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[Mar 15] From Spain, PSOE upsets PP in parliamentary vote, making Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero the new PM. From Russia, Putin cruises through elections--not that many people were inspired to vote. From Iran, a profile of Abdolkarim Soroush, a leading reformist intellectual. From Trinidad & Tobago, on Sir Arthur Lewis and the Westminster Inheritance. From South Africa, a look back at the first ten years of ANC rule. From Belarus, who is to blame for political stagnation? US revealed to be secretly funding opponents of Chavez, and a report says it is unloading WMD in Iraq--while it muffles the sweeping call to democracy in the Middle East. An interview with Mel Gibson's dad, and a partial transcript pdf. Kerry calls for monthly debates with Bush--perhaps to further his Complexity of Information Processing. A study finds a nation of polarized readers. Something's happening here, what it is, ain't exactly clear: the Culture Wars are back--and both parties are loving it. Why do women live so long? An evolutionary perspective. On forgiving a husband addicted to child pornography. Can a male contraceptive be popular? And dads worry about their daughters' sex lives: It's time they learnt the facts of life

[Weekend 2e] From Spain, a videotape emerges, police arrest five Muslims as crowds accuse Aznar of cover-up, and on how the bombings will affect the upcoming election. From Thailand, bold PM faces growing criticism. From Zimbabwe, on avoiding secret political deals. From Great Britain, on Hume's big toe threat. Denmark's Environmental Assessment Institute and The Economist ask a very awkward question: What should come first in policy making? From Campaigns & Elections, how presidential primary losers can have sway at party conventions, and how the parties make sure their most loyal supporters vote on election day. Why the vitriolic character of American elections is a sign of agreement on the fundamentals of politics. A review of Press Gang: how newspapers make profits from propaganda. David Broader profiles Rep. Barney Frank, one bold thinker among the Democrats. Why tolerance has never come naturally. Has political correctness gone too far? A debate, woman to woman. And here are some anti-PC Irish jokes

[Weekend] From South Korea, more on President Roh's impeachment. From Zimbabwe, mercenaries allegedly hired to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea will be prosecuted. From Egypt, President Mubarak says Arab reform should start within. From Lebanon, on the enduring dilemma of the Arab intelligentsia. From Canada, Liberals may be learning how the West is lost to conservatives. From South Africa, on nature, science and indigenous knowledge systems. From Singapore, a look at when public policy and private life clash. On Portugal, a Brazil colony. Barbara Crossette on putting the UN Economic and Social Council back in the loop. Why it is still not too late to prevent an environmental doomsday. Why it's wise for Bush to go down and dirty. On John McCain as John Kerry's vice president: Really? How regime change looms as the next great wave of American politics. From The Atlantic Monthly, Jeffrey Rosen says that a quest for popular approval is what drives John Ashcroft's public life, an interview with Douglas Brinkley on John Kerry, and a look back at what makes an American. And from The Week, a briefing on the National Guard

[Mar 12] From Spain, train bombings kill up to 200 people in the name of Al-Qaeda, not the country's own ETA, and a look at Jose Maria Aznar's legacy [Check out Iberian Notes for updates on attacks]. From South Korea, President Roh is impeached. From Israel, the vast majority of citizens want to join 'antisemitic' EU, and on the slow death of the kibbutzim. From Malaysia, on the formidable force of women. From the Philippines, an interview on the political economy of information. From the Vatican, a survey says atheism is fading, but so is religious fervor. From Australia, why sex is not a morality-free zone. An article on elections and democracy. How Bush and Kerry divide over most issues. David Aaronovitch travels the USA and finds a nation divided. Todd Gitlin on Kerryslandering. More on the planned liberal radio station. An interview with Joe Trippi on the internet and political campaigns. How the iPod could help regain your personal space. Tyler Cowen on the new world of blogs. And Wham! Bam! Take that, spam!

[Mar 11] From Haiti, an economist is appointed new PM. From Equatorial Guinea, leaders of an attempted coup are arrested. From France, 2,000 scientists resign in protest after rejection of their demands for more money. From Iraq, intellectuals are skeptical about the future. From Canada, there was a time when universities taught neither economics nor political science, but political economy. From Jamaica, on globalization and gender power. From Venezuela, on the oil company and social worker. From India, on Vedantic philosophy and Western science. From Botswana, a culture under threat--a report on the San Bushmen (and part 2). As elections in Austria show, far-right politics is alive and well in Europe. The Council of Foreign Relations recommends the US to stay in Iraq (and more). From American Heritage, part 1 of the 50 biggest changes in the last 50 years. Take a quiz: How European are you? Can a mere cartoon strip change the world? Garry Trudeau may well find out. And move over, MoveOn.org: new competition is coming

[Mar 10] From Europe, why the real arrogance is keeping decisions from voters. From Greece, the New Democracy Party wins the elections. From Singapore, several MPs want pressure put on married couples who don't want babies. From Great Britain, judges meddle in politics at their own peril. Democracy Now! interviews Jean-Bertrand Aristide. An excerpt from Hans Blix's Disarming Iraq (and more). As Europe broadens, is Spain dividing? From Red Pepper, Rhineland capitalism at a crossroads (and more). Can extremist groups be good for budding democracies: A review of Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe. The RNC tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads by moveon.org. The Online Journalism Review takes a look at the future of news. Find out how socially responsible you are with a questionnaire. A 42-year-old Brownie troop leader: "Our breasts are not criminal." And "El Chavo del Ocho" keeps going and going and going

[Mar 9] From Iraq, a provisional constitution is signed (and a critique). From Kenya, on bottlenecks in the constitutional review process. From Great Britain, a Q&A on the constitutional reform bill. From China, their attitude about rights may be changing, but perhaps not their opposition to democracy. From Japan, opposition party suffers a new scandal blow. Even is science is not everything, can psychics, astrologers and mediums really tell the future? Why Occam’s Razor is a useful concept but not necessarily right in every case. On developing family policies without much knowledge. From Zenit, on Catholicism's  view of sexuality, on Redemptor Hominis as John Paul II's Manifesto, and on re-examining theologian Karl Rahner's legacy. A review of Karen Armstrong's The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness. The metrosexual is out, so enter the technosexual. Yahoo! pursues invisible web content for its search engine. And a warning: Blogs can be infectious

[Mar 8] From New Zealand, on models to preserve indigenous cultures, and on shunning race definitions and integration, and Catherine Judd, Liberal Party President, delivers a speech in praise of individuals. From Poland, on a political reality show. From Turkey, on breaching the wall of silence on Armenians. From Malaysia, on a long journey to social reconstruction, and why attitude, not aptitude, is decisive for life chances. From Greece, on Athens and an Olympian metamorphosis. From Bangladesh, on the concept and role of civil society. From Switzerland, citizens feel a new surge of patriotism. From the Philippines, "Berate? I berate men? Oh, boy-you ain't seen berate from me yet". How Bush is seeking to bolster his regular guy image. Mars critics say billions are ill-spent. A look at the five-year-old Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. On politics as a contact sport: "If you don't like it, you don't get in it". On being curious about the spiritual lives of politicians. Why cynicism is a luxury. How the indifference of so many people, including young voters, is often deeply rooted in personal and philosophical issues. And there goes the (lily-white) neighborhood

[Weekend 2e] From Russia, on national political discourse and the outside world. From Yugoslavia, on the triumph of evil. From South Africa, "funny thing, this nonracialism; for its fulfillment and comfort it demands black self-negation." From France, gloves come off in a row over the defense of the language. From Israel, on the a logical contradiction in the heart of Israeli behavior, and on rights and the Arabs within. From Ghana, after 47 years of nationhood: where to next? On the dark side of the virtual world: The US Army is building a second version of Earth on computer to help it prepare for conflicts around the world, and how would people act if they were freed from real life laws and social constraints? Mifepristone (RU-486) is not just for abortion anymore. Fashion is a way of defining our identity and however ephemeral, it is here to stay. There's an awards ceremony for people who organize awards, and it's not a spoof. Are you a dog owner or dog guardian? (And don't call it a pet either.)  And Patrick Guest wants to get into a gay bar--yet he swings the wrong way

[Weekend] From Iraq, "Foolish Bremer": Muqtada Al-Sadr blasts the West and its representatives as enemies of Islam. From France, mystery group baffles officials. From Nepal, on war without ends. From Pakistan, on the leaky nuclear program and the perils of propaganda.  From Great Britain, who could fill Gordon Brown's shoes? The US is hiring mercenaries in Chile to replace its soldiers on security duty in Iraq. Insurer Swiss Re warns of a potential global warming catastrophe. How "environmental peacemaking" is helping countries come together. From The Hill, how Senate Republicans work with Bush to turn tide on war. From Business Week, a special report on technology, including why telecommunications will be a sectorless industry in a few years. Is there any way of ensuring your private conversations stay that way? On the media: HL Mencken on newspaper morals, and  what becomes a controversy most? From LA Weekly, a set of articles on American Bigmouths, including Michael Moore

[Mar 5] From Haiti, PM declares a state of emergency (and Jeffrey Sachs on why Bush was ousting Aristide from his first day in office). From Iraq, General John Abizaid says it is "possible" Iraq could descend into civil war (and Amitai Etzioni on the fantasy of instant democracy). From Libya, an interview with Moammar Gadhafi (and more). From Venezuela, as the ambassador to the UN resigns, Hugo Chavez spreads native struggles around the continent. From New Zealand, Steve Maharey enjoys the dubious distinction of being the Labour Party's "public intellectual". From Israel, international law meets the 21st century. Linda Greenhouse on how documents reveal the evolution of Justice Harry Blackmun. Why Africans don't view their fauna with sentimentality. Myrna Blyth, the former editor of Ladies' Home Journal, lobbies a grenade at women's magazines. On quoting anonymous sources in the media. And how media consumers are emotionally attached to sites (say, a daily digest of politics and academia news)

[Mar 4] From Venezuela, OAS officials try to end the electoral turmoil. From Great Britain, on putting politics back into public health, and should citizens pay for NHS through taxes or insurance? On Malta as a bridge between Europe and the Arab world. How the attacks on Shiites exposes divisions in Pakistan and Iraq. 9/11 panel rejects White House limits on interviews. David Kay says the Bush must admit he got it wrong. On the truth behind Katharine Gun's alarming revelations. The Treasury Department warns publishers of the perils of criminal editing of the enemy. A look at Alan Greenspan and Social Security. A look at negative campaigning and its effects. On how the media's coverage of the GOP convention in NY will affect the election. Why the Democrats are long on variety but short on party identity. A review of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America. A review of The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief. An essay: "The Way Blogs Are Ruining My Life." And on blondes: Do they really have more fun?

[Mar 3] From Iraq, leaders agree to an interim constitution. From China, the government will make private property a right. From Ethiopia, former regime officials plead for clemency. From Russia, exiled tycoon campaigns against Putin from abroad. From Greece, empty villages mark the end of a way of life. From Slovenia, gypsy life gets harder, bitterness boils over. From Malawi, one doctor's act of kindness is bringing hope to Aids sufferers. From the United States, nearly half of NYC black men are jobless, and on Texas as a state of mind. A review of Tibor Machan's Putting Humans First: Why We Are Nature’s Favorite. John Gray on why there is no rational basis for always putting humans' interests first. We share 95% of our genes with chimpanzees: What does that mean? How was this number derived? Searching for détente between man and beast. An immigration controversy engulfs the Sierra Club board election. On 'intellectual' migrant coolies and the irrational rationalists. Can suicide ever be a rational choice? And some philosophers say we're more likely living in a simulation than not

[Mar 2] From Haiti, after Aristide, now what? (and Jeffrey Sachs on who's to blame). From Kosovo, an interview on the country's uncertain future and political outlook. From Australia, a new magazine to stir up the left to come out soon. From Germany, on offering a how-to book to immigrants. From Belgium, the country prepares for the trial of the century. From Europe, US firms to be hit by multimillion - euro sanctions, and how enlargement will help EU catch the US on productivity. How the US underestimates the power of nationalism, and why the US has lost its right to preach about human rights (perhaps China will pick up the slack?). On the geopolitical risks in Southeast Asia and on the concepts of power and stability in Asia. Can a bigger Europe work for Britain? Why is France so afraid of religion? How Arab women leaders are exerting a growing influence at UN. An article on the pathology of a dying language. On the demise of English as the number one spoken language in the world (and more), and of many languages in China. And Time Europe publishes a special issue on Spain, strong, determined and self-confident

[Mar 1] From Haiti, President Aristide is forced out, while Marines are sent to keep order. From Iraq, Brendan O'Leary on how the US is brewing up a disaster for the Kurds. From Great Britain, Peter Mandelson delivers the Progress Annual Lecture on prevailing against the oppositionist left and the opportunist right, and on new forums for public debate: democratic or democratish? From Somalia, anxiously waiting for a new government. From Russia, a look at Vladimir Putin, a president without a past. From Japan, on a new kind of geopolitics. From South Africa, on being Africa's Brazil. A report says Bush will name Rudy Giuliani as his running mate. How the Total Information Awareness effort was transferred to U.S. intelligence offices. On translation in the age of terror. It's true: There's too much information out there. Unless we send humanity on a permanent paid vacation, the future could get very bleak. To kiss or not to kiss, that is the question. An article on 7 degrees of vegetarianism. On the tyranny of Good Design: It's dish soap, for crying out loud. Calvin Trillin speaks up for Dan Quayle. From US News, a special report on The Explorers. And here are two stories on chess
[Mar 15] From Drawing Board, a review of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. Robert Kagan on the American pursuit of foreign policy legitimacy. How the strengths and limits of US foreign policy are becoming evident. Benjamin Barber on compressing democracy's timelines. Why Bush has little to show from his relationship with Vladimir Putin, Russia's democratic despot, and reviews of books on Putin, and books on Russia. Elizabeth Blackburn on why a full range of bioethical views just got narrower (and a defense). From The Objectivist Center, on foreign ideas and Fortress Americanism. Murray Rothbard on ten ethical objections to the market economy. A review of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. A review of Bad Company: The Strange Cult of the CEO. Joseph Stiglitz on the new consensus on globalization. Eliot Spitzer on capitalism with a human face. William Greider on Greenspan's con job. A review of Confessions of a Tax Collector. More on The Working Poor. Robert Samuelson on the afflictions of affluence. And Adam Nagourney on conventional wisdom--the latest version

[Weekend 2e] An essay on the intruders in the House of Saud, part II. A review of Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership With Saudi Arabia. Why the attacks in Spain, even in a Europe that knows fear, mark a major change to the face of terrorism. Timothy Garton Ash on Europe's 9/11. Michael Ignatieff on second thoughts about the Iraq War: "Who wouldn't have?" Philip Bobbitt on Othellos and Prosperos and the market state. On the Enlightenment and the gulf between Europe and the US. Globalization is dead, says John Ralston Saul--but is it? Thomas Friedman on the two basic responses to globalization. A short excerpt from A Fair Globalization. An article on the struggle for the soul of Republican foreign policy. Why the response to al-Qaida should be neither personal or partisan. Colin McGinn reviews Peter Singer's The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush. An interview with Georgetown's David Cole on the Patriot Act. And from Yes!, a special issue on what would democracy look like

[Weekend] Philosopher Javier Marías on how Spain has switched from one dictatorship to another. Confusion over who is responsible for Spain's 3/11: Basques, bin Laden, or both? Maybe it the work of the Devil. How Al-Qaida has three scores to settle with Spain, so is it now paying the price for its involvement in Iraq? From Open Democracy, on the politics of the last atrocity. On signs of terrorist inflation. And after Madrid: a strange sort of solidarity. An excerpt from Chalmers Johnson's The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. Jonathan Schell on how Empire is backfiring. Berkeley's Orville Schell on whether Iraq is becoming a new Vietnam (and part 2). From Buzzflash, on the Religious Right and the Emerging American Theocracy. Tom DeLay may face indictments for violating Texas campaign finance laws. On gay marriage: Has Mass. Governor Mitt Romney read Edmund Burke lately? (perhaps he should move to Beaconsfield, UK) What do we know about the effects of same-sex parenting? (and a conservative perspective.) And how the punishing costs of childrearing imperil us all

[Mar 12] From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster reviews the life and work of Paul Sweezy. The Economist on global poverty and inequality. Stuart Taylor on whether foreign law should be used to interpret the American constitution. On that queasy feeling that comes of being unsure exactly where the courts stand on a core issue. A critique of Alan Dershowitz's case for torture. A profile of Chalmers Johnson, the Un-Quiet American. A review of books by neocons on FDR. Author Hal Lindsey analyzes the difficult question of George Bush in the light of ancient prophecies. From Salon, Georgetown's Arturo Valenzuela on the betrayal of democracy in Haiti, an article on the new Pentagon Papers, and an excerpt form The House of Bush, The House of Saud (and part 2). Here's all you need to know about that book on Kerry in Vietnam. TAP's Matthew Yglesias on Kerry's flip-flops and reviews books on liberal rage. On the Pomo Primary: Candidates talk like handlers, and voters talk like pundits. And Bull Durham, meet the New School for Social Research

[Mar 11] How Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem explains why trying Saddam in Iraq could help that country build its democracy. A review of Avishai Margalit's The Ethics of Memory. Shlomo Avineri on a field guide to Israeli hawks. What do Islamists mean when they talk about democracy? A review of books by Ignatieff, Keane and Kaldor on empire and civil society. A look at a monograph, Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Idea of a New Warfare. Immanuel Wallerstein on proliferation diplomacy and the games nations play. Princeton's Stephen Kotkin on what is to be done with Putin and Russia. A look at an ILO report, A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All. UPI's Martin Hutchinson on Charlie Brown economics. Robert Samuelson on the future of the welfare state. A look at the influence of The Road to Serfdom today. A review of Change the World Without Taking Power. A carnivore seeks the middle path to ethical eating. And from Utne, on looking at life with a new appreciation of moral ambiguity

[Mar 10] Niall Ferguson on The End of Europe. Zbigniew Brzezinski on the wrong way to sell democracy to the Arab world, and Madeline Albright on how to help Ukraine vote. On the NED's rising clout: Is the National Endowment for Democracy a Trojan horse for the CIA? On war: Just whose business is it anyway? A profile of Bush adviser Karl Rove. Arianna Huffington on 6 steps Kerry should follow. How Ohio 2004 could be the same as Florida 2000. Business Week interviews John Kerry on his economic plans. Gene Sperling on a new consensus on free trade. Charlie Cook on how Ralph Nader could still make a difference. The Co-Chair of the Green Party writes an open letter to Nader. From Slate, more on a possible Roy Moore presidential run, and on the social security crisis: Solved! More on Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty. More on The Rise of the Vulcans. From Human Events, a list of Top 10 worst government programs. And Rep. Bernie Sanders on how a (bad) bill become law

[Mar 9] From The New York Review of Books, an essay by Emma Rothschild on real, pretended , or imaginary dangers, a review of Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, Other Pseudoscience by Freeman Dyson, and an essay on hidden truths. From TCS, why the Terror War is a race. Onetime religious jihadists step into the midst of the debate on terrorism and Saudi Arabia. From Tom Paine, Tom Frank on the elitism myth, and from The Mises Institute, why intellectuals hate the free market. Malcolm Gladwell on the birth and growth of the mall. Patrick Moore helped found Greenpeace. Today, is he an eco-traitor? A review of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American. More on Samuel Huntington's Who We Are. Does the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protect the young? If the US plays global prison ratings game, it ought to play by its own rules. On the ties between the Bush family and the Cuban-exile community. And do conservatives want people to vote? On the youth vote, Iraqis, and most everyone

[Mar 8] More on Haiti, from The Economist: will America finish the job this time?; was France involved in the sacking of Aristide?; how Haiti is now part of the American election campaign; and on Haiti's history: First time tragedy, second time tragedy. Scott McLemee reviews William Vollmann's Rising Up and Rising Down. Stockholm U's Ishtiaq Ahmed on the chicken and egg of development. Amitai Etzioni on why free trade is anything but fair, and lousy economics besides. How ballot initiatives are hijacked by corporations, and should corporations try democracy? A review of Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America's Communities. On judicial activism: It's not that simple. Advice for Kerry from Stan Greenberg and Bruce Reed. An analysis of EU-US relations and the implications of Iraq. A review of The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet. Lee Harris on the meaning of the unipolar moment. Why the US may not be as invincible as is generally thought. An excerpt from The Coming of the Third Reich. And why is William F. Buckley Jr.'s defending newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler?

[Weekend 2e] From The Nation, some progressive views on outsourcing. Wanted: firefighting figurehead at the IMF. How the salaries of association chief executives continued to climb through the bleak economic times. A Marxist interpretation on the attacks against pensions and social security. TAP weighs in on the nominees for a vice-presidential ticket, and do presidents really affect the economy? A rational look at the question. Are Kerry's shifts nuanced ideas or flip-flops? Why the election race hangs on how Kerry is defined. From Newtopia, on ending the war between the genders: the reunion of masculine and feminine. More on Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. Why homosexuality should not be compared with incest. Do same-sex unions pave the way for polygamy? On the age of dissonance: Gay marriage? How straight. Is Christianity oppressive to women? There's a Christian media culture out there, somewhere. And Joseph Epstein on the perpetual adolescent and the triumph of the youth culture

[Weekend] As the US faces mounting international fury over Aristide's forced exit, a look at how Haiti's experiment with democracy has been subverted once again. Lee Harris on Haiti and the politics of the gang. Aristide may have been a thug, but restoring him to power was the right thing to do. More reactions to David Goodhart's article in Prospect magazine and the British identity crisis: from Peter Hitchens, Saskia SassenA Sivanandan, and Sarah Spencer. And are immigrants bad for the economy? That depends on who you are. Will Hispanics be absorbed just as other waves of immigrants were? Unveiling French universalism: On the perplexities and confrontations of universalist ideals and rights of difference. Why the Jewish hope for "normality" is overrated. On George Soros as a self - imagined messiah. A look at the bruising battle ahead between Bush and Kerry. How left-wing is John Kerry? National Journal finds out. And on California as a Mini Me in politics: Doesn't size matter in America?

[Mar 5] From Monthly Review, an article on the escalating war against corporate media, a review of The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border, and a look at power, disability and the right not to work. The Economist argues against Huntington's Hispanic Challenge, against the proposed FMA (and more), and against home - schooling. A review of William Greider’s The Soul of Capitalism. On the rotten apple theory of corporate misbehavior, or have efforts to prosecute white-collar crime been beneficial? Knowledge @ Wharton takes a look at the politics of outsourcing. Thomas Friedman on Globalization 3.0. From Open Democracy, how America has a remote control relationship with the world, and is John Kerry really American? As Bush's first ads begin to appear, a report on how the president plans to take on John Kerry--and how the senator will respond. The Nation's David Corn on what's right with Kerry. Carlton Sparks is the reason the GOP has a stranglehold on the South.  And on offering a good word on politics

[Mar 4] Chicago's Daniel Drezner takes a look at Samuel Huntington's Hispanic Challenge thesis. Amitai Etzioni on why migrants to Britain must buy into basics. A review of The Jesuits: Missions, Myths and Histories (and more). Karen Armstrong reviews Martin Luther, and on how 'positive thinking' can be a route to spiritual and political disaster. Oliver James on same symptoms, different illness: How do we know what we've got? From The Village Voice, a series of articles on Bush's gay marriage ban. Why Bush was wrong to claim "ages of experience" in support of traditional marriages. The science that matters most in Washington these days? "Political" science. RFK Jr. on the junk science of George W. Bush. Leon Kass on politics and science, or evidence he has learned to spin? Katha Pollitt and Jennifer Bauumgardner publish an open letter about emergency contraception (and more). A review of Tony Blair: The Making of a World Leader. And on Ralph Miliband and his sons--is theirs the story of the British Left? (and part 2)

[Mar 3] A new issue of Foreign Policy is out, including articles on measuring globalization--an annual index, learning to love the "tiny bomb", and Moises Naim on the new Latin American activists and the politics of rage, race, and revenge. On the Kennan century: Debating the lessons of America's greatest living diplomat, and from Foreign Service, a special issue of Kennan. Michael Barone on debating national security in the steps of JQA and FDR. From The Washington Post, a review of Ghost Wars; a review of George Soros' The Bubble of American Supremacy (and more); a review of Chalmers Johnson's The Sorrows of Empire; and a review of Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Choice: Domination or Leadership. Amy Chua on the dangers of exporting democracy to Iraq. Brent Scowcroft on why Iraq may become another Vietnam. A review of Jessica Stern's Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. On the question of Iraqi identity. Here is a Top 10 list of books on Islam and Islamic culture. And from Harper's, on the oil we eat: following the food chain back to Iraq

[Mar 2] From Salon, on the curse of the biometric future, and an interview with Susan Douglas, author of The Mommy Myth. A review of two books on the home-work problem. Things have come to a pretty pass when a woman takes a clumsy advance too seriously. Does the fight for gay marriage undermine sexual liberation for all? Harvard's Mary Ann Glendon says the FMA would strike a blow for freedom, and a look at how the amendment speaks for itself. How gay marriage is a new topic for an old argument, going back to Jefferson and Adams. How "stop" is the basement level at which most politics responds now. And Jonah Goldberg on how candidates of both parties want to sit out the culture wars, but that's not possible. On Samuel Huntington's Hispanic challenge: no walls are being built, so what next, talk of a 'brown peril'? On bitter white whine: Why modern immigration is about economics, not ethnicity. From Open Democracy, on historical and political humiliation, and how to get over it. And a review of books on the history of Britain, Spain and the USA

[Mar 1] A new issue of Prospect is online, including articles on why Americans have no reason to be suspicious of international law, how citizens believe other people get unfair welfare priority, and does our "loss aversion" explain enthusiasm for a graduate tax? Thomas Sowell on why it's important for economists to combat public ignorance. An article on the end of history and business strategy. On Richard Florida's theory that the "creative class" drives urban economic growth, and are malls democratic? An essay on the open space of democracy. On a Tocquevillian response to globalization and community decay. An article on privatizing peace and security: a Hobbesian dilemma. A review of The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War. A look at the latest edition of Authors Take Sides: Too many darn leftists. But why is it so insulting to be called a liberal? Because social justice is a code for communism! From Open Democracy, should Nader run? or can John Kerry save America? And Karenna Gore summarizes the case against Nader. A review of The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why (and more). And a review of Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
[Mar 15] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Valuing Rights doc. Fran Collyer (Sydney): Theorising Privatisation: Policy, Network Analysis, and Class. A new issue of the Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. An essay on free exchange and ethical decisions pdf. From Brown, on examining the nation's debt to the slave trade.  From Yale, scientists and theologians bring their beliefs to the same table. Harvard professor Yoshi Tsurumi recalls Bush the Right-Winger. Fewer professors spend a full day on campus, and yet all they do is complain, complain. From IQ to no clue: What does Stephen Hawking think about the most? "Women." More and more and more on Opening Skinner's Box, and "Stop this rubbish about me and my dad," says Deborah Skinner Buzan. From The Nation, Eric Foner reviews Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876, by William H. Rehnquist. On the opportunities to write the history of the world in the 21st century, and what should we teach our kids about world history? Terry Jones, former Python, converts from being a clown into a historian of the 14th century. Why many students come away from philosophy 101 courses hating Socrates. And a showdown at the Socrates Cafe

[Weekend 2e] Hans Joas (Erfurt): The Modernity of War: The Dream of a Modernity Without Violence rtf. An essay on Social Justice: An Islamic Perspective. Why the President's Council on Bioethics report, Being Human, may be the most unusual document ever produced by any government panel. What can social science add to the gay marriage debate? Not much so far. In this economic recovery, a college education backfires. Why academics understand that the future lasts a long, long time. The New York Times Book Review names Sam Tanenhaus as its new editor. On books and the box: Should serious authors be plugged on daytime TV? How the role of books is more vital than ever in the modern world. On the pitfalls of choosing a subject for a book. More and more on The Oxford English Literary History, Vol 12: 1960-2000. A purple patch on reading old books. Cornell's Michael Kammen on summer, fall, winter, and spring in American Culture. And from Portland State, on Britney Spears as a poster girl for postmodern philosophy

[Weekend] From International Social Science Review, Carol Bargeron (STSU): The Middle East: some new realities and old problems; and Maria Joao Cardoso de Pina Cabral (ISCA-Coimbra): John von Neumann's contribution to economic science. Two more articles on anarchism and post-leftism: Seeing Past the Outpost of Post-Anarchism. Anarchy: Axiomatic, and Worthwhile Debate Requires Communication: Evasion and Denial Don't Cut It. A review of Justice at War: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights During Times of Crisis, a review of No Price Too High: Victimless Crimes and the Ninth Amendment, and a review of The Constitution and the Nation. More on Helen Fisher's Why We Love. More on Susan Okin. From Popular Science, on a journey to the 10th dimension. Ronald Bailey on Michael Sandel and the moral vertigo of biotechnology. A review of The Prism and the Pendulum. More on Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity. On emotional striptease, and other paths to ethics. From The Economist, a quick look at noteworthy articles from business journals. And David Horowitz claims his first victim, at Indiana

[Mar 12] A review of Flourishing: Letters 1928-1946, by Isaiah Berlin. A review of The Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Understanding, and a review of (Over)Interpreting Wittgenstein. Columbia's Rodolfo O. de la Garza critiques the research behind Huntington's Who We Are, and "hey, professor, assimilate this!" How the Greatest Generation struggled with history, too. On teaching Socrates a lesson in living philosophy. An article on why atheism does not equal intolerance. From Harvard, how former mayor Antanas Mockus turned Bogota into a social experiment. From Stanford, why are those Brazilians so hot? Here is Scott McLemee's acceptance speech for his National Book Critics Circle award. An article on books that changed the world. A review of Trees, Woodland and Western Civilization, and more on William Vollmann's Rising Up, Rising Down. A review of the Oxford English Literary History vol. 12, 1960 - 2000. A review of A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World. And why does Robyn Licht's textbook say sex is harmful?

[Mar 11] Iver Hornemann Mølle (CBS): Understanding integration and differentiation - inclusion, marginalisation and exclusion. A lecture by Jan Patocka on personal spatiality, Husserl, and Heidegger. An essay on The Animal Other: Civility and Animality in and Beyond Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida. A look at the life and work of economist Richard Musgrave, architect of the public household. An excerpt from The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Is a pre-Columbus map of North America truly a hoax? A review of Conquerors of Time. On the potential of brain pacemakers. Do we really use only 10 percent of our brain? With so many artistic geniuses among us, why is most of their work so disposable? A review of Revolution! The Explosion of World Cinema in the 60s. From Princeton, National Review looks at the screening of and debate around The Passion. From UC-Davis, men and women are from the same planet after all. And from Stanford, econ majors beware--your kind are stingy, self-centered pigs

[Mar 10] Obituary: Susan Moller Okin. A new issue of The Global Review of Ethnopolitics is out, including an article on Globalization and Ethnic Conflict: Beyond the Liberal - Nationalist Distinction pdf. From Culture Wars, a review of Tzvetan Todorov's Imperfect Garden: The Legacy of Humanism, a review of The Modernization Imperative, and a review of Democracy, Fascism and the New World Order. An essay on China and the bonfire of the burgeois vanities. Kent's Frank Furedi on the politics of the lonely crowd. A study finds teenage virginity pledges are rarely kept, and STD rates are similar among them. A look at the Ralph Naders of psychology. A scientist says odds are God exists. An Ohio school board approves a lesson plan that questions evolution. On a new kind of hominid species, Ardipithecus kadabba. A review of Defining Difference: Race and Racism in the History of Psychology, and a review of Between Emotion and Cognition. And more and more and more on Paul Sweezy

[Mar 9] Robert Goodin (ANU): Democratic accountability: the third sector and all. A new issue of Essays in Philosophy is out, including a a review of Aristotle and Modern Politics: The Persistence of Political Philosophy, a review of Habermas and Pragmatism, and a review of French Theory in America. From Cross Currents, essays on Richard Rorty’s secular eschatology, and on pedagogy, religion, and the future of philosophy. Scientists believe that dark energy may shed light on how the cosmos will end. From Princeton, on Robert Jahn's work on consciousness and physical reality, and philosophy professor Scott Soames leaves for USC. From Alabama, Professor Utz McKnight brings ancient political theory to life. From Lethbridge, an article on imperialism, conquest, indigenous peoples, aboriginal title, treaties, and international law. An interview with Brown's Paul Buhle. UCLA's Michael Mann on an imperial catastrophe. And why campus conservatives have been forced to find creative ways to air their views

[Mar 8] A new issue of Logos is out, including articles by Stephen Eric Bronner and Judith Butler, and a debate between Benny Morris and Baruch Kimmerling on ethnic cleansing. Steven Schwarcz (Duke): 'Idiot's Guide' to Sovereign Debt Restructuring. Kayhan Parsi (Loyola) and Karen Geraghty (Chicago): The Bioethicist as Public Intellectual. Melding of nano, bio, info and cogno opens new legal horizons. How pioneers are exploring the neurology of religious experience. From UCLA, on the rise of profound new doubts about the salience of democracy from a number of serious sources. Robert Barro and Rachel McCleary are unafraid to ask the big questions ("Does God hate the Red Sox?"). How Patrick Henry College is shaping home - schooled leaders for the Right. From Berkeley, George Soros speaks on American democracy. From Namibia, why a study of the philosophy of education seems imperative today. American U. sociologist Gao Zhan sentenced to prison for exporting electronic equipment to China. "Integralist" Ken Wilber on what unites the world's great wisdom traditions. And on the 1478 assassination attempts of Lorenzo de' Medici and his brother: The humanists did it

[Weekend 2e] From Eurozine, Francis Snyder (CERIC): Modelling the EU Constitution; Dario Melossi (Bologna): Security, migration and "social control" in the context of the "constitution" of the EU; and Mauricio Garcia Villegas (U. Nacional - Colombia): Law as Hope: Constitutions, courts and social change in Latin America. From Federalism-e, an essay on European integration and its implications on the decline of state sovereignty pdf. An essay on the Internationalization of Constitutional Law. A review of Public Law in a Multi-Layered Constitution, and a review of Family Law in the Twentieth Century: A History. Academics fight back to defend 'bad' writing: A review of Just Being Difficult? Academic Writing in the Public Arena. Is there a sequel for the endangered bookstore? On the Lewis and Clark expedition as an intellectual enterprise. Ian Buruma on the French love affair with China. A review of Mark Lilla's The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics. A review of Thomas Pangle's Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham. And more on Soul Made Flesh

[Weekend] From Social Research, David Plotke (New School): Democracy and Groups; and an interview with Hans Jonas. A new issue of the Journal of  World-Systems Research is out, on Global Social Movements Before and After 9-11. From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Powers: A Study in Metaphysics; a review of Rationality and Religious Theism; a review of Freedom and Anthropology in Kant’s Moral Philosophy; a review of Anti-Hegelian Reading of Economic Theory; and more on Donald Davidson. The Education Department plans to relax Title IX restrictions to make it easier for districts to create single-sex schools. From Chicago, a look at a conference "Back to the Future: Generations of Feminism" and why politics is a fight over landscapes. From Wisconsin, Tom Regan makes the case for animal rights. From Yale, Chomsky highlights flaws in the Bush Doctrine. From Cornell, bear with me while I piss you off: screw cultural diversity!

[Mar 5] A new issue of The New Atlantis is out, including articles on technology and the future, and a symposium on Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. A review of the debate on "Democratic Peace". From The Chronicle, why Deaniac students have a lot to be proud of, and more on Simon Baron - Cohen's work on autism. From The New Criterion, a review of The Norman Podhoretz Reader, and a comment on Leftist campuses. Michigan's Juan Cole on the wider significance of the fight over Mel Gibson's movie, and is Iraq an Arab country? A review of The Ethical State? and The Ethics of Economic Rationalism. From Civitas (UK), why we need a less caring society. From TCS, on the possibility of libertarianism. A review of Wendy McElroy's The Debates of Liberty. More and more on Hayek's Challenge. What others think of us is a matter of life and death, writes Alain de Botton. Slate's egghead Jim Holt on how the universe will end.  And scientists challenge federal regulations by creating new lines of human embryonic stem cells (and more)

[Mar 4] On demography, evolution, and other sciences: Bertil Erego (Lund): Global Disorder: An Important Agenda for 21st Century Population Studies pdf. Thomas Burch (Victoria): Demography in a New Key: A Theory of Population Theory pdf. Amy McCabe and Laura Brannon (KSU): An Examination of Racial Subtypes Versus Subgroups. From Arizona, Gary Schwartz sees a light at end of death's tunnel. From Georgia, David Sloane Wilson lectures on evolution and religion.  From Columbia, Phillip Kitcher on the evolution of values. From The Scientist, how evolutionary psychologists are trying to shed the just-so story stigma, and how hyperscanning may map out the biology of social interaction. How the brain evolved much earlier than has previously been supposed. New discoveries of hominids energizes archeologists. Researchers discover 2 new dinosaur types in Antarctica. Why do migratory birds fly in a V-formation? And from the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam, a report on the case of a homosexual necrophiliac duck pdf

[Mar 3] Luis Fernando Medina (Chicago): Who is Afraid of Collective Intentionality? pdf From Democracy and Nature, Takis Fotopoulos on Inclusive Democracy and Participatory Economics. An essay on Multiple Connections - Anarchisms and Feminisms. How anarchist publications are becoming breeding grounds for self-promoting pompous drivel. Here's a book online: Democracy and Efficiency: Lessons of political and macro-economic failures in the long run. From Harvard, Louis Menand on The Metaphysical Club. From Wellesley, students duplicate sweatshop conditions at school. Obituary: Paul Sweezy. An Austrian critique of Pierre Bourdieu's Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market. A review of Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change. A review of John Buridan. A review of The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two. Why atheism is too bleak a subject to teach in schools. A talk with Michael Dirda on books. How academics are increasingly being called on to share their expertise with government. And "Jack and Jill went up in the hill anxious to lose their virginity"

[Mar 2] From a conference at Princeton (2003), a series of papers on Teaching New Histories of Philosophy. From Intercultural Communication, Shlomo Shoham and Amit Pinchevski (Tel Aviv): The Medium is the Barrier; and M. Gene Aldridge (Troy State): What is the Basis of American Culture? A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out. You can download a Demos (UK) report The Adaptive State: Strategies for personalising the public realm. Julian Baggini on liberals and multiculturalism. From B&W, a defense of Whig history, and  on concealed caveats and qualifications. A look at the work of evolutionary psychologists Margo Wilson and Martin Daly. On the life and times of Yale College dean Richard Brodhead. From Princeton, Christopher Eisgruber will succeed Amy Gutmann as provost. More and more and more on Daniel Boorstin. On France's Dominique de Villepin as diplomat author. An excerpt from Revel's Anti - Americanism. A review of Critical Mass: How one thing leads to another, and more on AC Grayling's The Mystery of Things. And the new campus craze? Have a few beers. Watch the big game. Get loaded. Go out and burn stuff

[Mar 1] From Poland's Centre for Political Thought, Bogdan Szlachta (Jagiellonian): Between Medieval and Modern Times: Political and Legal Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Locke; Marek Cichoki (Warsaw): Helmuth Plessner and Carl Schmitt: Closeness and Distance, Agata Bielik-Robson (Warsaw): Blessing of the Limits: Helmuth Plessner's Contribution to the Habermas - Taylor Debate on the Nature of Human Freedom (and an interview: "Philosophy is finished and Poland is corrupt.") Chris Mooney on 'sound science': It's doublespeak for trouble. Can a new dream machine generate specific dreams? On the work of Simon Baron-Cohen and the Autism Research Centre (take the AQ test), and more on autism). How some professors put their market theories to the test. A short look at the development of Indian political thought. From India, MBA students demand not to cut their fees. From Harvard, President Summers announces a new policy on poor parents and financial aid. James Traub on the case against legacy admissions. From Yale, how we like our leaders' elite pedigrees as long as they are worn lightly, and more on Harold Bloom. And the Supreme Court says states need not finance divinity studies (and more)