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[Weekend 2e] From Imprimis, Nat Hentoff on the history and possible revival of the Fairness Doctrine. From Reason, Julian Sanchez hunts for the line between whistleblowing and treason. From Writ, John Dean on the problem with presidential signing statements: Their use and misuse by the Bush Administration. The Bushies have decided to focus on character in order to address substance. A review of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. Have peace activists ever stopped a war? An excerpt from Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. From American Heritage, an article on Booker T. Washington: Hero or Villain? William Kristol remembers Milton Himmelfarb. And since the Enlightenment, Jews have served as agents of modernization. But Jewish cultural perception has become stagnant

[Weekend] From Antigua, is globalization salvation or threat to humanity? From Uganda, an article on how all cultures are not equal. The finding that millions of female foetuses in India may be being aborted reflects the country's poor attitude to women. Leon Wieseltier on Ariel Sharon's addiction to action. Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and nearly killed Pope John Paul II 1981, is free. A look at how the US and Morocco seized the Spanish Sahara. The first chapter of The Social Construction of Free Trade: The European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. This year the World Social Forum is convening twice. Different venues and dates, but both meetings will be decisive. Right-Wing forays into the intellectual arena of Australian politics are becoming particularly strident and nasty these days. The French media industry is very different from that of most Western countries. A new book finds that 100 years ago, life in Moscow wasn't as different as you might think. A review of Socialism in Georgian Colors: The European Road to Social Democracy. An article on Venezuela's Bolivarian moment: Its promise and perils. Plans for a border fence spark anger among Mexicans. From The Epoch Times, on a late night flight the subjects of political power, philosophy, and belief fill the time. From Business Week, when is your website deductible? Even the man who runs the world’s goriest website says his customers are sick. Here are excerpts from Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board. And a look at the dangers of cursing like a sailor (especially if you are a sailor)

[Jan 13] From Canada, U of Toronto law student Liam McHugh-Russell goes head-to-head with incoming prof Michael Ignatieff (and more from Foreign Policy). From Poland, an interview with Pawel Huelle on politics and Polish-German relations. From Great Britain, why is it that black people who have succeeded against the odds are so invisible to the wider society? From Lebanon, an interview with Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Druze community. New Statesman on how they were wrong about Sharon. L. Paul Bremer on Iraq: Wrongs made a right (and an interview on his new book My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope). Nat Hentoff on how Bush was exposed in his ignorance of Constitution he's sworn to protect. Amitai Etzioni on how the Patriot Act is a convenient target. Elizabeth Holtzman, a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during Nixon's impeachment, reveals the whys, whens and hows of ousting president Bush. Outraged by illegal snooping? So was Martin Luther. A look at how the lobbyists' emergence reflects a shift in capital culture. Martin Peretz, The New Republic co-owner, practically begs Jack Shafer to reprint an old column. You gotta trust something called the Post-Intelligencer more than something called "Yahoo" or "Google", don't you? Rigging the numbers: Eric Alterman looks at the study, “A Measure of Media Bias”. Vanilla ceiling: Magazines are still shades of white. From Capitol File, an interview with George Clooney on Hollywood and politics. Ever since Falstaff, getting sloshed is cricket. And on presidential hair: You can always spot it. Volume speaks volumes about a man

[Jan 12] From Foreign Policy, an interview with Ali Allawi, Iraq’s finance minister. A British senior officer points to cultural ignorance of Americans in Iraq in an essay published by the U.S. military. From The Atlantic Monthly, Misfit America: is our evolving national character a liability in our foreign relations? Europeans hate America these days. So, why are they still buying our stuff? An analysis of a chapter in Peter Katzenstein and Robert Keohane's upcoming Anti-Americanism in World Politics. From Salon, Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece joins Jerry Falwell and Rick Santorum to denounce critics of Samuel Alito, as the right-wing revival show Justice Sunday comes to Philadelphia. From Slate, Dahlia Lithwick attends Sam Alito's confirmation hearings (and on why Alito's membership in CAP matters). Jacob Levy on the Alito hearings and Congressional power. Alito the activist: One man's judicial activism is another's sound interpretation. You'll never believe what left-wing law profs consider "mainstream." Here's Robert McHenry's suggestion for an amendment to the Constitution: Representatives shall be chosen by lot. Forget the lobbyists. If you want political reform, start with the lawmakers. An article on the New Etiquette of Lobbying: Emily Post, meet Jack Abramoff; Jacob Weisberg on swindlers and fixers: which kind of Washington lobbyist is worse?; and Timothy Noah on how magazines bribe, too, but they aren't very good at denying it. Articles on media leaks great and small, and on the smears upon smears in our post-honor media.  “The Market for News,” a recent paper by Andrei Shleifer and Sendhil Mullainathan shows how the explosion of news media that has fueled fierce competition in the industry has not led to more accurate reporting. A decade into the Internet age, newspapers try to stay relevant after losing a monopoly. What information should reporters suppress? And for how long? And government and media are in a constant struggle for power, and the question is always, who's winning now?

[Jan 11] News from around the world: From Nepal, the breakdown of the Maoist ceasefire has made for a grim start to 2006. From Pakistan, Ishtiaq Ahmed on what intellectuals should do. Robert Reich on how China demonstrates that capitalism no longer needs democracy. From The Japan Times, U.S.-China ideological rivalry heats up. More on Operation Yao Ming. Excitement is mounting in Malaysia over claims of "Bigfoots" lurking in its southern jungles. From MR, an article on Evo Morales, communitarian socialism, and the regional power block. An article on Hugo Chavez and utopian socialism. Is populism really so bad for Latin America?: An interview with Joseph Stiglitz. Auto-estima in Brazil: An article on the logic of Lula’s South-South foreign policy. For San Juan youth, Reggaetón rules the night. A review of Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean. Descendants of slaves from Caribbean islands are suing Alain Finkielkraut for making allegedly offensive remarks. From Cafe Babel, a special issue on Spain and Portugal, 20 years after joining the EU. Anatol Lieven on the West's Ukraine illusion. Transatlantic echoes: a written-off Tory party revived by a young new leader against a flagging centre-left government. Is Michael Ignatieff too American to be Canadian? An interview with Shimon Peres on Kadima, and an essay on the myth of Sharon's political change. Did President Bush propose to take out Al Jazeera? Christopher Hitchens investigates. From Index on Censorship, a look at how the focus on Guatanamo has obscured far worse activities around the world. And on future cadavers: More than one member of Sobaka's Dossier will die violently in the not so distant future

[Jan 10] From Russia, Putin again uses raw power, and again the result is a major failure, while the younger generation, ironically, is defending conservative values. From Germany, a visit with Bettina Wassmann, a pioneer of the political bookshop. From Eurozine, an essay on the democratic neighbor: Politics of human rights in an enlarged Europe. Why do Europeans hate America? Jean-Francois Revel explains. Is melancholy a specific climate of European nature and culture? Have the Europeans other moods and spirits? The British government has produced an official list of 12 national icons to kick-start a £1million website-based project designed to encourage an interest in culture. Denmark is an unlikely front in the Islam-West Culture War. Peter Berkowitz on Ariel Sharon's legacy. From The New York Times, six legal minds contribute five questions they would ask Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. Why do the nominee's legal conclusions so closely track his political convictions? Cass Sunstein on the key question. A look at how the morning-after pill is reshaping the debate over abortion. The Abramoff affair is not just a Republican scandal: It’s simply the excrescence of a truly national scandal: the fearful domination of private money over the public interest. Why are the courts leaning on journalists? Jeffrey Toobin investigates. A look at the rise of Craigslist and how it's killing your newspaper. A review of Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture. An interview with Ana Marie Cox, author of Dog Days. And at etiquette class, 'tween debutantes learn how to hold their spoons -- and their tongues

[Jan 9] From Israel, Ariel Sharon was everything he seemed, and its opposite. An essay on The Corruption Of Post-Soviet Democracy. Africans hang on to their rose-tinted spectacles. A wave of political and industrial struggles broke out in small Pacific Island states during the last quarter of 2005. Tahitians are preparing to confront France with a dossier of the people who have died or suffered cancer as a result of nuclear testing. From American Diplomacy, an essay on Clientelism and the Paraguayan War. It's premature to proclaim the death of Latin American democracy--but the United States still needs to pay more attention. A look at how Canada's split personalities complicate North American relations. If anti-Americanism is the only thing uniting Canadians, is it still a country worth fighting for? A report by the Congressional Research Service finds the administration's justification for warrantless eavesdropping conflicts with existing law. The astounding growth of the lobbying industry has tracked the growth of the federal government itself. Shunned by conservative Christian leaders, Pat Robertson still has his own TV show. More and more on Mencken: The American Iconoclast. A review of Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists. Christopher Buckley reviews "Wonkette" Ana Marie Cox's Dog Days (and more from P.J. O'Rouke). How honest should you really be in print? Is Google a good candidate for rational exuberance? Working at the PC isn't so lonely anymore. And got a light? A ritual gone in a puff of smoke

[Weekend] From Uganda, Yoweri Museveni is on the ropes, instability ahead. From Bangladesh, belief in supernatural phenomena is almost universal, and it speaks volumes for our backwardness and defeated mentality.  From China, a look at why Confucianism will never be religion; and in Shanghai, hype has become a commercial reality. Saudi Arabia seems a law unto itself: rich, unequal, uncompromising and unchanging. But, cautiously and almost imperceptibly, it is moving forward. A review of Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military. There are plans for a Holy Land theme park on a Galilee shore. Benedict XVI is a sight to behold with designer duds that have surprised Vatican watchers. From The Nation, an editorial on the case against Alito. How was Sam Alito as a Yale Law student? Christian ministers say they blessed seats ahead of Alito hearing. How much authority does the president possess when he is acting as "Commander In Chief"? Can the Abramoff mess become a true tipping point for campaign finance reform? Or does money always find a way? Welcome to a liberal’s worst nightmare. Black Republicans should be able to live without fear. A profile of Marshall Wittmann, who has spooned soundbites for right and left. From The Washington Monthly, a look back at an article on how the Bush Administration cut funding for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Guardian is in praise of miners. And if coal is going to be taken seriously as a fuel source in the 21st century, it' s up to federal and state regulators to make sure that it's safe

[Jan 6] From Great Britain, Demos says hairdressers should advise local councils. Of course, the scheme still needs a little work. Multiculturalism and its Discontents: An article on the changing face of racial conflict in Britain. Rich countries' populations are beginning to shrink. That's not necessarily bad news. Mark Steyn on the real reason the West is in danger of extinction: Demography. It may be eclipsed by the anti-EU musings of the current Czech president, but the influence of Vaclav Havel lives on. Cathy Young on a gloomy prognosis for Russian freedom (while its energy riches are bringing it political power). As much as Putin may resent the country’s wealthy elite, Russia needs them to survive. Christopher Hitchens on how the Bulldozer's long, brutal career ended better than anyone expected. From TNR, an editorial on Bush's laughable defense of his wiretapping program; Peter Beinart on the problem with Joe Lieberman--and his critics; and Eugene McCarthy was a Democrat who disciplined himself to republican virtue. What we need now are Democratic economic advisers who challenge the flawed economic assumptions of the laissez-faire school. Lobbying and Laziness: It's not just about greed. It's about loafing. Ana Maria Cox on how it's difficult to see the Jack Abramoff scandal ending with the satisfying clink of handcuffs. No more second-term blues: James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn on how to help voters: Repeal the 22nd Amendment. And what would Plato think of Bush?

[Jan 5] From United Arab Emirates, Emir of Dubai Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum dies while in Australia. From the Philippines / Maharlika, the name "Filipino" has obscenely outlasted its purpose and has become malapropos. From Italy, a judge has ordered a priest to appear in court to prove that Jesus Christ existed. From Great Britain, a gay magazine is in race row after calling Islam a barmy doctrine. English culture may have awkward gaps, but its awareness of humour and proportion can be exquisite. What's behind the rise of female politicians in Latin America? Martin Peretz on the mayhem in Gaza and the future of Palestine. From The Village Voice, the Bush Family Coup: Son revisits the sins of the father on America. An article on how Laura Bush is taking a larger role. Bush vs. Camus: What Albert Camus and the "little-ease" say about U.S. torture policies. A look at why the NSA's snooping is unprecedented in scale and scope. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff sows panic through Washington. Stephen Carter on why opposing 'activist judges' isn't as straightforward as you'd think. Charles Fried on Samuel Alito, in context. Jack Shafer on Risen vs. Risen: Or, book standards vs. newspaper standards. Former Steelers star Lynn Swann declares his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor. Conservative radio host tries to teach Infiltrator rules of right-wing punditry. Mark Gauvreau Judge comes out as a conservative metrosexual. Wonkette is dead -- long live Wonkette. And two new magazines serve Washington's style-challenged wealthy, Capitol File and Washington D.C. Style

[Jan 4] From Canada, why voters in Toronto's Etobicoke-Lakeshore should rally to Michael Ignatieff. From Great Britain, David Cameron needs to learn from his party’s past. And there are lessons there for Labour too. From Germany, a vestige of communism stirs passions. From China, top communist scholar 'stole liberal dissident's ideas'. From Pakistan, on how intellectuals can improve China-Pakistan relations, and Ishtiaq Ahmed on the limits of intellectual influence. From Nigeria, an article on occultism in African governance. Destabilising President Bashar al-Assad could lead to regional chaos, given the fragility of Lebanon and near civil war in Iraq. From SciAm, an article on the Internet as the ideal terrorism recruiting tool. From CJR, a look at how the press can keep the debate about Iraq honest; and could private investors set newspapers free of Wall Street's short-term shackles. On the daily paper of tomorrow: It won't look the same, but with reimagining, the local daily ain't dead yet. Research finds that media bias does not arise from reporters' desire to promote their own beliefs or a politician's ability to manipulate the media. More on Mencken: The American Iconoclast (and more). An interview with Kristina Borjesson, author of Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11 (and an excerpt). Articles on horse sex are the most widely read material The Seattle Times has published in its history. It's only fair that there should be some truly terrible ideas about stopping porn on the Internet too. From Government Technology, sometime in the future you will receive a mailing from a political campaign, and will read like its creators know you personally. Here are some of the strategies more advertisers will be trying in the coming year. MPAA's Dan Glickman on how Hollywood is doing just fine. And a review of On Michael Jackson

[Jan 3] From Canada, Pierre Trudeau was "cool" and Brian Mulroney was "hot": Politicians no longer govern, somebody has observed, they perform. From Great Britain, this is the story of how 'Pink Wednesday' validated the love of three gay couples; and a review of City of Cities: The Birth of Modern London. From Ukraine, a profile of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and an interview with President Viktor Yushchenko. An interview with Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank. Here's TNR Online's Despot of the Year Award. Is John Bolton the living emblem of American arrogance or the man to save the U.N.? President Bush made it clear that even with three years to go, he already regards his presidency as a big one in the sweep of American history. Are democracies more peaceful?: Why one of the Bush administration's favorite theories isn't all it's cracked up to be. Immanuel Wallerstein on the collapse of Bush's authority. A review of With God on Their Side: George W Bush and the Christian Right. An interview with Gary Hart, former Colorado Senator and author of God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics. If Democrats give religious progressives a stronger voice, they'll only replicate the misdeeds of the religious right. And here's a more accurate name for the 21st century: The New Middle Ages

[Jan 2] From Great Britain, what was Gordon Brown thinking when choosing to quote from Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Roads to Modernity? From Israel, an article on understanding when weakness is not a virtue. An Iraqi civil war? Some experts say it's arrived. From "Ideas", what happened to the Bush agenda? Political scientists offer an alternate take on presidential power. Florida Rep. Katherine Harris goes from infamous to influential. Are newspapers doomed? Joseph Epstein finds out. The Sidney Awards 2005: David Brooks honors the best political and cultural essays of the year. Going forward in era of contradiction: How will the age in which we live someday be remembered? And don't listen to the forecasters ... unless they happen to be chimps

[Weekend 2e] From Nigeria, here's a brief philosophical survey of 2005. From Great Britain, when Tony Blair leaves office he will still be a young man, and a factor in the political equation. From France, a photo album of VIPs. William Pfaff on the setbacks that bode well for Europe. From The Yale Politic, a look at the diplomatic challenges of nuclear proliferation, and an essay on rethinking the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (and an interview); an interview with Ilan Berman, author of Tehran Rising; an interview with Keith Darden of Yale on nationalism in today's world; an interview with The Nation's Jonathan Schell; and an interview with former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. So, guy walks up to the bar, and Scalia says... A review of books on the joys of Yiddish. A review of Happiness: A History. It turns out that doing good is a selfish act. From Canada's The Tyee, here are 15 Big Ideas from 2005 (and part 2). And leading thinkers and scholars from around the world share their fears, hopes and expectations of 2006
[Weekend 2e] Christian perspectives: From Comment, Gideon Strauss falls in love with the New York intellectuals (but were they actually a failure?). A chapter from Rick Santorum's  It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. An essay on John Paul’s debt to Marxism. An interview with John Allen, author of Opus Dei. If philosophy is a search for wisdom, then a true philosopher will find the enticing goal that first animated his search. From Aquinas to fair-trade coffee: A review of Human Rights and the Image of God. Erasmus was incapable of being a martyr to either Catholicism or Protestantism. Richard Dawkins' attack on religion ended up giving atheist humanism a bad name, and Roger Scruton on why Dawkins is wrong about God. To the Church , Gregory Paul is public enemy #1. And Canada is free from religious loonies, thank God

[Weekend] From The Next American City, an excerpt on the dilemma of the black middle class, and a look at how Starbucks may help save South Central, and a review of Richard Florida's The Flight of the Creative Class. Are hundreds of family farms really disappearing each week, as a television spot from Ben & Jerry's implies? From The Economist, individuals are taking on more financial responsibility, not least in providing for their old age. From YaleGlobal, an article on multinational corporations: A key to global poverty reduction (and part 2). Gary Becker on how elasticity affects the market for illegal goods. More on Illicit: how smugglers, traffickers and copycats are hijacking the global economy. Robert Samuelson on the Church of GDP. Don't sweat the Inverted Yield Curve: No one really knows what it means. From The Atlantic Monthly, Clive Crook on how the CEOs of too many public companies enjoy the power and rewards of ownership without the risks. From Le Monde diplomatique, Wal-Mart buys cheaply and sells cheaply, but at a huge cost to communities all over the globe, an an excerpt from Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich. From Dissident Voice, an essay on bourgeois ideology and contemporary feminist dissidence. An article on anarchism and the feminist connection. A look at the life and work of Voltairine De Cleyre: Her revolutionary ideas and legacy. The specter of Communism is still haunting Europe. From Arms Control Today, an essay on the limits of limited nuclear war. And there are practical ways in which we could immediately start to save our species from ecological and social crisis

[Jan 13] From The Nation, John Gray reviews Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. From The American Conservative, a radical globalist ideology has possessed the occupant of the Oval Office and is bringing about the revolution Communism never could; how ideological zeal and social distance silenced a disputatious capital; and more on Imperial Grunts. An interview with Paul Berman, author of Power and the Idealists. A review of Tony Blankley's The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? and more on John Lukacs' Democracy and Populism. Pro-whose-life? Ten reasons why militarism is bad for your health. From Foreign Policy in Focus, an article on two justifications for terrorism: A moral legal response. From Counterpunch, an essay on the war within the antiwar movement. Bill Moyers on finding justice in charity. From TCS, Edward Feser on the metaphysics of conservatism. A review of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today. More on Kate O'Beirne's Women Who Make the World Worse. How nice girls got so casual about oral sex: A review of books. Next time you read about 'what women want,' check the research -- it's likely to be flimsy. What is Gloria Steinem's advice to young women these days? From Truthdig, an article on Jesus: The Man, The Myth. An interview with Ronald Rychlak, author of Righteous Gentiles: How Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis. The Catholic Church ends "limbo." What now? And waiting for the Rapture? It's not just Christians anymore!

[Jan 12] From The New Criterion, a symposium on The real culture war, including Roger Kimball on the suicide of the West, Mark Steyn on demographics, Roger Scruton on the limits to democracy, Keith Windschuttle on the corruption of history, and an article on jihad in the Netherlands; a review of Roger Scruton’s Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life; and a review of George Weigel’s God’s Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church. If he’d played his poker hand differently, Hans Küng could have been pope. U of Virginia's Robert Louis Wilken on Augustine's Enduring Legacy. A talk on C.S. Lewis on moral education. From PopMatters, a review of God's Soldiers: Adventure, Politics, Intrigue and Power--A History of the Jesuits, and a review of One Nation Under God: A History of Prayer in America. From In These Times, how the 'secular' Character Training Institute is working to build evangelist Bill Gothard's vision of a First-Century Kingdom of God. Is Mormonism the first new world religion since the birth of Islam?: A review of The Rise of Mormonism, and a review of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. From Think Tank, Richard Alba and Tamar Jacoby debate immigration and Americanization. John Judis on how the fight over immigration is a fight over identity. Todd Gitlin on the right divide, and more on The Intellectuals and the Flag. From Open Democracy, the realities of globalisation, multiple identities and crises of legitimacy put democracy above and below the nation-state on the political agenda. What might the world look like if leaders saw an advantage in promoting not simply tolerance but liking of other groups? An article on the problem with liberal democracy. Arthur Seldon was the man who took on socialism - and won. The Goldwater myth: He didn't become a libertarian until his twilight years. Jack Kemp on conservatism as a movement of ideas. And Reuel Marc Gerecht on how ideas matter more than who pays to promote them

[Jan 11] From Boston Review, an article on why the Supreme Court makes justices more liberal. John DiIulio reviews Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty. The 9/11 Constitution: Cass Sunstein reviews John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After 9/11. More on James Risen's State of War. An interview with Jean Bricmont on humanitarian imperialism. Harvard political theorist Adam Webb on why the worldwide spread of neo-liberalism means any future revolution must be international. A conversation with Columbia's Robert Jervis on American foreign policy in a new era. From Harvard Magazine, an essay on the rising financial risks for American families, and Brad DeLong reviews Benjamin Friedman's The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. A review of Generation Debt: Why Now Is a Terrible Time To Be Young and Strapped: Why America's 20 and 30 Somethings Can't Get Ahead. What is fuelling the overwhelming sense of job insecurity? Can Adam Smith become a patron for 21st century trade unionism? It's so unfair-please: Where inequality works for women. Are adolescent adventurers showing a reckless lack of judgment? Or a healthy imaginative spirit? Nearly 100, Albert Hoffman, LSD's father, ponders his 'problem child'. From Reason, a debate on the promise, perils, and ethics of human biotechnology. From Business Week, a special report on crossing the gene barrier. A review of Handbook of Bioethics: Taking Stock of the Field from a Philosophical Perspective. An interview with José Miguel Serrano Ruiz-Calderón, author of Juridical Challenges of Bioethics. And a review of Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die

[Jan 10] From Writ, an article on the unitary executive: Is the doctrine behind the Bush presidency consistent with a democratic state? From The Weekly Standard, Harvey Mansfield on the law and the president. From Counterpunch, an interview with Michael Scheuer on CIA renditions, and how many Iraqis have died since the US invasion in 2003? Andrew Cockburn is on the case. An interview with Christopher Hitchens on why the West must win. Joseph Stiglitz claims Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion. John Allen Paulos on skewing numbers of flu deaths and Iraqi dead. An interview with Matthew Simmons on peak oil. More on James Howard Kunstler's The Long Emergency. From Toward Freedom, an article on the politics of depoliticization and the end of history. From Peace Journalism, an article on why justice comes first, and not liberty. More on The Victory of Reason. Within less than 20 years, theistic religion will become the developed world's primary organizing and motivating force. From TNR, John Judis on the furor over illegal immigration. Here's the transcript of a Independent Institute conference on the immigration wars. An article on how U.S. immigration evolved as the nation grew and changed. Does it matter if an activist who exposes the inner workings of the Klu Klux Klan isn't open about how he got those secrets? Brent Staples on when democracy died in Wilmington, N.C. That the 'burbs are conventional has become the conventional wisdom. Is it time for an update. A review of Fat Politics: the Real Story Behind America’s Obesity Epidemic (and more from The New Yorker). And a look at the Seven Business Wonders of the World

[Jan 9] From The National Interest, Gelb, Pipes, Merry, and Nye on The Freedom Crusade Revisited; an article on Jihad Unintended; Edward Mansfield and Jack Snyder on how democracy comes to bring not peace but the sword; Martin Walker on why the Cold War was so instrumental in Europe's success, and Lawrence Mead on why it's no accident of history that Anglo societies dominate the world order. Anatol Lieven reviews The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World’s Government in the Twenty-First Century. A review of James Risen's State of War. Jonathan Rauch on how Bush's battle endangers the war. Is Salim Hamdam proof that the Bush administration's approach to terrorism is working, or proof that it is not? A review of The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad. A review of The Word and the Bomb. Ian Buruma on how conflicting views about religion threaten to divide Europe from the US. Noah Feldman on how it's not the Supreme Court that has to curb the presidency. It's Congress. A review of John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs After 9/11. A review of Odyssey of an Eavesdropper: My Life in Electronic Countermeasures and My Battle Against the FBI. A review of Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times (and more). From Vanity Fair, here's the story of An Inconvenient Patriot. An interview with Todd Gitlin on patriotism. Gregory Rodriguez on the false god of ideology and Mark Schmitt on when liberals must conserve. And eBay's Jeff Skoll is producing political movies that recall the rabble-rousing days of Warren Beatty and Robert Redford

[Weekend] Why did the CIA give the Iranians blueprints to build a bomb?: An excerpt from State of War, by James Risen. A review of A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianization of Europe. From People's Weekly World, an essay on Marxism and the science of society and social change. Can trade ever harm a country? A response to Dani Rodrik. A new issue of Swans is out. From LA Weekly, a special issue on The Zeitlist 2005/2006. The coach as culture hero: What's so great about the guy with the whistle around his neck? Harem, scare 'em: Worrying about polygamy. Piecing together the lives of women caught up in the white slave trade: An interview with Isabel Vincent, author of Bodies and Souls. A review of John McWhorter's Winning the Race. An article on Henry Louis Gates and the Times: Unfit to print. Evaluating political pundits: More on Philip Tetlock's Expert Political Judgment. More on Todd Gitlin's The Intellectuals and the Flag. Marc Hauser and Peter Singer on the source of human morality. What appears to be happening in the United States is a slow but steady erosion of the possibility of public morality. George Monbiot on the anti-social bastards in our midst: Car drivers. James Howard Kunstler on Iraq and the need for reshaping the American lifestyle. A look at how consumers are highly vulnerable to a sudden break in energy supplies. But so are producers. Wal-Mart solve America's health-care crisis? Starbucks Economics: Solving the mystery of the elusive "short" cappuccino. And which cat do you like better, Aslan or Hobbes?

[Jan 6] From Foreign Policy, the world’s guilty secret is that it enjoys the security and stability the United States provides; once just a club for red-blooded American gun owners, the National Rifle Association has become a savvy global lobby; and Moises Naim on why the supply and demand for global public goods could kill you. From The Nation, an article on the geopolitics of natural gas. From Reason, the Pro-libertarian Quiz: How far are you willing to go to win the War on Terror? James Pinkerton on why liberty matters, but security matters more. From Vanity Fair, Peter Bergen on the Real bin Laden, an oral history; and Graydon Carter on the Man in the Suit. Patricia Williams on how a deep planetary insecurity has fostered a rush to build boundaries around ourselves--psychic green zones--no matter how irrational. John Pilger on the rights of ordinary people to speak out against an unjust war and atrocities unleashed in their name are being crushed. Fascism is at the door. More on Paul Berman's Power and the Idealists. From FT (the links may or may not work over the weekend), a review of BHL's War, Evil and the End of History; John Crawford signed up for the US National Guard thinking he would get free college tuition. Instead he got a lesson in war, and the material for a controversial memoir; from media shaping our relationship with the world to digital technologies transforming us into “human cyborgs”, our boundaries are being blurred; and why are British writers so incredibly popular? Is it the weather? The economy?

[Jan 5] From Forward, a review of books on the neoconservative persuasion, and a review of The World Hitler Never Made. A review of Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East. From MR, Ron Jacobs on a means to effect the peaceful overthrow of a tyrant; and right-wing faith-based politics in the US has its counterpart in faith-based economics. Harold Meyerson on a gentler capitalism. Economists are gradually shifting the way we think about the determinants of economic well-being. Few things matter more in the next decade than how we approach human rights within the new economic superpowers. From Slate, Timothy Noah on more evidence that the world is getting safer. A review of Scott Ritter's Iraq Confidential. From TCS, "The Burke Habit" is a textbook study in how not to write an essay about conservatism. An interview with Todd Gitlin, author of Intellectuals and the Flag. An article on the Overton Window of Political Possibilities: What does a think tank do? From The Washington Monthly, why only progressive government can save the great American pastime of hunting; and broadband is the electricity of the 21st century and much of America is being left in the dark. Katha Pollitt on 14 good things that happened in 2005. Acting up just goes with the territory: The best of the worst from ’05. Writers at National Review look into their crystal balls and see what they see for the upcoming year. And how do futurists set about predicting events that are still a generation away? And can they be trusted?

[Jan 4] Limbo is an "invented symbol" that can be left behind: So is the nation-state. Newsweek interviews Noam Chomsky. An interview with Saad Jawad, a prominent political scientist at Baghdad University, on Iraqi intellectuals and the occupation. Are elections democratic? Dictatorships are hardly preferable. One million men and women serve in the United States Army, so why is it proving nearly impossible to keep a mere 150,000 of them in Iraq? Asia Times' Spengler takes Victor Davis Hanson to the seashore (might as well, since America's porous borders enables Mexico's misrule). Rather than increasing the stockpile, America's strategic petroleum reserve should be emptied and closed. The People Are Unfit to Rule: The ideological meaning of Maury Povich and Jerry Springer. A review of The Greater Generation. From TCS, are people beginning to take the idea of healthy life extension seriously? A woman who couldn't pay her bills is unplugged from her ventilator and dies. Is this wrong? Critics argue that when it comes to business methods the traditional rationales for granting patents don't apply. The stock market is less and less volatile. Here's why. Milton Friedman’s latest research on the Federal Reserve challenges key assumptions of a very prominent economist: Milton Friedman. Arnold Kling on why we need to revive what used to be known as political economy. N. Gregory Mankiw has a list of seven New Year's resolutions. From NBER Digest, an article on The Happiness of Nations and an economic analysis of "Acting White". An interview with Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You. Does settling down with one partner put a smile on our dial, or would we be happier with multiple partners and a lot more sex? And from Salon, a review of My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood

[Jan 3] From The New York Times' "Week in Review", a look at What in the World We'll Do in 2006. From BBC Magazine, here are 100 things we didn't know this time last year. From The Guardian, emergence, diaspora, the 'imperial consumer': which ideas will shape the coming year? How wack was 2005? Eminent historian Dave "Booger" Barry sorts it all out. Jack Shafer drives a stake into bogus trends. Why an object that connects people to one another doesn't have to do much else. The overselling of personal empowerment, the hyping of hope, may be the great unsung irony of modern American life. It was bad enough that women had to scrutinize every inch of their bodies, now this too? From The Nation, Jonathan Schell on how the hidden state steps forward. From Der Spiegel, are nation states impotent in the face of market forces, or can the global economy be remastered? A review of Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods. More on The Pro-Growth Progressive. An article on governments' infatuation with economic growth. Bring back the 40-hour workweek -- and let us take a long vacation. What does it take to get Americans riled about invasions of privacy? On why libertarian does not equal libertine. An article on Christianity and the pursuit of leisure. And nobody notices when you die between Christmas and New Year's

[Jan 2] From Dissident Voice, an article on The Reactionary American Left and the Law of Diminishing Returns. From Commentary, there is no solution to the problems of debility and death, but Leon Kass says there are better and worse ways of thinking about them; and there is more to melancholy, and to mania, than is dreamed of in modern psychopharmacology. There's a freakish imbalance in American health: an abundance of MRIs and a dearth of doctors to see for a nagging cough. If there's a link between urban crime and immigration, sociologists say, it's probably not what you think. Perpetual happiness is no birthright, and that is more than OK, says Darrin McMahon, author of Happiness: A History. And how can the Pakistani state be happy?

[Weekend 2e] From Open Democracy, David Held replies to Anne-Marie Slaughter and Thomas Hale on globalization; and the foundation of a healthy civil society is a marriage of two human faculties often undervalued or misunderstood: reason and love. In putting ourselves into our place in nature, we have a real hope of reaching a better understanding, and appreciation, of ourselves. Are we hardwired for religion, or is it just a psychological and social need? Harold Bloom on paradise found, limbo lost: The pope takes on Aquinas, Dante and Anthony Burgess. On economics: An article on two applications of demand and supply that illustrate an inconsistency; the dread "Inverted Yield Curve": It makes brave economists cower; and are hedge funds the new mutual funds? A review of Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution. And an interview with Heather Rogers, author of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
[Weekend 2e] From Foucault Studies, Thomas Biebricher (Florida): Habermas, Foucault and Nietzsche: A Double Misunderstanding; Dan Mellamphy and Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (York): In 'Descent' Proposal: Pathologies of Embodiment in Nietzsche, Kafka, and Foucault; Réal Fillion (Sudbury): Freedom, Truth, and Possibility in Foucault's Ethics; an exchange on Foucault Now?; a review symposium on Critical Resistance: From Poststructuralism To Post-Critique; and book reviews. From Cnet, Jordan Crandall (UCSD): Precision + Guided + Seeing. An excerpt from the "Introduction" to Theory's Empire. From Boston Review, a series of responses to Barry Posen's essay "Exit Strategy". From HNN, an article on academic jarheads, and now it can be told: Why Jacques Pluss pretended to be a neo-Nazi. And "Instapundit" Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviews books on life extension

[Weekend] John Bowen (Wash-St.L): France's Revolt. From Idees de France, an article on French intellectuals: The New Generation. Emmanuel who? Conferences put focus on underappreciated Jewish philosopher. A review of Perry Anderson's Spectrum: From Left to Right in the World of Ideas. A review of Paul Gilroy's Postcolonial Melancholia. From Counterpunch, a look at how the FBI spied on Edward Said. Senate scrutiny of Alito’s ties Concerned Alumni of Princeton provokes reflection on Princeton’s past and present. More on what they don't teach you in graduate school. Let's talk about sex, said Leeds University. Chris Benfield went to meet the people behind the appeal. A look at why game shows have economists glued to their TVs. Math will rock your world: A generation ago, quants turned finance upside down. Now they're mapping out ad campaigns and building new businesses. A new mathematics prize seeks to reward top talent from the developing world without encouraging a global brain-drain. More from Science and Theology News: An article on the economics of altruism, and a roundup of who’s who in the cross-disciplinary field of altruism research; even if altruistic behavior is selfless, there are some benefits anyway, and though the word ‘altruism’ is only 150 years old, it has many definitions. Here are a few. A new study finds unhappiness has risen in the past decade. Tobacco has a special role in the creative process: Does the evidence in the galleries support the claim? A ancient map strongly suggests Chinese seamen were first round the world. And a greater understanding of the Kuiper belt will fuel uncertainty over what, exactly, a planet is

[Jan 13] From The Philosophers' Magazine, Julian Baggini interviews Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An inquiry into values; a review of Mary Midgley's The Owl of Minerva: A Memoir; A defense of the preference for preferentism; A look at the strangeness of sex on celluloid; an article on Google and online privacy; and on a new cure for perplexity. A review of Quality of Life and Human Difference. A review of Mark Tushnet's A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, a review of The Logic of Constitutional Rights, a review of Civil Commitment: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model, a review of A Natural Right to Die: Twenty Three Centuries of Debate, and a review of Criminal Case 40-61, The Trial Adolf Eichmann:  An Eyewitness Account. Teaching genocide to Bosnian Muslim students, an American professor finds that the overwhelming sense of their own unredeemed victimhood often dominates their responses to the suffering of others. From Inside Higher Ed, Professor Nancy Drew to the rescue: An interview with Thomas Jones, author of The Missing Professor; and a look across the hall at the life of full-time professors who are not on tenure-track positions. Research finds big brains are not crucial to teaching. From Edge, V.S. Ramachandran on mirror neurons and the brain in the vat. Obituary: Political science professor Michael Wallerstein of Yale. Dead whites make a comeback at the MLA. More on The Economy of Prestige. If the first days of 2006 are any indication, it's going to be a banner year for literary scandal. And Fight! Fight! Jonathan Hari and World Socialists get down and dirty over Harold Pinter

[Jan 12] From the inaugural issue of The Rutherford Journal, Derek Browne (Canterbury): Konrad Lorenz in Instinct and Phylogenetic Information; Diane Proudfoot (Canterbury): A New Interpretation of The Turing Test; notes from a discussion between Turing, Polanyi, and others on mind and the computing machine, and a review of Thought in a Hostile World. From Atopia, a special issue on terra incognita, including Barbara Maria Stafford (Chicago): mens incognita: Landfalls on an invisible interior; Sabine Müller (Gießen): Alexander's India: terra incognita as propaganda; and an interview with Marc Augé, on the anthropology of the proximate. A review of Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History. France gets ready to celebrate Emmanuel Levinas’ Centennial. From n+1, a review of Franco Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History. An essay on the artificial gravity of n+1. A review of The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value. A review of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance. Phyllis Chesler is a  prominent second-wave feminist—and neocon. Scott McLemee interviews Sandra Gilbert, author of Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve. A new series depicts religion as dangerous bunk. But is presenter Richard Dawkins just preaching to the converted? Living things from bacteria to humans change their environment, but the consequences for evolution and ecology are only now being understood. Why scientists would do well to pick up some tools widely used in the software industry. Mondo Wikipedia: Community and controversy as the online reference giant turns five. From The Village Voice's "Education Supplement", Hot for Teacher: Students rate profs online and vice versa; and Code warriors: Free culture takes flight at NYU. A review of Choosing The Right College: The Whole Truth About America’s Top Colleges 2006. And conservative critic of academe David Horowitz admits he has no evidence for two stories he uses to allege professorial bias

[Jan 11] From Contretemps, a special issue on Democratic Futures, including Richard Beardsworth (AUP): A Note to a Political Understanding of Love in Our Global Age; Danielle Bouchard (Minnesota): "A Barbarous, Rude or Debased Language": Jargon Democracy; Craig Browne (Sydney): Democratic Paradigms and the Horizons of Democratization; Carolyn D'Cruz (LaTrobe): Adjusting the Tone of Marxism: A Hauntological Promise in a Democracy-to-come; Daniel Ross (Monash): Democracy, Authority, Narcissism: From Agamben to Stiegler; and an interview with Wendy Brown pdf. A review of Nature: Western Attitudes since Ancient Times. More on Enlightening the World. From Conversations with History, an interview with sociologist Neil Smelser. This week we want to know all about Zygmunt Bauman. Look to the new academics for a glimpse of the future. An interview with Richard Dawkins on why he finds the resurgence of religion so annoying. From Skeptical Inquirer, a special issue on Intelligent Design. An article on how the Milky Way got its warp. From The Chronicle, an Australian historian puts Derek Freeman, Margaret Mead's biggest detractor, on the psychoanalytic sofa. An article on the real story behind Richard Wright's last novel. John Profumo did it, so did Bill Clinton … now Charles Kennedy. Julian Baggini asks if it’s ever acceptable to lie. A study examines how role models influence ethical behavior. And a series on Altruism 101: What makes someone altruistic and why?; an article on analyzing altruism; even before the word was coined, philosophers struggled with its paradox; an interview with economist Herbert Gintis; and a small compendium summarizing what religions say about altruism

[Jan 10] From The Journal of Democracy, Michael McFaul (Stanford): Transitions from Postcommunism; Vitali Silitski (IFDS): Preempting Democracy: The Case of Belarus; and Vali Nasr (NPS): The Rise of "Muslim Democracy" pdf. From Democratiya, an interview with Kanan Makiya; Norman Geras reviews Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account; a review of  Deadly Connections: States That Sponsor Terrorism; a review of Bad News From Israel; a review of Stephen Eric Bronner's Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Right Wing Ambitions, and the Erosion of American Democracy; a review of Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe; a review of David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism; and the transcript of a 1976 address by Sidney Hook on The Social Democratic Prospect. A review of Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. A review of Eric Foner and Joshua Brown's Forever Free. A review of Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought. From National Review, an article on McCarthyism and the Modern Language Association. Since it first appeared in 1962, The Norton Anthology of English Literature has remained the sine qua non of college textbooks. Nicholas Lemann makes the case against ideological engineering in the J-schools. A review of The Destruction of Young Lawyers. From The Chronicle, colleges work to attract and support women in technology majors. George Will on how prospective teachers are expected to have the correct 'disposition', proof of which is espousing 'progressive' political beliefs. And a study shows Chinese pre-schoolers show better self control than North Americans

[Jan 9] ReadySteadyBook interviews Simon Critchley. More on Descartes's Secret Notebook. More on The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza and the Fate of God in the Modern World. More on Voltaire Almighty. A review of The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War. More on Lincoln's Melancholy. More on Tony Judt's Postwar. More on John Lewis Gaddis' The Cold War. A review of At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. More and more on President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. Orlando Patterson reviews We Who Are Dark and Creating Black Americans. The British are not in thrall to 'political correctness'; they just tend to temper prejudice with tolerance. A review of Freud, by Jonathan Lear. A review of Theatre of the Mind: Raising the Curtain on Consciousness. Carlin Romano reviews The Fated Sky: Astrology in History. The stories most often downloaded from New Scientist were ''a stimulating mix of mystery, brain work, climate change, weaponry, and sex". An interview with Franco Moretti, iconoclast of literary criticism. Literary success has made Naomi Wolf famous since her twenties. But her life took a wrong turning. Can a big pot of money - and a savvy marketing plan - make poetry matter again? An article on reading between the lines of The Economist Style Guide. If knowledge is power, secret knowledge is capital to be spent at the most opportune moment. The experts have given up on curing traffic congestion. It's our problem now. And why a remedy created by a novice can seem more trustworthy than one created by experts

[Weekend] Jonathan Marks (Carthage): Moral Dialogue in the Thought of Amitai Etzioni pdf (scroll down). Paul Verkuil (Cardozo): The Nondelegable Duty to Govern. A review of The Most Dangerous Branch: How the Supreme Court of Canada Has Undermined Our Law and Our Democracy. A review of The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment: Comparative Perspectives. From Wired, don't even think about lying: How brain scans are reinventing the science of lie detection; and the archivist of the United States looks down at the floor. What he really needs, no technology can provide. Online Wikipedia is not Britannica - but it's close. Light bulbs and switches have been the subject of a variety of popular and perplexing mathematical puzzles. Why the case of Hwang Woo Suk shouldn't taint our view of science. From OpinionJournal, an interview with Leon Kass on the perils of biotechnology. More on Christine Rosen's My Fundamentalist Education. The Bush administration wants money for Fulbrights, for early language study and new “immersion centers. DeVry ticked at kvetching on prof blog. From ZNet, an essay on progressive political fiction, by Tony Christini, author of Political Fiction (and an interview and more). Under the heading "African-American Literature," what's available is almost exclusively pornography for black women. From Idees de France, an article on the French winegrowers’ blues: Is it the best in the world? And the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are among 21 global landmarks chosen as final candidates in the New Seven Wonders of the World (and more)

[Jan 6]review of Philosophy: the latest answers to the oldest questions. A review of Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud and A Chaos of Delight: Science, Religion and Myth and the Shaping of Western Thought. A review of How to Read Derrida and How to Read Marx. More on Edge's Annual Question 2005: What is your dangerous idea? Bayes rules: A once neglected statistical technique may help to explain how the mind works. When your gut instinct rules: Logic is the loser in uncertain situations. 50 years ago, Herbert Simon and Allen Newell hatched artificial intelligence. Two scientists are bringing the magic of physics to the public via a traveling stage show based on fairy tales. From The Scientist, here's a 10-step plan for better postdoc training. The National Research Council’s ratings claim to measure research quality, but they ignore some of the most important and cutting-edge fields. Bush plans huge infusion of funds, especially for Arabic and Chinese. Some scholars are pleased, but Pentagon role worries others. An article on the roots of InterVarsity and other evangelical college clubs. Do middle-aged women go to college to have sex? Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wants to know. On the Rodney Dangerfield of ideologies: Conservatism gets no respect in high school. From Skeptical Inquirer, what should we think about Americans’ beliefs regarding evolution? A review of Jonathan Sacks' To Heal a Fractured World. And a review of Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change

[Jan 5] Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt): Politics and Judgment. Oren Perez (Bar-Ilan) and Gunther Teubner (Frankfurt): Paradoxes and Inconsistencies in the Law. Mitchell Berman (Texas): Lesser Evils and Justification: A Less Close Look. Arthur Jacobson (Cardozo): Authority: An Hommage to Jacques Derrida and Mary Quaintance. A review of Enlightening the World: Encyclopedie, the Book That Changed the Course of History. A review of Classifying Madness: A Philosophical Examination of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. An article on psychiatry's sick compulsion: turning weaknesses into diseases. More on Oedipus Revisited: Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male Today. From Campus Progress, oppressed whites, self-titled “deans,” and more news from schools around the country. Why is Deborah Lipstadt saying David Irving should be released? The real scandal of photography: A review of The Ongoing Moment. From Inside Higher Ed, Franco Moretti is a theorist with a reputation for counting literary works, rather than reading them. "Yeah, but the book is better": The film version of a book may offer its own virtues An article on libertarian themes in children’s fiction. Bob McHenry responds to Tim Worstall over the relative merits of Wikipedia. Here are nominations of words and phrases that don’t work or are just plain annoying. Ted Fishman is in defense of procrastination. A study shows lonely seniors prefer playtime with pooch over human interaction. And William Saletan on the lesson of the Korean cloning scandal

[Jan 4] Benjamin Kleinerman (VMI): Lincoln's Example: Executive Power and the Survival of Constitutionalism. A review of Donald Davidson's Truth and Predication. A review of Karl Popper: Critical Appraisals. A review of William Vollmann's Rising Up, Rising Down. More on America's Constitution: A Biography. More on Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. More on American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out That Stopped It. A review of Kafka: The Decisive Years. A review of Umberto Eco's On Literature. Dishing off a rambling recorded rant for his Nobel recognition, Harold Pinter misses a chance to say so much more. David Denby on the collected works of James Agee. A look at how Julian Barnes transcended his sources and unleashed magical powers. Robert Conquest on life imitating science fiction. From The Scientist, there is just one hurdle left in the quest to build an artificial cell, but is this life? The first baby boom: Skeletal evidence shows abrupt worldwide increase in birth rate during Neolithic period. A new study challenges previous reports of cannibalism as a worldwide selective force. Scientists who study the evolution of visual signaling have identified features and behaviors that make something look cute. From Great Britain, citizenship has now entered and complicated the debate about history in the classroom. France divided over how to cast its colonial past. Professor of the Year Lawrence Roberge challenges Christians academes to support one another. A look at how the MBA brand lost value. An interview with Prince Alwaleed bin Tabal, who donated 20 million to Harvard and another $20 million to Georgetown. Liberal-leaning professors at Princeton University have much star power. Then there's Robert George. And John Bellamy Foster remembers Monthly Review's Harry Magdoff

[Jan 3] From LRB, an essay on the destruction of the public sphere. Being a book slut means feeling compelled to gulp down anything that comes your way. An article on the year of publishing safely and the importance of discounts, TV and the celebrity author. James Lovelock revolutionised environmentalism with Gaia, but upset Greens by supporting nuclear power. As for climate change... Just how did the first rock-star researcher Hwang Woo-suk fall so disastrously? Simon Singh reviews The Single Helix by Steve Jones. More on Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape: The Best and Worst of Human Nature. The return of the quagga: Can you revive an extinct animal? If God is great, why is he such a bad designer? A fun day out for all the creationists. The anti-religious amateur biological theorist Danny Vendramini is challenging mainstream evolutionary thought. If physicists don't loom as large over the cultural landscape as they used to, maybe it's because physics itself got small. A review of The Fated Sky: Astrology in History. More on The Occult Tradition. A review of The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time. A review of Weighing the World: The Quest to Measure the Earth. A review of The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City of Gold. A review of Africa: A Modern History. And more on The Third Reich in Power: 1933-1939

[Jan 2] Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton): The Case for Contamination. From Edge, the third culture thinkers write essays in response to the 2006 Edge Question: "What is your dangerous idea?" (and more). An article on why the tenure system, despite the popular caricatures, is essential to higher education. A review of The Chosen. A young T.S. Eliot discovered the salons and streets of bohemian Boston in the early 1910s. The effects are still with us. Harvard series puts existentialism on the screen. A look at the strange afterlife of the After School Specials. A review of Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Disney movies portrayed women and ''difference" of all kinds in a positive light. An excerpt from The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting. And a review of A Life with History

[Weekend 2e] Francis Joseph Mootz (PSU): Responding to Nietzsche: The Constructive Power of Destruktion. A review of Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real. A review of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind. A review of The Occult Tradition: From the Renaissance to the Present Day. A review of Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890. More and more on The Cold War: A New History. From Inside Higher Education, an article on what the press editors want, and more on what they don't teach you in grad school. Student blinders are more postmodern than traditional. Those weird college ads: If you like our football team, you'll love our chem labs full of Asian students. Dialoguing for Dollars: The Ford Foundation offers college a blather subsidy. The introduction to A Critical History of 20th-century Art. A review of What Good are the Arts? By all appearances in Anaheim, the field of psychotherapy has arrived at the circle of choice. And a review of Oedipus Revisited: Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male Today