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[Aug 15] From Bangladesh, an article on Rabindranath Tagore's Oriental postmodernity. From Ghana, an article on civilization and the penal system. From Germany, a profile of Oskar Lafontaine, the Comeback Kid. From Great Britain, on how today's adolescents still get a raw deal with sex education, why the £250 Child Trust Fund is a good idea. Andrew Sullivan on family breakdown in the UK and the US. From New York, a cover story on Bill Clinton's plan for World Domination. A look at Kinky Friedman's run for governor of Texas. The White House wants to confirm Judge Roberts, but conservative leaders have broader goals in mind. An outline of 21 Administration officials involved in the Plame leak. Are mere pundits responsible when an administration’s policy goes wrong? Bob Dole on the underprivileged press. A review of Bernard Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. More on Dirty Words: The Story of Sex Talk. XXXMinistry: A review of The Gutter: Where Life's Meant to be Lived. And on sex and the Cinema: In the New Hollywood, it's a liability

[Weekend] From Indonesia, an article on pluralism, existential issues, and John Rawls. From Zimbabwe, Jonathan Moyo's Third Way is elitist hypocrisy. The king of Wallis swallows his pride after a drink-driving sentence handed down against his playboy grandson nearly led to civil war. If the US is so rich and smart, why aren't they more like the Finns? An excerpt from Social Security: History and Politics from the New Deal to the Privatization Debate. Blunt political opportunism, not fancy libertarian ideas, is most of what's left of the '94 revolution. Who’s Da Peeps?: Jonah Goldberg on why polls are a stupid way to set policy. XXXXXXL: The secret history of the Galaxy Tall Tee. Every society has its own etiquette of insults, but those in The New York Review of Books are so similar to the “disses” and “beefs” of the musical genre hip-hop as to suggest a mutual influence. Manhattan's Upper West Side is often celebrated as a postcard version of New York, but it is, and will always be, a neighbourhood of rats. And here's a brief history of selachophobia

[Aug 12] From Great Britain, churning out lists of Top Ten common values only highlights the lack of consensus; and on the assault of pleasure: Is a new Puritanism on the march? From South Korea, man dies after 50 hours of computer games. From somewhere in the Caribbean, an article on rum as the revolutionary spirit. How can Africa move from brain drain to brain gain? Should the NYPD practice counterterrorist profiling in the subway? Maybe, quietly, unofficially, sensibly, it already is. "The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook" indicates something nearly the opposite of what a WaPo article claimed to show. More on Mediated. Network newscasts may be dying, but they're doing it profitably. TV Guide is literature for couch potatoes. From Salon, Sidney Blumenthal on Robert  Novak, the informer, and after 10 years, the Web is finally becoming as fun and flexible as your favorite software. From Spiked!, travel snobs have turned holidaymaking into a moral dilemma, and is singleton society something to celebrate? And violent or erotic images cause momentary periods of “emotion-induced blindness"

[Aug 11] From Spain, an article on how modernity encroaches on Europe's Islamic past, and why is flamenco called "flamenco"? From Open Democracy, an essay on poverty and the state in Latin America. How many dying babies make a famine? From Der Spiegel, is nuclear diplomacy with the Mullahs possible? More on Robin Cook. Here's the latest issue of Eurozine Review, and the latest issue of Sign and Sight's "Magazine Roundup".  George Monbiot on nationalism and the new chauvinism. From PINR, an intelligence brief on economic nationalism. Jadish Bhagwati on a new vocabulary for trade. A new issue of NBER Digest is out. James Glassman doesn't know why Paul Krugman is obsessed with him. John Tierney on debunking the drug war. From The Neo-Independent, an Ode to Meet the Press (With Some Observations About Ohio). An appreciation of John Johnson, who created a mirror for Black America. The 'news' now is a multi-multi-multimedia presentation. Op-eds on Bush’s fall in public esteem, and in defense of tipping. From Yes!, a special issue on What Makes a Great Place. What president took the longest vacation? (and other fun facts) And from National Review, the Right Guide to D.C.: Conservative tourism in Washington

[Aug 10] Ethical life: From Christianity Today, an excerpt from Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas. An excerpt from Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture.  An excerpt from Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957. A review of Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire. An interview with Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, a History. A review of The Irritable Male Syndrome. Simon Baron-Cohen on the male condition. A review of books on happiness. The good people at Forbes produce an estimate of how much money a family needs to live a "comfortably affluent" lifestyle. A review of Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All into Patients. A review of After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness. A review of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. From The New York Times Magazine, will we ever arrive at the Good Death? David Brooks on the virtue of virtues. Michael Barone on how cultures aren't equal. And a review of Bill Maher's New Rules: Polite Musings From a Timid Observer

[Aug 9] From Egypt, how liberal are the nations two new liberal daily newspapers? And what does an Egyptian liberal believe in, anyway? From Canada, "Marc Emery may be a pothead, but he's OUR pothead". From PINR, an article on the Poland-Belarus controversy and the battle for Eastern Europe. From American Diplomacy, on US foreign policy since World War II: An essay on reality's corrective qualities. From HNN, Beyond Imperialism: The New Internationalism. From "Conversations with History", interviews with Andrew Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism, Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of The Pentagon's New Map and Stefan Halper, author of America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order. From TNR, why attacking Iran is a bad idea. Can the left really want the US to lose the Iraq war? Christopher Hitchens wants to know (and more on Love, Poverty and War). A Who's Who of who won't go on the record. Slate's Jack Shafer on why he doesn't trust readers: Their credibility has fallen to an all-time low. And taking on the media' is fun for bloggers, but it only gets any of us so far

[Aug 8] From Spain, a new idea for greener fairways. There are no gay Arabs: On how perceptions of sexuality are so different in the Middle East. From Review of International Social Questions, an appraisal of 30 years of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); an article on Asymmetric Conflicts: a Challenge to International Humanitarian Law; and a review essay on feminism, globalisation and internationalism. From National Journal, The biggest obstacle to a conservative judicial revolution is conservatism itself; and Stuart Taylor Jr. on why Roberts shouldn't tell us what he thinks. Why is there so much simmering tension about Judge Roberts's religion? Is there a Catholic way to read the Constitution? History shows that justices don’t often turn out to be firebrand ideologues. Dahlia Lithwick on bashing "out-of-touch" judges. And two obituaries: Robin Cook and Peter Jennings

[Weekend] Terrorism - the media - games - youth: From The Netherlands, Ayaan Hirsi Ali smiles, delighted with the mere fact of being alive. Der Spiegel interviews terrorism expert Issam Darras. The constitutional committee in Iraq just turned a very major corner. The Guardian’s sacking of Dilpazier Aslam was a necessary act of illiberalism. The Numbers Guy on counting the civilian dead in Iraq. Will the era of digital networks and terrorism produce the worst of both worlds: a society of mass surveillance that increases insecurity? A review of Norman Solomon's War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. A review of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People. A review of The PayPal Wars: Battles With eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth.  A survey finds 69% of the public thinks journalists should be allowed to keep a news source confidential. On the blogosphere: Think of it as the global thought bubble of a single voluble species. An excerpt from Mark Crispin Miller's None Dare Call It Stolen. The politics of sport: An excerpt from What's My Name, Fool? From The Economist, a special report on video gaming. How video games have enabled a novel kind of identity theft. From Society & Values, a survey of American Teenagers. An article on philosophizing post-punk: A review of Rip It Up. And on Juliana Hatfield and Frank Black as postgrads: College rock is back, and better than ever

[Aug 5] From India, a family squabble, or the beginning of the end for Hindu nationalism? From Great Britain, why the indoctrination of young people is almost impossible to counteract. From Israel, there's a New Age for mystics. From Prospect, an article on Sudan's chance. A multi-billion-dollar windfall is being spent with varying degrees of wisdom in the Gulf states. From PINR, the 'Great Game' heats up in Central Asia, a look at the implications of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership, and an intelligence brief on the Caribbean spheres of influence. From Chronicles, an interview with Yugoslavia's PM Vojislav Kostunica. The prosperous Poles risk becoming too jaded—and apolitical—for their own good. An article on nationalism and the politics of anti-Americanism in South Korea. A review of Japonisme: Cultural Crossings Between Japan and the West. An excerpt from Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China. James Howard Kunstler on why globalization is an anomaly and its time is running out. Oliver Roy explains why Islamic terrorism is born in Europe. From Open Democracy, an interview on the United States, Venezuela, and “democracy promotion”. And a warning to Europe from across the Atlantic: are you sure you want a privatized healthcare system like in the US?

[Aug 4] From Mauritania, army officers overthrow President Maaoya Sid'Ahmed Taya. A 50-year-old memoir about rape in wartime is as contemporary as the headlines from Darfur. A look at the life and work of Edward Wilmot Blyden, father of Pan-Africanism. From Eurozine, a historical perspective on globalization and the fear and hope of small European peoples. A look at how Iceland is a doomsday scenario for the rest of the world. In his new weekly column, Harold Evans wonders if the UK and US will find common purpose in their responses to terrorism. American journalist and Basra blogger Steven Vincent is abducted and murdered (and a recent piece for Harper's, “Every Land is Karbala"). From Salon, evangelical business owners are hanging out their shingles with the word "Christian" prominently displayed. A look at the rise of "Patriot Pastors" shaping politics from the pulpits. What makes tough conservatives go soft? More on Richard Posner's review essay on the media's political biases. And a review of Magazines That Make History: Their Origins, Development, and Influence

[Aug 3] News from around the world: From India, PM Singh celebrates Amartya Sen, and an article on grappling with poverty: Democracy versus authoritarian style. From Germany, ethics council is under fire. From Hungary, Janos Kis speaks against imposing legal sanctions on remarks discriminating against the Hungarian Roma. From Eurozine, an interview on the roots of Serbian nationalism. More on Jara Cimrman, the greatest Czech of all time. The US working class is alive and thriving--in China. So says Slavoj Zizek. Immanuel Wallerstein on the U.S., India, and China. Drought and locust plagues have put several million people at risk of starvation in Mali and Niger. NPQ interviews Mikhail Gorbachev. An excerpt from Tariq Ramadan's Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (and an interview). And Thomas Lippman on King Fahd, a man of maddening contradictions, and Gerald Posner on the dramatic shakeup on the horizon in Saudi Arabia

[Aug 2] American Life: Bush backs off talk of war, echoing Kerry. From The New Yorker, how a pro-gun, anti-abortion Nevadan leads the Senate’s Democrats. A look at Sen. Hillary Clinton's electability problem. Amid all the liberal hysteria about the threats posed by a conservative Supreme Court, one threat tends to be ignored (scroll way down). Christopher Hitchens on the Catholic question about John Roberts. MediaGuardian on when lefties turn to the right. Time interviews Andy Stern. From Slate, Alan Wolfe reviews Noah Feldman's Divided by God (and more from Feldman). A review of What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History. An article on the ghosts of Emmett Till. From Political Affairs, millionaires united will never be defeated. VH1’s "pop-stalgia" programming has turned the popular music video station into the History Channel for Generation X. And from the LA Times, in an age saturated with microtrends, some people are turning their backs on cool, and we're more satisfied by the buzz about Tom, Oprah and Eminem than by their films, shows and CDs

[Aug 1] From Niger, a new face of hunger, without the old excuses. In praise of debt: There are sound reasons for countries to incur debt. Relief is not always helpful. Drug wars leave Puerto Rico overwhelmed. South Americans compete confidently at the highest levels in soccer. Why do they lack confidence in other areas? Iranian youths are self-absorbed consumers, not selfless revolutionaries. Paul Krugman on French family values. Questions during argument are good indications of how justices will rule-but some jurists are easier to read than others. A look at why the U.S. wants to end the link between time and the Sun. And a look at ABC's new series "Commander-in-Chief", starring Geena Davis
[Aug 15] From The New York Times Magazine, an article on private armies and the new soldiers of fortune, Richard Clarke on finding the sleeper cells, and David Rieff on Islamic alienation. Immanuel Wallerstein on how the US has lost the Iraq war. From Harper's, why oil is the only justification that makes sense. David Brooks on the relevance of cultural geography. George Mason's Tyler Cowen on globalization and culture. From MR, an article on Superman and a New Progressive Strategy. John Zogby on the problem with American unions. Barbara Ehrenreich on the genre of business books. A study finds emotional, not factual, ads win skeptical consumers. Nixon and Khrushchev's kitchen debate taught Americans that our citizenry is 'free'-- to shop. An article on the death tax and Death by a Thousand Cuts, by Yale's Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro. On why the flat tax system is not as fair as it seems. From In These Times, three perspectives on the ‘Environmentalism is Dead’ debate. A review of Why I Am Still a Catholic. A look at religion's vain quest for the meaning of life. And research finds half of children with two religious parents reject church

[Weekend] Al-Ahram profiles Francis Fukuyama: The acceptable face of the neo-cons? From Open Democracy, Mr Rogers goes to war: America’s “democracy by force”. Salman Rushdie on why a new Reformation will bring Islam into the modern era. Is "Christian Constitutional" a new denomination? An article on the making of the communitarian creature. A new issue of Le Monde diplomatique is out. More on The Collapse of Globalism. A review of The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate Between Scots and English. A review of William Pitt the Younger.  A review of La Vie en Bleu: France and the French Since 1900. An excerpt from In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat, 1943-1949. From Salon, A look at Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein: Things are getting ugly. Fair is square: The case for hiring biased book reviewers. A talk with Frank Furedi on the dumbing down of art. More and more on What Good Are the Arts? A report on The Emergence of the Progressive Blogosphere. And Tim Berners-Lee says blogging is closer to his original idea about a read/write web

[Aug 12] More from Logos: Stanley Aronowitz and Dick Howard on labor and the AFL-CIO split, a review of books on Edward Said, a review of Free Culture, and more on Irresistible Empire. David Brooks on how all cultures are not equal. From Mother Jones, a nation of workaholics sings the summertime blues. A review of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. More on John Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet. Are stupid white men really stupid? More from Salon: a review of SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless, and Democratic guru Jim Wallis' strategy to woo "values voters" compromises on abortion in unacceptable ways. From MR, an article on being a protestant fundamentalist. Chuck Colson: From Watergate criminal to evangelical to... political theorist? You don't know what it means to be a liberal. Ah, but Rick Santorum does; and a look at how Santorum, in acting for his church, persistently fails to consider the larger public good. A review of The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection. And Vernon Smith on the right way to deregulate electricity

[Aug 11] From Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner on how things looked then and how they look now in Iraq, Norman Solomon on George W. Strangelove and the Triumph of Nuclear Faith, and an article on how London bombs come in all sizes and shapes. It turns out Saddam's weapon of mass destruction was one Oxford cow. From Ode, a look at why men will always fight. From the Australian Review of Public Affairs, an article on torture, the slippery slope to surrender to terror. From TNR, an article on a different way of thinking about homicide. From Writ, is pornography the same as prostitution? From The Weekly Standard, Is there an agreement in the works on immigration? A new issue of Bad Subjects is out. From Salon, an interview with Michael Ruse (and more, and more from Sam Harris). Chris Mooney on how a contemporary Scopes trial gets under way in Pennsylvania, and on why Hollywood never seems to get tired of the Frankenstein myth. The Accidental Environmentalist: A review of Richard Posner's Catastrophe: Risk and Response. A look at why economics fails as a sole foundation of public policy. Christian entrepreneurs are mixing belief with business. Are they crossing a line--or will their religion pay off? From The Christian Post, can we live without tradition? (and part 2). And on the Winking Jesus Statue in Hoboken, NJ: Mystery solved!

[Aug 10] From The Claremont Review of Books, a review essay on William F. Buckley, Jr., and the American Conservative Movement, a review of To The Flag: The Unlikely History Of The Pledge Of Allegiance., a review of Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity, and a symposium on The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln. From The New Pantagruel, essays on Understanding Traditionalist Conservatism, on Liberalism and Its Meaning for Christians, and on Noise as The Eighth Capital Sin. From Reason, an article on the NRA and the Constitution: How a misguided defense of gun rights undermines a free society (and a response by Bob Barr). From The Mises Institute, a look at the possibility of private law, and here's an article in defense of bribery. From the new issue of The Cato Journal, a review of Is the Market Moral? A Dialogue on Religion, Economics, and Justice. From Business Week, some companies are taking a more strategic tack on social responsibility. Should they? From Metamute, a series of articles on the politics of precarious labour. Niall Ferguson and Laurence J. Kotlikoff offer up A New, New Deal. And from MR, an article on dividing the conservative coalition

[Aug 9] A review of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. A review of books on American icons. A review of books on African-Americans and the South. An excerpt from Shaping Race Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspective. Some of the things that helped blacks 40 years ago are now obstructions. There's a disconnect between the New Black Church and the hip-hop generation. Christian jihad: An in-depth look at Operation Save America. Is the Catholic Church rethinking its view of evolution? Cathy Young on God vs. Darwin: no contest. From Capitalism, an article on Kant vs. Darwin. An article on Bush, Darwin, and Shades of the Scopes Trial. A review of What's God Got to Do With It?: Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk & the Separation of Church & State. What's in a name? A hell of a lot, if you're the new pope (and more). An excerpt from Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination. More on Divided by God. A review of books on American Methodism. Jim Wallis on the message thing. From Hoboken, NJ, Jesus winks, followers pray. And let us make a Wave Offering to our LORD! Buy the US Christian Flag

[Aug 8] From TNR, Spencer Ackerman on the antiwar movement's worst enemy: Itself. Benjamin Barber reviews books on political fear. An interview with Michael Walzer on torture and terrorism. Michael Lind on how terrorists will change us. From Ocnus, an article on the future o the Moslem mind. From The Spectator, why Muslims are right about Britain. Peter Bergen on the dangers of tolerance. A review of Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East. An article on the lessons of Jenin. Nick Cohen on why he is still a liberal. An excerpt from Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial. Guns, lethality and the Big Lie: The world keeps producing more guns and bombs. Isn't that where our problems begin? Jonathan Power on the urgent necessity for big power nuclear disarmament. A review of The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy. And a new issue of The Washington Quarterly is out

[Weekend] The politics of sex and gender: From China, parents seek romance for single children. From Australia, laundry day is a time for men to obey. From New Zealand, where being unmasked as a prostitute no longer spells the end to a social life, "morality" was once all about sex, but the two are almost unrelated now. Neither whores nor submissives: Young Muslim women in the working class suburbs of France have two choices. What about respect? Sexist antics and union-busting cast doubt on American Apparel’s progressive cred. From Uncommon Knowledge, a show on Love and Marriage. A study finds mothers face disadvantages in getting hired, and research debunks the myth of self-reliant nuclear family: Working parents rely on a network of caregivers. Will the birth of a male pill once again change our understanding of gender roles? Research finds males overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened, and a study finds female voices are easier to hear. Is it irrational to discriminate against the appearance-challenged? Not entirely. From FrontPage, "My name is Michael Vocino and I like dick". A review of Dirty Words: The Story of Sex Talk (and more). Information is a two-way thing when it comes to policewomen working undercover as prostitutes. More on The Case of the Female Orgasm. "Pummel-me feminism" is the latest Hollywood trend. Senators move to tax and filter online porn as free speech buzz follows. And a look at the America media's sex addiction

[Aug 5] From The Nation, Jonathan Rée on Michel Foucault and the The Treason of the Clerics. A new issue of Policy Review is out, including Peter Berkowitz on The Court, the Constitution, and the Culture of Freedom, an article on making development work, a review of The World is Flat, and a review of Finding George Orwell in Burma. From TLS, a review of Virtual Politics: Faking democracy in the post-Soviet world, and more on Freakonomics. From The Economist, does the World Trade Organisation promote trade? Dani Rodrik on the trade-and-aid myth. An excerpt from The Economic Sociology of Capitalism. Can culture be considered cultural goods and services? Benjamin Barber and Tyler Cowen debate. Selling Good by Doing Good: Just how ethical is "ethical marketing"? From Technology Review, Lawrence Lessig on how the people own ideas, a response by Richard Epstein, and a rebuttal by Lessig. From First Monday, an article on WSIS: Whose vision of an information society? From Radical Middle Newsletter, here's a twelve-point creative-centrist agenda, and a list of the ten best American political novels, 1945-2000. And from Left Hook, an interview with Noam Chomsky, an interview with Paul Buhle on the IWW, and an interview with William Blum, author of Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

[Aug 4] From Reason, an interview with Salman Rushdie, on how Thomas Friedman does foreign policy punditry by cliché, Ronald Bailey on the Real Culture of Life, a review of Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World, and on the looming battle over gay parenting. From Foreign Affairs, the report of a tracking survey on How Americans View U.S. Foreign Policy. From Open Democracy, Steven Rogers on Mariano Aguirre on Michael Ignatieff. A review of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America and the Future of a Troubled Partnership. Richard Haass on Regime Change and Its Limits, and Anatol Lieven reviews Haass' The Opportunity. A review of Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran. From Hiroshima to Armageddon: A reading list. A review of Auschwitz: A New History. A review of Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare. From Dissident Voice, Darwinian survival of the fittest meets Wal-Mart and Hiroshima. Here's a defense of Wal-Mart: The Price is Right. And from MR, a look at what right-wing think tanks say about the minimum wage (and part 2)

[Aug 3] From recent issues of The Atlantic Monthly, Richard Clarke imagines the future history of the war on terror; Stephen Budiansky on a classic text on interrogating enemy captives; Peter Beinart reviews Gilles Kepel's The Trail of Political Islam; Benjamin Schwarz on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict doc; Robert Kaplan on how the US would fight China pdf; Niall Ferguson on The Widening Atlantic; Christopher Hitchens writes on Becoming American; Joshua Green on the Air America Plan; an interview with Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, authors of Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture; and a series of articles on the State of the Union: One Nation, Divisible. Richard Posner reviews books on the media (and two responses). An article on what terrorists and Confederate heroes have in common. A review of The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War. And mainstream futurists are not crystal ball gazers or mere science fiction aficionados

[Aug 2] From Harper's, Hubbard, Krugman and Peterson debate the American economy. Michael Lind explodes the myths of global competition. A review of Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality. A review of The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier. A review of The Dark Genius Of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons. An excerpt from Advances in Behavioral Finance, Volume II. God vs. Satan: Who's the better investor? From Mother Jones, an article on the difficulty of measuring change -- and of recognizing success. Research claims we each have a "shopping IQ" which can be measured with a simple formula-- test your shopping IQ. I’m all lost in the supermarket: Whole Foods Market is a Wal-Mart of the granola crowd. Is Starbucks selling out the counter-culture? From Swans, an essay on Thoreau's message in a century of hyper-capitalism. A look at Marxism on the web. From Civilities, Jon Garfinkel on The New Gatekeepers in the blogosphere. And check out Webzine 2005, a conference celebrating independent publishing on the Internet

[Aug 1] From TNR, an article on how conservatism leaves us vulnerable to nuclear terrorism. Fred Kaplan on how the US can leave Iraq by 2007, but obviously, it's time to change the slogan. Why jihadists target the West: Experts differ over whether recent terror is driven by 'who we are' or 'what we do'. Jim Hoagland on the banality of the bombers. Open Democracy's Anthony Barnett on democracy's early warning. And from International Socialism, an essay on postmodernism, commodity fetishism and hegemony; an article on the birth of our politics: Marxists and the 1905 Revolution; and can we change the world without taking power? A debate between John Holloway and Alex Callinicos at the World Social Forum
[Aug 15] Jonathan Dancy (Reading): Essentially Comparative Concepts. A review of Understanding People: Normativity and Rationalizing Explanation. A review of Friedrich Nietzsche. More on Simon Blackburn's Truth. Slavoj Zizek reviews What Might Have Been: Imaginary History from 12 Leading Historians. More on Russell Jacoby's Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age. A review of Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-century America. From The New Yorker, Jim Holt on three books that find truth under cultural and conceptual assault. It took the Bush administration to bring a truce between the postmodern left and the scientific community. Ian Hacking reviews Steven Rose's The 21st-Century Brain. Genetics, environment, or something else: What makes people gay? Have you heard? Gossip turns out to have a purpose. Could the principle of Wikipedia be expanded to maps and textbooks? A look at academia's quest for the ultimate search tool

[Weekend] From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Research Practice , an editorial on the Journey of Research Practice; and Paul Grobstein (Bryn Mawr): Revisiting Science in Culture: Science as Story Telling and Story Revising. A review of books on Freud. Like much of the brain, the function of dreams is, for now at least, as shrouded as their meaning. Colleges are looking for names that project the image they want or reflect the changes they hope to make. Graduate students at NYU and other private institutions need collective bargaining, and their universities would benefit as well. On college textbook prices: Book costs aren't adding up. The average person has a curiosity for economic thinking. Yet British economists are not exploiting this potential mass market. The space devoted to critical commentary has declined sharply at top economic journals. Here's the latest offbeat news in the world of international higher learning. And from American Scientist, an insomniac's guide to the curious mathematics of mattress flipping

[Aug 12] Science and more: From Techne, a special issue on Nanotech Challenges. Scientists say they have been able to monitor people's thoughts via scans of their brains. A vast expanse of western Siberia is undergoing an unprecedented thaw. Few scientists have caught on to the Internet's power of posting, commenting, and debating – where are the rest? A new study suggests that both maths and reading ability lies largely in the genes. Scientists have confirmed the wisdom of mothers down the ages - a real hug does you good. So, if it is spiritually bankrupt, how does What the Bleep Do We Know's science hold up? A study finds natural scientists are less likely to believe in God than are social scientists. A look at the weird science on the Religious Right. From TNR, a look at the faith that dare not speak its name, and on the cunning souls who propound intelligent design are playing with fire. John Horgan on why, when the evidence is tentative, we should not be embarrassed to call on common sense for guidance. And believe it or not, philosophy can be an intimidating force

[Aug 11] From The Independent Review, Jefferson Fish (St. John's): Divided Loyalties and the Responsibility of Social Scientists, and an essay on Liberalism, Loose or Strict. An excerpt from Expert Political Judgment: How Good is It? How Can We Know? A review of Wittgenstein at His Word. A review of Beyond "Justification": Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation. A look at why great minds can't grasp consciousness. From AEI, more on how to think about constitutional change. An interview with Thomas Keck, author of The Most Activist Supreme Court in History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism. From FrontPage, a debate between Ohio's Kevin Mattson and David Horowitz on the Academic Bill of Rights. From Inside Higher Ed, an article on why some top departments tend to hire people who earned Ph.D.’s at only a few institutions, and a look at the faculty salary game. Professors give mixed reviews of internet's educational impact. For better or worse, the Internet is playing a larger role in editorial decisions about books. An op-ed on why only books - and the sensory access of the real - can unleash imagination. A review of The Future Without A Past: The Humanities In A Technological Society. And here 10 tips on how to ruin a perfectly good interview

[Aug 10] From The Symptom, Slavoj Zizek on The Act and its Vicissitudes. From The Philosopher, an editorial on Russian philosophy, and articles on Vice and Art as Philosophy of Healing. A review of A Philosophy of Boredom. "Don't cross over if you have any intention of going back": Politics and literature in the mind of Christopher Hitchens. Like journalists, academics need shielding from prosecution when they protect confidential sources. A look at journalism's fear and loathing of blogs. The New York Times profiles V. S. Naipual, the Irascible Prophet. A review of Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Literature. A review of Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare. A youthful sensation doesn't always translate into a distinguished literary career. A look at how editors are now an endangered species. An essay on why Truth Is Stronger Than Fiction. A review of Where There's a Will: Thoughts on the Good Life. More on Our Culture, What's Left of It. More on One Nation Under Therapy. And sex and drugs and drink and food ... enough was never enough for William Leith

[Aug 9] From Social Research, Kenneth Prewitt (Columbia): The Two Projects of the American Social Sciences. A review of The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless. A review of The Grand Contraption: The World as Myth, Number, and Chance. A review of books on maps and geography. A review of Why Geography matters: Three Challenges Facing America. An essay on Multiculturalisms: Western, Muslim and future. A review of White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's One Million White Slaves. An article by Ryszard Kapuscinski on encountering the other. An article on the concept of the archetype: Plato and Jung. Julian Baggini on clonophobia: Why are we so freaked out by the idea of our mirror image? The trouble with Nietzsche: An excerpt from A Forest of Bamboo. An article on teaching ethics in a morally compromised world. NCAA crackdown on Native American team names and icons sends a message. And they're not stupid, they're lazy: The real reason American high-schoolers have such dismal test scores

[Aug 8] A new issue of Borderlands is out, including Jane Mummery (Ballarat): Rethinking the Democratic Project: Rorty, Mouffe, Derrida and Democracy to Come; John Docker (ANU): Is the United States a Failed Society?; a review of Violent Democracy; and a forum on the culture wars and intellectuals, including Brett Neilson and Angela Mitropoulos (UWS): Polemos, Universitas; a review of books on French Theory in America; and a statement by Antonio Negri. A review of Truth and Truthmakers. A review of Contending with Stanley Cavell. A look at the onliness of Martha Nussbaum, the long-distance philosopher. From Ideas, when it comes to mass behavior atomic physics may be as helpful as psychology; new game-like computer software is empowering ordinary citizens to help design better cities; an more on an anthropologist's undercover project as an undegrad. And here's the word of the day: Shiterature

[Weekend] Science and book reviews: From Butterflies & Wheels, an article on Darwin and Design: The flawed origins of a critique. Intelligent Design is designed for confusion. Scientists race to map the totality of human protein-protein interactions, the "Human Interactome". A review of Human Identity and Bioethics. Science is not done by popular vote, but nothing can be taken for granted when string theory is the subject. Physicists measure shortest time period ever recorded: 320 attoseconds, the time it takes for an electron to go from one atom to a neighbouring one. From International Socialism, a review of Jonathan Israel's Radical Enlightenment, a review of Edward Said's Freud and the Non-European, a review of Olivier Roy's Globalised Islam: The Search for the New Ummah, a review of The Myths of Zionism, a review of A History of Economic Thought, and a review of Max Weber: A Critical Introduction. From Mises Review, a review of Francis Fukuyama's State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century, a review of Thomas Nagel's article "The Problem of Global Justice", a review of The Changing Face of Economics: Conversations with Cutting Edge Economists, a review of Michael Walzer's Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism, a review of Richard Posner's Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy, and a review of books on Christianity and war

[Aug 5] Jonathan Klick and Gregory Mitchell (FSU): Government Regulation of Irrationality: Moral and Cognitive Hazards. An excerpt from Dismantling Democratic States. A review of In Dialogue with the Greeks, Volume I: The Presocratics and Reality; Volume II: Plato and Dialectic. From WSWS, Theodore Dalrymple, an intellectual pygmy, denounces Trotsky. On trying to figure out why Giorgio Agamben is so popular: "It's the perfume of the radical that gives him his edge". The blogosphere sets off a debate on Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. Is UTEP's Steven Best speaking for the animals, or the terrorists? US troops in Iraq earn their education at makeshift university. Wal-Mart is sponsoring a scholarly conference "to discuss the economic impact of Wal-Mart on the US economy" (and here's the call for papers). From Writ, the Five-Minute Law School: Everything you learn in your first year, more or less. Why do people laugh at all? What is the point of it? Much depends on the context in which jokes are told. The classroom is no longer one of these contexts. On the future of schooling: The new SAT essay format is ''teaching to the test''. An article on how schools are destroying to joy of reading. Virtue has to have a reward outside of itself: It is just that it needn't go to the virtuous. And an academic takes PhD in art of air guitar

[Aug 4]  From The Village Voice Education Supplement, articles on disability studies as academia's next frontier and on the future of African-American studies; a professor spends a year as an undergrad to study college life; and a look inside the shadowy world of 'retro-cheating'. Does political science have a gender problem? On a new report by APSA. Is Theory going out of fashion in American universities? An interview about Benedict XVI with the literary theorist René Girard (and more from Scott McLemee). An excerpt from Robert Wuthnow's America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity.  Bush supports the teaching of Intelligent Design in American high schools. An excerpt from Democratic Faith. Independent types by nature, nonbelievers are banding together to cast off stereotypes. Belief is quickly becoming the subject of choice for many psychologists and neuroscientists. Is “the new neuromorality” a threat to traditional views of right and wrong? And research finds mental-state reasoning is a universal milestone in child development

[Aug 3] Book reviews: A review of Allen Buchanan's Justice, Legitimacy, and Self - Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law. A review of Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State. A review of Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart's Religion and Politics Worldwide. A review of The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization and Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History. A review of Ronald Aronson's Camus and Sartre. A review of Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis. A review of Postcards from the Brain Museum: The Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds.  Michael Ruse reviews Endless Forms Most Beautiful. A review of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design. A review of Happiness is Overrated. And a review of Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers

[Aug 2] From the Slovakian journal Kritika & Kontext, a debate on the contemporary uses of liberalism, with Russell Jacoby and Richard Rorty. A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including an editorial on empathy and imagination, an article on the paradox of empathy, why Kantianism gets the better of consequentialism every time, a review of The Schopenhauer Cure, a review of History of Islamic Philosophy, a review of the Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Education, a review of The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, and here's how to be much cleverer than all your friends (so they really hate you). More on Simon Blackburn's Truth. Julian Baggini asks some of the country's leading thinkers to put four problems under the mental microscope. Then it's your turn... The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Bill Gates. From Ideas, a special issue on Boston's many flavors of creativity. Louis Menand on Edmund Wilson and American culture. Summer reading is an annual orgy of pretension and log rolling. And a new planet may have been discovered in the Solar System

[Aug 1] News from academia: From FrontPage, Russell Jacoby debates David Horowitz on academic freedom. China is undergoing one of the most ambitious higher education expansions in the world. Here's an inside look at identity politics in American law schools. Teaching for teachers: Who needs education schools? An essay on the computerized academy. How to keep those kids in class: Pay them. Economics is becoming more popular with college students. Is American math and science education in decline? There’s a problem with once-a-week courses: They almost always fail. And like many a dissertator, Frodo's terrible and treacherous mission has a dual nature