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[Jun 30] From the Pew Research Center, America's worldwide reputation continues to suffer. Bush's credibility takes a direct hit from friendly fire. Conservatives are pushing Bush to give John Bolton a recess appointment. They felt a little different about Clinton's nominees. A new, well-organized religious group on the left has emerged. A review of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life. From Home Educator's Family Times, here are five reasons to stop saying, "Good job". Pope John Paul II is on the road to sainthood with unprecedented speed. And Satan is hereby declared powerless, no longer ruling over, nor influencing, this town's citizens

[Jun 29] SCOTUS: From The New York Times, here are articles related to the final day of the Supreme Court session. From Slate, Dellinger, Fried, Lithwick, and Wu debate the Supreme Court rulings. From Salon, articles on the Cooper-Miller case and on Grokster. An interview with Scott Bullock, the attorney who argued Kelo, the eminent domain case. John Nicholas on reinforcing the Wall of Separation between church and state. Here are Ten Myths about the Ten Commandments. A review of Cato Supreme Court Review 2003-2004, and a review of Constitutional Deliberation in Congress. Stuart Taylor on why life tenure is too long for Supreme Court justices. And a guide to the senators who would be at the center of a Supreme Court fight

[Jun 28] From Bosnia, a coruscating survey of the career of Dobrica Cosic. From Germany, why the plan for the left-wing party seems to be both parochial and nutty, and "Oh that cute little man in green." Peter Sloterdijk says Tony Blair is pushing Turkey's entry in the EU to ensure that Europe will be ungovernable. From Eurozine, reflections on Turkish entry into the EU, on how an obsession with memory blinds us to the abuses of memory and to the uses of forgetting, and is the tide of German memory turning? From National Journal, William Powers on the buffoonery of 'balance': In Washington, the noisiness of a debate tends to be inversely proportional to its actual importance. Forget Howard Dean's mouth. The real issue facing the Democrats is dollars. And when, in Washington, is outrage truly outrage?

[Jun 27] News from around the world: From Iraq, interim Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on a new Marshall Plan for Iraq. From Iran, a look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his plans of the country. From Egypt, liberal Osama Al Ghazali Harb is the establishment's dissident, and a look at when hacks attack: A press baron resigns and triggers a debate about who's next. From Ukraine, what does the future hold for Yulia Tymoshenko, the heroine of the orange revolution? From France, on the Machiavellian intrigues gripping the leaders of the political class. From Spain, religion loses its force, Catholic leaders struggle to hold on. From South Africa, an article on rethinking internal democracy. From the United States, LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa faces a triple challenge. From China, the latest boom industry: From vibrators to plastic vaginas, the country supplies 70% of all 'adult toys'--but can the impact of globalization be expressed artistically? And a review of Rubbish! A Chronicle of Waste

[Weekend 2e] Democracy, class and conflict: From Great Britain, for an object lesson in how journalism has triumphed over party politics, see the two British political weeklies. From Ghana, here are some thoughts on Robert Nozick and social organizations. The United States is as prey to disputes over secularism as other Western nations. There is a lot of talk about political polarization in Congress. But is it true? Well, yes. Jack Valenti on the best of enemies. Founding a democracy, rather like living in a democracy, can be very tough on friendship. Richard Cohen on the other guy's sacrifice. "They only call us Americans when they need us for war": The paradox of Mexican-Americans at war. Class consciousness matters:  What’s missing from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Robert Kuttner on Big Labor, Big Choices. The road to riches is called K Street. And an article on how to deter white-collar crime

[Weekend] From Brazil, bribery allegations have left Lula's government reeling. From Germany, what would Angela Merkel do as chancellor? As the rain of stones on Japan increases, China is sheltering in a glass house. From Open Democracy, an essay on what the European Union is, and who rules Italy?  Meet me in Eumerica for the best of 2 worlds. Eric Hobsbawn on why America's neo-conservative world supremacists will fail. More on The Sands of Empire. Harold Meyerson on the odds on the AFL-CIO’s dissolution. Maura Moynihan on the smears and lies of Ed Klein on Hillary Clinton. Christopher Hitchens doesn't know why blue noses and puritans are trying to drive him into a life of debauchery. Der Spiegel interviews Woody Allen, European filmmaker. And here are real excerpts from court cases

[Jun 24] From the United Nations, here are Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About. As human rights investigators cite "persistent and credible" reports of torture at Guantanamo to allow them to check conditions there, the CIA says Iraq is now a terrorist training ground--but not to worry: Evangelicals are building a base in Iraq. Terrorism globally is big business. It also is rapidly becoming a new science. A Korean War stat lingers long after it was corrected. From Alternet, a look at the Great Live 8 Debate. From TNR, a review of books on Arnold Schwarzenegger. From Slate, a reader's guide to The Truth About Hillary, and please don't go, we love you so: Liberal nostalgia for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. A study for the DNC finds no evidence of widespread election fraud in Ohio. The Village Voice's Queer Issue is out. From New York, an article on Brian Graden and Logo, the new Gay TV channel. Here's a list of some of the best periodicals. Here are some lessons learned over a lunch buffet at the Heritage Foundation. And more from presidential candidate and actor Michael Moriarty: The American left and Edmund Wilson's new breed of fellow

[Jun 23] The politics of sex and reproduction: From Germany, should masturbation be punishable as a form of killing 'potential' babies? (scroll down) We’ve had the globalisation of manufacture, sales and economies. Now we are about to experience the globalisation of beauty: one face suits all. The Independent takes a look inside the mind of an adulterer. Are accounts of consensual sex a violation of privacy rights? The lawsuit against the blogger "Washingtonienne". A review of Undressing Infidelity: Why More Wives are Unfaithful. A look at the old rhetoric of new reproductive technologies. From STATS, a look at the science behind female orgasm (and more from Seven Oaks). Men may be capable of subconsciously increasing the quality of their semen. And a look at the new gray area that is rendering gaydar as outmoded as Windows 2000

[Jun 22] News from around the world: From Israel, will water be the crude oil of the 21st century? From Bolivia, isolating the left won't solve the country's crisis. From Western Sahara, journalists face assaults, arrests and harassment, and more on the Polisario movement. From Wallis Island, King Tomasi Kulimoetoke is locked in a stand-off with France over his grandson's prison sentence. A review of Island at the End of the World. The Netherlands, once feted for its supposed tolerance, today appears to be a seething hotbed of group violence. Why Romania is a country on the upswing that deserves American help. From Eurozine, a Platonic look at the future of the EU. From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on France at war with its past, and an article on Latin America. Jeffrey Sachs on saving Africa from America. From The National Interest, here's Egyptian version of the Intelligent American’s Guide to Islamism. An op-ed on Egypt's democratic charade. Hampton's Mumtaz Ahmad on Islam and democracy: The emerging consensus. Emory's Carrie Rosefsky Wickham on the problem with coercive democratization. And here's a look at the fallout from the war on terror (and part 2)

[Jun 21] From Great Britain, the Tory party faces an unenviable choice of leadership candidates. From Mauritius, a wind of change blows over the republic. From Bolivia, a look at the recent battle of wills. From Nepal, a new start for the country? From Romania, an Orthodox priest crucifies a nun to death. From China, inequalities and falling social services fuel the rise of a New Left. A review of books on North Korea. From Foreign Affairs, Richard Hass on regime change and its limits, and an article on preparing for the next pandemic. From Der Spiegel, an interview with France's Laurent Fabius, and an interview with Russia's Vladislav Surkov. Niall Ferguson wonders why Russians still hunger for the USSR. Here's a round up of current issues published by journals in the Eurozine network. From Newsweek, new leaked memos are raising further questions about whether the Bush administration ‘fixed’ its intel to justify the Iraq war. An open letter to Fred Hiatt and The Washington Post. From TomPaine, Bill Moyers is the luckiest man in television, and a look at public television's Mystery Mann. And more on James Weinstein

[Jun 20] From Russia, intellectuals are often ashamed of their passion for entertaining books. From France, the Left Bank's well of ideas runs dry. From Great Britain, Laurie Taylor championed the 1960s sexual revolution; now at last he can be uproariously honest about it. A review of The Tribes of Britain: Who Are We? And Where Do We Come From. A review of books on globalization. From PINR, an article on the coming world realignment. From Time Europe, a look at the other side of Paul Wolfowitz. From National Journal, a special report on the new Team Bush. An article on the future of conservatism. From TNR, Barack Obama makes the best case for liberal politics in recent memory. An article on morality, politics and liberalism. An interview with Victor Navasky. Obituary: James Weinstein. To understand how Bush lost public opinion on Iraq, travel in H. G. Wells's time machine back to Oct. 30, 1938. On a satirical act that would fit perfectly in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 or George Orwell's 1984. Karl Marx takes lead in BBC poll of philosophers. From AJR, the web seems poised to blossom with stand-alone news sites. Ten years now this hoax has been circulating in cyberspace. More on New Age superstar Paulo Coelho. Amma, India's 'hugging saint', is touring North America. And hey, wait a minute! Who the [bleep] is that fat old lady getting all the close-ups?

[Jun 19] Leftist Perspectives on Global Issues: From Red Pepper, Make Poverty History is in turmoil over new wristband scandal, on why the G8 is an illegitimate cabal of world rulers, and on a snapshot of a dramatic time in Italian politics: can the left transform the state by sharing power? From Peacework, an article on Gene Sharp's theory of power, a look at Sharp as a scholar of strategic nonviolence, and a review of his Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential. From New Internationalist, special issues on the United Nations at 60, and on the attack on global rights and freedoms. To think genuinely about ‘another world’ would require challenging the idea of the nation. From Radical Philosophy, you let her into the house? Reflections on the politics of aid in Africa. And from ISR, Is Latin America turning into a socialist paradise? Is the US turning into a right-wing republic?

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From France, on the decline and pall of Gallic letters' intellectual call. From Great Britain, what happened to that old joie de vivre? Immanuel Wallerstein on the ambiguous French 'No' to the European Constitution. How much is it really costing to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley? General Motors announced last week that it will lay off another 25,000 workers. Can it avoid bankruptcy? A survey on pharmaceuticals. Business Week recommends nonfiction books for summer reading. A look at how television is enormously destabilising - even when tightly controlled. On "Desperate Housewives": What would Wittgenstein and Zizek say? A review of Gary Trudeau's The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time. The Prince Albert is one of a growing number of pubs to hold regular evenings of philosophical debate. Ben Shapiro is 21 years old, a graduate of UCLA, a Harvard law student – and a virgin. And he's proud of it. And a new Earth-like planet has been discovered: Who says humans are special?

[Weekend] From Bolivia, a political deal has defused the escalating conflict, but the story is far from over (and more). From Malaysia, on rethinking the objections to the Inter-faith Commission. From Spain, an article on unanimous democracy. From The Los Angeles Times, a look at a rolling snowball of direct democracy. From The Boston Phoenix, on the City of God: A look at Tom Monaghan’s coming Catholic utopia. Former senator John Danforth on religion and American politics. What is the relationship between increased Christian evangelism in the U.S. Government and abuse of Muslims and the Qur'an? The Christian right's alliances bend political spectrum. A look at Ralph Reed's long march through the institutions. Why Chuck Hagel is no wise man. Can political consultants Dave "Mudcat" Saunders and Steve Jarding win rural voters back to the Democratic party? From Salon, Democrats are finally rejecting craven compromises and redefining the party in opposition to right-wing Republicans. From The Guardian, a UK village restaurant is voted best in world. Are reduced-risk cigarettes necessarily a good idea? And those cell phones we see everywhere are a desperate attempt to keep from being alone with ourselves in a vast, uncaring universe

[Jun 17] From France, Dominique de Villepin proposes a new kind of union with Germany, and an article on youth, history and the rescue of tolerance. A look at why Ireland should celebrate Edmund Burke. From Foreign Policy, in Iran’s surprisingly competitive election, the contest may be more important than the outcome, and here's a cheat sheet on the election (more on the story of an epoch-making shift, and more on Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani). From New Statesman, a look at the farm subsidies that starve the world. From TAP, conservative pundits aghast at European voters’ EU snub don’t want to grapple with what those voters might be saying about unchecked capitalism. The LA Times will launch an interactive editorial page: What if we all vote on the truth? Timothy Noah on why editorial pages are obsolete. From Salon, on the most unlikely "True Story" you'll ever read. On meretrixocracy and Washingtonienne's hard-earned rise to the middle. A profile of Ana Marie Cox, aka Wonkette. Why not tax superstar athletes, rock stars and movie directors like we tax C.E.O.'s? And the Michael Jackson case as a replay of the Victorian era’s great sex trial? A little analogy is a dangerous thing

[Jun 16] From LRB, a review of DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material; An Encyclopedia of Camouflage: Nature – Military – Culture, an essay on the People's War in Nepal, and next stop: Forbidden City. A review of books on China. It seems unlikely that China can be dissuaded from the notion that its future involves a great-power destiny. A look at the Sino-American game of financial chicken. Suddenly Washington is talking tough about China. But what exactly has changed? An article on the Asian-American melting pot. From Salon, a persuasive new theory explains why Kerry beat Bush in Election Day. A look at the next generation of conservatives (by the dormful). Discover the Nutwork: On David Horowitz and the politics of ad hominem distortion. And Mary Carey is a blond porn star, political candidate--and now: Republican booster

[Jun 30] The trial of Edgar Ray Killen did little to help us understand the world from which Killen came. A review of Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America. More on the Supreme Court's Grokster and Ten Commandments decisions (and more). Why on earth can't women get their birth control without a prescription? Infant abuse linked to early experience, not genetics. From Salon, isn't a little deception in matters of love almost a necessity? From The Chronicle, an essay on the fragility of marriage. Call the bonding thing homo-social: A review of With the Boys: Field Notes in Being a Guy (and more). The Marlboro Man is having an identity crisis. And on why a straight razor will place you in the rarified echelon of sexy enviro men

[Jun 29] Science: From Scientific American, a special series on the future of stem cells; Fred Kavli hopes his funding of astrophysics, brain research and nanoscience will pave the way to the future; Nick Bostrom reviews Radical Evolution; and can nutritional supplements, biotechnology and nanotechnology help us live forever? A new culture of science: On the yearning for great men and big events. A review of The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science. From spiked!, an article on expert witnesses, suspect science and dead babies (and a response). Does God have back problems too? David Barash on the illogic behind 'intelligent design.' And a review of Astrology, Science and Culture: Pulling Down the Moon

[Jun 28] From The New Yorker, did AIPAC lobbyists and a Pentagon analyst pass secrets to Israel? Some books are destined to set off controversy: More on Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. A review of books on anti-Semitism. From TNR, John Judis remembers Jimmy Weinstein, a review of books on motherhood and social policy, and a review of The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Bad Parenting. Scientologists vs. Psychiatrists: Why they don't get along. Who the hell lives like this? More on How to be Idle. A review of A Nation of Realtors: A Cultural History of the Twentieth-Century American Middle Class. Lionel Tiger on an anthropological debunking of the "housing bubble." A review of Expertise in Regulation and Law. And satellite navigation may soon consign paper maps to the great waste bin of history

[Jun 27] Who are Americans to think that freedom is theirs to spread? Michael Ignatieff explains. A review of Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power. Salman Rushdie on how there is nothing plain or unbiased about facts. Matt Bai on what "King of the Hill" can teach progressives about red-state voters. The Wobblies are stirring! Do we need 'one big union' in the global village? The U.S. Brain Belt: The next centers of our information economy may surprise you. A look at how Martin Feldstein has reshaped the landscape of fiscal affairs. Joseph Stiglitz on cleaning up economic growth. Lord Ron Oxburgh is an oilman and an environmentalist. From Green Anarchy, Felonious Skunk on contributing to momentum against civilization, and John Zerzan on language, briefly revisited. Why, every generation or so, do we need this “confront your horror” psychotherapy about alien menace? And Rod Liddle hopes that medical science will record that he's the inventor of Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy by proxy

[Weekend 2e] From The New York Review of Books, Tony Judt reviews books on the new world order, William Pfaff on what's left of the European Union, Freeman Dyson reviews Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics, and Anthony Lewis reviews of Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment. From TLS, a review of books on poverty, and a review of books on Xenophon for the movies. From The Nation, John Wiener on giving chutzpah a new meaning, an article on the future of the fractured labor movement, and Katha Pollitt on abortion and George Lakoff. From the new issue of The Hoover Digest, Robert Conquest on Slouching Towards Byzantium, Niall Ferguson on China and the dollar, and a profile of Victor Davis Hanson (and more). And from Free Inquiry, articles on Iran's secular revolution (and more), Wendy Kaminer on Teflon God, Paul Kurtz on going back to the Dark Ages, and the Grand Inquisitor takes the throne

[Weekend] Sen and the art of happiness: From the University of Milano-Bicocca, here are the papers from "Capabilities and Happiness: An International Conference": Stefano Zamagni (Bologna): Why happiness and capabilities should stay together; Ed Diener (Illinois): In Defense of Happiness; Carol Graham (Brookings): Some Insights on Development from the Economics of Happiness; Richard Ryan (Rochester): Basic psychological needs: Arguments and empirical evidence concerning the universal foundations of well being from the perspective of self-determination theory; Carol Ryff (Wisconsin): "Varieties of Well-Being and Biology: Understanding the Neurophysiology of Human Flourishing"; and Edward Deci (Rochester): The Relation of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Goals to Well-being (SWB and PWB) pdf

[Jun 24] From Legal Affairs, how thinking of terrorists as pirates can help win the war on terror, and what would Allah do? A review of Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition. From New Statesman, more on Lukacs' Democracy and Populism and Dunn's Setting the People Free, and more Christopher Hitchens' Love, Poverty and War. Tunku Varadarajan interviews Oriana Fallaci. Gary Younge on Steven Levitt and why bagels could hold the key to human behaviour. From spiked!, more on One Nation Under Therapy. Why can't all individualists think alike? RU Sirius in conversation with Nick Gillespie. Llewellyn Rockwell on working around the Leviathan. From Global Politician, an essay on power and the illusions of omnipotence. Does life then begin at "Want a cigarette"? Retail manager Justin Darr, an expert in political philosophy and western world history, says liberalism's ultimate goal is the destruction of Christianity through Social Security. From CT, an editorial on political priorities for citizens of the kingdom, and is the Reformation over? Well, if you have to ask... And from The Wittenburg Door, on the World Series of Evangelical Poker, and a look at Candidate Jesus

[Jun 23] Psychology and more: From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a conversation on how 'old-stream' psychology will disappear with the dinosaurs, a response on social constructionism as cultism, and a reply to the response on the case for dialogue. A review of Four Lessons of Psychoanalysis. A leading psychologist long skeptical about 'repressed' recollections challenged a much-cited sex abuse claim. Scorn and litigation ensued. From Monitor on Psychology, articles on helping men to help themselves, on keeping them hooked in, and what are these guys thinking? A look at what social scientists and economists can tell us about our cinematic preferences. Can philosophy help to evaluate products and consumers’ responses to them and their marketing? And American consumers believe they are being spied on and manipulated, but they feel powerless to do anything about it

[Jun 22] From Prospect, Princeton's Andrew Moravcsik explains the meaning of the European "no" and others take issue with him, David Rieff on Ethiopia and the dangers of humanitarian pity, and more on Jean-Paul Sartre. From TCS, an article on Hobbes, Locke and the Bush Doctrine. Here's the first chapter of Protecting Democracy: International Responses. When Johnnie comes home: It is easy to see Stoicism's appeal within the military. From The Texas Observer, an article on the revenge of the rural Republicans, and who's afraid of Shelby Knox? On sex, textbooks, and the culture wars. Molly Ivins on stealing turkeys and other tales of Texas Justice. From Mother Jones, why do those who stand to gain the least from virtually every policy of George W. Bush, support him the most? Gary Hart on the disintegration of political parties. The old era of political party identification is giving way to a disaggregated thunderdome of cause-based politics. Revolution is as old as humanity: An interview with Bobby Seale. More on Wobblies! From the Revolutionary Communist Party, a statement on the battle for the future. Cathy Young on the hypocrisy of Hollywood leftists. And Thomas Sowell on how we are all Budweisers

[Jun 21] Thomas Pogge on a new approach to pharmaceutical innovations. Researchers who study workplace and environmental safety debate just how close academe and industry should be. Ok, so environmentalism is dead. What's next? A review of Globalization and its Discontents. Peter Watson on the US, Europe and the wages of fundamentalism. From the US Department of State's Issues of Democracy, a special issue on the Supreme Court of the United States. A look at how the Federalist Society puts its mark on judicial agenda. A look at the neocons' ownership society: unsecured futures. The Washington Times considers North Korea a “gulag state.” But funny thing: The paper’s owner considers it a great place to do business. A review of What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa. From Salon, an interview with Wes Clark, and a look at Edward Klein, author of The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President (and more). Micklethwait and Wooldridge on conservatives: "Cheer up, you're still winning!" And an essay on the way Americans see themselves -- with feelings of solitude, dissatisfaction, and confusion

[Jun 20] From ABR, a review of The Moral of the Story: An Anthology of Ethics through Literature, and a review of Robert Manne's Left Right Left: Political Essays 1977-2005. From Australia's Policy, why the free market should decide what children learn at school and how they learn it. From New Internationalist, a special issue on street children. A review of Children: Rights and Childhood. An excerpt from Teen Brain, Teen Mind: What Parents Need to Know to Survive the Adolescent Years. Daddy, what did you do in the men's movement? Here's what you need to know about homosexual fathers. What's their real problem with gay marriage? (It's the gay part) A review of books on Pope Benedict XVI. From the Vatican's Zenit, a review of Richard Layard's Happiness. The meaning of happiness is elusive; authors weigh in. A review of Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives. A review of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance. From Arena, diagnosing 'affluenza' has become the stock-in-trade of critics of consumption. How the war against cancer can be won: Is the mass killer finally about to be tamed? An article on one possible cure for the common criminal. Carlin Romano reviews Philosophers Behaving Badly. From In These Times, Slavoj Zizek is against enlightened administration. And more on Simon Blackburn's Truth

[Jun 19] The US, International Law and Terrorism: From Law and Contemporary Problems, Martin Flaherty (Fordham): The Future and Past of U.S. Foreign Relations Law; Thomas Lee (Fordham): International Law, International Relations Theory, and Preemptive War: The Vitality of Sovereign Equality Today; and Peter Spiro (Georgia): Disaggregating U.S. Interests in International Law. From Law, Social Justice & Global Development Journal, Sebastian De Brennan (Western Sydney): Critique, Culture and Commitment: The Dangerous and Counterproductive Paths of International Legal Discourse. From 49th Parallel, Richard Jackson (Manchester): Language Power and Politics: Critical Discourse Analysis and the War on Terrorism; a response; and a reply. Mika Haritos-Fatouros (Aristotle): Psychological and Sociopolitical Factors Contributing to the Creation of the Iraqi Torturers: A Human Rights Issue. And Richard Posner on remaking domestic intelligence

[Weekend 2e] Arts, New Age, Mind: From The Chronicle, a portrait of the artist as a young mess. From TNR, an essay on the asymmetry of creation and appreciation. A review of Imagined Cities. From Salon, reading War and Peace: Do you really want to spend your summer with Boris and Natasha? From NPQ, on post-national writing: A collage of comment. A review of Carlos Fuentes' This I Believe. Paulo Coelho's admirers say he offers happiness to mankind, his critics that he writes New Age tosh. An excerpt from Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America. From New Dawn, a look at six great enigmas of ancient civilisations. A review of The Sacred Neuron: Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion. Hypnotism always has had a name to live down. There's old stereotypes, and then there's the newer old stereotypes. Who's mentally ill? Deciding is often all in the mind. And you'd have to be crazy: Mental illness is the new normal

[Weekend] From TNR, why the idea of a draft is starting to look frighteningly sensible. From Reason, a look at the life of Mary Frohman, American anarchist. From Siyahi Interlocal: Journal of Postanarchist Theory, Culture and Politics, interviews with Saul Newman and Todd May. Why do people vote for communists? Paul Johnson on what Europe really needs. From FT, a look at the history and crisis of the International Committee of the Red Cross. A review of The Wrath of the Intellectuals: Political Radicalism and Social Critique in Europe and Israel. A review of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War. And from The Economist (note: some links now require you to view an ad, like Salon does), a review of Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity; a review of John Dunn's Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy; a review of books on polio; a looks at an analysis of global debt and poverty; an obituary of Mexico's Adolfo Aguilar Zinser; Catalonia could be more of a challenge to Madrid than the Basque region; a new left-wing party could upset the political scene in Germany (and more); seekers for oil in Israel may be getting close to the prize; a look at why John McCain is not what Democrats hope he is; the BBC's excellent websites may make it even harder for newspapers to survive

[Jun 17] From Commentary, Terry Teachout on culture in the age of blogging, a review of God Politics, and Paul Johnson on the anti-Semitism disease. From the Jewish Political Studies Review, an article on Naziism and anti-Semitism in the Muslim world. An interview with George Lowe, author of It Can Happen Here. From Uncommon Knowledge, a conservation with Christopher Hitchens. From National Journal, the right mix of intel, technology, and sensible policy would at least up the odds of detecting a modern day nuclear threat. A review of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Criminological Perspectives. An excerpt from Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion after September 11, and an excerpt from Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. A review of What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11. James Surowiecki on how companies prepare for a crisis. A review of Corporate Governance in Government Corporations. From TAP, a series of articles on redeeming government, and a series of tax politics. From Technology Review, a memo to Washington on the fading memory of the state: Save the data!

[Jun 16] From The Nation, Gore Vidal on the electoral irregularities in Ohio, William Greider examines retirement security in the US, and an article on a New Ownership Society. Is liberalism as we know it dead? A panel tackles the question. Thomas Fleming on political liberty and the classical tradition. From Slate, Take God to Work Day: Why the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees. Corporate America is bowing to anti-gay Christian groups’ boycott demands. From CT, a review of books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and a review of Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in the Religions of the West. What if scientists could precisely measure when life begins and ends? A review of books on wishful medicine. And from TLS, a review of Hippocratic Oaths: Medicine and its Discontents, and a review of books on happiness


[Jun 30] The World Summit on Evolution revealed a science rich in history and tradition, data and theory, as well as controversy and debate. Anthropologists rescind 2002 report on alleged research misconduct and 1919 censure of Franz Boas. A review of books on language. From Law & Politics Book Review, a review of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History, a review of The NAACP's Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education, a review of Sovereignty, Colonialism, and the Future of Indigenous Nations, and a review of The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century. And a look at the history of the Declaration of Independence. And check out the Rights Philosophy Forum

[Jun 29] Philip Pettit (Princeton): Rawls' Peoples, and Freedom in the Market. Anne Applebaum is In Search of Pro-Americanism. A review of Presidential Powers, and more on Brennan and Democracy. From Political Affairs, Protest Politics 101: An interview with Frances Fox-Piven. Is it possible at the dawn of the 21st century that an entire university could be driven into exile in Europe?: Jonathan Fanton on the exile of the European Humanities University in Belarus. A new issue of Media Culture is out. Media studies courses have been mocked by the industry. Can they survive a renewed assault? Is Umberto Eco's new novel about memory really postmodern? And there's good chick lit and bad chick lit, just as there's good literary fiction and bad literary fiction

[Jun 28] From The New York Times, an article on Remembrance of Things Future: The mystery of time. An ominous new word has crept into the life sciences and biomedical research: "biosecurity.” A review of Michael Ruse's The Evolution-Creation Struggle. The Hairless Apes of Kansas vs. the Reality-Based Community: Why progressives have a stake in the war on evolution. From Opinion Journal, John Fund on why failing to teach history is bad for democracy, and Diane Ravitch on ethnomathematics: Even math education is being politicized. Reading, Writing, Retailing: It's no wonder that only 18 percent of recent college graduates say they would ever consider teaching. And “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me”: Peter, Paul & Mary's Peter Yarrow aims to combat bullying by emphasizing the moral lessons of folk music

[Jun 27] Chris Vials (UMass): The Despotism of the Popular: Anarchy and Leon Czolgosz at the Turn of the Century. From PBS, a look at the growth of community colleges and the challenges now facing these in-demand schools. An article on what may be the worst decision for college student rights in the history of the federal judiciary. From Namibia, on the pedagogy of the republic and the Pohamba Method. From Great Britain, those who can, do. Those who can't, teach? Kids get to play only when they're achieving academically: On Race in Play: Understanding the Socio - Cultural Worlds of Student Athletes. College newspaper sex columnists are campus stars these days. Their writing wins fans among students - and even administrators. Forget Dan Brown: Hitler was the bestselling author of the century. What's in a name? Quite a lot, if you want to be a writer. Roger Scruton on how he learned to live with his. And Julian Baggini makes the case for David Hume as the greatest thinker in the world, ever

[Weekend 2e] Hugh Urban (OSU): Religion and Secrecy in the Bush Administration: The Gentleman, the Prince, and the Simulacrum. A review of books on religion and law. A review of The Architect of Matter: Galileo to Kant. More on Simon Blackburn's Truth. More on Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian. When optimists should be shot: Jára Cimrman is voted the "Greatest Czech of All Time".  From Nextbook, on the assumptions people make when your best friend is a rabbi. An article on remembering Buber and silenced words of wisdom. From Israel, an interview with Giorgio Battistoni, author of Dante, Verona e la cultura ebraica. From Australia, philosophers approve cutting off the healthy limbs of some "amputee wannabes". Philosophy at the click of a button and the IEP. Here's an easier way to sample the delights of philosophical inquiry: Turn to Sophie's World. And a new poem by Sappho is found (and more)

[Weekend] From American Political Science Review, John R. Alford (Rice), Carolyn L. Funk (VCU), and John R. Hibbing (Nebraska): Are Political Orientations Genetically Transmitted? pdf From VDare, on the Politically Incorrect Guide To American Immigration. A look at the Second Coming of Sartre, and on his paradox of freedom. Articles on Parmenides' Impossibilities, and on the world Pascal made. From Botswana, an article on academics' role in politics. College groups issue statement on “academic rights and responsibilities” in the hope of quashing controversial legislation. Here are survival strategies for academic publishing. On a timely reminder of the pageantry that comes with earning a degree. A look at the possibilities for a nonacademic career at academe. And decisions, decisions...

[Jun 24] Jerry Sweeney (SDSU): The Course of American Diplomacy: Theonomy, Autonomy, and Heteronomy. A new issue of The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy is out. An excerpt from Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete. A review of Isaac Newton: Philosophical Writing. Scott McLemee on Locating Bourdieu. From Haverford College, you can watch Carey McWilliams' lectures on American Political Thought since the Civil War. From US News, a look at the very leading edge of an archaeological revolution. The discovery of a diminutive planet could be the first signpost to myriad worlds where life might flourish. A bold solution to Japan's floundering economy: 68 American-style law schools. What makes a foreign university "American"? From Slate, remember Flim-Flam: How to be a modern skeptic. The first issue of the Inquiring Mind Newsletter is out. When novels by 'Yasmina Khadra' first appeared, literary France thought it had the authentic voice of the Arab woman. But then she turned out to be a man. L’étranger in a strange land: Michel Houellebecq’s weekend in L.A. And PZ Myers confesses: He's not of this earth

[Jun 23] Patrik Aspers (Stockholm): Performativity, Neoclassical Theory and Economic Sociology. From n+1, Weakonomics is as Freakonomics does. Steven Johnson thinks video games and violent TV are good for the brain. A review of The Moral Demands of Affluence. A review of Martha Nussbaum's Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. A review of Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics. A review of Hope, Power, and Governance. An essay on the motivations of political leftists. From The Objectivist Center, on the need for a new individualism. Tibor Machan on Humanism 101: Faith and public controversy. From The Walrus, on how comedians throughout history have raged against the machine. And from The Believer, here are three songs from the End of History

[Jun 22] Peter Westen (Michigan): Getting the Fly Out of the Bottle: The False Problem of Free Will and Determinism. A review of Freedom and Determinism. A review of Hidden Resources: Classical Perspectives on Subjectivity, and a review of Self and Subjectivity. A review of Privacies: Philosophical Evaluations (Cultural Memory in the Present). An article on the transformation of political science and the rise of crime. From The Chronicle, Alan Wolfe on the Great Jewish-American Synthesis. A look at how classics and biblical studies need new intellectual tools. A profile of Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall. Caltech to Harvard: Redo the Math: All six members of the '05 chemical engineering class are women. Libraries say yes, officials do quiz them about users. Illinois professor crusades against bogus schools. A look at how scientists are staying away from the Kansas Board of Ed evolution debate. From Scientific American, numerical reasoning seems independent of language. A talk with Rebecca Goldstein on Godel and the nature of mathematical truth. And according to the laws of language we need them, but are apostrophes really necessary?

[Jun 21] From Perspectives on Politics, Jyl Josephson (Rutgers): Citizenship, Same-Sex Marriage, and Feminist Critiques of Marriage pdf. New research indicates people's general approach to social issues is influenced by genes. From Great Britain's ESCR, on the seven deadly sins: A new look at society through an old lens. New research explores attitudes of 'pride and prejudice' among the Protestant and Catholic communities of Northern Ireland. The Marxist view of religion has been greatly over-simplified. More on Jean-Paul Sartre, still troubling us today. From The Chronicle, a series of article on techniques to change your teaching. Teaching is an art form, one that needs a constant flow of new - and, yes, 'trendy' - ideas. A major effort to review research on teacher education finds little evidence to back theories on the best reforms. A look at Project Zero, a push to foster thinking among children. Students turn over a new leaf: Books and exams are so passé. What's so wrong about graduates trying out for 'American Idol'? And on Javanomics 101: Today's coffee is tomorrow's debt. But do you really need that latte?

[Jun 20] Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (Friedrich Schiller): Two Concepts of "Liberal Education" pdf. A new issue of Liberal Education is out, and a new issue of Peer Review is out. Liberal education is on the ropes; and what is it like teaching in a small liberal arts college? What does the future hold for the role of philosophy in secondary education? A look at Project Zero, a push to foster thinking among children. From Daedalus, a special issue on Progress. Thomas DeGregori on magic vs. modernity. A review of Alasdair MacIntyre. From Logos, a review essay on Hobsbawm’s hidden self. Terry Eagleton on why socialism is as relevant as it’s ever been. From The New Criterion, Roger Kimball on Leszek Kolakowski & the anatomy of totalitarianism, and a collection of faculty follies. Russell Jacoby reviews books on higher education. Louis Menand on Herman Kahn and the nuclear age. Did humans evolve in fits and starts? The evolution of species ranks among the most successful scientific theories ever. So why is the message not getting through? Chris Mooney on how there should be a special circle in hell for people who mess with scientific data. From The New Yorker, an article on Patrick Henry College, an institution that trains young Christians to be politicians. And an interview with Anthony Cernera, editor of Lay Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

[Jun 19] Democracy, Ethics, History: Alexander Somek (Iowa): Democratic Minimalism: Turning the Clock Back from Democracy to Democratization. Jack Goldstone (George Mason): How to Construct Stable Democracies pdf. Kevin Avruch and Beatriz Vejarano (George Mason): Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: A Review Essay and Annotated Bibliography pdf. From Peace Studies Journal, essays on peacebuilding and a global ethic of responsibility and the globalisation of human rights pdf. From Logos, a review of David Held's Global Covenant: The Social Democratic Alternative to the Washington Consensus, and a review of Requiem for Communism and History After Apartheid. A review of Democracy and Tradition.  A review of Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism. And the first issue of Unbound, an online journal of the legal left at HLS, is out

[Weekend 2e] From APSA, the 2005 Annual Meeting Program is now online, and Jim Johnson begins term as editor of Perspectives on Politics. A review of Thomas Reid on Logic, Rhetoric and the Fine Arts: Papers on the Culture of the Mind. A review of A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics From the Bottom Down. A review of Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe. More on The Ethical Brain. Eighty years after Scopes, Michael Ruse reflects on unabated opposition to evolutionists.More on the life and work of Jean-Paul Sartre, and an excerpt from Sartre: A Life. An interview with Lorenzo Ornaghi on the new medievalism. All these barriers keep us separate, and it was all that gravity that kept us down. Julian Baggini on bad moves: Contorting to balance, and on one of the most powerful rhetorical moves. And the season of clichés is upon us, with end-of-school speeches - perversely called "commencement"

[Weekend] William Forbath (UT-Austin): The Long Life of Liberal America: Law and State-Building in the U.S. and U.K. Daniel Drezner (Chicago): Values, Interests, and American Grand Strategy pdf. A review of Great Powers and Outlaw States: Unequal Sovereigns in the International Legal Order. Thomas Nagel reviews Law Without Nations?: Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States. A review of States and Citizens: History, Theory and Prospects. A review of On the Rule of Law: History, Politics, Theory. From Writ, John Dean writes on judicial activism. From Uganda, the the Mekerere University, Kampala Political Science Department is almost as silent as a graveyard. A look at the work of Daron Acemoglu, winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. From Human Events, an interview with Thomas Woods. An interview with historian Richard Norton Smith. And from Business Week, a special series on Saving for College, including articles on higher ed's high finance, on multiple choice in college savings, on tapping the college cash machine, some tips from a scholarship whiz, and "The Scholar", TV's latest entry into the reality-show genre pits interesting kids in a contest for college cash. The result is surprisingly appealing

[Jun 17] Quentin Smith (WMU): The Metaphilosophy of Naturalism. Dvora Yanow (CSU - Hayward): Passionate humility: Toward a philosophy of ethical will. A review of Pyrrhonian Skepticism, and a review of Extending Ourselves: Computational Science, Empiricism, and Scientific Method. A review of The Paradoxical Primate, a review of Philosophy and the Emotions, a review of Julia Kristeva's Melanie Klein, and more on Against Depression. The greatest artists on Earth? Psychologist launches a new revolutionary psychological treatment, method and a Psych Up Artist™. Research finds genes exert powerful effect on sexual behavior (and more). From Cornell, President Jeffrey Lehman resigns after only two years. More on Harvard Rules. The Harvard Divinity Bulletin has been born again. Jaroslav Pelikan asks who owns the Good Book. From The Chronicle, an essay on Time and the River (and Heidegger); on the phenomenon of blogging: why would anyone write a book on that?; and "are professors really that mercenary? Are we as selfish as our students?" And "[Bleep] you! Fat-ass Foucauldian ho!": Jerry Springer transgresses the boundaries

[Jun 16] Geoff Boucher (Melbourne): From the Desire for Recognition to a Politics of Resistance. From the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, a conference on "The Politics of Recognition: Identity, Respect and Justice" will take place 30-31 July, 2005. Mark Baeurlein reviews Theory's Empire. A review of Putting Liberalism in its Place. A review of Law in America: A Short History. A review of Constitutional Goods. Supreme Court ruling expands studies that can legally be done using products of others’ intellectual property. From The Chronicle, an article on survival strategies for academic publishing. Here's the webpage for Charles Lipson's How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper. And it’s great to have lots of ideas for your work-in-progress - it’s also a major pain