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[Jul 15] From Australia, Peter Singer questions John Howard's ethics. From South Korea, is creating a new administrative capital a good idea or a waste of money? These are hard times for economists who live on providing medicine for economic issues. From Europe, the EU constitution is 'unfair', according to game theorists, and more on the ECJ ruling on the stability pact. From France, Chirac  announces a referendum on the proposed EU constitution. From Malawi, some men claim to have AIDS when they don't. From South Africa, on the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Kruger, forgotten icon of statehood. From Chile, on finding pleasant weather: "No es normal". From Iceland, when you're off the fairways, you're really in the rough. Will the Caspian Sea become another Aral? A quintessential cookie-cutter suburb celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is beginning to show its age. An interview with Douglas Atkin, author of The Culting of Brands: When Customers Become True Believers.  And from Slate, and Red or Blue, which are you? Take a quiz to find out

[Jul 14] From Indonesia, President Megawati and General Wiranto may join forces against rival in election runoff. From Europe, the ECJ rules the EU deficit sanctions decision are illegal (and more). From Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew seeks a nation of risk-takers, and what is this thing called trust? From Brazil, a speech on the keys to economic development. From Nigeria, on Wole Soyinka and the Cartesian response. From Great Britain, Ken Livingstone denounces legislation outlawing the hijab in schools, while the stiff upper lip is being twisted into a snarl. From The Scotsman, on Blair's age of Scottish Enlightenment, on how enlightened thinking still rings true for Scottish regiments, and on how people are now thinking harder about the moral impact of abortion. An abstinence v condom fight erupts at an AIDS meeting. How mainline churches in Europe and North America find it increasingly difficult to ignore the Global South. A GAO report questions the value of color-coded warnings. With toughness and caring, a novel therapy helps tortured souls. And here are six signs that you may be taking yourself too seriously at work

[Jul 13] From Japan, the largest opposition party gains in elections. From Russia, Yukos head offers up his shares in a last-ditch attempt to save the company, and the frozen conflict in South Ossetia turns warm. From Ukraine, on the Iron Lady and the candidate. From South Africa, on the 'ubuntu' of globalization. Is free trade with the US right for Central America? The Kerrys say it is hypocritical for their opponents to raise questions about their wealth . What exactly is a Massachusetts liberal? Can the epithet still hurt John Kerry in 2004? And from Business Week, a series of articles comparing pensions around the world

[Jul 12] From Iraq, an interview with Vice President Ibrahim Al-Jaafari on the transfer of sovereignty and Saddam Hussein's trial. From Monaco, the country could lose its independence after Prince Rainier dies. From Colombia, where mimes patrolled the streets and the mayor was Superman. What kind of veep would Edwards be? And is it really a problem that he is a trial lawyer? Here's a fact that may surprise you: candidates have a legal right to lie to voters just about as much as they want. IWF's Charlotte Allen on Bush's public religiosity, and Barbara Ehrenreich on Bush's marriage initiatives. Some conservatives are displeased that centrist Republicans have the best prime-time speaking slots at convention. George Will takes on Thomas Franks' Kansas. From Slate, on the complicated dance of apologies around the death penalty, and on the real reason to oppose the minimum wage. And what do Americans have against vacations?

[Weekend 2e] From Egypt, and analysis of the latest changes in the cabinet. From Europe, Philip Morris pays $1.25bn to settle its money-laundering and smuggling case. From France, on the political messages in the Harry Potter series. From Great Britain, the British are used to absorbing American words and phrases, but something's changed, and is Gordon Brown middle England’s type? From Canada, on the need to adopt proportional representation in elections. Former Fox journalists, internal memos to blow the whistle on Fox partisan bias. Conservatives are preparing to plunge the Senate into an election-year fight over the FMA. A US Representative intends to marry the daughter of a former Guatemalan dictator, and his plans become an electoral issue. In an election of unusual significance, can a running mate swing the vote? On why more news is not necessarily good news. And the liberal media compares the candidates

[Weekend] From Israel, the ICJ declares the West Bank wall illegal. From Russia, an American journalist is shot to death, and an obituary: Father Dimitry Dudko. From Moldova, on the battle against human trafficking. From Great Britain, why New Labour will lose trade union support unless it is prepared to change direction. From Financial Times, on a perfect example of cultural diplomacy at work. Dean and Nader trade barbs in a debate over election roles. From Wired, on Dubai as the new media capital of the Middle East, a piece-by-piece guide to the globe's most advanced bots, Lawrence Lessig on the politics of science, and who needs oil independence when Canada has so much of it? And Larry Flint welcomes the GOP to New York

[Jul 9]  From South Africa, black intellectuals are divided on affirmative action. From Cambodia, on the long-awaited new government. From Israel, an interview with former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid. From Southeast Asia, on the Hmong as an endangered people. From Canada, a poll finds over 40% of teens think America is "evil", while British Columbia is a hotbed of polygamy that has quietly flourished. From Hungary, on Habermas and the national mood in the European Union. From Great Britain, local plays offer sharp rebukes to Blair and Bush, while Jack Straw writes about the European Constitution in The Economist. Europe is reluctantly deciding it has less time for time off. On fighting world poverty: Count the US out. For Kerry, it's not the economy, stupid. It's strength--and again, maybe it's not the economy, though it turns out that swing-voter-ology is a rather inexact science. More on touchscreen voting. Should old media embrace blogging? And on how some bloggers suffer burnout

[Jul 8] From Mexico, former chief of staff's letter deals 'severe blow' to President Vicente Fox. From Sri Lanka, on what the latest suicide bomb blast means for the country's fragile peace process. From Ethiopia, the African Union Heads of State Summit opens, struggling for respect. From Costa Rica, on businessmen as an alternative. From Great Britain, here's the speech by Gordon "Bookworm" Brown at the British Council (and part 2). From Canada, on patriotism and doubt. The UN aims to bring spam under control within two years. Paul Volcker on getting to the bottom of the UN Oil for Food scandal. On the Cheney question: Has President Bush really settled on on his running mate? Why the view that the South has become an entrenched Republican stronghold is a myth. How long will it be before voters actually get to choose the president with a few keystrokes online? And do people care that all candidates are millionaires?

[Jul 7] From Austria, President Thomas Klestil dies. From Israel, ElBaradei's visit and an international court opinion on 'security wall' make for a tough week. From Russia, on the most politically sensitive reform of Vladimir Putin’s presidency: changing the benefits system. From Great Britain, a review of Anthony Seldon's Blair, a short history of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and an article on progressive politics in the next five to ten years. Why a single currency is the answer to the funding shortage in Africa. The Archdiocese of Portland declares bankruptcy. A review of What The Media Are Doing To Our Politics. From Salon, a look at The Gospel According to Karl. Here's part 2 of The New York Times' series on John Kerry. John Edwards in his own words (and let the mudslinging begin!) The New York Post now has its own "Dewey Defeats Truman". And why Mustang Bob still believes in the purest American Dream

[Jul 6] From Saudi Arabia, an interview with Prince Walid Ibn Talal. From Mexico, on the comic book as a political tool. From The Nation, an article on gerrymandering. Combat service is usually a campaign plus, but sparring over Kerry's tour shows this year is different. A review of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty. A review of Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary. On what every American needs to know about our energy conundrum. Make Room for Big Ideas: A look at Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel. All the world's religions have a “Golden Rule,” and nearly all people believe in “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” From Slate, on how Barbara Ehrenreich has established herself as the Times' best columnist. Where's the Arab media's sense of outrage? More on The Creation of the Media. On how documentaries may become potential profit centers. And where are the facts in all these truths?

[Jul 5] From Egypt, democracy is an idea whose time has not yet come. From Russia, court defeats brings Yukos Oil to the verge of bankruptcy, and is the country really that scary? From Germany, on remembering Theodor Herzl, father of Zionism, and 'Mad' King Ludwig II suffered from "compulsive palace-building syndrome". On the continuing practice of female genital mutilation in Africa. The daughter of Qaddafi will help defend Saddam Hussein in court. John Kerry writes an op-ed on a realistic path in Iraq. Enough with the optimism: Why Kerry shouldn't try to out-smile Bush. Politicians talk more about religion, and people expect them to. On Bush's interview with Carol Coleman of Ireland's RTE A look at Dubya's disorderly daughters. Marriages between relatives are legal, but prejudice and myths persist. Thirty-four new sites are inscribed on the World Heritage List. Here's a geography quiz, from the National Geography Bee (and answers). And why Dick Cheney should have read the Field Guide to the North American Bird

[Weekend 2e] From the Philippines, on celebrity politics and the need for reform. From China, on finding new ways to frustrate Hong Kong's democrats. From Mexico, on the downtrodden joining the cult of Saint Death. From South Africa, on the growing divide between the values of business and those of society. From Ethiopia, on the case for protectionism, a rejoinder, and on the possibility for an alternative globalization. Walter Williams on an explanation for Third World poverty, and Thomas Sowell on why America has been spared scenes of poverty and squalor. Francis Fukuyama on bringing back the strong state. From The Observer, on what the magazine got right with its feature entitled 'Eighty for the Eighties', and new selection of 80 prodigiously talented young people who will shape the early 21st century (and more). US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says people affected by offshoring should "stop whining". On the economic policy dilemmas facing Kerry's campaign. And an article on the real world of conventions

[Weekend] From Bolivia, Business Week interviews President Carlos Mesa and indigenous leader Evo Morales. From Botswana, a look at the work of John Hardbattle and his protege Roy Sesana. From New Zealand, some reflections on nation building and Ernest Renan's "What is a Nation?" From Great Britain, on how political journalism is starting to read like a modern version of court gossip. A look at Kerry's philosophy of government and views on management. On the swing state of Tennessee: Kerry can't win it, but can Bush lose it?  Churchgoers get direction from the Bush campaign. Here are articles on Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik. From Salon, California throws down a global warming gauntlet, and why do the sex lives of our politicians have to be strictly vanilla? Media people are the high priests of secular culture, encouraging people to worship what sells. And articles from AJR, on the expanding blogosphere, from OJR on bloggers as a force of change in big media, and from CJR on why the press must rethink its coverage of Campaign '04

[Jul 2] From Ghana, is the black man a truly cursed species? Or is he just intellectually lazy? From Indonesia, understanding the complexities of globalization. From Ukraine, President Leonid Kuchma has been glad-handing once more with the West’s leaders. From Great Britain, who was James Hutton, and what allowed him to become such a unique thinker? From Poland, physicists find a flaw in the EU constitution. Harvard's Alberto Alesina on why Europeans work less than Americans. Here's a socialist perspective on the lessons of the European elections. The winner of the European soccer tournament? Nationalism. A GAO report says Iraq is worse off than before the war began. UNICEF is sending children to survey other children about why so many of them are not going to school. On how the internet is the back alley of choice for bare-knuckle political brawls. Do negative ads work? The Gadflyer clears things up. On John Kerry as once a beauty, now a beast. As William F. Buckley reliquishes ownership of NR, The Wall Street Journal writes on how he drained the fever swamps of American conservatism, and Chronicles compares him to Lady Macbeth

[Jul 1] From Europe, a difficult presidency looms for Jan Peter Balkenende. From France, a court approves the extradition of a reformed Italian killer, reneging on a Mitterrand deal. From The Economist, more on the elections in Canada, the EU presidency, and the Supreme Court decisions (and more). Postcard from Ohio: Just waiting out the business cycle and wage-earners dancing for survival. Why Wall Street research is getting better all the time. Spiked takes a look at the work of Lawrence Lessig, culture warrior. Why Europe's favorite sport is more American than baseball. And in these games, the points are political
[Jul 15] From City Journal, Princeton's Robert George on redefining marriage away, and an article on gay marriage vs. American marriage. A review of Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print. Tina Brown on looking for an angel to outfox Murdoch's flawless malice. Conspiracy Theorists, Unite: A secret conference thought to rule the world, and on money, politics, and four rich men. A review of Revolution in the air: From Malcolm and Martin to Lenin, Mao and Che. An interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski. Whatever else the Iraqi adventure may be about, at least one thing is certain beyond dispute. More on The End of Oil. Francis Fukuyama, declaring his intention to vote against Bush, wants to bring back big government. What will you do if Bush actually wins? How it is that Christians ought to be involved in society? Why the "God gap" is a political myth. From Christianity Today, are today's kinda culpas more safe than sorry? A review of The Case For A Creator. On the flaws in Christian doctrine of annihiliationism. And an interview on religious unbelief in the world

[Jul 14]
From US News, a look at the fight for Florida, on how Kerry turned his campaign around, and John Leo on blogging the watchdogs. From Reason, on 10 reasons to fire Bush, an unjustly overlooked American recording artist. Can the Constitution Party's Michael Peroutka be Bush's Nader? On the year 1988 in the making of George W. Bush. Kerry has a deep, dark secret sure to be exploited: He likes soccer! From Slate, how does the Saudi relationship with the Bush family affect U.S. foreign policy? From Salon, a phone interview with Ralph Nader, an interview with Anonymous, author of Imperial Hubris (and a review), why books have not been killed off by the "visual culture", and on the politics of online romance. From the First Amendment Center, freedom takes strong stomachs, but many of us have indigestion. Karen Armstrong on marriage and the suppression of ego, and is marriage a form of discrimination? From Lew Rockwell, why shouldn't secession be a political tactic? A look at the work of economist Thomas Sowell and cartoonist Ted Rall. And on the eve of a new film, it is time to reassess Che Guevara

[Jul 13] A new issue of Le Monde diplomatique is out, including an editorial on how violence begins at home, and is there really a rise in oil prices?  A new issue of New Internationalist is out, on cooperatives. A new issue of The Geonomist is out. Jean Bethke Elshtain reviews books on Gandhi, and on what happens when church and culture conspire to ignore the meaning of words. Michael Kazin reviews Micklethwait and Wooldridge's The Right Nation. Why Democrats must make a campaign issue of Bush’s full-court attack on basic values. A profile of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. And Benjamin Netanyahu on why Israel needs a fence

[Jul 12] From the World Socialist Web Site, a series on the politics of opportunism: the “radical left” in France (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7), and a review of Alex Callinicos’s An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto (part 2 and part 3). An excerpt from "The Coming Collapse of China". More on Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism. From The American Conservative, on ten lessons to take away from Iraq, and a review of Samuel Huntington's Who Are We? From Socialist Review, an interview on Che Guevara's life and legacy, and will the Iraqis humble the mighty US empire? A short look at the long history of intelligence failures. Why the current feeling of security cannot avert potential disruptions to the world order. From ready-to-gamble visionaries to bunker-mentality reactionaries in 34 neoconservative steps, with Tom Engelhardt. And here's a defense of Prospect magazine's list of the Top 100 UK intellectuals

[Weekend 2e] From The Observer, on why Saddam Hussein must stand trial. Why lessons of the past can help fight terror of the future. More on Timothy Garton Ash's Free World. An article on Sunstein and the New Bill of Rights. On how the AFL-CIO is looking beyond unions. On how Paul Krugman has become the West's most quotable public intellectual. An interview with William F. Buckley. If Alexander Hamilton comes into the blue column, can Lincoln be far behind? A study shows money does seem to seem to buy greater happiness, but it does not buy more sex. On the sorry decline of the modern male libido. Why abortion is still needed as early as possible, as late as necessary. Peter Steinfels takes a look at the Religious Left. And from New York, how the city has become prime conversion ground; to read the news these days is to survey a sprawling realm of suburban political malfeasance; and on the story behind the breakup of the Kings of Tort

[Weekend] From Reason, Cathy Young on how political correctness never died, Brink Lindsey on 10 truths about trade, and a review of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead. From The Mises Institute, why capitalism is inevitable. Alan Wolfe applies the pamphlet standard to recently published volumes in which liberals and conservatives have at each other. A profile of Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!  From American Sexuality, on how the LGB vote can be vital in areas of high concentrations of gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Bush has often changed tacks on foreign policy issues. Will voters care? And want to know who is going to win the presidential election? Look at the party platforms

[Jul 9] From The New Republic, the Bush administration is pressuring Pakistan to find high-value targets in July, and on why there may be a simple, overlooked, and incredibly basic reason why the fighting in Iraq refuses to end. On terrorism: We've got them right where they want us. Stuart Taylor on how Bush's overreaching hurts the war against terrorism. An interview with Dominique Grisay, Saddam's lawyer. A look at the implications of an independent Kurdish state. From The Atlantic Monthly, a flashback: Do we really need a Vice President? and an interview with Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World. From Open Democracy, an article on the sport of politics, a profile of Tariq Ramadan, on the challenges for UNCTAD, and is the Chinese world discovering democracy? On how many Christian teens hold mushy beliefs antithetical to the creed. And excerpts from Grand Canyon: A Different View, a creationist book approved by the National Park Service for sale in park bookstores and gift shops

[Jul 8] Oxford's David Priestland on why Cold War ideology doesn't work. Jim Hoagland on finding 'normality' after Sept. 11. From Open Democracy, Roger Scruton on David Held's delusions of internationalism. An article on the irrationality of patriotism. Robert Skidelsky reviews In Defence of Globalisation and Why Globalisation Works. A review of The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia. From Intellectual Conservative, an interview with former Senator Malcolm Wallop. An essay on liberal intellectuals, then and now. Some economists increasingly believe there may indeed be viable solutions to at least some of the nation's health problems. Can consumers rewrite the dark and brutal story of America's big slaughterhouses? Barbara Ehrenreich on the new Cosby kids. When are blogs fated to come under the thumb of the powers that be? And why don't young people read daily newspapers? Why should they?

[Jul 7] From Political Affairs, an interview with Doug Henwood, editor of Left Business Observer, an essay on capitalism and sports, and a review of The Twilight of Equality? A review of Dissident Marxism: Past Voices for Present Times. A review of The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia out in the Cold. Chris Patten reviews Timothy Garton Ash's Free World, and a review of The End of Oil. From FEE, a review of Benjamin Constant's Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments. Arnold Kling comes out against wonkism. A review of books on and by Alexis de Tocqueville. A look at the Storck-Woods debate on Catholic social teaching going on at Chronicles' website. Couples are increasingly finding that living apart is the best way to stay together. Women can deal with sexual harrassment, but what happens when it stops? And from PopMatters, don't call me a mule, jackass!

[Jul 6] From Open Democracy, on the coming foreign policy civil wars within the Democratic Party, introducing a debate about multiculturalism, a response to David Held's recent article on globalization, and where now for Europe? How are Americans viewed by people outside the borders? A review of History lessons: How Textbooks From Around the World Portray U.S. History (and more). A look at a new book, The Complete Success Guide for the Immigrant Life: How to Survive, How to Thrive, How to Be Fully Alive. On how nationalism is gathering fresh strength in pivotal patches of the world. More on Martin Wolf's Why Globalisation Works. Herbert London on the present global culture war. Why History still has a few surprises in store. Chicago's John Mearsheimer on US power in the 21st century. From TNR, on the closing of the presidential mind. And from Swans, it is time to do Leo Strauss some more

[Jul 5] From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on the Chinese Century. Jeffrey Rosen on the recent Supreme Court terrorism cases. On why the chief justice isn't the Chief Justice. Did one woman's obsession take America to war? A look at the work of Laurie Mylroie. Why old Europe may have the upper hand over US neo-cons. More on Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism (and a Mulism woman walks into a bar...), and a review of Thomas Sowell's Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study. More and more on Cass Sunstein's The Second Bill of Rights. More on Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives. On how the US has become a nation of bystanders. A review of Big Sister: How Extreme Feminism Has Betrayed the Fight for Sexual Equality. Who would have guessed that Generation Xers would be complaining about too little time with the children? More on The Wisdom of Crowds. And more and more on How Soccer Explains the World (and an excerpt)

[Weekend 2e] On religion and politics: From CrossCurrents, a special issue on The Passion of Cinema, with an introduction, and "I didn't see any anti-Semitism": Why Many Christians Don’t Have a Problem with The Passion of the Christ. From Commonweal, on politics, idolatry and the limits of compromise, and on a prolife case against Bush. A new document circulating among evangelicals warns of being too enmeshed in partisan politics. From Christianity Today, why discovering Noah's ark would be a major coup. An interview on why New Age is a challenge for Christianity. William Schneider on how observant and dissenting Catholics disagree on the proper role of the church in politics. More on Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning. An interview with Syracuse's Huston Smith on politics and religion. From Remnant, on the moral obligation to dress modestly. And from The Door Magazine, Joe Bob Briggs on homosexual saints, a look at emoticons for the modern church, and "They're exegeting within Niebuhr's ‘Christ in Community' concept. They're keepin' it real"

[Weekend] From Foreign Policy, an excerpt from John Judis' The Folly of Empire, and articles on Europe as the metrosexual power, on Europe's quiet leap forward, on Iraq's excluded women, and who outside the administration is to blame for the turmoil in Iraq? The list is long. Dinesh D'Souza on why the Islamic critique cuts deep, but there is an answer. Here are some tips for distinguishing between terrorists and innocent bystanders. From Better Humans, science and technology don't exist in a vacuum, so you need to get political, even if science is a bunch of politicized factions. Fight the Power: John McWhorter on why hip-hop must be stopped. Matthew Yglesias on how Democrats can win every time on domestic policy debates. From Adbusters, on the growth of capitalist identity. From Dissent, an essay on Cell Phones, Surveillance, and the State Monitoring Daily Life. Aren’t arguments against government surveillance really efforts to protect our own crimes from detection? And on how gadgets meant to connect us also end up isolating us

[Jul 2] From Monthly Review, a special issue on China and socialism, with an introduction. From LA Weekly, a series of articles on the leftist case for patriotism. Chris Patten on why Huntington's clash of civilization logic isn't Europe's. John Gray reviews Francis Fukuyama's State-Building. Immanuel Wallerstein on the geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East. Rolling Stone convenes a panel of experts to discuss what went wrong in Iraq. From The National Interest, why shouldn't Iran seek nuclear weapons? After all, it is reacting to the US loss of power. And has Bush made matters worse on nuclear terror? Stuart Taylor wants to know. From The New Atlantis, on the dilemmas of German bioethics. From The Independent, Johann Hari asks Peter Singer to justify himself. Tony Judt on Edward Said, rootless cosmopolitan. The Atlantic Monthly interviews Alain De Botton. An interview with David Hackett Fischer, author of Washington's Crossing. More on The Wisdom of Crowds. From Writ, on the Supreme Court's terrorism cases: What they held, and why they are important. And why party politics are a poor guide to understanding the US Supreme Court

[Jul 1] A new issue of Bad Subjects is out, including an introduction. Cass Sunstein reviews The Wisdom of Crowds. From Al-Ahram, a review of Hans Blix's Disarming Iraq. From The Weekly Standard, on comparing Bush to Mussolini and a review of The Real Jimmy Carter. An interview with Douglass North and James Wolfensohn, on global poverty and the World Bank. David Suzuki on ideology as the greatest climate challenge. Gregg Easterbrook on the age of terror: "Safety is relative." Robert Samuelson on how polarization sells. A review of New Philosophy for a New Media. And from MediaGuardian, on the terrifying power of the bloggers
[Jul 15]  Susan Haack (Miami): Truth and Justice, Inquiry and Advocacy, Science and Law. From Ctheory, an essay on Being Nothing: George W. Bush as Presidential Simulacrum. From the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Eric Harth (Syracuse): Art and Reductionism pdf. A review of The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain, a review of The Cambridge Companion to Quine, and more on Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People. On how we're closer to primitive man than we thought. From The Believer, in the penthouse of the ivory tower. A talk with John Carroll, author of The Wreck of Western Culture -- Humanism Revisited. A review of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary. From Humanities, an article on teaching the Nation's history. What should we be teaching in the 21st century? On how idle computers are a researcher's dream. And how was it that the feminine monarch replaced the king as the center of power in chess?

[Jul 14] David Law (UCSD): Generic Constitutional Law. A new issue of Boston Review is out, including an article on how the Democrats can win (with responses), an essay by Martha Nussbaum on why women were mutilated in Gujarat, an article on ending the standoff in Chechnya, and does Joschka Fischer really believe in anything? A new issue of the Claremont Review of Books is out, including an essay on Leo Strauss and American foreign policy, a review of books on Reaganism, a review of The Myth of the Imperial Judiciary: Why the Right is Wrong about the Courts, a review of Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government, and what happened to the colorblind constitution? James Q. Wilson takes a look at Bare Branches and distorted sex ratios in China and India. From Lakeland Community College, a lawsuit tests religious speech in class. From Australia, on taking a philosophical approach to learning. From Mauritius, how can students enjoy the study of science? And on discoveries that have arguably roiled physicists more than anything since Galileo

[Jul 13] Jeffrey Alan Johnson (Wisconsin): On the Infelicities of Hate Speech as Political Action pdf. An essay on Ethics in the Era of Globalization. From News & Letters, an essay on the concreteness of Marxist-Humanism. A review of Descartes's Theory of Mind, and a review of A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and Brutal. An obituary: Peter Birks.  A review of the second edition of The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary; and a review of Private Power and Global Authority: Transnational Merchant Law in the Global Political Economy pdf. And purple patch on the loyalist's threat of exit

[Jul 12] J. Henry Barton and Allan M. Hunchuk (Thiel): All That is Solid Melts into Air: World Systems Theory. From AEI, you can download a book by Willam Landes and Richard Posner, The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law. A review of Contemporary Political Concepts, A Critical Introduction. Negotiating law, culture, and justice: A review of The Cultural Defense. A review of The Science of the Struggle for Existence: On the Foundations of Ecology. A review of Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion. From The Chronicle, how the Academic Bill of Rights is worrying people on both the left and the right; insiders agree the financial squeeze on university presses is likely to persist; and why are college reunions important? What purpose do they serve? New on the endangered species list: The bookworm. On how 'Mickey Mouse' courses can be rigorous, relevant and lucrative. And on education: A view from the Oldschool

[Weekend 2e] From The Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, a symposium: The Death Penalty, Religion, & the Law: Is Our Legal System’s Implementation of Capital Punishment Consistent with Judaism or Christianity? From the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Dirk Dunbar (UWF): The Evolution of Rock and Roll: Its Religious and Ecological Themes; and an essay on Devil Music and the Great Beast: Ozzy Osbourne, Aleister Crowley, and the Christian Right. How rock and roll is founded upon an inversion of natural order, the calling card of Lucifer. "Mr. Turner, how can we really know what is right and what is wrong?" Massimo Pigliucci on the neurobiology of regret. Michael Ruse reviews Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, and does the universe look like a soccer ball? If we don't find out soon, we may never know. And more on the NEA report on the decline of reading

[Weekend] Julio Nuñoz-Rubio (UNAM): Political Economy at Nature: The Ideological Background  of Darwinian Discourse. Thomas Dietz (MSU): What is a Good Decision? Criteria for Environmental Decision Making. And a review of What is Thought?; a review of Evolution and Learning: Baldwin Effect Reconsidered; a review of Evolution, Gender, and Rape; a review of From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category; a review of The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva; a review of Darwin's Legacy: What Evolution Means Today; and a review of Science, Seeds and Cyborgs: Biotechnology and the Appropriation of Life

[Jul 9] Ethan Leib (Yale): Ugly White Districts: What Should Sandy Do? Hans W. Kristiansen and Willy Pedersen (Oslo): Putting queer theory into practice. Here's an online book, Identities: How Governed, Who Pays? An article on a new book, Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the 20th Century. Is it possible there is yet another ism to mobilize against?: A look at a new book, Somebodies and Nobodies. Here are some reflections on Elaine Showalter’s Teaching Literature. A review of The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited. Why aren't Americans more interested in literature? Scott McLemee on a NEA study that finds no group reads as much literature as it once did. Harold Bloom on the drop-off in reading today. ProQuest acquires Serials Solutions, a provider of e-journal management and linking services. On the new science of decision making: It's not as rational as you think. And the science of lie detection has a chequered past. But it is becoming more reliable

[Jul 8]  Stephen Douglas Smith (USD): Toleration and Liberal Commitments. Ruth Gordon (Villanova) and Jon Sylvester (GSU): Deconstructing Development. Brian Leiter (Texas): American Legal Realism. A review of Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court; a review of Re-Imagining Justice: Progressive Interpretations of Formal Equality, Rights, and the Rule of Law; a review of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality; and a review of Criminal Visions: Media Representations of Crime and Justice. More on Edward Said's Humanism and Democratic Criticism. From Great Britain, academics are increasingly being forced to justify themselves, but how can you quantify an academic's work? Why can't doctors be more scientific? And some research on beauty: It's linked to good or bad traits; and on happiness: It may be all in the genes

[Jul 7] From The Hudson Review, an essay on Hating America, Harold Fromm on Overcoming the Oversoul: Emerson’s Evolutionary Existentialism, and a look at Jean Starobinski's History of "Reaction": The Uses and Dangers of Metaphorical Language. From Bookforum, Craig Calhoun reviews Robert Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity, more on The Wisdom of Crowds, and a review of Edward Said's Humanism and Democratic Criticism. From Australia, on the life and work of John Locke. From France, on Bernard-Henri Levy and his views on America... and Israel, where an academic's death adds fuel to the Israeli boycott campaign. Where does Brian Greene stand in the pantheon of physicists? From The Chronicle, is there a science crisis in the US? Scientific American interviews Ernst Mayr (and more). And an article on how old people boosted human evolution

[Jul 6] APSA makes papers available from the recent Conference on Teaching and Learning. From Economic Sociology, on Laurent Thevenot and the French Convention School: A Short Introduction, an interview, and a review of The General Sociology of Harrison White. A new issue of Ephemera is out. An essay on Nietzsche and the Body of Knowledge. From Salon, who says theory is dead? On Judy Butler and why postmodern theory is more crucial now than ever. More on Hannah Arendt's Responsibility and Judgment. A review of Heidegger and the Issue of Space. Thinking on Exilic Grounds. A review of Desert and Justice. From Nature, here's a webpage with articles on the debate about open access to publishing, and an introduction. And what might appear an arcane argument assumes significance following the election of economist Partha Dasgupta as a fellow of the Royal Society

[Jul 5]  From 49th Parallel, Omar Swartz (Colorado): Narrative Themes of the American Character; and Stephen Brooks (Windsor): Hate Speech and the Rights Cultures of Canada and the United States. From UCLA, a conference examines trade blocs, neoliberalism, and the quality of life in Latin America. From The Scientist, as the evidence accumulates for epigenetics, researchers reacquire a taste for Lamarckism, and a lament to the loss of naming-by-discoverer in biology. The human brain is seven times bigger than what you'd predict from the size of our body. What accounts for the big boom? Diane Ackerman sings the body's pattern recognition machine. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is selling like hot cakes in the US and one eminent New York critic is not happy. On a new new "bestsellers" list that records the most borrowed and requested books at hundreds of public libraries. And the SAT tests: a) General intelligence b) Academic aptitude c) Test-taking skills d) Nobody really knows

[Weekend 2e]  From History Today (reg. req.), a look at the decline of Spain in the 17th century, a review of The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement and the Ideas behind it, and on the role of the US Supreme Court and civil rights from 1865 onwards. Cass Sunstein on how, in the term just ended at the Supreme Court, minimalism emerged triumphant. A review of Hendrik Hertzberg's Politics: Observations & Arguments, 1966-2004. A review of Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth--by People, for People. A look at the controversial new book, Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population, and the controversial new documentary, The N Word. In America, even the intellectuals are anti-intellectual. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, on the provost as gatekeeper, and what do you do if a colleague is a fraud but a great teacher? An article on finding happiness in moving from cubicle to classroom. Here's a miscellany of social science information. And on the latest offbeat news from academia

[Weekend] Law & Politics Book Review: A review of Public Law; a review of The Idea of Public Law; a review of The Essential Concept of Law; a review of Constitutional Justice: A Liberal Theory if the Rule of Law; a review of The Rule of Law, Freedom and Prosperity; a review of Courts, Justice and Efficiency: A Socio-Legal Study of Economic Rationality in Adjudication; a review of Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age; a review of The Price of Rights: The Courts, Government Largesse, and Fundamental Liberties; a review of Regulation in the States; a review of The Quality of Freedom; a review of Privacies: Philosophical Evaluations; a review of Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison; a review of Thinking About Crime: Sense and Sensibility in American Penal Culture; a review of You Can't Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws; and a review of The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore

[Jul 2]  Brian Balogh (Virginia): The State of the State Among Historians pdf. Stefan Auer (UCD): The revolutions of 1989 revisited. Svetlana Slapsak (ISH): Ancient strategies of complexity. An excerpt, "From Popular to Personal Democracy, from Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined its Citizens and Privatized its Public, by Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg pdf. Here's an online book by Max Planck Institute's Paul Baltes, Wisdom as orchestration of mind and virtue. A review of The Moral Capital of Leaders: Why Virtue Matters and Is the Market Moral? A review of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History. From Princeton, a family claims the university misused a donation made to the Wilson School. For a small band of academics who use scientific formulas to predict elections President Bush is on his way to a sizable win. From The Guardian, how certain race issues are highly sensitive, on Gillian Beer, a leading figure at the interface between science and literature, on how universities are changing London (and more), and are there too many graduates in creative subjects? And here's an open letter to the next generation of physicists

[Jul 1]  James Repetti (BC): Democracy, Taxes, and Wealth, and a paper on From 'Tragedy' to 'Disaster': Welfare Effects of Commons and Anticommons Dilemmas. From edge.org, a talk with research psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. A review of An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, and more on Philip Ball's Critical Mass. Alex Callinicos pays tribute to the life and work of Brian Manning. From The Chronicle, on the contradictions of cultural conservatism in the assault on American colleges, and the ouster of Kansas State U.'s newspaper director has college - journalism advisers seeing red. And is an MBA degree a sham?