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[Jan 31] From Iraq, yesterday's was the Mother of all Elections. From Palestine, Hamas wins Gaza Strip council vote. From Israel, on the universalism of particular peoples. From Italy, scholars are in a rush to unearth a possible literary mother lode. From South Africa, there is more similarity between the fate of human beings and ants than human beings would care to believe. From Great Britain, a review of Makers and Manners: Politics and Morality in Postwar Britain, and a review of So Who Do We Vote For Now? From the United Nations, meet Mark Malloch Brown, Kofi Annan's right-hand man. The disaster relief profession, like its development cousin, has grown wiser and humbler. Tom Wolfe on The Monroe Doctrine, the one that never died. Jedediah Purdy on neoliberalism and domestic policy. On why Democrats won't unseat the Republicans by adopting their languages and policies. From The Observer, with the modern age has come a whole new world of vices. 2005 may be the year when tools for thought become a reality for people who manipulate words for a living. If you want to see a modern ''spectacular subculture'', then look at the Red Hat Society. a look at the work of Alexander Shulgin, aka Dr. Ecstasy. Here, a guide to words of the moment. And what's the new social etiquette? Friends don't let friends dial drunk

[Weekend] From Chile, retirees find shortfall in private plan. From Switzerland, it's time for the world's most influential people to bask in the catchy wisdom of Hernando de Soto. From the United States, corporations will have to keep going to Delaware to learn how far they can go. From Australia, John Howard has given conservatism a new relevancy in 21st-century, and a review of God Under Howard: How the Religious Right has Hijacked Australian Politics. From Barbados, should Barbadians wait for a republic? An article on the forgotten side of Spain. The proselytizing zeal of American missionaries knows no slack even in tsunami aid. From TAP, more on the UN and Kofi Annan. From The Nation, Eric Foner on Bush's inauguration speech: 'Freedom' belongs to all. Robert Wright on how Bush has too little hope, and too little faith. Why the New Democrat philosophy of Bill Clinton is dead. From The American lawyer, a look at the work of the libertarian Institute for Justice. FT has lunch with Malcolm Gladwell. From Slate, can you beat a lie detector? Fort Wayne, Indiana has been dubbed the dumbest town in the US. And here are the results of The Economist's Christmas competition: Wisest fools

[Jan 28] From Nigeria, on the unenviable task of governing Africa's most populous country, and on how the globalisation train is overrunning the country. From Spain, the right fights back. From Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko is the goddess of the Orange Revolution. Why all European countries with high unemployment should heed the lessons of Denmark. Central and Eastern European states are bringing new energy to the human rights debate at the UN, and why the EU's racism watchdog should exploit its growing visibility to take a firmer stand against anti-Gypsyism. From PINR, an article on Western state building in the Muslim World. 2004 was a  turbulent year in Yemen’s recent history. Shake hands with the Devil: An interview with Roméo Dallaire. From TAP, more debate on the United Nations and Kofi Annan. Does Condi Rice advocate a Hegelian view of history? From The Economist, can the Democrats close the God gap? Benjamin Barber on privatizing Social Security: 'Me' over 'We'. Dick Nixon has risen from the grave: When will we be finally on our own? From The Heritage Foundation, a look at what’s wrong with the Federal budget process. On how the goal of an improved quality of life of citizens is frequently not met through economic growth. And from Alternet, here are the 10 worst corporations of 2004

[Jan 27] From India, is it necessary for philosophy always to be based on pure reason? From Nepal, on the politics of monuments and why we build them. From Pakistan, on how every generation lives in its own version of ‘interesting times’. From Botswana, one African country is judged by universal standards. From Brazil, leftists no longer see president as their champion. From Italy, on the search for the lost library of Rome. From France, a new issue of Label France on humor is out. From The Pew Research Center, a report on the politics and values in a 51%-48% nation. From TAP, it’s great that we’re talking about a long-neglected period of liberalism, but let’s draw the right lessons. Paul Starr on how the Democratic Party is paying a historic price for the moral crusades of the last half-century. A review of Liberwocky: What Liberals Say and What They Really Mean. A look at San Francisco's emerging right. In $8 billion restaurant industry, a study finds mostly 'bad jobs'. Scientists are working on more advanced technology which might be better equipped at detecting deception. And deluged with superfluous responses to online queries, users will soon benefit from improved search engines that deliver customized results

[Jan 26] From Great Britain, on what life is like when self-sufficiency and caring for others is judged more important than living in a material world, and in London you can find every race, colour, nation and religion on earth (and part 2 and part 3). A new issue of Progress is out. George Monbiot on how despite everything we have been told over the past 25 years, it is still true that helping the poor means restraining the rich. A review of After Blair: Conservatism Beyond Thatcher. From the UK's Prospect, David Held on a new Global Left Turn; why the revival of just war theory nor the latest plan for the UN solve the intervention riddle; Michael Lind on why liberals should stop sneering at the people they aspire to lead; what would GK Chesterton do?; a review of The Robot's Rebellion; why correct usage of English is not an elite affectation; it is a badge of competence, and how should the centre-left respond to the implosion of the multicultural ideal in the Netherlands? From British Journalism Review, a debate on the external regulation of journalism: one, two, and three. Loaded changed the face of British men's magazines. Now another title is leading a second revolution: Nuts. And are British people subjects or citizens?

[Jan 25] From Moldova, the country is boasting some impressive growth figures. Pity the growth isn’t helping the economy very much. From Germany, the nation is moving towards re-identifying itself and looking for ways to establish some tenet of pride. From the Czech Republic, daughters of the 1950s political prisoners remain silent. From Canada, Stan Gray is The Greatest Canadian Shit-Disturber. From Australia, here are 50 Aussies who for better or worse have made the world a different place. From Poland, 15 years after the Fall, who was Nowak? There is a growing belief that the golden age of Yemen’s press is over. The United Nations has problems -- but are they Kofi Annan’s fault? From Time, on the truth about elections. Orlando Patterson on the speech misheard round the world. National Journal takes a look at the new Congress. For Kerry, a strategic return to the limelight. Chris Mooney on looking at four more years with a president who scorns expertise. Christopher Caldwell on the triumph of gesture politics. William Powers on how the politicization of American culture is starting to look a little unhealthy and twisted. From AJR, the revolving door between politics and journalism is spinning out of control. From CJR, why holding political power to account is not some liberal plot. And from The New York Times, William Safire on bids readers farewell; writes on how to read a column and on first lady follies; and here's how some of his journalistic crusades turned out

[Jan 24] On politics: From Salon, here are 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency. From The Nation, here's a list of the Bush Administration's Ten Most Outrageous Scandals thus far uncovered by government investigators. Just who is George W. Bush’s real political forefather? Neuroscience research suggests that Democrats and Republicans are not nearly as far apart as they seem. Michael Moore is the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans: Should the Democrats give him the Sister Souljah treatment? George Soros plans to put more cash into building up the intellectual establishment on the left. On George Bush as Philosopher-King: Social Security reform is a subject on which conservatives prize philosophy over arithmetic. The major political battles this year in Washington may be between the states and the federal government. As things stand, the further people live apart, the more likely they are to vote Republican. A look at how Democrats in the House might look to an unlikely role model: Newt Gingrich. A look at the real engine of Blue America. A look at strategies to ensure better female representation in politics. And a review of Myths America Lives By

[Jan 21] From South America, Lula acts to broker end to stand-off between Colombia and Venezuela over Farc 'arrest'. From Saudi Arabia, Islamic pilgrims bring cosmopolitan air to unlikely city. From Malawi, "if you reveal the Gule secrets, this will happen to you, too." From Magadascar, witch-doctors talk to the dead. From South Africa, Thabo Mbeki is a man of two faces. From Japan, the ruling party wants to inject patriotism into schools. From Russia, the Nenets of Siberia may have their nomadic lifestyle back, but oil and gas fields are now taking their grazing lands. From India, a look at the life and work of Eugen Loebl. Bhutan banned tobacco. Could the rest of the world follow? A UN report overseen by Jeffrey Sachs urges rich countries to spend more on cutting hunger and poverty in the developing world. From LA Times, President Bush's speech was frightening to those who suspect that he really meant it. Some influential conservative Christian groups are turning their attention to a new target: the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. From CJR, Bob Somerby, media scourge, considers his next crusade. Todd Gitlin on how rumors of the death of truth in favor of mere "opinion" or "perspective" or "take" are greatly exaggerated. An article on measuring literacy in a world gone digital. Some famous songs are losing their copyright protection. Nothing can withstand Kryptonite, after all, not even spot welding. He's just not that into you if he only wants to see you when he's drunk. And a proverb a day may make you healthier

[Jan 20]
Focus on Europe: From Croatia, President Stipe Mesic wins reelection. From Poland, the fraught left will have to tread very delicately around teaching gay sex. From Italy, it's time for the real Naples to stand up. From Great Britain, Blair and Brown are two rivals united by faith, not philosophy. From The New Yorker, how foxhunting became the most divisive issue in England. A review of Britain's Gulag (and more). From New Statesman, how 1 in 5 Britons could vote for the far right, and on how the west followed Bin Laden's script. From Newropeans, an essay on Transatlantic relations between the United States and the EU in 2020 : Anticipation and the new world order a scenario approach (and part 2 and part 3). From The Globalist, on the prospects for future transatlantic harmony, and can Europe build a NATO for Africa? A different perspective: Why pro-Europeans should oppose the EU Constitution. The EU Parliament strongly endorses Constitution. Founding Chairman of the European Central Bank Wim Duisenberg on how the euro has grown up. The most fundamental problem facing Europe is the governments of its member states and the lack of transparency in the Council. A leading European political scientist is calling for an immediate end to the copyright system. And why Europeans hate American Express and Wal-Mart, but like MasterCard and Colgate

[Jan 19] From Australia, an article on Liberalism's Ambitions. From Ecuador, President Lucio Gutierrez treads swirling political waters. From Puerto Rico, university on island recruits Puerto Ricans from mainland. From PINR, Kyrgyzstan is at a crossroads. An article on why combining the World Bank and the IMF makes sense. A review of books on Eritrea. Salon takes a tour of socialist Venezuela. From National Journal, President Bush has set out to consolidate power ever more tightly among a band of loyal, Texas lieutenants. A look at the party in power through its people: Dick Cheney. People miss the point: John Kerry lost because he concealed something that was completely honorable, even heroic. From TCS, on the Depolarizing Power of the Blogosphere. A pro-American Iraqi blog provokes intrigue and vitriol. A review of Dis/connected: Why Our Kids Are Turning Their Backs on Everything We Thought We Knew (and more). Virginia Postrel revisits the now-classic What Color Is Your Parachute? And feel the ripple in the zeitgeist? Two new slogans are busily burrowing their way into popular culture

[Jan 18] From Uzbekistan, a power struggle brews. From China, Hainan was supposed to compete to become a new Hong Kong, but it is still an experiment. From Palestine, emails from the edge have become a surprise publishing success. From Kashmir, why the concept of nationalism is nowhere near the fundamental concept of unity of mankind which Islam stands for. The global spread of English is a seismic event in Man's history. A series of articles on what the world wants from America. On why the Bush crowd could learn a thing or two from French history, and why liberals should hope Bush keeps governing like Reagan. An article on how Condoleezza Rice became the most powerful woman in the world. PJ O'Rourke on an Alternative Inaugural Address. Bob Barr on The Idiot of the Year. A review of Hugh Hewitt's Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World.  And Cosmo and Elle, look out: Al Qaeda has introduced an online women's magazine

[Jan 17] From Nigeria, a conversation with a political scientist (and part 2 and part 3). From New Statesman, why Great Britain needs a strong state more than ever, and a cover story on a Coronation, Texas-style. The Economist takes a look at Bush's second term agenda. From TNR, why the Bush administration's assault on the NLRB matters, on how Congressional Republicans betrayed the spirit of 1994, and Amy Sullivan on how Democrats can attract Mormon votes. How George Lakoff misses the meaning behind the message and gets trapped in his own metaphors. From Slate, Dave Barry is--was--the most heroic newspaper columnist in America. There are a hundred ways bad sex--or no sex--can happen to a good vacation. Annalee Newitz hears the real message loud and clear: Wear it, bitch. And kitsch and confidential: Dolly Parton is hip again
[Jan 31] A review of Robert Conquest's Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History. Fred Halliday on how we are still infected by Cold War ills. Michael Lind on how America became the world's dispensable nation. James Traub on The New Hard-Soft Power. An article on the tide of Islamic fury, and how it rose. Researchers who rushed into print a study of Iraqi civilian deaths now wonder why it was ignored. Immanuel Wallerstein on the reunification of China and Taiwan. The new idea of ecological debt rearranges relations between the global South and North. From Current History, an article on El Salvador's "model" democracy pdf. An article on Bearing Russia's Burdens. A review of books on Sri Lanka. The new religious hatred law will make matters worse in Great Britain. A review of The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000. More on Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. A review of Born Losers: A History of Failure in America. A review of Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954 to 1968. A review of The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today. A review of Lot's Daughters: Sex, Redemption, and Women's Quest for Authority. And it's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. Who on earth is that meant to help?

[Weekend] From In Character, Alan Wolfe reviews the Christian bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, Richard Brookhiser on what the Founders' journals tell us about their purposes, an essay on the many purposes of science, blurbs on character observed, and an interview with Parth Shah. Why Ayn Rand leaves a legacy of reason and freedom, and is a strangely important figure. Transhumanism and Gnosticism: The antithesis of Christianity? From Cross Currents, an article on Heroic Heretical Heterosexuality. When it comes to defining family values, conservative Christians and Muslims are united against liberal secularists. A review of Hitler Youth. Arnold Kling on the Anglosphere challenge to the political Left. From National Review, on the parallels between the Iraqi election and the English civil war.  It seems that neither Strauss nor Plato nor anyone else is much guide to the run-up to the Iraq War. From Open Democracy, an article on how terrorism is a business as well as a politics, and where is Hugo Chavez's “Bolivarian revolution” going? BuzzFlash interviews Thom Hartmann, author of Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights. And Kirsten Anderberg on Vaginas in Mythology, Art, and History

[Jan 28] From TNR, Lawrence Kaplan on the tragic end to a liberal Iraq. From LRB, Eliot Weinberger on what he heard about Iraq. Sy Hersh says the US has been taken over by a cult. Where's Joe McCarthy when you need him? 2020 Vision: A CIA report predicts that American global dominance could end in 15 years. Terry Eagleton on a different way of death. A review of In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs. A review of Christian Jihad. What impact does being locked up all day, away from any other human beings, have on an individual's mind? Robert Bork on a war the courts shouldn't manage. From Slate, Antonin Scalia for chief justice. Seriously. More on Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights. Jeffrey Rosen on the Court's fancy footwork. A review of books on legalizing drugs. China announces that it will criminalize sex-selection abortions: What, if anything, should the U.S. do? Corporate fraud on trial: What have we learned? Bankruptcy is for other countries, not the United States of America -- right? From Infoshop, an essay on a Meaningful Smashing of the State (and part 2). An excerpt from Manifesto: Three Essays on How to Change the World. A new issue of International Socialist Review and a new issue of Socialism Today are out. And an excerpt from Marxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics

[Jan 27] A new issue of E Magazine is out. More and more and more on Jared Diamond's Collapse. Tom Hayden on The Conscience by the Pond. From The Nation, an article on cancer, chemicals and history. From Uncommon Knowledge, a show on global population and consumption. A new issue of Trio is out. Health relies on good food, human rights, education and prosperity–and contributes to them too. A review of Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy. A review of They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators (and an excerpt). A review of Electric Universe. From Technology Review, Aubrey de Grey responds. A review of Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods. From Transhumanity, an essay on a proposed end-goal of transhumanists: Justice Maximism. From Better Humans, on "defying Nature": Why are policy debates still plagued by an irrational idea that refuses to die? (and part 2)  Jim Holt reviews Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton. More on Stanley Crouch's The Artificial White Man. A look at the work of Jared Taylor, a racist in the guise of 'expert'.  And an interview with Cornel West

[Jan 26] A new issue of Free Inquiry is out, including Christopher Hitchens on the jihad in the Netherlands, an article on fundamentalist political power in America, a look at Anthony Flew's flawed science, and an essay on the art of living. From The Nation, an article on a post-Roe scorecard, and Katha Pollit reviews God's Politics by Jim Wallis, the liberal evangelical with a mission to save the Democrats from themselves (and an excerpt). A review of Sister Helen Prejean's The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. An interview with Regina Schwartz, author of The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism. A review of American Jesus. A new issue of Science & Spirit is out. What does it mean to “turn Catholic"? Opus Dei, a mysterious arm of the Catholic Church, has been thrust under the spotlight. So what is known about the group? More on Heloise & Abelard: A New Biography. James Wood on how the tsunami raises difficult questions for Christians and atheists. And from Christianity Today, a review of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values, and a review of Individuals, Families, and Communities in Europe, 1200–1800: The Urban Foundations of Western Society. And Rolling Stone refuses to run ad for Bible

[Jan 25] Kofi Annan on how the interest of business in collective security is as great as that of national governments. Anne-Marie Slaughter on how the US can win back the world's trust. Here's the transcript of a show on the future of the transatlantic alliance. Javier Solana on the ties that bind Europe and the US,  A new issue of The New York Review of Books, including a review of books on Europe and the USA, an article on Yasser Arafat, a review of books on North Korea. Why North Korea’s threat to its own people could be grounds enough for regime change. An interview with Richard Holbrooke, and with Pakistan’s prime minister Shaukat Aziz. From The New York Times Magazine, an essay on The Next Islamic Revolution. From The Nation, a review of books on torture. Robert Kaplan reviews books on torture, and a review of Guantanamo: The War on Human Rights. A review of Gulag: Life and Death Inside the Soviet Concentration Camps 1917-1990. A review of Roméo Dallaire's Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. From Mother Jones, an interview with Kenneth Pollack. Mahmood Mamdani on inventing political violence. More on In Praise of Empires. More on Neoconservatism. Roger Kimball on W. & Fukuyama. A review of Niall Ferguson's Colossus. Fred Halliday on how to defeat terrorism. Victor Davis Hanson on idealism and its discontents. And from the U.S. Department of State, a new issue of USA: Society & Values is out, on the theme The United States in 2005: Who We Are Today

[Jan 24] From Open Democracy, Paul Hilder draws on global democratic experimentation to present a vision of the political party for an age of “open politics”. From Think Tank, an interview with Daniel Yergin on the future of energy. Walter Williams on Economics for the Citizen (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, and part 10). From Writ, a look at the use of foreign law in American constitutional interpretation, an article on the Supreme Court's new blockbuster U.S. sentencing guidelines decision, and a look at its logic, and its surprisingly limited practical effect. Why the unusual decision striking down mandatory sentencing guidelines has enraged Republicans -- and what effect it'll have. Stuart Taylor on how to end interbranch warfare on criminal sentencing. Dahlia Lithwick on dying for the lack of a good lawyer. Jeffrey Rosen reviews Mark Tushnet's A Court Divided. How long is too long for the Court's Justices? Jonah Goldberg on how democracy has to be good--not perfect. A review of The Presidents. A review of The Secrets of Economic Indicators. More on The Bullet's Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia. A review of Love for Sale: A Global History of Prostitution. And on why there are tentative signs that society is more attuned to the transcendent

[Jan 21] From Open Democracy, a debate on democracy and terrorism, including an article on five steps for defeating terrorism, and essays by Fred Halliday, John Hulsman, Charles Peña, and Roger Scruton. A look at the creation of the Center of Excellence for Behavioral and Social Research on Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. From Foreign Affairs, an article on The Rise of the Shadow Warriors. An excerpt from Civilization and Its Enemies. On the right of intervention on humanitarian grounds revisited. A review of Deepak Lal's In Praise of Empires. A review of books on American empire, and a look at the culture war after the 2004 election. TAP is taking suggestions: What does liberalism stand for? Robert Kuttner on what George W. Bush’s second-term agenda should be. The notion that a backlash from the right should first be provoked by a lash from the left certainly made the backlash more logical. From CT, here are five issues will test the strength and unity of Christian conservatives in the new term, but Christians must be driven by the common good, not by any ideology. From Reason, how doubts about the government’s own "Dr. Laura" exposed a résumé fraud scandal. "Old Timer" Jonah Goldberg writes on the Right Side of History. From TCS, it's a good time to step back and examine a commonly argued, yet totally fallacious, concept. Come on out to South Park and meet Brian Anderson and the new breed of young conservatives. Here's a defense of Sean Penn's speaking out: The Founders would have approved!

[Jan 20]
From The New York Times Magazine, articles on Social Security and tax reform. Jonathan Rauch on how Social Security private accounts are all about values. George Bush’s "Ownership Society" represents a new form of Hobbesian economic populism. Samuel Francis on weak reasons for immigration control. From The Washington Monthly, an article on the cutting edge of illegal immigration, and on how veterans hospitals point the way toward solving America's health-care crisis. National Journal looks at what might happen if five major Republican policies were put into action. Richard Cohen on how homophobia has become entrenched because gays have become the personification of modernity, particularly changing sexual mores. From Le Monde diplomatique, articles on damning the power of the sun, and on energy in the century ahead. Susan Neiman on why we struggle to think and feel differently about natural and man-made disasters. A look at how human impact on climate has made this the "Anthropocene Age". More and more and more and more and more and more and more on Jared Diamond's Collapse. More and more and more on Malcolm Gladwell's Blink (and an excerpt). The question of Lincoln's sexuality can never be answered, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be asked (and more). And more and more and more and more on The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln

[Jan 19]  From Swans, an essay on God and Country. From LA Weekly, righteous homophobe Claude Allen brings his agenda to the White House. Evangelicals and "faith-based'' groups are looking to Bush to do nothing less than entrench a conservative philosophy. Here are big questions dogma can't answer. More on The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. Timothy Garton Ash is in praise of blasphemy. An interview on misunderstandings about interreligious dialogue (and part 2). An article on the vanishing Catholic intellectual.  An interview on how acting with good manners helps us grow in the life of virtue. From The Chicago Tribune, an article on God, the Trademark: It worked for burgers, now churches try franchising. From Christianity Today, an essay on Christian realism, and a review of The Gospel According to Charlie Brown, Tony Soprano, and other unlikely spiritual guides, and a look at The Chastened Hopes of the Civil Rights Movement. Economic equality has become the paramount civil rights issue of the 21st century. And a review of Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America

[Jan 18] From Commentary, Norman Podhoretz on The War Against World War IV (and a response by WFB). From The New Yorker, Sy Hersh on what the Pentagon can now do in secret. Is the threat of terrorism a politically driven fantasy and is al-Qaeda really an organised network? More on The Absent-Minded Imperialists. An interview with Noah Feldman on what we owe Iraq. Can Iyad Allawi hold Iraq together? A review of books on neoconservatism. From City Journal, Victor David Hanson on why weaker enemies have learned to use our strengths against us, Heaher McDonald on how American troops treat terrorists with Geneva - convention politeness, and an article on why the US needs more nuclear power. From Counterpunch, an excerpt from The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media. A new collection of government memoranda shows how officials justified prisoner abuse in the campaign against terrorism. An interview with Paul Kennedy. And an ex-spook visits Washington's espionage museum--and isn't impressed

[Jan 17] From Foreign Affairs, Francis Fukuyama re-envisions Asia. From Transitions Online, has the Age of Revolutions ended? A new wave of tyranny and repression in the post-Soviet world is a more realistic prospect. From Eurozine, an article on the EU as a Gated Community, and a look at EU perspectives on the Ukrainian-Russian border. From Knowledge @ Wharton, a series of articles on A New Passage to India and on Advancing the Agenda for Latin America. Martin Wolf on how to help Africa escape the poverty trap. From Counterpunch, on aid as a weapon of foreign policy: The US isn't "stingy"; it's strategic. National Review's John Derbyshire on why he has not sent anything to the tsunami victims. Andrew Sullivan reviews books on Abu Ghraib. An article on how to define success in the war on terror. And from The New Yorker, a look at what the generals don't know



[Jan 31] More from CRB: William Bennett on Bush's mandate, why the country is less divided than in 2000, and on why liberalism has always been unwilling, and unable, to define itself. A review of The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. An Exercise in Law Politics and Diplomacy, a review of America’s Colony: The Political and Cultural Conflict Between the United States and Puerto Rico, a review of The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action, a review of License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, and a review of  Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination. A review of Cybersex: The Dark Side of the Force, and a review of Virtual Addiction: Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them. From Humanities, Miss Manners--the writer Judith Martin--talks about the creation of a new social structure as the US gained its independence, an article on Customs and Clothes in the Age of Exploration, and here are comments on The National Endowment for the Humanities Medalists 2004. With so much focus on faith and religion, it's not an easy time to be an atheist. Why children as young as five should engage in “philosophical inquiry”. And 15-year old columnist  Kyle Williams takes on the establishment: "Christians, wage battle in academia!"

[Weekend] A new issue of The Claremont Review of Books is out, including a review of Michael Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, a review of books on religious pluralism, and Harvey Mansfield on a more demanding curriculum. From Psychology Today, an article on The Overbooked Child. A bitchy academic fight within SFSU's College of Ethnic Studies puts the future of the program in question. On a course between Luddite pessimism and cyberfeminist fetishism of technology. Martin Rees on scientists' need to broaden their horizons to meet the scientific and intellectual challenges of the future. From town planning to intimate sex: understanding the risks in our lives. Self-publishing companies are in the business of selling dreams. But what if the dream becomes a nightmare? Time and again, people mistake a partial defence of something for full support of it. Meet  Ben Chigara, the professor of international law who doubles as an independent observer of elections. Peter Singer back, with new food for thought . On how the universe is creative and regenerative as well as brutal and finite – just like humans. And how did creationists evolve?

[Jan 28] David Wiggins (Oxford): Objectivity in ethics;  two difficulties, two responses doc. A review of Nietzsche's Critiques: The Kantian Foundations of his Thought, and a review of Foucault's Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France. A review of Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography. A review of Constitutional Failure: Carl Schmitt in Weimar. A review of Mary Wollstonecratf: A New Genus (more and more). A review of The Greek and the Irrational, and a review of Emotions: A Brief History. From Psychology Today, an interview with Albert Ellis. A review of books on the brain. An article on giving college students a healthy obsession. As spyware and adware invade campus computers, officials ponder what to do. From B&W, "Chief” Objections: Racism, rhetoric and Native American mascots on college campuses. From The Chronicle, an article on the bachelorette in academe. Simon Baron-Cohen on the truth about science and sex. Genetic regions influencing male sexual orientation identified. Where we choose to look is fundamental to our interactions with other human beings. The lowdown on high self-esteem: Thinking you're hot stuff isn't the promised cure-all. Frithjof Bergmann hopes to spark a revolution that would alter how we view the organization of work. And should your next CEO be a philosopher?

[Jan 27] Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall): The Cost of Conscience: Quantifying Our Charitable Burden in an Era of Globalization; and Two Concepts of Immortality: Reframing Public Debate on Stem-Cell Research pdf. Simon Schama reviews Isaiah Berlin's Letters 1928-1946. From Australia's Institute of Public Affairs, an essay on The Modern Imperative. From Reason, Robert Heilbroner fessed up to the failure of socialism. From Harvard, the bigger concern of the faculty is the president's management style. A new publication, Inside Higher Ed, is out. From The Chronicle, on a new route to racial diversity: Texas A&M raises minority enrollments without race-conscious admissions; conservative Christian groups have forced colleges to allow them to bar gay students and nonbelievers. Some institutions are finally ready to fight back; and is it an advantage on the community-college job market to be qualified to teach in two fields? From HNN, an essay on the myth of academic deviance. Chester Finn on a tale of two studies on standards. A review of The Art of Teaching. An article on the perils of pursuing prestige. 'Hi, what's your major?' is reinvented on website. And from Yale, here's a letter to an undergraduate

[Jan 26] A new issue of Situation Analysis: A Forum for Critical Thought and International Current Affairs is out pdf. A review of Sense, Reference, and Philosophy. A review of The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History. From Scientific American, fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes, Claude Steele finds, hampers the ability to succeed; a review of Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe; Michael Shermer on how imaginary traumas are as terrifying as the real thing; and sticker shock: In the beginning was the cautionary advisory. Biggest mass extinction tied to global warming: New evidence shows the culprit was volcanic gases. A new study center which starts experiments into human consciousness in the next few months. More on The Wayward Mind. The world of anthropology is used to disputes, but the fierce one on Homo floresiensis has split the field. The co-operative and the selfish are equally successful at getting what they want. A study finds Americans' perceptions of neighborhood disorder are a function of race and class composition. More on AngerMore on Everything I Know I Learned from TV. And why it's bad form to blackball a word you haven't met

[Jan 25] From Ethics & International Affairs, a series of articles on Humanitarian Aid and Intervention: The Challenges of Integration, reflections on journalism in the transition to democracy, and a review of books on Islam pdf. A new issue of World Policy is out, including a reflection of Globalization and the Human Imagination, an article on some hard truths about multilateralism, a look at Woodrow Wilson's "New Diplomacy", and has the United Nations been rediscovered? An interview with Stephen Krasner on sovereignty. A review of The Birth of Europe. A review of Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means. From Business Week, on the new discipline of services science. For economists, 2005 should be an interesting year. John Allen Paulos on economic woes and dismal math/science scores: Related deficits? For the first time, sociologists have mapped the romantic and sexual relationships of an entire high school. Men don't choose wives on the basis of their high IQs. From Uncommon Knowledge, vive la difference: a show on gender differences and public policy. Olivia Judson and Charles Murray debate the science of sex differences. On what science can (and can't) tell Larry Summers about the difference between men and women. More from The Chronicle. And articles on the pseudo-feminist show trial and the summers storm over Harvard's provocateur

[Jan 24] Michael Perry (Emory): Why Religion in Politics Does Not Violate La Conception Americaine De La Laicite. From Bookforum, an interview with German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk; a review of J.J. Rousseau: An Afterlife of Words; a review of Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community; a review of books on copyright; and Back to Newark: Blurbs for Goops. An excerpt from Morton White's From a Philosophical Point of View: Selected Studies. From The Mises Institute, how should we teach economics? From Columbia, Mideast tensions are getting personal on campus. From CT, on the new debauchery at college dorms, and the colleges that let it happen--and on what to say at a naked party. From Academe, proponents of creationism struggle to gain purchase within academia. A case study of the quest for academic legitimacy. From edge.org, it's not the bad apples, it's the bad barrels that corrupt good people. Does science make room for aliens? How well does the world wide web represent human language?  100 years after Einstein changed physics for ever, his intellectual heirs are still hunting for a theory of everything. Obituary: H. Bentley Glass. And a review of Mocked with Death

[Jan 21] From Metanexus, an essay on Certainty and Self-Deception among American Fundamentalism: An Evolutionary Explanation; a dialogue on the Science and Religion Dialogue; and an essay on evolutionary psychology, human nature, and evolutionary storytelling. From The Accounting Historians Journal, an article on Ancient Mesopotamian Accounting and Human Cognitive Evolution. An excerpt from Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution, and an excerpt from Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives. From Psychology Today, a new edition of the sex scorecard is out. From Harvard, an interview with Steven Pinker on the latest flap over President Summers’ comments on women in science. A study finds men and women use different brain areas to achieve similar IQ results. Can we talk about sex differences in math and science aptitude without yelling? Words may be a clue to how people, regardless of their language, think about and process emotions. Human success at social cooperation results from three distinct personality types: Cooperators, Free Riders, and Reciprocators. Anthropologists find 4.5 million-year-old hominid fossils in Ethiopia. A look at everything you need to know about the search for our ancestors. A look at the Autotrophs, a new kind of humans appears who neither drink nor eat. More on A Reason for Everything. And Jen and Brad were actually driven apart by Wittgenstein dispute--or maybe they just weren't meant to be together

[Jan 20]
 Steven Ratner (Michigan): Is International Law Impartial? Francesca Bignami (Duke): Creating Rights in the Age of Global Governance: Mental Maps and Strategic Interests in Europe. A review of Coping in Politics With Indeterminate Norms: A Theory of Enlightened Localism, a review of Law, Justice and Power: Between Reason and Will, a review of Legal Ethics: A Comparative Study, a review of Rights and Prejudice: Prolegomena to a Hermeneutical Philosophy of Law, a review of Tangled Loyalties: Conflict of Interest in Legal Practice, a review of The Abortion Rights Controversy in America: A Legal Reader, and a review of The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom: A Legal History. An excerpt from Marxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics. Eric Hobsbawm writes in defence of history (and some responses). History is vital as well as enjoyable so we should focus on teaching it properly. A look at the Prophets in the west's secular temples. The Guardian interviews Gloria Steinem, profiles Alice Walker, and remembers Susan Sontag. From Slate, why big corporations are hiring fewer Ivy Leaguers. Amy Gutmann adjusts to life at Penn. Harvard hires a 'fun czar' to spice up student life. And check out the University of Notre Dame's Ethics and Culture Forum blog

[Jan 19] A new issue of New Humanist is posted online, including an article on how relativism is still relevant, and is the idea of 'the sacred' available to atheists? A review of Karl Jaspers and Adorno. A review of Michelangelo and the Reinvention of the Human Body. From Iraq, approximately 300 academics have been killed since the beggining of the war. A Pittsburgh professor is facing possible charges of bio-terrorism. Wheaton's Paula Krebs is drifting away from research.  On the contradictions associated with existing across a range of multiverses. A review of Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness. The physicist’s quest for understanding is not the only way to raise the level of our existence and give our lives meaning. A look at the matter between Einstein's ears. Susan Jacoby on the recent Intelligent Design efforts in state school boards. A review of Earth: An Intimate History. Chris Mooney takes on Michael Crichton's bad science and bad fiction. A review of The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless. And a look at the principles, concepts and symbolic values of borders and boundaries in translation

[Jan 18] From Philosophy Now, a special issue on Kant 200 years on: His life and ideas, and his inconsistencies about time and space, a review of Kant, Herder and the Birth of Anthropology; a review of Peter Singer's The President of Good and Evil; an article on a "moral moment" and the golden rule; here are some reminiscences about philosophers; and can TV drag us out of our cave of ignorance? A new issue of Will Kymlicka's Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter is out. On campus, conservatives talk back, as the liberal stranglehold on academe is starting to slip. Lawrence Summers argues that men outperform women in maths and sciences because of biological difference. A court orders Cobb County school board to remove anti-evolution stickers. Aubrey de Grey is convinced that he has formulated the theoretical means by which human beings might live thousands of years. And is Dartmouth neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga the new Epictetus?

[Jan 17] John Yoo (Berkeley): War, Responsibility, and the Age of Terrorism. From Dissent, a look at how Sweden tweaked the Washington Consensus. From HNN, a review of Hating America: A History. A review of Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans. Rethinking science aid: Donors should take an "innovation" rather than a "research" approach to designing scientific and technological aid programs. A study suggests two self-fulfilling prophecies are stronger, and more harmful, than one. A study shows 'social responsibility' and 'social glue' is in the genes. It's all in who you know: A new book links high mobility to low test scores. A new study finds lovers are no good at spotting Cupid's arrow in others. And on how females are susceptible to the invasion of so-called male cheating behaviour