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[Weekend] From India, on a wake-up call for Hindus the worldover. From Bolivia, Evo Morales is a home grown president, and more on Bolivia’s same old revolution. The advent of the Caricom Single Market will severely test the will of the states of the Caribbean. Careful organisation within a climate of political discontent explains the remarkable successes of political Islam. Rows over migration have torn apart sections of European society that prided themselves on integration. The Balkans and Turkey are a space on the borders of Europe marking a cultural encounter with the oriental. It sounds like a joke but it's not: Behind its warm front, the United States made cold calculations to subdue Canada. From The Washington Post, a special investigation on The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff. John Dean on George W. Bush as the new Richard M. Nixon. A look at how a Mitt Romney candidacy would test the religious right. What's wrong with partisan politics? Jonah Goldberg wants to know. Almost everyone who appears on television is now trained to control the agenda when appearing on camera. William Safire on the 32nd annual chance to Beat the Pundit. Amid catastrophes in 2005, it was easy to miss news of more subtle significance. See whether you can match the fortune to the foolish. From Business Week, webzines are launching print versions to boost their readership and advertising. Is it time for a .xxx Internet domain? Beware and resist the ego-gratifying blogging pack that contributes only snark, sass and destruction. And brevity gains new meaning as popularity of cell phone text messaging soars

[Dec 30] From Spain, an article on the political uses of catastrophes. More on Ghana's uneasy embrace of slavery's diaspora. Sri Lanka’s Tigers are on the loose. If European politicians are serious about preventing a schism between population groups, affirmative action is essential. Kenneth Rogoff on the one twist that Raul Prebisch would never have anticipated. Jorge Castañeda on The Chávez Challenge, and it would be a mistake to think that Evo Morales will become another Hugo Chávez. Not all nonrevolutions are created equal: Why unremarkable elections still matter. Could there be a clearer indication that African and Arab leaders don't care what happens to Darfur? Bangladesh for Beginners: Why Americans should care about the increasingly radical insurgency. Yes, Iran is meddling in Iraqi affairs, but maybe the influence works both ways. Gary Hart on the willingness to sacrifice constitutional liberties for security expediency. Bush’s bad year has created a political vacuum. Who will fill it? More on Condi vs. Hillary and The Case for Hillary Clinton. You, too, can be a TV pundit! Follow these simple steps. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue of The Lives They Lived. Here are the Ten Most 'What the Fuck?' Moments of 2005. A look at the most outrageous statements of 2005. What have been the defining events of the past five years? An op-ed on the case against end-of-the-year introspection. And why it's best not to be too merry for the holidays

[Dec 27] Potpourri: From Great Britain, the past 500 years have been dominated by westerners, so there's little point teaching children about other societies; and patriotism is back in intellectual fashion: Can an intelligent person be patriotic? From Japan, an essay on the lost “Human Country”. From Bhutan, will democracy blossom in Thimpu? Ghana wants its once-enslaved diaspora to come back. From "Ideas", why the recent riots in Australia should surprise no one; and on constituting Israel: Can it ever agree on how to define itself as a nation? This just in: A study finds fear of death may be a factor into who we vote for. On firemen: The people who stand ready to trade their lives for ours are part of a tradition that goes back 400 years. And Beauty! Sharks! Silence! Noise!: Manuel Castells explains

[Dec 26] From Pakistan, looking for the Garden of Eden is an ahistorical project. From Great Britain, parents of daughters are more likely to be left-wing, whatever the feminists claim. Why the Japanese want their robots to act more like humans. Two views of the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq. Nicholas Eberstadt on a strategic U.S. approach toward Africa. Does President Bush's rhetoric on freedom apply to fixed votes? From The New York Review of Books, a review of books on the Kurds; and a review of The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World's Government in the 21st Century. From Tikkun, a review of books on the Middle East; and editor Michael Lerner on a hostile takeover: Theocracy in America. Who is afraid of faith-based charities? A review of American Mania: When More is not Enough. New York City: How it matters... and how Christians matter to it. Here are reasons to love New York City. The term "New Times" (Nove Vremie, Neue Zeit, etc.) calls up a number of emotions. And here's a Dirty Dozen of terrible years for presidents: How does 2005 rank in the parade of horrors?

[Weekend] From Chile, if Michelle Bachelet wins the presidential run off, what next? Evo Morales' victory in Bolivia is a sign of transformation in Latin America. Enrique Krauze on furthering democracy in Mexico. Kirchner and Lula: different ways to give the IMF the kiss off. Hugo Chávez is embarking on an ambitious campaign of petro-diplomacy that is rapidly increasing his clout in the region. A review of The Venezuelan Revolution: A Marxist Perspective, and a review of Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chávez Talks to Marta Harnecker. A new issue of The Washington Quarterly is out. For America's number one liberal blogger, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos, politics is like sports: It's all about winning. Michael Kinsley on pundit payola: Money talks. It writes, too. Rick Santorum is now critical of Dover ID case and denies he is contradicting earlier statements of support for the cause. And Amitai Etzioni doesn't want Christmas neutered

[Dec 23] From Botswana, an article on the pain of being patriotic: The story that Zein Kebonang. From Ghana, a look at why poverty is the greatest threat to democracy. From Nepal, how apolitical can one get and still command the public space? From Eurozine, the debate on Turkey's EU membership is between those who want to "deepen" and those who want to "widen" Europe; a look at the intertwined history of the modern residential neighbourhood in Europe and Turkey; and is a new Eurasian alliance between Russia and Turkey forming at the margins of Europe? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is generating new conflicts: Is liberalisation really dead? An article on the prospects for democracy in Yemen. From Writ, an analysis of warrantless wiretapping: Why it seriously imperils the separation of powers. But one branch of government is so much more efficient than three! An article on why the Times ran the wiretap story, defying Bush. John Yoo on The President's Power. Why won't the Bush administration obey the law? Dahlia Lithwick wonders. America’s Republican problem: Bush is only a symptom of a virulent infection. An interview with Thomas Naylor, leader of the Second Vermont Republic. Mr. Zakaria builds his own utopia: Newsweek’s superstar has empire of ideas, plus island colony. From The Nation, here's a gift guide for the do-gooder. And girls, don't believe a single word he says

[Dec 22] News from around the world: From Liberia, an interview with newly-elected president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. From Malawi, an article on the benefits of continuous reading: Poetry alone will not take you very far. From Malta, an article on the foundation of ethics. From Belgium, an interview with Jacques Brotchi on neurosurgery and politics. Jeremy Rifkin on Europe's next industrial revolution. A 25-member European club has proven to be incredibly unwieldy. The solution could be the creation of an EU core. From The Guardian, here are articles on the future of Britishness and a Fabian Society conference.  An excerpt from Thinking about Yugoslavia: Scholarly Debates about the Yugoslav Breakup and the Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. The Finno Ugrics: Russia finds outside support for its ethnic minorities threatening. The first chapter from Why not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism, and the State. A conference on Iraq was held in Moscow: The participants concluded that Iraq needed a new secular dictator, a new Saddam. From Red Pepper, a special issue on China. Robert Skidelsky on a Chinese homecoming. Capitalism and sex-toys in China: A case study in entrepreneurship. In exile, Tibetans worry about life after the Dalai Lama. The introduction to The India-Pakistan Conflict: An Enduring Rivalry. An article on understanding the Sharon phenomenon. From The Economist, some reflections on relative poverty in North America and Africa, and a look at the story of wheat, man's staple food. On the curse of oil and the paradox of plenty: One day soon poor countries may actually benefit from their natural resources. The introduction to Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions. And starting your own country is no path to prosperity, but it remains popular

[Dec 21] From Transitions Online, the Armenian opposition struggles to regroup after constitutional referendum setback; a review of books on the Romanian revolution and democracy; and now that EU membership beckons, Macedonia could perhaps one day become the Belgium of the Balkans. Russia creates a new security system to replace the C.I.S. From the new Idées de France, an essay on 100 years of laicite, and an article on France and its colonial past. Two sides of the same coin: French riots and Hurricane Katrina. What Democrats can learn from Britain's new Conservative leader. Senator John Sununu responds to a National Review editorial on the Patriot Act. Bush's bogus analogy: In 1998, The Washington Times tipped off Osama. In 2005, The New York Times didn't. The extra-legal executive: Bush wants to spread democracy abroad – and dismantle it at home. A libertarian perspective on George W. Bush's impeachable offenses. A look at how one effective and largely unsung congressman beat the president. It's a sordid tale of Washington corruption. Here's a primer to help you understand the Abramoff scandal. Ohio contains bad news for Republicans, but perhaps more worrying portents for Democrats. Bruce Ackerman on how telling the president what he'd like to hear can be good for your career. A review of American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams. By trashing the media, liberal bloggers only hurt themselves. Where's the line between political blogging and political journalism? And now, the fourteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, for the foulest media performances of 2005

[Dec 20] From Japan, this time, the recovery seems for real; a look at the social origins and consequences of contemporary Japanese populism; and what role Japan’s Imperial family? From France, elite schools block the poor's path to power. From Great Britain, promoting foreign language learning as a functional business skill won't inspire anybody to go beyond 'au revoir'. From Namibia, an article on traditional leaders: a body most welcome. An essay on the drama of Cameroon intellectuals. An article on labor, the state, and the struggle for a democratic Zimbabwe. From The Brookings Institution, Peter "not-the-philosopher" Singer on the new faces of war, Henry "not-the-baseball-player" Aaron on health care rationing and what it means, and Thomas "not-the-novelist" Mann discusses the legality of Texas's 2003 congressional redistricting plan. The New Hampshire primary will never be the same. But will it matter? No one has yet articulated an agenda for 2006 that promises to unite GOP lawmakers. The Texas redistricting case is not a winner for Democrats. From New York, why Hillary Clinton running for president makes her even less likable. The Department of Homeland Security has a section on its Web site labeled “Open for Business.” It certainly is. From Writ, why it's better to liberate the broadcast airwaves here on Earth than to extend a dubious regime of censorship to the satellite heavens. James Surowiecki on wireless e-mail and the problem with patents. And through his webcam, a boy joins a sordid online world

[Dec 19] From Great Britain, the media should stop giving a free ride to David Cameron. He's a conservative wolf in sheep's clothing. From South Korea, an interview with Takashi Inoguchi on the rise of Northeast Asia. From China, an article on the restless children of the Dalai Lama in Tibet. In These Times interviews Evo Morales, who is expected to win Bolivia's presidency. Latin America looks leftward again. Ethiopia is edging toward renewed conflict with Eritrea. More on We Are Iran. From Newsweek, an article on why free trade is not enough--but then again, neither is the state. A look at how ending aid to rich farmers may hurt the poor ones. A review of Three Billion New Capitalists. Around the world, the extraction of oil wreaks havoc on the environment. By keeping our own shorelines and wilderness pristine, we only blind ourselves to this ugly reality. Once skeptical, environmentalists now love the idea of 'emissions trading' as a strategy to curb greenhouse gases. The asteroid Apophis is on course to collide with Earth in less than 30 years. From Swans, a special issue on 2005: A year in review. From The Toronto Star, a look at a year's worth of ideas. Cultural Prozac: Top 10 lists may be cheesy and arbitrary, but they're also cheap forms of mass therapy. This isn't quite social science, but it certainly is unconventional: Fatwa football. Can men and women be friends? The world says: No! And "Why do they hate us?": No state makes the rest of the country squirm like Massachusetts. Is that because they're a bunch of Kennedy-votin', stem-cell-lovin', clergy-bashin', gay-marryin' human clones?

[Weekend 2e] From Australia, what happened on Cronulla Beach warns us that our self-inflicted wounds are festering; and four cheers for Keith Windschuttle! The bloke who blows the whistle on left-wing loonies. From Great Britain, an article on Gordon Brown and negative v. positive liberty. From Canada, Aristotle, Marx, Rawls and Rorty: Do great political minds think alike? Not really. On the politics of Bush-bashing: Canada-U.S. relations have taken centre stage this election. Is it a lovers' quarrel or something more serious? From The Weekly Standard, Robert Kagan and William Kristol on how the Iraqi elections really could be a turning point. A look at the US is now rediscovering the pitfalls of aspirational imperialism. The word getting the workout from the nation's top guns these days is "caliphate". Rudy Giuliani on taking liberties with the nation's security. From TAP, the potential harm to the nation from a failed presidency complicates the oppositions's role. Gerrymanders and judges: A political problem requires a political solution. Political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe on how he first began to draw the ‘ultra truth’ by stripping the powerful of their dignity. More on The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight (and an excerpt). What does America want from its TV journalists? Here's the bluffer's guide to soccer. As in football, Iraqi citizens need to call their own plays. And U.S. soccer gets ready to take on Old Europe and the soccer snobs at the World Cup

[Weekend] From Poland, an interview on gender, a new dangerous ideology. From Sudan, a look at the unfortunate situation in Western Equatoria. From the Democratic Republic of Congo, a referendum on Sunday marks the first democratic, nationwide vote in four decades. There are a few glimmers of hope that Somalia may one day be re-invented. Here's the latest news from the Trans-Dniester region. The fury of western human-rights groups over Russia’s law regulating NGOs is hypocritical. An article on branding nations. Imagine if trade ministers proclaimed an end to all agricultural protectionism. What then? From CJR, a conversation with Bob Schieffer of CBS. The Global Voices initiative hosted bloggers from Algeria to Zambia at a conference in London. Here's a report. A look at why college football is America's most capitalistic sport. An interview with Lennox Lewis: "Boxing will always be corrupt". Ever wonder about the Socratic agon? Or whether it has anything do with the U.S. Olympic team? Meet Heather Reid. And The Observer profiles Jack Black

[Dec 16] From Germany, did America pay hush-money to Khaled al-Masri? An article on the German Left: Another step towards unity. In the ashes of Weimar, a vision of Europe's future. An essay on how the perceived threat of Turkish EU candidacy drives a wedge between European unity and identity. An article on Europe's Social Democrats, solidarity and Muslim immigration. From APSA, an article on Assessing the Leadership of George W. Bush: The Costs and Benefits of "Leading by Definition". From TNR, a cover story on a guide to the new Washington the GOP has created. From TAP, Ralph Reed is going down, down, down, and taking his GOP buddies with him. An article on Hillary's new haters: Anti-war lefties have had it with Clinton. Political scientist Tim Groseclose of UCLA finds media bias is real. An interview with Larry Beinhart, author of Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (and an excerpt). Miller’s gone, and Woodward is (voila!) forgiven. And the editors of our leading newspapers are clueless. From Bob Woodward to Judith Miller: The country’s most reviled reporter is a direct descendant of its most beloved. Bill Moyers is in the Kingdom of the Half-Blind. An interview with Lewis Lapham, retiring editor of Harper’s. A review of News Piracy and the Hot News Doctrine: Origins in Law and Implications for Digital Age. An article on "Open-Source Reporting". What really makes conservative blogs effective is their pre-existing media infrastructure. The democracy of Web logs has brought forth the duplicity of spam blogs, or splogs.  Cell phones and Web access as the new utilities: How plugged in do you need to be? A look at how navigation by G.P.S. changes the nature of car travel, while it is increasingly finding its way into the palms of everyday users. CommonCensus seeks to find where people fit in on the map of the US. And a review of Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games
[Weekend] From Writ, the year in review: Law and Religion in 2005. From TNR, a look at the top breakups of 2005 (that didn't involver Hollywood stars). A review of Gore Vidal's America. Johann Hari on the ironic centenary of Ayn Rand. An interview with Kate O'Beirne, author of Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports. Herbert London, president of the Hudson Institute, on the meaning and demeaning of patriotism. Here's a report on the recent Cato Institute conference in New York.Why statism may never die in the two oldest democracies. James Pinkerton profiles William F. Buckley at 80. A look at how John Olin and William Simon helped create the conservative counterintelligentsia. Is conservatism in America in decline? After the year the political right had in 2005, some pundits are decidedly pessimistic. Some Christians believe that they see the Devil's fingerprints in an emerging technology called Radio Frequency Identification. More on The Victory of Reason. Are the childfree a fast-growing, misunderstood movement or just a bunch of mean ol’ kid haters? Given human nature, there will always be war, aggression and conflict. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement. Nature's assaults have shaped a new reality for mankind. An article on how to keep people from killing themselves. More on The Next Attack. More on The Great War for Civilisation. A review of The Most Exclusive Club. And a review of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice

[Dec 30] From The Weekly Standard, William Kristol on The Paranoid Style In American Liberalism. A review of The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future. A review of Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America. The National Security Agency is the agency that could be Big Brother. A review of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination. From Slate, a look at the Peace Epidemic: The world isn't so dangerous after all. If the pessimists are right that everything is so awful, then why have we never had it so good? A review of Beyond the Promised Land: The Movement and the Myth. A review of books on the Bible and the Holy Land. A talk with Catholic exorcist Pedro Barrajon about demons, the nature of evil and exorcism today. Catholic reactionaries and secular miserabilists have joined forces to spoil our fun. More on John Paul The Great. A review of One Nation Under God: The History of Prayer in America. "Who are my mother and my brothers?": The Gospels don't preach family values. A look at the struggle for secularism, then and now.  From Reason, a review of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. More on Joseph Stiglitz's Fair Trade for All. And it's not just the common agricultural policy: the corporate sector relies on state handouts that dwarf their profits

[Dec 27] Potpourri: Here is an assessment of the ideas held in balance in the American Conservative Mind today. An interview with Rodney Stark, author of The Victory of Reason. A new issue of The Griffith Review is out. From Middle East Forum, a look at why Arabs lose wars, and an article on the Arab world's travails: History's burden. An interview with David Edwards and David Cromwell, authors of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media. A review of Broken Windows, Broken Business: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards. Meet Bill White. White supremacist. Spokesman for the National Socialist Movement. Homosexual. And progressive politics may be dwindling because the imagination itself is now stunted during childhood

[Dec 26] From The Wilson Quarterly, an essay on spirituality in America. A review of The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, and more and an excerpt. From Free Inquiry, an essay on the suicide bomber and the leap of faith; and let us rid the world of that dreaded concept evil. From Policy, why it's an evil thing to oblige people to vote. Bill McKibben reviews books on the environment. Class is dismissed: Thomas Frank responds to the criticisms of Larry Bartels pdf. More on Capitalism As If The World Matters. More on Akhil Reed Amar's America's Constitution. More on The Wages of Whiteness. When it comes to race, many white people still just don't get it. From LA Weekly, an article on a committed vegan, the Earth Liberation Front, and the FBI; and does the radical environmental group really exist? From TNR, an article on The Weekly Standard's absurd case against gay marriage. A response to George Steiner's lecture 'On Meritocracy'. And an interview with Nell Bernstein, author of All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated

[Weekend] Media and communications: From Legal Affairs, national boundaries have survived in the virtual world— and allowed national laws to exert control over the Internet; and the Internet is vulnerable to viruses so lethal that they could gravely damage the online world. From Technology Review, a cover story on Why the Internet is Broken. Why do you love online publishing? Let me count the ways. From Open Democracy, librarians, lawyers, legislators and thinkers discuss the rights and wrongs of Google. A look at how Google woos the best and brightest. Why remember? Google can do the brain work for you. How satellite radio is approaching a secure orbit. There's now a sort of MySpace for the video crowd. An interview with Hugh Bowen, author of Videogames: The Impact of Emotion. From TCS, an article on why density is destiny: On politics and the paperboy. A look at how mass production and modern communications bring out the collector in all of us. And an interview with Mike Hoy of Loompanics

[Dec 23] From the new State of Nature, an essay on capitalism rejected; and on US military expenditures: Beneficial or harmful? Or, who benefits and who pays? A look at the perils of using Cold War analogies in the twilight struggle against Islamic extremism. From Open Democracy, more on Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden. Joseph Nye on the countdown to withdrawal from Iraq. An interview with John Hart, founder of the American Democracy Institute. From National Review, Georgetown political philosopher James V. Schall on the invention of Christmas. What if Mary wasn't a virgin? What would Baby Jesus say? A look at Jesus and the Gospel: What really happened? We all have faith, but that doesn't necessarily make us believers. An article on conscience and the dictatorship of relativism. The Vatican has opened up the secret records associated with the Catholic Church's former Index of Forbidden Books. A look at the life and work of Lutheran theologian Philip Melancthon. Even the Romans knew it can be nice to get out of the city: A review of Sprawl: A Compact History. An article on the political economy of Treasure Island. An interview with Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics. An interview with the people's economist, Avia Spivak, deputy governor of the Bank of Israel. Robin Blackburn on Sweden's Rudolf Meidner, a visionary pragmatist. And a look at the protest against the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics

[Dec 22] From TAC, who killed General Motors? Patrick Buchanan PI is on the case; it’s all Greek to Victor Davis Hanson: A review of A War Like No Other; and more on The Assassins’ Gate. From The Occidental Quarterly, a review of Race: The Reality of Human Differences; a letter from a grandfather to his genes; and an article on remembering Sam Francis. Michael Novak on what Tocqueville would think of democracy in today’s America. A look at how Bill Clinton set the stage for a land without law. Vermont's secession movement brings together hippie greens and libertarian gun owners. Was Spock an Austro-libertarian? Casualties in the war of ideas: The partisanship of modern American politics is narrowing the agendas of think-tanks of left and right. An article untangles John Lennon's politics. Someone call Karl Marx: The means of production is in the hands of the masses and a revolution is under way. Now that luxury has gone mass market, how are the super-rich to flaunt their wealth? An economist finds that going to church is more than its own reward. America's most successful churches are modelling themselves on businesses. A look at Rev. Tim LaHaye's evangelism. From National Review, an interview with Peggy Noonan, author of John Paul the Great, and an interview with Raymond Arroyo, author of Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles. An op-ed on how to teach, not preach, the Bible. From First Things, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn on the design of science. Schmittian biology: Discovery Institute's David Klinghoffer on why it’s God or Darwin. Is creationism destructible? Where to go from Dover. France quarrels with America not because the pair are so different but because they are so alike. And on ex-friends: Sometimes realpolitik beats idealism--if only in matters of the heart

[Dec 21] From Foreign Affairs,  Robert Sapolsky (Stanford): A Natural History of Peace; an essay on women, Islam, and the New Iraq; a review of The Next Attack, and more on The Assassins' Gate. Ike was President. Washington was desperate for Arab allies. Enter Said Ramadan, an Islamist ideologue with an invitation to the White House. From TNR, John Judis on the case for abolishing the CIA. From Slate, a look at the old tricks of the National Security Agency. From The Heritage Foundation, a speech on the lessons of the Roman Empire for America today. An interview with Georgetown political theorist James V. Schall, S.J. on faith, reason and politics. Here is the address Benedict XVI gave to the International Theological Commission.  A look at why the Church alone knows what's wrong with the world. A review of Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism. A review of The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody. Pastor Jim Venice says he can turn homos into heteros. Credit cards welcome. An essay on God, credit, and social welfare: Capitalism gone mad. Chairman Bob on a leap of faith and a leap to rational knowledge: Two very different kinds of leaps. Christopher Hitchens on the horrors of December in a one-party state. More on Stephen Breyer’s Active Liberty. Ralf Dahrendorf on free speech on trial. Cathy Young on Linda Hirshman, a feminist who wants to liberate women from "incorrect" choices. And from Counterpunch, on the paralyzing shadow of accusation of "eco-terrorism": Cui Bono?

[Dec 20] From Conservative Battleline, the closest National Review comes today to passion is its support for the war in Iraq. Susan Rice goes Beyond "Democratic Peace", and here's the latest "State of Iraq" update. Niall Ferguson on history, democracy and Iraq. The administration says the terrorists hate us for who we are. But that isn’t what the terrorists say--or what the record shows. An essay on when self-immolation is a rational choice. A new study finds that little girls torture their Barbies. At least they know the difference between fantasy and reality. More on Jimmy Carter's Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis. From The Weekly Standard, Stanley Kurtz on how plural marriage is waiting in the wings. From sperm to zygote to fetus to baby, isn't it time we brought some precision to the language of the reproductive rights debate? From The New Yorker, an article on Philip Pullman’s case for storytelling, and against God; and Hendrik Hertzberg on the so-called War on Christmas (which is actually over. Guess who won?) From Revolution, an article on how and why the Christian fascists attack the "mainline" churches. From TAP, a series of articles on immigration reform. A review of Gene Sperling's The Pro-Growth Progressive. An interview with Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist. An interview with Hadji J.S. Williams, author of Knock the Hustle: How to Save Your Job and Your Life From Corporate America. Is it a sin to shop at Wal-Mart? And it may seem like an innocuous wardrobe staple, but the humble T-shirt has a very dodgy history

[Dec 19] From the American Enterprise Institute, here are papers and transcripts of conferences on The Future of the United States Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines. A review of Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality. A review of Legion of the Lost: The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion. More on Paul Berman's Power and the Idealists: Or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer and Its Aftermath. Iraqis live in a society that is free but anarchic: Will it be different now? An interview with Madeleine Albright on Iraq. Some claim that the US strategy of ‘clear and hold’ had largely defeated the Viet Cong by 1971, and that the same tactics can work in Iraq. Torture is often a temptation and almost never works. The 'ticking-bomb' scenario, as an argument for torture, is potent. It is also silly, says Jeremy Waldron. Michael Ignatieff is now in dubious company over torture. On torture's long shadow: This is a new debate to Americans, but there is no need to reinvent the wheel. McCain stands his high ground: So where does that leave the tough-guy commentators? It Can't Happen Here envisioned an America in thrall to a homespun fascist dictator. It's as unsettling a read as ever. David Gergen reviews Richard Reeves' President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. A review of Reagan's Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right. If Alito is confirmed, there will be five Catholics on the court. Will this make a difference? And we live in an age of illusion where faith in just about anything has replaced rationalism

[Weekend 2e] Harold Bloom, despairing of contemporary America, turns to his bookshelves to understand the trajectory of his country. The moral values of Britain’s official state religion may be embedded in the national consciousness, but can they survive if the Church itself dies? A missionary has been voted the greatest Belgian by his compatriots. The Vatican is set to abolish limbo, but salvation cost dear when Sue Norris was at convent school. Memento Mori: The abolition of Limbo, and the importance of eternity. Benedict XVI is to reinterpret the Second Vatican Council. This is the Preface. A review of Peggy Noonan's John Paul the Great. The introduction to Opus Dei by John L. Allen, Jr. A review of The Spiritual Dimension: religion, philosophy and human value. A review of Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today. Ronald Bailey on the intangible wealth of nations: Why you're worth more than you think. Conditions for slavery: New study sheds light on the development of early social hierarchies. When it comes to reporting for jury duty, who among us truly deserves a 'Get Out of Your Summons Free' card? A review of The Man Everybody Knew: Bruce Barton and the Making of Modern America. A review of The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. More on The Third Reich in Power: 1933-1939. And a review of Simon Schama's Rough Crossing: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

[Weekend] From TLS, a review of books on Iraq. An excerpt from Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez. More on Oliver Kamm's Anti - Totalitarianism. From The Mises Institute, Llewellyn Rockwell on why society needs no managers. An excerpt from Sprawl: A Compact History. An article on "street-level justice": governing metropolitan public space. An excerpt from Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. What was going on?: Jews consider proselytizing to fight assimilation. Mark Steyn on how Christianity is a more rational thing than European secularism. Thomas Woods on how secularists ignore the value of religion. Amid the carnage of the Great War, enemy soldiers put down their weapons and came together to celebrate the season of peace. How did the cease-fire come about? From Open Democracy, why human beings in the 21st century must relearn how to live with water; and on capitalism, the environment, and sustainable development: replies to Jonathan Porritt. And William Saletan on our creepiest genetic invention, the dog

[Dec 16] From Cato Unbound, William Niskanen replies to James Buchanan, and Buchanan responds to comments. A review of The United States Supreme Court: The Pursuit of Justice. More on Akhil Reed Amar's America's Constitution. More on Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty. Why is Congress banning torture but allowing the use of torture testimony? Fred Kaplan on why seeing Iraqis vote is wonderful, but you can't rush democracy. A review of John Lewis Gaddis's The Cold War: A New History. Here's a brief history of the Nuclear Age. From International Socialism, a review of Class or Nation: Communists, Imperialism and Two World Wars, a review of The German Revolution, 1917-1923, and a look at the transformations that occurred in working class consciousness after 1905. From News & Letters, an essay on the enduring legacy of Russia's 1905 revolution. A review of El Porvenir del Socialismo. An essay on the anarchist dream of liberty. From The Nation, a review of Off Center, Death by a Thousand Cuts, Stand Up Fight Back and The Survivor. Tom Hayden on the myth of the super-predator. James Q. Wilson on the American dilemma: Problems of race still cry to be solved. A review of Race, Law and Resistance. An interview with Nate Blakeslee, author of Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. An interview with Chip Berlet, author of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. Here, in their own words, are excerpts from the sermons of some of the most (and least) influential church leaders in metro Atlanta. From Business Week, a special series on The Best of 2005: Leaders, Ideas, Products. A review of How to be Idle and Bonjour Laziness: Jumping Off the Corporate Ladder. A review of Liam Murphy and Thomas Nagel's The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice pdf. And Lawrence Lindsey remembers Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton and Rose Friedman


[Weekend] Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo): Derrida’s Ethical Turn and America: Looking Back from the Crossroads of Global Terrorism and the Enlightenment. From The Nation, an article on Rogue Scholars and torture. More on Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? From Reason, Ronald Bailey on The Triumph of Liberal Science. Der Spiegel interviews Daniel Dennett. From Seed, here are 36 ideas, issues & icons that changed our world in 2005. Quantum trickery: Testing Einstein's strangest theory. Misinformation Age: More computers, less learning. From Inside Higher Education, "why are they saying such terrible things about us?": The MLA offers the first glimpse at its plan to overhaul tenure (and more on getting along), some pick up lines, and word play with finances. More and more on Nick Gillespie’s coverage of the Modern Language Association’s annual meeting. From UMass-Dartmouth, student admits Little Red Book story was a hoax (and more). A look at when scholarship and politics collided at Yale. Ronald Radosh on why Sami al--Arian got off this time. From France, an article on OuLiPo: What is this, what is that? What has happened to the French university, one of the oldest and most revered in the world? An article on the American University of Beirut: A year of tragedy and hope. Research finds dwarfs commanded respect in ancient Egypt. An article on the folklore of buried memories. Cavalierly foisting unsolicited reading material on a book lover is like buying underwear for someone you hardly know. Street smarts put to use in new role of college professor. And fun freshman seminars gain in popularity

[Dec 30] From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Rainer Diriwächter (CLU) and Jaan Valsiner (Clark): Qualitative Developmental Research Methods in Their Historical and Epistemological Contexts; and a review of Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches. From Harvard Magazine, a cover story on Twigs Bent Left or Right: Understanding how liberals and conservatives differ, from conception on. The philosophy of philosophy: A review of The Courtier and the Heretic. Tracing socialism's role among Jewish immigrants: A review of A Fire in Their Hearts. A review of The Hitler Book. A review of The Lost Millennium: History's Timetables Under Siege. From Science, a series of article on the Breakthrough of the Year 2005. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a scientific way to chart the life expectancy of catchwords and phrases? A review of Genes and the Agents of Life: The Individual in the Fragile Sciences: Biology. More on The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science. Michael Shermer on how science unravels the myth of suicide bombers. From TCS, no academic conference draws more smirks and bitch-slaps than the annual Modern Language Association convention (and more). Higher education has an ownership problem. Is going back to school worth the price? A look at the gender gap on college campuses. And a review of Top of The Class: How Asian Parents Raise High Achievers - and How You Can Too

[Dec 27] Potpourri: A new issue of ephemera is out. A new issue of Synthesis Regeneration is out. An interview with Harvard Law's Roberto Unger on future politics. A review of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. James Q. Wilson on why "intelligent design" simply isn't science. An article on helping out Darwin's cause with a little pointed humor. Dead enough?: An article on the paradox of brain death. Nevermind Euclid, here's the cubists. From n+1, the reading crisis, like the social security crisis, has become a con-game based on facts. Pencil pushers unite!: In this hi-tech world of i-Pods and computers, the simple pencil refuses to be erased. And it’s not the prevalence of scummy language that disturbs so much as the idolizing of perennial adolescents

[Dec 26] Herbert Gans (Columbia): Race as Class. A review of Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond's The New Egalitarianism. A review of The Politics of Human Rights: A global perspective. A review of The Lost Millennium: History's Timetables Under Siege. A review of Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West. A review of Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth. A review of Judging the Past in Unified Germany. A look back at Martin Buber's Tales of the Hasidim. More on Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. More on Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian. A review of Thinking About Thinking. A look at psychoanalysis under stress. With Freudianism dead and buried and Marxism slipping quietly away, Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory is back with a vengeance. Alex Joffe, director of Campus Watch, on Juan Cole and the Decline of the Middle Eastern Studies. From Canada, academics lead extraordinary discussions in ordinary settings, adding meaning to life. And here's a cabinet of mathematical curiosities

[Weekend] From Dissent, Carl Elliot (Minnesota): When Ethicists Have Conflicts of Interest; Kevin Mattson (Ohio): Channeling History; an essay on Soft Surveillance: Mandatory Voluntarism and the Collection of Personal Data; a review of George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant!; Nadia Urbinati reviews Seyla Behabib's The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens; a review of Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers: How Insurgents Transformed the Labor Movement; and Richard Rorty reviews Ian McEwan's Saturday. From THES, Steve Fuller and Harry Brighouse debate Intelligent Design. A review of books by Steven Wise on animal rights. Peter Singer on the germ of a new debate on the ethics of life. The first chapter from The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing. A review of Covering, by Yale Law's Kenji Yoshino. A study finds gay men vent aggression through verbals, not violence. And scientists have confirmed what fans of John Travolta have known all along: men with the best dance moves have the most sex appeal

[Dec 23] Miscellaneous book reviews and book excerpts: A review of The Future for Philosophy. The introduction to Mary Astell. The introduction to Kant on the Human Standpoint. A review of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method. A review of Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship. The first chapter of Fixing Frege. The introduction to Marcel Mauss: A Biography. A review of Alain Badiou's Metapolitcs. The first chapter of Wendy Brown's Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics. The introduction to The Grammar of Society: The Nature and Dynamics of Social Norms. The first chapter from Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. The introduction to Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism, 1973–1994. The prologue to Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens. The first chapter from Eye for an Eye. The introduction to Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing. The first chapter of Just Silences: The Limits and Possibilities of Modern Law. The introduction to Enforcing Obligations Erga Omnes in International Law. An excerpt from War, Aggression and Self-Defence. The introduction to How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict. More on Russell Jacoby's Picture Imperfect. The introduction to Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practice. And the introduction to Conceptual Foundations of Antitrust

[Dec 22] From the Journal of World History, Jerry Bentley (Hawaii): Myths, Wagers, and Some Moral Implications of World History. Charles Hedrick (UC-Santa Cruz): The Ethics of World History; Andre Gunder Frank reviews Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History; a review of Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, a review of books on maritime history, and a review of Writing World History, 1800–2000. A review of After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation. A review of The Great War: An Imperial History. The introduction to The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria. An excerpt from Origins of the French Welfare State: The Struggle for Social Reform in France, 1914–1947. In Bolivia, it would appear as if at least half of the End of History thesis had been fulfilled. From The Nation, more on Tony Judt's Postwar. More and more on Robert Wright’s Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny. An article on progressivism, skepticism, and historical revisionism: The inalienable right to question history. From Naked Punch, Simon Critchley on Derrida's influence on philosophy and his own work; an article on Pierre Bourdieu, France's Philosophe Impolitique; an interview with Arthur Danto on philosophy and art; and an essay on why Marx matters to artists. Is there any value to debating what gets counted as a major literary work? Personal finances in Jane Austen: What did early 19th-century literary characters live on? From Discover, a look back at the year in science. Beyond Neptune, the Solar System gets crazier. A landmark law has allowed American universities to profit by patenting their innovations. But the costs are adding up. A study in Critical Review will argue that it provides more evidence about political bias in academe. And from Prospect, Noam Chomsky responds to critics: "We're all complicit"

[Dec 21] From PUP, the introduction to Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes; the first chapter of Capital and Collusion: The Political Logic of Global Economic Development; the full text of Lecture Notes in Microeconomic Theory; and sample chapters of The Theory of Corporate Finance, including an introduction on Corporate Governance pdf. From The Mises Institute, an essay on Platonic Competition. From The Economist, a cover story on the proper study of mankind: New theories and techniques offer a more flattering portrait of humanity than traditionalists might suppose. A study of stone tools push back human occupation of northern Europe by 200,000 years, while some of the first Americans may have been Australians. From Dover, PA, judge rules against 'Intelligent Design' (and analysis). CSU San Bernardino refuses to allow a Christian group to organize on campus. A Saudi Arabian Prince's money is probably one of the last things Harvard and Georgetown needed. From Australia, JM Coetzee says graduates of social science university degrees are undervalued and ignored by the corporate world. (Preach it, brother.) From Inside Higher Ed, the lowering of higher education: A look at the pathetic literacy levels of college graduates; and an interview with John Willinsky, author of The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. The global explosion in scientific research that is outstripping the mechanisms meant to guard against error and fraud. The Guardian interviews Frank Furedi. And the thirtieth anniversary of Hannah Arendt’s death is generating broad coverage in the French literary world

[Dec 20] From EJIL, Nehal Bhuta (NYU): The Antinomies of Transformative Occupation; and a review of Statehood & the Law of Self-Determination pdf. From German Law Journal, an essay on Judging Nuremberg: The Laws, the Rallies, the Trials. The introduction to Raymond Geuss' Outside Ethics. An interview with Philippe Sands, author of Lawless World. From Swarthmore, a profile on War News Radio, a weekly half-hour show. A new study finds evidence of generosity among our early human ancestors. A review of research challenges the assumption that success makes people happy. From Harper's, an excerpt from Precalculus for Christian Schools, a textbook published by Bob Jones University. A new issue of American Sexuality is out, including an article on when science looks at homosexuality, and women discover lesbian pleasures but say no to relationships. Sexual glutton and a slut for selfhood: A review of Edmund White's My Lives. Lonely-hearts ads in the London Review of Books have a cult following. Louis Menand reviews The Economy of Prestige and The World Republic of Letters. From the UK Transhumanist Association, an article on the Proactionary Principle as an alternative to the Precautionary Principle. A review of The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing our Lives. A review of The Plausibility of Life. More on The Long History of Old Age. More on Ice: The Nature, the History and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance. And a review of Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times

[Dec 19] A new issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research is out, including an introduction on A Brief History of the Future of World Society; Christopher Chase-Dunn (UC-Riverside): Social Evolution and the Future of World Society; George Modelski (Washington): Long-Term Trends in World Politics; Joachim Karl Rennstich (Fordham): Chaos or ReOrder? The Future of Hegemony in a World-System in Upheaval; Alberto Martinelli (Milan): From World System to World Society?; Gordon Laxer (Alberta): Popular National Sovereignty and the U.S. Empire; and Neera Chandhoke (Delhi): How Global is Global Civil Society? pdf. A review of The Fall of The Roman Empire. Scott McLemee reviews Voltaire Almighty. Michael Dirda reviews Jean-Jacques Rousseau. A review of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits and The Struggle for the Constitution. More on Andrew Jackson. A review of Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism. From India, on why historians should respond to Amartya Sen’s insights. How can smart people be so wrong? A survey of their awful historical record of predicting the future and analyzing the present. Wikipedia relies on 'community,' a notion that's beginning to carry the weight and promise of 'expertise'. From The New York Times, an article on the Book Review: Who critiques whom - and why? A review of Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World. On why you can tell a book by its cover. Former Harvard president Derek Bok asks, "Are colleges failing?" And a student at UMass Dartmouth is visited by federal agents after he requested a copy of The Little Red Book

[Weekend 2e] From Financial Times, the purists may scoff, but finding out about a complex subject by way of a brief introduction can broaden the mind and provide signposts for further exploration. More on The Classical World: An Epic History From Homer To Hadrian. An article on science and the demise of positivism. From South Korea, an interview with Hwang Woo Suk, the controversial  embryonic stem cell researcher. What happens to bad scientists? Lock the labs, sequester the notebooks. A review of The Republican War on Science. A review of A People's History of Science. Shades of Flesh Tone: Tests reveal gene for people's skin color. A review of Information and Meaning in Evolutionary Processes. Is string theory in trouble? So why are physicists taking the idea of multiple universes seriously now? From Renew America, here's a history of academia: "Gown vs. town" (and part 2). The Young America's Foundation names the top 10 conservative colleges. The Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education is launched by Oral Roberts University. Academia for Sale: Sam Vaknin on meritocracy, brain drain, and oligarchies. A reflection on what ratemyprofessors.com can teach new professors about professional identity. And what are the blogs saying about me? Thanks to blog search engines like Technorati, IceRocket and Feedster, writers have easy access to bloggers' reactions

[Weekend] Robert Tsai (Oregon): Democracy's Handmaid. Jonathan Joseph (Kent): Foucault and reality. From The Symptom, Slavoj Zizek on The Act and its Vicissitudes, and Alain Badiou on The Subject of Art. From Politics and Culture, a review of A Grammar of the Multitude, a review of Giorgio Agamben's The Open: Man and Animal; a review of Alain Badiou's St. Paul: The Foundation of Universalism; a review of Fredric Jameson's A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present; and a review of Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology. Here are some critical notes on Edward Said, and an essay on Sartre's century. A review of Confusion of Tongues: The Primacy of Sexuality in Freud, Ferenczi, and Laplanche. From The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a review of Pornography, the Theory: What Utilitarianism Did to Action pdf. An article on Politics as Sex: The Old Testament Case. The novel is set to become the latest target of European bureaucracy, a leaked document reveals. More on Great Lives: A century in obituaries. And a review of books on slang

[Dec 16] From Ars Disputandi, David Werther (Wisconsin): Divine Foreknowledge, Harry Frankfurt, and ‘Hyper-Incompatibilism’; Lloyd Strickland (Lancaster): On The Necessity Of The Best (Possible) World; a review of Being Given: Towards a Phenomenology of Givenness; a review of Rationality and Religious Theism; and a review of The God Who May Be: A Hermeneutics of Religion. From Disputatio, Amy Kind (Claremont): The irreducibility of consciousness; Kristie Miller (Queensland): Time travel and the open future; a review of Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness; a review of The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell; a review of Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing; and a review of books on the meaning of life pdf. From the latest issue of Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, Karen Hoffman (Hood): Reflections on the Unforgivable; Amos Friedland (McGill): Evil and Forgiveness: Transitions; and Benjamin Hutchens (JMU): Trauma and the Unforgivability of Wicked Perpetration: Kant, Levinas, Nancy pdf. Sean Wilentz responds to Fred Siegel's review of The Rise of American Democracy. A review of A History of the Jews in the Modern World. From India, Amartya Sen lectures on democracy and its critics, says Iraqi democracy doesn't stand a chance, and would resign if made prime minister. From Somalia, students defy anarchy at Mogadishu University. Obituary: Philosopher Julian Marias. From Legal Affairs, on how rankings of law schools are inherently misleading. Three major publishers of scientific research will make thousands of research papers available free over the internet. Are the social sciences scientific? A study into the predominant question for many social scientists. The Call for Papers has been posted for the Association for Political Theory Conference 2006 at Indiana University, 3-5 November 2006. And if you're a graduate student of political theory, check out The ABD Club blog