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[Jun 15] From Europe, governments survey the damage after low turnout in parliamentary elections, but the effect need not be bad. From Ukraine, on its disregard for NATO concerns, and a scandal emerges over the sale of a steel company. From Indonesia, the government claims it is crushing Aceh's rebels. From Australia, on what the world can learn from France, both left and right. From Kyrgyzstan, President Askar Akaev criticizes outside 'exporters of democracy.' From Bangladesh, a look at the economics of empire, and on politicians and their utopian ideas. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, demands Iran provide a full accounting within the next few months. From England, on the fad for flags. Supreme Court sidesteps pledge of allegiance case, ruling Michael Newdow has no standing. President Bush unveils the official portraits of Bill and Hillary Clinton that will hang in the White House. A review of Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House. From US News, Research is showing that stretching does not prevent injuries. And on a medical quest in which Masha Gessen finds out that she is genetically mutant

[Jun 14] From Djibouti, the government will repatriate about 3,000 failed asylum seekers from Ethiopia. From Brazil, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development opens its 11th forum in its 40 year history. From Europe, why economic cooperation is the best policy, and on how the spirit of Voltaire still hinders Euro-Muslims. From the United States, communities divided by crimes of 60s and 70s seek new ways to reckon with the past. From Brazzil, on determining the cultural content of Brazilianness. From Deutschland, a look back into the future of a European century. A report says Qatar is the richest Arab nation and is among top 20 in the world. The World Bank and IMF are in the hot seat after 60 years. A group of former senior diplomats and military officials will issue a joint statement arguing Bush should be defeated in November, though the "likeability" issue has now taken center stage in the campaign. Republicans and Democrats not getting the job done? No worries. And oh my flaming apocalyptic God but nothing beats a good conspiracy theory. Like this one

[Weekend 2e] From Spain, PSOE has begun implementing a domestic agenda to remake this historically conservative society. From England, on the culture and contradictions of how the English see themselves. From Ireland, is commercialism killing Irish culture? From France, with gay marriage, the nation suddenly turns conservative. From Canada, on the nation becoming the Blue State of the North, and how much social conservatism is there? Is the US a nation divided? Who says? A review of Thomas Franks' What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. On John Kerry behind the scenes: Restless, multisyllabic. A look at how men are hampered by the masculine ideal. And purple patches from Montaigne on vanity, Arnold Toynbee on Western civilization, Benedict Anderson on imagined communities, Jacques Barzun on sexual decadence,  and JC Flugel on taboo and its equivalents

[Weekend] From the Democratic Republic of Congo, government says it put down an attempted coup. From Australia, the government plans to build a satellite launch facility on Christmas Island, and does size matter? Tuvalu and Nauru compared. A look at why Europe is so snotty, and why Americans don't care what a bunch of snail-sucking foreigners think. The Wall Street Journal reviews a memo from Donald Rumsfeld approving interrogation methods, a column on the banality of Abu Ghraib, and a look at how to torture alleged terrorists and get away with it. Here are four extracts from Timothy Garton Ash's Free World: Why a Crisis of the West Reveals the Opportunity of Our Time. US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on trade and tolerance. Z Magazine interviews Noam Chomsky. The Gadflyer interviews Matthew Gross, Howard Dean's internet guru. OnEarth profiles "Captain Climate" John McCain. Wired interviews Bjorn Lomborg. And are gas prices too high? Stop driving, fuckwads!

[Jun 11] From Brazil, what sort of power does it want to be? From Great Britain, on sexism and the city. Peace had barely broken out in the corridors of the United States, when Jacques Chirac was at it again. Why don't Europeans care about the European Union, a unique creation of which they're ostensibly so proud? A profile of Carolyn McAskie, the UN Secretary General's new special representative in Burundi. More on Juan Carlos: A People's King. From Salon, a look at the Lone Star loonies, an excerpt from Take Them at Their Own Words, and on trying to find that rare specie, Naderus Republicanus. On the rise of Hispanics--and the Mañana Vote. William Schneider on the super-charged electorate, and William Powers on how it pays to be wrong in the news business. As Democrats fight back on the "faith issue", a bill is introduced in the House to ease vote curb on churches, and a look at prison-based ministries. In the last few decades, the bare acknowledgement of responsibility has become a habit. A review of books on American teens. Fred Barnes reviews Michael Mandelbaum's The Meaning of Sports. And We Won't Get O.J.-ed Again: How could we have been so stupid? (and more)

[Jun 10] From Russia, Lyudmila Alexeyeva speaks her mind. From Malaysia, on the elusive Islamic state. The Economist takes a look at the UN Security Council resolution on Iraqi sovereignty and the recall vote in Venezuela, and why don't voters care more about the European Parliament? Chicago's Jacob Levy on realignments in the politics of Western nations. Paul Wolfowitz on the road map for a sovereign Iraq. Noam Chomsky on Doctrines and Visions: Who is to run the world, and how? As a study supports the view that the next ice age is still quite a way off, since the quest for energy is a race against time, it's time to break out the bicycles. Who's to blame for the fact that refining supply can't keep up with our thirst for oil? Probably you. Here's a report from the 6th Great Obituary Writers' International Conference. A Pew survey finds news audiences are increasingly polarized. Whether France likes it or not, Mr. Bush cannot be distinguished from America. Why are some of the capital’s most influential power players hanging out with Rev. Moon? On Senator Zell Miller, the Democrats Republicans love to love. And from The Progressive, brownshirts anyone?

[Jun 9] From Venezuela, the Chavez recall is set for August 15. From China, as the social contract begins to fray, how big of a threat is Beijing's future consumption to the West? From Nigeria, a speech on democracy and the military. From Canada, on a practical guide to make culture matter. On the reputation and idolized status of Nelson Mandela. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist on American conservatism and Reaganism. Former DCI Robert Gates on racing to ruin the CIA. Richard Epstein on candidates who migrate to the center. Democracy Now! interviews Gore Vidal. Pat Buchanan interviews Ralph Nader. The Libertarian Party faces a dilemma: To spoil or not to spoil in '04? Those who hate 'liberals' really hate a free America. And you can be sure Republican delegates at the convention in New York won't attend musicals with gay puppets

[Jun 8] From Georgia, President Saakashvili seems determined to reunite South Ossetia with the rest of the country. From Pakistan, on culture and development theory. From Great Britain, how conservatives have flip-flopped on the EU. From Botswana, on how certain irreligious pedants have a false sense of knowledge superiority. From Spain, the Universal Forum of Cultures would like everyone to believe it really is about culture. On Poland and China and the lesson of two anniversaries. From The Economist, on Argentina becoming a serious country. A look at the threat of nuclear terrorism in Europe. Madeleine Albright and Robin Cook on why we need an attack on nuclear proliferation, and is Bush as messenger mangling the message? Slate begins its guide to the swing states with Missouri. A look at some memorable figures from President Reagan's two terms in office: where are they now? And is Bush losing it? White House aides worry

[Jun 7] From Slovenia, on looking to European elections to improve its international position. From Saudi Arabia, on fighting terror, but not those who wage it. From Canada, on God and politics: Regarding religious faith as a private matter. From Great Britain, why do we make so much fuss about a bunch of no-hope, neo-Nazi criminals called the BNP? Mikhail Gorbachev remembers Ronald Reagan. A review of The Fate of Family Farming: Variations on an American Idea, and an excerpt. Nobody ever said, 'This is the guy in charge of the public research group.' An encounter with Bill Joy, formerly of Sun Microsystems. A scientist says he may have found remains of the lost city of Atlantis--in Spain. Most everybody lies... and here's why. And from Norwich, Conn., on local-boy-made-good Samuel Huntington

[Weekend] From Sudan, why Darfur's agony is the world's shame. From Iran, why the problem is not utopianism, but the lack of an open society. From Venezuela, an analysis of the Chávez recall vote. Bush takes a tongue-lashing from the Pope over Iraq (but is the president learning from his mistakes?) As an American has trouble adjusting to French-style vacations, Felix Rohatyn writes of The French Connection. On how low-tech solutions are often key to Third World problems. Jeffrey Sachs on why the problems of the poor aren't trifles to leave to do-gooders. From The New York Times, a special report on The Lure of Las Vegas. From The New Yorker, on gay nuptials and the making of modern marriage. It is still too soon for a war film to achieve anything even remotely comparable with Iraq, but in its peculiar way, the current spear - and - sandal epic "Troy" certainly tries. As the Bilderberg Group marks its 50th anniversary, rumors are more rife than ever. A a look at web sites that invite the world to rate physical appearance. And Ronald Reagan dies: Let the partisan and polarized talk begin!

[Jun 4] From Pakistan, on corruption and political regimes. From Lebanon, on the pros and cons of extremist websites. From Saudi Arabia, why intellectual curiosity can only do Muslims good. From Nigeria, on saving history from ethnic propaganda. From the Czech Republic, how Western knowledge of 'contemporary' Czech culture is too often hackneyed and limited to Kundera, Klima, Havel, et al. From New Zealand, on Winston Peters as the ultimate kingmaker. From Canada, in the shadow of Generation X and the Seniors Tsunami, how can today's youth plot their own course to happiness? The Economist reviews recent events in Iraq. On how Moqtada al-Sadr's message reverberates in Iraqi society. As President Bush goes to Rome, take a look at Bush, Kerry, and a battle for Catholics (and more on their soft spots). David Corn on what's gone right and wrong in Kerry's campaign. A federal judge declares the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional--and why this is a phony issue. An interview with Adam Parfrey of Feral House Press. The Memory Hole is banned by the military in Iraq. And the revolution will be posterized!

[Jun 3] From Nigeria, an article on the logic of democracy. From Great Britain, why the resort to postal voting assumes that there is a quick fix for our deep democratic malaise. From France, why Le Pen is mightier on the net, and on the French fondness for farming.  From China, where have all the folk customs gone? From Japan, marriages, births and hanky-panky are all spiraling downward. Spain’s former finance minister Rodrigo Rato takes over as head of the IMF. It is worth taking a good close look at what is happening in Saudi Arabia. More on the casualty count in Iraq. Prozac is seen as effective in treatment of adolescents. Penn State's Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer on school boards, budgets and referenda "at democracy's core". A review of City: Urbanism and its End. Why is there a thirty-year interval between historic bridge failures? Here's a crusade sure to infuriate the vast majority of penny-pinching traditionalists. A writer delves into a potpourri of essays and narratives to find enlightenment. How life has suddenly become more risky for news editors. And from Salon, more on The Wisdom of Crowds, and "Go down, young men!"

[Jun 2] From the United Arab Emirates, how Dubai has become one of the world's most successful business ventures. From Canada, a profile of Irshad Manji, Islam's marked woman. From Germany, on a subtle national obsession. China opens a window on the really big ideas. The Economist takes a look at India's new government, and why commonly used, but flawed, economic measures can lead to bad decision-making (does that include the Big Mac Index?) Bush rolls out Operation Comeback, so you can expect mostly unprecedented negativity. From The American Conservative, why the Bush presidency looks like an Edsel. On the most striking contrast between Bush and Kerry. Why Kerry can't win it, but Bush could still lose--so just in case, here's a look at what a future Kerry cabinet could look like. Perhaps the day will come when journalists will climb up from the bottom of the list of the least trusted. From American Journalism Review, how much impact does blogging have on mainstream political reporting? On a new plague: Everywhere, tabloids are shrinking. And from Slate, more on assessing online newspapers 

[Jun 1] From Singapore, Founding Father's son prepares to be the new PM. From India, on choosing to vote for the Nordic model of development. From Germany, on grappling with a deflated sense of pride. From Great Britain, on making voters care. From Belarus, on President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Europe's last dictator. Despite tensions, the economic ties between the EU and the US are closer and deeper than ever. A look at the socio-political consequences of the European expansion. Lunch with the FT: Australia's John Howard. The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto introduces an Electoral College calculator. John McCain on why the Red Cross is right to criticize the U.S. military when it steps out of line. More on The Importance of Being Famous. A review of In Defence of Aristocracy. A review of Juan Carlos: a people's king. How a wedding photograph, which features representatives of 34 royal families from around the world, tells us much about our super-elites. And long gone are the days when Europe's inbred royalty kept to itself
[Jun 15] From Finance & Development, a special issue on Europe's conundrum: Beyond integration pdf. From Le Monde diplomatique, on the road map for privatisation in Europe, and in the Global South, and what will happen after Castro? From New Statesman, a review of In Defence of Aristocracy, and is Muslim civilisation set on a fixed course to decline? Southern Exposure investigates the new war profiteers. A review of Francis Fukuyama's State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century. GWU's Henry Nau on a conservative grand strategy for America. From American Conservative, on exporting democracy and the perils of hegemony. From Open Democracy, what can computers do for the poor? From Slate, why liberals are turning on David Brooks, their favorite conservative (and an example), Christopher Hitchens on a moral Chernobyl, and why the high court wasn't chicken to duck the pledge case. From TomDispatch, George Orwell... meet Franz Kafka, and Chalmers Johnson on the case for Kerry. From Online Journal, beware the 'heroes' of the Left. An it came on suddenly: "Fuck the Democrats. I hope Bush steals another election and urinates into everyone's wounds…"

[Jun 14] From Foreign Policy, an “interview” with the American people on foreign policy attitudes. From American Heritage, on how Democrats damaged themselves at their convention in 1964, and more on the 50 biggest changes in the last 50 years. Taking the Pulse: America's heart beats faster as election day approaches, and some notes from the cultural wasteland. Wise-cracking, class-obsessed pundits David Brooks and Thomas Frank have more in common than they realize. Is America going soft? Pete Du Pont wants to know. Is it ethical to shop at Wal-Mart? From Arena, how the ways of thinking and writing about nature are changing with our relationship to it. The paperless office is still a distant dream, so developing alternatives is necessary (and part 2). An excerpt from Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action, and Justice. From Yes!, a special issue on the good life, including a look at the secret to happiness and the demand for the common good. And from Better Humans, critics of life extension fear the risks of longer lives but don't acknowledge the danger and difficulty of enforcing death

[Weekend 2e] From the US Army's Parameters, Peter W. Singer of the Brookings Institution reviews books on The War of Terrorism: The Big Picture. From The Globalist, multilateralism: Quo Vadis? Here's the last two parts of "America's Other Army: Inside the Foreign Service". A review of Walter Russell Mead's Power, terror Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk. A look at the love story between Ronnie and Saddam. On how the Iraq war is making some of the faithful uneasy. From The New York Times Magazine, James Traub peers into the netherworld of nonproliferation, and Rob Walker takes a look at a new documentary, The Corporation. Announcing a new journal of radical politics, Momentum. And with not a lot to celebrate recently, leftists turn up for a party in honor of a new book, No Surrender: Selected Writings of an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner, by David Gilbert, formerly of the Weather Underground

[Weekend] While the United States wages war to expand democracy around the world, how is our own democracy doing? Not very well, says an APSA Task Force on Inequality. A review of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates. More on Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else. An interview with William Greider about his book The Soul of Capitalism. A review of BallBuster? True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman. James Wolfensohn on making growth green. From Christianity Today, an interview with Tom Wright, author of the Christian Origins and the Question of God series, and more on EJ Dionne's Stand Up Fight Back. From Human Events, a spotlight on Let Freedom Ring, a new conservative 501(c)4 group. A look at how campaigns are drawn to political labels. And from The Straits Times, which presidential style is best?

[Jun 11] From Open Democracy, David Held on Globalisation: the dangers and the answers, Todd Gitlin on how Reagan has helped Bush sideline Kerry, a look at The Amman Roundtable on Human Security in the Middle East, an article on politics versus war in Baghdad and Kabul, and a debate on India's election, with two responses. Michigan's Juan Cole offers an analysis of Ayatollah Sistani. A review of Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism. An excerpt from Emmanuel Todd's After the Empire, on the role of families and women in the US and Arabia. Many women want to step off the career ladder and swap the boardroom for full-time motherhood: Is this the failure of one movement or the beginning of another? From Slate, William Saletan on why liberty is not the absence of government (and a response). How American officials could still find themselves in serious jeopardy under international law for the Abu Ghraib tortures. A look at why military justice can seem unjust. Did Berkeley's John Yoo "aid and abet" possible war crimes by writing a crucial memo?  And an excerpt from Jim Hightower's Let's Stop Beating Around The Bush, on sub-cabinet policy operatives

[Jun 10] From The American Prospect, a special series on inequality, including contributions from Theda SkocpolJacobs & Morone, Harold Meyerson, Christopher Jencks, Rapoport & Smith, Carol Swain, and Larry Bartels. From Monthly Review, a look at inequalities and health, an article on what keeps capitalism going, a review of Hardt and Negri's Empire, and is Iraq another Vietnam? From New Internationalist, Africa is endowed with an overwhelming abundance natural resources--is this a blessing or a curse? A review of The Economic Implications of Social Cohesion, and a review of Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization. Amartya Sen sets his sights on world poverty. A look back at Pierre Bourdieu's The Essence of Liberalism. An interview with Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. And from The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on money & morals, including an article by Paul Krugman on Alan Greenspan, a look at the irresponsible investor and how to treat corporate criminals, thoughts on the price of parsimony, and can we just buy ourselves some ethics?

[Jun 9] A new issue of The New Atlantis is out, including articles on technology and the constitution, on energy dreams and energy realities, and on Nuclear 1914: The Next Big Worry, and remembering Daniel Boorstin. From Better Humans, on a battle plan to be more than well: Transhumanism is finally getting in gear. Here's an excerpt from The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin. From the State Department's Economic Perspectives, an issue on challenges to energy security. On James Lovelock and how humans are "appeasing" the climate threat. MIT's Olivier Blanchard on why Europe is not falling behind the US. Niall Ferguson reviews Why Globalization Works. And from The Village Voice, a review of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies, and part 3 of there's no such thing as paranoia

[Jun 8] A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out, including an article on Iraqi insurgents and what some analysts call a "netwar", Joshua Marshall on what a Kerry foreign policy would look like, Joshua Green on why campaign commercials are so bad, and when was the last time a conservative talk show changed a mind? From Salon, an interview with Gene McCarthy, and on the connections between Abu Ghraib and The Passion of the Christ. From In These Times, Slavoj Zizek on Rumsfeld, Baghdad Bob, and Abu Ghraib, and Kurt Vonnegut on why not a chance in hell of America's becoming humane and reasonable. From The New Yorker, Ian Buruma takes a look at Bernard Lewis' work, and an article on that new-time religion. Dahlia Lithwick on the Justice Department's triumphant victory over the Constitution. A review of federalism cases in the most recent Supreme Court term. And it is amazing how much you can tell about a society from its laws

[Jun 7] From the Power & Interest News Report, on The New Regionalism: Drifting toward multi-polarity. Niall Ferguson on why history tells us that limited sovereignty after occupation can be the most progressive solution. From TNR, Alvin Johnson, one of the founders of The New School for Social Research, eavesdropped as two seat companions chatted awkwardly during World War I. And from Salon, an interview with EJ Dionne and an excerpt from his book Stand Up, Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge, Ted Sorensen delivers a speech at the New School on the loss of America's goodness and therefore its greatness, and was George Tenet pushed out? (and more from John Judis)

[Weekend] From Prospect, Niall Ferguson on the euro's big chance, and a look at history, violence and a new generation of historians. A look at the Copenhagen Consensus conference final report, and a global wish list. Here's an Economist webpage with articles about the project. From Reason, a report from the Libertarian Party convention. From The Gadflyer, on getting serious about getting serious. Roger Scruton on perversion, an “outdated” concept, desperately and perpetually needed. William Greider writes under the banner of the war on terror. An account of a conference held earlier this year by the Foreign Policy Research Institute: Is there still a West? Francis Fukuyama reviews Samuel Huntington's Who are We? From Foreign Policy in Focus, an article on Milosevic and Genocide: Has the Prosecution Made the Case? and responses by Edward Herman and George Szamuely. And Kenneth Maxwell, chief Latin American expert at the CFR, accuses the council and Kissinger of stifling debate on American intervention in Chile during the 1970's

[Jun 4] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a look at the press coverage of the Iraq war, and a review of Antonio Damasio's Looking for Spinoza. From Open Democracy, six Iraqis discuss Iraq's future, Todd Gitlin on the media and foreign policy, an atheist makes the case for religion, on Washington uninterest in European Union enlargement, and can America find its universal soul in being complexly human rather than eternally innocent? From YaleGlobal, a series on nation-building and Iraq (part 2 and part 3). TNR's Leon Wieseltier on how the Iraq war was not just an act of will, it was also an act of mind. The new documentary Control Room shows the way Arabs and Americans look at the same events and see two entirely different things. Peggy Noonan sizes up college grads, secular Europeans, antismoking zealots and John Kerry. Is sex everything?: A review of Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene. What are the choices before those working to create a global transhuman democracy in this century? And why Justice Stevens' quiet strength can be persuasive

[Jun 3]
 From The Nation, a review of Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, a review of books on Lincoln, a review of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, and a look back at The SCUM Manifesto. Former New York Times editor Howell Raines warns that John Kerry must find his voice or fade away. Does the GOP have a lock on God? David Boaz on Bush, Kerry, and partisan hypocrisy. Electronic voting has much to offer, but will we ever be able to trust these buggy machines? From The Village Voice, more on the culture of conspiracism, and frustratingly few young people seem to recognize their shared interests across the lines of class, education level, and ethnicity. A review of Jihad In Paradise: Islam & Politics In South-east Asia. A review of Leviticus v. Leviathan: Choosing Our Sovereign. More on Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil. More and more on David Brooks' On Paradise Drive. Here are excerpts from William F. Buckley's The Fall of the Berlin Wall (part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5). And Instapundit on the latest and future developments in neuroscience

[Jun 2] Perry Anderson on the stand-off in Taiwan. Joseph Nye on America confronting Old and New Europe. Gothenburg's Hans Bergström on Europe though America's eyes. "So the world's mad at us? Maybe we should just say goodbye". From The New Criterion, why fundamentalism isn't the problem, and a comment on Abu Ghraib and moral equivalence. What becomes of a country that loses its capacity for repulsion? On torture and 'good old American pornography'. A review of A Terrible Love of War. More on John Keegan's The Iraq War. The Nation talks to Patrick Martins, head of Slow Food USA. A look at the way we eat now. From Grist, more on Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization. From Spiked, on vivisection and human welfare, on how Mill's On Liberty was lost on the internet, and postmodernity goes to war. More on Bill Cosby's demons, and ours (and more). Is school equality a black responsibility? Feminism must challenge modern mores if it's to consolidate its success. All of the sudden, Compliance Man is the new alpha male. And on professional norms and the treacherous temptation of moral freedom

[Jun 1] A new issue of Newtopia on the environment is out, with an introduction. A letter on Environmentalism, the biggest threat to mankind. From The Economist, a special report on Saudi Arabia, terrorism and oil. Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud, on The Great Escape. A review of Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror (and more). Why Islam needs a Renaissance, not a Reformation. More on The Reformation: A History. George Moniot on how the US is choosing to ignore the fact that it is to blame for the stifling of global democracy. Immanuel Wallerstein on how the world and Bush are stuck with the scandals that won't go away. Why we should pray that God really does speak to Bush. A Christianity Today editorial: Church leaders who admonish politicians on moral issues are doing their jobs. A look at how evangelicals and Catholics joined forces. What does compassionate conservatism look like, anyway? And hey, America--let's stop being such horse's patooties about politics
[Jun 15] From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on animal ethics, with an introduction, and Eli Kanon (FSU): Can Animals Attain Membership Within a Human Social/Moral Group?; Elisa Aaltola (Turku): The Moral Value of Animals: Three Versions Based on Altruism; and an essay by Paola Cavalieri on Silent Parties: A Problem for Liberalism? A new issue of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is out, including an article In Their Own Words: The 2004 U.S. Presidential Candidates on Foreign Policy, and an interview with Mohamed ElBaradei pdf. A review of Transcritique: On Kant and Marx. From India, a look at what is being propounded today in the name of Islamic science. David Aaronovitch on religion and education: "Denominational schools are simply indoctrinating kids" (Listen up, Tony Blair). Research says bilingualism may help offset age-related declines in mental performance. Law professor Paul Butler peppers his conversation with references to Bentham, Foucault and Jay-Z. Media business correspondent Robin Wight describes himself as a "frustrated academic". And from Lew Rockwell, on education: What's the point?

[Jun 14] From Techné, Joseph Pitt (Virginia Tech): Against the Perennial: Small Steps Towards a Heraclitian Philosophy of Science; and Jim Gerrie (WLU): Was Foucault a Philosopher of Technology? pdf A review of The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America: From Slave Passes to The War on Terror. From Surveillance & Society, Maria Los (Ottawa): The Technologies of Total Domination; and Robin Williams and Paul Johnson (Durham): Circuits of Surveillance pdf. From Natural History, a review of Soul Made Flesh and Birth of the Mind. An article on seeking the roots of morality in biology. Is the Tree of Knowledge an outdated metaphor? From Culture Wars, on mathematics and madness. On how philosophy makes job of 'selling' Standard Life easier. Permissions on digital media drive scholars to lawbooks. From The New York Times, two opinion pieces on student loans. From First Monday, on the educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom. And from Time, meet Joe Blogger, fast, funny and totally biased

[Weekend 2e] From the European Journal of International Law, George Letsas (UCL): The Truth in Autonomous Concepts: How To Interpret the ECHR, a review of books on Islam and human rights, and a review of Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law pdf. From Humanitarian Affairs Review, a look at why humanitarian law really matters pdf. From The Humanist, an essay on the democratic ideal versus the state of the union, and can a humanist be a political conservative? pdf From International Socialist Review, on The making of a new left: The rise and fall of SDS. Here's an article on capitalism, Marxism and transcendental meditation pdf. From India, it is time for a no-nonsense commitment to the much-trashed idea of "scientific temper." A review of Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths. And what does it mean to go to community college? Does it represent the same educational experience as a university?

[Weekend] From Dissent, Nadia Urbinati on the importance of Norberto Bobbio (and check out her review of Bobbio's Autobiografia, hosted at this site), a review of After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order, an article on the fate of European populism, and is Euro-patriotism possible? Jürgen Habermas is honored with the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy (and more). From UCLA, a conference celebrates the centennial of the birth of Nobel Prize winning diplomat Ralph Bunche. A review of The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann. A review of A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies. A review of Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828. What purpose, apart from the blood sport that it affords readers, does savage reviewing serve? On what to expect and how to prepare for convention interviews. And graduates, take heed: Ignore the high-minded advice. Make some money. It's your moral obligation

[Jun 11] More from Logos, Nancy Holstrom (Rutgers): Security and Global Justice; Dick Howard (SUNY-Stony Brook): Europe as a Political Project; a review of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida, a review of Benjamin Barber's Fear's Empire, a review of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, and an article on the 1970s and the Postmodern Turn. From New Statesman, on the rise of the terrorist professors. The Morning News interviews Martha Nussbaum. From TLS, a review of Corrupting the Youth: A history of philosophy in Australia. A review of The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy, a review of Contested Knowledge: Social Theory Today, a review of John Searle, and a review of Daniel Dennett. From Washington U., an anthropologist suggests survival of the nicest prevails. German researchers say they have found a dog that listens and learns like a human child. A review of Critical Mass and The Moment of Complexity. From Crisis, on the enemy inside the gates: The surrender of Catholic higher education. And from Chronicles, you can join Thomas Fleming as he discusses Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarca (and part 1 and part 2)

[Jun 10] A new journal is out, Graduate Journal of Social Science, with an introduction pdf and an article by Simon Blackburn on Social Science: in retrospect and prospect. An excerpt from Sheldon Wolin's Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought. A review of An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics. From Christianity Today, a review of Hilary Putnam's The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays and Rational Man: A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics. From New Humanist, on mature humanism and the treatment of animals, a review of The Non-Existence of God, a review of The Jesuits: Missions, Myths and Histories, and should we care who the next pope is? A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including articles on Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor, on the religiosity of George W. Bush, on two competing moralities, and on discrimination against atheists. A review of books by Daniel Dennett. John Allen Paulos on how psychology and math offer insight into war's horror and coincidence. Massimo Pigliucci on liberal and illiberal democracies. And Julian Baggini reviews Alain De Botton's Status Anxiety (more and more and an interview)

[Jun 9] A new issue of Policy Review is out, including a look at the religious sources and the psychological sources of Islamic terrorism, an article on the promise of Arab liberalism, and an article on the false promise of Arab liberals. A review of Family Law in America, and a review of The American Jury System. A look at the current trends that have changed and shaped the field of translation studies. Research points to higher status being a prescription for a longer life. Robert Schiller on making a market for scientific research. A look at the new face of engineering in Great Britain. How org charts lie: An excerpt from The Hidden Power of Social Networks. On-line fantasy games have booming economies and citizens who love their political systems: Are these virtual worlds the best place to study the real one? And a look at efforts to expose the hidden comedy of science

[Jun 8]  Saskia Sassen (Chicago): Countergeographies of Globalization: The Feminization of Survival. Here's an essay on An Empirical Theory of Value pdf. An interview with Zygmunt Bauman on postmodernism, late modernity and reflexive modernity. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, Roger W. Bowen hopes to infuse some of his own energy into the AAUP, on a public vision for public colleges, a review of books on the US and Liberia, a look at the office doors of the North American professor. After reviewing Reagan's presidency, Christopher Hitchens reviews books on Leon Trotsky, and Robert Conquest reviews Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. More on Huntington's Who are We? A review of books on 1968. From Psychology Today, don't even think about it: Why America is still, deep down, a country of taboos. What is published in scientific journals may not be as true as it should be. And Julian Baggini on the straw man fallacy

[Jun 7] A new issue of Logos is out, including a special section on 'Confronting Neoconservatism': Philip Green (New School): Neo - Cons an Counter - Enlightenment; Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Constructing Neoconservatism; Nicholas Xenos (UMass): Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of the War on Terror; and John Mason (WPU): Leo Strauss and the Noble Lie: The Neo-Cons at War. From South Korea, scholars try to find a universal definition of democracy. Development Associates Inc., a consulting firm, wins the right to compete for work advising legislatures of young democracies. From Counterpunch, toward a Universal Declaration of Human Wrongs. From Swans, more on Peter Singer's The President of Good and Evil. And more on Samuel Huntington's Who are We?

[Weekend]  David Ellerman (UC-Riverside): Introduction to Property Theory.  Roland Benedikter (Innsbruck): A short psychoanalysis of science. Nick Bostrom (Oxford): In Defense of Posthuman Dignity. A review of The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement, a review of Universities: The Recovery of an Idea, and more on The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer. From The Chronicle, what has happened to historical literacy? From Left Hook, on a Marxist critique of Third World postmodernism (and part 2). An interview with John Zerzan, and a look back at his Case Against Art. A review of Bentham: Selected Writings of John Dinwiddy, and a review of Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell. And Mary Midgley reviews Judith Butler's Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence. And purple patches on the task of the modern historian by Thomas Macaulay and on historians and economists by Eric Hobsbawm

[Jun 4] From Perspective on Politics, why separation of theory and real-world tests often sharply limit the usefulness of each. From Borderlands, an issue on Unassumable Responsibility: New Perspectives on Freedom, Justice & Obligation is out, including an introduction. A review of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Nature: Course Notes from the Collège de France. From Canada, an excerpt from a speech by Will Kymlicka, the 2004 recipient of the Killam Prize in social sciences. From Oregon, why feminism is the solution for humanity's plights. From The Heritage Foundation, on the Laffer Curve, past present and future. More and more graduate schools seek admissions recommendations online. Professors Martha Ackelsberg and Judith Plaskow on why they're not getting married. Mike Adams looks at Cornell's English faculty and doesn't like what he sees. An article on Lenin and the socialist paper. Graphic novelist Will Eisner takes on religious intolerance. A twin study delves into the DNA of love. Scientists watch the brain wrestle with moral dilemmas. A profile of Frank Close, physics deconstructionist. And a look at the latest offbeat news from academia

[Jun 3]
 J. Tobin Grant (SIU): What Divides Us?: The Image and Organization of Political Science pdf. [You are invited to send comments to grant@siu.edu] From LRB, a review of Emperors Don't Die in Bed, and how Britain's news-stands are heaving with magazines devoted to the rough magic of being a bloke. From Australia, "I believe in equality" has been replaced with "I believe men and women are equal, so I believe women should shut up". From Great Britain, it's revealed that a Glasgow University professor worked for the CIA. A review of The Cultural Defense. Money-game experiments show cultural variances in behavior: People just don't like cheapskates. It's human nature. On how bohemian culture is now the norm. More on 'Cold Warrior' Melvin Lasky. And assorted book reviews: A review of books on American childhood; a review of Boomer Nation; a review of Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000; a review of The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (and more); a review of Fallen Order: A History; a review of The Bone Woman; a review of The Italian Boy; a review of You are Here; a review of Hiding the Elephant; a more on The Paradox of Choice

[Jun 2]  Luc Wintgens (EALT): Legisprudence as a New Theory of Legislation pdf. William Forbath (UT): Not So Simple Justice: Frank Michelman on Social Rights, 1969--Present. A review of Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader.  From The Washington Post's Book World, many reviews of books on World War II. A review of The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts. Some thoughts on the death of 'anti - Marxist' Maxime Rodinson. From Infoshop, some notes on post-left anarchy. From UCLA, on the dark side of globalization: trafficking & transborder crime to, through, and from Eastern Europe. Why Brits must thank the Turks, not Drake, for defeating the Armada. Obituary: William Hinton. Forbes chats with James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds. When unprovoked niceness comes to a book review editor, there's reason to be suspicious. It's many a disgruntled author's dream, but it almost never happens: A publication prints a second review of a book. Stanley Fish on what you do when you're on your way out. A review of Love, Sex, and Tragedy (and more). And more and more on O: The Intimate History of the Orgasm

[Jun 1] From Ctheory, Eugene Thacker (Georgia Tech): Networks, Swarms, Multitudes (and part 2), and an essay on Dangerous Philosophy: Threat, Risk, and Security. From Disputatio, a review of The Emotions: A Philosophical Exploration pdf. From Janus Head, a review of Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity pdf. More and more on Mutants. From Scientific American, a special feature on the stem cell challenge, a look at what ails the patent system, and why do computers crash? An article on the trouble with scientific research. There are surprises in the first map of the chimpanzee chromosome. A review of The Human Story. On how dark energy is tied to human origins. Venus will soon cross the face of the sun, and astronomers around the world will have a party. Asimov's `Foundation' theories on society move from fiction to academia. Tolkien scholars embark on a quest for legitimacy in academe. What should you do if your spouse is an academic failure? For more schools, teaching morals is right. And on abstinence-only education: Does it work?