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[Jul 31] News from
around the world:
From Great Britain, to abolish only non-Christian faith schools
would be taken as an affront. The answer is that they all have to go.
From The Hindu, a review
of A Call to Honour: In Service of Emergent
India, and a
review of India in a Globalising World: Some Aspects of
Agriculture and Poverty.
of Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond (and
The revolution has been edited out: On
the strange things that happen in a Beijing newsroom.
A review of
books on China.
If Venezuela's government is confident that it is representing the will of the
then it should be confident enough to withstand the scrutiny of a
In The Sack of Rome, a journalist chronicles
the rise, fall, and sly corruption of Silvio
Last tango in Paris: Once the sex capital of the world,
a crackdown on prostitution and the rise of porn megastores are
destroying a unique, secret heritage. From The
Moscow Times, the fundamentalists' stunted, ignorant and at times
demented interpretations of ancient texts, dubious traditions and their own
blood-soaked histories cannot be
ignored; a review of
Russia's Sputnik Generation: Soviet Baby Boomers Talk About Their
Lives; and in the melting pot of the Russian language,
English is a relative newcomer. But the influx of English words is
coming on strong.
of The Foe Within: Fantasies of Treason and the End of Imperial
How is happiness to be achieved? Can it really be taught? Does Denmark have the
nervous cartoonists aside, are they so cheerful in the land of Hamlet,
the dismal Dane? And more on
And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten
[Weekend 2e] From TNR, a cover story on Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah. An interview with Walid Jumblatt, leader of Lebanon's Druze. The current round of violence between Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah isn't due to the administration's push for a more democratic Arab world. It's a result of not pushing enough. Baruch Spinoza’s life and thought have the power to illuminate the kind of events that at the moment seem so intractable and overwhelming. For more than 1,000 years it has been the compass of moral guidance for millions around the world: A look at the origins and influence of the Qur'an. Excerpts from With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty: For today's young adults, the fall of the Twin Towers was the formative foreign policy event. Their outlook may revive in the Truman-Kennedy tradition of tough-minded internationalism; Kenneth M. Pollack on why America should promote a new liberal order in the Middle East; and America invented the modern oil economy. Now it's time to invent a post-oil future. Here's how to start. More on Thomas Ricks' Fiasco. From the US Senate's Democratic Policy Committee, here's the latest National Security Index. Are these the end of times? Newsweek interviews Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind novels. An obscure law has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes. Media Matters reports that The Lost Angeles Times, networks, Fox News ignored ABA conclusion that Bush signing statements "weaken our cherished system of checks and balances and separation of powers". Lee Siegel on blogofascism and the quality of Internet discourse. Should the law protect us from kiss-and-tell bloggers? Dahlia Lithwick investigates. A profile of Lewis Lapham, a rebel with a cause. A wealth of criticism: Philanthropist George Soros writes that the Bush camp reminds him of the Nazi regime. Mel Gibson launches into an anti-Semitic tirade after being arrested on DUI charge (and more). And conservative financier Richard Mellon Scaife’s divorce could be one of the "nastiest divorces in American history", but you’re not likely to hear much about the legal proceedings anywhere
[Weekend] From Der Spiegel, a look at how natural gas is catapulting Qatar into modernity and one of the world's richest people. An article on the threat of religious radicalism in Guyana. South American trade bloc Mercosur shifts left as Venezuela becomes its fifth member state. What is happening in eastern Congo is not "temporary" violence; it is a continuing civilian catastrophe, and the United Nations deserves a share of the blame. Anatol Lieven on why the failure of the Orange Revolution is a historic opportunity. How should we best deal with all the close elections around the world? And what do they do to the legitimacy of the governments that result from them? From PINR, an analysis of the End of the Doha Round. Doomsday for Doha: Washington vs. free trade. So what happened? Blame it on politics. Domestic politics, that is, in the United States and Europe. What now, trade ministers? WTO chief Pascal Lamy wants to know. Wherever you look, in the US or abroad, you see capitulation to special interests and an utter lack of ambition and leadership. From Time, an interview with Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt. Leslie Gelb on how diplomatic jujitsu could help create a new Middle East. Cornel West on the spirit of Spinoza and the Middle East. A review of Populism and Hegemony in Israel. A symposium on the Iraq War: Is it good for Jews, and Israel? Is a "three-state solution" viable in Iraq? More on Thomas Ricks' Fiasco. A bloodbath economy: The president's plans to subject Iraq to the most radical forms of capitalism are as responsible as the war itself for the destruction of Iraq. From Newsweek, an interview with director of MIT's Center for International Studies John Tirman, author of 100 Ways America Is Screwing Up the World. Alexander Cockburn on the triumph of crackpot realism. Democrats have finally defined their approach to post-9/11 foreign policy. It's called pandering. The US Army dismisses Bleu Copas, a gay Arabic linguist. And a single-man flying wing, originally intended as a sports gimmick, may soon allow elite soldiers to fly into action like Batman
[Jul 28] From Burma, the twin boys-led "God's Army" surrenders to authorities. From Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has unforgivably sullied the electoral process and undermined the country's fragile democracy. Jorge Castañeda on a tale of two lefts in Latin America. Is there a new Bolivia? From Foreign Policy, a look at the world's forgotten territorial disputes; and an article on Congo's implausible democracy: A moment of celebration? Educating Akello: An ambiguous African story of doubt, mistrust and guilt. Failure of the Doha Round only hurts the poor – but political will from rich nations could salvage a few benefits. An op-ed on The Ungreening of the World. From Der Spiegel, an interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Proxy Power: An article on understanding Iran's use of terrorism. Timothy Garton Ash on how the tortured history of the Israeli-Arab conflict eventually leads back to Europe. The Economist and Euro-Islam: An article on what the paper is missing. Why does The Guardian seem to have a bashful crush on the Muslim Brotherhood? From TNR, a look at why Indians are watching Israel's war closely; and why Israel's war is not about peace. It's about deterrence. As the war in Lebanon shows, there are several ways to make a moral judgment. A look at how American policy has emboldened Iran. Hamas and Hizbullah should not be confused with Al Qaeda. Bush's insistence on doing so shows his failure to understand his foes. That infamous neck massage: Was it sexual harassment or just really bad protocol? Hillary v. Howard: The Democratic Party's two power centers are locked in a struggle for intraparty supremacy. Guess who's winning. From Time, an article on The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed. An interview with Norman Mineta, the longest-serving Secretary of Transportation. New spokesman Tony Snow has brought a more playful style to White House public relations, but secrecy is still a concern. From The Hill, here are the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill. And the PBS KIDS Sprout network fires the host of "The Good Night Show" because she appeared in videos called "Technical Virgin" which dealt satirically with anal sex and masturbation
[Jul 27] From South Korea, in an on-going effort to make the country a "hub of Northeast Asia," the government is taking steps to develop its largest island, Jeju, as a major international center; and is globalization succumbing to glocalization? Is there something we can learn from the antiglobalists? Countries that open up their economies tend to prosper. We need to help more of them reap globalisation's benefits. Want to promote stable democracy in struggling nations? Send timely packages of food, seeds and medicine. People starve but there has never been a year without enough food for every person on earth: 12 myths about hunger. From Boston Review, a symposium of Making Aid Work: How to fight global poverty effectively. From PINR, a look at ballistic missiles as a crucial strategic issue for the United States and Europe. Andrew Moravcsik on why Europe should dare to be dull. An article on counterterrorism and the integration of Islam in Europe. Former Deputy President Izzat al-Douri, America's most wanted Iraqi fugitive, on why the insurgents won't join the political process. Hundreds of troops and veterans from the war in Iraq are blogging world-wide, and many are focused on a common enemy: journalists. John Lavine says he can pull a cross between journalism and marketing out of his hat. Watch carefully. From Slate, Jack Shafer on the best writers at The New York Times; and Jacob Weisberg on the silly war on internet gambling. From PopMatters, Wikipedia is a researcher's boon and a model for aggregating the collective knowledge of the human species. So how come all Brian Wilson wants to do is vandalize it? Open-source programming's organizing principle has been embraced in medical research, engineering -- even religion. Want to see Zidane head bump, exploding mentos, cringeful Dennis Miller? Come to YouTube, video website where bad culture is reborn forever. Publishers vs. YouTube: Does either side win? The economics of copyright enforcement collide with the economics of Web 2.0. A review of Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings. From Wired, a look at The Sleazy Life and Nasty Death of Russia’s Spam King. And never mind the glossy magazines: The truth about fashion is out there on the internet
[Jul 26] The Middle East - Media and technology: From Iraq, operating quietly, tattoo artists make their mark, as the sign of Western influence reemerges despite climate of religious intimidation. An interview with Yusuf Kanli, editor in chief of Turkish Daily News: "Without secularism Turkey couldn't be a democracy". Der Spiegel interviews Emile Lahoud, President of Lebanon, and Tzipi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister. All hell has broken loose in the Middle East. What went wrong? And how can it be prevented again? Identity Politics: An article on understanding what the Sunni-Shia split really means for the new Middle East; and why a foolish war is never a just one, and Israel's war is a moral and strategic folly. The Israeli-Palestinian dispute remains the core issue in the region, and there are hints of a way forward. Many see the Israeli attacks on Lebanon as disproportionate. But for the vast majority of Israelis, including some former doves, the war against Hezbollah is deterrence in self-defense. It is vilified as a propaganda machine and Osama’s mouthpiece. In truth, though, Al Jazeera is as hated in the palaces of Riyadh as it is in the White House. From Technology Review, the Internet is your next hard drive: New Web-based services don't just store your data online, they keep it synchronized across your laptop, desktop, and mobile phone. From The New Yorker, can Wikipedia conquer expertise? From Wired, here’s your instruction manual, your go-to How To guide for making the most of your digital life. A veteran commentator attempts to live entirely on Web 2.0 for two weeks. How safe are the top social-networking sites for teens? The Wall Street Journal takes them for a test run. In the new Age of Copyright, dynasties are founded on cartoon characters, lawyers play extreme sports, and we all break the law. It's never been easier to stake a creative claim, or jump one. Just whose idea is it anyway? Can a blog move meatspace toward gender equality? An interview with Feministing's Samhita Mukhopadhyay. And the combination of sex and celebrity once lethal to a showbusiness career has become the currency of superstardom in the 21st century. The rules were rewritten by Madonna but it is Paris Hilton who manipulated them
[Jul 25] News from around the world: From Gambia, the government's persecution of the media has become too blatant to ignore, as recent crackdowns reveal its nerves ahead of elections in September. From Bulgaria, Ilija Trojanow writes on the tangled web of business, politics and the Mafia in the country. Are Georgia’s first political detainees since the Rose Revolution a sign of growing authoritarianism? Theodore Dalrymple on real crime, fake justice in Great Britain and on why it’s not just Islam, but the tension between Islam and Western modernity, that makes them tick. A review of The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism. A review of Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World. When the pen is threatened by the sword: An article Turkey's persecution of its writers. All around the world, from Sierra Leone to Sri Lanka, the violent legacy of colonialism can still be witnessed, and as war rages in the Middle East, concerns are growing about the Horn of Africa. Timothy Garton Ash writes of the world's new multipolar disorder. In an prescient essay from 1988, the late Lithuanian sociologist Vytautas Kavolis anticipates that "civilization" will become a central concept in a debate on the global situation. An interview with former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit: "No wedge can be driven between Syria and Iran--we're in a clash of civilzations"; and a look at why Hezbollah is no puppet of Syria and Iran. Why Israel's reaction is right: The natural reaction to the current violence in the Middle East is one of horror. It's time for a cease-fire, right? Not necessarily. Pacifism would only help the radicals. Alan Dershowitz on why the blame falls on the terrorists, not Israel. Jonathan Chait on why Israel's use of "disproportionate force" is justified. Proportionate response: Does one Israeli really equal 47 Americans? David Remnick on the bewildering Western response to the conflict in Lebanon. Life before wartime: An article on Beirut as a case study in the fragility of cosmopolitanism; and a look at what we’re loath to talk about when we talk about Israel and Lebanon. And an interview with Middle East Institute's Wayne White on Lebanon and the Bush Administration
[Jul 24] From Le Taurillon, here are some arguments in support of a pan-European referendum. William Keegan on how Great Britain is addicted to the nuclear option; more on Londonistan by Melanie Phillips; and a look at how the state is waging class war on the poor. More on Simon Bolivar: A Life. A review of Mandela: A Critical Life. "I wanted to take revenge": Girl soldiers are on the increase in Liberia and beyond. A review of Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond (and more). Alarmingly sophisticated imitations of American currency have turned up all over the world. And the false-paper trail leads to North Korea. Noah Feldman on how we wanted to use both elections and force to transform the Middle East. Hamas and Hezbollah, it turns out, had the same idea. The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has illuminated the sweeping changes that are reshaping the entire Middle East. Could this be the start of World War III? As the Middle East erupts, there are plenty of scenarios for global conflagration. Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin on why we have to talk to the bad guys. An article on Bush, Merkel, and the quickie neck rub: The look on her face said it all. One Veto, Many No’s: Until last week, President Bush found ways of exercising control over (or circumventing) Congress without using the veto. A review of Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War. Hero of " Spinal Tap" and " The Simpsons" Harry Shearer takes a satirical look at the US. A review of Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke. A review of Left in the Dust: How Race and Politics Created a Human and Environmental Tragedy in L.A. A review of $40 Million Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Only four Shakers are left in the world, all living in southern Maine. But if they can't attract converts to their celibate lifestyle and this really is the end for them, they have a plan to ensure that their legacy lives on forever. And See Me, Click Me: Your life is an open blog, your wit updated 24/7. Still, not everyone is LOL
[Weekend 2e] From AEI, an article on the Least Developed Countries and the tyranny of a definition. From Asia Times, here are the first 4 parts of a series on The Wages of Neo-Liberalism. An article on the latest Fairtrade product: cotton. The Mercosur summit in Cordoba, Argentina, on 20-21 July comes at a key moment in South America's integration process: An interview with Brazilian historian Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira. From The New York Times, seven experts on what should be the first step toward defusing the crisis in Lebanon. The Middle East Buddy List: Does Hezbollah get along with Egypt? What about Hamas and Iran? "Civilian casualty"? It depends: Those who supports terrorists are not entirely innocent. Israel is a nation that stands for moral rectitude. But how can it win people over when it uses means that make a mockery of those very principles? Dennis Ross on what the United States stands to gain from Israel's war with Lebanon. Robert Kuttner on what Bush's blunders created in the Mideast. Does Mr. Bush have the maturity to stand up to pressure from neoconservatives? Paul Krugman reports, you decide. There You Go Again, Mr. President: How the Bush administration will exploit the present Middle East crisis to finally see John Bolton confirmed as U.N. ambassador. From TNR, Joe Lieberman confronts his greatest liability: Can he survive? From The Nation, a look at Ohio's coming electoral meltdown. Nothing crazy to see here: Is Los Angeles "the best" at anything? And notes from the wilderness: Slate's summer camp issue includes a series of articles
[Weekend] From Somalia, hundreds of Ethiopian troops in armored vehicles roll into the country (and more). One should count ethnic divisions, not bombs, to tell if a nation will recover from war. From the Journal of Social Structure, Maksim Tsvetovat and Kathleen M. Carley (Carnegie Mellon): Structural Knowledge and Success of Anti-Terrorist Activity: The Downside of Structural Equivalence. From Le Monde diplomatique, was 9/11 an inside job? More and more people in the US are convinced that the American authorities are concealing their involvement in the 9/11 tragedy. National Journal examines Iran's connection to the current conflagration in the Middle East, and its low-grade, undeclared war against America. Saudi Arabia in Washington: When two worlds collide, from ambassador to dissident. Retired U.S. Army Col. Douglas A. Macgregor on the myth of American power (and part 2). From Lebanon's The Daily Star, an editorial on why it's time for America to put its diplomatic muscle where its mouth is. Marc Lynch on why three Arab regimes are publicly aligning themselves against Hezbollah and Iran. Arab leaders' condemnation of Hezbollah isn't about Iran; it's about Syria. This isn't World War III: The war in Lebanon is a limited, local conflict. It turns out there's an upside to the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah--if you're waiting for the second coming of Christ. And from Christianity Today, whatever happened to the idea of rescuing people from hell?
[Jul 21] From Poland, are the twin Kaczynski brothers Lech and Jaroslaw narrow-minded nationalists or serious reformers?; an an interview with Lech Walesa. From Great Britain, what’s behind the rise of Yob Lit? Books on "anti-social behaviour" tend to reveal far more about the author’s mindsets. From Canada, enjoy a primer on the grimier side of few of our favorite Canadian leaders. As Japan emerges from an era of a zero interest rate, the country still needs to put more of its past behind it. From The New York Observer, from Murdoch fund-raiser to Zuckerman huddle, Hillary Clinton has a massive money apparatus, ritzy staff, dispenses lucre. Why are Chuck and Hillary skittish on gay marriage? Swing district, swing state: Is Patricia Madrid's liberalism potent enough to win in New Mexico? Nevada is the new hot spot for retirees. America should watch how it copes with the influx, and learn. Rep. Henry Waxman knows how to make the GOP squirm. He's the general of an army of investigators who churn out unsparing reports. A Congress that challenges a president when it thinks he is wrong is not infringing on the rights of the "decider", but reminding him that the Constitution and American history decree a division of power. A review of When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences by Eric Alterman. Washington's DuPont Circle may now be a posh address for lawyers and diplomats, and 4,000 Starbucks outlets, but it was once a bohemian hotseat for intellectuals. A look at the city’s lost house of liberal revolution. Farmer Dale Klyn flies the flag upside down, is arrested and gets death threats. For three decades, Norman Swerling was the nice, happily married man who taught the kids how to drive. He loved his role in helping teenagers become adults. Then one day a girl said he raped her in his driver's ed car. New niche social-networking sites connect users based on ideological compatibility. Are they the next best campaign tool or just another way to get a date? And now that it costs the government more than one cent to mint a U.S. Penny, pressure is building to eliminate pennies altogether
[Jul 20] International issues: From Air & Space Power Journal, here are ten propositions regarding space power. From The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a look at Global nuclear stockpiles, 1945-2006; an article on how combating IEDs will require an agile game of action and reaction; on how US government assessments of China's military prowess are sometimes based upon shaky sources; and when could Iran get the Bomb? What we know and what we don't know about Iran's nuclear program. From Issues in Science and Technology, the US should take the lead in making the use of nuclear weapons unacceptable under any but the most extenuating circumstances. From Cosmos, nuclear energy produces no greenhouse gases, but it has many drawbacks. Now a radical new technology based on thorium promises what uranium never delivered. From Der Spiegel, an article on the battle for natural resources and Hugo Chavez, Ché Guevara with oil; and an interview with Daniel Yergin on energy security and foreign policy. From Cultural Survival Quarterly, an essay on The People Who Don't Exist; and A Brief History of the Indigenous Peoples of West Africa. A review of I Didn’t Do It for You: How the World Used and Abused a Small African Nation, Unfinished Business: Ethiopia and Eritrea at War, and Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa. From Dissent, show business and "lawfare" in Rwanda: Twelve years after the genocide. The Democratic Republic of Congo will hold its first general election since 1960 at the end of this month. What's with all the close elections around the world? Michael Barone investigates, and Bruce Bartlett responds. More on Paul Kennedy’s The Parliament of Man. An article on why spreading freedom keeps getting more complicated. Who else will do the work? The popularity and leverage of global civil society organizations is being challenged by claims that they lack legitimacy, accountability, and transparency. An interview with Peter Eigen, Transparency International founder. A new issue of Harvard International Review is out, with a special section on urbanization. Which country will experience the most significant population decline in absolute terms by 2050? And what looming demographic crisis? We should welcome the prospect of an aging, or even declining, population
[Jul 19] From Mauritius, expatriates want to "reconnect" with a country that probably only exists in their imagination. From Iran, an interview with Katajun Amipur on the possibilities for democracy in his country. From Foreign Affairs, more on "What to Do in Iraq". Is "Arab democracy" worth all this chaos? Washington forgot an important component: stability. From International Socialist Review, an article on Cuba's likely transition and its politics. A review of Simon Bolivar by James Dunkerley. From Dissent, an essay on Liberating Pachamama: Corporate Greed, Bolivia, and Peasant Resistance. By refusing to concede, Andres Manuiel López Obrador threatens to undermine Mexican democracy. Latin America turning left? Voters are mostly backing incumbents, from the left, right and center. Four men attempt to be the first Americans to cross the North Atlantic by rowboat. Dear God, why? A look at how illicit trade led to modern globalization. From The Weekly Standard, on the rule of (international) law: Free trade is bringing international law closer and closer to home. From National Journal, one of the fault lines in the contentious debate over immigration policy is whether the government should veer toward compassion or tough love when dealing with families. Pregnancy centers are found to give false information on abortion. From GQ, an article on the sins of Ralph Reed. Newt Gingrich wants to save the world... if only we'd let him. In These Times blows the whistle on Diebold. From Liberty, an article on George Bush: Darling of the Liberals. A look at why Teddy Roosevelt would have hated Karl Rove. An interview with Nolan McCarty, co-author of Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches. Why, you may ask, is Joseph Lieberman having such a tough time with the simple task of getting himself renominated? Duncan Black ("Atrios") on why the left is furious at Lieberman. Heard the one about Kinky Friedman running for Texas Governor? The Democratic chair plans to fight in every one of the 50 states. Is this shrewd strategy or a recipe for disaster? America's Other Mayor: An article on Michael Bloomberg and a third-party presidential run. The Portland Plank Massacre of 2006: What really happened at the Libertarian Party convention? And reforming American politics: Here's a timely "one stop" guide
[Jul 18] From Gambia, a team of UK dragon-hunters is on an expedition to track down a mysterious creature known locally as the "Ninki-nanka". From India, an unacceptable defence: a review of Ayodhya 6 December 1992 by former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. From Great Britain, a review of A Very British Strike and Challenge to Democracy; and should government concentrate on economic growth as an end in itself or should it also consider whether it is making people happier? From Turkmenistan, the artificial hysteria created in the state media has highlighted real evidence of espionage: that of one man against a whole nation. From The Washington Quarterly, Robert Jervis (Columbia): The Remaking of a Unipolar World; a series on Central Asia, where democracy and strategic interests collide; and is European enlargement dead? A series of articles. From European Affairs, an essay on Russia, more awkward, but still indispensable pdf. An excerpt from Resisting the State Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia. A review of Paris: The Secret History (and more). Europe prepares to add another alphabet in addition to the Latin and Greek. Kosovo gone, Montenegro gone: what is left for Belgrade? The dream of a Greater Albania. Small is beautiful: We often find smaller nations like Liechtenstein succeeding where larger ones descend into corruption and war. Remember Afghanistan? A glass half full on the Titanic. Where is Bin Ladin? The belief of the US and British governments that they could seize dirty money thought to be financing terrorism has merely diverted scarce police resources from the pursuit of criminal money laundering. A new issue of Middle East Quarterly is out. From Courier, a special issue on open media and the Arab world. Why Israel should bomb Syria: It's the lesson of the Six Day War. Israelis' dream of peace achieved unilaterally is dead, and the way out of the current crisis will involve engagement with some unlikely people. Forget the '60s and "Make Love, Not War": Today's world is facing a Summer of Rage, especially in the Middle East. From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Here's a brief history of the ongoing Lebanese-Israeli conflict. And an excerpt from Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization
[Jul 17] From Egypt, MPs call for film with gay character to be cut. From Turkey, religious authorities declare they will remove sexist statements from the hadiths. More on Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope by Shirin Ebadi. Inside the Mind of Hezbollah: Hasan Nasrallah is exactly where he always wanted to be. Is there justification for secession rights? A case study of the Kurds. Could Bush be misunderestimating his North Korean opponent, Kim Jong Il? Graham Allison invetsigates. Whom has North Korea provoked? Immanuel Wallerstein wants to know. An excerpt from The Two Koreas and the Great Powers. Events of last week suggest why the notion of "global terrorism," and the war against it, may be strategically misleading. Around the world, elected executives are threatening democracy. The office of the presidency itself may be to blame. As Russians openly strive to become elitny, America's dominant oligarchs and feeble intellectuals live in a state of grotesque denial about their elitism. The US is heading for bankruptcy, according to an extraordinary paper by Professor Laurence Kotlikoff. A look at how 8,591 assets, such as an Amish popcorn plant, landed Indiana at the top of the government's watch list. From The Brookings Institution, a look at the Veto-Free Presidency: George W. Bush (2001-Present). Is Bush still too dumb to be president? You can't run a country on horse sense. Bush is worse than Nixon: Morton Halperin was on Richard Nixon's "enemies list" but Bush's power grab has him really worried. Stanley Fish reviews Talking Right. Legislating Under the Influence: David Sirota gets up close and personal with the House Appropriations Committee. New House majority leader John Boehner keeps old ties to lobbyists. From Salon, a guide to the 10 races to watch as the Democrats fight to take back Congress. For Democrats, a wave is building: If history is any guide, we're heading into a major political storm. Harold Meyerson on Liberman's real problem. And are you saddened by the destruction of our democracy? This zesty blend of high-quality black teas, infused with the aromas of ripening peaches and cool, dewy mint leaves, is sure to calm your nerves! Just drink up, and take "Mmm... Peach Mint" power into your own hands
[Weekend 2e] News from around the world: From Turkey, charges are reopened against author Elif Shafak for insulting "Turkishness". From Zambia, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo scandalised the Catholic Church with a 'Moonie' marriage before returning to the fold and now looks set to shock the Vatican again. From Germany, as US families exit in Army drawdown, many pets are left behind. From Poland, the Kaczynski twins' duopoly is pulling politics to the right, but they are beginning to face the pressures of power. From Nepal, the New School's Andrew Arato suggests a constituent assembly should ensure proportional representation. A look at how American-style presidentialism has been a recipe for disaster in Brazil. The railway from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet, is a staggering engineering achievement and a threat to Tibet’s identity, says Richard Gere. After three years of self-imposed exile in the US, one of Hong Kong's most controversial political figures, Regina Ip, has returned to the territory as a born-again democrat. From Prospect, Robert Pape suggests that nationalism explains suicide bombings better than Islamism, but he should take fundamentalist ideology more seriously; a review of The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises: A Critique of Russian Counter Terrorism; and the old G7 countries will find a newly confident Russia willing to exploit energy policy to fulfil geopolitical objectives. What can they do about it? Kowtowing to the Petro Czar: Andre Glucksmann on what's at stake at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg. Journey without maps: Only radical surgery on the Middle East's cynically imposed boundaries can set the region on the road to recovery. Half a world away, the Patriot Act takes a terrible toll. A corrupt, brutal dictator in the White House? Maybe just for a visit. Bush's Fab Five: An article on the president's favorite foreign leaders. Is the Bush administration capable of facing the world's problems, much less solving them? With the recent escalation of violence in the Middle East, the right-wing media have declared a new "world war" but have not agreed upon which world war the United States now faces: World War III, IV, or V. A look at how the challenge against Lieberman transforms the Iraq war as a political issue. And Dumb America? You cannot be serious: Alongside its tradition of anti-intellectualism, America also boasts a long-standing streak of earnestness
[Jul 31] From
The Toronto Star's "Ideas",
Around the world, "citizen" means many different things.
From "citizen" to "passport":
Belonging to a country used to mean something. Is that still possible
in the 21st century? From Salon, the "hiding among civilians" myth: Israel claims
it's justified in bombing civilians because Hezbollah mingles with them.
In fact, the militant group doesn't trust its civilians and stays as far away
from them as possible. A letter from Tel Aviv:
The view from the bubble, a local variation on Saul Steinberg's famous
New Yorker cover "View of the World from 9th Avenue".
What was clearly conceived as a quick battle
using air power and strikes on specific targets against Hezbollah has
turned into a crisis.
If this is the third world war, we’re losing:
There are lessons in the cold war for those who fear the rise of
John Keegan on
why it's not another World War One.
of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq by
Fouad Ajami and The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War
Without End by Peter W. Galbraith.
Where the collateral damage is in the mind:
The randomness and ubiquity of the violence has reconfigured the
emotional geography of Iraq.
More on Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in
of Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power by Joseph
Margulies. From The Boston Globe's
"Ideas", after three terms in the Senate, Joe Lieberman may be headed for defeat, and
a possible independent run.
But it's not Joe Lieberman who's changed. It's partisan
politics; an interview with
Geoffrey Nunberg, author of Talking
Right; and pious and prochoice:
The religious abortion-rights movement is playing a greater role in the
national debate on abortion. And insulting heterosexuals and discriminating against children with same-sex
parents may score
the other side a few runs, but these strategies won’t win the
[Jul 31] Book reviews and
of The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary
of Balance of Forces: Separation of Powers Law in the Administrative
of The Right to Speak Ill: Defamation, Reputation and Free
Jim Holt reviews
The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce by Deirdre N. McCloskey.
of Execution: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish
Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to
review of Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens,
Freaks & Other Outlaws.
Émile Durkheim's Suicide, written in 1897 is
helping scholars better understand suicide bombers.
Tech for art's sake: (Open source digital software) plus (fake currency) minus
(dealers, galleries, critics)
equals the Media Lab's subversive experiment on the art market.
So far, publishers remain wary of the much-touted “long tail,”
largely because they haven’t figured out how to make money off it.
The Latin American Orwell: A
review of Eduardo Galeano's Voices of Time: A Life In
The ability to think metaphorically isn't reserved for poets. Scientists do it,
using everyday analogies to expand their understanding of the physical world
and share their knowledge with peers.
review of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin; Intelligent Thought: Science Versus
the Intelligent Design Movement; and Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against
of Matt Ridley's Francis Crick.
review of Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining
Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous
Machines Below the Earth's Surface.
And a review
of Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent
[Weekend 2e] Katrina Wyman (NYU): From Fur to Fish: Reconsidering the Evolution of Private Property. A review of Malory: The Life and Times of King Arthur's Chronicler. A review of Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream. A review of White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties. A review of The Story of Childhood: Growing up in Modern Britain, The War for Children's Minds, and Good Mother, Bad Mother. From Financial Times, Simon Blackburn reviews Justice in Robes; Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment; Human Nature: Fact and Fiction; The Lying Ape: An Honest Guide to a World of Deception; and Why Truth Matters by Jeremy Stangroom and Ophelia Benson. Nicholas Humphrey believes it was natural selection that gave us souls. God, he insists, had nothing to do with it. A review of Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen, and Mad, Bad and Dangerous? The Scientist and the Cinema. A review of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death. An open letter to James Randi regarding his "One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge". From a series on "Faith & Reason", Bill Moyers interviews Martin Amis, Margaret Atwwod, Ani Pema Chödrön, John Houghton, Colin McGinn, Richard Rodriguez, Salman Rushdie, among others. Elie Wiesel says strangers invariably ask him how he managed to preserve his faith despite his suffering. From Forward, an article on Larry Harlow, the Jewish salsero. It is a myth that the ancients only or normally read out loud - a myth we appear to want to believe, since the evidence against it is strong. Named numbers, such as Smiths, have all sorts of intriguing properties. A review of The 15 Puzzle: How It Drove the World Crazy. Will ITentities be the next great technological revolution? The PC's 25th birthday: It has had a glittering career. But are the PC's best days now behind it? Where's my Google PC?: It's coming. It'll be great. You'll hate it. From The Guardian, a panel of critics argues for 50 albums that caused a revolution. From The Village Voice, on the dangers of using Matthew Sweet as a guide to picking up chicks: His teenage-angst bullshit deserves its own body count. And a secret Bible verse foretells housing crash, spawns new diet craze and scares a porn star straight!
[Weekend] Who turned out the Enlightenment? National Journal takes an in-depth look at the assault that has befallen America's intellectual tradition. A review of Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme. From The American Muslim, an essay on Faith and Existence: The Problem of History, Norm and Utopia in Islamic Thought. An article on how to act naturally is not necessarily to act justly. A review of Socrates' Divine Sign: Religion, Practice, and Value in Socratic Philosophy. From Genders, Asia Friedman (Rutgers): Unintended Consequences of the Feminist Sex/Gender Distinction; Mary Thompson (James Madison): Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Motherhood. From Bad Subjects, a special issue on sex and politics, with special appearances by Academic Whores and Publishing Pimps; Queer Capitalism: Sex and politics in the ad campaign of Abercrombie & Fitch; and is trans-gendering the new homosexuality? From New Politics, an essay on The Political Economy of Psychotherapy. Who do you write for? That is the question Orhan Pamuk wants to know. When exactly did artists decide that they were different from ordinary mortals, that in all likelihood they were superior to the rest of us? Or, viewed differently, when were they granted such a privileged status? A review of Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair and Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century. American University's Robert Pastor intends to give away US sovereignty to a newly forming North American Union exactly as he gave away the Panama Canal. From The Harvard Crimson, the Israel lobby debate grows more civilized: Despite harsh early attacks, Walt and Mearsheimer continue to engage critics. Has RateMyProfessors.com changed the landscape of American higher education? Probably not. From Seed, if it walks like a duck: How describing a new species by referencing its closest relative often results in misinformation... and hilarity. And a review of Rat: How the World's Most Notorious Rodent Clawed its Way to the Top
[Jul 28] Joshua D. Greene (Harvard): (1) The secret joke of Kant’s soul; (2) From neural "is" to moral "ought": what are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?; and (3) The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Truth About Morality and What To Do About It pdf. From The Philosophers Magazine, John Holbo reviews The Way We Argue Now by Amanda Anderson; thank who very much? Ronald Aronson on gratitude in a godless world; the warm courage of national unity: Why rights are more than cold abstractions; and a roundtable on the philosophy behind recent governmental responses to the terror threat in Great Britain. Amartya Sen unpicks the philosophy of faith schools. A review of Levinas and Theology. A review of Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics; and Humanism of the Other. From Butterflies & Wheels, R. Joseph Hoffmann on Pearse’s "Perfect Little Pigs" or Translating Celsus: Celsus knew that Christianity in the year 180 was not a garden but a barnyard full of squawking hens. From Boston Review, what can we learn from the wild child? A review of Encounters with Wild Children. Boys crying wolf: A look at the overreaction to women closing the gender gap. It turns out males prefer not to be victims of sexual cannibalism. A review of Psychogeography. They save lives, create wealth and explain the world. So why are the numbers of geophysicists declining? An interview with Seth Lloyd, author of Programming the Universe: "The universe is a quantum computer". From Plus: Living Mathematics, an essay on Gödel and the limits of logic; and an article on the power of groups. A review of The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite. What if black holes didn't exist? How an alternate theory of the universe exposes the "war of words" that underlies modern cosmology. A review of Fearless Symmetry: Exposing the Hidden Patterns of Numbers. A review of Categories on the Beauty of Physics. Giggle if you must but astronomers are still waiting for a phone call from outer space. It's a size issue. And a question that has been around since the time of Aristotle -- what shape is a pebble? -- has now been solved
[Jul 27] From NCR, an interview with Richard Falk on international law. More on The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future by Paul Kennedy. A review of Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz. An Essay in Historical Interpretation. A review of The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of our Times. A review of Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War. A review of A People’s History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom. A review of The Blackwell Guide to Mill's Utilitarianism. James Pinkerton on the grave wisdom from Isaiah Berlin, grave Oxford Don. More on Richard Hofstadter. What's so special about democracy? Harvey Mansfield reviews John Dunn's Democracy: A History. A review of Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens; and a review of Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World. What works can be said to have altered history? A few by scientists and philosophers, perhaps, but none so much as the central texts of the world religions: John Gray reviews a new series of Atlantic Books. Kenan Malik reviews Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence. A review of Latin American Philosophy for the 21st Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity. From Salon, angered that their professional organization has adopted a policy condoning psychologists' participation in "war on terror" interrogations, many psychologists are vowing to stage a battle royal at the APA's annual meeting. Israel arrests geography professor Ghazi Walid Falah from the University of Akron. More on The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent. Young Americans for Freedom responds to Campus Progress on press credentials. From n+1, Carla Blumenkranz on her life and times in American publishing. Book 2.0: Scholars turn monographs into digital conversations. More on Paul Johnson's Creators: from Chaucer to Walt Disney. The legacy of the Cultural Front: An interview with Alan Wald, author of The Radical Novel Reconsidered. Does art have to be politically committed? A review of The Playful Crowd. Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century. And from TLS, is there evidence of pre-aboriginal Australians? Could Australia be the cradle of global culture?; and a review of Tasmanian Devil: A unique and threatened animal
[Jul 26] A new issue of Plato is out. A review of Philosophical Dialectics: An Essay on Metaphilosophy. A review of Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and the Future of Philosophy. A review of Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science. A review of The Origin of Mind: Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence. A review of Against Bioethics. A review of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society. Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well. Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones. A review of The Deadly Truth: A History of Disease in America. A review of Health and the Good Society: Setting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context. A review of The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger, and a review of the series. A review of Side Effects by Adam Phillips. More on The Happiness Hypothesis. More on Stumbling on Happiness. While people think of their own actions as the consequences of what came before, they think of other people’s actions as the causes of what came later. From The Chronicle, a symposium on the case of Juan Cole: "Can blogging derail your career", with contributions from Siva Vaidhyanathan, Glenn Reynolds, Daniel Drezner, Ann Althouse, Brad DeLong, Michael Berube, Erin O'Connor, and Juan Cole. Is access to graduate education in America exclusively for the upper class? From Inside Higher Ed, doom and gloom laments about liberal education appeal for reasons obvious and insidious, but they don’t tell the real story; the discipline of sociology sets out to define its contributions to general education and acknowledges it must do a better job of demonstrating them; when his course hit queer theory, Joshua Gunn relied on old-fashioned humanism to help his students understand. Was he radical enough?; and should the academic Left defend Ward Churchill? Here's a modest proposal to abolish universities. A review of John Dewey and the Decline of American Education: How Patron Saint Of Schools Has Corrupted Teaching & Learning. And Charles Murray on how No Child Left Behind is beyond uninformative. It is deceptive
[Jul 25] Science: From Theory and Science, Daniel J. Denis and Joanna Legerski (Montana): Causal Modeling and the Origins of Path Analysis; Elke Weik (Chemnitz): Working Relationships: A Meta-view on Structure and Agency; and Barbara Hanson (York): Science, Religion, and Social Theory. A review of Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, by Daniel C. Dennett, and a review of The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines, and Mental Representation. From Discover, an article on the myth of mind control: Will anyone ever decode the human brain?; and a look at the work of Doug Melton, Harvard embryologist and stem cell pacesetter. Stephen Hawking criticises states trying to ban stem cell research. A review of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution. Are we approaching the moment of discovering the true nature of Earth and our species? Stephen Jay Gould would have been pleased about the growing evidence that evolution is not just real but is actually happening to human beings right now (and an interview). The fallacy of the selfish gene: On the 30th anniversary of Dawkins’ seminal work, UCLA's Walter Goldschmidt asks: What about love? Humans are altruistic by nature, according to a new theory published in the current issue of Psychological Inquiry. Why do grandmas exist? Studies of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania shed light on why humans, unlike other primates, undergo menopause. A study of long-lived families will help isolate the genetic mysteries that allow some people to live disease-free into their nineties and beyond. Resigning yourself to old age may produce the very mental lapses that most people fear will strike them in their golden years, and now sexagenarians, narcissistic feminists are still seeking the Best Sex Ever. An interview with Ben Barres on the place of women in science: "Does Gender Matter?" Is language descended from musical mating calls? What do an algebra teacher, Toyota and a classical musician have in common? And yes, the sky is blue. But why?
[Jul 24] From the inaugural issue of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, an introduction; Jacques Rancière on Thinking Between Disciplines: An Aesthetics of Knowledge; Kimon Lycos on Foucault, Freedom and Truth Emergence; Paul Allan Miller (ANU): Truth-telling in Foucault's "Le gouvernment de soi et des autres" and Persius 1: the Subject, Rhetoric, and Power; Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie): Nomadology or Ideology? Zizek's Critique of Deleuze; Jack Reynolds (Tasmania): Sadism and Masochism: A Symptomatology of Analytic and Continental Philosophy?; Geoff Boucher (RMIT): The Politics of Performativity: A Critique of Judith Butler; and Arne De Boever (Columbia): Overhearing Bartelby: Agamben, Melville and Inoperative Power pdf. A review of Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism by Dieter Henrich. Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, authors of Postmodern Gandhi and Other Essays respond to the review of their book in The Hindu. A review of Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America. Jonathan Yardley reviews And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", far, far away, an endless void or a guiding hand: A review of books on science. Yevgeny Zamyatin's far-out science fiction dystopia, We, showed the way for George Orwell and countless others. What prompts people to place books in the loo? Are the ones we keep there a reflection of our deepest selves? From Newsweek, in the controversial The Female Brain, psychiatrist Louann Brizendine argues that differences between men and women start with their brains. After the Bell Curve: New research strengthens the case against genetic determinism. For supporters of early-childhood education, that’s good news. Stanley Fish on how teachers who use the classroom to indoctrinate make the enterprise of higher education vulnerable to its critics and shortchange students. Here are the lessons that outlive Ross Lence, professor of political theory at the University of Houston. Academic caught in web of US suspicion: Bolivian scholar Waskar Arihas a teaching post waiting in Nebraska, but no visa
[Weekend 2e] Arve Gunnestad (Queen Maud’s): Resilience in a Cross-Cultural Perspective: How resilience is generated in different cultures. Christopher Hitchens reviews Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the World War II Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan by A.C. Grayling. A review of Eye for an Eye. From Slate, Chris Anderson's The Long Tail does something that only the best books do: Uncovers a phenomenon that's undeniably going on and makes clear sense of it. A review of Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences. The Romance of Economics: An article on Milton and Rose Friedman. Can schools successfully ban candy? An economist doubts it. Why go to a real college? Enroll in Donald Trump's virtual university and you'll learn all you need to know for $29 or your money back! Secular education seeks to make more successful and intelligent people. The Christian educator aspires to nothing less than the transformation of a believer into the image of Christ. From Alan Keyes' Renew America, an article on the fatal mistake of modernism: The great fallacy about how man knows. More on Paul Johnson's Creators: From Chaucer to Walt Disney. A review of Jane Smiley's 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel: What to read and how to write. A look at how the print-on-demand business is gradually moving toward the center of the marketplace. The last few pages of an ancient Greek manuscript by Archimedes are about to be unveiled. And a satellite captures the creation of a new continental crust as a new sea is forming in the desert of northeastern Ethiopia
[Weekend] A new issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research is out, including M. Shahid Alam (Northeastern): Global Disparities Since 1800: Trends and Regional Patterns; Almas Heshmati (SNU): The World Distribution of Income and Income Inequality: A Review of the Economics Literature; Robert Biel (UCL): The Interplay between Social and Environmental Degradation in the Development of the International Political Economy; Omar Lizardo (Notre Dame): The Effect of Economic and Cultural Globalization on Anti-U.S. Transnational Terrorism 1971-2000; James C. Fraser (ANC): Globalization, Development and Ordinary Cities: A Review Essay; a review of The Ends of Globalization; Sovereign Bodies: Citizens, Migrants and States in the Postcolonial World; The Historical Evolution of World-Systems; and The Real Price of War: How You Pay for the War on Terror pdf. From Opinion Journal, the future will be different! So why study? Universities for Sale: Academics are exploiting weak conflict-of-interest policies and cashing in on their research. Universities that really want to hire nonwhite faculty should forget the diversity plans and get into the schools. Florida becomes the first state to outlaw historical interpretation in public schools. From The Chronicle, what are book editors looking for? And can a book actually shake the world? Reading a biography of a book is not the same thing as reading the book itself
[Jul 21] Julian Friedland (Colorado): Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Ethical Value pdf. From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on The Philosophy of History, including Anders Schinkel ( Vrije): The Object of History; Carlos Leone (Brown): Rescuing Hempel From His World; Nikolay Milkov (Pittsburgh): Mesocosmological Descriptions: An Essay in the Extensional Ontology of History; Constantine Sandis (OBU): The Explanation of Action in History. A new issue of Contributions to the History of Concepts is out. A review of Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism by Steven B. Smith and Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem by Heinrich Meier (and more). A review of Heidegger's Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry pdf. A review of Hilary Putnam's Ethics Without Ontology. An excerpt from Ethics and Politics: Selected Essays and an excerpt from The Tasks of Philosophy: Selected Essays by Alasdair MacIntyre. An excerpt from Actual Ethics. Modern moral philosophies don't account for humanity’s infallibility. Therefore, we should treat moral theories like we treat scientific theories. From The Economist, evolutionary economics is surviving, but not thriving. A study documents "ghetto tax" being paid by the urban poor. A review of Triksta: Life and death and New Orleans rap. A review of Welfare and Rational Care by Stephen Darwall. A review of Kids in Context: The Sociological Study of Children and Childhoods. A review of books on children and teen genes. A review of Artificial Happiness by Ronald Dworkin (no, not that one). A new report equates happiness with grass huts, penis sheaths and other Gaia Movement nonsense, and The Numbers Guy looks at the numbers. As if being bottom of the social pile isn't bad enough, it now seems that it also makes the body's cells age prematurely. Gateway to nowhere? An article on the evidence that pot doesn't lead to heroin. Sudoku is the puzzle equivalent of crack cocaine: highly addictive, cheap and readily available. And your cat's name says a lot about you. But what would you think about someone who called his cat Kiddleywinkempoops?
[Jul 20] From Logos, an interview with jailed Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo; Hooshang Amirahmadi (Rutgers): In the Name of the Iranian People: Regime Change or Regime Reform?; Lawrence Davidson (West Chester): Blitzkrieg in Gaza; Menachem Klein (Bar-Illan): Unilateralism of the Desperate: The Israeli and American Way to Confront Hamas; and a review of Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers: Conversations with Jewish Critics of Israel. A review of Nietzsche's Epic of the Soul: Thus Spoke Zarathustra and The Nietzsche Disappointment: Reckoning with Nietzsche's Unkept Promises on Origins and Outcome. A review of Camus at Combat: Writing 1944-1947. A review of Kenneth Boulding's The Economy of Love and Fear pdf. A review of Stochastic Models of Decision Making in Arranged Marriages. An excerpt from Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues by Catharine A. MacKinnon pdf. A review of Federalism, Subnational Constitutions, and Minority Rights, a review of The Voting Rights Act: Securing the Ballot, and a review of The Origins of Law and Economics: Essays by the Founding Fathers. A review of Encyclopedia of the Global Economy: A Guide for Students and Researchers in Two Volumes. An excerpt from Transferring Wealth and Power from the Old to the New World: Monetary and Fiscal Institutions in the 17th through the 19th Centuries. A review of Utilitarianism and Empire. A review of David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism. A look at how capitalism created modernism. "The Hat" investigates the possible dynamics of the first meeting between Arendt and Heidegger. Culture today means consumer items in the form of handicrafts, museum exhibitions, and "folk". Such are the products of our archival approach to the ways of all the other worlds that once were and are no longer. A review of The Last Days of Dead Celebrities. From Frontpage, an interview with Stefan Beck and James Panero, editors of The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent: Twenty-Five Years of Being Threatened, Impugned, Vandalized, Sued, Suspended, and Bitten at the Ivy League's Most Controversial Conservative Newspaper. And more than a third of doctoral students never complete their PhD. What can be done to help? (I'm listening...)
[Jul 19] Michael C. Desch (Texas A&M): The Myth of Abandonment: The Use and Abuse of the Holocaust Analogy pdf. A new issue of Engage is out, including John Strawson (East London): Zionism and Apartheid: The Analogy in the Politics of International Law; Robert Fine (Warwick): Karl Marx and the Radical Critique of Anti-Semitism; Christopher MacDonald-Dennis (Bryn Mawr): Stereotypes in the Academy: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism on US College Campus; and an essay on the use of antisemitic topoi in the left-liberal media. A translation of a letter from Leo Strauss to Karl Löwith (scroll down). From University of St. Thomas' Logos, an article on the philosophical dialog between Joseph Ratzinger and Jurgen Habermas on the Church and the secular establishment pdf. Meet the Deity: So what is God really like? An article on the life and work of John Duns Scotus, forefather of the Scottish Enlightenment. From Christianity Today, a review of Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity. A review of The Evolution of Morality. It's not easy deciding when someone is or isn't a person. Richard Ashcroft is the latest professor to try. A review of The Making of the Modern Self. Freedom to choose won't make you happier: Researchers show that we're frequently just as satisfied when decisions are made for us. Peter Singer on happiness, money and giving it away: Happiness disappears below a certain level of income, but above that level it does not increase. Einstein was a horny lecher: Is a supercharged libido an essential part of being a genius? A review of The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius. Part of what's hindering stem-cell research is several broad patents held by the University of Wisconsin. Mating with monkeys: Icky as it sounds, we mingled across species in the past, which could help us win evolution wars in the future. The Preeclampsia Puzzle: Making sense of a mysterious pregnancy disorder. From Godspy, Mahatma Gandhi’s views on human sexuality aren’t what you would expect. From What is Enlightenment, an article on death, rebirth, and everything in between: A scientific and philosophical exploration. From Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, an interview with Sarah Lawrence's Nancy Baker on samurai and sisterhood. From The Atlantic Monthly, E. L. Doctorow on The Iliad and notes on the history of fiction. And on the trouble with book reviewing: A review of Black Swan Green
[Jul 18] Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo): Habermas's Call for Cosmopolitan Constitutional Patriotism in an Age of Global Terror: A Pluralist Appraisal. A review of The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations by Paul Kennedy. A review of Kant's System of Nature and Freedom, Selected Essays. A review of Albert Hirschman's The Passion and the Interest pdf. From the Journal of Futures Studies, an article on the driving forces on the social order pdf. A new issue of ephemera is out, including a review of The Field and the Forge: Population, Production, and Power in the Pre-Industrial West pdf. Christopher Hitchens lauds Tom Paine, the author of The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. A review of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz. A review of When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson. From Cambridge University Press, an excerpt from Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children; an excerpt from How Voters Decide: Information Processing in Election Campaigns; an excerpt from Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship; and an excerpt from Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security. A review of Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States. From Arion, Camille Paglia on Erich Neumann: Theorist of the Great Mother. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, to succeed as a Ph.D. in English, you have to give up all of the things that attracted you to the subject in the first place. From The Hudson Review, a review of Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent pdf. Cathy Young on liberal academics who hurt own cause. An article on a subgenre of blogging, the "theory blog," and the limits of free speech in that context, where the hostility of outsiders can have dire consequences. And from Entelechy, David Livingstone Smith is In Praise of Self-deception, and a review of his Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind; an essay on intimacy, deception, truth and lies: The Paradox of Being Close; a society based on Ecstasy-like consciousness would be an honest society of honest people; a review of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation; and a review of Cunning by Don Herzog
[Jul 17] From Encounters: Political Science in Translation, Gideon Doron (Tel Aviv) and Assaf Meydani (Ben-Gurion): A Rational Choice Analysis of an Irrational Polity: Four Israeli Cases; Filippo Tronconi (Siena): Ethnic Identity and Party Competition. An Analysis of the Electoral Performance of Ethnoregionallist Parties in Western Europe; Alvydas Jokubaitis (Vilnius): Kant and the Kaliningrad Problem; and Emanuel von Erlach (Bern): Politicization in Associations: An Empirical Study of the Relationship Between Membership in Associations and Participation in Political Discussions pdf. From LRB, Jeremy Waldron reviews Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition (and an excerpt). A review of Richard Pipes's Russian Conservatism and Its Crtics: A Study in Political Culture. A review of Paul Johnson's Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney. From First Things, a symposium on Theology as Knowledge. Domino's Pizza billionaire Tom Monaghan is funding the construction of a Catholic town in Florida. A list of Ave Maria's backers reads like a Who's Who of conservative Catholics. From The University of North Carolina, the introduction to Fergus Millar's Rome, the Greek World, and the East, Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution; and the introduction to Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire (and Volume 3, The Greek World, the Jews, and the East will be published later this year). From The Toronto Star's "Ideas", in Latin, even flatulence suddenly seems highbrow: The juxtaposition of a so-called "dead" language and a lively kids book about the bodily functions of a dog. No ifs, ands, or head-butts about it: What Zidane could learn from Aurelius; on the death of the double entendre: An article on how ads are killing our "cultural competencies"; and do fish feel pain? With fish farming on the rise, a scientific issue takes on urgency. From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", Philip Rieff, who died this month at 83, was best known as the ex-husband of Susan Sontag. In her writing, at least, she never got over him. More on The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher. And a review of Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks
[Weekend 2e] Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck): (1) The Decline of the WASP in the United States and Canada; (2) the introduction to The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States; and (3) the introduction to Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities pdf. An excerpt from Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform. A review of Converging Alternatives: The Bund and the Zionist Labor Movement, 1897-1985. A review of Schiller as Philosopher: A Re-Examination. An excerpt from German Anglophobia and the Great War, 1914-1918. A review of Stephen Jay Gould's The Richness of Life. Evolution may sometimes happen so fast that it's hard to catch in action, a new study of Galápagos finches suggests. From Cabinet, an article on Darwin and the indeterminacy of emotions; Blocking All Lanes: An essay on Sig-Alerts, detection loops, and the management of traffic; an interview with David Henderson and Daina Taimina on crocheting the hyperbolic plane; an interview with Shea Zellweger on developing the Logic Alphabet; an interview with William L. Bird, Jr. on painting a picture of the middle class; and new foundlands: How many countries are there in the world? A review of Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous. A review of From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow. A review of The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern. Is something lost in the manufacturing of outdoor experiences? An interview with Eduardo Galeano on his new book, Voices if Time: A Life in Stories. Edward Rothstein reviews Edward Said's On Late Style. From Princeton, Dmitri Tymoczko develops an algorithm that turns music into geometry and uncovers surprising similarities between seemingly disparate compositions. From Oregon State, first baseman Bill Rowe explains how studying ethics changed his life. Now show me yours: Why is Young America’s Foundation barring a reporter from Campus Progress? Animal House, PCU, Old School: How factual are our favorite college movies? Schoolbooks are given F’s in originality. Unsexed: An article on gender studies in "Macbeth". Research suggests that good-looking people do better in exams and thus probably in later life. And on Zen and the art of being sanctimonious: A review of A Way Out