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[Jun 15] From Bolivia, the bold rhetoric and policies of Evo Morales are deceptive; his political project will fail to emancipate Bolivians. From Venezuela, Hugo Chavez's interventions in neighbouring states are part of a vaulting political ambition that is leading the country towards confrontation with the US. The fight for democracy in Russia will be won only when western European states free themselves from dependence on the country's energy sources. From Chronicles, an interview with Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National Party; and from Global Politician, an interview with Imran Waheed, a representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Director General of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei on rethinking nuclear safeguards. Intelligence and law enforcement authorities are discovering new home-grown cells of Islamist radicals in the US. From Consumer Affairs, the "worst data bill ever" inches forward in Congress. From Government Executive, what do agencies gain by forcing valued employees to take promotions under threat of demotion or firing? From Reason, vote for gridlock: It's the patriotic thing to do. Ruth Conniff on how to build a farm team. Despite what some may think, cutting taxes won’t give Democrats running room to advance rights. It looks like there might be more problems in store for Letitia White, a lobbyist and former staffer to GOP Representative Jerry Lewis of California. And there may be even more problems for Lewis. How do you conduct a political argument with grieving relatives? The answer is quite simple. Mindless and, therefore, Godless: Ann Coulter is God's Man on Earth (and part 2). Questions arise about possible Ann Coulter plagiarism. Michael Savage tells George Soros, "It's people like you who brought about the Holocaust". From n+1, an essay on the reality of reality television. And an interview with Rick Cronk, president of the Boy Scouts of America

[Jun 14] News from around the world: From Chad, as army pursues rebels, militia massacres fill the vacuum. From France, Libération publisher Serge July is asked to quit. From Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic's death has left some citizens suspicious of international justice and of Europe more generally. Most however, want to move on. The global impact of the International Criminal Court and its international justice network is finally becoming apparent. A review of Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation and Vital Signs, Vibrant Society: Securing Australia’s Economic and Social Wellbeing. From Foreign Affairs, what to do in Iraq: A roundtable with Larry Diamond, James Dobbins, Chaim Kaufmann, Leslie H. Gelb, and Stephen Biddle. A website posts a claim by Al Qaeda that Saudi militant Turki bin Fheid al-Muteiri -- Fawaz al-Nashmi was the 20th hijacker in 9/11. From Foreign Policy, a profile of killer Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; and a list of the world’s megacities. From Salon, world hunger is by far the worst crisis humanity faces, and it's getting worse -- especially in Africa. Until the West overcomes its apathy and works toward long-term solutions, millions of people -- many of them children -- will continue to die unnecessarily. A look at what the history of the "Great Game" can teach us about the war in Central Asia. The recent announcement that the US is willing to join face-to-face talks with Iran rekindles Warren Christopher's memories as chief negotiator in the Iranian hostage crisis. Clifford Bob, author of The Marketing of Rebellion, offers his picks on which topics are hot items globally and which are not. Sebastian Mallaby: Mr. President, you've understood that bluster can backfire. Now how about sharing this insight with your ambassador to the United Nations? Talent, teamwork and a level playing field: It's no wonder Kofi Annan and the UN look up to the World Cup. From Cafe Babel, a special issue on European blogs. Goodbye, Blog: The friend of information but the enemy of thought. Here are the latest Webby Awards. And Daniel Finkelstein searches for websites and finds Arts & Letters Daily. Uh. Won't anyone give PTDR some lovin'? ;-)

[Jun 13] From the Central African Republic, a silent crisis in the northwest lingers. From Great Britain, an interview with Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development. From Canada, even if it is true that Stephen Harper assembled himself out of spare Bush parts, so what? But now he has aped Bush in a way that is deliberately divisive and dangerous; and more on us, them, and jihad. From Newropeans, an article on why the EU needs a democratic reshuffling of its institutions' geography (and part 2). Is Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader, an opportunist, cynic, or "evolutionary revolutionary"? A new cycle of bribes and purges: Is Russia, at last, getting serious about fighting corruption? The quest for energy control has informed Washington's support for high-risk "color revolutions". In recent months, however, this strategy of global energy dominance has shown signs of producing just the opposite: a kind of "coalition of the unwilling". Are Iranian elections a fraud, a hopeful sign of potential democracy, or both?  Stars and Stripes reports Iraqis in Al Anbar province are leaving army in droves. An interview with US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. Is Iraq slowly moving off front pages? A profile of Deputy National Security Adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan Meghan O'Sullivan. Who knows Bush's mind best? No, it's not Karl Rove. It's Blake Gottesman, a 26-year-old whiz with no college degree. Peter Beinart on why Clintonism worked. Hot Spot: All the issues that are key to this fall's elections are on display in Ohio. Tom DeLay's farewell speech cries out for, if nothing else, a review of the ethical and political wreckage the former GOP leader leaves behind. From National Journal, the American media needs a taxonomic term to set superstars in the media apart from the rest, as a handful of high-profile journalists are covered in the same way they cover stars and politicians. Lethally Blonde: A profile of Ann Coulter, word warrior. Decline of the Warrior Male: Is Ann Coulter the last of the "Real Men" on the Intellectual Right? And is it time for the media to stop lavishing attention on Ann Coulter?

[Jun 12] From Great Britain, it's not hip and it's not clever: politicians' attempts to woo young people are crass; and a review of Challenge to Democracy: Politics, Trade Union Power & Economic Failure in the 1970s. From India, a review of Are Human Rights Western? A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations; and Understanding Security pleads for a very comprehensive definition of "security" that moves away from a state-centric approach. A review of Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond: The western view of the rise of India and China is a self-affirming fiction: Both made their most impressive gains when they rejected the free market. They need a new way of becoming modern. Both the Chinese government and the Roman Catholic Church might well have had at the back of their collective minds the Church's nearly 500 years of organized censorship, the Index of Forbidden Books. From The Toronto Star, John Goddard on the sadistic cruelty of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Nietzsche? Who's he play for?: A review of books by Germans and about Germany, and a review of The Seduction of Culture in German History. From The Washington Post, how to take back Congress: one two three four five six pieces of advice for the Democrats. Liberals have not invested enough in a media message machine that can counter the conservative spinmeisters. A review of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush. What if they gagged Gutenberg? Craig Newmark on how Big Telecom is trying to throttle free access to democratic Internet. Michael Kinsley on what we can learn about confidential sources from Wen Ho Lee. From The New York Times, a review of Howell Raines' The One That Got Away: A Memoir. From Wired, what if Google were to get into the market for evil? Memory blanks and lousy sleeps: From politics to relationships, we're doing ourselves in one email at a time. Engineering mistakes raise the question of risk, margins of safety, and whether warning signs were played down within complex organizations. And how many minutes to midnight? A high-level panel convenes to check the state of the "doomsday clock"

[Weekend 2e] Fútbol: From Der Spiegel, the English roll their eyes when Americans talk about "soccer." But actually, it's what the game should be called. And it's a British word. A review of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup (and more and an excerpt on the true story of American soccer). From Sign and Sight, writers eludicate on the why their respective countries will triumph: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. A look at how capitalism just might save Italian soccer. A new issue of Deutschland Magazine is out. For a country normally shy about displays of patriotism, Germany is awash in black, red and gold. "Zu Gast bei Freunden": How the Federal Republic of Germany learned to take sport seriously. The soccer Nazis' losing battle: Cosmopolitan European teams offer a glimpse of a future without racism. How to watch the World Cup: An article on a game that often amounts to politics by other means. After 17 World Cups, Franklin Foer can answer this vital question: Which governments produce winning soccer teams? A socialist's guide to the World Cup: Whether you're cheering on the boys from Brazil or avoiding the television at all costs, keep an eye on the political dynamics of this year's World Cup. New Scientist presents a round-up of science stories related to "the beautiful game". And will a rounder ball yield more World Cup goals?

[Weekend] From Paraguay, an interview with President Nicanor Duarte Frutos. From Sweden, pro-piracy rallies in Stockholm were a surprise even to local copyright reformers. How many peer to peer file sharers does it take to swing an election? From Germany, for years it has been the subject of idle speculation and gruesome rumor. Now finally, Berlin has recognized the site of Hitler's bunker by erecting an information panel. From Spain, socialists hope to persuade parliament to back a landmark project seeking human-like rights for apes. From France, the Wrath of Ka: Black anti-Semites storm Paris’s old Jewish quarter; and an article on the irresistible rise of Ségolène Royal. From Sri Lanka, an interview with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. From Sudan, despite an initial peace agreement, the war goes on in Africa's largest country. Indeed, the carnage could even expand to include fratricide as thousands of young guerillas, the black Janjaweed, are recruited in refugee camps. Peter Bergen on why Bin Laden might find relief in al-Zarqawi's death. The corner office in Bangalore: It's time to begin outsourcing chief executives. Fatima Sadiqi on Morocco’s veiled feminists. From The Economist, the five countries officially recognised as having nuclear weapons are all committed to giving them up. Why don't they? US ambassador John Bolton attacks the UN deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch Brown following critical comments about Washington. The expansion of Amnesty International's remit to include "full spectrum" human rights may entail costs as well as benefits, says Stephen Hopgood, author of Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International. The Population Sink: An article on Philip Longman and the decline of populations; and fear by numbers: An article on alarmist politics in an age of reason. A one-family population explosion: When the van Weeldens and their 13 children moved to a French village, they could not help but influence its life. And the international press weighs in on the significance of blogging and how it has affected the debate on freedom of speech worldwide

[Jun 9] The war on terror, American foreign policy, and more: From Iraq, PM Nouri al-Maliki confirms the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Christopher Hitchens on why his death matters, but what happens now? Perhaps there's a downside? Or is it all good? From The Atlantic Monthly, the short, violent life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: How a video-store clerk and small-time crook reinvented himself as America’s nemesis; and terrorists use the Internet to find recruits. The story of the enigmatic "Irhabi 007" shows how. It has been months since the last video of a beheading. Has this gruesome practice come to an end as propaganda? More on House of War. Frederick Kagan on how to defeat the insurgents militarily. After years of chaos (or, alternatively, fifteen glorious years without a central government), will Somalia become a safe haven for al-Qaida? Might a victory for Islamists offer some hope? Or does it show the folly of Bush's anti-terror strategy of arming warlords and ignoring democratic institutions? An article on Canada's terrorism problem. A review of Londonistan and From Rushdie to 7/7: the radicalisation of Islam in Britain. Deep down, many of those protesting in Europe really just want the same thing as the majority of Americans who feel that their country is not on the right track. Where have all the anti-war marchers gone? They feel very futile. An excerpt from The Marketing of Rebellion. From Al-Ahram, opponents to Washington's foreign policy, from Beijing to Moscow and Caracas, are not operating in a vacuum. Listen to Indonesia, Rummy! What a bizarre overseas encounter reveals about American foreign policy. How long will America lead the world? Fareed Zakaria thinks out loud. Craig Unger on how the "yellowcake uranuim" claim appears to have been part of a "black propaganda" campaign with links to the White House. Homeland Security has been playing politics since its creation, and New York is paying the price. American and West German intelligence remained silent about the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann in the 1950s to protect anti-communist operations, according to newly declassified US archives. An article on fighting antisemitism with theology. An article on why Americans subsidized the Israeli settlers, and why we should pay to relocate them. And from Haaretz, "Jewish, yes. American, yes. But am I a princess?"

[Jun 8] From Open Democracy, how can a single mother in rural Fiji resolve conflicts for the UK government? Catching up with Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, "suitcase radio" pioneer; and Britain's treatment of Chagossians, the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, a small island territory in the Indian Ocean, is a disgrace that must be redressed. Natives feel left out of China's New West, as government encourages migration of Han Chinese to frontier provinces. Is North Korea preparing to test a missile that could hit the US? An article on the revival of cultural life in Iraq.  A look at what America can learn from Israel's West Bank security barrier. An interview with journalist Yossi Olmert, younger brother of Ehud Olmert. From The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes on Jeb Bush's remarkable eight years of achievement in Florida. Politically, Massachusetts is really 10 states, not one. John McCain wants everyone to know that he's a conservative Republican, a friend of Jerry Falwell and a staunch supporter of the worst president in history. Let's help spread the message. Beware trend journalism: Ruth Conniff on the trouble with trendspotting. Can't Get No Satisfaction: Why "radical" rockers need to write better lyrics. The Gang That Couldn't Wear Its Hair Straight: An article on the Jheri Curls of Washington Heights, and how they made everybody else's hair curl. Why rural men talk that way. And articles on what baseball can teach us about anti-discrimination law, and on what football says about our world

[Jun 7] News from around the world: From Peru, the second presidency of Alan García will test his claim to have learned from the mistakes of the first. From Ecuador, people power forces Occidental Petroleum contract cancellation. Venezuela's Murdoch: A review of Gustavo Cisneros: un empresario global. Myths and realities: Is Latin America really turning left? An article on containing tensions in Latin America. An Islamic militia seizes control of Mogadishu, ending warlords' rule in Somalia. From Transitions Online, a plea for a wider debate on the wartime records of Yugoslavia’s former republics. Gays are often the targets of violence and derision in Eastern Europe. Populist politicians have discovered their value as scapegoats. Vladimir Putin has completed his authoritarian state, with a supervisory board for Russia's civil society, the new People's Chamber. With economic nationalism on the rise, European leaders need to do a better job of explaining why a single market makes sense. An article on why Britain is a conservative country. The revival of participation in Britain’s ailing democracy should include an obligation on citizens to vote, argues Ian Kearns of the Institute for Public Policy Research. An interview with Pascal Bruckner on European multiculturalism; and an article on the political and industrial implications of the Clearstream Scandal in France. A review of Romeo Dallaire's Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Disaster in Darfur: Philip Gourevitch on what America can’t do. A review of William Easterly's The White Man’s Burden. As we prepare to celebrate World Ocean Day, a conservation tragedy is unfolding. Does migration hurt developing countries? An excerpt from Ethan Kapstein's Economic Justice in an Unfair World. Kofi Annan on how nations that welcome immigrants are the most dynamic in the world. From Geneva to New York, diplomats’ favorite parlor game is already under way: Name the next U.N. secretary. And a memo to Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt: Pick foreign-policy roles carefully, stay far away from Davos, and avoid mixing activism with celebrity gossip

[Jun 6] From Vanuatu, is Prince Philip a god? The Yaohnanen tribe speak of the Duke of Edinburgh with the kind of devotion Catholics reserve for the Virgin Mary. From Great Britain, a project that maps surnames will now rank them in terms of social status. If Holland can surrender liberal values, what hope for the rest of us? In Europe, anger and disenchantment lead many Catholics to seek spirituality on their own terms, and many who leave do not join other churches. From Writ, John Dean reviews Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives. Tom DeLay exits Congress June 9, but his legacy will live on in the work of five disciples. A review of Joel Klein's Politics Lost. The ABA votes to investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws. An interview with Calvin Trillin on taking on the Bush administration through verse. Niall Ferguson on how Bush's posse is morphing into a new bunch of mutant superheroes. From a John Wayne Western to "Apocalypse Now": If George Bush were a film director rather than president, a studio chief would shut down his movie and demand a major rewrite. Having traded braining the paparazzi for baiting Bush, these days Sean Penn is almost as famous for his activism as his acting (and part 2). What better time to appreciate how George Clinton, America's should-be poet laureate, has funked up politics? Celebrities have a legal right to prevent the commercial use of their images without permission. But are they silencing artists and satirists as well? Each year hundreds of child actors, with their parents, flock to LA in the hope of becoming stars. Whose dreams are being pursued? An iconic image, used as a symbol of protest and a fashion accessory. The story of Korda's photo of Che Guevara. Bono says the World Cup is a peacemaker. Daniel Drezner says, "Not quite". Noble victories, heroic defeats. The World Cup always has a role to play in the political-cultural dramas of the day. And Zanzibar, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Gibraltar and Greenland play in the final of the FIFI Wild Cup, with teams from regions not recognized by the UN

[Jun 5] From Great Britain, Andrew Marr is the bank manager of interviewing: nice but firm, unlikely to preside over disaster or embarrassing spectacle. From Peru, an interview with presidential candidate Alan García. Can Andrés Manuel López Obrador, mayor of Mexico City ride the Latin American anti-globalization wave all the way to his country's presidency? Vaclav Havel on the discreet terror of Fidel Castro.  When Edgegayehu Taye took a job in an Atlanta hotel, she never expected the service elevator doors to open one day and reveal the man who tortured her years before in Ethiopia. Solidarity's children: The children of the new system are in violent revolt. Girls in Poland are the most violent of all. With Iran, is the Bush administration again using public diplomacy for political cover while preparing to use military force? The narrative of the Marines' experiences in Iraq have a central place for the brutalities associated with Haditha. The administration is obsessed with continuity of government in the event of a nuclear attack. But that hasn't produced a government prepared for the worst. An op-ed on how to grow a Democratic majority, but why not the worst? An agenda for the coming Democratic juggernaut. A review of The House: A History of the House of Representatives. School for scandal: Where do you move when it hits? On. Covering the White House isn't glamorous, but the brutal schedule is overshadowed by moments of history. The information flood: Media globalisation and the internet have created a cultural chaos that is fuelling terrorism - and the means to defeat it. Society's death by multi-task: From politics to relationships, we're doing ourselves in one email at a time. An article on the online laws of love. And they're having babies alone, vacationing alone, buying homes alone. And they couldn't be happier, finding that parties of one are worth toasting

[Weekend 2e] From the IMF's Finance & Development, a special issue on Asia, and a review of Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson's Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy; and a look at why poor institutions alone do not explain the persistence of underdevelopment. Corporations specializing in information technology have discovered a new market -- the world's poor. But high-tech is often already there. A review of The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Politics, Law, and Economics of the GATT and the WTO. A review of Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner's The Limits of International Law. How the U.N. fares in East Timor this time around will prove its peacebuilding mettle. Disaster by numbers: If the earthquake doesn't kill you, the clichés will. From The Economist, a look at how tomorrow's nuclear power stations will differ from today's. From the US State Department's Ejournal, a special issue on Significant Events in US Foreign Relations (1900-2001). Despite the attack on the twin towers, plenty of skyscrapers are rising. They are taller and more daring than ever, but still mostly monuments to magnificence. And from Financial Times, a review of books on the World Cup, an article on Sven-Göran Eriksson; and why the rise and fall of German football is inextricably linked to the nation's history

[Weekend] From Australia, a review of Activist Wisdom: Practical Knowledge and Creative Tension in Social Movements. From Demographic Research, a paper on the interdependence between sexual debut and church attendance in Italy. Tony Judt on the future of decadent Europe. Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, whose parliament goes to the polls this weekend, may have no small talk but he does have an answer for everything. Poland takes a sharp right turn: Poland could be Europe's first red state. Evo Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism party face two formidable foes: a far left discontented with neoliberalism and a combative rancher-based right wing. A review of books on Afghanistan.  A review of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977. From Foreign Policy, seven questions on the state of Palestine. The six powers reach an accord on Iran plan, and now the ball is in Iran's court. An interview with Madeleine Albright: "Iraq was a really badly planned operation". Michael Sallah, Pulitzer Prize winner for work on Vietnam, discusses the parallels between the massacres at Haditha and My Lai. From Marine Corps Times, Capt. James Kimber, relieved of command over Haditha, denies any role in the slayings and complained that he had become a "political casualty". Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, has ordered all troops undergo renewed training on the “legal, moral and ethical” conduct of war. From Think Tank, an interview Karl Zinsmeister on The Unknown Iraq. Mitch McConnell is the odds on favorite to become the next Senate Republican leader. Why? He's not Bill Frist. The latest fashion accessory on the campaign beat, a must for any cutting-edge story or column, is something called "netroots." From Government Executive, bosses often tout bad apples as terrific employees just to get rid of them. Six distinguished diplomats are honored on US postage stamps. National Review gets nearly everything wrong in their list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. And the sober bunch: Life's a party for New York nightlife's sober hipsters

[Jun 2] From The Economist, Indian business has much to celebrate. But it still faces huge obstacles if it is to lift India out of poverty; policing the Pacific: Australia has done well, but Asia needs a posse, not just a lonely sheriff; and a tale of two Slavic states: The Slovaks show how even laggards in the ex-communist world can leap ahead; Serbia has yet to get the message. Slovaks and Czechs are taking a close look at each other's political achievements as both countries prepare for elections. Anatol Lieven on a hypocritical approach to Russia. From Open Democracy, a national referendum on the expansion of the Panama Canal is surrounded by financial and political questions about the 21st-century future of the 19th century's greatest engineering project; the real Latin America story is not of a renascent left but of a populist resurgence that is further eroding already damaged political institutions; and the dissolution of Kuwait's parliament and the calling of early elections reflect developing social and economic fissures in the Gulf emirate. Fred Kaplan on what the latest U.S. and Iranian statements really mean. From New Statesman, Syria stands alongside Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas in defying US ambitions for the Middle East. But a UN report could bring the regime to its knees; and a review of Bad Food Britain: how a nation ruined its appetite. How many countries are there in Europe? It depends on what you mean by Europe, and what you mean by a country. The Department of Homeland Security slashes anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York. Harry Truman fought totalitarianism with both guns and international institutions. George W. Bush should remember that the next time he takes Truman's name in vain. So far, scandal has not involved the president personally, but the stench of corruption is all around the city -- too close for comfort. From The Chronicle, an essay on political blogs as the new Iowa. What gives with The New Republic? What was once a serious neo-liberal magazine increasingly reads like a blog post at DailyKos. And The Village Voice has a new editor in chief, Erik Wemple, editor of Washington City Paper

[Jun 1] From Great Britain, it is an uncomfortable conclusion from happiness research data perhaps - but multicultural communities tend to be less trusting and less happy. From Russia, the country's publishing market is flooded with anti-liberal diatribes outlining bizarre visions of a Russian rebirth and apocalyptic worldviews. From Germany, for the distinguished philosopher Jurgen Habermas, the phrase "ring of criminals" was "a phrase too far". At first glance, the blond six-foot hunks populating Germany make the place seem like a heaven for women. Until you start dating: German men are much more difficult than you might think. An essay on how the welfare state corrupted Sweden. The Ireland of the East: Slovakia is an investor's paradise and a model of economic growth promoted by neoliberal measures. But dissatisfaction is growing. Oil and poverty alleviation don't mix: World Bank lending for oil production often just props up dictators, as the experience of Chad shows. America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy garners more media coverage, but Europe’s predicament is equally troubling. An interview with Treasury Secretary nominee Henry Paulson, a man who likes to hold snakes. But what's so special about Goldman Sachs? (and more from Business Week). President Bush could have used his cabinet secretaries as advocates for the administration. Instead, they’ve remained invisible. When push comes to shove, Republicans expose their core values. It’s time for the WITTs to take over from the YOYOs--come again?  Warming to Gore: The loser of the 2000 election may yet be the winner. Kinky Friedman, Texas' most renowned Jewish cowboy, is busier than a horsefly on a chili dog running as an independent for governor. From Media Matters, an article on why the defining issue of our time is the media; a discussion on Why Media Matters: The Role of the Media in the Democratic Process; and at his request, Media Matters debunks James Taranto's theory of media bias. From Wired, despite appearances, the internet is a desperate, Hobbesian place. Can it stay that way and keep working the way it's supposed to? Is Google really as kind, ubiquitous, and omnipotent as it seems? Think Again. And if you build it, they will come--Hot in publishing: Platforms!

[Jun 15] From Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon on The End of the Bush Revolution. An interview with Larry Schweikart, author of America’s Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror. More and more on Peter Beinart's The Good Fight. A review of Stephen Kinzer's Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. Déjà Vu in Iraq: What the Israelis can teach us about the death of al-Zarqawi, but what should the US do with his body? Clash of Cultures: William Pfaff on globalization and the march of Western values. From Liberty, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, speaks at FreedomFest in Las Vegas, with a critique of the freedom movement (and a response). Brad DeLong on the myth of the "Ownership Society". An interview with David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government -- and How We Take It Back. A review of President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination by Richard Reeves. From National Review, Mark Goldblatt is in search of the root causes of liberalism. Are you a conservative? Try this test. Republicans opposed to civil rights for gay Americans today sound like the George Wallaces of yesteryear. " My children," they think in unison, "make me happy." Could all those dads be wrong? Disparate Housewives: Why young women should beware of being pulled into the "mommy wars". An excerpt from Linda Hirshman's Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World. Philosopher Luc Bovens' take on the rhythm method is rattling opponents of abortion. From Slate, Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: The upper class has its problems, too. A review of When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age. And in Greenwich, a recent invasion of Wall Street hedge-fund managers has raised the bar for architectural ego trips. An exclusive V.F. report from McMansion central

[Jun 14] From YaleGlobal, how good is American intelligence on Iran's bomb? Graham Allison investigates. An article on the differences between intelligence gathered with a civilian end in view and that destined for military purposes. Christopher Hitchens on why Amman helped track down Zarqawi. An interview with Loretta Napoleoni, author of Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation. A review of Peter Bergen's The Osama bin Laden I Know. Peter Beinart and Michael Tomasky debate The Good Fight. From Le Monde diplomatique, a series on the Amnesty International dossier: The world desperately needs a tough and well-enforced arms trade treaty to stop the present flow of weaponry to serious abusers of human rights, and more on Europe's deadly business and on a world of arms pushers and fixers. From TAP, an interview with Jeff Goodell, author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future. The wonders of ad-campaigns: BP's rebranding, like Shell's, has been so effective that you could be forgiven for believing it had become an environmental pressure group. More on The Weather Makers and Field Notes From a Catastrophe. From Slate, John Dickerson on why Kos shouldn't believe the hype. Paul Krugman on how the Republic faces an insidious threat: the Some. More on Crunchy Cons. Beneath the surface of the immigration debate is a debate about shared values. If we look at just three of those values -- the English language, family and hard work -- we see a higher level of Latino assimilation than is often presumed. Frank Rich on how Hispanics became the new gays". Peter Lawler on a more modest marriage amendment. "Activist judges" or "re-activist" judges? Stephanie Coontz questions gay marriage rethoric. Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick write in defense of Supreme Court law clerks. From Front Page, an interview with Carrie Lukas, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex and Feminism. From The Black Commentator, a cover story of America's endless race wars and massacres. American Heritage takes a look at the Miranda decision, 40 years later. Mighty neighborly: Social theory comes to life as communities fight crime. And in search of a New New Deal: How will the good jobs of the future be created?

[Jun 13] From Open Democracy, the obsession of major world powers with terrorism is consuming resources that should be devoted to solving far more dangerous planetary threats. A review of Beyond the Spectacle of Terrorism: Global Uncertainty and the Challenge of the New Media by Henry Giroux. A review of Preemption: A Knife That Cuts Both Ways by Alan Dershowitz. More on The Good Fight. Victor Davis Hanson on how oil lubricates our enemies. An interview with Daniel Ellsberg: "Where are Iraq's Pentagon Papers? Counterinsugency tactics led to Haditha, just like My Lai". An article on why the Army needs an independent prosecutor. Terror after death: An article on what Zarqawi’s exit means for Al Qaeda. Will the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi break the effectiveness of the Qaeda network in Iraq? Will it help Americans reach out to Sunnis? Are suicide bombers "crazy?" Or are they making rational strategic choices designed to achieve certain goals? Neither conventional interpretation is correct in the case of the second intifada, according to provocative new research. Is there something in the makeup of young men that make them particularly malleable, or prime fodder, for Al Qaeda and related enterprises? More and more and more on The War of the World by Niall Ferguson. A review of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World. A review of Iran Awakening From Prison to Peace Prize: One Woman's Struggle at the Crossroads of History by Shirin Ebadi. Extremism and bigotry: Cathy Young on journalist Oriana Fallaci. From The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg on the straw man of gay marriage. The Bible Bench: The message from fundamentalists to state jurists is clear: Judge conservatively, lest ye not be a judge. From Slate, Buy! Buy! Buy! Sell! Sell! Sell!: Tim Harford on the rational explanation for stock market frenzies and crashes. More and more on Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America. A review of Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up. And happiness is... not as simple as you think, says Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

[Jun 12] From the latest issue of NBER Digest, research on why poverty persists. Research shows tax cuts produce more government spending. Why won't right-wingers respond? From The New York Times Magazine, Niall Ferguson on why you could be excused for feeling a little uneasy about the collapse in household savings, the rise in home-mortgage debt, a large and growing trade deficit and the fact that Asian countries hold so many U.S. treasuries; the American way of debt: We moralize about it. Then we borrow; an interview with George Soros on the 2004 elections, his problems with globalization and Israel and why he still doesn't have enough money; and an article on how the familiar lessons of retail growth are building yet another chain--of pawnshops. A review of Treasure Hunt Inside the Mind of the New Consumer. A review of Greed, Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Our World and Why We Let It Happen. US foot-dragging fuels global warming: By the time we get proof of climate change, it will be too late to reverse course, but environmentalists need to face the fact that nuclear power is less dangerous than fossil-fired global warming. Is communal living a dangerous petri dish of sex, rampant drug use and occasional spurts of violence as portrayed by the media? Want a safer society? Legalize it. What do white people have to be afraid of in a world structured on white privilege? Their own fears. Will same-sex marriage collide with religious liberty? Peter Steinfels wants to know. Ex-gay ministries seek to convert their flocks from "the gay lifestyle", but as much as change, what many who hear the call want is a community to accept them. A review of The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. Artificial wombs and pregnant men: Feminists shouldn't back away from the debate on genetic engineering, or it'll be up to the men, again. Genetic genealogy in its commercial form is barely five years old, but the hunt for famous ancestors is in full swing. Bored with ubiquitous "100 sexiest women" lists, Jessica Valenti, founder of feministing.com, helped devise a much cooler alternative. Is it possible that we can find friendship, fulfilment and contentment on the internet? And more on Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

[Weekend 2e] American politics: From The New York Observer, what did you do in the war? New York senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer are caught in rhetorical quagmires. A New Democrat: Jim Webb's populist Senate campaign shakes up Virginia’s political establishment. Faith-based initiative: Presidential Hopeful Sam Brownback strives to be humble enough for a higher power. Stupidity08.com: Washington pundits gush over a very silly idea for a third party presidential ticket. It turns out that negative campaigning isn't all evil, but that doesn't mean it's good enough. Art Buchwald writes of Congress: "All it ever thinks about is sex". From The Cato Institute, a look at why conservatives need some "healthy skepticism". Kennedy made me do it: How one Supreme Court Justice makes all conservatives stupid. A look at why the ghost of Greenspan is haunting the Fed. Al Gore's new movie turns his criticized qualities into critical ones. Grass roots fire fight pages: Maine Greens, burned by internal conflict, struggle to stay alive. The first chapter, "On the Seventh Day, God Rested and Liberal Schemed", from Ann Coulter's Godless: The Church of Liberalism. Evangelists are twisting the Bible to say that beating the young is a Christian doctrine. And from America, a review of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right and The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

[Weekend] From Prospect, an online symposium on the Iranian nuclear crisis, with contributions by Philip Gordon, Alastair Crooke, Nanzenin Ansari, Mark Fitzpatrick, Esther Herman, and Michael Rubin; and here are responses to David Goodhart's pamphlet "Progressive Nationalism: Citizenship and the Left" (including political theorist. Bhikhu Parekh). From Open Democracy, Francis Fukuyama is caught between the triumphalism of Kant, Hegel, and Marx, and the despair of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Kojève, says Shadia Drury. Globalization excites the masses: Niall Ferguson & Samuel J. Abrams on Hugo Chávez, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and the revolt of the natives. Realism does not define, and should not limit, America's aims in the world. But it is an eminently respectable doctrine and an indispensable ingredient of a grown-up foreign policy. What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Terrorist Threat shows how fear and paranoia impaired the US response to terrorism. From CIO Asia, a new philosophy of innovation and productivity is being born in IT: Postmodernism! Michael Lind on how a labour shortage can be a blessing, not a curse. The profit paradox: Multinationals have had to learn to be careful of boasting too much about profits. A review of Realizing Hope: Life Beyond Capitalism by Michael Albert. Wal-Mart is selling organic food. What's an ethical eater to do? From Harper's, an essay On Simple Human Decency. Is this really feminism? The first campaigners fought to get women out of traditional roles and into the workplace. But a new school of thought insists that embracing the role of stay-at-home mother is feminism too. Libbing it up: The future of gay politics can be found in its past, with a few tweaks. From National Journal, in July 2007, Massachusetts will become the first state in the nation to impose a mandate requiring health insurance. Policy makers nationwide are scrambling to learn more about what Massachusetts has in mind. And from Vanity Fair, inside the Department of the Interior, Paul Hoffman, a cowboy with a beef against land conservation, has a vision for our national parks, and it involves submitting them to the menace of snowmobiles, ATVs, and privatization

[Jun 9] From The Nation, the X factor in the midterm elections may well be the biased terminology that seeps unchallenged into mainstream media, as the press corps still can't figure out how to handle the White House's primary media management tactic: lying; a look at the scope of conservative ruin and the ways progressives can seize the day; Barack Obama talks a great game, but his record so far shows he has a proven ability to mix charisma with deference to the establishment; and William Greider on how a shift in priorities and a surge of new ideas can lead to a new governing order. Here's the text of Tom DeLay’s final speech on the House floor, in praise of partisanship. From Salon, we're stuck with a terrible war and all the GOP can do is scream, "Pelosi and her Nancy boys are coming"? This is pathetic. As American as apple pie: The Hitch explores the blowjob's long and storied history and its emergence as the nation's signature sex act. A review of Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America. The transcript of the 2006 Bradley Symposium: "What's the Big Idea? True Blue vs. Deep Red: The Ideas that Move American Politics" and a discussion paper (doc) by Virginia's James Ceaser; a comment from Joseph Knippenberg; and Pomona's John Seery on why the absence of high-minded political theorizing in the Democratic think tanks may be symptomatic of a larger problem. From The Washington Monthly, an article on The Progressive Trinity: Family, business, and public service. Myth of the Liberal Nanny State: Economist Dean Baker lays waste to one of the most cherished myths of conservative philosophy, which says society must bow to the markets, while progressive economics show a way past that. An article on conservatism's role in social change. What about ethical egoism? Can you teach a person ethics? Right and wrong seem to be elusive concepts. Got a problem? Just blame those greedy bosses, but investors the true arbiters of social role. From Cato Unbound, a new issue on The Future of Work. It is the definition of a low-paying, low-prestige, no-future job. But is there more to a McJob? Can business be cool? Why a growing number of firms are taking global warming seriously. As robots move into homes and offices, ensuring that they do not injure people will be vital. But how? And already there are killing machines operating by remote control. Soon the machines will be able to kill on their own initiative. A new warfare is on its way

[Jun 8] From TNR, Cass Sunstein reviews Ronald Dworkin's Justice in Robes. The last judicial idealist? Carlin Romano reviews the work of Ronald Dworkin. From Busted Halo, just who is the mysterious scribe behind Whispers in the Loggia, the controversial blog that Catholic power brokers can’t seem to get enough of? (and part 2); message to Alpha males: If baboons can change then so can we; but when will we humans learn?; and an article on Christian bumper cars: Beware of faith-based fenders. Ramesh Ponnuru responds to John Derbyshire's review of The Party of Death. A review of The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong. From Slate, should new Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson be forced to sell his stake in Goldman Sachs? From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on the truth about America’s oil refineries. Shrin Ebadi's troubled history: A review of Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope. Christopher Hitchens on why Haditha isn't My Lai. A review of State of War: The secret history of the CIA and the Bush Administration and Richard Posner's Uncertain Shield: The US intelligence system in the throes of reform. From Salon, Russ Feingold and Mark Warner electrified Democrats in New Hampshire this weekend, and underscored a choice of divergent paths toward 2008. Wonkette goes inside the Cult of Kos What makes the political blogger so mesmerizing to his followers? Remember that all internet debates, without exception, are entirely futile. And Web media is the dominant at-work media, according to a new report

[Jun 7] From The National Interest, Johan Norberg on Swedish Models; an essay on the Israel Lobby controversy; an interview with Henry Kissinger; an interview with Senator Chuck Hagel; Senator Richard Lugar on The New Energy Realists; an essay in praise of warlords; and Anatol Lieven reviews Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads, The End of History and Trust. A review of Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror by Caspar Weinberger. An interview with James Bowman, author of Honor: A History, and a review. From New English Review, a frigid and pitiless dogma: John Derbyshire reviews Ramesh Ponnuru's The Party of Death. (and more). A review of Crunchy Cons. A review of Ann Coulter's Godless: The Church of Liberalism (and an interview). An interview with Jimmy Carter on Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis. Economist Andrew Oswald on why the state should concentrate on making people happy, not affluent. A review of Bourgeois Nightmares: Suburbia, 1870–1930; and a review of Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul. How the other half disappears: Understanding poverty statistics in America. From Newsweek, 15 ideas to recharge America: Experts weigh in on how to keep pace in changing times. From the Radical Middle Newsletter, an article on Unity08 as the most promising political initiative of our time. An article on how to engage the two-party system without embracing either party. Fear and caution are paralysing progressive politics in the US. It's time to believe that boldness can win. Mark Parkinson thinks it's time Thomas Frank wrote a sequel to his 2004 best seller, What's the Matter with Kansas? What uncharted realm lies beyond brazen cynicism? Someday George W. Bush and the Republican right will be able to tell us. Was the 2004 election stolen? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Farhad Manjoo face off; Salon answers its critics; and an article on standing up for RFK Jr. In 1898, one of the most shameful episodes in American political history occurred. Today called a coup d'etat, it is the only known case in the US in which a municipal government was overthrown by violence. And a review of Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long

[Jun 6] From The Nation, a review of The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji. A review of Islamic Imperialism: A History (more and more). More on Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West. What is the geopolitical entity known as "The West"? What exactly does it mean, and is it truly a useful term? From Commentary, a review of Oriana Fallaci's The Force of Reason, Victor Davis Hanson reviews Cobra II; and a review of Josef Joffe's Überpower: The Imperial Temptation of America. An article on the decline of the United States' "soft power" and how to reverse the trend. What does "waging the war on terror" really mean? John Judis investigates. Frank Rich on supporting our troops over a cliff. An interview with Salam Ali of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party. From The New Yorker, accounts of life during wartime, including a piece about Iraq in 2004. Who will lose the war in Iran? Not Bush, and that might be a problem. A new issue of the US Army War College's Parameters is out, including a series on "Perspectives on the Long War"; an article on Losing the Moral Compass: Torture and Guerre Revolutionnaire in the Algerian War; a review of books on future of US intelligence; and a review (scroll down) of Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Prevent Them. A review of My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them. From In These Times, what happens when the credit card industry writes congressional legislation? According to the judges who have to enforce it, anarchy. There is no possible excuse for doing what Congress is poised to do this week: Abolish the estate tax. An article on debunking myths about the estate tax, and the debate has offered an opportunity for Democrats to pounce. So why haven’t they? A guided tour of class in America: An interview with Barbara Ehrenreich on the prey and the predators. A review of Charles Murray's In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. And more and more on Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America

[Jun 5] From Axess, an editorial on anti-authoritarian oppression: "When parents and teachers back down, pupils draft their own rules. These are more oppressive than adult authority"; an article on the merging of law and politics and the judicialisation of politics; and more on legal means, political ends. From Slate, sting like a bee: An article on what the Supreme Court can learn from Muhammad Ali; and Gideon's Silence: Whatever happened to the right to counsel? George Will on the ripples from two Court choices. Dahlia Lithwick on how professors who blog, or "blawg", are creating some of the freshest and most insightful writing about the law. From FrontPage, what is a "reactionary"? Return from Bohemia: An essay on Grant Wood and the Promise of American Regionalism.  An interview with Michelle Goldberg, and a review of Kingdom Coming and The Devil is a Gentleman: Exploring America's Religious Fringe. A review of Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life. Is Rev. Rob Bell the next Billy Graham? From nthposition, just what are "Incomplete Jews? An article on the anti-Semitism of the Left Behind novels. From First Things, Harvard's Mary Ann Glendon on principled immigration. The conservative politics of the Bush administration forced Dana L. to have an abortion she didn't want. Well, not literally, but let her explain. Jonathan Rauch on how the gay-marriage movement began with HIV. Michael Kinsley on the health care lottery: Taking your chances with insurance, money and uncertain treatments. With Wal-Mart going organic, where will organic go? Carbon dioxide is our friend? Conservatives must think we're really stupid. A review of American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn. JK Galbraith's essay "How Much Should a Country Consume?" throws up issues which may turn out to be fundamental ones in the 21st century. And Freakoutonomics: How a growing economy can make Americans anxious

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: From Salon, netroots guru Jerome Armstrong says he's a freethinking pragmatist. But lefty bloggers say his backing of centrist Mark Warner shows he's become just another political consultant; and Farhad Manjoo responds to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s article in Rolling Stone about Ohio 2004. An excerpt from Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. The conscience of a carnivore: William Saletan on why it's time to stop killing meat and start growing it. From The Black Commentator, a cover story on liberation-oriented economics. A review of He Talk Like A White Boy by Joseph C. Phillips, aka Lt. Martin Kendall on " The Cosby Show". From Mute, a series of articles on dis-integrating multiculturalism. A look at why the indiscriminate promotion of various social groups' desires and preferences as "rights" has drained the moral authority from the civil rights industry. The G Quotient finds gay bosses outperform their straight counterparts. From Liberty, My Life as a Legislator by R. Kenneth Lindell: "Getting elected as a libertarian is not easy. Making a difference in office is harder still"; and here are some recommended books for summer. And from the latest issue of The Objectivist Center's The New Individualist, a look at Ayn Rand's stamp on American culture, Brangelina, Oliver Stone, Jennifer Aniston, and Blossom are among the Celebrity Rand Fans, and Ayn Rand Lives!

[Weekend] From Rolling Stone, was the 2004 election stolen? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigates. A review of Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House and Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime. The Swift-Boating of America: Mother Jones on Iran-Contra, the mother of all scandals. The Task at Hand: Separating conservatism from Republicanism. What’s a pro-war, anti-abortion, religion-hating Darwinist doing in the Bush camp, or any camp? An interview with Christopher Hitchens. From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster on The New U.S. Imperial Grand Strategy. A review of Oil Titans: National Oil Companies in the Middle East. From Air Force Magazine, are critics of airpower all that interested in long-ago deeds, or are they actually targeting today’s US Air Force? A review of Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism by Charles Peña. Andrew Bacevich reviews Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. Edward Luttwak on how history shows civil wars must be fought without foreign interference before stability prevails. Are gyms, not mosques, the main breeding ground for Islamic terrorists? Carlin Romano profiles Ayaan Hirsi Ali, freedom fighter. A review of Storm From the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West. Does Pope Benedict qualify as a citizen of the European Union? The secret meetings of Europe's political authorities are sanctioning public policies that feed racist sentiment. At what point does a regime, even if democratically elected, become illegitimate, as surely Hitler's was by the time T. S. Eliot wrote? Pat Buchanan wants to know. The story of Catholicism in America may be an open book, but the book reads very differently depending on who's doing the writing. Equal before God: Why did masters want their slaves to be Christians. After a 2,000-year career as Christianity’s bad boy, Judas Iscariot is getting his 15 minutes of fame and freaking out the faithful. Onward Christian surfers: Dean Sabate and his wave-riding friends spread the Gospel on Waikiki. And the Colorado Rockies are playing faith-based baseball. Other teams are wooing evangelicals. There's something going on here

[Jun 2] From Salmagundi, what is living and what is dead in leftism: an interview with Fred Halliday. From The New York Review of Books, Alan Ryan reviews of Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Identity and Violence by Amartya Sen, and Frontiers of Justice by Martha Nussbaum. Roger Scruton on the trouble with Islam, the European Union, and Francis Fukuyama. Martin Kramer on Edward Said: Hamas of the Intellectuals. From Al-Ahram, lacking internal support or external legitimacy, the US empire now banks on a pedigree of comprador intellectuals, homeless minds and guns for hire. Leading Iranian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo remains in detention. Whose century is the 21st century? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. From Transit, equally criminal? An article on totalitarian experience and European memory. From Opinion Journal, Peter Berkowitz reviews Ramesh Ponnuru's The Party of Death. In the Republican political schemata, this is a man's world. Men have made it dangerous. And only men -- real Republican men -- can make it safe again. How to lose the culture wars: The real division is in people's heads. Just ask Tony Soprano. Are Americans suffering diversity fatigue? Has it become okay to exclude again? Thus will Americans continue a great experiment in what has been called "cultural federalism." Mark Schmitt on why we will all be absorbed into a more partisan world, and those who fight that trend will be left behind.   Through secrecy and contemptuous treatment of Congress, the Bush White House has made the executive branch less accountable than at any time in modern American history. And because of the complaisance of Congress, it has largely succeeded in its efforts. From The Progress Report, federal subsidies for mortgage lenders distort the economy. What would a free market in real estate look like? Breadbasket of Democracy: In North Dakota, populism takes on corporate agriculture. From Human Events, John Hawkins writes in defense of the rich. From Dollars & Sense, an article on measuring the full impact of minimum and living wage laws; and John Kenneth Galbriath was a friend of the Left (and more). And the first chapter from Politics after Neoliberalism

[Jun 1] From The American Interest, Josef Joffe on how Anti-Americanism is distinguished by five characteristics common to all "anti-isms". Ted Sorensen and Adam Frankel on what Bush could learn about Iran from JFK. The toughest hombres in the country, not least some recently retired generals, are saying the “war president” has no clothes, that he has been, in effect, a disastrous war president. From Socialist Worker, Alex Callinicos on The Euston Manifesto; and an article on the search for a modern utopia. From New America Foundation, a look at why globalisation must be saved from the Radical Global Utopians. From National Review, what’s wrong with extremism? The middle of the road might get you run over. Religious right got Bush elected, but now they are fighting each other as campaigners who fail to keep the hardline faith face threats and intimidation. Research finds members of groups that comprise the “religious right” exhibit negative attitudes toward other religious groups on the right. Barry Seidman on why the new religious left could prove to be just as dangerous and divisive to the country as the religious right. From Salon, an interview with Karen Armstrong, author of The Great Transformation. A review of Rodney Stark's The Victory of Reason. Daniel Goldhagen on how Pope Benedict obscured the truth in his Auschwitz address by ignoring anti-Semitism and the Catholic Church's failures. As 6/6/06 draws near, so does the first-ever international convergence of Satanists, the brainchild of Satanic priests. An article on a recent Vatican pronouncement on the worldwide influence of Freemasonry. From The New American, the stark contrast between ancient Sparta and Athens makes abundantly clear that cultural achievement occurs only where men are free. These are some of the benefits of white privilege. But white privilege is also about what white people don’t get. Black 'militants' preaching militant dependency want guilt-ridden whites to feel obligated to deliver black advancement. A review of Immigrants, Unions, and the New U.S. Labor Movement and Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy. Mexican workers are finding their voice in the States. Will they be heard in their homeland? Not so sweet: An article on how Big Sugar made slaves out of guest workers. And a review of Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists

[Jun 15] From the latest issue of Democratiya, Dick Howard (SUNY-Stony Brook): Marxist Misunderstandings: Perry Anderson and French Politics; Interrogating Terror and Liberalism: An interview with Paul Berman; a review of Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads; a review of Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit; a review of Islamic Imperialism: A History; a review of Defending Our Dreams: Global Feminist Voices for a New Generation; a review of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics; and a review of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War. From TNR, a review of Richard Pipes' Russian Conservatism and Its Critics: A Study in Political Culture and Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger. A review of The Contest of Language. Before and Beyond Nationalism. A review of Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for Liberatory Struggles. From TLS, a review of The Unknown Soldier: The story of the missing of the Great War; Britain's Last Tommies: Final memories from soldiers of the 1914–18 war in their own words; Call to Arms: The British Army, 1914–18; Fighting the Great War: A global history; and The Great War: Myth and memory; and a review of Richard Dawkins: How a scientist changed the way we think. No longer a mind of our own: New research is blurring the species boundary, forcing us to rethink what it is to be human. From Inside Higher Ed, admit it: You sometimes consult Wikipedia. Scott McLemee wonders if you should write for it, too. Truth and the internet: Open Democracy continues its PEN World Voices series with a panel discussion lead by Slate editor Jacob Weisberg. Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass flays Bush at the annual Congress of International PEN. And New York book clubs are less about the text, more about the sex

[Jun 14] From Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, a review of Ineffability and Philosophy, and a review of Kant and the Empiricists: Understanding Understanding. An interview with Rebecca Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. A review The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitute, and Temperance, and a review of Suspended Animation: Pain, Pleasure and Punishment in Medieval Culture. A review of The Modern History of Sexuality. A review of Metaethical Subjectivism. A review of A Philosophy of Culture The Scope of Holistic Pragmatism by Morton White. From Great Britain, an intellectual flaw runs through the debate about boys' academic performance: our obsession with gender stereotyping. John Keiger, the Englishman appointed to help the French government sort out its universities, explains all. Sartre leaves France's young thinkers puzzled, and here are among the questions facing pupils sitting Baccalauréat examinations. An interview with Notre Dame's Father John Coughlin on the identity of a Catholic university. An adjunct philosophy instructor from BYU says he lost his job because of an editorial he wrote for The Salt Lake Tribune. The intellectual climate has improved significantly since the dark days of God and Man at Yale. But in sensitive areas the "war on terror" seems to have revived the reflexes of the cold war. Chris Mooney on how the White House misunderestimated the height, width, breadth and depth of a crucial cultural meme. Is world history being taught right? Chester Finn and Martin Davis find right. How a treaty sparked a North American revolution: A review of The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America. From Discover, Fahrenheit has warm familiarity on its side, and Celsius weighs in with cool logic. We need something completely different. And a new analysis of the language and gesture of South America's indigenous Aymara people indicates they have a concept of time opposite to all the world's studied cultures, so that the past is ahead of them and the future behind

[Jun 13] From Sign and Sight, the time is ripe for a complete overhaul of the historical contextualisation of the Holocaust. A review of Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man. More on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. A review of Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America (and more), and more on Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution. A review of books on the Founding Fathers. A review of Bill Bennet's America, The Last Best Hope: Volume I: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War. Scholars are split on the Bush administration's use of the Federalist Papers to justify its position on presidential war powers. Democracy's caudillo: A review of Simón Bolívar: A Life. From TAE, an interview with Leon Kass, former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics. A review of Capabilities, Freedom, and Equality: Amartya Sen's Work from a Gender Perspective. From Infoshop, an article on mass-media bullshit about Guy Debord. The Injustice Collector: Is James Joyce’s grandson suppressing scholarship? Product placement deals make leap from film to books. From Great Britain, an article on why universities and lecturers need to be given more respect. Liberals and conservatives alike take issue with teaching the Bible as literature in public schools. From Seed, Serenity Now! Researchers discover Americans just might have "anger issues". Anger management: To one emotion, men are more sensitive than women. Study confirms that men oversexualize women following brief interactions. Research finds people who see their relationships as either all good or all bad tend to have low self-esteem. A review of books on science. From Scientific American, genes governing embryonic stem cell "immortality" are discovered. From Salon, did Al get the science right in his film " An Inconvenient Truth"? And it is ironic that human knowledge has expanded beyond any man's ability to grasp all of it in one lifetime precisely in the search for the converging point where the essence lies

[Jun 12] From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue in remembrance of Terry Boswell of Emory University. A review of September 11, 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law?, a review of Executive Orders and the Modern Presidency: Legislating From the Oval Office, a review of Martha Nussbaum's Frontiers Of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership, and a a review of Discrimination By Default: How Racism Becomes Routine. A vigorous debate is under way among prominent Republican judges and legal scholars over racial balancing in public schools. Why race and education are still up in the air: The Supreme Court takes another case on a messy issue. Rising educational costs have created an opportunity to lure pharmacists to rural areas and teachers to cities, to do all sorts of engineering, in fact. Like a lot of people, Starlee Kine borrowed money to pay for college. She just didn't realize it. In trying to come up with something new, many commencement speakers do considerable research on what to say before they address graduating students. Stephen Law on why the rise of faith schools poses a risk to Enlightenment values. From "Ideas", Walter Benjamin's writings on drugs, just published in a new translation, suggest the possibilities--and limits--of intoxication; and ever since the 1950s, when J.D. Salinger did away with the ''idealized realism" of fictional adolescence, books written expressly for teenagers have perhaps been literature's most subversive genre. How far can fiction take us into the minds of Islamic terrorists? Is literary skill enough? Everything old is new again, and online: Andrew Sullivan on how the technology of the future has managed to open up the past in ways few foresaw. It has made what was once history present again. First Jack McConnell called for a new Scottish Enlightenment. Now a BBC TV series is focusing on what happened last time round. So who were the thinkers who did so much to shape the modern world? Springfield Theory: An article on how mathematical references abound on "The Simpsons". And from India, is the idea of a 24-hour TV channel devoted to classical music viable?

[Weekend 2e] Potpourri: Lan Cao (William & Mary): Culture Change. Christopher Fairman (OSU): Fuck: "This Article is as simple and provocative as its title suggests: it explores the legal implications of the word fuck." A review of Caesar: The Life of a Colossus. A review of A. P. Martinich's Hobbes. A review of Making Whole What has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics. A review of Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck And Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South. A review of Seeking Justices: The Judging of Supreme Court Nominees. From Comment, an article on making the most of college: learning to love good books. Every student will soon be a blogger at the Penn, and the authors won’t just be filling their pages with party anecdotes. Officials in Maine and North Carolina review proposals for a new college from a group with close ties to philosophy of Ayn Rand. Two Florida teachers, Frances Sepúlveda and Bryant Wilburn, have resigned after middle school students observed them having sex in a locked classroom. The Smoking Gun has the evidence. An article on how bilingual brains switch between tongues. An interview with Stephen Miller on unhealthy technologies, blaming Oprah, and his new book Conversation: A History of a Declining Art. And from Al-Ahram, a history and guide to the Arabic novel: A review

[Weekend] Biology, ecology and more: From Technology Review, is defeating aging only a dream? Does it make SENS? Scientists and technologists review biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey's anti-aging proposals, and de Grey responds. From American Scientist, science and the theft of humanity: In science's renewed interest in the human condition, a humanist sees the promise of a dialogue and a new golden age; smart as we can get? Gains on certain tests of intelligence are ending in some places; a review of Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development; a review of An Argument for Mind; a review of Origins of Language: Constraints on Hypotheses; a review of The Nature of Paleolithic Art; a review of Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago; a review of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus; and a review of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. Is modern civilization fragile? Ronald Bailey on the radically enhanced security of the modern world. There is mounting evidence that for some animals, global warming is sparking genetic changes that are altering the ecosystems we live in. Marc Kirschner on how evolution is biased toward useful variations that emerge from genetic similarities shared by all living organisms. The Gay Animal Kingdom: An article on the effeminate sheep & other problems with Darwinian sexual selection. A review of Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think. An interview with Princeton president emeritus Harold Shapiro on bioethics and religion. Despite extensive research, we can't understand consciousness. Susan Blackmore explains why what goes on in our heads is a continuing puzzle. From Stereophile, an article on Sonic Qualia & "Scientific" Testing. From Discover, here's 20 things you didn't know about garbage. An excerpt from Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. And a review of Shroom: a cultural history of the magic mushroom

[Jun 9] From American Political Science Review, Cherie Maestas (FSU), Sarah Fulton (UC-Davis), L. Sandy Maisel (Colby), and Walter Stone (UC-Davis): When to Risk It? Institutions, Ambitions, and the Decision to Run for the U.S. House pdf. A review of John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic. Michael Bellesiles reviews Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000. A review of Westchester: The American Suburb. A review of Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life. Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson is awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for social science. From Slate, an article on Richard Hofstadter as the pundits' favorite historian. All history is revisionist: A Florida law banning relativism in classes ignores reality and 75 years of academic tradition. From The University of Chicago Press, an excerpt from Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property; and an interview with Richard A. Lanham, author of The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information. Erik Angner has dared to ask the question: Are economists the victims of overconfidence? From South Africa, a look at how "recirculation" may solve the the brain drain in the develping world. Where did India’s skilled labor come from? An article on the surprising role of private education. A look at why internships for college credit are a scam. Kim Roberts, the other dancer in Duke rape case, talks to Vanity Fair; and these days, with the popularity of reality-TV shows and the Internet, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish between average citizens and bona fide celebrities. Here's a quiz to help you determine which camp you're in. Donald Rumsfeld sends a note to Larry Summers. MySpace or OurSpace? As the Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites, school administrators and even cops are policing the social networking site. For teens used to living their lives online, that isn't fair. Wikipedia's visionless, self-selected, value-light online encyclopedia is a deformed shadow of what the global public deserves, says former editor-in-chief of Encyclopædia Britannica, Robert McHenry. And are the outposts of underground culture, bookstores, record stores, etc., places where American curiosity and enthusiasm are kept alive, or places where ingrained snobbery is allowed to snuff it out? 

[Jun 8] From the latest issue of the European Journal of International Law, an introduction on Global Governance and Global Administrative Law in the International Legal Order; Michael Barr (Michigan) and Geoffrey Miller (NYU): Global Administrative Law: The View from Basel; a review essay on books on reparations, restitution and redress for victims under international law; a review of Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner's The Limits of International Law; a review of The Constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization; and a review of La responsabilité individuelle pour crime d’Etat en droit international public pdf. From The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Eliezer Yudkowsky on Cognitive biases potentially affecting judgment of global risks pdf. If the word doesn’t roll off the tongue just yet, don’t be surprised if “shortgevity” becomes part of our vocabulary. William Saletan is among the Transhumanists: Cyborgs, self-mutilators, and the future of our race. From Inside Higher Ed, an interview with Ophelia Benson, co-author of Why Truth Matters. From TLS, a review of Catharine MacKinnon's Are Women Human? And other international dialogues; and a review of Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution. More on Yale's decision not to hire Juan Cole. And from New Left Review, an article on how Thailand’s billionaire Prime Minister Kasian Tejapira was overthrown by mass mobilizations in April 2006, and role of the Palace–Barracks–Temple triumvirate in his defeat

[Jun 7] From New Left Review, Robin Blackburn (Essex): Finance and the Fourth Dimension; and the world made flesh: Perry Anderson reviews Hervé Juvin's L’avènement du corps. A review of John Searle's Consciousness and Language. A review of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain. A review of Virginia Held's The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, Global. A review of Luc Ferry's What is the Good Life? A review of Harvey Mansfield's Manliness. From H-Net, a review of Commonwealth Principles: Republican Writing of the English Revolution; and a review of Charles II and the Politics of Access. More on Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy: The Politics of Exclusion in Ancient Greece. Is the nation-state obsolete? An article on the work of Martin van Creveld. The reclaimed history man: Professor A Adu Boahen, who died last month, debunked patronising, Eurocentric histories of Africa. A political scandal may provide an unexpected boost to an idea that has so far attracted little enthusiasm: a European version of MIT. Neither complacent nor falsely modest, Oxford University maintains control of its own future. A review of God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling. Henry Louis Gates credits his West Virginia upbringing for success. Conservation efforts fuel rivalry between neighboring colleges Carleton and St. Olaf. With Larry Summers about to exit, some professors at Harvard plan to woo back celebrity scholar Cornel West. A look at why Harvard is recruiting egg donors for stem cell studies. The Horniness Gene: Researchers find a link between a gene and human sexual behavior. Interested in bagging a German? It's not quite as easy as you might hope. It may sound harsh, but waiting for your spouse to finish her dissertation is a lot like waiting for a sick loved one to die. A new issue of Literary Review is out. Yogi Berra is among hundreds of well-known figures who now stand exposed for never having said the snappy things they are said to have said. And the world did not end yesterday. Next up as a sign of the end times: RFID chips

[Jun 6] From PUP, the introduction to Saskia Sassen's Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages; the introduction to Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy; and the first chapter from Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism. Cathy Young on how Israel is the unfair target of selective outrage. Juan Cole’s Yale appointment is apparently killed, despite backing at departmental level and following intense media campaign. Carrie Lukas' college reunion reminds her what’s wrong with Harvard all over again. Growing numbers of families are choosing the ultimate in private school: bringing teachers into their own homes. Does the public have an interest in what's taught in religious schools? Yes, says Illinois' Walter Feinberg in For Goodness Sake: Religious Schools and Education for Democratic Citizenry. A review of Why Truth Matters. From Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge, an excerpt from Adam B. Jaffe and Josh Lerner's Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress; and an excerpt from Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg's Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results. From Knowledge @ Wharton, Epidemics in an Integrated Global Society: An Economist's View. A look at how science journals artfully try to boost their rankings. Fibonacci numbers crop up surprisingly often in plants, from petals to stems. A review of Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors. George Church explains the impacts of advances in sequencing DNA. In line with the logic of natural selection, to become sexually attractive, the scientist only has make sure that the results of his or her work are useless. And research finds virginity pledgers are often dishonest about past; drinking coffee makes you more open-minded; humans behave less cooperatively when they think they are in direct "local" competition with each other, and more cooperatively under circumstances of "global"-scale competition; and male angry faces are a priority for visual processing

[Jun 5] Daniel Steinbock (Toledo): Designating the Dangerous: From Blacklists to Watch Lists. From Imprint's Societas, the first chapter from The Modernization Imperative and the first chapter from Democracy, Fascism and the New World Order; and the introduction to Darwinian Conservatism and the introduction to The Paradoxical Primate. The latest issue of Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly has essays on  Civic Renewal in America; Feynman's Unanswered Question; and the Ethics of Global Development pdf. More on Good and Bad Power: The Ideals and Betrayals of Government. A review of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. An interview with Gordon Wood on Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. More on Simon Schama's Rough Crossings. A review of The Old Enemies: Catholic and Protestant in 19th-Century English Culture. A review of The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. A review of Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: The Radical Social Thought of Elisée Reclus. More and more on The War of the World by Niall Ferguson. There's the 'Greatest Generation' that fought at Normandy. There are the baby boomers. And between the two is an unnamed generation that actually changed the world. From Salmagundi, Linda Hall is In Defense of Benign Neglect. From The New Pantaguel, an essay on Psychological Man: Eros and Ambition in Democratic Desire. A review of When Sex Goes to School: Warring Views on Sex -- and Sex Education -- Since the Sixties. A review of The Importance of Being Eton: Inside the World’s Most Powerful School. All literature is local: That's why the search for one Great American Novel is misguided. Europe's oldest book soon to be deciphered. And is Tuesday's date, 6-6-6, merely a curious number or could it mean our number is up?

[Weekend 2e] Nancy Fraser (New School): Transnationalizing the Public Sphere. Colin Danby (UWB): The Origins of the Economic and Political Economy and the Closet pdf. John Protevi (LSU): Biopolitics and Biopower: Agamben and Foucault pdf. From Electronic Journal of Sociology, an article on building indices of social capital and its outcomes. From the Foundations of Political Theory website, a review of Iris Marion Young's On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays, and a review of Making a Better World: Public Housing, the Red Scare and the Direction of Modern Los Angeles. A review of From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame. From CUP, the introduction to Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire; the first chapter from Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe: A Bavarian Beacon; and the first chapter from Return to Gallipoli: Walking the Battlefields of the Great War. More on For Lust of Knowing The Orientalists and their Enemies. Exploiting the past: Politicians often have a short-sighted and instrumental view of history, claims Ulf Zander. From Slate, a review of Candy Licker, a best-selling book about cunnilingus and thugs. And strange as it may seem, the idea that sex is a "private" act is only a couple of centuries old

[Weekend] From Financial Times, Geoff Mulgan's Good and Bad Power: The Ideals and Betrayals of Government, an examination of contemporary politics looks for solutions to the deteriorating relationship between the state and its civilians; and Empires Of The Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 aims to challenge the propaganda and prejudices that grew up around the Spanish conquest. From LRB, before and after Said: A review of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies. A review of Postmodernity's Transcending: Devaluing God. From Mercatornet, a focus on postmodernism: Your pocket guide to PoMo's history; Australia’s wackiest postmodernists; PoMo's unteachable suspicion; and what is the difference between King Lear and Ginger Meggs? From The New Criterion, (reg. req., make sure to access the print versions), James Wolcott reads The New Yorker, page by page; Roger Kimball on the forgotten founder: John Witherspoon; Theodore Dalrymple on H. G. Wells’s clairvoyance; and a review of Darwinian Conservatism by Larry Arnhart. There's a new twist in 'hobbit' human story. Insurance by the mile: Here's a simple way to slow global warming. A profile of Peter Singer. Do school systems aggravate differences in natural ability? Stanford history professor Joel Beinin sues David Horowitz. Here's advice on how professors can promote political engagement by students, without drowning in hot water. As the controversy regarding judicial junkets intensifies, George Mason University is finding itself at the center of the commotion. A review of The "Vanity of the Philosopher": From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics. From TNR, an article on how Tom Wolfe became dull. Daniel Gross on why writers never reveal how many books their buddies have sold. Edward De Bono has never exactly made modest claims about his own theories. Now he has gone one stage further and, in his new book, H+ A New Religion?, he has developed a rival faith. A student has died after being stabbed when he apparently intervened in an argument. Would you step in? And an article on the rebirth of electric-shock treatment

[Jun 2] The International Political Theory Beacon has a list of free articles and working papers that can be read online. From Constitutional Political Economy, here's A Theory of Menu Federalism: Decentralization by Political Agreement. The introduction to Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual. A review of Leibniz. Freeman Dyson reviews Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell. An interview with Edward O. Wilson: "Science and religion should join forces--the survival of the planet depends on it."  The hypothesis that life on Earth began elsewhere received support from an unlikely source: the Columbia tragedy. J. Craig Venter moves from mapping his own genome to creating his own life forms." There is something moving here": Scientists discover 8 new species. Harold Varmus won a Nobel Prize and overhauled the NIH. Now he’s battling to make all scientific research free and universally available. A study suggests that the Internet may have eliminated the link between working at an elite university and doing the best research. A proposed United States Public Service Academy would provide a free education to undergraduates interested in becoming future leaders in public service fields. From Mehr Licht!, Ismail Kadare on why Don Quixote belongs to Balkan folklore. From PopMatters, an article on World Book and Copyright Day and other aspects of the global marketplace for ideas. The Fine Print: Brooklyn's indie publishers turn the page. Less time, more conferences, and better mobile technology: Meeting planners struggle with the challenges facing the industry. An inescapable fact about urbane, chain-smoking, chain-drinking provocateur Christopher Hitchens is that however offensive he is to festival-goers, he still manages to keep them eating obediently from his hand. A comment on "Shape of Glass and Amount of Alcohol Poured: Comparative Study of Effect of Practice and Concentration" in BMJ. And hardened to life, open to suggestion: A study finds that people who've gone through adversity don't always have the courage of their convictions

[Jun 1] Elizabeth Anne Kinsella (UWO): Hermeneutics and Critical Hermeneutics: Exploring Possibilities Within the Art of Interpretation. The introduction and summary of Behavioral Social Choice Probabilistic Models, Statistical Inference, and Applications. A review of The Blackwell Guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. A review of Rousseau and Law. A review of Just Silences: The Limits and Possibilities of Modern Law. A review of Contemporary Debates In Applied Ethics. A review of This Changes Everything: The Relational Revolution in Psychology. A review of a new edition of Phyllis Chesler's Women and Madness. From TLS, a review of books on the Spanish Civil War; and a tragic James Bond: A review of The Man Who Saved Britain. From Inside Higher Ed, the Supreme Court ruling narrows free speech rights of public employees, but avoids question about relevance to higher education; and a study finds surprising correlations between certain extracurricular activities and college admissions — and Bourdieu may have provided explanations. From Foreign Policy, globalization means that students can no longer remain blissfully unaware. Can Americans open the classroom door, or will today’s youth be unprepared to lead tomorrow’s world? A bud for the ladies: At college, a good wingman has been as important as a popped-collar shirt. Horace Mann Satirized: A review of Academy X. From Harper's, a look at changes to sixth- and seventh-grade social-science textbooks used in California, proposed by religious organizations and scholars; and more on "Starrmenbashi" and other Caspian intellectuals. The field of motorcycle studies has its own journal. Scott McLemee goes riding with the Footnote Gang. Freakonomics shot holes in his data, but why does pro-gun writer John Lott need a lawyer to defend himself? The Hillman Award, to be awarded to Yale's Ian Shapiro and Michael Graetz for their book, Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth, is withdrawn over Shapiro's position on graduate student unionization (and more on Estate Tax Lunacy by Harold Meyerson). And "how do you like the game, doc?": The Nation's Victor Navasky delivers this commencement address at the CUNY Graduate Center

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