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[Weekend 2e] From Brazil, a memoir by Raquel Pacheco, a prostitute who calls herself Bruna, the Little Surfer Girl, has sold 100,000 copies. From China, the party, the people and the power of cyber-talk: At present the party has the upper hand. It is starting to sweat, though. China is claiming that emperors and concubines were putting balls into holes in the ground for centuries before the game of golf was first played in Scotland. An article on Tibet's Lost City, the Atlantis in the Himalayas. Where have Asia's daughters gone? From The Spectator, Europe’s man to watch: An interview with Radek Sikorski, the Polish defence minister. An article on Alexander Solzhenitsyn as the prophet misguided. The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago, even more than Gorbachev's launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Chupacabra the Goatsucker makes it all the way to Central Russia! From Mother Jones, a look at how the Veterans' Administration has been shortchanging soldiers who come back wounded. An article on the May Day Strike: What's the deal? Bush declares the national anthem should be sung in English, not Spanish (and more and more). An article on George Allen's race problem. From Editor & Publisher, a special report: As print and web merge, headaches emerge. What if you could one day unlock your door or access your bank account by simply "thinking" your password? Notes on a Strange World: The Skeptical Inquirer is in search of Dracula. A review of On the Corinthian Spirit: the decline of amateurism in sport. And CSI: Sherlock Holmes? How the fictional detective meshed with the forensic science of his times

[Weekend] Europe - USA: From France, communists and a group of kids who break shit: it is time to admit that the dynamics of the French street protest have changed considerably since 1968; and was the motivation behind the recent student protests in France purely economic? Far from it, says Richard Wolin. From Italy, the challenges facing the new government are daunting - and hold lessons for all of us. From Spain, a siesta law seeks to put nation on same schedule as EU. From Germany, Heike Faller wonders whether, with all its ironic jokes and apron fantasies, her generation hasn't frittered away its feminist legacy. Since Hitler, things have been quite difficult for the swastika. David Cameron has set out to overhaul Britain's Conservative Party. Can he give the "nasty party" a new image? From The Globalist, Tony Judt provides a close-up perspective on the findings BHL managed to unlock during his chauffeur-driven travels through the USA (and more). National Journal previews Election 2006: It's the geography, stupid. Polls low, Bush remodels himself as the next John Kennedy. What happens when you cook a lame president for a thousand days? Here are excerpts from The Case for Representative Democracy: What Americans Should Know About Their Legislatures. Norman Ornstein says the relationship between the president and Congress is still dysfunctional. Tom DeLay's Right-Hand Woman: How much does lobbyist Susan Hirschmann know about her former boss's business? "Had Enough? Vote Democratic!" is a slogan that could work for Democrats. It's almost too-perfect for the press: a new Washington, D.C. sex scandal involving the Watergate complex. Bill O'Reilly, White House Flack: Washington journalists, meet your new press secretary. From CJR, a new version of a federal shield law will be introduced in the Senate, possibly this week. Dana Priest responds to criticism of secret prisons story. And the accusation against Mary McCarthy, the alleged CIA leaker, underlines the question of how to protect both security and democracy

[Apr 28] From Japan Focus, a look at how the US-India nuclear deal is fueling an Asian arms race. Beware the hypocrisy of international allegiances: Bush's messy choice of friends and enemies is not a moral failing. It's a ruthless show of strength. Tucked in a downtown office building, six consulates form a mini United Nations. Scattered around Boston are 49 more. Are there British intellectuals? Timothy Garton Ash says yes, and they've never had it so good (even better than Paris). Tradition still rules supreme in Swaziland and as King Mswati III marks his 20 years on the throne, Africa's last absolute monarch can expect lavish celebratory displays. A Papuan proposal: Nationalists look to Australia for support. Is Australia's a racist flag? The first chapter from Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Arab Middle Class. Libya and Justice for All: The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism makes strange bedfellows. The Cartoon Wars are over: We lost. According to Vaclav Havel, post-communism entails carrying the burden of decision-making; choice is now a fact of life. An interview with Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz on the Catholic Church in Russia. And the Pope Wears Prada: Benedict XVI is appealing to a new group of admirers: marketers seeking not blessings but pontifical product placements

[Apr 27] From Canada, Embassy rethinks the definition of "failed states" since the US increasingly fits the description. From Great Britain, Labour soap opera: Once upon a time, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had a deal to make Brown next in line. But that was then. From Germany, Marx's house is the Mecca of the Chinese tourist class. From Mexico, Carlos Fuentes confronts mortality and his country's future in The Eagle's Throne. An exploding crime wave is confronting Latin America's new generation of leftwing leaders with difficult political choices. An article on Panama, the Canal and the USA: Briefly (Re)visited. For the past 137 years, a mysterious wreck has emerged at low tide each day on a beach off the coast of Panama. Researchers now know that it's the presumed lost "Sub Marine Explorer". Scratch the surface and besides oil, there seems to be more than a tad of toil and trouble in the Central Asian former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. Each day, tens of thousands of communist Chinese peasants stream into Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia. But the monetary blessings of capitalism they dream of are at best elusive. Singaporeans are affluent, educated, but are they really survival smart? Sri Lanka is on the brink of civil war. In 1990 the world was full of promise. How does it look today? From Truthdig, an interview with Ned Lamont, who is running against Sen. Joseph Lieberman in the CT Democratic primary. It's time for a change. It's time for Congress to have a conscience: It's time to send a philosopher to the United States Senate. Tony Snow is named White House Press Secretary, and a look at why Bush chose him. Go ahead, Neil Young, keep on rockin' in the free world. See what good it does you. Can federalism solve America's Culture War? And from New York, Brooklyn has become an adjective, a shorthand for a certain style of living. It’s mostly Manhattan's fault

[Apr 26] From Nepal, the scale of the current democratic uprising has made it abundantly clear that King Gyanendra is part of the problem, not its solution (and more). From France, Three sets of events, different as they are, together illustrate several deep-seated characteristics of social life in the country; and Marine Le Pen, the spruced up daughter of the Front National leader, has kicked off the party's presidential campaign with the launch of her autobiography. Recent Russian threats about possible cuts in natural gas deliveries has the EU concerned. But new light being shed on Western overtures to the despotic ruler of energy-rich Turkmenistan won't lessen the unease. An article on Chernobyl’s myths and misconceptions. From Slate, an article on why Republicans are screwed. Bruce Bartlett on the veteran conservatives that are speaking out against Bush. Karl Rove proved last week that he still knows how to change the subject. Impeachment, Vermont Style: A former Justice Department official finds a back-door congressional maneuver and launches his own campaign to impeach President Bush. Republican leaders are facing questions stemming from a criminal case involving efforts to suppress voter turnout in a U.S. Senate election in the state in 2002. EJ Dionne on The Left's Big Ideas. From The Progressive, an interview with Lewis Lapham, and animation producer Ava Lowery, 15, gets ugly slurs. A preview of a new book, Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly. With the White House press secretary hanging up his flak jacket, maybe it is time to ask one last question: Why have the daily press briefings at all? Every commentator worth their weight in column inches dreams of being the guy who people stop in the street and ask, "Aren't you the genius who first identified "The Age of ____?" Advice for paranoid reporters: Jack Shafer on how to report stories when the government is out to get you. And "Deep Throat" Mark Felt blasts Woodward and Bernstein and "All the President's Men" in his A G-Man's Life

[Apr 25] News from around the world: From Nepal, King Gyanendra of Nepal has promised a return to democracy. But the opposition remains far from placated. From Peru, an article on Ollanta Humala and the populist gamble (an more). From Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has yet to define precisely what sort of change he stands for, while a law that consolidates the power of electronic media barons is part of the political manipulation underlying Mexico's election campaign. From France, women urge the end to official use of 'mademoiselle'. William Pfaff on France and the Children's Hour. Turkish-German author Feridun Zaimoglu on the potential for integration in German society. From Cafe Babel, a special issue on the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion. David Apgar roams through Mali, and ends up finding some remarkable outposts of U.S. foreign policy--its soft power side, to be specific. If Iraq was wrong, is Darfur right? Sex trafficking, virtually nonexistent under Saddam Hussein, has resurfaced in Iraq. A review of China: The Gathering Threat, and an article on China's next generation of yuppies. Here's some guidance for those doing business in China. When author Gautam Malkani was growing up, assimilated Asians were called ‘coconuts’ or ‘batty boys’. Today, new forms of integration are flourishing. Target China: An article on the emerging US-China conflict. Currency manipulator? A dismal US savings rate, rather than the currency-exchange rate, leads to the massive US-China trade imbalance. Sebastian Mallaby on why globalization has stalled. A review of Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush's Illegal War; Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Our Leaders Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands; War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict; and Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. The goal of globally eliminating all weapons of mass destruction needs to be put back at the top of the American foreign policy agenda. And Natan Sharansky on how George W. Bush has the courage to speak out for freedom

[Apr 24] News from around the world: From Canada, a review of Sorry, I Don't Speak French: Confronting the Canadian Crisis that Won't Go Away; and great cities are born out of wars, fires and the vision of despots. So what's a democratic, disaster-free town like Toronto to do? From Great Britain, Theodore Dalrymple reviews Yob Nation; and the last Straw: Will Iran be Tony Blair’s final embarrassment? From Iraq, what brings Iraq's elite to Baghdad's last, longstanding social clubs? From India, mindspace versus market share: Popularity does not always match market realities. From Nepal, King Gyanendra promises democracy, but the mountain kingdom turns on its king.  From Bhutan, the harsh conditions endured by the Lhotshampa minority are a stain on the Himalayan kingdom's harmonious image, and a look at the recent history and politics of the country. A review of Breaking Ships: How Supertankers and Cargo Ships are Dismantled on the Beaches of Bangladesh. Global terrorism on 24-hour real-time television. Islamic extremism clashes with fundamentalist Christianity. Anti-Semitism grows and Iran poses a new crisis. Welcome to the brave new world of cultural chaos. As the international community dithers over Darfur, private military companies say they've got what it takes to stop the carnage, if only someone would hire them. You know these bad guys. But there is a whole other world of tyrants, dictators and despots, so forget President Bush's "axis of evil." Who are the overlooked autocrats we should be paying attention to but aren't? African Pillagers? Burma? ChinaEquatorial Guinea? Russia? The Vatican willingness to break ties to Taiwan may be key to establishing normal relations with China. In a world where every single barrel counts, the actions of even the smallest oil producing countries could threaten global energy security. Fifty years after Hungary’s uprising, Monica Porter makes a discovery about her childhood. And the South African constitution guarantees "parity of esteem" to no less than 11 languages. But English will soon crowd out the rest

[Weekend 2e] Media and entertainment: Anniversaries are a media tradition, but are they also becoming a growth industry? The biggest threat to the internet today is intelligence. This is not to say that telecommunication companies are stupid. In fact, they might not be stupid enough. The internet is supposed to be limitless. So how can it be running out of real estate? From The New Yorker, can get there from here: MapQuest demystified. Google Calendar, a free, Internet-based calendar that helps users keep track of important dates, events, and information, is announced. Software toolkits and cheap hardware have led to the comeback of the garage startup. But this time the boom is more rational. Laptops are the new desks. Amateur online blogs and MySpace pages give currency to a growing "attention economy", wherein the most successful have garnered the most flattering friends -- and advertisers. Disinhibition Nation: When blogs rule, we'll all talk like ----. MoodViews is a collection of instruments that maps the mood of bloggers as they write their message. Zunafish matches people with discs and tapes to trade-- and video games and paperback books, too. An article on the origins of hip-hop conservatism. Reggaetón may be running out of gasolina. We're not listening until you sing in English. And that's why we miss out on some of the world's biggest pop stars. U2's "One" tops a poll as a favourite lyric, but is it profound and meaningful? Or are pop lyrics falling short of becoming the new poetry? A review of Hotel California: Singer Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons, 1967-1976. An article on the power of the pickup truck. You’ve seen the warning signs, you can tell something’s not quite right. A step-by-step guide on how to rid yourself of a hipster infestation. "The Squid and the Whale" is a coming-of-age movie with a scary beast: the New York intellectual. Death threats, shootings, strikes and bomb-scares: Why the mafia tried to shut down the filming of " The Godfather". William Saletan on what " Big Love" teaches about marriage and jealousy. And who makes sure disaster movies are not laughable? These days, you can't make a film without a boffin

[Weekend] From France, Liberation, founded by Jean-Paul Sartre, finds itself trapped between being and nothingness. From Germany, Jurgen Habermas warns that failure to agree on future EU integration will hand a win by default to "neo-liberal orthodoxy". Over six decades after the end of World War II, Germans still have a pathological fear of patriotism. Flying the flag is still a faux pas. Former Soviet neighbors, Ukraine and Belarus, are pursuing opposite political paths. A reappraisal of "Chechen identity" is in order: A review of The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule. A review of The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland. Following the Muhammad caricatures, Israeli artists staged a contest. They were looking for the best anti-Semitic cartoons. The results are in. From The Economist, George Bush is a fool for keeping Donald Rumsfeld in his job, and he could be criminally liable for the torture of a detainee at Guantanamo, Human Rights Watch says. An interview with Aicha el-Wafi, mother of Zacarias Moussaoui. John Kerry on how patriotism is not about defending a president's position -- it belongs to those who defend our country, in battle and in dissent. Bush and Congress didn't mean to run such a profligate fiscal policy. They just didn't really care, ex-White House economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin says. Republicans turned Congress into a ruthlessly partisan and efficient lawmaking body. Liberals should be thankful. The problem of private money influencing politics goes much, much deeper than Jack Abramoff. From TAP, an interview with Howard Dean. Hagel and McCain take note: Do today what William Fulbright did 40 years ago this week, and then we’ll talk. Political strategists predict that any Democrat hoping to compete for the presidential nomination in 2008 will need to raise $40 million by the Iowa caucuses. He may be the GOP’s new golden boy, but the country doesn’t know Mitt Romney like The Boston Phoenix. Building a better Press Secretary: Suggestions for Scott McClellan's successor (and more). PR and journalism depend on each other more than the latter cares to admit. An interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, on the 36/7 world of news. The era of mass media is giving way to one of personal and participatory media. That will profoundly change both the media industry and society as a whole. And Michael Kinsley wants you to Win a Date With E.J. Dionne

[Apr 21] From Australia, John Howard believes the postmodern approach to literature is "rubbish" and is considering tying education funding to ending the "gobbledegook" taught in some states; but he is just as postmodern as the school texts he claims are "rubbish". From Germany, as the country gets ready for the World Cup, a look at the largest brothel in the world. From Great Britain, the story of the female nude is laid bare; an article on the plight of a London man arrested on suspicion of terrorism for singing the lyrics of The Clash's "London Calling"; and why is it that the NHS can deliver the goods, and yet still not command public trust? From Belarus, the City of Minsk rules that the arrest of editor-in-chief Andrej Dynko disqualifies Nasha Niva from operating as a company; and though Lukashenko may have won another victory, he hasn't succeeded in abolishing politics. Two men are sentenced to prison in a closed trial that suggests that listening to protest songs is now, de facto, illegal in Uzbekistan. Kremlin watchers wonder what Vladimir Putin is up to with Hamas and Iran. Hamas's failure to recognise Israel will not be an issue if Palestine itself is recognised. The western powers and Iraqi nationalists must now accept that radical federalism is the only alternative to civil war. One thing is clear: the nuclear option makes little sense, but since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a Ph.D. in civil engineering and is a founding member of the Iran Tunnel Society, that affiliation may come in handy. Matthew Yglesias on the case against war with Iran. Chips down, Bush prepares a Hail Mary bet. Obscure historian Martin van Creveld on why knowing why not to bomb Iran is half the battle. When hawks play Chicken: Mutually Assured Destruction and Iran. And an article on what Muslims hear at Friday prayers: Is there really a clash of the cultures between Islam and the West? Is Dutch tolerance stretching too far? In Europe's struggles, an echo of Asia's past? An article on Asia’s dysfunctional democracies. We are globalised, but have no real intimacy with the rest of the world. And the pundits who embrace or reject globalisation too often live in an eternal present and ignore the lessons of the phenomenon’s deep past

[Apr 20] American life: From Government Executive, in a nation governed by the rule of law, the Federal Register, now 70, is the rule of law made real on a daily basis. Carl Bernstein calls for Senate hearings on Bush, now. Doris Kearns Goodwin puts Rumsfeld in historical context. A look at why Rumsfeld shouldn't be fired--he should be indicted. More on 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today. A review of 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol and the Birth of Post-Sixties America. From TAP, the opportunity before the Democrats is far bigger than a few House and Senate seats if they can recognize and seize this unique historical moment. Jonathan Chait on the real John McCain--again. And now, batting Right: A profile of Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). Where have all the (paleo)conservative candidates gone? Can Al Franken become a U.S. Senator just by being Al Franken? More on Joel Klein's Politics Lost. A review of Michael Moore: A Biography. Press Secretary Scott McClellan's mangled sentences, evasions, and befuddlement have made him the butt of a thousand blogs. Is he a victim, a pawn, or a PR disaster? Moving to the Right: Brit Hume's path took him from liberal outsider to the low-key voice of conservatism on Fox News. An interview with Samuel Friedman, author of The Wisdom of Ages: Letters to a Young Journalist. Can Village Voice make it without its lefty zetz? OJR talks to Michael Hiltzik, a business columnist and blogger for the Los Angeles Times, about fulfilling his two roles. The Army taught Markos Moulitsas Zuniga the very values that make him a progressive. Ignore bloggers at your peril, say researchers: Online pundits influence businesses and opinion. Blogs have a lot of buzz, but there's still considerable debate about whether that can translate into profits. In Jared’s Cottage: He only wanted to be Burkle's friend, calls billionaire 'psycho'. What Jack Abramoff, Anthony Pellicano, and Jared Paul Stern have in common. 'Gotcha' master Mazher Mahmood tastes his own medicine. And anticipating the release of "United 93," here's the truth about 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

[Apr 19] News from around the world: From Great Britain, Gordon Brown says Adam Smith would back New Labour. British tabloids have published paparazzi photos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel changing into her bathing suit by a pool in Italy. Belarus is joining the axis of evil instead of the EU. Russia has stumbled fatefully from Third Rome to Third International to Third World, and vodka has always been there to help things along. Mikhail Gorbachev on how Chernobyl's meltdown accelerated that of the Soviet Union. A look at the Chernobyl Body Count Controversy, and a visit to the exclusion zone. From Open Democracy, China’s much-vaunted "peaceful rise" is shadowed by a resurgent nationalism that has become a key factor in the ruling party’s political calculations. The world's preoccupation with China's sudden rise as an economic superpower is a matter of some bemusement among Chinese political leaders and intellectuals. Vietnam is preparing to enter the WTO. The decision is likely to strip Hanoi of much of its charm. From The Globalist, an article on a place called Bhutan. Deepak Lal on India and political corruption. After Sen: Researchers have found misogyny plays only one part in Asia's gender imbalance. The introduction to Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali. From Conversations With History, an interview with Ambassador Princeton Lyman on a strategic US approach to Africa. Nigeria is an incomplete state of failure. From Foreign Affairs, Jorge Castañeda on Latin America's Left Turn. Chile has an enviable dilemma: too much money. A look at what the Cuban revolution didn't change, and what it did. From Time, while Benedict XVI has drawn the line on doctrine, he has streamlined his job to create a gentler, humbler papacy. An article on Ratzinger's Quiet Non-Revolution. From The New American, elitists in the United States, Mexico, and Canada are plotting to merge these three nations into a single regional government similar to the European Union. Give 'em enough English: A Clintonian immigration solution. And Victor Davis Hanson on France's immigrant problem-and ours

[Apr 18] From Canada, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae are former roommates, one-time rivals and lifelong friends. It appears they want the same job. Who'll win this time? From Great Britain, it has exclusive shops and homes and a glamorous cultural scene, but this is not what has made London the destination of choice for the world's multi billionaires--it's now a virtual tax haven; and Theodore Dalrymple on the state of England: It's this bad. An article on Ferenc Gyurcsany, the man who would be Hungary's Tony Blair. An article on the strange alliance between Ukrainian "Progressive Socialism" and Russian "Neo-Eurasianism". European Continental Drift: An article on demagogues and the dangerous tide of anti-immigrant populism. Richard Holbrooke goes behind the military revolt. From Salon, legendary activist Daniel Ellsberg says officials need to speak out against administration lies now. Tom Engelhardt on Bush's domestic and foreign fronts: From triumph to near collapse in less than five years. They terrorize other government officials, and they’re so secretive that their names aren’t even revealed to a harmless federal employee directory. And they’ve helped ruin the country: Meet Dick Cheney’s staff. White Hats vs. Black Hats: Who's who in Washington's scandal investigations. An article on Jack Abramoff's start in South Africa. From Time, a look at America's Best (and Worst) Senators. Pop quiz: Who’s Arizona’s other U.S. senator? Here’s a clue: He makes Dubya look like a liberal. What may have worked for Republicans last time is on the runway. But 2006 is nothing like 2004.  The gerrymander that ate America: Here's the only way to make House races competitive again. Finding Religion: Democrats try to talk like God-fearing folk. From New York, depressed about the Democrats? Revolted by the Republicans? You’re not alone. Here in New York, a third way is being plotted. Follow the purple-brick road. A review of Can She Be Stopped? by John Podhoretz. And a review of Joel Klein's Politics Lost

[Apr 17] From Italy, Romano Prodi is the unlucky winner.  From Australia, Robert Hughes has written extensively about the shock of the new; Freycinet's map is more a case of the shock of the familiar. From Zambia, an article on capitalism a means to development. From Canada, a look at the myth of the Jewish Lobby; and an article on proportional representation: Here's why it can be a good thing for voters, and why it probably won't happen. From Mexico, rabble-rouser Andres Lopez Obrador finds himself ahead of his two rivals in the presidential race. From Thailand, an op-ed on the country's rotten politics. From Russia, a review of books on making Russia a normal country. A look at how Europe is stalling on the road to economic change. From India, there is a disconnect between intellect and character in Henry Kissinger's personality; and a review of Development with Dignity: A Case for Full Employment. From Pakistan, a look at The Bunny Theory of Peace: No two countries, democracies or otherwise, that have been penetrated (no pun intended!) by Hugh Hefner will ever go to war. Islam and globanalisation: An article on Salman Rushdie's signature at the bottom of a statement declaring a global proclamation against "Islamic totalitarianism. Overshadowed by Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has nearly faded from view. But violence there is on the rise, and things may be about to get bloodier. From WSJ, an article on taxes: Who pays, and how much? The $104 Billion Refund: The most absurd corporate tax giveaway of 2005. And so you think it's all charts and numbers and serious nods at those Federal Reserve meetings? Why do bureaucrats insist on spending the taxpayers' money to keep aging government paperwork from the taxpayers? I'm OK, you're biased: Daniel Gilbert on why objectivity lies in the eyes of the beholder. There is growing evidence that blogs won't be killing off old media after all. Village Voice shakeup: Top investigative journalist fired, prize-winning writers resign following merger with New Times Media. And an alternative to what, motherfucker? Un-radical New Times sees no profit in working for change

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: The Believer compares the paradoxical obituaries of Susan Sontag. Julian Baggini talks to acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers. An article on Michiko Kakutani: A critic with a fixation. A review of books by Norman Mailer. Anna Maria Levi recalls growing up with her older brother, writer and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. An article on the perils of literary realism in the United States. Here's a critical look at Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Publishers often repeat book titles, which can be confusing. How many words are there in the English language? Why there’s little excuse for mispronunciation. Here's the Nino Scalia Guide to Sicilian Hand Gestures. Your laces are boring. And you're taking too long to tie them up, too. What makes a joke funny? An article explores the essence of mirth. Why do we celebrate birthdays? Here are some memorable epitaphs and 25 signs you have grown up. An article gets close and personal with the Arabs' most favourite creature. A review of Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game. From Pop and Politics, an article on the psychology of The Simpsons: D'oh! Every generation can be stereotyped by select films, which sum up the decade's "crazy youth": From Rebel Without a Cause to Sixteen Candles to Mean Girls. In 30 years of covering rock for The Boston Globe, Steve Morse collected enough stories to last a lifetime. These are a few. An article on the incredible longevity of LL Cool J.  Musician Lawrie Minson on his attempts to fuse Indian classical music with the Blues. And a comparison of Eurovision Song Contest simulation with actual results reveals shifting patterns of collusive voting alliances

[Weekend 2e] From The American Prospect, here's the final installment in a four-part series on how progressives and Democrats can close the “identity gap.” Noam Scheiber on the problem with Michael Tomasky's big idea for the Democrats. A review of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy. A review of Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to The White House and Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse. An interview with Robert Scheer on his new book, Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan and Clinton -- and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush (and an excerpt). An interview with Eyal Press, author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict that Divided America. A review of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. A new study finds Americans view retirement differently from the rest of the world. Ralf Dahrendorf on the nation state revisited.  From Ethics & International Affairs, a review of International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction; a review of Shaping Race Policies: The United States in Comparative Perspective. From In These Times, an article on Black Men: The crisis continues. From Salon, a review of Tavis Smiley's The Covenant With Black America. From National Review, an article on hip-hop and the military. An article on fruitcake: Why does it get a bad rap? Hispanic immigration has become a big political issue in the US, the latest chapter of an old American story. From Forward, stereotype this! Introducing Ethnic Superheroes. And from TNR, Benny Morris on a close examination of what Mearsheimer and Walt failed to tell us about the "Israel Lobby"

[Weekend] Political economy: A new issue of Post-Autistic Economics Review is out. From India's Economic and Political Weekly, an article on transparency and the natural environment; and an article on economic growth in independent India: Lumbering elephant or running tiger? pdf Brazil struggles to put the brakes on rampant deforestation without throwing tens of thousands of loggers and farmers into poverty. Clive Crook on fixing the world's economy, part 97. Not even a cat to rescue: The International Monetary Fund contemplates its future. A discussion of Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development by Joseph Stiglitz. From Mother Jones, James K. Galbraith on the Predator State: Enron, Tyco, WorldCom... and the U.S. government? Paul Krugman on the crony factory. A review of The Bully of Bentonville and The Wal-Mart Effect. From The Economist, in its taste for risk, the world's leading investment bank, Goldman Sachs, epitomises the modern financial system. From Newsweek, Eleanor Clift interviews Al Gore on global warming. Michael Kinsley on why you don't have to hate oil companies to want an excess-profits tax. How dumb does Big Oil think your are? A new issue of The Geonomist is out. The urban renewal that is now sweeping across America is based on state actions fixing the cost of factors of production below market value, thereby generating super-profits for the private sector. How welfare reform worked: Though successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, welfare reform left key problems unsolved. More on Charles Murray's In Our Hands. What is compassionate conservatism? Marvin Olasky explains. From Parade, is the American Dream still possible? An interview with Michael Albert on Parecon today. A review of 100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them. What a country: If affluent people want a body part and have cash, they can get the organ abroad.  Tim Harford of why you can never buy a decent used car. And his poetry and fascism have been comprehensively scrutinised. Now Ezra Pound’s monetary heresies get a long-overdue audit in The Route of all Evil: The Political Economy of Ezra Pound

[Apr 28] From Open Democracy, Paul Berman's Power and the Idealists and Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads attempt to make sense of what went wrong in the post Cold War world. From India's The Telegraph, Pratap Bhanu Mehta reviews Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. A review of To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda. Joseph Nye on Donald Rumsfeld and soft power. From TNR, here's John Judis: "It's not fashionable to say this, but the Iraq war was about oil". Lament of the Profiteer: Why Halliburton wants the Iraq war to end. From Tikkun, from Jabotinsky to Kadima, a short history of contemporary Israeli politics. From The Nation, an article on the ferment over The Israel Lobby. From The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, touring with Bernard-Henri Lévy is a dizzying experience. From Reason, a review of The Weekly Standard: A Reader, 1995-2005. From Counterpunch, a look at why leftists distrust liberals. An interview with Howard Zinn. Eric Alterman on Bush's other war. Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres think that political parties should open a "blind trust" with the election authorities into which all private donors must deposit their money. John DiIulio on the challenge for faith-based initiatives. And from World, are there still public servants in Washington? Not grasping for power, but ready to give it up? 

[Apr 27] Liberals, Greens, Radicals: The last issue of Impact Press is out, including an editorial, an article on Revealing the Revolutionary King; Adam Finley notices there has always been a strong desire among grown men to bed teenage girls; clear-cutting green activists: The FBI escalates the War on Dissent; and seriously, humans, what's the deal? We used to know how to run a relatively peaceful world. Did our society peak at the end of 1999? From In These Times, an Internal Revenue Service auditor darkens the door of Greenpeace: Is the IRS being used as a political tool? Seeking a solution to climate change, an increasing number of environmentalists are advocating nuclear power (and an op-ed on why the United States should rely more on nuclear power). Here's a Wired scorecard rating the major green groups. More and more and more on Jane Jacobs. A review of Sprawl: A Compact History. Here's the Top 10 Liberal Cities, ranked by Human Events. Solar panels on the roof, hybrid car in the garage, Organic-cotton clothes in the closet: Today's eco-radicals are voting with their dollars. A look at The Ten Worst Corporations of 2005. Hostile Takeover: An article on the corporate control of society and human life. What do anarchists mean by anti-capitalism? A review of Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. A look at why Pete Seeger is one hot octogenarian. Here's a two-word proposal for solving the immigration crisis in the USA: open borders. A world without borders: The case for international solidarity and the need for a socialist alternative. From TAP, part 3 of a four-part series on how progressives and Democrats can close the “identity gap.” Euston, you don't have lift-off: A group of left-wing pundits and intellectuals wants to save the Left from itself, but why bother? Manifest Destiny: An essay on the American Imperial Myth, Then & Now. And human rights in a developmental context: An article on Jefferson's rights in natural human context

[Apr 26] From The Chicago Tribune, American tax dollars and the wartime needs of the U.S. military are fueling an illicit pipeline of cheap foreign labor, mainly impoverished Asians who often are deceived, exploited and put in harm's way in Iraq with little protection (a special series). The rebuilding of Iraqi pipeline is a disaster waiting to happen. More on Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. An op-ed on why the US must offer Iran a diplomatic deal. An interview with Michael Rubin, author of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos. Terrorism expert Cerwyn Moore on what turns people, especially women, into suicide bombers. Molly Ivins on pro-Israel nutjobs, and no, it's not anti-Semitic. A review of While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. The first chapter from Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government's Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs. Obituary: Jane Jacobs. The Next Green Revolution: How technology is leading environmentalism out of the anti-business, anti-consumer wilderness, and 8 people & trends to watch. From Wired, he invented the Internet (sort of). He became President (almost). Now Al Gore has found his true calling: using the power of technology to save the world. Laurie David and Stephen Schneider, activist and climate scientist, deliberate the state of the planet. Ralph Nader on Gingrich, "futurism" and the abolition of the Office of Technology Assessment. An interview with David Kupelian, author of The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised As Freedom. An interview with Sasha Abramsky, author of Conned: How Millions of Americans Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House (and an excerpt). The Bible Bench: The message from fundamentalists to state jurists is clear: Judge conservatively, lest ye not be a judge. From National Review, an interview with Ramesh Ponnuru on his new book, The Party of Death (and part 2, and another from mercator.net). And why Caitlin Flanagan drives her readers nuts: More on To Hell With All That

[Apr 25] American politics: Newt Gingrich on the five challenges that America must meet. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on Bush's Thousand Days. Jonathan Alter on what President Bush can learn from FDR. Does the Administration need Donald Rumsfeld? Hendrik Hertzberg wants to know. It should come as no surprise that President Bush is having a problem with vacancies in high-level jobs. The Outsiders: For the Bush team, true change won't come from within. A look at how the GOP lost its way. A review of The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine. Joel Klein is searching for a pol with a pulse, and more on Politics Lost. Here's part 2 of a four-part series on how progressives and Democrats can close the “identity gap.” Rich politicians claim to avoid conflicts of interest by financing their own campaigns. But does experience back them up? With the political and ideological extremes bubbling up from the states, is the country destined to balkanize into a patchwork of polar-opposite policies? Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times hasn't exactly been pulling his punches. Jonathan Chait defends McCain's flip-flops. Congress is about to approve a measure that would eliminate the last remaining government policy insuring local oversight on communications companies. David Gordon reviews In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. The absurdity (and consistency) of white denial: What kind of card is race? Islam in the Big House: How radical Muslims took over the American prison system. Not in Kansas: David Remnick on Rahim Esenov, a Turkman of letters who visited New York. Noncitizens have the obligations of citizens--so why not the right to vote? Keeping America Empty: How one small-town conservationist launched today’s anti-immigration movement. A look at how immigration reform is splitting Catholics and the GOP. No bar code: An evangelical Virginia farmer says a revolution against industrial agriculture is just down the road. Vermont's rural poverty is encouraging young people to seek out a better life through the National Guard - and now disproportionate numbers of them are coming home in flag-draped caskets. Military bloggers speak out against more restrictions: Speakers at conference say self-regulation can maintain security. And from NYRB, Mark Tushnet and Ronald Dworkin exchange views on Lincoln, Justice Alito, and Charles Fried

[Apr 24] Jack Goldsmith (Harvard): Democracy, Prudence, Intervention pdf. From ISYP Journal on Science and World Affairs, a series of articles on nuclear weapons and terrorism. Zbigniew Brzezinski on how talk of a U.S. strike on Iran is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war. Attorney Alan Grayson pursues Iraq contractor fraud, using Civil War-era law to go after firms for corruption, but administration won't help. Democracy is an admirable idea. If only everyone could agree on what it means. A review of Oriana Fallaci's The Force of Reason. A review of Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam. A review of God's Terrorists. A review of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast. From Bomb, an interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy. A hundred years ago, a black evangelist in Los Angeles taught his congregants how to speak in tongues, and created America's distinct form of everyday supernaturalism. With its sweeping new antiabortion law, South Dakota has 'dared' the Supreme Court, as one scholar puts it, to overturn Roe. Is this a clever legal strategy, or a reckless affront to the Constitution? From the Claremont Review of Books, a review of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution edited by Edwin Meese, and a review of Freakonomics. More on The Undercover Economist. A review of Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics and Thomas Schelling's Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays. A review of Necropolis: London and its Dead. More on Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism. A review of Martin Gilbert's Churchill and America. British and US scientists are at loggerheads over a plan to work with oil companies in hunting for the Arctic's fossil fuel reserves. Is global warming now a reality? What do scientists know for sure and when are they just guessing? Do we care enough to save what's left? An interview with biologist Camille Parmesan. A review of We Want Food. A review of Desmond Morris' Watching: Encounters with Humans and Other Animals. A review of The Lying Ape. And billed as libido in an atomiser, PT-141 will finally offer women the chance to turn on their sexual desire as and when they need it

[Weekend 2e] Christianity and conservatism: At a time of heightened power for evangelical Christians, old fissures are widening, and new theological and political splits are developing. Jim Wallis, move over: A review of The Irresistible Revolution: Living As an Ordinary Radical. Christianity, the Brand: How Larry Ross took "a bungee jump for God" and helped turn religious public relations into big business. A review of books on religious life. "Martin" has been considering an escort for some time: What would Jesus screw? Paul Johnson says the events which led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday ad 33 were essentially a conflict over freedom of speech. A review of How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature -- Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference and What It Means for Faith Today. Few moments in world history proved to be of greater significance than what transpired in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Christmas Day in the year 800. More on Karen Armstrong's The Great Transformation. By turning that disciplinary Rubik's Cube, you end up with seemingly as many ways to study religion as there are scholars of religion. Sceptical scientists and committed believers have one thing in common: they both desperately want science to unlock the mysteries of religion. Noam Chomsky sounds off on Western intellect, religion and the role of science. Darwin isn't the enemy. Conservatives do no service to their cause by treating him as one. An interview with Bruce Frohnen, editor of American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. An interview with conservative comedian Brad Stine, author of Live from Middle America. The Conservative Humanist: Those who are pro-life and pro-family should have no problem being pro-human. Twenty-first century religion and the backlash against women's autonomy: Three recent events that show that women's freedom is imperiled. What if Roe is overturned? Ramesh Ponnuru investigates. And beyond Roe vs Wade, let the debate begin: A pro-choice South Dakotan investigates her home state's decision to prohibit abortion

[Weekend] From Writ, John Dean says if past is prologue, George Bush is becoming an increasingly dangerous president. How can the press contribute to confronting the crisis of 33 more months of Bush? First: recognize it. Armchair Warriors, Exeunt Omnes: Public intellectuals, once supportive of the war, are now quietly exiting the stage they helped set. An interview with Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. A look at why Americans may never leave Iraq. Diplomatic Terrorism, Nuclear Blackmail: Justin Raimondo on the essence of U.S. foreign policy. The kiss of death? William Kristol praises " The Euston Manifesto". An article on Noam Chomsky and the Pro-Israel Lobby: Fourteen Erroneous Theses. Eric Alterman on the Israel Lobby and AIPAC's Complaint. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the anti-Semitic hoax that refuses to die (and more). Tunku Varadarajan reviews Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. Desperate for a symbol other than Fight Club's Tyler Durden to help "realign your perceptions" on life? It is the age of discredited institutions and revised history: We need things to believe in, but they'd better be watertight. "I don't know if anybody'll be interested, because boredom is such a hard sell": These are tough times for boredom. From The Black Commentator, a look at how the media uses blacks to chastise blacks. Jeff “The Snowman” Monson is the Ultimate Fighting Anarchist. Solve seven puzzles to answer this question: How did worms become the first environmental activists? Why pay more for fairness? Peter Singer finds out. Making civil justice sane: Philip K. Howard on why judges should stop unreasonable lawsuits before they start. Bratton's 'broken windows': No matter what you've heard, the chief's policing method wastes precious funds. An interview with Jody Heymann, author of Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy. James Surowiecki on the upside and downside of corruption. What books should someone read to learn the basics behind the classical liberal perspective? Football provides a glimpse of how true globalization of labor would work. More on The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. From Slate, economist Tyler Cowen visits New Orleans. A review of Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. And an interview with journalist Richard Reeves on Reagan, New York and BHL

[Apr 21] From Rolling Stone, a cover story by Sean Wilentz on George W. Bush: Worst President in History? Geoffrey Wheatcroft says Tony Blair is worse than Bush. How is it that antiwar soldiers continue to fight? And what does it really take for an antiwar soldier to resist? More on 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military. A review of My Holy War: Dispatches From the Home Front.  From TAP, here's part 1 of a path-breaking and challenging new study on how progressives and Democrats can close the "identity gap". From Salon, most liberals have celebrated the recent pro-immigration marches. But some leading progressives say illegal immigration hurts American workers. From Lacoochie to Le Sourdsville to Los Angeles, America's national language is under siege. Robert Samuelson says it's all about assimilation--or should be. An article on what immigrants must learn from the black Civil Rights movement. From Seed, here's a graphical look at what we've done and where we're going. State of the Planet 2006: The x-factor in preventing catastrophe will be whether the American public sort of gets it, or really gets it. Earth Day 2006 arrives with some evangelicals making a controversial push for radical environmental legislation. An interview with Roger Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet’s Future. Hairspray and refrigerators were destroying the ozone layer until scientists talked and politicians listened. Bionic humanity is coming, but not with the bang of a huge, secret government program of the Steve Austin variety. Survival of the Richest: Why are some people better adapted for making money in the financial markets? Sloan School's Andrew W. Lo explains. Tyler Cowen on neuroeconomics: Why do investors do what they do? From The Mises Institute, an article on Henry George and the Tariff Question. An article on Parecon and the Nature of Reformism. A review of Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation. More on The Undercover Economist. Welcome to the New and Private: Neighborhood: Local government in a world of postmodern pluralism. And an article on the urban imagery of George Orwell

[Apr 20] Potpourri: From Prospect, John Stuart Mill left no systematic legacy; there is no "Millism." But 200 years after his birth, his liberalism is still relevant; Michael Ignatieff wondered if torture under some circumstances might not make us safer. The answer is a firm no; Communism is the only political system to have created its own international brand of comedy. A form of resistance? Even Stalin told some good ones; and desalination has long been a possible answer to the world's water shortages. Can technological advances bring it into the mainstream? Vietnam and the Loss of Cultural Honor: An excerpt from Honor: A History. A split is growing over how militant the upcoming "Day Without Immigrants" should be. From The Independent, an article on the secrets of Scientology. A review of Gen. Anthony Zinni's The Battle for Peace. Tony Judt on Walt and Mearsheimer: It's a lobby, not a conspiracy. Frank Furedi confronts the New Misanthropy: The big question today is not whether humans will survive the twenty-first century, but whether our faith in humanity will survive it. A review of Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. It's come to this: The chief project to restate Democratic economics is named after the father of American conservatism, Alexander Hamilton. Walter Russell Mead reviews BHL's American Vertigo.  From In These Times, an interview with Studs Terkel. From Monthly Review, more on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. The introduction to Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How That Message Becomes Reality. An article on the very rich in America: "The kind of money you cannot comprehend". A decent respect for the Constitution should cause the Supreme Court to reconsider some past decisions.  From New Statesman, a review of David Runciman's The Politics of Good Intentions: history, fear and hypocrisy in the new world order; and a review of Surviving Capitalism: how we learned to live with the market and remained almost human. More on Happiness: A History. An article on the problems with the liberal case against privacy and transparency. And a review of Richard John Neuhaus' Catholic Matters

[Apr 19] George Bragues (Guelph): The Ancients against the Moderns: Focusing on the Character of Corporate Leaders. From Der Spiegel, an interview with economist Kenneth Rogoff:  "Unbridled capitalism will lead to very real problems". Capitalism, CEO pay, and the common good: "In the aggregate sense, it reflects the marginal propensity of CEOs to take the money and run." American consumption depends on American optimism. Why? Niall Ferguson explains. An interview with Alvin Toffler on his new book, Revolutionary Wealth: How It Will Be Created and How It Will Change Our Lives. An excerpt from The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. The first chapter (and a video interview) from The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. The first chapter from Economic Justice in an Unfair World: Toward a Level Playing Field. More and more on Charles Murray's In Our Hands. Twenty-somethings complain they've been shafted. And they're right. A review of Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto. On the myth of the gangsta life: Crime does pay--minimum wage. An excerpt from Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime. Does it matter how violent criminals choose their victims? From TAC, an article on feminism's long journey from "Is this all?" to having it all to being liberated by less. An article on why men marry bitchy women. An interview with Harvey Mansfield on Manliness (and a review). An essay on masculinity and Brokeback Mountain. From the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, an article on what made Stonewall different; a review of Dan Savage's The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family; and was lesbian separatism inevitable? An interview with Jill Johnston, author of Lesbian Nation. More and more on Caitlin Flanagan's To Hell With All That. What if Roe v. Wade is overturned? An article on the divided states of America, state by state. From WSJ, an article on why government funded care is the best health solution. And taking the least of you: Who should own the blood and tissue samples you give?

[Apr 18] Environment and politics:  From The Washington Monthly, an article on The Emerging Environmental Majority. Chris Mooney takes a look at how global warming will change the United States and, with time, American politics. From The New Yorker, an article on Al Gore, global warming, and environmental passion. An interview with Lars-Erik Liljelund, Director General of the Swedish EPA on climate change and public policy. From income tax to environmental tax: Lester Brown on the time for a shift. From LMD, a webpage for Planet in Peril: Atlas of Current Threats to People and the Environment. From Orion, Bill McKibben on solutions to problems you never knew you had. From Grist, an interview with climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert. Is balanced journalism to blame for the lack of action on global warming? From TAP, a special series on oil and the green economy. The Oil Rush: How high-tech prospectors are trying to squeeze fuel--and fat profits--out of the earth while transforming the petroleum market. A review of Oil: Politics, Poverty & The Planet. From Technology Review, the first in an eight-part series highlighting new technologies in Spain. Going Nuclear: Greenpeace's Patrick Moore makes the case. Just because a car has so-called hybrid technology doesn't mean it's doing more to help the environment or to reduce the country's dependence on oil. A review of nature books for city slickers. The animal rights organization has obtained video footage of pigs being stunned with Taser guns as part of a Pentagon nonlethal weapons testing program. Do the animal rights nuts know something we don't? From Salon, more than 50 percent of our recycled computers are shipped overseas, where their toxic components are polluting poor communities (and more). A review of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. An article on nature myths, debunked. An article on energy philosophy for entropic times. And cave dwellers in China serve as a model for designing an eco-friendly life

[Apr 17] Does the United States have a war plan for stopping Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons? The Bush administration still struggles to agree on how to carry out its secret blueprint to fight the global war on terrorism. Richard Clarke on why attacking Iran would invite terrorist reprisals. If the aim in the "war on terror" is to stymie the jihadists, its long-term aim must be to discredit Jihadism in the Muslim world. A review of John Gray's Al Qaeda and What It Means to be Modern. A review of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq (and more). Who shall bear primary responsibility for this shipwreck, the civilian officials who conceived the war or the generals charged with waging it? From Dissent, Rob Jenkins (Birkbeck): Collateral Benefit: Iraq and Increased Legitimacy for International Trusteeship; Alain Finkielkraut on fanatics without borders; and an essay on job redistribution à la Française. Globalization brings possibility, embraced by Mexicans pouring over the border to the U.S., but also upheaval, resented by many Europeans. Is the political climate finally ripe for more vigorous work-site enforcement against employers who hire illegal workers? From National Journal, a cover story on immigration. Anti-immigration politicians are direct descendants of people who did some illegal migrating of their own many years ago. Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm has a plan to destroy America. Forget guest workers: Why should citizens of NAFTA countries need visas at all? The gap between the rich and the rest of us has grown wider. And we can't talk about it. A review of Wall Street Versus America: The Rampant Greed and Dishonesty That Imperil Your Portfolio. More on The Disposable American. More on The Undercover Economist. Eminent domain is dead! (Long live eminent domain!): Americans have long been of two minds when it comes to property rights. David Broder on protecting people from themselves. Charles Murray lectures on his plan to replace the welfare state. And as the median pay of top executives rises faster than overall wages and salaries, the Securities and Exchange Commission should require more information from companies regarding their total pay

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From Northern Ireland, if they weren't such fecking terrorists, then maybe they could have a spot, aye? From Great Britain, his reputation and his statue may be tarnished, but politicians have much to learn from Charles James Fox. What does the Queen do? On the eve of Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday, Time takes an inside look at Monarchy Inc. (and 80 things you didn't know about the Queen). The scandal surrounding New York Post gossip writer Jared Paul Stern may be about tabloid ethics, but does it also say something about the media's frustration with the Bush White House? Human Events gets ready to celebrate May 1 as Conservative Shopping Day, a day without illegal aliens. Gone with the Wind: Naomi Schaefer Riley visits a South Carolina plantation. Here's Don Feder's response to a Seinfeld Jew. The exchange only took a moment, but it was one of those moments that bothers you all day. Saudi young men have to go to extraordinary lengths to catch a girl’s eye while avoiding the moral police. From Nerve, more on a History of Single Life: Teenagers in love. What the heck is polyamory, and is it a legitimate way to sustain a romantic relationship? Michelle Cottle on why pharmacies shouldn't lock up their condoms. What makes a real man? Hollywood and Harvard answer it different ways. Housewife, mom, writer, happy. Critics, take aim: Caitlin Flanagan fights the mommy wars. For those who have ever wondered when a promise of manly protection becomes a protection racket, this is your moment. Safety in numbers: How risky is the abortion pill? Can’t make a decision, ladies? Call Bill Napoli. And what's long, pale and drenched in a white cream sauce? It might not be what you think


[Weekend 2e] Helen O'Nions (LMU): The Erosion Of The Right To Seek Asylum. A review of Hitler's Exiles: The German Cultural Resistance in America and Europe. A review of The Holocaust: A Reader. A review of The Cold War's Odd Couple: The Unintended Partnership between the Republic of China and the UK, 1950–58. A new issue of Smithsonian Magazine is out. A review of Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition and the Defeat of the Moors. A review of Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution. From Inside Higher Ed, an article on the real reason why students can't write (and you, to, can right like a blogger). The first chapter from The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities. From Ball State, who is the Philosopher's Drinking Society? Column stirs campus: Is Brandeis too Jewish? Cocky athletes or successful psychos? Seed looks inside the mind of the well-adjusted deviant. From The Spectator, Roger Scruton on Sigmund the Fraud. A review of Epistemic Luck. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky. Critical Thinking: What is it good for? In fact, what is it? A review of Conversation: A History of a Declining Art and The Age of Conversation. A review of Law & Internet Cultures. An interview with Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks. A look at how literature inspires discussions about justice. A review of Mary Midgley's The Owl of Minerva: A Memoir. And there are far worse sins than the seven dubbed "deadly" so long ago, reckons A.C. Grayling. Surely the likes of cruelty, hypocrisy and oppression are more in tune with modern moral imperatives

[Weekend] The Clash of Civilizations: From the Carnegie Council, remarks by Amartya Sen (video) on Identity and Violence; a discussion of Globalized Islam by Olivier Roy; and a discussion of Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe by Jytte Klausen. Daniel Goldhagen warns that political Islam has gone into the offensive. From The Jerusalem Post, at the Leviathan's mercy: A critique of the work of Robert Kaplan. Liberal hawks, don’t do unto Darfur what you did to Iraq. An interview with George Shultz on the Bush Doctrine. An interview with Madeleine Albright, on her new book The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs. The other Japanese occupation: The expansive, prewar Imperial Japan bears some striking similarities to our own present government. An interview with Sayyid Iyad Jamaleddine on the Iraqi constitution and secularism. From Conversations with History, an interview with Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, and an interview with Daniel Benjamin, author of The Next Attack: The Failure of the War On Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right. An interview with Scott Ritter on Iran and the return of a draft. Russia's dangerous double game with Israel and Iran could easily spark a Middle East conflict, with dire consequences for the US. Mark Steyn reviews Orianna Fallaci's The Force of Reason. Saudi Arabia's government is finally making moves to "re-educate" Islamic extremists - but a new generation of jihadis is ready to take their place. From The Nation, a review of eight books on Osama, al-Qaeda and jihad. Viewing Islamists as a monolith risks closing the gap between those who preach violence and those who preach politics. Globalization for Losers: The jihadists are far worse for indigenous cultures than Westernization. By helping to save millions of children who are at risk of death from disease we have the best chance to defeat the ideologies of hate. And Barnes & Noble goes to Baghdad: A brilliant plan to send American books to the Middle East

[Apr 28] Media and technology: From the UK's Press Gazette, consider yourself lucky if your big worry is the future of journalism, and an article on why the public doesn't deserve the news. What we have on the internet at the moment is a global village with some dodgy side streets. Some international interests are advocating new "construction", if you will -- using materials that are more to their liking. An article on the economics of internet rebellions: Luckily, the economics of the internet promote group ownership and punish monopolies. The Way We Boom Now: What this age of Internet euphoria looks like to those of us who were in the game last time around. "Network neutrality" regulation is complicated. Potential changes deserve real scrutiny, not a quiet congressional pass on behalf of the telecom industry (and more). Other than producing mountains of visual data and raising the inevitable questions of privacy, how useful are surveillance cameras? The Total Information Awareness Project Lives On: The technology behind the Pentagon's controversial data-mining project has been acquired by NSA, and is probably in use. A review of The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times. And an article on what the Chinese really want from the Internet. And what companies like Google can, and can't, do about it

[Apr 27] A special issue of ephemera is out, on the theme "Web of Capturing the Moving Mind", including an introduction, Brian Holmes (Tangent): Continental Drift: Activist Research, From Geopolitics to Geopoetics; and Pierre Guillet de Monthoux (Stockholm): Intellectual Generals of General Intellect pdf.  Peter Singer reviews The Evolution of Morality. A review of Power and the Nation in European History. A review of John Lukacs' June 1941: Hitler and Stalin. From The Economists' Voice, a series of articles on deterrence and the death penalty (a special kind of registration required). The first chapter from On Justification: Economies of Worth. Mind over matter: A thesis on the "disability" of our market economy has broken new ground. Harvard economists add historic context, some of it surprising, to the issue of dwindling male enrollments. Does Harvard deserve its stellar reputation? A recent graduate has his doubts. From Princeton, should Marx be given yet another chance? Where the living is easy: When strong salaries combine with low costs, professors can live the good. The way universities prostitute themselves to keep up a healthy supply of tuition-paying students is getting pretty hard to satire. The Society of American Historians protests the Smithsonian Institution's "increasingly commercial approach to its mission". American historians just visited the nation’s capital for a convention. Scott McLemee kept a diary. Random, mind-boggling connections are the beauty and sensational weirdness of the Historical Statistics of the United States. From The Huffington Post, Max Blumenthal on the Demons of David Horowitz. Seattle's Discovery Institute is scrambling to rebound after intelligent-design ruling. Rabbi Gellman tries to understand angry atheists. And the birds and the b's: Challenging Chomsky, starlings learn 'human-only' syntax patterns

[Apr 26] Ed Glaeser (Harvard): Why Does Democracy Need Education? pdf. An interview with Corey Robin, author of Fear: History of a Political Idea. The introduction to Citizenship under Fire: Democratic Education in Times of Conflict. A review of Slavoj Zizek's The Parallax View. An article on the failures of British philosophy. The question "Why do you go to Latvia so often?" triggers American philosopher Jason Potter to reflect upon his motives. A review of Letters to a Young Mathematician. What's it worth to ya? A neuroeconomic study discovers a mechanism for decision-making. A review of Peter Carruthers' Consciousness: Essays from a Higher-Order Perspective. The Other ID Opponents: Traditional creationists see Intelligent Design as an attack on the Bible. From Christianity Today, a review of Eric Foner's Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, a review of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and a review of Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the American Civil War. From H-Net, a review of Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe, and a review of Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection. The first chapter from The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. National Archives will stop letting U.S. agencies secretly withdraw, as an attempt to screen archive prompts fears: Journalist's family wants to block search of papers held by university. Headbanging, academia meet in heavy-metal documentary, and domestic goddesses get new respect in academia. More on Windows Live Academic Search, Microsoft's Google Scholar rival. And from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society makes papers available from its "Bloggership: How Blogs are Transforming Legal Scholarship" conference, including Lawrence Solum (Illinois): Blogging and the Transformation of Legal Scholarship, and Gail L. Heriot (San Diego): Are Modern Bloggers Following in the Footsteps of Publius?

[Apr 25] Eric Claeys (St. Louis): Jefferson Meets Coase: Train Sparks, the Harm-Benefit Distinction, and Natural Property Rights. David Law (San Diego) and Lawrence Solum (Illinois): Judicial Selection, Appointments Gridlock, and the Nuclear Option. US Rep. David Price on Reflections on Congressional Government at 120 and Congress at 216 pdf.  A review of Impressions of Hume. Alan Ryan reviews Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. A review of Germany and the Causes of the First World War. A review of How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan. From Butterflies & Wheels, an article on the Myth of Productivity and the Function of Consumerism: An Institutional Perspective. Economics researchers show that altruism can make everyone a winner in business; and behavioral economist Colin F. Camerer of Cal tech highlights four games he used in his groundbreaking research (and an interview). Mathematical model may provide insight into how we sense. A review of From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal DesignEndless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom; and The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma. From TNR, James Wood reviews Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine by Harold Bloom (and more). A review of Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. From American Heritage, an article on The World’s Greatest Library. Nat Hentoff on why schools fail the future when they don't teach individual liberties in the Constitution. Professors consider ways to improve the content and teaching of US history survey courses. Do we still need SATs? Maybe it's time to wean ourselves from the college entrance exam. The campus campaign to force universities to divest from corporations doing business with the Sudanese government is having real impact. More from John Fund on Yale and the Taliban (and a response from Juan Cole). And get this: The great-niece of the man who forged the Hitler diaries sells faked forgeries of the Mona Lisa

[Apr 24] Michael Perry (Emory): The United States Constitution as a Charter of Human Rights pdf. Martha Nussbaum (Chicago): Living Together: The Roots of Respect and Proclaiming Equality: Religion in the New Nation pdf. A review of Philosophy Made Simple (and an excerpt). What would life be like without imagination? For one thing, we probably couldn't answer that question, for such an effort requires imagination. More on In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Worlds Away: When it came to earthly obsessions, Carl Sagan took the long view. A review of The American Classics: A Personal Essay and American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. More on A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History. More on The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation and Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland. One of Britain’s leading public schools is to hold classes in cheeriness and contentment, a bold new educational trend. A review of Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness. While authors are still feted with cheese cubes and merlot, publishing people agree book parties aren't what they used to be. A review of The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You Will Never Read. More and more and more on 12 Books That Changed the World. Writing systems may look very different, but they all use the same basic building blocks of familiar natural shapes. A review of Wole Soyinka's You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir. Georges Bataille challenged our perceptions and influenced generations of artists with his journal Documents: An early lesson in shock tactics. With Camus in goal, and Gramsci playing down the left, for a dash of positive thinking in the middle of the park look no further than Ludwig Wittgenstein. Harvey Mansfield on Larry Summers' resignation at Harvard, and a review of Manliness. And there are, in the end, objective truths to be found at Duke. But the jurors must work hard to look past their prejudices, and the lawyers' spin, to find them

[Weekend 2e] Science and psychology: James Rice (Lingnan): Taking Ourselves Seriously: The Relevance of Dworkinian Principlism in Genetic Research. A new issue of Human Ecology Review is out, on Nature, Science and Social Movements. A new issue of Issues in Science and Technology is out, including a review of Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion. A review of The State of the Universe.  Cosmologists claim to have found evidence that yet another fundamental constant of nature, called mu, may have changed over the last 12 billion years. Scientists are debating whether to continue the practice of occasionally inserting leap seconds in order to keep official, atomic-based time in sync with time based on Earth's rotation. Research finds Earth will never be affected by gamma ray bursts. Drilled core exposes hitherto unseen layer of Earth's crust. A recent fossil discovery provides another piece in our evolutionary jigsaw puzzle. Evolution is operating with a vengeance in the urban environment as animals struggle to adapt to novel conditions and cope with "evolutionary illusions". An article on humans as prey. A review of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. PZ Myers thinks about remaking humanity. A clinical review suggests that fetuses will not feel the effects of an abortion up to 26 weeks. A review of Sisyphus's Boulder: Consciousness and The Limits Of The Knowable. Research finds self-awareness is switched off when the brain needs to concentrate hard on a tricky task. The Bias Finders: A test of unconscious attitudes polarizes psychologists. From Monitor on Psychology, many Americans resort to unhealthy habits to help manage extreme stress; and from watercooler bonding to social lessons, gossip has its benefits. Eat less, live more: How to live longer--maybe. True happiness is more than feeling good: Pupils need to learn about morality, not positive psychology. Is a happy human a good human? A look at the story of science and religion through the ages, and an annotated list of books. And Ian McEwan appeals for a living tradition in science as in literature, to guide our progress from the past through to the future

[Weekend] Andrew March (MSU): (1) Liberal Citizenship and the Search for Overlapping Consensus: The Case of Muslim Minorities; (2) Islamic Foundations for a Social Contract in Non-Muslim Liberal Democracies; and (3) The Demands of Citizenship: Translating Political Liberalism into the Language of Islam pdf. A review of The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History. A review of The Mongols and the West, 1221–1410. A review of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth Century Muslim Between Worlds. An interview with Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. A review of Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British fascism. A review of Torture: A CollectionThe Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror Torture, and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ. A review of Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition. A review of Antonin Scalia’s Jurisprudence: Text and Tradition. A review of Lawyers and Regulation: The Politics of the Administrative Process. From Open Democracy, the thinking of Paul Gilroy about race and empire, colony and homeland makes his work an essential resource for historical understanding and political reimagining. Historians consider their role in reparations debate — and why debate won’t go away. A century later, scholars still debate the message of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (and more). Battlestar Galactica, academically speaking: The academic study of pop culture has become so vast that it's difficult to get a sense of the American Culture Association gathering as a whole. Cheerless, and Worse: An article on Edward Said’s aesthetics of destruction. Two literary festivals will highlight endangered languages. The Paradox of Howl: The anti-establishment poem's debt to the established past. Often it seems as if dubious theories get trowelled on to an artwork to shore up some intellectual’s personal emotional response. Does anybody really think homosexual activists aren't trying to push their lifestyle on America's campuses? From Yale, the Committee for the Revolution of the Few declares " Clarity is human; incomprehensibility, divine". Stanford's Barry R. Weingast will be the 2006 recipient of the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. And former Prime Minister of Estonia Mart Laar becomes the third recipient of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty

[Apr 21] From the first issue of the Research Journal of International Studies, an essay on Principles of Democracy, State and Hegemony in Gramsci’s Thought: A Review.  A review of Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography. From Investor's Business Daily, an article on Baruch Spinoza. A review of The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza and the Fate of God in the Modern World. A review of The Four-Category Ontology: A Metaphysical Foundation for Natural Science. A review of Medicine and Philosophy in Classical Antiquity: Doctors and Philosophers on Nature, Soul, Health and Disease. From Salon, the 16th century alchemist known as Paracelsus was a drunken, foul-mouthed coot -- and the unlikely father of modern medicine. From Concordia, for political scientist James Kelly, it’s the first time that’s the charm. From Columbia, tumult over Ph.D. process: Rejected student brings grievance against Political Science department. Scholarly definitions are fighting words in gun-law theorist John Lott's defamation suit against Steven Levitt. Nothing gives you a better insight into the soul of a university than its noticeboard. Quick with a good quote, some professors have a second career on the small screen. Lessons in life: Anthony Seldon on why he's teaching happiness. The Global Country of World Peace announces a second campus of Maharishi University will open in Arlington, VA. OSU-Mansfield decides to ask all freshmen to read a common book--you know the rest... Academia dissects the service sector, but is it a science? It is a shame that perfectly good teaching tools are constantly being justified with hokum references to neuroscience. Augsburg College's medieval course brings history lessons to life by having the students live in 12th century Europe for a few hours a week. A review of Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education. David Horowitz debunks David Horowitz: a Media Matters analysis of The Professors. An interview with Travis Rowley, author of Out of Ivy: How a Liberal Ivy Created a Committed Conservative. And here's a list of conservative campus publications at major American universities

[Apr 20] Potpourri: From Theory & Event, Kennan Ferguson (USF): La Philosophie Americaine: James, Bergson, and the Century of Intercontinental Pluralism; and a review of William Connolly's Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed. It's embarrassing: The New Republic's culture editor Lee Siegel on Samuel Huntington's Political Order in Changing Societies: "Too abstract". From Scientific American, why are some animals so smart? Scott McLemee interviews Maria Elena Buszek, author of Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture. A review of McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union. Research on Montana finches provide answers to another evolutionary riddle. A review of That Sweet Enemy. Ecosophy from T to X: A review of the ten volume set The Selected Works of Arne Næss. Where do the 'Big Ideas' come from? Researchers say the brain acts differently just before a moment of revelation. A review of Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. A review of Fame, Money, and Power: The Rise of Peisistratos and "Democratic" Tyranny at Athens. From Wesleyan, Kabir Sen, son of Amartya, raps about injustice. A review of Evolution, Rationality, and Cognition: A Cognitive Science for the Twenty-First Century. A review of Contemporary Japanese Thought. Does the 1965 Voting Rights Act still matter? An excerpt from The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement. On the Templeton Foundation: "I'm so sorry, you fellows, but I always religiously avoid your sort". An interview with Penn State climatologist Michael E. Mann on global warming. Conference at Yale explores the complicated dance between strong leadership and the popular will. From Butterflies & Wheels, an exclusive translation of a sample of The Gospel of Judas. A review of Moral Fictionalism. Andrew Moravcsik reviews Jeremy Rabkin's The Case for Sovereignty. From New York Observer, when intellectuals had a real magazine: Viva Lingua Franca! And a review of Eric Lott's The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

[Apr 19] War on Terror: From The Progressive, Howard Zinn on America's blinders; and beware the bombing of Iran. Fred Kaplan on the case for negotiating with Iran. Attack on Iran: Can they be serious? Immanuel Wallerstein finds out.. From WS, to bomb, or not to bomb: That is the Iran question. From CRB, a symposium on How to Eliminate Iran's Nuclear Weapons. Edward Luttwak on Three Reasons Not to Bomb Iran--Yet. Andrew Bacevich on how the president's National Security Strategy is vague on fiscal details and ignores geopolitical realities. An excerpt from America at the Crossroads. In explaining how his movement went wrong, Francis Fukuyama all but embraces liberal internationalism, and so there is life after the neocons . Republicans say war critics undermine the troops. So why are dissent and soldier morale both going up? While the overall image of Iraq conveyed by the media may be somewhat more negative than reality, it is not far off. Why does National Review's Ned Rice hate America? From Salon, is the "Israel lobby" distorting America's Mideast policies? The overwrought response to Mearsheimer and Walt's brave paper only confirms its thesis. More and more on The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements. From TNR, an article on Islamists and pragmatic governance. An excerpt from Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, an excerpt from Islamic Imperialism, and an excerpt from Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror (and a review). The growing scholarship shows the counter-terror strategy is flawed because it assumes all suicide bombers are driven by religion. Rather than a "modern" reading of the Koran, Rachid Benzine advocates a new reading using the instruments of the social sciences. More on How to Cure a Fanatic. A review of In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq. From Mother Jones, here's a history of the car bomb: The poor man's air force and return to sender. And a review of Jawbreaker: The Attack on bin Laden and Al-Qaeda

[Apr 18] From ephemera, a special section on global conflicts, including an introduction, Alessandro Dal Lago (Genoa): The Global State of War; Paolo Cuttitta (Palermo): Points and Lines: A Topography of Borders in the Global Space; RJB Walker (Keele): The Double Outside of the Modern International; an interview with Antonio Negri; and here's a Defence of Political Faith pdf. From Gnosis, Andre Munro (Concordia): Rawls' Stage of Full Justification and the Kantian Ideal of Autonomy; Shawn Moi (Ottawa): Perplexity and Passion in Heidegger: A Study in the Continuity of his Thought; and an interview with Richard Rorty; and a review of Philosophers in Focus: Stanley Cavell pdf. From City Journal, John Kekes on why Robespierre chose terror. A review of The Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary. A review of The Union Jack: The story of the British flag. A review of Richard Epstein's How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution. A review of Akhil Reed Amar's America's Constitution: A Biography. A review of A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History. Gordon Wood on history's vital role in America. The White Ethnic Revival: An excerpt from Roots Too. A review of The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and its Times. An interview with The New Criterion's Kenneth Minogue. When Carol C. Darr argued that political blogging could create loopholes that should be closed, the election lawyer turned scholar angered both sides of the red-blue divide. A review of 12 Books That Changed the World. Here is a list of the latest Pulitzer Prize Winners. What's in a name? Choosing book titles is challenging work. Sharing your name with a celebrity can be frustrating, especially when the two of you pursue the same occupation. A (maybe) conversation with writer Lauren Frey’s (perhaps) cousin, James. And the centenary of Dwight Macdonald’s birth should inspire more Americans to read their most crotchety, snobby, and brilliant critic

[Apr 17] Mark Rozell (George Mason): The Christian Right and the Politics of Abortion doc. Saikrishna Prakash and Steven Smith (San Diego): How to Remove a Federal Judge. Jeremy Blumenthal (Syracuse): Emotional Paternalism. Daniel Drezner (Chicago): The Realist Tradition in American Public Opinion pdf. Deirdre McCloskey (UIC): The Hobbes Problem pdf. Amy Sinden (Temple): The Tragedy of the Commons and the Myth of a Private Property Solution. Scott Cummings (UCLA): Transnational Public Interest Law pdf. A review of Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. A review of You, The People. The United Nations, Transitional Administration and State-Building. The first chapter from Sufficient Reason: Volitional Pragmatism and the Meaning of Economic Institution, and the first chapter from The Exchange Rate in a Behavioral Finance Framework. A review of The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. A review of Secrets of the Old One: Einstein, 1905 and It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity, and a review of Meta Math! The Quest for Omega and The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me about Ultimate Reality, the Meaning of Life, and How to Be Happy. A purple patch on misunderstandings about norms by Karl Popper. An op-ed on the banality of the banality of evil. John Allen Paulos on distrusting atheists and Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.'s debating team. David Horowitz, Trinidad and Tobago needs you: An article on intellectual dons vs. political dons. A review of Todd Gitlin's The Intellectuals and the Flag. Dwight Macdonald was an intellectual journalist, a generalist whose specialty was capsizing conventional wisdom. From a self-imposed exile in Marrakesh, the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo has become a voice for what the West would rather forget about Islam. From the Communist Party USA's Political Affairs, a review of Mao: The Unknown History ("one of the worst books"), and more from Policy. A review of The Long March. More on The Great Wall: China Against the World, 1000 BC-2000 AD. And Wired goes inside Beijing's global campaign to make Chinese the number one language in the world

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri:  From CrossCurrents, Stanley Hauerwas on Democratic Time: Lessons Learned from Yoder and [Sheldon] Wolin; an essay on American Liberal Theology: Crisis, Irony, Decline, Renewal, Ambiguity; and John Caputo remembers Jacques Derrida.  A new issue of Lacan.com's The Symptom is out. A review of Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion. A review of The Last Week: The Day-by-Day Account of Jesus's Final Week in Jerusalem. Jesus' Bones: Here's hoping we never find them. Many people might have no doubts about being prepared to kill Hitler. But what if you were a prominent theologian and pacifist? That was exactly the dilemma that faced Dietrich Bonhoeffer. An article on remembering the radical chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr. Pat Robertson declares: "I'm not jowly". Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Galileo: what do heretics past and present contribute to the community of faith? It is one thing to imagine an efficient religion but another to persuade people to believe in it. When even God can't keep his own commandments: An article on the timeless sarcasm of Mark Twain. A review of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill and The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good. From UCLA the famed, if not always celebrated, BHL urges all groups to refrain from absurd, counterproductive 'competition of victimhoods.' In his new book, Alain de Botton argues that human characteristics can be found everywhere in the inanimate world of objects. A review essay on the challenge of human social behavior. And major decisions for minors: Liberal arts grads can't change a tire