edmund Phelps on the dynamism of nations. A review of Ethics and Foreign Intervention. More on Frank Furedi's Therapy Culture. Should a university education be a birthright? From The Nation, an article on attacks on labor studies programs in California. A review of Emotions and Life: Perspectives from Psychology, Biology, and Evolution, and a review of How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? More on America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. And Harold Bloom on the genius of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

[Jan 5]  A new issue of Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. A new issue of Ephemera: Critical Dialogues on Organization is out, on Silent Sounds. On Slavoj Zizek and left intellectuals' hostilities toward theology. Oliver Sacks reviews books on consciousness. University of New Orleans' Douglas Brinkley on Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush. Jerry Mueller of Catholic University on morality and the market, and Stanford's Henry Miller on public policy. A review of books on American schools. The Economist looks at an MIT study on the size of nations. A Heritage report on income mobility and the fallacy of class-warfare arguments against tax relief. On the 'We' word and the tyranny of the majority. Mathematicians dispute the proof of a century-old problem. And on bridging the "two cultures": To really know what someone is feeling, maybe we need something more than science can offer

[Weekend] From The Public Interest, Adam Wolfson on conservatives and neoconservatives, and articles on multilateralism and the courts, and corporate scandals and American capitalism. A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including articles by Richard Posner, Bruce Ackerman & James Fishkin, and on Judge Alex Kozinski--and what's your happiness worth? From Drawing Board, a conversation with George Monbiot on global governance. A look at Terry Eagleton. A review of The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution, and Probability. A review of Governing Sexuality: The Changing Politics of Citizenship and Law Reform, and a review of Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War. How a more meaningful image of Brazil is emerging in American campuses. And a purple patch on the discourse of development

[Jan 2] Dusan I. Bjelic (USM): The Balkans' Imaginary and the Paradox of European Borders. A review of Ethics and Foreign Intervention, and a review of Autonomy, Gender, and Politics. Why is psychoanalysis still feared? And are emotions moral? From Ideas, on the professors of cool. Immanuel Wallerstein reviews 2003: The Year of Bush. A researcher probes folklore's links to power and pop culture. On the case of Professor Tariq Ramadan, Islamic maverick. A review of History in Quotations. How language cements a child's class destiny into place in its first three years. On sex and silliness in the year of publishing shamelessly. The New Criterion on life at the MLA. From Skeptical Inquirer, educational dimensions and pseudoscience support in the American general public, 1979-2001. From the Cato Institute, an annual snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State pdf. And you can download a book of essays from Demos (UK), The Adaptive State: Strategies for personalising the public realm

[Jan 1] A new issue of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies is out. Richard Rorty reviews Habermas' Truth and Justification. A review of Ian Hacking's Historical Ontology, and a review of Stanley Rosen's Hermeneutics as Politics. Alan Wolfe reviews Knocking on Heaven's Door. Simon Blackburn defends the virtuous side Lust. The Great Leap Backwards: When Marxism becomes superstition, religion can seem counter-cultural. More on Frank Furedi's Therapy Culture. David Sloan Wilson on why you should beware theories of everything. Why reading and writing are solitary activities to escape domestic ties. And from FrontPage, on the the year's ten worst moments in education