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[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: A new issue of Wired is out, on the theme 10 Years That Changed the World. Major media companies are investing in blogs. Is this a new boom or just a bubble? As he picks up Alistair Cooke's baton, how does Harold Evans feel about his adoptive home? An interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, a super straight guy. Human Events interviews Rick Santorum. This guy is a modern-day Hitler. Keep your eyes on the ground and cracks in the pavement become apparent. More and more on At Day's Close: A History of Nighttime. A review of Curry: A Biography. Here's a brief history of water. Worry is the Tara Palmer-Tomkinson of the emotions. A study finds diamonds are a girl's best friend, but dinner and flowers are the boy's best strategy. An excerpt from How To Be Idle. The sixth Simpson: They're the world's funniest family. So is the writer behind all 375 episodes the funniest man on the planet? And opinionjournal.com turns five

[Weekend] News from around the world: From France, a look at the surprising Dominique de Villepin. From Australia, an article on the case for socialism. Is the resurgence of Marxism in once staunchly anti-Communist South Korea a completely new development? Hugo Chávez spends some of his country's oil windfall on buying support abroad. From The Economist, a special report on China and the world economy. Why the Great Indian Poverty Debate engages the mind as much as the conscience. From PINR, a report on Sri Lanka: Taking stock of L.T.T.E. Ostracising Myanmar has not helped its people: It is time to explore the possibility of a deal. From Der Spiegel, an article on the German defect, and is Iraq heading for civil war? The IRA has announced that it is finally abandoning its armed struggle for a united Ireland. And a look at the Two Faces of Vladimir Putin

[Jul 29] From South Africa, the institution of the public lecture has become ubiquitous enough to deserve some kind of analysis. From Australia, political participation seems to be either dead or dying, but there are signs of new activity. From Israel, why are Jews so self-destructive? An article on Swaziland: The clock is ticking. A review of The Age of Commodity: Water Privatisation in Southern Africa. From the Center for Global Development, a paper on The Global War on Terror and U.S. Development Assistance: USAID allocation by country, 1998-2005. From The Village Voice, the silver lining of Bush's Supreme agenda: How the people could win even if the court seems like a lost cause. Estate tax advocates shift moral spotlight onto unbridled inheritance. More on John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics. Paul Krugman on why Toyota would pick Ontario over Alabama to build a new plant. A look at why you get stuck for hours at O'Hare. And Rx for Info Overload: Adult dosage: Take two papers and a website daily—add grains of salt

[Jul 28] From Germany, the liberalising effect in the decades before 1998 will be the 1968ers main legacy (and more). From Nepal, thousands of intellectuals and rights activists are arrested demanding restoration of human rights and rule of law. From Australia, a look at how the war on terror emboldens white supremacists. From South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki seems to be the unstoppable tsunami. From Zimbabwe, an article on Africa's curse: Educated beggars. Joseph Stiglitz on the end of the beginning of ending poverty. A look at the changing face of poverty. A new issue of Blueprint Magazine is out, on How America Can Win Again. Ron Brownstein on Hillary Clinton's new job: Defining the center. Vikram David Amar on why the Senate should ask John Roberts to analyze cases that have come before the Supreme Court (and more), and what does Roberts's Harvard history thesis tell us about him? Can a spouse's politics ever be relevant to a Supreme Court confirmation process? From The Hill, here's the latest 50 Most Beautiful People in Congress. A review of The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. A review of A History of the World in 6 Glasses. Bridget Jones may be a better spiritual model than saints of old. An article on Shakira, crossover dreams, and the dilemmas of going global. And on the way Brad Pitt explained Plato's theory of forms to Angelina Jolie while giving her a back rub

[Jul 27] From Germany, as the German Party of Democratic Socialism renames itself The Left Party, will leftists and disenchanted voters kill reforms? From Great Britain, cameras record the criminal and the banal. The London attacks have introduced a new awkwardness to trans-Atlantic ties. The most dangerous man in Britain? Not me, says Tariq Ramadan. The EU at a crossroads: It is time for change, says Mikhail Gorbachev. A letter from Europe: Watching over Poland's ghosts, in a spirit of renewal. Here's the latest Magazine Roundup from signandsight and the latest Journal Review from Eurozine. Presidential advisers Stephen Hadley and Frances Fragos Townsend on what they saw in London. Why Congressman Tom Tancredo’s latest idea is both strategically and morally bankrupt. An op-ed on the best Army we can buy. Christian Exodus pilgrims join flight to South Carolina: Evangelicals want a biblically governed state. From strip clubs to softball fields, Americans are 'together alone' in modern communities. Americans worship at the altar of recreation, but are downright clueless about leisure. From New York, celebrities are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore, and think you know everything about your best friend’s sex life? And if a girl gets sexual pleasure from riding a horse, does the horse suffer? If not, who cares?

[Jul 26] From Mexico, some are wary of Andres Lopez Obrador's populism. From Open Democracy, an essay on America’s protean left: José Miguel Insulza and the OAS. Hugo Chavez launches Telesur, a new Latin American TV channel to fight  "cultural imperialism". Al Gore reincarnates on the other side of the camera with Current. From TNR, why a bad nominee is good for liberal activists. The Wall Street Journal's John Fund supports term limits for Supreme Court justices. John Roberts is the anti-Bork -- and for Democrats, that’s just the problem. Jeffrey Rosen on how the consequences of a conservative Supreme Court might be far less severe than liberals imagine. Sex and the Supremes: Jeffrey Toobin on why the Court’s next big battle may be about gay rights. Christopher Hitchens reviews Bob Woodward's The Secret Man. More on Mediated. When it comes to TV stats, viewer discretion is advised. A review of Cellphone: The Story of the World's Most Mobile Medium and How It Has Transformed Everything! And your politics say much about you: Meet conservatives at RepublicanPeopleMeet.com and liberals at DemocraticSingles.Net

[Jul 25] Americana: The story behind a New York billboard and the interests it serves. Sarah Vowell is not a namby-pamby liberal writing for the most uppity newspaper in the world. A review of The American Classics. An interview with Neil Baldwin, author of The American Revelation: Ten Ideals that Shaped Our Country From the Puritans to the Cold War. A review of Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White.  A review of Conservatism and Southern Intellectuals, 1789-1861: Liberty, Tradition, and the Good Society. Stephen Carter on why Church partisan litmus tests are wrong, but preaching political values is not. Rapture politics: A look at the rise of the Christian movement in the USA. More on Noah Feldman's Divided by God. A look at the Rabbi who loved evangelicals (and vice versa). Who says America is a Christian nation? Will people ever confront the silent horror that is the American system of life? And a review of Apple's America: The Discriminating Traveler's Guide to 40 Great Cities in the United States and Canada

[Weekend 2e] Islands and territories: From Western Sahara, Polisario wants Spain to help in dispute with Morocco, and Kenya is sucked into the debacle. Tokelau will hold a referendum on self-government. From Fiji, military dismisses claim of a mercenary force to combat the army. From French Polynesia, President Oscar Temaru suggests a Pacific passport. The Euro is a possibility for French pacific countries and territories. Caribbean integration takes a lesson from the EU experience. And oil fuels Suriname-Guyana border clash

[Weekend] From France, on the long reach of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration class of 1980.  From South Africa, will intellectuals step forward when our political leaders fail us? A column on Ethiopia’s struggle for democracy. An essay on national sovereignty and the demise of Liberia. Henry Louis Gates Jr. slams African leaders for their poor record in dealing with Mugabe. The geopolitical struggle for Transdnestr enters final stage. A look at the western dimension of the making of modern Ukraine. Here's a taxonomy of political conflict in Central and Eastern Europe. Bianca Jagger on sleeping with the enemy: Why she doesn't trust Bono, Bush, Brown, Bob and Blair on social justice. An article on Live 8 and Aristotle. From In These Times, an interview with Rick Perlstein, author of The Stock Ticker and the Superjumbo: How the Democrats Can Once Again Become America’s Dominant Political Party. Bush's and the Republicans' problem is that, except on one crucial issue, they have lost the center. And Stuart Taylor Jr. on why defining terms such as "strict constructionism" and "judicial activism" is anything but easy

[Jul 22] From Brazil, here's a balance sheet of the Lula government as it approaches the final year of its mandate. From Panama, Canal expansion plans hit political problems. A look at South America's new militarism. An article on China's reevaluation of the yuan. Obituary: Edward Heath. From TAP, Amy Sullivan reviews books on the god gap, and Thomas Paine has often been the forgotten (and sometimes the ostracized) Founding Father. It’s time to start remembering. Gary Nash on America's unfinished revolution. Jeffrey Rosen is in search of John Roberts. Scott McLemee responds to Stanley Fish's "Intentional Neglect." Is Rudy Giuliani the New Nixon? On the politics of “courage". At the Aspen Institute’s glitzy-wonky summer camp last week, conservatives sounded like liberals, and vice versa. First impressions of a candidates’ face may be the determining factor in elections. A review of Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left. Combat neoliberalism on its own global turf -- videogame culture. I Think, Therefore I Am, Sorta: The belief system of a virtual mind. China's top blogger has big ambitions. And Daniel Drezner on the international relations of baseball

[Jul 21] Der Spiegel interviews Javier Solana on the Middle East, German Interior Minister Otto Schily on terrorism, and British author Ian McEwan. An interview with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. America has come close to accepting India, which has not signed international non-proliferation treaties, as a full nuclear power. How many people would have died in the World Trade Center if the Sept. 11 attacks had come later in the day? In American cities, no mirror image of Muslims of Leeds. An op-ed on the American communities that pay the highest price for the war in Iraq. Raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth ... on the Koran? What's wrong with John Roberts? Even if Bush broke with most of his known habits, liberals shouldn't be heartened by the possibility of Justice Roberts. He did spend years working as a lawyer for colleges and for the NCAA, though (and more and more from Salon). And Stuart Taylor Jr. on why the Supreme Court's greatest failing is not ideological bias

[Jul 20] From Italy, Umberto Eco says there can be no such thing as Catholic fundamentalism. An article on Europe’s Failure: A view from Germany. From Open Democracy, an article on civility and its discontents, or how not to think about pluralism. From Eurozine, an article on politics, mobility, and aggregation: Towards a study of activist uses of syndication. The New York Times has a page for coverage of John Roberts, Bush's Supreme Court Justice nominee. Stanley Fish on intentionalism and the Consitution. Forget abortion and the Ten Commandments; the Supreme Court's real power is over law enforcement. Katrina vanden Heuvel on debunking the spin about framing. And from Slate, Corn Dog: The ethanol subsidy is worse than you can imagine; and houses got bigger, average family sizes got smaller, and yet we still need to tack on a billion-plus square feet to store our stuff?

[Jul 19] From France, if Nicolas Sarkozy has his way, this hyperactive, pro-American, Gaullist, free marketer will transform French politics for good. From Asia Times, an article on Harry Potter and the Decline of the West. Bureaucrats in Brussels peddle a myth: the need to balance America. James Surowiecki writes on Live8. From Salon, would Martha Stewart, Bernie Ebbers, Nixon and Trotsky have stayed on top if they'd listened to Machiavelli?; and on how to make a superhero movie that doesn't suck: Five simple rules to make sure future flicks about caped crusaders fly. And mainstream Hollywood is adjusting to what it perceives to be a rising religiosity in American culture

[Jul 18] News from around the world: From Egypt, 40 years after his death, Mohamed Mandour remains as contentious as ever. Michael Ignatieff on Iranian lessons (and will he  run for office in Canada?) World Bank economist says private sector must share blame for slow pace of reform in the MENA region. An article on the dawn of Ghana's cultural enlightenment. Here's a tale of Latin leftists who have parted ways. Perhaps what the Netherlands needs most of all is another unconventional, outspoken gay politician. Michael Portillo on how multiculturalism has failed but tolerance can save. Europe must decide if it wants freedom or unity, says Ralf Dahrendorf. From Eurozine, an article on public disagreement: The greatest contribution of liberal politics. A review of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, From Baghdad to Timbuktu. And a review of Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution

[Weekend] News from around the world:   From Spain, the Vatican intensifies campaign against Socialist Party government. From Asia Times, an article on the wrong cure for Japan's moral malaise. An op-ed on India and the US (and more). A review of Thug: the true story of India's murderous cult. Biblical scroll fragments are found in Israel. Jewish history is one cautionary tale after another: Be cautious of ruling powers. A UN panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run agrees that no single country should dominate. And a look at how the Olympic race morphed into a global referendum on which city is better, Paris or London--but will the glory live on after the Olympics for London?

[Weekend 2e] From MR, a reflection on Hegel's "Who Thinks Abstractly?" An article on Labor in the era of globalization. From RightWeb, a look at the World Movement for Democracy: Made in the USA. Corruption is not a sleazy add-on to the global arms trade. It is central to its procurement decisions. The unbelievable truth: Are we now too ready to reach for a conspiracy theory? Congestion charges won't be needed in 2015--the oil will be running out. We must ration. From Slate, William Saletan on the case for harvesting older human embryos. A look at why the right to buy and sell organs is included in the right to life. Sympathy for the Devil: Everything you thought you knew about steroids is wrong. Very few swimmers competing at the highest levels are black. Is this by choice or do genetic differences play a part? An op-ed on debunking the concept of race. From Myth to Man: A review of The Pagan Christ. Pratap Bhanu Mehta on religion and the world: Piety as a form of self-knowledge. And does mysticism prove the existence of God?

[Weekend] Conservative and libertarian perspectives: From Human Events, a look at the Ten Most Harmful Government Programs. Critics protest that profiling is prejudicial. In fact, it's based on statistics. That feeling of being under suspicion: What of "profiling" as an anti-terrorism forensic tool? From The National Interest, here are Ten Lessons for Nation-Building. A review of Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight: Race, Class, and Power in the Rural South during the First World War. More on Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.  History and Truth: An interview with Thomas E. Woods, Jr. An Austrian perspective on the illusions of hedonics. A review of Rick Santorum's new book, It Takes a Family. Lee Harris on taking the sociology of religion seriously: Do we all worship the same God? And a Christian perspective on what we lose when we forget what sex is for

[Jul 29] Redistribution and Recognition: From In These Times, on how the labor split is a mixed bag, women are still shut out of top labor positions, and why a new fair trade model is needed. From MR, an article on building socialism of the 21st Century, and a series on putting the nature of work on labor's agenda (and part 2, and part 3). From Open Democracy, an article on Blair’s opportunity: an Anglo-Social European model. From New Statesman, a cover story on why Britain is great, a review of books on multiculturalism. From The Spectator, a cover story on the myth of moderate Islam. From Counterpunch, a special report on Pigmentation and Empire: The emerging skin-whitening industry. A review of The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England: Literature, commerce and luxury. From LRB, Eric Hobsbawm reviews Göran Therborn's Between Sex and Power: Family in the World 1900-2000. Research finds girls' confidence in math is dampened by parents' gender stereotypes. And money can't buy you love, but sadly it might just help shift the odds in your favour

[Jul 28] How not to debate Shari'ah: Debates shall be resolved not on the basis of theological arguments, but in the realm of politics and the political. From Prospect, a cover story on Hassan Butt, British jihadist; a story of a Muslim journey; on why Muslims must be allowed to think clearly about the Prophet's moral example; and how did a hardliner defy expectations to win Iran's presidency? From The Village Voice, a look at the Brit way in Iraq. The story of the Iraq Museum: Picking up the pieces of 40,000 years of cultural life. UPI's Martin Walker on Bush v. Annan: Taming the United Nations. The best strategic course for the U.S. is to initiate a process that would affirm the use of space as a global commons. From Open Democracy, an article on America’s closing society: a reply to Roger Scruton. Bill McKibben on The Christian Paradox: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong. From MR, Michael Parenti writes in the reactionary era of "No Alternative", and here's a letter to young activists: Beware Sixties nostalgia. A review of Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile. Is there any necessary connection between our actions and the happiness of others? A review of Character Studies: Encounters with the Curiously Obsessed. More on One Nation Under Therapy. Here's a brief history of psychiatry. Cultural mindset is a factor in forming responses to challenges. From Salon, are satellite-linked stuffed animals and I.D.-encoded clothing a sign of parental responsibility or paranoia? An article on parenting, the irrational vocation. And more on How to be Idle

[Jul 27] From Foreign Policy, a look at the first annual Failed States Index (and more), China and India are helping to pull Africa out of poverty with good, old-fashioned greed, a debate between Carl Pope and Bjorn Lomborg on the state of nature, and an article on the Muslim face of AIDS. Between the Sex Pistols and the Koran: On how to bridge the gap between teenage life in Germany and a strict Islamic upbringing. Jon Elster looks at the role of motivations and beliefs in suicide missions. Never underestimate the power of ideas, but what do terrorists think? Jonathan Glover on why the west and Islam must acknowledge the truths in both their stories. From Salon, a review of books on suicide terrorism, and more on Divided by God. An article on Stanley Kurtz, religion, the legacy of the 1960s. An essay on anti-libertarian ethics. Honoring the best tendencies in conservative thought means ignoring the worst. EJ Dionne on why liberals should be proud of safety-net programs. Harold Meyerson takes a look at the mysteries of the AFL-CIO’s civil war. Barbara Ehrenreich writes of Tiny Labor. From MR, Michael Steinberg is against deferred gratification, and on politics and the playing field: An interview with Dave Zirin. Economy of Scale: A look at how fat people could save American business. And Nassim Nicholas Taleb on how the media should find ways to use images and stories to bring us closer to the statistical truth

[Jul 26] From City Journal, an article on America’s Most Successful Communist; Theodore Dalrymple on Foucault and lunatic asylums, on Ibsen and His Discontents, and on the state in Britain and France; and articles on Bill Cosby and Michael Eric Dyson, the state of the Black family, and heralds of a brighter Black future. From Monthly Review, an article on the knowledge of a better world. An interview with Michael Albert on Parecon. An excerpt from Freakonomics. From New Statesman, John Gray reviews Twilight in the Desert: the coming Saudi oil shock and the world economy, and more on The Dominion of War. Rumsfeld goes to Central Asia: What he needs to know about Wahhabism, Karimov, and the 'Stans. What's worse than violent jihadists? From FT, an article on the Mafia: The terror lives on. From Slate, Rebecca Sinderbrand is dispatched Among the Believers. Telling people how to live is what preachers do, but why does their vision of family have to demonize everyone else? An interview on Grover Norquist's mobilization of the Right. Why did so many people hate Bill Clinton? An exchange among conservatives. And an article on the decline and fall of conservatism

[Jul 25] From MR, be utopian: Demand the realistic. From Utopia to network: Radical machines against the techno-empire. The world's biggest brains met in Oxford last week to pitch schemes that really could change the world. A review of A Short History of Progress. A review of Joel Kotkin's The City: A Global History. More on The Collapse of Globalism. The futurologists: An article on the men and women who make an industry out of predicting the future. Naomi Wolf on the reaction to women who have pushed or broken social boundaries in Western societies. Bill Cosby's criticism of poor blacks set off a debate. Now Michael Eric Dyson talks back. Suddenly, the whole Western world felt like Jerusalem, one big vulnerable target. More on Robert Pape's Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. There's no shortage of polemic on bookstores and the net for Islamic militants seeking to 'purify' their religion, but the best way to cure ourselves of Islamophobia is to have a laugh. And on the Soviet police state and the jokesters: A review of Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes

[Weekend 2e] Islands and territories: From Greenland, glacier almost triples speed in less than two decades. From Norway, there are plans for a seedbank in the Svarlbard islands to safeguard food diversity. From Vanuatu, a 3000-year-old cemetery may offer clues to the mysterious voyagers who sailed through Melanesia. From French Guiana, the country has an image of prison and death. Le Monde reports Mitterrand ordered the sabotage of Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior off the Mururoa Atoll (and more). And the island of Elba has something to teach us about tyrants and how they finish

[Weekend] From Monthly Review's new webzine MR, John Bellamy Foster on The Wall Street Journal and Karl Marx, an interview with Samir Amin, and a look at democracy, density, and transformation: Why labor needs them all. Here are the Top 10 problems with the current "crisis" in the labor movement. The link between productivity gains and wages has been broken. A look at how Costo became the anti-Wal-Mart. A review of books on Enron's demise. So many people dislike capitalism, it's a wonder it exists at all. But capitalism has triumphed. What's happening here? A special issue of Journal of Industrial Ecology analyzes environmental impact of consumption. A new issue of The New York Review of Books is out, including a review of The World is Flat, and a review of books on Jihad. Michael Walzer does not believe Islamic terrorism is a reaction to the war in Iraq. Olivier Roy on Muslim hate of the West. It's not who we are, it's what we do: What can terrorists teach us? An article on the struggle for Islam's soul. Polly Toynbee on why Blair must oust religion from public life. David Rieff reviews books on Iraq. And a look at Danner vs. Kinsley on the memo and the war

[Jul 22] The politics of sex and gender: A new issue of American Sexuality is out, including an editorial on moral panics, two articles on abortion and the moral high ground, and an essay on queering Christian marriage. An interview with Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, A History. Is there a gene for romance? So it seems (ask the vole). From Salon, a four-part investigation into the Christian netherworld of "reparative therapy" to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals, and "before we hook up, can you sign this?" From The Economist, an article on the conundrum of the glass ceiling. An interview with David Plotz, author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank. Coming out on top: An article on the sexual politics of breasts. Men and women seem to perceive pain in different ways. Research finds female adolescents are trendsetters in teen talk. Opinionated, demanding, over-confident, mouthy ... What's not to like about today's teenage girls? Does the language gender system of English and Spanish affect consumers' perception of brands? The differences between the minds of the sexes are 'revealed' in a new TV series. Rehashed stereotypes or real science? And here's a good reason to be a virgin

[Jul 21] From Slate, Larry Diamond on why the US is doomed unless it takes four steps. A review of How America Lost Iraq. From TAP, a review of books on Iraq. A review of Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs. Why nobodies are the real terrorist threat. Anne Marie Slaughter reviews books on world affairs, a review of Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power, and more on Richard Haass' The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course. More on Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition. A new issue of Sojourners is out, including an article on Teresa of Avila and the 21st century peacemakers. William Pfaff on how the war of civilizations takes place in time rather than space. A review of John Zerzan's Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections. And from The New American, admire him or despise him, George W. Bush is essentially a figurehead for the tightly knit Establishment oligarchy

[Jul 20] From The Nation, a debate of Labor's Future (including Sweeney, Stern, Wilhelm, McEntee, Cohen, and Hoffa). From In These Times, more on Wobblies!, and the religious right wants to include moral values in the debate over how our taxes are spent? Bring it on. Do Democrats need to get religion? Jim Wallis and Susan Jacoby go at it. From WSWS, an article on secularism and the American Constitution. Christopher Caldwell on the sacred cow of religious rights. An article on Islam and the institutions of a free society. A review of Occidentalism: A Short History of Anti-Westernism. From LRB, a review of The Indian Mutiny and the British Imagination, and an article on the London bombs. From NYRB, Peter Galbraith on Iraq: Bush's Islamic Republic. Brendan O'Neill on how a risk-averse West has inflamed the terrorism it fears. What turns a man into a terrorist, and what can be done about it? And from Foreign Affairs, an article on How to Help Poor Countries

[Jul 19] From Foreign Policy, an article on prosecuting Saddam Hussein, and here's a Guantánamo exit strategy. From The New Yorker, did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election? Too many mistakes in the so-called war on terror: category mistakes should not be added to them. From City Journal, Heather McDonald on cameras and counterterrorism. From Monthly Review, an article on approaching socialism. From Le Quebecois Libre, an article on Rousseau's "general will" and well-ordered society. An article on what Austrians mean by individualism. Are we human because of unique traits and attributes not shared with either animal or machine? And on human evolution: Choose to enhance yourself or face inferiority

[Jul 18] American politics and more: From The New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai on the Framing Wars. From The Washington Monthly, should Hillary Clinton run in 2008? Yes and No. On the Bush Legacy: What voters never see is the political grace of a man that once made him a good guy. Is there a tipping point where the presence of Karl Rove would simply not be worth the unwanted attention that goes with it? On the roads of rural America, signs of heaven and hell. Boston and New York: Each city plays political hardball, but each in its own way. Take two bloggers from opposite ends of the overheated political debate, then ponder the fate of an increasingly uncivil society. A review of books on public radio. A review of The United States of Wal-Mart. From Counterpunch, an open letter to Steven Plaut on the end of the Enlightenment. More on Christopher Hitchens' Thomas Jefferson. And Stanford Magazine profiles William Rehnquist

[Weekend] In America: From Counterpunch, a special report on The Making of Halliburton: Sticky fingers. From Reason, George W. Bush, CEO: How would the president hold up under his own rules? John Dean discusses the legal situation of White House aide Karl Rove. A former Reagan adviser explains what’s wrong with Bush’s foreign policy. From The Economist, a series of articles on America. An article on L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's esteemed founder. More on Freakonomics. The abortion debate that wasn't: Under the radar, pregnancies increasingly are being terminated when fetuses are prenatally diagnosed with disabilities. And Berkeley is an outdoor lunatic asylum. L.A. is too, but at least the people there have some class


[Weekend 2e] A new issue of The Journal of World Systems Research is out, including articles on A Compact Macromodel of World System Evolution, and The Country-Level Income Structure of the World-Economy pdf. A review of Core Questions of Comparative Law, and a review of American Law in a Global Context. How to make a revolution in Historical Linguistics: Pick your myths carefully. Lunch with the FT: Meaty arguments with Peter Singer; an illuminating cab ride shows what science can lose when it shuts people out; an article on trying to explain the huzun of an entire city: of Istanbul; a review of Art Since 1900: Modernism Antimodernism Postmodernism, and an article on Harold Bloom and Hans Christian Andersen. A new issue of Humanities is out, including an interview with Paul Johnson on life and art. The Ribena Test: More on John Carey's What Good are the Arts? And the democratization of reviewing has begun changing the way we read

[Weekend] Michael Steven Green (George Mason): Legal Realism as Theory of Law. An excerpt from American Exceptionalism and Human Rights, edited by Michael Ignatieff. A review of Practically Profound: Putting Philosophy To Work In Everyday Life. A review of Beyond Epistemology: A Pragmatist Approach to Feminist Science Studies. From News & Letters, an essay on Marx's Humanism and the fight for a new ecology. A review of Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, and Peter Singer "Tells It Like It Is": A speech delivered at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (and a review of his latest book, In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave). Princeton has a website of a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. And Harvard Governor Conrad Harper, dissatisfied with Larry Summers, resigns

[Jul 29] Science and society: A new issue of The New Atlantis is out, including an article on the real meaning of genetics, a series of John Paul II and the theology of the body, an article on technology and the spirit of ownership, and a tribute to The Public Interest. Was Francis Galton wrong to want to improve the human race? A review of Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton. From TLS, Jerry Fodor reviews Adapting Minds: Evolutionary psychology and the persistent quest for human nature. A review of Physicalism, Or Something Near Enough. Francis Crick suggests where to find the seat of consciousness. An African grey parrot appears to have figured out the mathematical concept of zero. A newfound insect shows that two species can combine to create a third species. The time machine Amos Ori proposes isn't quite like the phone booth in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure or Back to theFuture's DeLorean. And why has something as fundamental as time become such an uncoordinated, clumsy mess?

[Jul 28] Richard Garnett (Notre Dame): American Conversations With(in) Catholicism. A review of Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God, and a review of Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe. From CT, a review of Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World, and a review of Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection. A review of The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram, a review of Agency and Actions, and a review of The Social Nature of Mental Illness. From Edge, how do the microprocesses of cultural transmission affect the macro structure of culture, its content, its evolution? From Scientific American, a cover story on how difficult it is to start thinking symbolically; Moore's Law is a snail's pace compared with rising hard-disk capacity; and Michael Shermer on the curious case of acupuncture. A look at how our genes make us like people like us. The evolution of George Gilder: The guru has a new cause to create controversy with: intelligent design. Heather McDonald on Harvard’s diversity grovel and on how it is easy to give money foolishly to colleges and very hard to give it wisely. An article on breaking the culture of dependency on campus. The use of 'orphan works' of art and literature puts scholars and artists at odds over changes in copyright law. Robert Reich leaves Brandeis for Berkeley. An article on looking like a professor. And so you think you want a career in academia? Have you thought this through?

[Jul 27] George Bragues (Guelph): Richard Rorty's Postmodern Case for Liberal Democracy: A Critique. From AEI, you can download The Political Economy of World Mass Migration: Comparing Two Global Centuries. From TNR, a review of Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the Twentieth Century. Ian Wilmut, creator of Dolly the sheep, is a cautious revolutionary. Are extremist groups on campus providing the 'tipping point' for disaffected students? The Next Hit Reality Show: It’s time to get Ph.D. students some visibility. Some college-related foundations are under the gun to open their books, but many worry about donors' privacy rights. On how a new type of research journal is gaining ground. More on Encyclopaedia Britannica's challenge to Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. A MSU professor receives a $75,000 grant to translate unpublished writings of Kant. Here's one recent dustup that was more fun than serious and proved that some social scientists do, too, have a sense of humor. Michael Bérubé has a terrible confession to make. Maureen Dowd on a woman who found a way to write. An article traces the influence of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. What is the translator's job? To bring the text to the reader or the reader to the text? And after its search to find the most influential philosopher, Radio 4 invites listeners to vote for the country's favourite painting

[Jul 26]  From The Philosophers' Magazine, Michael Ruse on the need for philosophy to be immersed in the world; a review of Kwame Anthony Appiah's The Ethics of Identity; a battle is raging over the status of a biography of Søren Kierkegaard; a look at Steve Pyke's portraits of philosophers; it is possible that an obsession with technology is linked to certain kinds of personality disposition; and should there be rights for whales? A review of The Christian Platonism of Simone Weil. From CT, more on Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality. Trinity College to study roots and growth of secularism. The secret of Harry Potter's phenomenal success lies in the continuing allure of magic and fantasy in a secular society. From Reason, Ronald Bailey reports from the Creation Mega-Conference at Liberty University (and part 2). From Great Britain, RE lessons are badly taught and fail to instil faith and tolerance. They should be axed. Julian Baggini on why atheists ought to embrace religion. It's all very well blaming fundamentalism, but religion itself is at the core of the world’s problems. And a look at a prospectus for The Black Book of Religion

[Jul 25] Oren Perez (Bar-Ilan): The Institutionalization of Inconsistency: From Fluid Concepts to Random Walk. Jeffrey Lipshaw (Indiana): Freedom, Compulsion, Compliance and Mystery: Reflections on the Duty Not to Enforce a PromiseThe Guardian profiles Peter Singer. A review of Simon Blackburn's Truth and Michael Lynch's True to Life: Why Truth Matters (and an excerpt). A review of Julian Baggini's The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, and Ninety-nine Other Thought Experiments. A look at the life and work of Amartya Sen. Virginia Postrel on how economists have long used their tools to analyze social phenomena. Now sociologists are learning to stop worrying and love -- or at least study -- the market. More on Freakonomics. From The New York Times Magazine, an article on the Planet of the Retired Apes. A review of Evolution in Four Dimensions. Fading theory has no place in schools: A review of From Picture Book to Literary Theory. Here's a scathing critique of Iris Murdoch’s powers as a writer and as a lover. And Salman Rushdie savors a touch of normalcy

[Weekend 2e] Islands and territories: Is it possible in the current era of nationalism even to imagine such deals as Gwadar or Alaska? A letter to the editor on freedom of expression and constructive political criticism in the Maldives. Here are the Worst of Bermuda Awards of 2005, including the Chairman Mao Award for Least Plausible Claim. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI stamps become popular with collectors worldwide--they have got sex appeal. And Island-Search.com indexes some of the best island sites on the Internet today

[Weekend] John Gardner (Oxford): Law's Aim in Law's Empire pdf. A review of The Origin and Evolution of Cultures. More on Simon Blackburn's Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed. From ISR, a review of Trotsky's Their Morals and Ours, a classic work on the Marxist approach to ends, means and morality. An article on remembering Herbert Marcuse. Timothy Burke reviews Unholy Alliance, and a response from David Horowitz. From The Chronicle, an article on the womanly art of negotiation. An article on the life of an “assistant to the president" of a university. The NCAA is considering a total ban on sports teams’ use of Native American nicknames and mascots. An interview with Samuel Schuman, author of Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America. What is lost when geographic education - at all levels - withers? Before students can come to postmodern literature they need to know a lot of literature and a lot of philosophy. Trends are good fun and make for great copy in the press, but most trend lines into the future make little sense. And a look at the strategy known as Reductio ad Hitlerium

[Jul 22] Colin Farrelly (Waterloo): Should the Left Embrace Left-Libertarianism?; and a chapter on Deliberative Democracy pdf. A review of Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics: Principled Compromises in a Compromised World, and a review of The Certainty of Uncertainty: Dialogues Introducing Constructivism. A review of Semantics Versus Pragmatics, and a review of Reverence for the Relations of Life: Re-Imagining Pragmatism via Josiah Royce's Interactions with Peirce, James, and Dewey. You can download Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade, by Stanford's Avner Grief. From TLS, an essay on Alexander von Humboldt, and more on Mao. Carlo Ginzburg talks about his publications and his historical method of microhistory. David Hare delights in a good speech and extols the maligned art of public speaking. Donald Lazere follows the trail of dollars and ideas in the academic culture wars. An article on the music behind the opera about Walter Benjamin. Craig Venter wants to make the first synthetic organism. Obituary: Elizabeth Hall. And Britannica taps top minds, including Gell-Mann, Nagel and Sen, for knowledge panel

[Jul 21] From New Left Review, Jean Baudrillard on Holy Europe, Susan Watkins on Continental Tremors, Richard Gott on The Third Crusade, and Bernard Cassen on ATTAC. From New Politics, a symposium on the U.S. occupation, the Iraqi resistance, and the antiwar movement, an article on Herman Wouk, the Americanization of the Holocaust, and the Rise of Neoconservatism, Ellen Willis remembers Susan Sontag, and more on American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. From The Chronicle, an article on why history needs the MA. Masters in procrastination: MAs have become a way of putting off the world of work. From Great Britain, Happy 92nd birthday, Michael Foot. Joshua Frank interviews Ward Churchill. Danica McKellar, Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," is a superstar (in math). Is it time to revamp the periodic table? Scott McLemee follows up some cross-references. And from TCS, on a New Index Librorum Prohibitorum

[Jul 20] Orrin Kerr (GWU): Search and Seizure: Past, Present, and Future. More from Dissent: Shlomo Avineri on Self - Determination and Realpolitik: Reflections on Kurds and Palestinians; Michael Kazin reviews Christopher Hitchens' Love, Poverty, and War, an article on basic income and 'Life, Liberty and a Little Bit of Cash'; an article on the war in Iraq and dissent, and here's a letter from Umbria. A review of The Things We Mean, and a review of Ethics without Principles. A review of Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science, and a review of The Philosophy of William James: An Introduction, a review of Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology, and a review of Happiness and Education. An article on academic reorganizations and the interplay of politics, prestige and money. And a group of eminent academics are appointed to advise the EU Commission on which research projects to fund

[Jul 19] From Dissent, Gordon Lafer (Oregon): The Last Bicycle Tire Plant: Mexican Factory Workers' Dream Dies on Altar of Free Trade; an article on the strange philosophical comrades among Bush supporters; and Laurence H. Tribe and Jeremy Waldron take issue with Mark Tushnet on judicial review. From Political Affairs, an article on a dialectical - materialist view of progressive development in the physical world. A review of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense. What's gained, and lost, with a new, balanced curriculum? Students say high schools let them down. And Yahoo is mining college brain power for technology innovations by setting up a university research laboratory

[Jul 18] Culture and books: From Ideas, a look at the strange career of C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow, an article on stoicism and James Stockdale, and on how the term 'exit strategy' has become a political mantra. Karl Marx never offered answers, but his questions are still worth asking, and more and more on why Marx is the man of the moment. Mein Kampf made its author a celebrity, and is now in Arabic. More on Our Culture, What's Left of It. The feminist classic Our Bodies, Ourselves has come a long way, baby. Success killed gay bookstores: gay sections in the chains made them superfluous. An article on the truth about book sales. Words sometimes don't seem to have as much value as appearances. But what about the appearance of words? An article on the promise and practice of deconstruction. And for a brief moment in time, John, Paul, George and Ringo might have been the center of the universe

[Weekend] Terrorism and Islam: From Open Democracy, an essay on the complex missions of Michael Ignatieff and, Fred Halliday on the London bombs and Spain. After London, Pakistan's Islamic schools in the spotlight. David Rieff on how terrorism can only be defeated by political compromise and negotiation, and David Goodhart on how Britain has done much to help integrate Muslims: Now they must rise above their grievance culture. From Slate, Al-Qaida vs. Allstate: If the government doesn't insure against terrorist attacks, who will? Islam is the fastest growing religion on the African subcontinent. And the latest survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project analyzes the views of citizens in 17 countries