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[Jun 30] From Canada, what next? Government by uncertainty. From Peru, former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos is sentenced to 15 years in prison. From Mongolia, why the country needs a new electoral system. From Japan, how the constitution is under threat. From Great Britain, on the Respect Coalition: Reactionaries in progressive clothing? From Germany, on lessons of Islam in the classroom. It's a secular age, but Europeans still go on religious quests, treks and pilgrimages. John Keegan on how the neo-cons can do it better next time. Fouad Ajami on Iraq's new history. And Stuart Eizenstat on how weak states are a security threat

[Jun 29] From Canada, Liberals return to power, but only with a minority. From Bosnia, EU peacekeepers could take over NATO’s mandate by the end of the year. From Europe, Portuguese prime minister Jose Manuel Durão Barroso has become an official candidate for European Commission president. From Thailand, academics slam populist policies. The US will offer North Korea an incentive package for nuclear talks, practically identical to the accord that President Clinton signed with Pyongyang in 1994. The US and Libya restore diplomatic ties. Declassified documents show CIA planned a guerrilla campaign in Iran in case its 1953 plan to ouster the government of Mohammad Mossadegh fell through. The US Supreme Court affirms detainees' right to use courts, some excerpts, and a conversation between former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and Slate's Dahlia Lithwick. On why Partisan America is more "purple" than pundits tell you. John Kerry must decide how much Clintonism is too much. The answer depends on what the definition of "Clintonism" is. And was Clinton a liberal? It depends on what the meaning of "liberal" is

[Jun 28] From Iraq, US hands over sovereignty ahead of schedule, and a Q & A. From Pakistan, PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali resigns at request of Musharraf (and a profile). From Serbia, liberal Boris Tadic wins presidential election, and the reaction from the West. From Canada, on democracy's pros and cons, and on reframing the abortion question. From Great Britain, press freedom and public service broadcasting have many enemies and one of them is elitism, and where are our intellectuals when we need them? From Sweden on the launching of an English-language conservative newspaper, The Spectator. Gary Wills on the Bishops vs. the Bible. A profile of Wonkette, fearless driver of Beltway buzz. Is Cambridge, MA becoming less of a place and more of an idea of a place? On sex clubs: An obscure world made up of many nations. On pursuing the libido's dark side: Lord Foucault is an admitted rapist. How a very muscular baby offers hope against diseases. And it's not easy being thirtysomethings, bowed under existentialist woes'

[Weekend 2e] From Brazil, a profile of Lula, last leftist hero? From Venezuela, how many lives does Hugo Chavez have? From Armenia, President Robert Kocharian is a dictator in the making. From India, can new prime minister Manmohan Singh tame the communists? From Slovakia, on being the "Monaco on the Danube". From Russia, 80% of marriages end up in divorce. From Great Britain, what's wrong with a national DNA register? From Newsweek, on how Latin America lags behind. The Economist comes out against the proposed EU Constitution.  Barbara Crossette on changing mindsets and fortunes in the poorest nations. How world trade may be disrupted by new anti-terror rules for ports and ships that are about to come into force. Is Alan Greenspan fretting enough about inflation? (and more) Libertarian Free Staters converge on New Hampshire. And Sir John Templeton donates $1 million to counter George Soros

[Weekend] From Spain, as civil war veterans remember their dead, the country is entering a new phase of democratic development. From Canada, an article on Stephen Harper and the upstart Calgary School of political philosophy, and on where the New Right is going wrong. From Zimbabwe, a look at opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, and Vaclav Havel comments on the country's struggles for democracy. From National Journal, a look at Bush's record on defense policy. As the US drops its plan to exempt its soldiers from the ICC, NPQ's Nathan Gardels interviews Mary Robinson. Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda on Bush and America's neglected hemisphere. After telling Senator Leahy to go "fuck yourself", Dick 'Big-Time' Cheney says he "felt better afterwards... it was long overdue". Groups allied with President Bush are encouraging conservatives to help Ralph Nader, while Bush pursues the Vatican vote. Preach it, brother: Why did Kerry stop talking about faith? The New York Times profiles Norman Podhoretz. On the other Reagan legacy: Outspoken son Ron. And on D.C. flexing its political muscle, one tattoo at a time

[Jun 25] From Canada, the campaign between Harper and Martin goes down to the wire. From Japan, on the transformation of Heizo Takenaka from professor to politician. From Zimbabwe, on racism as an excuse for Africa's new tyrants. From India, on the culture clash between a job-hopper son vs a loyal father. A profile of Miguel Angel Rodriguez, former president of Costa Rica and new OAS Secretary General. An article assessing a gruesome toll after a rash of beheadings. From Salon, on how Senior Homeland Security official Faisal Gill failed to disclose that he worked for an American Muslim leader now in jail on terrorism charges, and a follow-up; a review of books on the United States of Texas; and the Green Party's Jeff Horwitz talks about Nader's latest betrayal. And here's a recent speech delivered by Al Gore at Georgetown

[Jun 24] From Europe, Spain and Portugal call for referendums on the EU. From Japan, how military should the country be? From China, does it have the will to become a Big Power? An article on the Swedenization of Europe. Fatwas.com: the subterranean world of Islam's radical fringe can be found on countless Internet sites. Backed by 48 Nobel laureates, Kerry promises to lift the limits on federal financing of stem-cell research. More on the controversy surrounding Tom De Lay. Corporate executives join the backlash against the regulations introduced as part of the post-Enron crackdown. And a look at the plans for a Freedom Center, a museum to occupy 9/11's ground zero

[Jun 23] From Russia, heavy fighting erupts in Ingushetia. From Nigeria, on faith, freedom and fascism. From Europe, a pro-European centrist group in Parliament is in the making. What would it take to create a truly European publication? An article on educating Europe. Media-wise historians and scientists dominate a list of Britain's 100 most influential intellectuals. Egad! Is Canadian politics getting interesting? Slate reads the juicy bits of Bill Clinton's My Life so you don't have to. And more on David Brooks' On Paradise Drive

[Jun 22] From the Philippines, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wins election. From Turkey, on intellectuals and the Kurdish idenitity. From Mongolia, an end to one-party domination? From Europe, Croatia, ready for its close-up, is told it can begin negotiations to join the EU, while the Caucasus countries join the New Neighborhood Initiative. A look at how the EU really works. The US is accused of tying to isolate the UN Population Fund. Ralph Nader picks Peter Camejo as his running mate. An analysis of Connecticut Governor John Rowland's resignation. Robert Samuelson calls blogs "the fast food of the news business". A review of The Submarine: A Reader. Do half of American men over 40 need a pill to make their sex lives complete? And purple patches on reach of reason and the perspective of freedom by Amartya Sen

[Jun 21] From South Asia, India and Pakistan establish a nuclear hotline. From South Korea, on the meaning of plebiscites and referendums, and Financial Times talks to former president Kim Dae-jung. From Singapore, activists worry about being labelled political. From the US, St. Croix, Maine is to observe the 400th anniversary of first settlement. From Australia, Germaine Greer on whites and aborigines. The WTO rules against US cotton subsidies. A human rights report says the US has 'secret' detention centers. A senior US intelligence official warned Bush he is playing into Bin Laden's hand. On Bush, Saddam's pistol and the phallic equivalent of a scalp. A review of books on Bush, from his spiritual life to his approach to war. As Alan Greenspan begins his fifth term, not everyone on Wall Street is cheering. Why George Will is always an intellectual, but not always a conservative. Jonathan Chait on why this election isn't all it's cracked up to be. ChristianExodus.org wants conservative Christians to move to South Carolina to form a biblically inspired government and secede from the United States. And on cynical marketing gimmicks and how to kick-start the revolt against 'special days'

[Weekend 2e] From China, the government says Taiwan may resort to terrorism. From Europe, "we blame the government... whoever they are," and from Great Britain, is compulsory voting the answer to low turnout? From the United States, Americans opt out of doing civic duty. There are newer revelations that Bush is indecisive, moody, paranoid and delusional. Is Tom DeLay's day of reckoning drawing nearer? From Salon, Joe Conason on the anti-Clinton slime machine, and on how the talking heads wet kiss each other. More than ever before, Jonah Goldberg comes to appreciate the importance of dogma. Brendan O'Neill on what the Victorians can teach us about city life. Athens had its marketplaces, Paris its salons, and now Rockingham its Socratic soirees. From Utne, a look at the Green Dollhouse Project. What is the secret of Ikea's success? And what exactly is a Mållen clip for? A look at the New Geeks, people who are technically trained but also work in other disciplines. On boldface names: why do the other guys get the swell assignments? Want to attract single voters? Drop the underpants. And why do politicians lie?

[Weekend] From Europe, a final EU constitution wins approval (and some highlights). From Australia, utopia was a plain away. From China, will the country go green, or will it face an environmental meltdown? From New Zealand, a philosopher urges schools to teach religion. On how politics in Belgium is something else. Obituary: Jacek Kuron (and more). The IAEA delivers a stinging rebuke to Iran for its lack of cooperation. Kofi Annan and Lula call for using free trade to raise living standards. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on how globalization requires the legitimacy only democracy can give. Paul Kennedy on how the US needs to blend democratic ideals with geopolitical wisdom. An interview with Bob Kerrey on Iraq and democracy. An interview with Michigan's Juan Cole. An op-ed piece on how the holy warriors learned to hate. A review of Understanding Terror Networks. On the Saudi civil war: Who is fighting? Who will win? And is the House of Saud good for the West and the rest? Muslims in the West are talking, but is anyone listening? And want to know what the secret code to launch America's ICBMs was?

[Jun 18] From Europe, Hungarian Livia Járóka becomes the first Roma MEP. From Iran, how conservatives are now underpinned by military ideologues. From Singapore, sometimes the best leaders act like followers. From Mali, there are worse things than life on a rubbish dump. From China, on replacing the Japanese as the world's most fanatical shoppers. From Great Britain, the party with the most credible version of choice may be the one given the poisoned chalice of governing. On how Pierluigi Collina can become a referee to lead Europe. From The Economist, an analysis of the informal economy, and back to the 1970's? Why loose monetary policy is encouraging rising inflation. An excerpt from The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis. More from William Saletan on swing state West Virginia. How John Kerry should learn a few tricks from Bill Clinton. On the potential for the use of blogs to shape opinions by dressing partisans up as new and anonymous sources. The Los Angeles Times on the Craiglist phenomenon. Should you believe The National Enquirer? Jack Shafer wants to know. And on the kookiest, darkest, most grimly compelling court case in America

[Jun 17] From Belgium, an increasing number of politicians say Vlaams Blok should be allowed to join the next government, while the country's skeptics commit mass suicide. From Ivory Coast, on illegal migration and the lure of the north. From South Africa, what the hell has June 16 achieved for the African majority? From India, on faith and two democracies. From the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention rejects school pullout call and leaves the Baptist World Alliance. Dennis Kucinich plans to make his presence felt through the Democratic National Convention and beyond. Business Week interviews Howard Dean. The internal GOP battle over immigration gets ugly. William Saletan takes a look at West Virginia, another swing state. Trying to motivate young voters, hip-hop goes political. The Weekly Standard on the secret life of Newt Gingrich. And Clinton-haters vs. Bush-bashers? No contest

[Jun 16] From Equatorial Guinea, Miguel Abia Biteo has been named the new prime minister. From Great Britain, Tony Blair stands firm on Europe. From Mongolia, after more than 80 years without surnames, citizens need to pick one. Why Turkey in Europe is not a minor question. Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on the World Bank and its human rights problem. No question: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history. From The American Spectator, is the Talmud Republican? Tim Berners-Lee is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize, for inventing the Web. On climate change: Is the world worth saving? And are we all really doomed? Our fears have grown exponentially over the past half-century
[Jun 30]  From the Radical Middle Newsletter, on a movement that would have us listen to and learn from each other, a review of books on radical-middleness, and "wake up, you there in the Beltway: Here come the independents!" What role have the third party mavericks played in US history? An article on how political parties focus on different moralities. A party with class: A conversation with the New School's Adolph Reed. From the John Birch Society's The New American, on elections and congressional districts. And a flashback from the National Review archives: The publisher's statement by William F. Buckley, Nov. 19, 1955

[Jun 29]
 From Salon, an interview with Bill Clinton, an interview with Thomas Frank, and an interview with Chicago's Cass Sunstein (and an article adapted from his new book, The Second Bill of Rights). Francis Fukuyama on shattered illusions. Richard Clarke now turns to reviewing books, with Anonymous' Imperial Hubris. A look at the costs if Iraq goes up in smoke. David Brooks on the age of political segregation. Thomas Fleming on Catholic morality and political ethics. An interview with MoveOn's Joan Blades. Michael Lind on how a future population of 9bn can enjoy the lifestyle of today's rich without crippling the environment. Why it is not too early to start thinking about how we are going to manage the planet. On the choice for voters in November: Health care or tax cuts. A review of books on taxes and other traps. From The Nation, articles on the planned protests at the Republican and the Democratic conventions. Clinton's affair with Monica called his character into question; Bush's true colors emerged on 9/11. And as the Founding Fathers meet George Bush, Gordon Wood asks, "Where are the Jeffersons of today?"

[Jun 28] From New Politics, an essay on Iraq: The Case for Immediate Withdrawal, a review of Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science--From the Babylonians to the Mayans, and perspectives on the upcoming elections: editorial members Michael Hirsch on Left Politics and Posturing in the Presidential Race; Stephen Shalom writes In Defense of Tactical Voting (Sometimes); and Thomas Harrison on The Dead-End of Lesser-Evilism. The June issue of Prospect, is now online, including articles by Niall Ferguson on the EU Constitution, James Lovelock on global warming, and Jason Burke on how the war in Iraq is radicalising a new generation of Islamic terrorist freelancers. And from Open Democracy, a report on a conference on how to save the world, why the UN should look to the long-term, on al-Qaida’s subtle, long–term strategy to expand its influence in the world’s richest oil region, Todd Gitlin on the battle for sacred votes in the US, and what can be done to make the European public sphere real in citizens’ minds?

[Weekend 2e]  A new issue of Legal Affairs is out, including an article by Richard Posner on citing foreign laws in US legal decisions (and a response), on lawyers spending money on TV ads, and want your kid to disappear? An interview with the ACLU's Anthony Romero. Stuart Taylor on the case of the gradually disappearing Supreme Court. When a federal judge compares George W. Bush to Benito Mussolini, is that newsworthy? How conservatives got nearly everything they wanted out of Bush's judicial nominee deal--and why they're still upset. While seated on the bench, an Oklahoma judge used a male enhancement pump, shaved and oiled his nether region, and pleasured himself. From TNR, on the Supreme Court decision on Cheney's energy commission, and Randall Kennedy reviews books on schools and racial inequality. And from ZNet, a series of articles on the New American Apartheid (and part 2, part 3, and part 4)

[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including articles on making torture legal, on the truth about the drug companies, and will Turkey make it to the EU? From New Statesman, on a dangerous time to be a Jew, a review of SCUM Manifesto, and more on Willing Slaves. From The Economist, a look at the future of advertising. Can corporations safeguard labor and human rights? An excerpt from Martin Wolf's Why Globalization works. More on the upcoming release of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Anonymous. Kenneth Pollack remains deeply torn about the decision to invade Iraq. From American Diplomacy, an essay on the United States as global power. Slate on the Pentagon's fuzzy math, and on the false promises of a draft. Jessica Stern on how the terrorists' own words can help us stop them. On the parallels between Russia's Chechnya and America's Iraq. The Progressive's Matthew Rothschild on American amnesia. Daniel Pipes on Europe's threat to the West. And Al-Ahram investigates the report that Gaddafi ordered the assassination of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah

[Jun 25] From Prospect, who are Britain's top 100 intellectuals? You can vote for your top 5. A review of Michael Ignatieff's Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. Paul Krugman on the work of Princeton's Alan Krueger and Stanford's David Laitin on terrorism. From The New Republic, on Jack Ryan and the politics of meta-sins. A report on Socialism 2004, a weekend of political discussion at a conference in Chicago. An article on the economy that never sleeps. What have been the results of compulsory education, a concept now over 100 years old in America? A review of John Judis' William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives. A review of One No, Many Yeses. More on rethinking the history of the Inquisition. The Nation resurrects an article by Margaret Mead on modern marriage. And an article on something called immortalist utilitarianism

[Jun 24] Columbia's Alfred Stepan of Islam's electoral divide. Duke's Robert Keohane and Princeton's Anne Marie Slaughter on Bush's mistaken view of US democracy. On Abu Ghraib, the torture memo and Carl Schmitt. Joseph Stiglitz on the US as a lawless sheriff. Sy Hersh on Israel and the Kurds. From Foreign Affairs, a review of Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis, a review of Partners at the Creation: The Men Behind Postwar Germany's Defense and Intelligence Establishments, and Walter Russell Mead reviews Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. So the nation was split into Red States and Blue. But split over what? And where's Bush's strength? Wave goodbye to the conventional wisdom

[Jun 23] From Writ, how independent will Iraq be? Juan Cole on a new and improved Iraq. On the Iraqi resistance as the founding citizens of popular sovereignty and democratic practice. From the Hoover Institution, will we ever know the whys of evil behavior. Is Paul Krugman a wicked economist? Two economists propose solutions for patent system reform. From The Nation, articles on the rules of attraction, an engaging encounter, and the wedding march. And why "Jeopardy" is one of the most subversive shows on television

[Jun 22] From Foreign Affairs, Editor James Hodges on a global power shift in the making, an article on going Beyond Kyoto, and a review of books on China and Xinjiang. Kenneth Maxwell resigns from Foreign Affairs. Niall Ferguson on (what else?) the need for US imperialism. Thomas Powers on how to set the CIA free. In poorer nations, oil resources can be a curse upon the people. From Capitalism, on why altruism in evil. Michael Newdow pledges allegiance to his daughter. Michiko Kakutani reviews Bill Clinton's My Life, and Michael Tomasky reviews Kakutani's review. A review of Dick Morris' Rewriting History. Christopher Hitchens reviews Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11: "See me in court... Let's see what you're made of". And more on The Wisdom of Crowds and an excerpt

[Jun 21] Will Iraqi sovereignty have real meaning or simply mask U.S. control? Five experts write about the challenges. Ivo Daalder and Robert Kagan on why the allies must step up. There's a growing revulsion in the Muslim world against the random atrocities committed by terrorists. More on John Keegan's The Iraq War. John Gray reviews Desperately Seeking Paradise. On the 9/11 Commission: And now for the hard part. Brandeis' David Cunningham on the FBI's Cointelpro program and its lessons. A look at Harlem's Children Zone and a new strategy for the inner cities. Here's an interview with Trent Lott. More and more on Who Are We? More on Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas? Lew Rockwell asks, "Are markets boring?" and an excerpt from Mises' The Anti - Capitalistic Mentality. From Slingshot, on the distinctions between the different alternatives to traditional property relations. A look at the reshaping of the US economy and the widening income inequality among workers. An excerpt from the newly released version of Limits to Growth. Ron Oxburgh, chairman of Shell, admits that the threat of climate change makes him "really very worried for the planet". And suddenly it's hip to conserve energy

[Weekend 2e]  From New Statesman, our need to belong makes us look for new allegiances, but it can also make us putty in unscrupulous hands. From The Washington Monthly, a look at the work of Niall Ferguson and the problem with David Brooks, Michael Lind reviews The Right Nation (and here are one two three four five excerpts), and on the media and the lack of civility in Washington. From US News, a special series of articles examining what it is that makes America unique, with contributions by Michael Barone (and more), Thomas Hayden, and Michael Kazin. David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture, is liberal with a new emphasis on old values. Ramesh Ponnuru on the market's neglected virtues. Here are two excerpts from Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives. From Buzzflash, an interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel and an interview with Robert Reich. An interview with Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, authors of The Hunting of the President. On how the Left is using two weapons effectively. And now, it seems, we're also deeply divided about how deeply divided we really are

[Weekend] Robert Barro on religious faith and economic growth: What matters most, belief or belonging? And is there an Islamic economics? From Chronicles, on economic science and Catholic social teaching. On Marx, Kierkegaard, Rawls and the Christian question in American politics. From Intervention, a look at America's prayer warriors. Samuel Huntington on why Michael Newdow is right: Atheists are outsiders in America. Newdow speaks on family courts. Why the decision on the Pledge of Allegiance case raises federalism issues. On Kerry and religion: Can he reach 'persuadable' Catholics? On the left-wing busybodies who are shaming the Catholic Church. When will Rush's hypocrisy become so overwhelming that it destroys his career as a moralizing gasbag? From Crisis, a review of David Limbaugh's Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity, and Senator Rick Santorum writes on antireligious courts. When does personhood begin? And what difference does it make? The abortion issue has little, if any, effect on the Catholic vote. And on the Inquisition: "It wasn't all that bad"

[Jun 18] From Salon, NYU's Stephen Holmes on what a post-Bush foreign policy might look like, and a review of books on psychoanalyzing Bush. From The New Republic, Thomas Friedman on why he still has hope for Iraq, Fareed Zakaria on how the US could have done it right, Leon Wieseltier on disillusion and its limits, and so, were the editors wrong? From Slate, on Bush's Clintonian calibrations on al-Qaida. An interview with Robert Kaplan. Stuart Taylor on the torture memos, putting the president above the law. From Open Democracy, an extract from Kofi Annan's commencement address at Harvard on America, the United Nations, and the world; Financial Times' Martin Wolf and IPPR's David Mepham respond to David Held; a look at Al-Jazeera and the world through Arab eyes; Todd Gitlin on Bush's political use of God; and does the left need religion? And why did Solana Larsen travel four and a half deadpan hours to visit the flag-draped casket of Ronald Reagan? The Nation interviews Oxford's Avi Shlaim on the Middle East. After Tenet: Two views on how to reform the national intelligence community. And Terry Jones is going to round up all the children in the neighbourhood, chain them and set dogs on them

[Jun 17] Cass Sunstein on why we need to reclaim the Second Bill of Rights. A new issue of The Public Interest is out, including articles by BC's Susan Shell on The Liberal Case Against Gay Marriage, and a look at the economics of obesity. A review of The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World. From Asia Times, is the US clever enough to rule the world? Hakim Bey on Jihad, Revisited. Justin Raimondo takes on the essential dishonesty of Christopher Hitchens. From Reason, on an epistemological conundrum: All we know is that we know something. On how random copying explains why some cars, dogs and pop singers are fashionable. A Global Business Forum conference revives the old debate on global inequality, and a review of The Working Poor: Invisible in America. And from PopMatters, on the myth of the rebel consumer

[Jun 16] Jürgen Habermas says the US has made the world less safe. Since neo-conservatism best defends America, rumors of the neo-con's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Rebuild or Retreat: America's strategic dilemma. TAP interviews Gary Hart. Brookings' Peter W. Singer on nation builders and low bidders in Iraq. From Christianity Today, a review of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War, on the overlap between "people with the Spirit" and "people with Ph.D.'s", and exploring Latino Pentecostalism. From Sojourners, an interview with Wendell Berry, an article on the power of the Religious Right, and a look at comic books' take on the world of faith and spirituality. And Joseph Epstein reviews Flesh in the Age of Reason


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[Jun 30]  From History of Intellectual Culture, a special issue on Reconsidering Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice, including an introduction. Here's the first issue (Spring 2003) of APSA's Qualitative Methods Newsletter. Thorne, Kirkham, and O’Flynn-Magee (UBC): The analytic challenge in interpretive description. Jeffrey Johnson (ECU): Network Visualization: The "Bush Team" in Reuters News Ticker 9/11-11/15/01. From Berkeley's Conversations with History, an interview on the history of the Left with Perry Anderson, and a lecture on the changing meaning of internationalism. And from Quadrant, an article on Ayer on a G String

[Jun 29]  Simon Dalby (Carleton): Critical Geopolitics and the World Order Models Project. Mick Smith (Abertay): Close(d) to Nature: Radical Environmentalism and the Transformation of the Ethical Sphere. Michael Hayes (Colgate): The Republican Road Not Taken: The Foreign-Policy Vision of Robert A. Taft. Wisconsin's Joel Rogers reviews The Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left. A review of Michael Walzer's Arguing About War and Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil. A review of Friendship: Liberty, Equality and Utility. Virginia Postrel on the most influential academic discipline you've never heard of. From B&W, Christopher Orlet offers up a defense of presentism (and more), and Julian Baggini on confirmation bias as a bad move. An interview with Francis Wheen. More than 4,000 scientists sign a petition accusing George Bush of twisting their work to further his political agenda. How Alice Mayhew's books have made news through seven presidencies. There's a new piety in the air: the self - congratulation of book lovers. And from The Chronicle, a look at the democratization of cultural criticism

[Jun 28] Linda Sugin (Fordham): Theories of Distributive Justice and Limitations on Taxation: What Rawls Demands from Tax Systems. A new issue of Human Rights & Human Welfare is out. More on Roger Scruton's News from Somewhere. From Men's News Daily, an interview with Roger Kimball, and his article on America vs. multiculturalism. An interview with Anthony Nocella, editor of Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals. Gravitas by name: In the world of thinktanks, the really serious brainpower goes into the right branding. A quiet revolt is putting costly journals on the web. While publishers play a game of catch-up, throwing bad money after good comes out of nowhere. Louis Menand reviews Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. On Saddam the romancier: It may be time to assess Saddam's place in the genre of "dic-lit". From The Walrus, we need more book critics who are fearless--though that alone won't do. And you know the answer: "Is graduate school a cult?"

[Weekend 2e]  From Eurozine, a speech on the European public space and the ambiguities of the European project; how Europe is losing ground in The Republic of Letters; Europeans talk a lot about each other but less with each other; an interview with Robert Darnton on his vision for new forms of electronic publishing; and an analysis of the international newspaper market: is there any space for an international newspaper in the digital age? A look at a new organization, Sociologists Without Borders. A review of A House Divided: Comparing Analytic and Continental Philosophy. More on Stuart Hampshire. The Observer profiles Francis Fukuyama. And on the politics of fútbol: A review of Franklin Foer's How Soccer Explains the World, on the striker's ability to hit a crucial 28% area of the goal and the strategy of the penalty shoot-out, and if soccer explains the world, does it matter that Americans don't understand soccer?

[Weekend] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including an introduction, a ridiculously brief overview of political philosophy, a review of books on democracy, a review of Georges Bataille's Eroticism, on why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway, and a look at the alleged fallacies of evolutionary theory. Modern medicine has eliminated many previously lethal hazards. So has evolution come to a stop? On a biological version of what quantum physics calls the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. A review of Martin Rees' Our Final Hour, and on how a great brain and a bird brain spend time together. Can a blockbuster film shape the public's understanding of a science controversy? From BeliefNet, an interview with religious naturalist Ursula Goodenough. From Nigeria, on practical ways of avoiding crooked thinking. From Haiti, a book club reviews W. W. Rostow's The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto. A review of David Marquand's Decline of the Public. More on Isaiah Berlin's Letters: 1928-1946. And more and more and more on Alain De Botton's Status Anxiety

[Jun 25]  James Thuo Gathii (Albany): Torture, Extra-Territoriality, Terrorism and International Law. From New Statesman, Michel Foucault taught that might is right, truth is relative, and history just an interesting narrative. Why do we still lionise the French philosopher? And how did the humanities surrender so meekly to the spirit of Theory orthodoxy? From Better Humans, a review of The New Humanists. A look at how colleges are pushing professors into the media spotlight. Ecologist Peter Bunyard outlines the meaning of Gaia theory. From Australia, is philanthropy unethical? And from The Chronicle, a look inside the multimillion-dollar world of diploma mills ( and "Psst, wanna buy a PhD?); on what you should know about jobs in publishing; and here are some personal experiences  on the job market

[Jun 24]  Larry Alexander (USD): Lesser Evils: A Closer Look at the Paradigmatic Justification pdf. You can download an ESRC report, Seven Ages of Man and Woman. On the work of Yale's Dolores Hayden and her new book, A Field Guide to Sprawl, and from The Nation, a review of her books on suburbia. From Iraq, Layla Saad, dean of law at Mosul University, is killed. Friends of Seymour Martin Lipset establish a fund to endow the library in APSA's Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs. Paul Krugman is awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias prize for social sciences. Columbia establishes a chair in Indian Political Economy after Jagdish Bhagwati. And Hilary Putnam, meet your colleague, Bob Dylan

[Jun 23] Craig Calhoun (SSRC): The Democratic Integration of Europe. A review of Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. A review of Cass Sunstein's Risk and Reason: Safety, Law and the Environment. From The Idyllic, an article on Proudhon and anarchism. From New Formulation, a review of books on French anarchists and the Algerian War. And from The Scientist (reg. req.), an interview with Richard Dawkins, and an article on genetics and political correctness

[Jun 22]  Campbell Brown (ANU): Consequentalise This pdf. Dusan I. Bjelic (USM): The Balkans and the "History of Shit". Scientific American takes a look at the Voynich Manuscript, and Michael Shermer takes on the scientific proof of God existence. A review of Putting Science in its Place: Geographies of Scientific Knowledge, and a review of books by Christian sociologist David Martin. From Kenya, a review of African Historians and African Voice: Essays Presented to Professor Bethwell Allan Ogot. Criticism of crude academic writing on Hinduism is coming from the community because it is not present in the academy. Donald Boudreaux on the assumptions behind the study of economics. From Colorado, on the modern relevance for another c-word. And from The Globe and Mail, here are some social studies news

[Jun 21]  BS Chimini (JNU): International Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making; and a review of A Theory of Universal Democracy: Beyond the End of History and Right to Democracy in International Law pdf. A review of Cold War Triumphalism: The Misuse of History after the Fall of Communism. A review of BHL's War, Evil, and the End of History. From Ideas, on Régis Debray's mysterious ways and on the clash of worldviews between Natalie Angier and Cardinal Avery Dulles. “What purpose does all this complexity serve?” may soon go from a question few biologists dare to pose, to one on everyone's lips. Here's a page with papers from a conference on Science and Religion in Context. A study says willpower doesn't delay death. A review of Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene. A review of Status Syndrome. Jim Holt on the idea that happiness can harm a person's character. Laura Miller on the golden age of self-help. Peter Steinfels on Stanley Fish and the mixing of morals with education. A review of books on education and college sports. And college officials are beginning to look for ways to bolster the career prospects of their liberal arts students

[Weekend 2e]  From Globalization, Patrick O'Donnell (SBCC): Sovereignty Past & Present; Michael Peters (Glasgow): Postmodern Terror in a Globalized World; and James Leigh (Intercollege): Reflections of Babylon: Intercultural Communication and Globalization in the New World Order. APSA creates a webpage on that lists "Expert Analysis of the 2004 Presidential Election." A review of Compulsory Compassion: A Critique of Restorative Justice. More and more on Stuart Hampshire. More on Robert Merton's The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity. A look at practical ways of avoiding crooked thinking. On "happiness research" as a fast-emerging social-science specialty. From Edge, a talk with paleontologist Scott Sampson. A profile of science author Timothy Ferris. More on Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos. Stanford's Terry Karl delivers a commencement speech, Fly Like an Eagle (Even if You Feel Like a Chicken) pdf. 'Oops...we broke the world': Here's the commencement speech delivered by Jon Stewart at William and Mary. And read any good blogs lately?

[Weekend] From the Journal of International Women's Studies, Ann Braithwaite (UPEI): Politics of/and Backlash, and a review of Societies in Transition - Challenges to Women’s and Gender Studies. Peter Anderson (UNO) and Maria Newton (Utah): Predicting the Use of Sexual Initiation: Tactics in a Sample of College Women. A review of Taking Sex Differences Seriously. Slowly, but sometimes showily, the female half of the Arab population is beginning to find a voice. African leaders target gays as cause of continent's ills. From LA Weekly, on The Williams Project, a think tank for gays. Barbara Crossette on a new and disturbing book that is getting a lot of attention around the UN, Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth. As a P&G female sexual desire patch is effective in trial, behavioral scientists implant a single gene into promiscuous male voles, transforming them at a stroke into faithful, attentive and caring partners. An article on pornography that is made by women for women. And on easing the grad-student baby blues

[Jun 18] Science and psychology stuff: Neil Levy (Melbourne): Cognitive Scientific Challenges to Morality pdf. Johan Moyersoen (Oxford): Psychology's Prospect Theory: Relevance for Identifying Positions of Local Satiation as Robust Reference Points of Joint Actions in Peace Agreements. From Behavior and Philosophy, papers from a symposium of the Science of Behavior, with an introduction pdf. From Law Social Justice & Global Development, a special issue on global health law, with an introduction. From The Journal of Philosophy, Science and Law, Avner Levin (Ryerson): The Problem of Observation, and on Playing Politics with Bioethics: Now That’s Repugnant. A review of The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram. A review of Eli Zaretsky's Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis. More on how bilingualism may protect the mind from deterioration in old. From the APA's Monitor on Psychology, a special issue on consumerism, including an article on consumerism and its discontents, a look at the value of money, and can you have too many choices? And how do you persist when your molecules don't?

[Jun 17]  From Political Theory, Jacqueline Stevens (IBU): On the Morals of Genealogy pdf. Here's a book online, Genealogies of Difference, by Nathan Widder. From The Chronicle of Higher Education,  a 15-year battle over U. of Illinois's Chief Illiniwek finally may be coming to a close, on the Reagan administration's relationship with higher education, on how most assistant professors at top Ivy League universities won't be sticking around for the long term, an open letter on reclaiming the mission of graduate education, and an article on life lessons from football. From Ideas, on the relationship between art and science, on why good ideas are born in Boston--but don't always stay, on Boston as a city of words, on how Massachusetts is like Saudi Arabia, and is the lone inventor making a comeback? And from Skeptical Inquirer, on bridging the chasm between two cultures

[Jun 16] Obituary: Stuart Hampshire. Brian Glenn (Harvard): The Two Schools of American Political Development pdf. An excerpt from Martha Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law. A review of Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection. A review of Kierkegaard’s Relation to Hegel Reconsidered, and a review of The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy. A review of John McGowan's Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics, a review of Luce Irigaray, Between East and West: From Singularity to Community, and more on Slavoj Zizek's The Puppet and the Dwarf. And from ZNet, a response to Stanley Fish's recent op-ed in The New York Times

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