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From Iraq, if it weren’t for the sniper rifles, camel spiders and razor wire,
you could almost mistake the US military's Observation Post Two for
the breezy coast of Baja California.
The US effort to train Iraqi forces,
and bring American troops home, is mired in
mismanagement, inept recruits and shortages of equipment.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
launches a new blog.
Akbar Ganji is at liberty to speak his mind, at least until he
goes back home.
How superpowers become impotent: In Lebanon and Iraq,
guerrilla tactics turn clean, mean fighting machines into wimps.
How to stay one step ahead:
The jihadists' tactics aren't mysterious. We just need help on the
Muslim South Asians in Britain
used to be seen as an integration success story. No longer. They are
alienated, isolated and increasingly violent.
The French Connection:
Why America's prickliest ally is so crucial to forging a solution in
Israel and Lebanon.
Sy Hersh on Washington’s
real interests in Israel’s war. From TAP,
as news of the foiled airline plot kicks off
another election-season debate about toughness and national security,
it's time to set a few things straight.
Ben McGrath is
among the crowd at Kennedy Airport. From The
Brookings Institution, an excerpt
from Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein's The Broken
Fathers defeated, Democratic sons strike back: The political sensibilities of
Chet Culver, Evan Bayh and Jack Carter were shaped in part by their
"Even The New Republic" denounces
the irrationality of Joe Lieberman's continued campaign.
Joe Lieberman's run as an independent is
bad for the Democratic Party, but is it good for democracy?
And article on how
the populism of Ned Lamont and the netroots runs only skin
[Aug 14] From Turkey, novelist Elif Shafak is being prosecuted for allowing a fictional character to utter the forbidden word "genocide". From Russia, stationed on the frontiers of the Russian Empire, Alexander Iyas witnessed the Great Game firsthand. Now, his unique record of early 20th-century imperial politics has been rediscovered. From Afghanistan, four and a half years after the Taliban's exit, the infamous Department of Vice and Virtue is back. While some see it as regressive, others welcome it as a necessary move. A review of Murder in Samarkand. From The Toronto Star's "Ideas", Africa, as seen from an SUV: Westerners go to Africa to help, but can they do it from the safety of their gated lives?; and an excerpt from The Development of Underdevelopment: How Western progress created African misery. A review of The Wonga Coup: Guns, Thugs and a Ruthless Determination to Create Mayhem in an Oil-Rich Corner of Africa (and more). From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", the rap on Mitt Romney is that he's scripted, safe, skin-deep. But if you saw your dad endure what his did, you might watch what you say, too. There's a tight race for another senator, this time Lincoln Chafee, a Republican. An antiwar campaign that takes a page from the GOP playbook: Ned Lamont's campaign to unseat Senator Joseph Lieberman has a lot in common with a long-ago conservative insurgency. With friends like Joe's: Political friendships are mythologically flimsy and perishable partnerships. What are the Lieberman foes for? Netroots Democrats will have to decide. More on The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America And How to Get It Back on Track by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. More on Conservatives Without Conscience. A review of The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times and The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual. And beware the Idles of August!
[Weekend 2e] From National Journal, for many towns left in tatters by Hurricane Katrina, destruction and debris remain. Much of the recovery effort has been slowed by political indecision and red tape, yet hope thrives: On the state of the Gulf region and its people, one year later. An interview with John Dean, author of Conservatives Without Conscience, and Dean reviews Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein's The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How To Get It Back On Track. Eric Boehlert on the problem with pundits. From The Economist, the alliance against Google: What today's internet firms can learn from 19th-century history. They may not have Google’s name recognition, but a spate of international search engines is taking on American giants. The suspicion that search engines exacerbate online inequalities, by directing more traffic to websites that are already popular, appears to be misplaced. An article on the myth of the living-room PC: Why you don't have an Apple iTV. Don't Read This: Or you may be an Internet addict. And the lighter side of Artificial Intelligence: The scary-smart 20Q AI project asks: Animal, vegetable, mineral or legendary '70s rock star?
[Weekend] From Slovakia, the new government is neither mad nor bad. That's mildly reassuring. From Bolivia, an interview with Joaquin Lavin, Hydrocarbons Minister. From Chile, will Michelle Bachelet help women or hinder them? From Iraq, Saddam Hussein's regime destroyed marshes once nearly twice the size of the Everglades, but the water has been trickling back. From Japan, the rapid spread of Western business practices has caused mental illness and is responsible for a deepening demographic crisis, government officials say. A Phallus Garden in "Love Land": There's a persistent prejudice against the Japanese, the Koreans and other Asians -- that they're prudish and repressed. But go to "Love Land" on Cheju Island in South Korea and you'll start to question that cliché. Joseph Nye on taming North Korea. From Asia Times, an article on a symphony of civilizations. Reckless anthropolitics: An article on human beings & politics in the Middle East. An article on how the plot underscores al-Qaeda's weakness. Graham Allison on assessing our adversaries. The first step towards defeating the terrorists: stop blaming ourselves. An interview with terror expert M.J. Gohel: "Where Is the Nelson Mandela of the Islamic World?" A pew survey finds economic worries top concerns about religious and cultural identity among Muslims in Europe. From The Globalist, an article on Tony Blair's Suez Complex. A review of Alistair Cooke's American Journey: Life on the home front in the Second World War. Anatol Lieven on helping Israel abandon its failed strategy. Equal parts blisters and enlightenment: An article on Rory Stewart's quixotic Afghan trek. Russia’s national revival and new assertiveness under President Vladimir Putin is not really home made but reflects highly auspicious international conditions. Ignacio Ramonet on the great Mexican election theft. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on why, without a crystal-clear recount, Mexico will have a president who lacks the moral authority to govern. And from H-Net, a review of The Birth of Modern Mexico, 1780-1824; a review of The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development; a review of Civil Society: The American Model and Third World Development; and a review of Equality and Economy: The Global Challenge
[Aug 11] From LRB, an essay on Israel's IDF, an article on Hizbullah, and a letter from Slavoj Zizek on Jerusalem. André Glucksmann on reactions to the war in Lebanon: From surrealistic geopolitics to apocalyptic delusion. Deft and thoughtful Middle East diplomacy is urgently needed to avoid a regional chain reaction similar to the one that led to WWI. Jeffrey Sachs on the Middle East's military delusions. From Mother Jones, an interview with Tariq Ali on the Middle East. Chomsky, Vidal, Morrison and others call to resist Israel's undeclared political aim: the liquidation of the Palestinian state. From Salon, European security experts suggest local amateurs are behind the London plot, affirming that "al-Qaida" has become a many-headed, global threat; and confiscating corkscrews and tweezers didn't make us safer after 9/ 11. And banning liquids isn't going to make us safer now. Connecting the dots: Can the tools of graph theory and social-network studies unravel the next big plot? A poll finds 30% of Americans cannot say in what year the 9/11 attacks took place. Marshall Plan, Minus the Plan: $30 billion later, Iraq's reconstruction is more distant than ever. Four wars at once? Led by this crew? Are the people who run this country, enabled by neo-con pundits, dangerously out of their minds? Any admission that Iraq is facing a civil war dooms the administration's justifications for the US mission. But even Republicans are starting to admit just that. The negative influence of liberal elites: Does Joe Lieberman's defeat spell doom for Democrats in 2008? The Democratic party needs to shift to the left. Courting the political middle ground and attempts at bipartisanship are understood as a signs of weakness. Norman Ornstein on how the effects of low turnout are clear: ever-greater polarization in the country and in Washington. Jim Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, on how the focus of the media on the "Big Picture" conveniently shields the government against criticism. And don't believe what you see in the papers: An article on the untrustworthiness of news photography
[Aug 10] From Demographic Research, a paper on youth poverty and transition to adulthood in Europe. Fake icons and throw-away celebrities strut the pages of summer glossy magazines, but Cafe Babel prefers Europeans who have something to say: A series of articles. A look at Germany's newfound taste for foreign intervention. Luftmensch reporter watches the rockets at Lebanese border: Call him Bernie Pyle--A steak, Hannah Arendt, then a terrible noise. From Foreign Policy in Focus, a look at how the Irish can save to Middle East. A crack in the door: Can Damascus help stop the violence? A review of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy by Shlomo Ben-Ami. The Clash of Cultural "Isms": An article on "the people" versus the "haves" and "have nots". A burning giraffe on the horizon: Sonja Zekri on Surrealism past and present in war-scarred Grosny. From Foreign Affairs, a look back at The Crackdown in Cuba. Here are seven questions on the future of Cuba after Fidel. What it means to be Lao: A review of Post-war Laos: The Politics of Culture, History and Identity. An article on watching a state fail in Somalia. Obiang's banking again: State Department and Washington insiders help a dictator get what he wants. From The New York Observer, here's a handy-dandy guide to US foreign policy. What's a bidet? Foreign Service officers get an education. Worst press conference ever: Does President Bush understand his own foreign policy? From Governing, an article on rethinking the politics of federalism. From The Globalist, a look at how Alaska’s oil industry has left its mark on the state’s pristine landscapes and rural culture; and an article on the struggles faced by rural Alaskans as a result of their near-subsistence lifestyle. And an article on the Alaska pipeline shutdown and the rise of oil prices
[Aug 9] From Germany, is Angela Merkel's government in trouble? From Great Britain, Gordon Brown, the neo-conservative, wants morality back in politics. From Israel, a gay rights festival comes to Jerusalem, a city where identities cross, collide, and -- sometimes -- co-exist peacefully. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on Israel's way out: Hezbollah and Hamas attacks have backed it into a corner. Escalation against Iran and Syria might be the best hope. Jostein Gaarder, the author of the global literary phenomenon Sophie's World launches a scorching attack on Israel in Aftenposten, Norway's paper of record. An essay on erratic Israel as a symptom of capitalist distress. Joschka Fischer on why now is the time to think big about the Middle East. Is the West too civil in war? Dr. Strangepod contemplates the WOT's mineshaft gap. More on The Looming Tower. From YaleGlobal, a look at how China and Russia deal with NGOs; are rich-poor pacts fair? Countries scramble to find partners for two-way trade deals, poor substitutes for a worldwide trade pact; and a look at how protecting favorite industries only postpones inevitable changes that can also be helpful. From Open Democracy, is Hugo Chávez a champion of or threat to free media? Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has the wallet and the will to keep Cuban socialism running after his friend and role model dies. From TNR, the year following Katrina has been a slow-motion catastrophe as horrifying as the hurricane itself. And a review of Riches, Rivals & Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America
[Aug 8] From France, an article on the re-balancing of global growth; and Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: A government assault on illegal immigrant children yields a new French Revolution. Is the euro good for Eastern Europe? Who's happiest: Denmark or Vanuatu? When two different countries can top two different happiness surveys in the same month, you know there’s something dodgy about happy stats. Christopher Hitchens on The Eighteenth Brumaire of the Castro Dynasty. An article on China in Southeast Asia and the limits of power. James Carroll on The Nagasaki Principle. Air power was supposed to make warfare civilized. It hasn't worked out that way. Where are the world's looming water conflicts? The modern-day reality of robbery at sea is a lot less romantic than its colourful past. In international waters, there is still no law. Deep-sea bottom trawling causes irreparable harm to habitats and ocean species. The US should ban it. Atop the existing national crisis, experts predict Yemen's oil reserves, which provide nearly 70 percent of governmental revenue, will substantially deplete within a decade. An interview with Juan Cole on the Middle East. An op-ed on the Muslim civil war. Der Spiegel interviews Fouad Siniora, Prime Minister of Lebanon. Peter W. Singer on Mike Tyson and the Hornet's Nest: Military Lessons of the Lebanon Crisis. Why the Lebanese should welcome Israel's war with Hezbollah. And on labyrinthine complexities of fighting terror: War usually requires absolute clarity about identities. But the battles now being fought in Lebanon represent a newer form of warfare. Counterinsurgency, by the book: Based on research and the lessons learned from centuries of counterinsurgency efforts, Richard H. Schultz Jr. and Andrea J. Dew recommend three major revisions for the Pentagon's new counterinsurgency manual. More on Peter Galbraith's The End of Iraq. A Higher Power: James Baker puts Bush's Iraq policy into rehab. The "peace" Democrats are back. It's a dream come true for Karl Rove. And what does an anti-war movement look like today?
[Aug 7] From Mauritius, no, World War III has not begun. From Guyana, an article on the culture, politics and economics of Emancipation. From Newsweek, a specter is haunting Europe. It's the gospel of free markets, loosed from chains. Off to France for your holidays? Ten things you need to know about les français before you set off. A look at how India's soft power is making inroads into China. Israel may eventually stop Hezbollah from firing missiles across its border. But the radical Shiites are well on their way to destroying the creation of a new Lebanon, which may have been the point all along. Know thy enemy: What Israelis see in Hezbollah's Nasrallah. BHL writes of his views of Israel. Instead of pursuing a Middle East peace deal, the White House's plan has been to bomb the region into democracy. The road to peace may go through Tehran. But negotiations would be a trip. Shame, stigma and the pathologies of intimate relationships are the new frontier in the fight against AIDS in Africa. How do you treat what is lodged in people’s minds? From The Washington Post, a series of articles on Latin America, including Washington's take on Latin America: Cold War echoes; Chile; Cuba for Dummies, Reading Raul; Chavez and Castro mano a mano; History is against Hugo Chavez, the Next Castro; and beware the carnivores. Fidel Castro's successor will face the tricky task of acting on the Castro revolution’s promises, and breaking them, too. From The New York Times, dispatches from key states in November's elections: Montana, Ohio, Tennessee; and Minnesota. A look at how a leveled Colorado district created an election lab. GOP candidates claim degrees of separation from President Bush. Should he run for president, Mitt Romney will have several things going for him. Telegenic, articulate, a Republican who managed to get elected in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. As election season approaches, it is important to understand how best to deploy your money if you do choose to contribute. Here are some tips on how to think about it. A review of Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It has Failed the Public by Helen Thomas. How stupid does one need to be to get a job reading the television news? And videos that show homeless people harmed and humiliated are taking reality TV to a new, disturbing level
[Weekend 2e] The Americas, Africa and the Pacific: From Mexico, supporters of center-left presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador have vowed to remain in the camps until the Federal Electoral Court rules for a full recount of the votes. From Peru, leader of Sendero Luminoso Abimael Guzman, is again in court, on trial for crimes against humanity. Tariq Ali reviews Simón Bolívar: a Life. Fernando Henrique Cardoso on what to do about Cuba. 638 ways to kill Castro: The CIA's outlandish plots to bump off the Cuban dictator would put 007 to shame. I'm a lumberjack, and you're not: Who is a real Canadian? The evacuation from Lebanon prompts a debate. From Sudan, an island unto itself: The capital benefits most from an economic boom; and a hostile climate: Did global warming cause a resource war in Darfur? From Nigeria, an article on the Igbo worldview in global context. The political party as an instrument in governance is dead in Kenya. With the completion of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential elections, the Great lakes region will be dominated by democratically elected governments. To address Africa's problems, it's time to reject superficial male charisma and mobilise women's expertise. From Australia, the paradox of anti-Americanism is that it stems from the French, a civilisation with which Australians have little in common; academic-speak in Australia is relatively comprehensible; and does the share market really matter? And researchers have established a link between France's nuclear tests over the Pacific ocean in the late 1960s and the high incidence of thyroid cancer in Polynesia
[Weekend] From Harper's, an interview with WWICS's Gordon Adams on the cost of the war on terror. Hezbollah and the prisoner's dilemma: Can game theory solve the Israel-Lebanon war? Ceteris paribus may well be the two most dangerous words in the economist’s toolkit: Stephen Roach on how this concept has become an increasingly fruitless and misleading approach in today’s world. For the US to become a more responsible country, the world economy needs to move from the current dollar standard to a global currency. From TAP, the minimum wage bill is a reminder that the current "do-nothing" Congress is even worse when it's forced to do something; and here's the case for raising congressional salaries. A look at the conversation no one is having about the Voting Rights Act. A review of Jeffrey Rosen's The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America. Ellen Goodman figures it out: The court wasn't just ruling against same-sex marriage. It was ruling in favor of "procreationist marriage". An interview with Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. God doesn't like pornography: An article on Stephen Baldwin and America's Culture War. From TNR, an article on Republicans learning the fine art of Bush-bashing. Paul Waldman on how things get ugly when Bush "trusts his gut". This is your brain on politics: An article on amygdalas, prefrontal cortices, and why voting is irrational, and a review of A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives. Is conservatism finished? EJ Dionne investigates. Mark Schmitt says the netroots are not about ideology. It’s tempting to believe that government regulation of the Internet would be more consumer-friendly; history and economics suggest otherwise. As Google becomes more crucial to the revenues of online news sites, its practice of withholding ads from edgy stories threatens Web journalism. Major newspapers tend to shy away from covering celebrity news, but they remain the ultimate filter for determining what stories are worthy of mainstream ink. From National Review, a symposium on MTV's 25th anniversary (and more). And in politics, comedy is central: A review of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict
[Aug 4] From New Left Review, Immanuel Wallerstein on The Curve of American Power; and Malcolm Bull on States of Failure. Quo Vadis, Israel? Martin van Creveld wants to know. As irritating as is the double standard by which Israel is judged, it is pleasing that more is expected than of the murderous enemies. Robert Pape on how Israelis have misunderstood the nature of Hezbollah. Offshore Zionism: A look at how a militarized alliance of state-subsidized software firms, real-estate developers and captive Orthodox labour is forging the path of the Separation Wall in the Occupied Territories. Karen Armstrong on how Bush's fondness for fundamentalism is courting disaster at home and abroad. An article on media projections of the "war on terror" as manipulations of shock and time, purveyed through a perpetual present of 24-hour coverage and on-line news--and the lessons from Hitchcock, Conrad and Benjamin on the poetics of suspense. Can an ideal-type for empire be deduced from a historical sociology of Han, Persian, Roman, Ottoman and US models?: A review of Imperien. A review of Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership With Saudi Arabia. Thanks for the sanctions: Why do we keep using a policy that helps dictators? The Supreme Court has ruled that Geneva applies—now it's time to talk about prosecutions for violating it. A case scheduled to be argued in front of the Supreme Court could change the course of climate change policy. Mikhail Gorbachev urges Australia and the US to sign Kyoto Protocol. The introduction to Forging Environmentalism: Justice, Livelihood, and Contested Environments. Lester Brown on how ethanol production contributes to world hunger. Various candidates have been proposed for the role of globalization’s assassin, but one little noticed, has been sneaking up: the growing tendency to limit the free circulation of people, to "fence in" the rich world. A review of Planet of Slums. A libertarian movement to end government regulation of private property uses the current suspicion of eminent domain to bring unsuspecting voters into its camp. And Robert Shiller on The Gospel According to Gates
[Aug 3] From Cuba, as leading dissidents hope for economic reform, a look at how Raul Castro could end up a reformer; and how has Fidel Castro stayed in power for so long? An interview with Alfredo Duran, Bay of Pigs soldier turned voice of moderation. From the rubble of economic collapse, Argentina's "recuperadas" build a cooperative future. The first chapter from Devil in the Mountain: A Search for the Origin of the Andes. From Foreign Policy, seven questions on Somalia's struggle. The intervention of Ethiopia and Eritrea marks a perilous new phase in Somalia's civil conflict as it moves toward confrontation; and an interview with Abdullah Hassan Mahmoud, Somalia’s ambassador to Egypt. Ethiopian generals and Somali warlords: A look at the Bush Administration's dubious allies in the Horn of Africa. Islam's biggest rock star Sami Yusuf brings his message to the US. How did you vote during the war, Daddy? Public disenchantment with the war probably won't matter in November. Will your vote count in 2006? Steven Hill of New America Foundation investigates. From TAP, netroots members insist that they're non-ideological pragmatists. They're wrong. True blue, or too blue? Ned Lamont is challenging Joe Lieberman, and the Democratic Party. If Lieberman leaves the Senate, it will mean that moderation in the Democratic Party... will be alive and well. The Lamont/Lieberman Democratic primary race is a referendum not only on the Iraq War but on a new vision for the Democratic Party. From Slate, here's some unsolicited advice for The New York Observer's new owner Jared Kushner. From Wired, an interview with Arianna Huffington. Text messaging has mobilized voters in elections around the world. Will the once teen-centric technology change American politics too? An article on what makes political theater effective—or not. Then and now: What are some prominent "Passion of the Christ" defenders saying about Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic and misogynistic comments last week? Behind the story of TMZ, an up-and-coming entertainment news site that broke the biggest celebrity news of the summer. And is Christopher Walken running for president? The truth, as they say, is out: Snopes.com will kill your free time dead'r'n polyester disco
[Aug 2] From Cuba, Fidel Castro temporarily hands reins to brother Raul; can the revolution outlive its leader? An obscure Colombian judge has delivered a stunning decision that will threaten U.S. relations with its best ally in South America. From NPQ, an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinkski on the Middle East. Jimmy Carter on how Israel has a right to defend itself, but it is inhumane and counterproductive to punish civilians, and "oops, sorry" doesn't let Israel off the hook. What can Israel achieve? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. Nearly everyone agrees that a large, multinational force of some kind is needed to police the Israel-Lebanon border, but who will send troops? Here's a possible list. While the war rages on, an environmental disaster is threatening Lebanon's coast with up to 35,000 tons of oil into the Mediterranean. Leaders and policymakers have started warning of an increasingly powerful Shi'a crescent, bolstered by Iran. Is this a myth or a reality? While the pledge of American money may have added to the Iranian regime’s anxieties about its future, it has done nothing to help the democratic movement. It's the Stupidity, Stupid: The president's ignorance would be hilarious if it weren't so dangerous. Election Day is just three months away and the Democrats still haven't settled on a theme. Davenport, Iowa police confiscate little flagsticks to protect Dick Cheney, they say. The White House is seeking to transform its daily briefings, as part of a subtle but sweeping effort by administration officials to deliver their message directly to the public. Surprise! Al Gore's Current TV is generating electricity. 25 years down the tube: MTV has now been around long enough for the first generation of viewers to forsake it, only to have some curiously return, this time as voyeurs. Enough with the Celebutantes! Gossip and celebrity obsession has become the herpes of the mass media, blistering previously celebrityfree zones like the news. From Salon, Hollywood may shun Mel Gibson for his anti-Semitic ravings, but the right wing in George Bush's increasingly hate-filled America won't. Devil alcohol made Mel Gibson an anti-Semite? Try that explanation at home and see what happens. And crisis public relations specialists are increasingly on speed dial to save brand reputations. But some big names may be irreparable
[Aug 1] From Senegal, 150 years after slavery officially ended, the paradise island of Goree must surely rank, with some irony, as one of the most wonderful places on earth to be African. From Ukraine, his failed presidency means that Viktor Yushchenko faces a choice of committing political suicide quickly or slowly; and on the three magic reasons for prosperity of nations: Does Ukraine have them? From Turkey, poet-political scientist Heyecan Nazlı Veziroğlu seeks to establish universal poetic sensitivity. How to bring peace to the Middle East: A Turkish political party once proposed an East Mediterranean Union composed of Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian entity. Why the Middle East crisis isn't really about terrorism: By insisting it is, President Bush clouds the real issues, which are how much the US should do for Israel and what it should do to Iran. Has Israel’s assault weakened Hezbollah or made it stronger? Henry Kissinger on the next steps with Iran: Negotiations must go beyond the nuclear threat to broader issues. A cautiously aggressive India wins in its bid to veer global powers toward virtually marking Pakistan. Why good countries fight dirty wars: Think democracies wage clean wars? Think again. How can Europe meet its responsibilities in the world? How long can Britain maintain its "special relationship" with the US? Look! Up in the sky! It's America! Tony Blair doesn't share Europe's vision of American power, and he's right. Phyllis Schlafly accuses the Bush administration of pursuing a globalist agenda. Midland, Texas-native Steven Green went to Iraq eager to "kill 'em all". The Army thinks he took things way too far. From In These Times, a look at how our current campaign finance system breeds political corruption: Jack Abramoff, Brent Wilkes, Bob Kjellander and Nicholas Hurtgen, Thomas Noe, James Tobin, and Rene Vazquez Botet. How Joe went wrong: Connecticut Democrats have been thinking about a divorce from Lieberman for years. From The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg on what the President calls his opposition party; and on the internet, everybody is a millenarian: Nicholas Lemann on journalism without journalists. And is Mel Gibson an anti-Semite? Christopher Hitchens on how he is sick to his empty core with Jew hatred
From Open Democracy, the left's embrace of
an Islamist movement supported by Iranian mullahs would have appalled
Karl Marx. The Christian Science Monitor
begins the series Hostage:
The Jill Carroll Story.
The great shock to the American system is
realizing that no fortress is inviolate, no wall tall enough and no
place really safe. An article on why more
eavesdropping is better than less.
The New Dissenters:
Look who’s turning against the Iraq war.
What do Nelson
Mandela, Michael Collins, Archbishop Makarios, Menachim Begin, Yasser Arafat,
Yitzhak Shamir, Eamon DeValera and Jomo Kenyatta have in common?
From Counterpunch, an article on
the limits of George Lakoff's politics.
Susan Jacoby on
the activist judge myth.
What is left? What is right? Pondering a future
where libertarians and conservatives won't be joined at the hip.
Narcissists ‘R’ Us? Three decades later, Christopher Lasch’s
neatly explains why self-love will tear us apart.
is a segregated community OK when kids are the ones excluded?
Britt Craig has spent more
than a year along the Mexican border. He is what some people would call
Is environmental activism a natural extension of religion?: A
review of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's
A vegetarian alternative needs a name. Since we're shifting the emphasis
from what we eat to how what we eat was raised, how about
Big-box retailers like Wal-Mart are looking to expand into urban markets.
But some cities are drawing the line--and that's a healthy sign.
reviews Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing 7 Trillion Dollars.
From Monthly Review, an article on
Class: A personal story
by Michael D. Yates. And a
review of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of
the Black Athlete
J. David Velleman (NYU):
How We Get Along pdf. From American
Political Science Review, John P. McCormick (Chicago):
Contain the Wealthy and Patrol the Magistrates: Restoring Elite Accountability
to Popular Government pdf.
Steven Eagle (George Mason): Economic Salvation in a Restive Age: The Demand for Secular Salvation Has Not Abated.
A review of
Plato's Introduction of Forms.
A review of
Derrida: Live Theory. Phenomenology as a Mystical Discipline: An
article on the more
provocative side of existentialism.
What drugs taught Walter Benjamin: A
review of On Hashish. Günter Grass
he was a member of Waffen SS at 17, Germany
erupts, but his lies may have helped
postwar Germany face some bitter truths. Has he
lost his moral authority? A look at how
the Nazis gave us disco.
Teaching humanity: In our globalized world, Martha Nussbaum says,
an arts education is more crucial than ever as a way to cultivate
sympathy for others.
From Human Events, how did Straussian conservatives
come to dominate the Political Science department at Kenyon College ?
From Time, who needs Harvard? Competition for the Ivies is as fierce as ever,
who look beyond the famous schools may be the smartest applicants of
all. From Newsweek, the nation's elite colleges these days include more than
Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Why? It's
the tough competition for all the top students. That means a range of
schools are getting fresh bragging rights; despite repeated promises of reform
from the SAT's keepers, critics
still find plenty to talk about. Could the ACT finally conquer all?;
and the Web
of Risks: Students adore
social-networking sites like Facebook, but indiscreet postings can mean
really big trouble. And why can't a man be more like a woman?: A
review of The Female Brain (and
[Aug 14] From Social Research, a special issue on the 2004 conference Fear: Its Political Uses and Abuses, including Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Fear and liberty; George Kateb (Princeton): A life of fear; Stanley Hoffmann (Harvard): Thoughts on fear on global society; Leonie Huddy (SUNY-Stony Brook): Fear and how it works: science and the social sciences; Jacek Debiec and Joseph LeDoux (NYU): Fear and the brain; Barry Glassner (USC): Narrative techniques of fear mongering; Corey Robin (Hunter): Liberalism at bay, conservatism at play: fear in the contemporary imagination; Tom Pyszczynski (UCCS): What are we so afraid of? A terror management theory perspective on the politics of fear; a roundtable on the politics of fear after 9/11; and more from Eric Alterman, and Al Gore on the politics of fear. The first chapter from Paul Kennedy's The Parliament of Man. More on Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. A review of Freud and the Non-European by Edward Said. A review of The Wages of Destruction: The Making and the Breaking of the Nazi Economy. A review of The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade. A review of Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different By Gordon Wood. A review of A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing. A review of The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (and more and more). Carlin Romano reviews Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish. Titles that didn’t smell as sweet: What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if there is big money at stake. James C. Hunter finds happy ending in Brazil as The Monk and the Executive tops sales lists. The blog Language Log has a book: A review of Far From the Madding Gerund. And review of Grumpy Old Bookman: The Book of the Famous Blog
[Weekend 2e] Torben Spaak (Uppsala): Principled and Pragmatic Theories of Legal Reasoning. Sonia Katyal (Fordham): Sexuality and Sovereignty: The Global Limits and Possibilities of Lawrence. From Modern Age, a review of Commentary in American Life and The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy; a review of Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred by John Lukacs; a review of On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life; and a review of The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition by Thomas Fleming. A review of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin. More on Letters from Oxford: Hugh Trevor-Roper to Bernard Berenson. The introduction to A Guide to What's Wrong with Economics. Auburnomics: Von Mises finds a sweet home in Alabama. From The Chronicle, a professor and a pilgrim: Ten years ago, Thomas H. Benton was permitted to run his hand through the beard of Walt Whitman. And Lake Wobegon Averages: Computing average class size can give different answers that depend on your point of view
[Weekend] From Le Monde diplomatique, an interview with Jacques Ranciere on aesthetics, being political and the police order. A review of Paul Kennedy's The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (and an interview ). A review of The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity. A review of The Legalization of Drugs: For & Against. The psychology of killing: Human evolution may allow us to commit genocide, but that’s no excuse; and of gangs and genocide: Chimp behavior provides clues to the neural basis for aggression in humans. A survey finds Americans less likely to accept evolution than Europeans. Pope Benedict XVI will meet with former students to dissect evolution. From Inside Higher Ed, U. of Wisconsin becomes battleground as Christian groups expand quest for right to receive funds and limit membership; and multiculturalism, universalism, and the 21st century academy: Nancy Cantor considers which kinds of dialogue have the most potential for success — and why such efforts are vital for higher education and society. From Great Britain, a report finds young people turn off TV and discard newspapers to surf the net. On the inevitable angst over falling educational standards: Are children getting cleverer? What is a student newspaper? MIT is spearheading an ambitious effort to develop a raft of green technologies, including laptop-powered hybrids and plasma-charged turbo engines. European literature scholar Irena Grudzinska Gross kicks off a series of informal essays on new books at Transitions Online. A Communist in a City of Angels: He blamed the sunshine in LA, which "shriveled up the brains of gifted writers leaving them incapable of anything but film-writing." But when Brecht himself tried to become a Hollywood screenwriter, he failed miserably. An interview with Elizabeth Merrick, editor of This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers. Her anonymous sex blog was a runaway success; the book of the blog is a bestseller. But last weekend the true identity of author 'Abby Lee' was revealed: An interview with Zoë Williams. And repartee and real social intercourse are said to be dying, but in the age of the mobile and blog they have taken on new forms
[Aug 11] Cass Sunstein (Chicago): Clear Statement Principles and National Security: Hamdan and Beyond. Ross Davies (George Mason): The Other Supreme Court. Stephen Burbank (Penn): Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and Interbranch Relations. Samuel Morison (USDJ): The Politics of Grace: On the Moral Justification of Executive Clemency. A review of Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome. A review of Fortunes of History: Historical Inquiry from Herder to Huizinga. A review of Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy. From The Moscow Times, a review of The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia by Lesley Chamberlain. A review of Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary Under Stalin. A new issue of American Scientist in out, including an article on rethinking the fall of Easter Island. Governments have been reluctant to share information about possible pandemics of disease. Happily, that is changing. Geneticists are becoming so proficient that they can not only show evolution in action, they can show it in reverse; and an article on why vets must mention the unmentionable, and confront the issue of people who sexually abuse animals. Was the bald eagle really the best choice of national symbol? A closer look at the habits and evolutionary lineage of this American icon casts doubt. From Inside Higher Ed, an interview with Edward St. John and Douglas Priest, authors of Privatization and Public Universities. From China, an article on an education policy torn between the market and the state. From Great Britain, a look at how ethnic background is an indicator of the choices students will make in their careers and the criteria they consider when selecting an employer. Class is no longer a reliable guide to anything in Britain. But it still matters. An interview with Alain De Botton on Status Anxiety. From The Progress Report, here's a defense of the New Economics Foundation's index on happiness. A review of Conversation: History of a Declining Art. And a review of A Field Guide to Getting Lost and On Trying to Keep Still
[Aug 10] Olav Hammer (USD): Transgressing Boundaries: Magic and Rationalism in Two Renaissance Philosophers pdf. A review of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition. A review of The Equations: Icons of Knowledge. A review of Moral Responsibility: the Ways of Scepticism. From Metapsychology Online Reviews, a review of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, a review of Emotion Experience: Journal of Consciousness Studies; a review of Is Oedipus Online? Siting Freud after Freud; and a review of Alain De Botton's Status Anxiety. More on Psychogeography. Akbar Mohammadi, a well-known Iranian student activist, died under suspicious circumstances in the infamous Evin prison. His family is urging the Iranian government to allow an independent autopsy. Students vs. Sweatshops, Round III: The Designated Supplier Program targets college clothing compaines. Do college sports enhance future earnings? Less than half of former athletes earn more than non-athletes. The newspaper industry is losing the attention of young readers. But one sector of the industry is defying the trend: college papers. Ignoring pending copyright litigation that could undermine everything, the University of California agrees to open all its academic libraries to Google's book-scanning project. Publishers are not happy. George Scialabba, a public intellectual at Harvard has published a long-awaited collection of essays. Scott McLemee wishes you luck in finding a copy. A review of The Price of Privilege and The Overachievers. And a statistical analysis of four national intelligence tests indicates that the difference in scores between blacks and whites decreased by about a third between 1972 and 2002
[Aug 9] From Australian Review of Public Affairs, a review of Civilization and its Contents and Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. A review of From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument. A review of Freedom of Religion: UN and European Human Rights Law and Practice, a review of Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics, and a review of Interpreting Constitutions: A Comparative Study. The first chapter from A Turn to Empire: The Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France. An essay on Matthew Arnold and the function of criticism. A review of Contested Christianity: The Political and Social Contexts of Victorian Theology. Religious freedom: Rodney Stark on how spirituality flourishes when governments don’t play favorites and allow pluralism. Old English: Is the once most venerated of disciplines headed, muttering incomprehensibly to itself, for the dustbin of academia? A review of The World Atlas of Language Structures. A look at how Polynesia explorers created a worldwide web of scientific knowledge. A review of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. An interview with cofounder Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia. Robert McHenry on what he learned about the "wisdom of crowds" while looking up a limerick on the Interweb. From Seed, an article on the value of small things: Why save what we love to kill? And gene evolution reversed: Primordial vertebrate gene reconstructed by fusing its descendants
[Aug 8] A new issue of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights is out. Here's a draft of Derek Parfit's latest book, Climbing the Mountain pdf. A review of After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy. Carlin Romano reviews A Philosophy of Boredom. From Literary Review, a review of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947. A review of Letters from Oxford: Hugh Trevor-Roper to Bernard Berenson. More on Richard Hofstadter. More on Murray Bookchin. From Stars & Stripes, Anywhere U: Colleges offer classes on U.S. military bases with free tuition for undergraduate, graduate degree a plus for troops; and students in Department of Defense schools overseas and in the US generally did as well or slightly better than the national average. Is your school patriotic?: Here's the latest Washington Monthly College Rankings. Citizenship 101: How colleges can help build social capital. From Psychology Today, it's every modern parent's worst nightmare: a school where kids can play all day. But no one takes the easy way out, and graduates seem to have a head start on the information age; an article on how to raise kids who think for themselves, and a look at how high school success doesn't carry over. From Salon, an interview with Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and author of The Language of God. More and more and more on Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death. A look at the work of an 18th-century Frenchwoman, Emilie du Chatelet, who with Voltaire created a "research institute" in an isolated chateau. A review of Women and Madness: Revised and Updated by Phyllis Chesler. Everyone knows how alcohol affects a man's judgment of a woman's attractiveness, but what happens if he's hungry? How to wipe out AIDS in 45 years: A controversial theory has nothing to do with condoms or abstinence. An excerpt from And a Time to Die How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. And here's the webpage for Last Best Things: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs by Crooked Timber's Kieran Healy
[Aug 7] Michael Steven Green (William & Mary): Legal Revolutions: Six Mistakes about Discontinuity in the Legal Order. Fanciful, meandering and often disturbing, subject to more impassioned disagreement than almost any other such work: Simon Blackburn on Plato's Republic. John Gray reviews Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. A review of The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity. Kenan Malik reviews Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey. David Hume wrote that reason is a "slave to the emotions". But new research suggests that in our moral decision-making, reason and emotion duke it out within the mind. Umberto Eco on why we should beware mad scientists. Legend has it that every new technology is first used for something related to sex or pornography. That seems to be the way of humankind: More on Tim Berners-Lee and the creation of the World Wide Web. So English is taking over the globe. So what?: Some linguists advocate embracing the spread of the language, but in a simplified form. From The Hindu, a review of Understanding the Process of Economic Change by Douglass C. North. Satan's Minions: Has the time come to pardon a 17th-century witch? Henry Louis Gates on how the story of John Redman is illuminating because it opens a window on an aspect of the Revolutionary War that remains too little known. More on Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair. A review of The Lost Orwell. A groundbreaking poverty studies program at Washington and Lee University has some of the country's most affluent students pondering why they have -- and others have not. A review of The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids. An article on Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession. In a law professor Lawrence Douglas's debut novel, The Catastrophist, Homo academicus meets pseudologia fantastica. Fiction as op-ed: A review of The Eagle's Throne by Carlos Fuentes. In The Helmet of Horror, a reinterpretation of the Minotaur myth, eight people trapped in hotel rooms go online to find out where they are, who put them there and how to get out. Most of Joe Queenan's friends read one or two at a time, but he's usually reading about 25. If anything, his attention span is too long. And big stores are blamed for the quality of books on offer. But it is in the public’s power to change things
[Weekend 2e] Asia: From PUP, the first chapter from The Central Asian Economies Since Independence. A look at Germany's favorite despot, Islam Abduganievich Karimov: While many Westerners have been forced out of Uzbekistan, the German army continues to operate a base in the border city of Termez. From India, an article on Sindhi civilization and universality of religions. A review of Understanding Terrorism in South Asia and Responding to Terrorism in South Asia. A new hub for terrorism? In Bangladesh, an Islamic movement with Al-Qaeda ties is on the rise. For both domestic and foreign retailers, China is a market of unprecedented opportunity. But it is turning into a battleground. Is India a plausible third, beside China and the US, in the great geopolitical game?: A review of In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India. An article on Asia between China and India. A review of An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: from Ancient Philosophy to Chinese Buddhism. From New Left Review, an analysis of the historical roots of Tokyo’s post-1868 geofinancial support for the ruling superpower, London or Washington, and the implications of China’s rise for Japanese strategy. The first chapter from New Times in Modern Japan. From Japan Focus, an article on Japan's political and constitutional crossroads; an essay on Japan and the intensifying Global Whaling Debate; and an article on security in the Straits of Malacca. From Indonesia, an article on the case of Playboy and the Mullah. And from East Timor, José Ramos Horta faces his biggest challenge in leading a collapsed nation
[Weekend] A new issue of Philosophy Now is out, including an editorial on The Big "H"; an article on the truth about heresy; a moral moment on luck and punishment; a review of Wittgenstein and Judaism; a review of The Pornography of Meat; and various news. A review of Bare Facts and Naked Truths: A New Correspondence Theory of Truth. A review of Wittgenstein and Approaches to Clarity. A review of A Good Book, In Theory: A Guide to Theoretical Thinking. A review of Colin McGinn's Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning, a review of Onflow: Dynamics of Consciousness and Experience, and a review of The Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind. A review of Memory and Understanding: Concept Formation in Proust's A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu. A look back at Daniel Bell's The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism. Sam Tanenhaus reviews Richard Hofstadter. An Intellectual Biography. UC-Irvine's Mark LeVine on Michael Walzer's tortured ethics. A review of Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Stragers. From Inside Higher Ed, Facebook is becoming a key resource for student leaders who mine the site for users with similar interests and world views. What makes a public university system world class? From The Village Voice's "Education Supplement", Doctors With Borders: Bioethics matures into a formal academic field—and faces an identity crisis. A review of Generation: The Seventeenth-Century Scientists Who Unraveled the Secrets of Sex, Life and Growth. From Science & Theology News, a review of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human; shedding light on "brights": A spectrographic scrutiny of brights reveals a rainbow of attitudes about religion; life’s humble beginnings: The universe may be a barren place or teeming with life, but only theories support either view; a review of Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion by John Polkinghorne; and a handful of researchers posit an alternative theory of origin: the universe has no beginning. Our universe may be 2 billions years older than we thought, according to new measurements. And from CLR, a review of The Electric Life of Michael Faraday
[Aug 4] From German Law Journal, a review essay on Langdell’s Prodigal Grandsons: On Duncan Kennedy’s Critique of American Legal Education. The introduction to Law as Culture: An Invitation. The first chapter from Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior. The first chapter from The Judge in a Democracy. A review of the Steven Lukes' Power: A Radical View (second edition). From Opinion Journal, a review of David Warsh's Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations. More on Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492–1830. The introduction to Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850. From TNR, a review of Eric Foner's Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. From Bryn Mawr Classical Review, a review of Aristotle On Memory, and a review of The Greek Praise of Poverty. Origins of Ancient Cynicism. The introduction to Selected Writings on Aesthetics of Johann Gottfried Herder. A review of Shaping the Future: Nietzsche's New Regime of the Soul and Its Ascetic Practices. A review of Berlin Childhood Around 1900 by Walter Benjamin. A review of Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? A review of The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities. The magical mind: Humans may have always made assumptions about supernatural forces that affect life. More and more on Stumbling on Happiness and The Happiness Hypothesis. From The Economist, the invisible hand on the keyboard: Why do economists spend valuable time blogging? Rachel Aviv goes inside the hypercompetitive world of high-IQ societies. Does "The Daily Show" really make college students apathetic? An article on MIT president Susan Hockfield and examples for women in academia. Here's Campus Watch's take on l'affair Cole. Obituary: Leon Epstein. From Great Britain, an article on courses that teach you the ancient arts of brewing and distilling. From CJR, weird science: Why editors must dare to be dumb. And Toxoplasma gondii, a common parasite found in cats, may be affecting human behavior on a mass scale--sounds like science fiction, but it is a logical outcome of how natural selection works
[Aug 3] Obituary: Iris Marion Young. Alan Thomas (Kent): Liberal Republicanism and the Role of Civil Society pdf. Thomas Medvetz (UC-Berkeley): The Strength of Weekly Ties: Relations of Material and Symbolic Exchange in the Conservative Movement pdf. Carlos Bell (Penn State): The Backlash Thesis and Same-Sex Marriage: Learning from Brown v. Board of Education and Its Aftermath. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): Three Perversities of Indian Law. A review of Analyzing Inequality: Life Chances and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective. A review of The Two Faces of Justice. From The Russell Kirk Center's The University Bookman, a review of Francis Graham Wilson's Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal: Collected Essays; and a review of A Moral Enterprise: Politics, Reason, and the Human Good: Essays in Honor of Francis Canavan. An article on The New Left, Cultural Marxism and Psychopolitics Disguised as Multiculturalism. From Inside Higher Ed, the Power of Postpositive Thinking: What is the Future of Minority Studies? Scott McLemee reports, you decide. From The Weekly Standard, an article on the state of scholarship in the Middle East Studies Association. Some state legislators have demanded that the University of Wisconsin, Madison, fire a lecturer who believes that the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job. As if the general hint at treason were not enough: A review of Academic Freedom After September 11. The president of the American University of Beirut has expressed optimism that the institution will persevere despite the fighting between Lebanon and Israel. From H-Net, a review of Lessons and Legacies VI: New Currents in Holocaust Research; a review of Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia; and a review of The End: Hamburg 1943. The first chapter from Kristen Renwick Monroe's The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust. From The Atlantic Monthly, can thousands of Wikipedians be wrong? How an attempt to build an online encyclopedia touched off history’s biggest experiment in collaborative knowledge. And community-built websites, "wikis", are growing in ways unimaginable to their inventor
[Aug 2] From PUP, the introduction to Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder; and the introduction to A World Beyond Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State by Pierre Manent. A review of Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. A new anthology of fiction, A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing, lampoons our country's most iconic moments, and reveals the truth about our current political climate. At Young America’s Foundation conference, college students trumpet conservative ideas and take aim at "liberal hostility". Millions of students log on daily to a networking, and flirting, website endorsed by their university. By the Book: The new online project globaltext.org could revolutionize the way students learn. More and more graduates who don't want to enter the corporate world find their true calling in religion. From Infidels, an article on the incoherence of theism. A review of The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature. Separation of church and science: Researchers say Foundational Questions Institute will fund legitimate work. Medical progress has stirred religious and moral objections throughout history, objections that were overcome as the benefits of medical advances became overwhelmingly obvious. Catherine D. DeAngelis, the first woman to edit The Journal of the American Medical Association has made a name for herself by attacking the influence of drug companies. Many were cranks, frauds or just plain mad. But today, four centuries later, alchemists may have something to teach scientists. A look at how forensic DNA may finally fulfill its promise. The Alliance to Rescue Civilization advocates a back-up for humanity by way of a station on the Moon replete with DNA samples of all life on Earth. How Google is changing science: Biologists, epidemiologists and disaster control experts are discovering Google Earth as a powerful tool in their work, reawakening interest in computer mapping models. New technology is not always the best technology, argues David Edgerton. The rickshaw is just as important as the jumbo jet. A review of Living in the Labyrinth of Technology. And a sticker can tell consumers when a piece of fruit has reached its perfect moment to be eaten
[Aug 1] A new issue of the Association of Political Theory Newsletter is out. From Social Research, a special issue on Errors: Consequences of Big Mistakes in the Natural and Social Sciences, including an introduction, Lorraine Daston (Max Planck): Scientific Error and the Ethos of Belief; Lawrence Badash (UCSB): Becquerel's Blunder; Peter Galison (Harvard): Author of Error; Edward O. Wilson (Harvard): Kin Selection as the Key to Altruism: Its Rise and Fall; William J. Baumol (NYU): Errors in Economics and Their Consequences; Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck): I Think, Therefore I Err; Kenneth Prewitt (Columbia): The Two Projects of the American Social Sciences; Neil Smelser (UC-Berkeley): The Questionable Logic of "Miracles" in the Dynamics of Knowledge Growth in the Social Sciences; and more. A review of Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence and Science. A review of The Psychological Roots of Religious Belief. A review of Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages by Jaroslav Pelikan. A review of The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature. A review of Stoic Warriors. The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind. How did Machiavelli come to be synonymous with back-stabbing? Israel releases University of Akron geographer Ghazi Falah, who had been informally accused of spying for Hezbollah. Idaho professor Sharon K. Stoll says college athletes are ethically impaired, but can be taught to think differently. Passing down the legacy of Conservatism: Everywhere young conservatives turn there are conferences, seminars and reading lists that promote its core thinkers. Obituary: Murray Bookchin. The past 100 years has seen a change from small, sickly people to humans who are so robust their ancestors are almost unrecognizable. To the barricades, old codgers: you're the last bastions of threatened liberty. Clinical researchers taking money from industry has become standard practice, but what about climate researchers? From Seed, on the self-perpetuating cycle of smoking and drinking: Puffing on a cigarette while drinking may keep you from feeling as drunk as you probably are. And a 1,200-year-old Book of Psalms was dug out of a peat bog in the Irish Midlands. How do peat bogs preserve artifacts?