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[Weekend]  From PS: Political Science & Politics, an article on Democracy, Dictatorship, and the Making of Modern Political Science: Huntington's Thesis and Pinochet's Chile pdf. An article on Latin America's New Consensus. A much-touted move to the left masks something more complex: the rebirth of an influential Latin American political tradition. Jeffrey Sachs on how populists can be right. An article on Bolivia, Evo Morales and the progressive mandate in Latin America. Ted Rall on the danger of Hugo Chávez's successful socialism. Mr. Danger and socialism for the new millennium: A discussion of the current state of Venezuela. A review of Cuba: A New History. What happens when you completely criminalize abortion? Over the last eight years, El Salvador has found out. A review of Fernando Henrique Cardoso's The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir. From TNR, an article on Ahmadinejad's demons: The Iranian Revolution is entering phase two. Michael Kinsley on setting Iran straight: The precedents are somewhat discouraging. From Salon, an article on what Rumsfeld knew (and more). As more retired generals call for Rumsfeld's resignation, those who have never served in the military don't understand how extraordinary it is for career military officers to say the things they're saying. From TNR, an article on Howard Dean's Messiah Complex. Eric Alterman on the essence of the tactic of McCarthyism: De-legitimize one’s opponent so as to avoid addressing the substance of his argument. Will you like McCain when he's not angry? (Psst… he's not really a conservative). David Corn on how 2008 is looking like 1968, but Democrats who are counting on the deepening disenchantment with Bush to take them over the top in November need to pay close attention. And a review of 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us The Government We Have Today

[Apr 14] News from around the world:  From Chad, the fan is ready, and the shit is arriving: Civil war looms ahead of elections. From Iran, the country's high level of poverty has triggered a series of intense social struggles. From Lebanon, if you want to appreciate a common malaise that afflicts the entire Arab world, look at its cities. From Australia, an article on the science of happiness. From Russia, a look at the work of journalist Dmitry Bykov, author of How Putin Became the President of the U.S.A. From France, Ségolčne Royal could soon become the next president; an article on the fear of the Polish plumber; and the success of the mass protests illuminates the condition of French democracy itself. Germany sheds "Sick Man" image to France and Italy. The head of Germany's Social Democratic Party, Matthias Platzeck, steps down for health reasons, and throws the SPD once more into crisis. The Italian election was significant for shattering several myths. The European Union is about to admit Romania and Bulgaria, but concerns are growing about their fitness. Islam in Europe: Sending a message to the faithful back home. Why are people so alarmed about the reintroduction of identity cards to the United Kingdom? They were such fun last time round. Nicholas Eberstadt on growing old the hard way: China, Russia, India. An article on lifting the curtain on the US-Japan relationship. There, in a nutshell, is the difference between the political economy of the United States and France. Could globalization fail? Thomas Palley on how policies that spawn economic inequality rather than free trade could bring about an economic crisis. From LRB, a review of The Holy Land in English Culture 1799-1917: Palestine and the Question of Orientalism; an article on the Israeli election and the ‘demographic problem’; and here are letters responding to "The Israel Lobby". Jerusalem's holy places: The heart of holy war and a God-given muddle that God alone may be able to sort out. Brent Scowcroft says as a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty, Tehran has every right to exploit nuclear energy for civilian use. Joseph Nye on Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War. And  look at the many uses of Saddam Hussein

[Apr 13] From Pakistan, religious obscurantism and political weakness are combining to destroy the country. From Somalia, the local clan and territorial battles in Mogadishu are being reframed by the global war. From Le Monde diplomatique, the key question remains: how would a revolution in oil-rich Nigeria affect the rest of Africa? An article on East Timor, oil, and the challenge of nation-building. Walden Bello and Shalmali Guttal on The Wolfensohn Era at the World Bank: A Decade of Contradictions pdf.  From New Statesman, a cover story on the possibility of nuclear war over Iran. Mark Steyn on facing down Iran, and Anatol Lieven how to get out of the Iran trap. An article on Iran's Oil Bourse: A threat to the US economy? Colin Powell now says he never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat. The Revolt against Rumsfeld: The officer corps is getting restless. An interview with John Negroponte Director of National Intelligence. From Human Events, a look at the 10 most harmful government programs. Forget a larger federal workforce -- agencies can barely hire the employees they need to oversee contractors. From TNR, Ryan Lizza on his five-point plan for Bush renewal. What's amazing about the defenses offered for President Bush in the Valerie Plame leak investigation is that they deal with absolutely everything except the central issue. The first chapter from Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability. "Economic Theories of News": The first chapter from All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News. Faked emails have been wreaking havoc on political careers. Reader beware! A look into the internet's hoaxing tradition. Tech startup Pluck is rolling out syndicated blog offerings for traditional publications. But is this a service anyone needs? A syndication service that delivers commentary from 600 bloggers for use by newspaper publishers further blurs the lines that divide blogs and mainstream media. And sites that link up users in affinity groups are wildly popular. Even better, they seem to have figured out how to make money

[Apr 12] From Italy, police arrest of top mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano. From the Czech Republic, Communists shrug off Marx, look to future. From Pakistan, Ishtiaq Ahmed on building a national identity. From Taiwan, why deliberative democracy won't help President Chen Shui-bian. From Cuba, Fidel Castro may be losing his grip on reality. From Canada, is George W. Bush the worst president in 100 years? From Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces the successful enrichment of uranium--it's only a first step, but will it lead to an Iranian Missile Crisis? As Iran and the US maneuver carefully toward confrontation, are we really going to nuke Iran? Fred Kaplan on decoding our options. Are the US and Europe out of sync? A look at how attacking Iran would (or wouldn't) work. An excerpt from The Gravest Danger: Nuclear Weapons. From Al-Ahram, an interview with IAEA Director-General Mohamed El-Baradei. From State of Nature, an interview with Gilbert Achcar (Paris-VIII) on the Middle East. Graham Fuller, author of The Future of Political Islam, on Good Shiite, Bad Shiite. Is Hamas prepared to recognize Israel? An interview with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and another one. A review of Israel and the Persian Gulf: Retrospect and Prospect. A look at what Lebanon's civil war might tell us about Iraq. The British and Americans have lost faith in Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and are now looking for alternatives. Bush thinks that victory in Iraq will provide retrospective justification for invasion, but this argument cuts both ways. From Freezerbox, amnesty for Osama? An article on the world's forgotten man. No more outlaws: An article on the legal status of terrorists and terror suspects. John Yoo on Rational War and Constitutional Design. And a review of Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace

[Apr 11] From Peru, Ollanta Humala faces a runoff in a second round of voting (and a glance at the candidates and more). From Mexico, will a Hugo Chávez-style leftist become president south of the border? From Italy, parliament headed toward an unprecedented split as the vote count appears to give Romano Prodi a razor-sharp edge (and a primer on the election). From Germany, an interview with Necla Kelek, on her unmitigated critique of its immigrant Turkish community, as the country is still just as divided as ever: The lazy easterners hate the arrogant westerners--and the feeling is mutual. From LMD, Ignacio Ramonet on why France is in revolt. From n+1, on the causes of the new French disease and the dynamics of La France’s latest reruns of 1968, 1936, 1870, 1848, 1830, and 1789. In defense of French Dirigisme: They live longer. They eat better. They work less. So why do Americans want to beat up on the French? From Cafe Babel, a series of articles on economic patriotism. As other industrial democracies reshape their immigration policies to invite the skilled immigrants that the U.S. turns away, nations can no longer sit within their borders and pursue policies incompatible with an increasingly integrated world economy. US protectionist measures helped wreck the world economy in the '30s. We can't let that happen again. Democrats: Get loud, get angry! The only way to end this administration's string of blunders in Iraq is to go on the offensive. Elizabeth de la Vega on asking the right question about the president's involvement in the CIA leak affair. Political Crackups: Sebastian Mallaby on what happens when governments don't work. A look at the ingenious new strategy to abolish the Electoral College. Meet the new Padilla: Emily Bazelon on the next 9/11 case to watch. Dahlia Lithwick decodes the blabbering Supremes. Radley Balko on the most important Supreme Court case you've never heard about. Antonin Scalia on imposing foreign law on Americans. A review of books on Terri Schiavo. And can the loneliest corner of North Dakota attract anyone to go live there? 

[Apr 10] From Canada, he's got the brains and the brawn. But does Michael Ignatieff have what it takes to win over the masses? From Great Britain, Timothy Garton Ash on how history is to judge Tony Blair; can Labour's lost loyalists regain their faith?; a review of The Union Jack: A Biography; and a review of Yob Nation. From India, there is nothing "protective" about an exploitative custom such as child marriage, and more on Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. Since al-Qaeda declared war on Washington five years ago, the federal city has responded the way it knows best. An excerpt from Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and Public Opinion. The next thing you know, President Bush will channel Richard Nixon to say, ''I am not a crook". A review of Fred Barnes' Rebel-in-Chief. Can a black Republican win in a blue state? An interview with Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele. So mark those words: DeLay may be leaving Congress, but he will be back with a vengeance. John Feehery on what he saw at the Republican Revolution. Democrats are watching the Republican rumble over immigration. But with divisions on the issue within their own party, they may soon have to decide where they really stand. Two species of nerd: Do whiners become Republicans? Are Democrats more melancholy? Why studies don’t matter. Who's behind the decline of politics? Joel Klein points a finger. A scandalous new report shows how widespread and pernicious fake news has become. With blogs becoming part of the overall package that The New York Times now delivers, it's clearly time to assess what readers can expect from them. News organizations large and small have begun experimenting with tweaking their Web sites for better search engine results. And from Economic Principals, a look at the turbulent world of news, and a review of books on the secrets of Silicon Valley

[Weekend 2e] Media and entertainment: Europeans rush to get '.eu' domain names. No country domain code is too obscure for wily marketing entrepreneurs. A review of Copyright Exceptions: The Digital Impact. A look at how Microsoft's core business is under threat from online software. Meghan Daum declares the Information Age a complete bust. Journalism shacks up with the superrich: We know that you, dear New York Times reader, are deeply concerned about social inequality. But after reading "Thursday Styles," you'll realize the have-not is you. Jack Shafer on the redesign on nytimes.com. From Wired, here are the 10 Best Internet Spoofs. From Reconstruction, a special issue on Games, Gamers and Gaming Cultures. Typing an e-mail with your fingers is a snap. But what if you could do it with your brain? George Sanders suspects that, in forty years, he'll look back at the present level of sex and violence and go: Ha! Ho-ho! You called that sex and violence? It was a bad day for former Capitol Hill sex blogger Jessica Cutler, aka Washingtonienne. A review of Striptease: the Untold History of the Girlie Show. "Do It, Already!": An article on TV couples that take forever to hook up. The new Bond needs to drop the coy act and start slutting it up. Here is a list of five 70's shows that could work as movie remakes and five that definitely won't. John McWhorter reviews Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. And Ross Douthat reviews South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias

[Weekend] From the latest issue online of World Policy, Mark Gilbert (Trento): Europe Looks for a New Narrative. From Newropeans, an article on nationalism, obstacle for the European Union. Who is Blair listening to, his appointed political aides or his senior civil servants? From FT, on the often surprising reasons why many are swapping the US for the UK. Charlie Cook on how there is a very strong chance that the US will inevitably drift for the next three years. From the latest issue of Surveillance and Society, Steve Wright (LMU): The ECHELON Trail: an Illegal Vision pdf. From Studies in Intelligence, an article on Reexamining the Distinction Between Open Information and Secrets. From TNR, against privacy and transparency: Why liberals should want individuals to have less privacy--and government officials to have more; and an editorial on why a guest worker program is un-American. Slate goes on patrol with the Minutemen: Dispatches from the Mexican border. Econ 101 on Illegal Immigrants: S&P offers a novel perspective on immigration reform. The Internal Revenue Service could be doing the busywork of taxes for Americans. A look at why no Wall Street CEO wants to be the new Treasury secretary. Should the White House try to ditch Libby? If they had a Hammer: Democrats could stand to learn a thing or two from Tom DeLay. From The Washington Monthly, not as lame as you think: Democrats learn the art of opposition. After years of turning the other cheek, the United Church of Christ stakes out a more pugnacious stance toward the Christian right. A profile of Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, and Bill McKibben reviews Crashing the Gate. An interview with Arianna Huffington on the coming first anniversary of The Huffington Post. From US News, an article on online publishing and libel law. Eric Alterman deconstructs the attack on Jill Carroll, and Ellen Goodman thinks bloggers how Carroll an apology. And Matt Welch used to think blogs would transform ideologues into nonpartisan truth-seekers. Man was he wrong

[Apr 7] News from around the world: From Canada, an interview with Liberal leadership contender Michael Ignatieff. From France, as the government waters down its labour reform, the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, loses authority to rivals, such as Nicolas Sarkozy. From Germany, multiculturalism has failed, or so everyone says. So now what? From Salon, a study says Scotland is the "worst small country to live in." It's all Roger Moore's fault. The British seem to want neither American religiosity nor further integration with Europe. What, then, do we want? A US official says Europe's inability to integrate its Muslim minority represents a risk to American security. If any of the rules of war are to be rewritten, the UK and US are the countries least suitable to assume that task. The timing and nature of a US attack on Iran can be gauged by a close look at air traffic and base security in western England. India and Pakistan are guardedly optimistic on the prospect of resolving their differences. With oil, questionable elections, and a rising Islamic presence, Azerbaijan may be at a crossroads. From TNR, Peter Beinart on Africa's new heart of lightness. South Africa has moved closer to becoming the “rainbow nation” of Nelson Mandela's vision. But not nearly close enough yet. From Transitions, will the last one out of the Romanian head of state's office please turn out the lights? Timothy Garton Ash: To criticise capitalism don't try to defend the dregs of Soviet socialism. Vaclav Havel on Ukraine and Western integration. From Harper's, an excerpt from A Study of Assassination, a training manual written by the CIA at the time of the agency's 1954 coup in Guatemala. From In These Times, a cover story of the political upheaval in Latin America that is challenging the Washington Consensus. From NPQ, Nathan Gardels on globalization's new left. The WTO may not be perfect, but its elimination is a recipe for trade chaos. From Salon, an interview with William Easterly, the "Charles Murray" of the aid debate. And Rodrigo Rato on getting serious about global poverty

[Apr 6]  From the Cayman Islands, are patriotism and nationalism old fashioned notions? From Canada, hurrah! Canada loses! Not very patriotic, you say? From Australia, after ten years of mutual obligation the idea is unlikely to go away. From Russia, two ethnic hate crimes have caused uproar in Moscow in the last few days. The sheer normality of Ukraine’s election indicates how profound its post-orange political transition has been. A media firestorm over violence by Turkish and Arab students has scared some German leaders into calling for an "integration summit". Italy's legal system is among the world's least effective, while its press ranks on a par with Third World countries as only "partly free". But Italophilia blinds Europeans to these facts. Remember when the Spanish “appeased” Islamic terrorists by withdrawing from Iraq? Two years later, they seem to be doing okay. A pitiless market is met by an anomic politics: John Berger dissects the official language of crisis in France. Barbara Ehrenreich salutes the French. From Foreign Policy, much ado about very modest reform: that’s the French protests in a nutshell; and pundits and experts are debating the merits of U.S. airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. An interview with Joseph Stiglitz on the costs of the Iraq War, Iran and oil. A new book by Teddy Kennedy blasts Bush and "preventive war". From WSJ, this year the GOP is becoming the "anti" party that is against more ideas than it is for. From New York Observer, a profile of The Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, the Right-Wing Scion King. An interview with Ronald Kessler, author of Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady. An interview with Melrose Larry Green, author of Why The Clintons Belong in Prison. And Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) calls Cindy Sheehan a nutcase, and Sheehan responds

[Apr 5]  From Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra made a spectacular gamble--and lost. From Russia, the jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky could yet become a focal point of opposition to Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule--the arrest was legal nihilism in action. From Peru, an interview with left-wing nationalist Ollanta Humala on his presidential candidacy (and more). Julio Sanguinetti on Latin America’s Leftist Mirage. It may be useful to look at the challenge posed by indigenism throughout the Andean region. In an interview with Greg Palast, Hugo Chávez declares a new oil order. What is going on in France? An interview with Pascal Bruckner. British Defence Secretary John Reid calls for changes in the rules of war in the face of "a deliberate regression towards barbaric terrorism by our opponents". From Time, an interview with Tom DeLay (an analysis from Slate, and some of Campus Progress' favorite DeLay quotes). A review of Money and Free Speech: Campaign Finance Reform And The Courts. If ingenious political operatives use the Internet to shred the campaign laws, we can figure out what to do about the abuses when they happen. In a new titled "Media Bias and Reputation," two economists leapfrog over the usual analysis about the media's liberalness or conservativeness to construct a new model of media bias. From Salon, why is global warming a forbidden topic for most TV weather reporters? Climate change is "controversial" and bad for ratings. A review of Tragedy & Farce: How The American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, And Destroy Democracy. An empowered community of participating citizens is the ideal. But what happens if the people at its heart lack the resources needed to make it work? From First Monday, a cultural Lake Wobegon? An essay on six degrees of reputation: The use and abuse of online review and recommendation systems. New trends in online traffic: Visits to blogs, local information and social networks drive Web growth. And brainy young things: At America’s highbrow magazines, the torch has been passed to a new generation of Baby Remnicks

[Apr 4]  From Belarus, publicist Andrej Dynko is released from prison. Here's his diary. Aryeh Neier on why Milosevic's trial was not in vain. Illiberal Europe: An article on the long and growing list of things you can't legally say. From Open Democracy, the way NGOs and other global civil society organisations operate must be reformed if they are to embody the progressive claims often made on their behalf. The epic 21st-century contest between the Chinese dragon and the Indian tiger is at the level of ideas as well as economies. An article on the case for India's nuke deal. For three years, the people of Darfur have been attacked, abused and killed. Now Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the International Criminal Court are building a case against the perpetrators. In Charles Taylor's rise and fall, one can glean the story of West Africa. A number of the West's leaders are realizing that they will be measured by what happened on their watch. An interview with Mikhail Gorbachev. William F. Buckley Jr., says Bush will be judged entirely by the outcome of a war in Iraq that is now a failure. An interview with Bill Clinton. Hillary at the Gate: With immigration and Dubai, Senator Clinton is triangulating a foreign policy, one issue at a time--too bad Iraq is part of the triangle. Who needs new ideas, anyway? The real question is why an opposition party should be expected to devise a bold new philosophy in order to return to power. Where are all the conservative defenders of unlimited political donations hiding these days? A look at how the transformation of American politics by the Internet is accelerating. Using the news as anger management: Are people victims of the media they watch or crafty exploiters of it? As newspapers' online audiences grow rapidly, The New York Times is ditching its hallowed stock quotes and putting them online. Now they should make the whole paper digital. Andrew Card was out as White House chief of staff and it was, or wasn't, linked to the influence of "chattering classes". But who are they? And one of the eternal questions of our time: which film critic would be better in bed?

[Apr 3] From Canada, as the national mood changes dramatically, a new law will take the risk out of saying you're sorry. So what's the point? From Great Britain, a new essay on the losses to society when women choose work over family is sparking fierce debate. France's latest "revolution" is its most embarrassing yet. Not even a strike by stilt-walking prostitutes could rival this effort, and more on the culture of protest. A biometric passport is in the works in the European Union. It is a good idea? The wave of nationalism sweeping the world leaves the symbolism behind the Australian flag looking limp. Africans hope Charles Taylor case sets precedent. From American Diplomacy, a look at why energy independence is not energy security. Here's Jill Carroll's statement on her kidnapping, disavowing earlier statements From LA Weekly, a look at how the media and immigrant advocates got 500,000 people to protest; there's talk of a national strike, or maybe another shot at driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants; the flags are back, and whose backlash? Nuestro backlash. Today's immigration battle: Corporatists vs. Racists. Harry Belafonte's latest hits find an enthusiastic audience in Washington. Advertisers are being advised to heed some famous words from Friedrich Nietzsche. In truth, as a judge, and as a man, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was a bit of a prig. A review of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries. When pornography met the internet the result was as instantly addictive as crack cocaine. What does the rise of accessible virtual sex mean for flesh-and-blood relationships? Why dressing as a teletubby for charity does not excuse moral blackmail. And from Andy Card to Gonzaga basketball players, even big strong guys now shed tears. Why the waterworks?

[Weekend 2e] From The Nation, a review of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy and The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977 (and more). An essay on China and the changing dynamics of the world oil market pdf. A review of China Shakes the World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation. Bomb-grade bazaar: An article from, The Bulletin on how industry, lobbyists, and Congress weakened export controls on highly enriched uranium. No playing at recess: U.S. Ambassador John Bolton takes his UN tenure by storm and by smile. Here's an appeal to international lawyers and law professors: Hold the Bush Administration accountable for flouting international law.  From Foreign Affairs, Daniel Yankelovich on The Tipping Points: A new survey of U.S. public opinion on foreign policy shows that the war in Iraq and terrorism are not the only problems on Americans' minds. There's Not Enough Money in Politics: Lobbyists spend $2 billion a year to influence Congress. Why so little? Kevin Phillips on how the GOP became God's Own Party. Repopulating New Orleans: How did San Francisco do what a top economist says New Orleans cannot? And a review of Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House

[Weekend] From Serbia and Montenegro, two pro-independence activists have been caught on camera attempting to buy a vote in the upcoming referendum on independence. Or have they? An article on the deepening crisis of political representation in the UK and the political challenge facing the Left. Scholars are visiting remote Mexican villages to study the oldest sport in the Americas, ulama, now on the verge of extinction. From Salon, Tuvalu is slowly being inundated as the ocean rises, and some citizens are fleeing. How will the world handle a flood of "climate refugees"? Der Spiegel visits with the UN's torture cop, Manfred Nowak. Was Iraq better off with Saddam Hussein? Jonathan Steele reports from Baghdad. A review of People Power and Protest since 1945: A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action. An interview with Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian legislator, academic, and intellectual. From TNR, more on "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy". From Vanity Fair, Sebastian Junger on America's forgotten war; Graydon Carter on Fordgate, Abramoffgate, Godfathergate, Quailgate, and Tessiegate; and an article on Jack Abramoff, Washington's Invisible Man, From Rolling Stone, an article on how to be a lobbyist without trying. A look at how falsehoods, fudges and outright lies have defined Ralph Reed's career. Mark Schmitt has no illusions: McCain is a very conservative Republican. From a news point of view, midterm elections exist for one reason: to kill the boredom. From the US State Department's Global Issues, a special edition on Media Emerging. The Twilight of Objectivity: Michael Kinsely on how opinion journalism could change the face of the news. Eric Alterman on the sad saga of the “Red State” Washington Post blogger. And leave it to Justice Antonin Scalia to trigger a nationwide debate about the hermeneutics of chin flips

[Weekend] Immigration and race: From TAP, Immigration poses some genuine dilemmas for liberals, but one issue should be a no-brainer: guest-worker programs make for bad policy and bad politics. 'Civil war'? 'Amnesty'? Too often, language becomes a substitute for action. The flag-waving immigrant is as familiar a presence in this land of immigrants as pizza, tacos and green beer. But, which flag? Put foreigners who enlist in the U.S. armed forces on a fast track to naturalization. Chuck Colson calls abortion the root of the illegal immigration problem. Whatever methods the United States uses to control or manage the flow of people from Mexico, immigrants will find a way to enter and make their lives anew.   Jagdish Bhagwati on US immigration: No alternative to putting up with illegal aliens. Is this in fact a major new civil rights movement? Juan Williams investigates. From the latest issue of Synthesis Regeneration, a series of articles on Black Struggles for Justice. A review of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity. A review of Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas. A review of The Last War: Racism, Spirituality, and the Future of Civilization. From The Black Commentator, a portrait of a Negro Corporate Politician, Kasim Reed; and who's pimpin' who? The Hip-Hop Generation's need to rename (reclaim) itself. The program Don't Fall Down in the Hood helps young black men learn from others mistakes. Max Blumenthal on Republicanizing the Race Card. Will DNA testing for "race" end up promoting colorblindness? The more race categories you add, the more pointless they are. Is there a "white skin" privilege? Going ghetto: Cynthia McKinney's big hair collided with racism that never dies. And research finds racially diverse mock juries have wider ranging and more accurate deliberation

[Apr 14] From The Nation, Stephen Holmes reviews John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace. The introduction to The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire. The first chapter (and a video interview) from Noah Feldman's What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building. More and more on America at the Crossroads. From Adbusters, we are the torturers: The global erosion of human rights. In an arena where the word "terrorist" itself is laden with policy implications, even rhetorical power shifts matter. Here's the website of a new democratic progressive alliance, The Euston Manifesto. What would George Orwell say? No article is complete these days without a thumbs-up from the great man himself. From The Atlantic Monthly, Peter Beinart talks back: The author of The Good Fight defends his vision of the American Left. Here's the website of a The Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution. From The Age, how can a faithful nation get Jesus so wrong? Bill McKibben on what it means to be Christian in America today. An interview with Stephenie Hendricks, author of Divine Destruction: Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy. Kevin Phillips on the theocratic inclinations of the Republican electorate, and more on theocons and theocrats. A review of Michael Kazin's A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. The Bible story: Holy shit! Conception through the left earhole, a 14-year-old virgin impregnated by God, and other wacky Easter tales. Judas Saves: Christopher Hitchens on why the lost gospel makes sense (and on Richard Armitage: Powell's "Bitch"). From Open Democracy, the transition from John Paul II to Benedict XVI casts light on the darker currents of Polish Catholicism; and the arrival of a force challenging liberal democracy from the future: a global Islam that is inventing new forms of ethical and political practice for a global arena. An interview with Father Joseph Koterski on conscience and Catholic politicians (and part 2). And from Eurozine, secularist and liberal attitudes overlook a sea change in the public sphere, where individuals increasingly "go public" with their private identities

[Apr 13] From Eurozine, the cosmopolite's notion of justice does not cease to exist at the national border. She dreams of the world city, filled with opportunity and potential for change; the labyrinthine commotion of the marketplace and the pluralism of human existence. The secret to America's wealth is that we were settled by restless, driven, overconfident, risk-taking dreamers. The Mobility Myth: Pundits love to fret about our “increasingly mobile society,” but Americans are actually more likely than ever to stay put. The crowd is back: Not the usual crowds, but rather The Crowd, the living organism, the perpetual phoenix of civilization, that gathers to sway the course of human events. Is veneration of the military good for the republic? You have to wonder whether U.S. citizens are living in a Communist country. A review of 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military. From The Economist, a guide to womenomics: The future of the world economy lies increasingly in female hands. From Salon, Caitlin Flanagan is using her battle with cancer to denounce feminism and extol her traditional virtue. An essay on The Feminist Desire for a Primordial Place, Or Why Feminist Philosophers Avoid the Issue of Globalization. A review of Catharine MacKinnon's Are Women Human? An interview with British feminist and psychoanalyst Juliet Mitchell on her role in the British New Left in the 1960s. From The New York Times, an article on "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy". Will the real John Mearsheimer please stand up? More and more on Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. The experts and the statistics say that the terrorist threat is diminishing. Fred Halliday takes a deeper look. Alan Wolfe reviews America at the Crossroads and Impostor. Few people seem to consider the connection between economic inequality and political inequality. Tax aversion and the legacy of slavery: An essay by Robin L. Einhorn, author of American Taxation, American Slavery. And an excerpt from Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich

[Apr 12] From In These Times, Slavoj Žižek on The Liberal Communists of Porto Davos. The introduction to A Corporate Solution to Global Poverty: How Multinationals Can Help the Poor and Invigorate Their Own Legitimacy. From Policy Review, David R. Henderson (Hoover): Why Spending Has Got to Give; and Peter Berkowitz reviews The Moral Consequences of Growth and The Pro-Growth Progressive. An interview with David Cay Johnston, author of Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—And Cheat Everybody Else. A review of Mommy Wars: Stay At Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families. An interview with Caitlin Flanagan, author of To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife. When will we stop saying 'First woman to...? From Truthdig, a look at Tom Hayden's New Port Huron Statement. From Socialist Worker, an article on Leninism, liberalism and the decline of the new left in the 1960s. Bernard-Henri Lévy on the lesson of France's labor protests. A review of The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France. An article on the science of Jewish survival. A review of The Empty Tomb: Jesus beyond the grave. From Christianity Today, American Theocrat: Who knows what really goes on in the offices of First Things? An interview with Kevin Phillips on American Theocracy. A review of The Left Hand of God and God's Politics. A look at what Gary Wills has to say about religion and the public square. A look back at the controversy behind the cover of Time that asked, "Is God Dead?" Dreadful news for liberal Catholics -- their church has published a new Compendium. Here's Alan Keyes' address at the 'War on Christians' Conference. And Naomi Wolff has found religion. How predictable

[Apr 11] From Economic Principals, A look at the work of Middlebury's David Colander, author of The Stories Economists Tell; and it is useful to remind ourselves that concepts such as ecosystems and niche space may have more power to explain the rapidly changing patterns of specialization that affect our world than even highly refined models of supply and demand. A review of Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences. A review of Charles Murray's In Our Hands. Rally 'round the employer assessment? An article on the irony of healthcare reform's latest rallying cry. An article on Enron and the fraud that changed everything. Everyone deplores the income-tax system, but nobody does anything about them. A look at why big business is as responsible for higher taxes as Ted Kennedy. Here's why. Brad DeLong on Fiscal Apocalypse Now. From The National Interest, Susan Rice on The Threat of Global Poverty. George Packer on the lesson of Tal Afar: Is it too late for the Administration to correct its course in Iraq? An interview with Tom Hayden on revolution, protest and America. Rebel in the House: An article on the life and times of Vito Marcantonio. An interview with Peter J. Boyer on the election of a gay Episcopal bishop and the changing face of religion in America. An interview with Dan Wakefield, author of The Hijacking of Jesus. In the “Gospel of Judas,” the renegade is redeemed. But should Christians believe it? And does it matter? (and more). An article on the 'Guilted Age': How to convert guilt into a productive emotion. An article on the emotional Clash of Civilizations. When on Hajj, wear a facemask: Could one of the largest religious events in the world jumpstart the next worldwide pandemic? A review of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries. From Slate, here's a short history of poison. A review of Planet of Slums. A review of Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition. A review of Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction. More and more on AC Grayling's Among the Dead Cities. And a review of The Law in Shambles

[Apr 10] Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb? Seymour Hersh investigates, and The London Times elaborates. In Iraq, the question of our staying or going is divisive and fraught. Does the United States have any right to forcibly stop a civil war in Iraq, when and if it begins? Guess whether these conservative columnists are writing about Iraq in 2002 or Iran in 2006. Francis Fukuyama on why shouldn't he change his mind, and more and more on After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads. Bernard-Henri Levy, the open-shirted media star of intellectual life in France savaged in a new book, and Anatol Lieven debate neoconservatism, Iraq, and the West. A review of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq. More on Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. From Counterpunch, a look at what the Pentagon budget could buy you. From Political Affairs, an article on the challenges facing the anti-war movement; and a review of Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. An interview with Noam Chomsky on hegemony and disarmament. More on "The Israel Lobby". A review of Amos Oz's How to Cure a Fanatic. A review of Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times. Forget left and right; the defining political divide of the global era is between universalists and relativists. Roderick T. Long on Murray Rothbard's Left and Right: Forty years later. Rich Lowry on how one man’s loon is another's true believer. A review of The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and its Times. More and more on American Theocracy. Ross Douhat wants you say it loud, "I'm theocon and proud!"  Gary Wills on why there is no such thing as a "Christian politics." And get the Left off my back: Todd Gitlin on the urge to purge

[Weekend 2e] From NYRB, John Gray reviews Globalization and Its Enemies, How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make It in Today's Global Economy, and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. From The Wilson Quarterly, Martin Walker on America's Romance with the Future; Nicholas Eberstadt on Doom and Demography; and has futurism failed? To be human is to ponder the future. From their very beginnings, human beings have tried to anticipate tomorrow. From New Politics, an introduction to an essay by Michel Onfray on Jean Meslier and "The Gentle Inclination of Nature". From Public Eye, an essay on George Wallace and the Rightward Turn in Today's Politics; a review of It Takes a Family by Rick Santorum; and a review of The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom by Phyllis Chesler. From MR, an interview with UCLA's Peter McLaren. An article on the new multinational: Lilliputian, not leviathan. An interview with Louis Uchitelle, author of The Disposable American (and an excerpt). Theodore Dalrymple on how egalitarianism’s assault on class aims to make us all equally rude. Egalite, liberte, 401(k): Liberals have cashed out. The real radicals now are on the libertarian right. An article on Lord Acton, libertarian hero. It is neither happiness that leads to political affiliation nor a particular political affiliation that determines happiness. Rather, it is how one interprets the world. More on Manliness. And Theodore Roosevelt and Jerry Garcia: Brothers under the skin?

[Weekend] Mary Ellen O'Connell (Notre Dame): When is a War Not a War? The Myth of the Global War on Terror. Richard K. Betts (Columbia): How to Think About Terrorism. From The Washington Quarterly, Renée de Nevers (Syracuse): Modernizing the Geneva Conventions; Jeffrey Kopstein (Toronto): The Transatlantic Divide over Democracy Promotion; an essay on Engaging Autocratic Allies to Promote Democracy; a series of articles on the causes of terrorism and insurgency; and an article on Weak States and Global Threats: Fact or Fiction? More and more and more and more on "The Israel Lobby".  A global game of chicken: Can Washington and Tehran avoid war? Squandered Victory in Iraq: An interview with Larry Diamond. Four and out? When there's nothing to say about Iraq, Leon Wieseltier speaks. An article on the dangerous lesson America's wars have taught us. From NYRB, an essay on Iran & the Bomb; an article on Hamas: The last chance for peace?; and a review of No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism. Harvard's Harvey Cox on Religion and Politics: There is Good News and Bad News. From Doublethink, an interview with Reverend Barry Lynn, Man of Godlessness; and an answer to the old question, Can you worship Ayn Rand and God at the same time? An excerpt from Michael Lerner's The Left Hand of God. A review of Philosophy Between Faith and Theology: Addresses to Catholic Intellectuals. What does ‘Catholic identity’ mean? A Papal document explains. Brutality, war crimes, genocide, and rape: Should children be reading this book? A review of The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures. A review of Rodney Stark's The Victory of Reason. An excerpt from The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate. And postmodern Christianity: Emergent churches offer up double half-caf Jesus with a shot of Derrida

[Apr 7] From The Nation, Perry Anderson reviews Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads. The foreword to Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is it Ever O.K.?: A Human Rights Perspective. From Newsweek, the Iraq war was a test of the neocon vision of America. How a civil war there could shape the future of the GOP—and the nation. Islam Online interviews Joshua Muravchik. From Reason, an interview with Kanan Makiya. The Good Guy's Guide to Overthrowing Governments: Just because Bush made a mess of Iraq doesn't mean we should abandon the use of regime change for humanitarian purposes. Niall Ferguson on how the U.S. woos many countries, but only a few matter to foreign policy, and Max Boot on how the U.S. is alienating its closest allies by insisting on silly unilateral actions. From TNR, an article on the anti-Americanism of Walt and Mearsheimer--or is the essay a patriotic sentiment that animates their critique of the Israel lobby? Eliot Cohen says "The Israeli Lobby" is anti-Semitic (and more). Harvard posts a rebuttal from Alan Dershowitz. From Dissent, Stephen Diamond (Santa Clara): The Delphi 'Bankruptcy': The Continuation of Class War by Other Means. Do immigrants really hurt American workers' wages? An analysis of papers. The Numbers Guy on the fuzzy math on illegal immigration. Jacob Weisberg on why we don't need an immigration reform bill. A look at how the immigration debate has pitted politicians against each other both in Congress and in the Republican Party. Robert Samuelson on the immigration impasse: A way out. From The Economist, a new breed of paternalists is seeking to promote virtue and wisdom by default, as a smarter, softer kind of paternalism is coming into style. As America turns its health-care system over to the market, pharmaceutical reps are wielding more and more influence-and the line between them and doctors is beginning to blur. John McWhorter on winning the race: Beyond the crisis in Black America. And an interview with David Muhammad, an activist and youth mentor in Oakland on the "culture of death" among young Americans

[Apr 6]  From The Atlantic Monthly, the NSA has the ability to eavesdrop on your communications with ease. What happens when the technology of espionage outstrips the law's ability to protect ordinary citizens from it?; and George W. Bush threatens creeping autocracy unless Congress and the courts act jointly, and forcefully, to stop him. Bruce Ackerman on the perils of judicial restraint: If the Supreme Court won't intervene on "enemy combatant" cases, Congress must. Jeremy Rabkin on the use and abuse of foreign law by the U.S. Supreme Court. Back to Federalism: An article on the proper remedy for polarization. From NBER, an analysis of the effects of Communism on popular preferences. From Revolution, Chairman Bob on a materialist understanding of the State and its relation to the underlying economic base. An article on Alasdair McIntyre's vital contribution to socialist humanism. So is the Singularity just a new religion? Or is religion just the pre-marketing department for the Singularity? It must be a sign of the times: Along with strange omens and muttered prophecies of the faithful, the faithless are stirring too. More on Breaking the Spell. An interview with Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith. An op-ed on why John Paul II seems destined to be a saint. Pope Benedict XVI has dropped one of the Pope’s traditional titles, puzzling many over the meaning of the move. A review of Washington's God by Michael and Jana Novak. A review of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. The Baptist Headway: An article on America's largest Protestant denomination and the Culture War. The Religious Left: It is fruitful and has multiplied. What war on Christians? Disagreement isn't oppression. A review of God vs. The Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law. André Glucksmann  on the Cartoon Controversy Revisited: Separating Truth and Belief. Here's a map that shows "the percentage of lost" in each region. The black-colored regions are areas of the world where there are few if any believers in Christ

[Apr 5] From The American Prospect, on the Tchotchke Economy: While electronics have become more affordable, the costs of housing, college education, and health care are rising. Whatever happened to wage insurance? Robert Shiller wants to know. The introduction to The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families. The Time Trap: Is child care work or is it leisure? "Desperate Feminist Wives": Does the quest for marital equality doom marital happiness? Stop blurring the line between rape and sex: New Labour's rewriting of the rape laws is being guided by the ideas of 1970s man-hating feminism. The only hope for men is feminism: Gail Dines and Robert Jensen on how the pursuit of manliness harms men, and women as well. If not now when? An article on why it’s time to stop neglecting heterosexism. The fact is that the same-sex marriage fight is one that advocates on both sides would hate to end. Here's how to end it. From Psychology Today, an article on the hidden side of happiness: A rich, rewarding life often requires a messy battle with adversity. From Newropeans, the bulk of the human world is currently conflicted between the past and the future, and the past is doing everything possible to prevent the future. In doing so, of course, it guarantees the future. From Counterpunch, more on Walt and Mearsheimer's "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy". The Democrats' national-security plan is bland and banal, but the Republicans' is worse. The wrong time to lose our nerve: A response to Messrs. Buckley, Will and Fukuyama. An interview with William Blum, "Osama's favorite writer". Must Islam uphold barbarism? Ishtiaq Ahmed investigates. Slavoj Zizek takes a glance into the archives of Islam. An interview with Phyllis Chesler on women, feminism and Islam. An article on how the real clash of ideas is within each culture, over who best represents us. A review of K. Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism. The first chapter from Cultures Merging: A Historical and Economic Critique of Culture. Compared with every other country in the world, America does immigration superbly. Do we really want to junk that for the French approach? And the debate in Washington isn't about "immigration" at all-and that's the problem

[Apr 4] Economics - Immigration - War on Terror:  From Cato Unbound, William Easterly on why aid doesn't work. An article on what undermines aid's impact on growth. A review of books on matters economic, from Wal-Mart to world trade. Robert Reich reviews Joseph Stiglitz's Free Trade for All. More and more on The Disposable American. A review of Wall Street Versus America: The Rampant Greed and Dishonesty That Imperil Your Investments. Here's the Forbes 2000 on the world's largest, and most powerful, public companies. More MBA programs embrace game theory: Interest in the study of incentives has grown after a Nobel Prize was awarded for work on the subject. When it comes to economics, here's why the Right is right. Dubner and Levitt on why Americans should be clamoring for the I.R.S. to do more audits, not fewer. More on Freakonomics. More on The Undercover Economist. From The New Yorker, John Cassisy on the economics of illegal immigration. Does the United States need a constant flow of immigrants to perform jobs Americans will not stoop to do? U.S. deportation policies export U.S. gang culture and hardened criminals to countries whose internal security forces are ill-equipped to deal with the new threat. With 12 million illegals in America, immigration policy is a shambles. Businesses want to hire more foreigners and can't because of antiterrorist laws. What's to be done? An interview with Lou Dobbs on immigration, objectivity and the priorities of cable news. An article on the scoundrels of economic patriotism. An interview with Rep. J. D. Hayworth (R-AZ) on his book Whatever It Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security, and the War on Terror. A review of World, Beware! American Triumphalism in an Age of Terror. From Democracy Now!, an interview with Noam Chomsky on failed states. A review of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq. A review of Terrorism: A Guide to Events and Documents. How to resolve the US-Iran nuclear standoff: Brent Scowcroft on why the US is wrong to address proliferation by dividing the world into friends and foes. And George Packer reports on what American soldiers have learned about battling the insurgency in Iraq

[Apr 3] In all the controversy over "The Israel lobby," perhaps the most interesting question has gone largely unasked: Has the closeness of the US-Israel alliance been good for Israel? (and more and more). A review of Jessica Stern's Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. The lesson of Iraq is that allied top brass have a duty to dig their heels in when they recognise a fiasco in the making. More and more America at the Crossroads. Peter Kirstein on the logic of withdrawal. From Commentary, an essay on The Friedan Mystique, and a review of Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction. The new dark ages that are already upon us: More on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre. Michael Dirda reviews Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence. From Christianity Today, a review of A Theology of Compassion: Metaphysics of Difference and the Renewal of Tradition; The Sword of the Lord: An article on how "otherwordly" fundamentalism became a political power. From Free Inquiry, Shadia Drury on Judicial Activism and the Conservative Revolution; and Sam Harris on The Myth of Secular Moral Chaos. From The Anomalist, a special issue of The Multitude, with an introduction, an interview with Michael Hardt, and a special issue of Autonomy, with an introduction, an interview with John Holloway, and other papers. From Cato Unbound, Schmitdz, Singer, Palmer and Hacker debate inequality. A review of The Undercover Economist, and Tim Harford on how the government is going for a song if its politics really are up for sale. A review of Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From. An essay on losing our humility? pdf. More on Manliness. And Lord, send us more men with chests full of manly virtues so we can defeat the forces of evil in this generation

[Weekend 2e] Right and Left:  From Quadrant, escaping Plato's Cave: A parable for politicians. From Humanitas, Grant Havers (TWU): Leo Strauss, Willmoore Kendall, and the Meaning of Conservatism; Paul Gottfried (Elizabethtown): Strauss and the Straussians; and Claes Ryn (CUA): Leo Strauss and History: The Philosopher as Conspirator pdf. From Commentary, an essay on Islam’s Imperial Dreams, a review of Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea, more on Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads, and more on BHL's American Vertigo. Fouad Ajami reviews Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. From Monthly Review, an essay on Neoliberalism: Myths and Reality. A review of Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq by Tariq Ali. From Earth First! Journal, here are ten lessons from the criminalization of dissent. From Bad Subjects, an article on the assumptions behind Christian attacks on various configurations of sexuality on the internet; an interview with Lawrence Grossberg author of Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America’s Future; and why should I be nice to you?: Coffee shops and the politics of good service. And from Arena, shame has become passé, a victim of a culture that views it as an impediment to achieving one's own ends. But at what cost to how we treat others?

[Weekend] From The Nation, Stiglitz, Hutton, Galbraith, Faux, Rogers and others on taming global capitalism; and an article on why it's time for the left in America to get friendly again with socialism. An interview with Robert Fitch, author of Solidarity for Sale: How Corruption Destroyed the Labor Movement and Undermined America's Promise. Clive Crook reviews Charles Murray's In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. From The Weekly Standard, Christina Hoff Sommers reviews Manliness. An article on South Dakota, abortion and the anatomy of a bad law. Jonathan Rauch on why legalized polygamy would be a profoundly hazardous policy. Repent and click no more: Two pastors are taking radical steps to combat Internet porn addiction. A review of The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History. Black Zioinists: African Americans send prayers to Israel, and checks, too. From Reason, how the FBI let 9/11 happen: Never mind Moussaoui, the smoldering gun was right there all the time. A review of Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror. On why the more advanced civilisations of the Islamic world did not develop a similar movement of Enlightenment of their own. An interview with Tariq Ali on the anti-imperialist left and Islam. From Liberty, wins, losses and libertarian ideas: Separating the winners from the losers is harder than one might think; and America won, Americans lost: war kills the innocent, strengthens the state, supports dictatorships, and stirs up hatred. How can anyone be considered a winner? From National Journal, those who today want America to act alone against evildoers are cousins to isolationists, those who long ago said America needed to stand alone, and apart. From Hawk to Dove: Irwin Steltzer reviews America at the Crossroads. And Mark Lilla reviews Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War

[Weekend] From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a special issue on book reviews, including a review of Henry E. Brady and David Collier's Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards; a review of Critical Discourse Analysis. Theory and Interdisciplinarity; a review of Participation: The New Tyranny? and Participation: From Tyranny to Transformation?; an editorial note on The Book Review as "Performance"; and an essay on fundamental anthropology, science, and social constructionism. From American Scientist, a review of The Egg and Sperm Race: The Seventeenth Century Scientists Who Unravelled the Secrets of Sex and Growth; a review of The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma; a review of Inside the Neolithic Mind; were the world's megafauna hunted to extinction by humans?: A review of Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America; and A review of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown. An article on the dangerous ideas Daniel Dennett won't touch. James D. Watson writes of enduring memories. Editorial freedom at blogging network scienceblogs.com allows for pure science and cultural criticism, making for some happy bloggers. Fibonacci poems multiply on the web after blog's invitation. From Trumpet America, an article on why the International Baccalaureate program is un-American. Catholicism on campus: An article on how the faith is presented at secular schools. Profs share insights on popular culture and kinky sex. An article on The Seven Deadly Sins of Students. An academic claims boredom was good for kids. That may be true, but it takes an adult to really appreciate it. And research finds Goth subculture may protect vulnerable children

[Apr 14]  From the Journal of Democracy, an article on The "Mystery" of the Soviet Collapse. A review of The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion. A review of Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923. A review of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. A review of Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution. A review of Frederick Beiser's Hegel. A review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Moral Imagination From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling. A review of Paul Gottfried's The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium. Our 'eggheads' may be consigned to 'ivory towers' but Britain has always had influential thinkers. Americans love competition, but is it pushing our scientists too far? Many chapters from Information Science, a text that distills and explains the most important concepts and insights at the core of this ongoing revolution. The first chapter from A Machine to Make a Future: Biotech Chronicles. Anyone for tennis, at the age of 150? Scientific progress promises us far longer, happier lives. Yet the 'bioconservatives' want to stop it. A look at how medical research is starting to take account of people's race. A Dutch biotechnology company has genetically engineered cows, outfitting females with a human gene. From Harvard, Michael Sandel's course " Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature" provokes students. A review of Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More. From Human Events, a look at the Top 10 Stupidest Questions Asked at Campus Lectures. Two students debate Teach for America, the achievement gap and transforming the system. One site has now established itself as the Amazon.com of the student feedback system: RateMyProfessor.com. Research finds attractive parents without rings are most likely to be neglectful. A new study shows correlation between childhood personality and adult political orientation. A biologist explains the evolutionary advantage of sex, and why we're not all asexual clones. And there is no reason why a cocktail of drugs to mimic the good effects of a few drinks cannot be made right now - it's an idea worth toasting

[Apr 13] From Globalization, Vasiliki Karavakou (Macedonia): Hegel on Culture and Globalization; Debora Halbert (Otterbein): Globalized Resistance to Intellectual Property; Arthur L. Dunklin (WWU): Globalization: A Portrait of Exploitation, Inequality, and Limits; Jamus Jerome Lim (UC-Santa Cruz): On the Role of the State in an Increasingly Borderless World;  Mahmood Ahmad (FF): Religious Resurgence in an Era of Globalization: the Quest for Global Participation; and Timothy McGettigan (CSU-Pueblo): The Return of the W: King George XLIII and the Bankruptcy of Democracy. A review of Allen Wood's Kant. A review of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius. A review of Philosophy of Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction. A review of Slavoj Zizek's Interrogating the Real. A review of Verso's Radical Thinkers series. From Skeptic, the other Intelligent Design Theories: ID is only one of many “alternatives” to Darwinian evolution. More on Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell. An essay on Morally Bankrupt Religions. A review of The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously. Among scholars, research specialist J. Gordon Melton is known for his encyclopedias of spiritual beliefs. From PUP, the first chapter from Good and Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding by Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution. A review of Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption (and an excerpt). This year's Bradley Prizes recipients are Fouad Ajami, Hernando de Soto, Shelby Steele, and Clint Bolick. From Georgia Tech, Ruth Malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant. People are bringing cell phones into libraries and academic conferences. Scott McLemee wants to take them out. Zines in the library catalogue? Of course. Southampton Solent University has decided to offer a degree course in comedy. You're waiting for the punchline, aren't you? And Microsoft releases a new search tool, Windows Live Academic Search, to compete with Google Scholar

[Apr 12] From The Weekly Standard, a review of Heinrich Meier's Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem. A review of Aristotle's Politics: Critical Essays. From The Philosophers' Magazine, on the Making of the American Mind: Locke, not Hobbes, is the key to understanding the politics of the US; a review of Philosophy: The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions; penguins fail to prove existence of God: On the bizarre story of flightless birds and red herrings; and Ophelia Benson on why Intelligent Design is not science. From Great Britain, science class no place for creationism, says Royal Society. A review of Stefan Collini's Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain. If religion is a consequence of the way our brains are wired, all the more reason to question our beliefs. Responsible religious leaders will breathe a sigh of relief at the news that so-called intercessory prayer is medically ineffective. To explain our origins, strong emergence stands on the middle ground between reductionism and dualism. In the age of science, why be shamed by sex? A look at the work of Alan Soble, philosophy professor at U. of New Orleans. Jeremy Stangroom on Unrequited Love: Then and Now. Chastity, M.D.: Conservatives teach sex ed to medical students. Thanks, Congress. From The Village Voice's Education Supplement Spring 2006, Christian college King's College takes root in the Empire State Building. an article on Procrastination 101: The science of putting it off; and a look at how college can complicate bipolar disorder. A look at David Brooks' curious take on Tom Wolfe and the Duke lacrosse scandal. Message understood? Convoluted academic language is OK for the initiated, but the rest of us need plain English. And John Lott Jr., author of More Guns, Less Crime, sues U. of Chicago's "Freakonomic" Steven Levitt for defamation

[Apr 11] From Naked Punch, an interview with Simon Critchley, and an interview with Antonio Negri pdf. The trouble with being modern: A look at the life and work of Zygmunt Bauman. The fight for the soul of Adam Smith: Invoked by both the left and right, what is the true legacy of the Scots philosopher? Gluttons for punishment: Sanctioning institutions have a clear competitive advantage over sanction-free institutions, as a new study suggests that the threat of penalty is the key to successful cooperation (and more). From Creation & Intelligent Design Watch, an article on the use and abuse of the fossil record, and does evolution have a thermodynamics problem? New research chips away at the "irreducible complexity" argument behind intelligent design. ID is the logic of ignorance - complex life, such as the machinery of blood clotting, can be explained by Darwinism. Should believers be encouraged when a miracle is corroborated by science, or disappointed that it might have been the outcome of natural forces? Why is there something rather than nothing, and how did that something get here? Emergence seeks to answer these questions (and a glossary and a timeline). For some radical evolutionists, Homo sapiens isn't morphing quickly enough. From Frontpage, here is Alan Dershowitz's response to "The Israel Lobby" pdf. Dispatch from the life of a former wunderkind: Super-Scholar Jedediah Purdy is all grown up and still theorizing. An interview with David Horowitz, and a response by Professor of "Dangeral Studies" Michael Bérubé. Mob Rule: In departmental disputes, professors can act just like animals. Malcolm Heath of Leeds University defends Aristotle’s view that some people are natural born slaves. A review of Camille Paglia's Break, Blow, Burn. Imagine if literary novelists stopped writing about love and sex. We'd notice, wouldn't we? Yet that's exactly what happened to ambition. A review of José Saramago's timely political parable, Seeing. And old-time Modernism: Long ago hailed as the look of the future, the enduring style embraced by Fascists to Fashionistas is taking a victory lap

[Apr 10]  From Common-place, a special issue on Money, including an introduction, Joyce Appleby on the seventeenth century effort to get an intellectual grasp on this slippery medium of trade, and an article on listening to the history of value. A new trend in historiography?: A review of Explorations in Connected History: From the Tagus to the Ganges. A review of Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War. A review of The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia (and more). A review of Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945. A review of Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945. A review of Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War. A review of Blood, Sweat and Arrogance: And the Myths of Churchill’s War. A review of The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill. A review of Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things. More on In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. A review of Isaiah Berlin: Political Ideas in the Romantic Age. A review of Love, Life, Goethe: How to be Happy in an Imperfect World (and more). Alain De Botton reviews The Secrets of Happiness and reviews Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. What shapes the mind of Penn president Amy Gutmann? Here are words that no parent wants to hear: "I've decided to major in English". In the academic comedy My Latest Grievance, the daughter of two liberal professors pines for a real childhood. British duo Ridiculusmus take comedy so seriously, they're turning it into a PhD. An article on why Nigeria’s literature is the best in Africa. Who'd have thought that Truman Capote would be as famous today than when he died 22 years ago? And she looked me up and down and said, "But what are your bonefides?"

[Weekend 2e] From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Ulrike Heuer (Leeds): Explaining Reasons: Where Does the Buck Stop? From the Journal of Religion and Society, Gary F. Jensen (Vanderbilt): Religious Cosmologies and Homicide Rates among Nations A Closer Look; Hugh B. Urban (OSU): America, Left Behind Bush, the Neoconservatives, and Evangelical Christian Fiction; and a review of Morris Fiorina's Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. From CRB, an essay on Philosophy in Democratic Times. From US News, an article on blogging through academe. David Horowitz vs. Ward Churchill: It was billed as academe’s royal rumble, but did it live up to the hype? The Dot Degree Boom: Thanks to aggressive recruiting tactics and a complaisant Congress, online enrollments at the University of Phoenix and its spinoff, Axia College, are soaring. So are student debt and disaffection. Research finds universities play major role developing entrepreneurs and business experts. A band of Democratic leaning thinkers wants to reclaim the education agenda from Bush. Their proposal is simple: Get rid of bad teachers and reward good ones. Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone: An excerpt from Recurring Nightmares: An Investigation Into the Repeated Hiring of Substitute Teachers Unfit to Care for Children. Are American boys in academic free fall? Not really, if we look closely. And an article on why America should have automatic voter registration for all high school seniors

[Weekend] From The Independent Review, Michael Wohlgemuth (WEI): The Communicative Character of Capitalistic Competition: A Hayekian Response to the Habermasian Challenge. From the Journal of Libertarian Studies, a special issue on Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, and an introduction pdf. From Environmental History, here are some themes that environmental history could fruitfully explore in the coming decades; Douglas Cazaux Sackman is tempted to call Walter Benjamin's cherubim the angel of environmental history; and freaks are intellectually kinky, but freaks are not sluts. A review of Common Whores, Vertuous Women, and Loveing Wives: Free Will Christian Women in Colonial Maryland. A review of Linda Scott's Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism. A review of Women and Citizenship. From Rain Taxi, a review of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World; a review of Rousseau's Dog, and a review of Neurosphere: The Convergence of Evolution, Group Mind, and the Internet. A review of In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. A review of Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought; and an ancient manuscript reveals an astonishing, unexpected realm of Euclidean geometry. A review of Galileo, Darwin, and Hawking: The Interplay of Science, Reason, and Religion. Steve Fuller on the conundrum of scientific fraud. From Salon, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the source for The Da Vinci Code, is a masterwork of paranoid pseudohistory. Now its author is back with The Jesus Papers, arguing that Jesus faked his own death and ran off with Mary Magdelene. Verily, there's a sucker born every minute. Historical fiction can offer illuminating insights into the inner lives of figures such as Napoleon and Christ - or it can lapse into speculative bathos. And a tale of two genders: men choose novels of alienation, while women go for passion, and here are the books that move men and the books that move women

[Apr 7] From PS: Political Science and Politics, a symposium on the European Union, including an introduction, and Kees Aarts and Henk van der Kolk (Twente): Understanding the Dutch "No": The Euro, the East, and the Elite; Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks (UNC): Europe's Blues: Theoretical Soul-Searching after the Rejection of the European Constitution; Boyka Stefanova (UT-San Antonio): The "No" Vote in the French and Dutch Referenda on the EU Constitution: A Spillover of Consequences for the Wider Europe; Henry Milner (SUNY-Plattsburg): "YES to the Europe I want; NO to this one." Some Reflections on France's Rejection of the EU Constitution; Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po Paris): The French Referendum: The Not So Simple Act of Saying Nay; and Mabel Berezin (Cornell): Appropriating the "No": The French National Front, the Vote on the Constitution, and the "New" April 21 pdf. Enduring a long, strange journey, biblical scholars are calling the Gospel of Judas the most significant archaeological discovery in 60 years (and a response from the Vatican). From Edge, John Horgan on the Templeton Foundation: A Skeptic's Take. Why are intelligent design proponents going after Eric Pianka, a respected U. of Texas environmental scientist? A newfound fossil, Tiktaalik roseae, is transitional between fish and landlubbers, an important "missing link". From American Scientist, on Gauss's Day of Reckoning: A famous story about the boy wonder of mathematics has taken on a life of its own; and a helix with a handle: Mathematicians prove the existence of a new class of minimal surfaces. Accidence and substance: Two possible explanations for the bulk of reality. From The Common Review, an editorial on scientists and literalists, an article on finding faith in disbeleif, a review of The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, and an article on how reading is becoming a spinoff of the film experience, rather than the other way around pdf. And a three-man team announces that they had reached the real source of River Nile in a forest in southern Rwanda

[Apr 6]  Elizabeth Harman (NYU): The Mistake in "I'll Be Glad I Did It" Reasoning: Why Curing Deafness isn't Wrong, and Aborting You or Me Wouldn't Have Been Either pdf. Diane Orentlicher (American): Whose Justice? Reconciling Universal Jurisdiction with Democratic Principles pdf. Mattias Kumm (NYU): Who’s Afraid of the Total Constitution? Constitutional Rights as Principles and the Constitutionalization of Private Law. Nelson Lund (George Mason): Is Constitution Day Constitutional? Chaim Saiman (NYU): Legal Realism as American Exceptionalism pdf. The first chapter from Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate. The introduction to Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States. The introduction to The Seduction of Culture in German History. A review of Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War. A review of Britain's Power Elites: The rebirth of the ruling class. A review of Twice A Stranger: Greece, Turkey and the Minorities They Expelled. The introduction to Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times. A review of Scepticism Comes Alive. The British Academy, which represents the humanities and social sciences, names Robin Jackson its new chief executive. From n+1, surely it is a sign of the end of days when Kermit The Frog starts shilling for Ford Motor Company. An independent film documents the life and times of a beloved campus hangout. Scott McLemee loiters with intent. A review of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education and Derek Bok's Our Underachieving Colleges. George Mason University basketball, as well as law and economics, has solved Ray Charles' mystery. Doozy of a decimal system: Why libraries are evil, used bookstores are hardly better, and you should always choose hardcover. From Discover, an interview with the woman who can't forget. Those "Aha!" moments favor the prepared mind. And there is such a thing as a stupid question

[Apr 5] Patrick Macklem (Toronto): Social Rights in Canada. Julie Tannenbaum (UC-Santa Cruz): The "Should" of Full Practical Reason pdf. A review of Michael Sandel's Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics. A review of Liberty, Desert, and the Market: A Philosophical Study. A review of Interpretation and Legal Theory. A review of The Idea of the Self and Experience in Western Europe since the Seventeenth Century. A review of Fatal Attachments: The Instigation to Suicide. For scientists who study mental illness and addiction, impulsive behavior, the tendency to act or react with little thought, has emerged as an all-purpose plague. A review of Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale. Research suggests testosterone-fueled boys created most prehistoric cave art. First bladders grown in lab transplanted: Breakthrough shows promise for creating other human organs. In Pursuit of the Longevity Dividend: What should we be doing to prepare for the unprecedented aging of humanity? Leon Kass on Brave New Biology. David Barash on the case for evolution, in real life. From Butterflies & Wheels, move over ID, here comes Bhartiya Creationism. An interview with Jeremy Stangroom and Ophelia Benson, authors of Why Truth Matters. Should scientists stick to science and theologians to theology, or should prayer studies have a second, and third, chance? Here's a cold, hard explanation for a Biblical feat. From The Washington Post Magazine, a special issue on education: Will gaining admission to one of the nation's elite colleges guarantee a prosperous future, or just a mountain of debt? A new Carnegie Classification arrives. An interview with Michael Nettles, co-author of Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph.D. The truth behind the Ph.D: One citizen reporter shares her graduate student story. Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives, or is academic life just too liberal? An essay by San Diego's Larry Alexander on academic freedom. Blackboard Blogging: Web journals become the new fly on the wall of teachers' lounges. You can help Massimo Pigliucci write a book on The Meaning of Life, Seriously by commenting on his blog. Obituary: Henry Farrell. And imagine being a bat; go ahead, try

[Apr 4] From the new journal International Journal for Dialogical Science, an introduction, Norbert Wiley (Illinois): Pragmatism and the Dialogical Self (with replies); Maya Sakellaroupoulo and Mark W. Baldwin (McGill): Interpersonal Cognition and the Relational Self: Paving the Empirical Road for Dialogical Science (with replies); and Henderikus J. Stam  (Calgary): The Dialogical Self and the Renewal of Psychology. More from Humanitas: Joseph Baldacchino (NHI): The Unraveling of American Constitutionalism: From Customary Law to Permanent Innovation; Ernest Sternberg (SUNY-Buffalo): Classical Precariousness vs. Modern Risk: Lessons in Prudence from the Battle of Salamis; Daniel Sullivan (CUA): Sentimental Hogwash? On Capra's It's a Wonderful Life; and Richard White (Creighton): Herder: On the Ethics of Nationalism. The Reasons for Reasons: Malcolm Gladwell reviews Charles Tilly's Why? (and here's the first chapter again). A review of The Wisdom of the World: The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought. A review of Time for Aristotle. A review of The Third Reich in Power. A review of Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente. A review of Dissecting the Social: on the Principles of Analytical Sociology. A review of Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials. More on Field Notes From a Catastrophe and The Weather Makers. What are the nightmares of the scientific discourse or, more precisely, the environmental science discourse? Research has solved one of biology's most fundamental questions – why males produce sperm and females produce eggs. By implanting electrodes in the brains of patients, doctors seem to have successfully reversed some severe depressions, and provided a new way of thinking about mental illness. A review of Nerve endings: The discovery of the synapse. An interview with Jonathan Gottschall, editor of The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative. A review of Roland Barthes' The Language of Fashion. She loves hip-hop, decorating her jeans and pillow fights. So how does she manage as Mrs Rushdie? And from Harper's, Onan The Magnificent: The triumph of the testicle in contemporary art

[Apr 3] Simon Moss and Simon Ngu (Monash): The Relationship between Personality and Leadership Preferences pdf. A review of Ancient Rhetoric and Oratory. Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World. A review of Rousseau's Dog. A review of The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia. A review of Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland and The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation. A review of Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. A review of Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops and Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization? pdf. From HNN, an article about the historians who write history columns; and Horowitz, Genovese, and the Varieties of Culture War: Comments on the continuing unpleasantness in Idaho. Humans are aware, and we are aware that we're aware. But scientists still don't understand why. A review of Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes On the Cosmos. Questions about why we and the universe exist are worth asking even if there are no answers. Pythagoras is the source of modern physics--and its antipathy toward women. The Selfish Gene is part of a long history of literary science writing, in which the pursuit of truth and the excitement of new ideas is conveyed in luminous. A review of My Life Among the Deathworks: Illustrations of the Aesthetics of Authority by Philip Rieff. A review of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs. Reading the Encyclopedia Dementia: If Joyce isn't your choice, you owe it to yourself to find out why. "The Unbinding" raises intriguing possibilities for the future of fiction. But is it a future we really want? And a purple patch on reading old books by William Hazlitt

[Weekend 2e] International Affairs:  From the European Journal of International Law, Yuval Shany (HUJ): Toward a General Margin of Appreciation Doctrine in International Law?; a review essay on International Criminal Law vs State Sovereignty: Another Round; a review of Exporting Democracy: Rhetoric vs. Reality and The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy, and the Critique of Ideology; a review of Hans Kelsen und das Völkerrecht. Ergebnisse eines Internationalen Symposiums in Wien; and a review of Les réparations de guerre en droit international public: la responsabilité internationale des États ŕ l’épreuve de la guerre and Le riparazioni di guerra nel diritto internazionale pdf. And from Human Rights & Human Welfare, a review of The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism and At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention by David Rieff, a review of The Global Face of Public Faith and For All Peoples and All Nations, a review of Human Rights and Democracy: Discourse Theory and Global Rights Institutions, and a review of Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization?, Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Approaches to Global Labor Challenges, and Transnational Corporations and Human Rights pdf

[Weekend] William Anthony Hay (MSU): What is Democracy? Liberal Institutions and Stability in Changing Societies pdf. Christopher Coyne (HSC): Can Liberal Democracy be Exported at Gunpoint? pdf. An interview with Michael Sandel on creating the good society. A review of The Russellian Origins of Analytical Philosophy: Bertrand Russell and the Unity of the Proposition. Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel condemns 'censorship' of scientists. From Axess, when it comes to investigating their own practices, Swedish universities are taking the science out of social science. From First Things, an essay on Christian colleges. Students and teachers to seek revival that goes to the very heart of what the academy and Christian faith are about. From Inside Higher Ed, the latest on the Yale Taliban. Academics should get behind the push for assessment of student learning for their own sake and for students. Rodney Dangerfield University: It's time that George Mason got a little respect. From Campus Progress, a (competitive) discussion on pros and cons of the role of athletics in academia. An excerpt from Incredible Bodies, a campus novel with lashings of sex, satire, alienation and adultery. From UConn, what would Plato do? Forum injects Greek minds into modern troubles. When you apply Clifford Geertz's insights about deep play to the alleged mommy wars, the Balinese cockfight and the mommy wars have a lot in common. A new issue of the Cairo Review of Books is out. From Literary Review, an interview with V S Naipaul: "England has not appreciated or acknowledged the work I have done". From Three Monkeys Online, an interview with Isabel Allende. Philosopher and poet Stephen Schroeder examines literary and philosophical approaches to the unspeakable. And the search for Ancient Ithaca: A British researcher believes he has at last pinpointed the island to which Homer's wanderer returned