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[Mar 31] From South Korea, Habermasian scholar Song Du-yul sentenced to 7 years in prison. From Uzbekistan, more people killed in bombings and shootouts. From Russia, an essay attributed to Mikhail Khodorkovsky causes a stir. From Georgia, is President Mikheil Saakashvili the country's Boris Yeltsin?  From Spain, on a new future: Call it social socialism. From Tanzania, Marx is dead, but Jesus and Allah are back in style. An analysis of the Arab summit that wasn't. Suharto is named the biggest crook in recent history--how did he do it? Obituary: Alistair Cooke (and William Safire remembers him). Annalee Newitz on planning to be dead. An essay on learning from Prozac: Will the new caution shift old views? More on the misery of choice. Does depression serve an evolutionary purpose? And on baseball as an opening to the American psyche

[Mar 30] From Uzbekistan, Islamists blamed as 19 die in bombings. From Poland, Premier Leszek Miller will step down on May 2. From the Middle East, the Arab League summit is cancelled -- and why did it happen? Philip Zelikow says the Iraq war was carried out partly to protect Israel. Why Europeans are getting taller and taller--and Americans aren’t. How bones tell the story of history's dark side. When faced with the misery of rapidly expanding choices, some turn to voluntary Victorianism. A look at the World Church of the Creator. And imagine you are the president, and there is a one-in-three chance that an asteroid will strike Earth: what do you do? Implement a nuclear defense plans? Call astrobiologists for some advice?

[Mar 29] From France, conservatives are routed in midterm elections. From Afghanistan, elections are delayed until September. From Israel, state prosecutor recommends that Sharon be indicted. From Great Britain, why apathy is the biggest threat to democracy, and on London as the most happily mongrelised metropolis in the world. Mario Vargas Llosa celebrates Madrid's free spirit, and an interview on Spain's new anti-terrorism policy. On the birth of the meta-protest rally. A review of Mirror, Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection. On the power of adult clothes in a youth-obsessed culture. Happiness has become the goal of medicine--and it will make us miserable. On the spectacular growth of psychometric assessment. Are people irrational when they seem to ''price'' their lives differently at different times? And on why you might want to stop sniffing glue

[Weekend 2e] From Ivory Coast, at least 25 people are killed in clashes. From Great Britain, on the former Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks about under-achieving Muslims. From Israel, a review of The Whistleblower of Dimona: Israel, Vanunu and the Bomb. More on the Palestinians calling for non-violent protest against the Israeli occupation. So you want to be alone? There is this place called Molvania. Here's 100 things to do in Scotland before you die. Congress moves to criminalize peer-to-peer technology (and a look at why it's a lobbyists' paradise in Washington). From TNR, why the Web won't topple tyranny (but it does create its own brand of vigilantes). And if you're a blogger, consider taking out libel insurance

[Weekend] From Europe, leaders agree to revive constitutional talks (and more), and civil liberties groups raise concerns about anti - terrorism plans. From Saudi Arabia, on the limits of reform.  From Great Britain, why a child protection overhaul could lead to false abuse claims. From Australia, on three political myths about young people. From Vatican City, why the 60's went wrong. A look at Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and the power of martyrdom: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Banker Malcolm Taaffe plans to put UN show on the road. C-Span celebrates its 25th anniversary (and more and more). Something unprecedented and irreversible is happening to humanity. Here are 5 reasons why the Earth is going to hell (and possibly another one). On cricket as a "humanising factor" in India-Pakistan relations. And Pakistani security forces find a startling letter!

[Mar 26] From Taiwan, an agreement is reached on a framework for a vote recount. From Israel, prominent Palestinians urge nonviolence after attacks on Hamas. From Russia, a look at Putin's future legacy. From Tanzania, gays might be liable to go to jail for life in Zanzibar. From France, one of the headscarf policy architects defends the liberal reasoning behind the new law. The Guardian interviews Richard Clarke. A look at the efforts of Bob Kerrey as 9/11 commissioner (and is he a possible VP candidate?) The Gadflyer interviews John Kerry, but what's up with all the flip-flops? BBC Magazine on writing a story in clichés, and on God's Call Girl: From nun to prostitute. And we are a ubiquitous force: Welcome to Hipsterology 101

[Mar 25] From the United Nations, the Security Council approves the sending of experts to Iraq to help in the sovereignty handover. From Yemen, back to autocracy? From Canada, on PM Paul Martin, science geek. Judges are urged to quit board positions at the FREE think tank. A National Urban League publishes a report on black and white disparities. Journalism.org releases its annual State of the News Media report. An Oregon county bans all marriages until gay marriage debate is settled. Who is the Earth Liberation Front and what do they want? Why Daylight Saving Time has various unpleasant effects. Here's a web site designed to spread the vicious truth about the Bible. How the physics lab that brought you the Web is reinventing the Internet. Noam Chomsky gets his own blog, Turning the Tide. And get out of my namespace, politicaltheory.com!

[Mar 24] From Spain, Jose Maria Aznar writes about the terrorist attacks of 3/11, and a Spanish legislator says it wasn't just Iraq. From Lebanon, on the politics and promise of civilizational dialogues (and part 2). British foreign minister Jack Straw says Turkey's candidacy is the "acid test" for the EU. From Israel, are Jews really smart? On a conference at Columbia University: Critically Thinking Global Resistance: One Year Later. A look at the protest marches that took place one year after the Iraq war. How the political left has ceded the American flag to the other side. And kids, everybody knows you can't name a park after an anarchist

[Mar 23] From Israel, Sheik Ahmed Yassin is killed, raising questions about Hamas' fate (and an analysis, and more). From El Salvador, the ruling Arena party wins election. From Spain, police arrest four more suspects. From Poland, a compromise on the EU constitution looks more likely. From Europe, on the implications of the ruling against Microsoft. From Pakistan, a retrospective on the nation's ideology. More and more on Richard Clarke and Bush's anti-terrorism efforts. NIC's Robert Hutchings assesses America's strategic challenges. Republicans expose Kerry as a closet Frenchman, even if he's right about support from abroad. Walter Cronkite publishes an open letter to Kerry in defense of liberalism. Democrat strategist Ann Lewis: "Be wary of Karl Rove, but don't fear him". An interview with anti - affirmative action activist Ward Connerly. Why is Greenpeace against war? What happens to your body when you donate it to science? First, your water was filtered, now it's your life. Why boredom is interesting--in a boring kind of way. And purple patches on Napoleon, Bonapartism and Charles De Gaulle

[Mar 22] From Brazil, is the government developing a nuclear weapons program? From the United States, charges are dropped against Muslim chaplain James Yee. From Botswana, the San fight to keep their Kalahari hunting grounds. From Chile, on legalizing divorce after all these years. From Poland, on experiencing one of the greatest improvements in health ever known. From Great Britain, reactions to David Blunkett's hiring of race adviser Matt Cavanagh. Blair and Bush seek new UN backing on Iraq. Former Bush counter-terror adviser Richard Clarke says Bush was stuck on Cold War issues, at least when he was not sleeping. French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin says Iraq war lead to a more dangerous world. How American obsessions over personal behavior are coming to the fore yet again. On being called on to react faster to events but on the basis of incomplete information. Al Franken is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him (and more). And on how the superhero story speaks to adult concerns

[Weekend 2e] From Taiwan, president is re-elected, but the opposition demands a recount, so ballot boxes are sealed. From Great Britain, on race and corporate hiring. EU foreign policy chief says Europe is not at war. Investigators are scrutinizing Bush ads over people posing as journalists. Howard Dean is staying in the fight for the long run. In Praise of Laudanum: For some, “addiction” may be the only cure. More on The Paradox of Choice. From The Guardian, unsolved mysteries, explained. Here are some books that will only make men even more smug. And purple patches by Antonio Gramsci on state and society, and the modern prince, John Stuart Mill on liberty, and Max Weber on the spirit of capitalism

[Weekend] From Taiwan, as President and VP are shot and wounded while campaigning, the country's democracy faces its biggest test yet. From Pakistan, a plot to replace President Musharraf is exposed. From Yugoslavia, Serbia threatens to intervene in Kosovo.  On a possible "democracy caucus" at the UN: It just might happen. As Bush urges allies to stay firm, with an Iraq close to civil war, why does much of the world look at American policies with suspicion and resentment? From New Statesman, on terror as the great leveller, and after Madrid: does urban life have a future? From The Globalist, on London as the Manhattan of Europe, and from BBC Magazine, on London vs. the regions. Noam Chomsky reluctantly endorses "Bush-lite" John Kerry (and more). The John Birch Society takes a look at Bush, Kerry and the Skulls & Bones conspiracy. Officials of a Tennessee county seek to ban gays. From Slate, on the economics of faking orgasm, on the maiden name debate, and are onetime unwanted advances really a feminist issue? On feminism and men as the true victims of porn. Scientists say Sex and the City stars stay upright because h=Q.[12+(3s/8)]. And a new issue of American Sexuality is out, on gay couples

[Mar 19] From Venezuela, Constitutional Court orders a halt to referendum process. From Poland, President Aleksander Kwasniewski: "We were 'taken for a ride' about Iraq's WMD." From the Czech Republic, on deconstructing a president, and an inquiry details Kerry relatives' fate. Why China is bound to disappoint as a business opportunity. More on a Democracy Now! interview with Jean - Bertrand Aristide. Is the American South another country? The US Census projects an America of greater racial diversity by 2050. On the not-so-secret secret of presidential campaigns: Crowds are so much stage prop.  Echoes of Chicago ’68? New York and activists gear up for the RNC. A Dean endorsement (with his Deanie Babies) is a mixed bag for Kerry's world, but a few words from McCain might encouraging him. On USA Today and its next generation (and more). How the life of a columnist is full of criticism, and on developing software called the ‘column generator’. And on the ubiquity of the magazine article disguised as a book

[Mar 18] From Yugoslavia, Kosovo erupts in clashes, at least 14 dead. From the Vatican, the Pontifical Academy for Life condemns fertility treatments. From Indonesia, why Papuans may end with separatism. From Canada, anarchism or nationalism? From Mexico, on Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as a possible future president. From Great Britain, on the real story of life under an 'asbo'. From Nigeria, on Eva Obodo: the artist and his critics. From Le Monde diplomatique, articles on Haiti (and more), Algeria (and more), and Russia (and more). Britain votes Marge Simpson as the best mother in public life. On the increasing numbers of open marriages: Destructive or the way of the future? On a handy A to Z of male types to help women through the male mind. Should ethics really be an after-thought in business? A new malicious computer worm is detected. On making a treasure out of someone else's trash through the internet. And has Google changed the world?

[Mar 17] From Saudi Arabia, five reformist intellectuals are arrested. From Spain, new PM says he will loosen ties with the US. From Brazil, on Cardoso's legacy: Radical democracy. From Australia, why changes to private education and health care are more about social rank than choice. From the Philippines, on marshlands, mercury, and digging our own graves. From Ireland, on religion and politics: separate or inseparable? (and a look at atheistocracy). From Tanzania, on Dodoma as the elusive capital (and what drives a country to switch its capital city?) Coining a new slogan for Spain: Thinking locally, acting in Europe. An article on Taiwan's challenge to China and the world (and part 2), and former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt on China: Proud and patient. More on the Sierra Club's divisions on immigration. Point, click, elect: Should voting be that easy? The US steps toward a targeted military draft, and a report says the government faked news reports. And on finding the good in Americans

[Mar 16] From Spain, more on the PSOE electoral win (and some European reactions). From Sri Lanka, on Tamil nationalism at its crossroads. From Russia, on tolerance as a cornerstone of national ideology. From Malaysia, on distinguishing philosophers from realists. From Mexico, former president Miguel de la Madrid comes clean about the election in 1988. From Slovenia, on not knowing what glad rags to don for the EU accession. "Something is extremely wrong in this Arab world. You cannot turn a donkey into a horse." Why is it that so many black women are troubled by interracial relationships? On the descent of marriage: Do same sex unions undermine marriage? We can only hope so. Why the Pill made same-sex nuptials inevitable. On sex and the brain, researchers say 'Vive la Différence!' A review of Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness. And has pornography now acquired a veneer of respectability?
[Mar 31] From New America, a summary of a report on creating a national system for savings with American stakeholder accounts (and the full text). A review of Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality. A review of Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State.  From LewRockwell, an essay on the trouble with Catholic social teaching, and from Chronicles, a response (and part 2 and part 3). A review of The Challenges of Ivan Illich: A Collective Reflection. Why the Saudis may not be responsible for what ails Islam. An essay on Freedom of Religion: The Evolution of a Human Right. Why the west's attempts to impose democracy in the Middle East from above are ill-informed. A review of The Myth of Greater Albania. A review of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. And will US policy backfire in Central Asia?

[Mar 30] From Prospect, on American Jacksonian nationalism; what if Democrats had won in 2000?; Giddens v. Marquand on whether Labour deserves a third term; a review of The Accidental Constitution; and a review of The Millennium Problems. An essay on understanding anti - Americanism. A debate: Should the right to freedom of speech be constrained? An interview with Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity. John Stossel admits he is a welfare queen. Why large families don't deserve tax breaks. Location, location, location: Why the wealth of nations reflects Stone Age legacies. And so there was Francis Fukuyama having the chutzpah to push his “end of history” thesis in Tel Aviv...

[Mar 29] From The Public Interest, on the soul of a nation, the unraveling of Christianity in America, and a review of books on reason and revelation. From Salon, on the "real" Colin Powell (and more), a cartoon on the White House Philosophers, and will Catholics turn out for Kerry? Some electoral advice for Bush, from Bob Dole, Lyn Nofziger, and Tom Campbell. Did "the people" cause 9/11? If not, who will take responsibility for it? From Al-Ahram, "We are all Hamas Now". How Scripture inspires many Christians to support Zionism.  More on Karen Armstrong's The Spiral Staircase. A look at a charity called the Voice of the Martyrs. A review of Dispatches From the Culture Wars, and which America most likely represents the future of our country? How liberals don't get the forces behind the Right's rise. And Ralf Dahrendorf bids farewell to the Third Way

[Weekend 2e] Why the Greater Middle East is the Sick Man of the World, and why Europe must reconsider the value of solidarity and subsidiarity if it is to attain integration’s historic goal. Is it really an American age that we live in? More on After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order. The Hitch reviews Buruma and Margalit's Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies (and more). An overview of American conservatism. Counterpunch interviews Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism, and Buzzflash interviews David Cay Johnston, author of Perfectly Legal. A look at what unions can gain from immigration. A review of Privacy and the Press. And a review of books by veterans of the New York Times

[Weekend] A new issue of First Things is out, including an article on 'publick religion': Adams v. Jefferson, and an exchange between Rowan Williams and George Weigel on war and statecraft. Here's an excerpt from The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. How Richard Clarke's book has cornered the market in capital buzz. From spiked, why the 'war on terror' won't stop us being terrorized. Ten years after Rwanda's genocide, what has the world learned? From Dollars & Sense, a primer on trade deficits. An article on paleoconservatism vs. conservatism. Why the feminist politics of choice should embrace all forms of bodily freedom. How did marriage begin--and why? A review of Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy. From Smithsonian, a man, a plan, a canal: Panama rises. And a look at the most recent National Humanities Medalists

[Mar 26]
 Peter Singer on Bush's meandering moral compass. From The Atlantic Monthly, on Bush's faith-based presidency, on the Dean implosion up close by the candidate's pollster, and an interview with Benny Morris. Todd Gitlin on Bush's credibility gap. Michael Kinsley on applying the Powell Doctrine to running for re-election, and does war help presidents get re-elected? An interview with Barbara Crossette on the media and foreign policy. Articles on Europe's house divided, and on the death of Utopia. From Writ, more on the Pledge of Allegiance case. From Orion, on the reign of corporations and the fight for democracy. A review of Six Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them. And on tuberculosis as the epidemic to truly worry about

[Mar 25] From Foreign Affairs, a look at how Europe and America defend themselves, and Chicago's Daniel Drezner on the outsourcing bogeyman (check out his blog, too). From Slate, Fred Kaplan on why Richard Clarke is right about Bush's negligence on terrorism, William Saletan on Bush's catastrophic allergy to Clinton, and Dahlia Lithwick on the God of the Pledge of Allegiance as a greeting card. From The Village Voice, on the Great American Man-Dog Marriage Panic, and Nat Hentoff on civil liberties and Castro. Why arguments that human cloning will give rise to dystopia are unfounded and unrealistic. A look at how we run a popularity contest every four years instead of an election. In our culture, it's the little things that matter. And from Smithsonian, on the six young men in bowler hats and bras who called themselves Monty Python's Flying Circus

[Mar 24] From Opinion Journal, on Bruce Ackerman and James Fishkin's proposal for a Deliberation Day. Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt rethinks the United States. What will happen to religion as globalization keeps a-going? A purple patch on harmful systems of beliefs by Bertrand Russell. Why atheist Michael Newdow has one advantage -- consistency. Can Democrats win evangelical votes? Only God knows. On gay marriage: What Would Rawls Do? How Kerry can get tough on the campaign trail: "It's jiu-jitsu, stupid". And from the New Democrats' Blueprint magazine, a special issue on how Kerry can win

[Mar 23] From Salon, James Galbraith takes on The Economist; a look at the secret history of secrecy; a look at everything you don't want to know about how publishing really works; forget the Peace Corps, we need a piece-of-ass-corps; and a review of Maternal Desire: On Children, Love, and the Inner Life. More on The Mommy Myth. What does the Pledge of Allegiance's "Under God" mean? From TAP, a debate on the Pledge (with part 2, and a profile of Michael Newdow), on confusing reality with fantasy, and who is to blame for intelligence failures, the spooks or the pols? Why American casualty aversion is a myth. Is the War on Terror a new Cold War? Why GOP nativism is anything but conservative--are you listening Samuel Francis? On liberals, conservatives and tradition: It's all about attitude. An Objectivist view of the Culture War between the Religious Right and the Secular Left. How to prevent crime? Put child welfare first. Jeff Madrick on questioning free trade mathematics. On Paul Sweezy and the other Americans. A review of Growth Fetish. And how slavery wasn't only for Africans but for Europeans too

[Mar 22]
From Political Play, let the mudslinging begin: Why negative campaigning is as American as apple pie, why it works, and why Kerry needs a vacation. Robert Kagan on the time to save an alliance. George W. Bush may have done more than anything since the advent of a single currency to unify Europe. Italian Radical Party secretary Daniele Capezzone on the case for a World Democracy Organization. Shlomo Avineri on why transplanted democracy will wilt in infertile soil. How the neocon dream of nation building divides the GOP. Why Lee Harris' Civilization and Its Enemies deserves the buzz that Fukuyama got. A review of John Lewis Gaddis' Surprise, Security, and the American Experience. Word has it that a hard core group of citizens are forming cells around the country and will be taking action to stop The War Machine for good. And more on Spain: a country left in a limbo of fear and division; how the meaning of 3/11 has become the latest battleground in the war on terror; and on the country's deep Islamic roots and the vibrancy of its democracy

[Weekend 2e] From The Los Angeles Times, a special series on Iraq: One Year Later: The tyrant is gone, but the trauma remains; on living in chaos, the new oppressor; on the difficult economic picture; on oil as a source of optimism; on those pesky and elusive WMD; is the US staying or going?; and on the transition: but towards what exactly? A review of Jonathan Schell's The Unconquerable World. Why the war on terror didn't matter to voters in Spain. How the Civil War still haunts Spanish politics (and more). Welcome to the USA, mis amigos: More on Samuel Huntington. And UCLA's William Rubenstein on how politicians are not asking what kind of society we want, but argue over what our structure of government can permit

[Weekend] A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership, a review of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation, and an article by Steven Weinberg on "The Wrong Stuff". From Open Democracy, on human rights and the dangers of irrelevance. Human Events on the state of conservatism 2004--would you like some paternalism with that? The Culture Wars go global, which Jesse Walker refuses to join. An article on Robert Kaplan and his new book, Mediterranean Winter. From Commentary, Betrayed by Europe: An Expatriate's Lament. From Foreign Affairs, how Europe and America defend themselves. From the IBPP, reports on Lewdness, Sex and Terrorism, and Terrorism, Hostages, and the Stockholm Syndrome pdf. A look at Dirty Bombs: The Threat Revisited pdf. (and more). A look at how car bombs impact human beings. Is Al-Qaeda's organization threat exaggerated? Why not a world poll before the US elections? From Foreign Policy in Focus, the evangelical roots of American unilateralism. Peter Berkowitz reports on Francis Fukuyama's visit to Tel Aviv (and more). And the end of history? Let's not be hasty

[Mar 19] From Washington Monthly, on unilateralism in foreign aid, DLC's Bruce Reed on Bush's war against wonks and more on Frum an Perle's An End to Evil. A Reason interview: Mohammed Fneish, Hizbollah representative in Lebanon's parliament. From The Economist, on the distribution of American forces around the world, a review of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment -- A Citizen's Agenda for Action, and more on Daniel Boorstin. How bans on interracial unions offer perspective on gay ones, and why sanctified ignorance is still ignorance. For children of gays, marriage brings joy. A review of Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness -- and Liberalism -- to the Women of America. Who ever said there was anything yummy about being Mummy? More on Greg Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox. From Governing, articles on Tax Avoidance Inc., the lives of politicians, and what compels communities to build schools in the middle of nowhere? And do gated communities help or hinder local safety and social cohesion?

[Mar 18] From the new online magazine The Gadflyer, articles on getting tough with progressive constituencies, with the Right, and with the press. From Slate, on the 9/11 tax giveaway, on a dumb new proposal to veto the Supreme Court, and why Bush is worse than Reagan. On George W. Bush's as most anti-science administration in modern times. It's not often that a question from a reporter makes President Bush laugh out loud. Do terrorists play election politics? A look at the limits of democratization in Muslim countries. On the US Middle East plan: Right idea, wrong approach (and more). There's no reason to think that Blair would share the fate of Aznar. Ian Buruma on killing Iraq with kindness, and Nichoals Kristof on adapting a national ID card. Michael Lind on Bush's Martyrs. Andrew Sullivan on the Guardian's moral nihilism. John Gray on geopolitics and the limits of growth. And terrorism will never be defeated: on security and a sense of proportion

[Mar 17] A new issue of The Atlantic Monthly is out, including a review of Burke's Reflections by Christopher Hitchens, a profile of Ralph Reed, Jonathan Rauch on how the Founding Fathers would have handled gay marriage, a review of The Pig Who Sang To The Moon: The Emotional World Of Farm Animals, and an article on duplicity in foreign affairs. Why calling Spain an appeaser is a gross oversimplification of the facts. The Roving Eye on the emergence of hyperterrorism. A talk with John Podhoretz on his new book, Bush Country. From TCS, articles on bumper sticker moralities and the purpose of pain, and a response to Slavoj Zizek's "Iraq's False Promises." A review of Thomas Sowell's Applied Economics. More on Perfectly Legal. A review of Wealth, Poverty, and Human Destiny. More and more on Samuel Huntington. Aristide's tale is the stuff of bad Hollywood fiction--can it be true? (and more) And a year after the Iraq War: a Pew Survey finds mistrust of America in Europe ever higher and Muslim anger persists

[Mar 16] From Time Europe, we are all Spaniards. From Salon, two more excerpts from House of Bush, House of Saud, and how the bombings will transform politics in Spain and throughout Europe. Articles on Marxist, liberal, libertarian, and conservative perspectives on the lessons from Spain (and for Tony Blair). Two more views from Christopher Hitchens and Paul Krugman. But we should all admit it: We are all in the dark. Helmut Schmidt, Germany's former Chancellor, on Europe and the Clash of Civilizations. More on Samuel Huntington and the Hispanic Challenge. Buzzflash interviews Eric Alterman. More on Tim Robbins' Embedded. From Financial Times, an editorial on how not to pick the IMF's chief. Why true economic understanding, which includes second order effects, may not lie entirely on the free trade side. Robert Schiller on saving a world that doesn't save. And, by the way, Aristide is back in the Caribbean


[Mar 31] From Florida Philosophical Review, Farhang Erfani (Villanova): Democratic Struggle: Tocqueville's Reconfiguration of Hegel's Master & Slave Dialectic; and Kevin Aho (USF): Why Heidegger is not an Existentialist: Interpreting Authenticity and Historicity in Being and Time. Dan Fuller and Doris Geide - Stevenson (Weber State): Consensus Among Economists: Revisited pdf. How the study of economics in Germany is making a comeback. Freud was right: Thoughts we bar from our minds while awake reappear when we sleep. Why there is no such thing as an error-free book. The Bush administration issues expanded guidelines advising colleges on how to create diversity. Virginia Postrel on getting the most out of teachers. David Brooks' advice to college - bound kids: Relax, it ain't that important. And life isn't getting into college--really

[Mar 30] From Transhumanity, on philosophical theorizing, the academic a co-creator of knowledge, the relevance of linguistic analytic philosophy today, and the post - modernism of Michel Foucault. From Uncommon Knowledge, a discussion on the Supreme Court, with Princeton's Robert George and San Diego's Lawrence Alexander. A review of Aristotle and Modern Law. Gordon Wood reviews Freedom Just Around the Corner. A look back at George Boole, the Isaac Newton of logic. How myth became the legend of Joseph Campbell. World  publishes an issue on how Intelligent Design will conquer Darwinism in the future. A conversation on the third culture and the world of science. And on the work of neuroscientist Gerald Edelman

[Mar 29] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including articles on the concept of arete, the life and work of Peter Wessel Zapffe, on facing a second marriage, a look at John Dewey in love, on the burden of the history of philosophy, a review of Welfare and Rational Care, and a review of After the Science Wars. Here are papers from the recent Columbia / NYU Graduate Conference in Philosophy. An essay on the timelessness of Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class. Obituary: historian Karl Weintraub. From The University of Chicago Magazine, a look at the work of biologist Lynn Margulis, the Chicagoans who are full-time critics, and the relevance of Critical Inquiry. From Clemson, a look at Professor Stephen Satris' Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Moral Issues. And former senator David Pryor is named first dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at Arkansas

[Weekend 2e] Book reviews: A new issue of The Claremont Review of Books is out, including a review of Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace: Thomism and Democratic Political Theory, a review of Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy, a review of History of American Political Thought, a review of books on the myth of the racist Republicans, and William Bennett writes on the Democrats and war, while Pierre Manent replies to his critics. More and more on Isaiah Berlin's Flourishing: Letters 1928-1946. Peter Singer reviews Opening Skinner's Box. Terry Eagleton reviews Power, Politics and Culture: interviews with Edward W Said. More on Alain De Botton's Status Anxiety. And more on Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another

[Weekend] From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Wolff-Michael Roth (Victoria): Qualitative Research and Ethics; and a review of Walking the Tightrope: Ethical Issues for Qualitative Researchers. From India, officials seek the arrest of Macalester's James Laine. Sir Michael Atiyah and Isadore Singer are awarded the Abel Prize for their work in mathematics. CERN turns 50: what does the future hold? A review of Behavioral Genetics in the Post-Genomic Era. A review of Michael Ruse's Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? Why science is the best and only way to understand how the world works. A review of Ernest Gellner's The Psychoanalytic Movement: The Cunning of Unreason. A review of Harry Frankfurt's The Reasons of Love. A review of Inside the American Couple. And a review of AC Grayling's What is Good? The search for the best way to live

[Mar 26] Andrei Marmor (USC): Constitutional Interpretation. Allan Froilan B Mendoza: The Disquietude of Development: Narratives, Palliatives, and Alternatives. Eudaemonia, the Good Life: A talk with Penn's Martin Seligman. The Economist reviews the forthcoming Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference. The US Department of Energy will give cold fusion a second look. A proposed academic boycott of Israel gathers momentum. Political correctness has caught up with sign language for deaf people. From Yale, why John Kerry should face the liberal inquisition. And you can apply to the summer Social Change Workshop for Graduate Students offered by the Institute for Humane Studies

[Mar 25] From New Left Review, on a rendezvous at Mumbai, and on the future history of the Third World’s post-industrial megacities. From Free Inquiry, articles on atheism as a civil rights issue, and on The Passion as a political weapon. From Butterflies & Wheels, on the state of the state of feminism. Philosopher Peg Tittle on the personal and the political. From Princeton, a Q&A with religion professor Cornel West. Harvard's Skip Gates takes a long, hard look at black America, and he isn't altogether pleased. In one of his books, Jeff Ferrell calls himself a "punkass anarchist." Scientists say they have found the gene mutation that separated man from apelike creatures. How selfishness and mojitos can turn anyone into a philosopher. And from Animation World, Dr. Toon takes on the deconstructionists about the ideas they read into classic cartoons (and part 2 -- 8 sections in all)

[Mar 24] From Queen's University, a report on the Future of Global and Regional Integration pdf. On the strange afterlife of Cornelius Castoriadis. Charlie Cook on how a paper delivered at the Western Political Science Association forced him to rethink his assumptions. A look at the publication of Jacques Maritain, Dictionary of Works. More on Flourishing: Letters, 1928-1946 by Isaiah Berlin. Why the search for an academic job is like surfing: fluid, dynamic, potentially turbulent. Northeastern's M. Shahid Alam on the US as the greatest country. And a look at the difficulties in teaching history and the social sciences in high school

[Mar 23] Martin Shaw (Sussex): Social democracy in the unfinished global revolution. From Dissent, on the continuing struggle for racial justice in American education, a look at Howard Zinn's history lessons, and Marshall Berman on Dissent in the twenty-First century. Tracy Strong reviews Europe: A Nietzschean Perspective. A review of Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning. Sean Wilentz on American historians vs. the American Founders (and part 2 and part 3). Terry Eagleton on why ideas no longer matter in politics. Professor George Ellis wins the Templeton Prize. From Christianity Today, a review of Catholicism and American Freedom: A History, and a review of books on four of the seven deadly sins. Why is it that when we are dumped by a lover, we want the dumper even more? (Don't try to deny it): Scientific American takes a look at Helen Fisher's Why We Love. A review of Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives. And from Humanities, on life among the lexicographers, a look at the Historical Dictionary of American Slang, and do you speak American?

[Mar 22] Lawrence Solum (San Diego): Judicial Selection: Ideology versus Character. From Logos, Siobhan Nash - Marshall (St. Thomas): On the Fate of Nations; and Michael Sherwin (Fribourg): Four Challenges for Moral Theology in the New Century. A review of God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism. A review of Crowded With Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment -- Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind. More on Justice Rehnquist's Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876. More on the disturbing myth of Deborah Skinner. Stanford's Shelby Steele says gay marriage is not about civil rights (though the only marriages that should offend are those that start with overdone weddings). Marriage is not as appealing as it once was: what happened? A review of Maternal Desire: On Children, Love and the Inner Life. On a new kind of mental illness: Male Postnatal Depression. On women growing bold together, or just wanting some hot gay sex on the telly. And these days everyone seems to have some dependency or other

[Weekend 2e] APSA's Decade of Behavior project seeks information on significant discoveries in political science. A review of People and Place: Historical Influences on Legal Culture. A profile of CUNY's Lou Marinoff, the Socratic Shrink. A question of ethics: How to teach them? A look at how a dissertation can make a difference. A newspaper article and simple biblical ethics put a law professor at the cutting edge of a tax reform movement. A study says religion is a tonic for kids. The University of California system is feeling the strains of ethnic diversity and academic purity. More on Roy Porter's Flesh in the Age of Reason. And there may be evidence that we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction of life

[Weekend] Peter Kurrild - Klitgaard (USD): Buridan's Ass and the calculus of democratic deliberation pdf. Michael Ignatieff (Harvard): The Lesser Evil: Hard Choices in a War on Terror. An essay on Ideological Intransigence, Democratic Centralism and Cultism. From Christianity Today, a look at the scholarship wars, Stephen Carter on the politics of gratitude, a review of Alan Wolfe's The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith, and an interview Professor Wolfe. On a conversation about St Anselm’s ‘exquisite’ ontological argument for the existence of God. Of Popes and Power: In the Middle Ages, the Vatican reigned supreme (with victims unseen?) A look at Catholic higher education and the future of moral theology (and part 2). The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame surrender to Sodom (and part 2). A retired Jesuit official apologizes for remarks on Alaskan sex. From Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum, on equating the dignity of people and animals. From Harvard, more on Peter Singer's The President of Good and Evil. Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics can be found online. A review of David Harvey's The New Imperialism. And another asteroid comes perilously close to Earth

[Mar 19] Mark Graber (Maryland): Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville's Thesis Revisited. Jack Balkin (Yale): Respect-Worthy: Frank Michelman and the Legitimate Constitution. Josephine Ross (BC): The Sexualization of Difference: A Comparison of Mixed-Race and Same-Gender Marriage. Russell Jacoby reviews books on Camus and Sartre. A review of books on the English civil wars. A review of The Myth of LazinessMore and more on Alain de Botton's Status Anxiety, and more on Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another. From Williams, an essay on political polarization, an interview on cultural and ethical divides, and what makes non-applied mathematics so applicable? From William & Mary, on honor, a primitive ethic as impetus of war. From Chicago, on studying mysticism through the lens of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. Professors are rushing to India to study the rush of US jobs there. National Review on ensuring transparency and accountability on campus. And lecturer Adam Fox cdnt bleve wot he was cing

[Mar 18] A new issue of Borderlands is out, including articles on the academic boycott of Israel; Jason Read (USM): A Universal History of Contingency: Deleuze and Guattari on the History of Capitalism; a review of Human Rights and the borders of suffering: The promotion of human rights in international politics; and an essay on Habitus, Attitude, Boredom and the End Of Enjoyment. An interview with UCSD's Patricia Churchland on neurophilosophy. A review of Race: The Reality of Human Differences. How racism and xenophobia are linked to the biological fear of outsiders during the Stone Age, and what explains our extreme cultural diversity? From The Black World Today, are blacks proudly wearing the badges of slavery? More on We Real Cool. On the urgent need to study Islamic anti-Semitism. How Catholic campuses are promoting Alfred Kinsey. A stand-up philosopher poses six questions of Socrates. And from Tufts, from Martha Stewart to Pete Rose: All lies are not created equal 

[Mar 17] Belinda Barnet (SUT): Technical Machines and Evolution. A review of Habermas and Pragmatism. A review of A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the US Constitution and the Making of the American State, a review of To Form a More Perfect Union: A New Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution, and a review of Principles of International Environment Law. A look at Loïc Wacquant's work on prisons. A move to fire two tenured professors roils the University of Southern Mississippi. From The Scientist, on the impossible dream of eliminating the Nobel Prize. Astronomers announce the discovery of the most distant object ever detected in the solar system, a planet called Sedna--how do planets get their names anyway? A review of The Earth: An Intimate History (and more and more). How biologists are digging for the roots of language. How can a poll of only 1,004 Americans represent 260 million people? And why understanding recent terror tactics is a challenge for academics--but so is public complacency

[Mar 16]
Richard Falk (Princeton): Trends Towards Transnational Justice: Innovations and Institutions pdf. Jeff McMahan (Rutgers): Unjust War pdf. Here's a dissertation prospectus titled The Speculum and the Scalpel: The Politics of Impotent Representation and Non - Representational Terrorism, and the text pdf. Why rock-star academics are made, not born--by literary agents. A review of books on cultural icons and alternative religions. A critique of U. of Texas' Brian Leiter and his defense of Darwinism, and form Scientific American, here are 15 answers to creationist nonsense. An essay on why skeptics dread conversations with true believers. From TPM, Do-It-Yourself Deity: Test the plausibility of different conceptions of God. From The New Yorker, Transcendental Meditation reaches NYC high schools. Why do we fall for the fallacy of the complex question so easily? And check out Piled Higher and Deeper: A Grad Student Comic Strip