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[Mar 15] From Germany, taking the immigrant test: A challenge to the notion of a defining German culture. From France, an interview with Marcel Gauchet, Director of Studies at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, on the impact of globalization on the economy and on morals. From Taiwan, Foreign Minister James Huang quotes Immanuel Kant, "Cogito ergo sum"... ? From Japan, an interview with author and anti-war activist Makoto Oda (and part 2). Why the next decade will be neither Chinese Nor Indian, but Japanese. What is Putin trying to achieve? The geopolitics of Russia's gas counter-offensive. Der Spiegel interviews Czech President Václav Klaus. A new ocean is forming in the Afat Triangle with staggering speed -- at least by geological standards. Africa will eventually lose its horn. Lourdes Flores Nano looks set to become the next president of Peru, reversing the neopopulist trend in Latin America. Here's a review of the performance of the recent "Center Left" presidents in Latin America. Costa Rica's Oscar Arias on Latin America's shift to the center. Americans, Canadians and Mexicans still think of themselves as very distant nations. In economic — and increasingly cultural — terms, though, they are building a continental society. From TAP, it's time to start telling the truth about how John McCain's alleged bipartisanship helps Bush. A look at how Bush confuses virtue and viciousness. Consider the portraits that Republicans and Democrats paint of each other. They explain much of the loathing in our politics. Sandra Day O'Connor forecasts dictatorship, so why didn't the American press chase the story? A look at how South Dakota ups the ante in the national war over judges. Emily Yoffe discovers that any idiot can be a Washington lobbyist. A profile of the New York Independence Party, which has become a powerful voice in politics (in 5 parts). From Government Executive, here's the story of A Whistleblower's Lament. From Forbes, a special series of articles on The 20 Most Important Tools. The open-content revolution is transforming business models, relationships and minds on its way to creating "Web 2.0". And does this mean the end of PTDR? The quest to build a better news filter boils down to the age-old conflict between computer intelligence and human judgment. Here's why the machine will win

[Mar 14] From Canada, who the hell is Harold Innis? From Russia, if you want democracy, don't push Putin. Slobodan Milosevic's death robs the world of the justice he deserved and leaves the Serbia he once ruled a hard political legacy, and no sympathy for Slobo: Let's not forget Milosevic's many crimes. Tunisia celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence this month, but hopes raised by the end of French rule and early reforms have long evaporated. Is it time for France to consider implementing ethnic quotas, similar to the affirmative action policy in place in the United States? Those who think Canadians are manifestly distinct from the folks next door may be disappointed. From TAP, an interview with Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). George Clooney: "I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it." Oliver Willis: "I am a progressive. Not a liberal, but a progressive." Paul Krugman on why John McCain is much less of a maverick than you'd think; and on the conservative epiphany: "What took you so long?" Der Spiegel takes a look at the front lines of the religious war in God's own country. The pro-life movement is on a roll. So why are the Republican Party's top guns suddenly so shy on the subject? Stanley Kurtz's nightmare is coming true: They used to live quietly, but now polygamists are making noise. Dahlia Lithwick on why the rules about gay parenting are changing under your nose. A repulsive, sexually voracious rake who became the champion of our freedom. John Wilkes, we need you now (and more). And a review of The House by the Thames and the People Who Lived There (and more)

[Mar 13] From Great Britain, Lord Howe, the Chancellor handed the task of saving the British economy, thinks he was right in 1981. Hundreds of economists begged to differ; bad luck, bad judgment and hostility to Conservatives lingers even now; and a look at how social workers became society's scapegots. Robert Kagan on why India is not a precedent. A review of Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis.  Slavoj Žižek on why this, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs. From Foreign Policy, here are seven questions: What next for Iraq? The Dick Cheney era in foreign policy is over, but it's unclear whether Condoleezza Rice and her staff will be able to pick up the pieces. The Dubai controversy is merely the latest manifestation of a new condition: Selective Globalization Syndrome. Niall Ferguson warns, "Watch out, this lame duck president has nothing to lose". President Bush's policies have reawakened a GOP identity crisis, because he's a right-wing ideologue, not a true conservative who started a GOP civil war over foreign policy and who spends too much, so the problem isn't that the conservatives have absolutely no ideas, it's that when they have one, it's not relevant to the actual world we live in. For those Democrats who think Hillary is not electable? Meet Mark Warner of Virginia, the party's Plan B. Democrats hope the 2006 elections will be like 1994 for Republicans. But starting a revolution won't be easy. An excerpt from Helen Thomas's Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public. And a proposal requiring the disclosure of fake grassroots operations laid bare the conflict between public disclosure and free speech

[Weekend 2e] From TNR, an editorial on universal health care--now. From Writ, John Dean an a case where a bill is unconstitutionally being treated as law. A new proposal aims to circumvent the Electoral College and return the franchise to most of America’s voters, and a look ay how the latest effort to do away with the Electoral College is one that could have legs. Do Texas Dems have a prayer with the Supremes? Da Hillary Code: How many books can one flamboyant junior senator sell? Bill Emmott’s reign as editor of The Economist has seen sales double to a million a week. So why does the keen spin bowler feel now is the time to retire? Network TV news anchors are among the most visible and powerful public figures in America. So why are they chosen in secret, rather than through free and fair popular elections? A review of Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media. From The Remnant, an essay on EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong. Jürgen Habermas discusses the declining prominence of intellectuals through television and the Internet. It's tough to be a trendsetter when everyone's following: John Allen Paulos on new blogs, new songs and news stories. If you're into Web porn, booze or dating, Larry Organ probably knows about it. Can Microsoft save the net? Lawrence Lessig investigates. And an interview with the elder statesmen of disaffected youth, the Violent Femmes

[Weekend] News from around the world: From Russia, philosopher Igor Chubais may look like his politician brother, but ideologically, the two couldn't be further apart. From Australia, a review of Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins. From Indonesia, moral crusaders focus on females. From Finance & Development, a special issue on Understanding Growth, with essays on rethinking growth, getting the diagnosis right, levers for growth, and more; a look at global employment trends; a review of Moises Naim's Illicit; Joseph Stiglitz'sFair Trade for All; and Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics; and why are economists obsessed with regressions? Is Ghana a failed state? A review of The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence. Working with the Sahrawi: An interview with Alfonso Torres Istúriz. From the new Latin American Review of Books, a review of Chile: The Making of a Republic, 1830-1865. Politics and Ideas; a review of Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil; and a review of Mexico in Transition. Neoliberal Globalism, the State and Civil Society. Latin America is swinging to the left – but structural violence and civic fear may prevent Colombia from following the trend. From IHT, an article on the twisted religion of Blair and Bush. A new issue of Foreign Service Journal is out. Bush's Fake Aid: The president's $5 billion program does more for foreign banks than the needy. From American Diplomacy, an article on The Other Side of Powell's Record. And British Muslim Moazzam Begg was arrested by the United States and detained without trial for three years, much of it at Guantánamo Bay. A year on he is ready to tell his story

[Mar 10] From Timor-Leste, it's destitution in the world's youngest country. From Chile, it's a brave new dawn for Latin America's most conservative country. Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias declared the winner of Costa Rica’s presidential election. An interview with Subcomandante Marcos, who recently changed his name to Delegado Zero, on Latin America, women's rights and the U.S.-Mexico border. Does an international search for justice hurt or help the pursuit of peace? Faced with increasing immigration, will Europe manage to integrate or will it resort too hastily to isolationist tactics and expulsion? A review of Mick: The Real Michael Collins. From The Economist, why Congress should veto George Bush's nuclear agreement with India. From Reason, why time to give McCullough v. Maryland another look. William Saletan on how the abortion-rights movement grapples with repression. Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush: Bruce Bartlett speaks. Weekend Warriors: Fear and loathing set in among Republican foot soldiers. A look at how Sam Brownback is redefining the Christian right. More on Instapundit's An Army of Davids. From Vanity Fair, will success spoil MySpace.com? From New York, a special issue on The Best of New York. And here's everything you ever wanted to know about Craigslist dating, no-strings sex and the oxytocin excuse

[Mar 9] From India, the dazzling display of riches in Bangalore often obscures the losers of the country's economic miracle. Thirty years since the declaration of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic the people of this "non-country" are still waiting for peaceful independence and expecting war. A review of Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes. With a new leader, Chile seems to shuck its strait laces. Obituary: Mortimo Planno, founder of Rastafarianism. From Newropeans, an essay on the idea of Europe, the places of Europe (and part 2 and part 3). Michael Axworthy on how the west usually gets Iran wrong. Talk of air strikes and sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme suggests we are continuing to do so. Hans Blix on why the US should give Iran a security guarantee if it wants to resolve the nuclear crisis. A review of Immanuel Wallerstein's Alternatives: The United States Confronts the World. From In These Times, an interview with retired Lieutenant General William Odom, director of the National Security Agency between 1985 and 1988. How can we reform our dysfunctional national security system? By letting the White House call the shots. Can the Democratic Party match the 1994 GOP takeover? Even with Three Stooges Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean? Harold Meyerson on impeaching Bush: "Not now, Mom. Not now". A look at the secrets behind South Dakota's new law on abortion. Here's some unsolicited advice for James Bennet, the Atlantic Monthly's incoming editor. From Pop and Politics, an interview with politically-minded emcee, Boots Riley. And as Samuel Johnson might have said, "It is hard out here for a pimp, Sir, and there's an end on it"

[Mar 8] News from around the world: From Great Britain, the left has a new guru--and he hates shopping and mobile phones; an interview with David Willetts, author of Modern Conservatism; and did success spoil the Tories? And is Labour walking down the same primrose path? From France, Muslims ask to cancel "Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet", a 1741 play by Voltaire. From Hoover Digest, can the new century prove an age of peace? Niall Ferguson considers the question by examining conflict in three of the last century’s hot spots: Bosnia, Guatemala, and Cambodia; economic growth and democracy don’t always go hand in hand. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and George Downs explain; why it’s time for the United States to wash its hands of Islam Karimov, and why the rogues of the Middle East have a very short future. The first chapter from The Russian Moment in World History. From Far Eastern Economic Review, an essay on The Siren Song of Technonationalism. Still Angry After All These Years: Imelda Marcos responds to critics of the Marcos dictatorship. A review of Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa. A review of The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. An interview with Noam Chomsky on Latin America. And is globalisation a blessing or burden on women?

[Mar 7] From Canada, Kevin Bacon come on down: A Christian university in Langley, B.C., has its first school dance ever. From Great Britain, a review of The Bumper Book of Government Waste, more on Absent Minds: intellectuals in Britain, and why are people becoming disengaged from politics and elections? For French philosopher Andre Glucksmann, poking fun at a belief and joking about genocide are not on a par. From New Left Review, Kees van der Pijl on A Lockean Europe?  Who's afraid of Multiculturalism? A special issue of Cafe Babel. Finland debates its ties with NATO. New York City has long been considered an international hub of modernity and diversity, and yet bringing "Made in Palestine" to the Big Apple has been a ferocious battle. From Salon, at a forum in New York, pundits and politicians called for the impeachment of George W. Bush--but impeachment remains a risky political issue. A review of The Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush (and an excerpt). From First Monday, a special issue on Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, Ten Years Later. A review of Glenn Reynolds' An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower the Little Guy to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths (and more). An open-source identity management system could change the way we share personal information over the Internet. In a world of cyber missives, some feel that handwritten exchanges have gained a special cachet, their rarity adding to their charm, while the vocabulary of e-English doesn't bust grammar mold. A study finds on average, homes receive 96 stations but watch far fewer. Ja mes Lileks on "COPS", the show that made us street savvy. How closely do the scripts of "The Sopranos" and the trials of real mob world stars Vinny Gorgeous and Junior Gotti reflect the state of the mob in America today? And from The Believer, an interview with Harold Ramis

[Mar 6] From Uruguay, is Tabare Vazquez part of Latin America's "pink tide" or the political voice of the center? From Italy, can Silvio Berlusconi's heady mix of money, charisma and bluster win him another term? It helps when you own half the country's media. A recent survey of people across the world found that in the face of unyielding misery Africans are the most optimistic people. Jimmy Carter, Oscar Arias, Kim Dae Jung, Shirin Ebadi and Desmond Tutu on how principles defeated politics at the U.N. Hans Küng on how to prevent a clash of civilizations. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on the dangers of political Islam. People are looking for Blair's 'God told me to do it' moment - but this isn't it. He used his own reason to wage a false war. From Financial Times, a look at why "economic patriotism" will be Europe’s undoing. Victor Davis Hanson on how Democrats are back on their 1960s barricades. Can President Bush recover the political clout to continue to advance his conservative domestic goals? Progressives and curious people around the country want to get foreign news unfiltered. So how can ordinary people do this on the cheap? And there is a new and insidious threat to the World Wide Web: a slowly rising tide of "original content" on Internet sites that is at best worthless (and responses )

[Weekend 2e] From India, some heroes get pulled and pushed around, long after they are pushing up daisies. From Great Britain, a look at how the ghost of August 1914 spooks the EU; and will soothing classics on the Underground cut crime? David Cameron has done more to change the image of the Conservative party than any leader since Margaret Thatcher. But does this New Conservatism hide his true colours? An interview with Chris Patten on Europe and the world. Will Paris always be Paris? How did modern architecture in Spain get so good? From The Economist, an interview with Lula. Mexico City police chiefs hope that getting cops to read more will lead to a less corrupt force. From CFR, a Q&A on the effort to reform the UN's Human Rights Commission. Yes, we should worry about Iran: Do we really want to relive the Cold War nuclear nightmare? In case you missed the memo, the world is multipolar now. A look at how much about the ambassadorial lifestyle has changed. Obituary: Harry Browne (and more). Paul Thurmond, son of Strom, enters politics in South Carolina. Google just knows. Doesn't that fill you with confidence? And on the end of hype-fueled blog mania was inevitable. In a world of way-too-much media, no one medium is ever going to get a firm grip on our attention

[Weekend] From Iran, an article on Popperites and Heideggerites in government. From India, a review of Reflections on the Right To Development. A look at why the United States promotes India’s great-power ambitions. The language issue torments Sri Lankan society as parity between the two official languages has not gone beyond signposts. A review of Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera and Middle East politics today. The Internet provides Arab liberals with the platform and anonymity that they need in order to begin bringing an online Enlightenment to the greater Arab world. Nation Creation: An article on Kosovo's rocky road to independence. Michael Kinsley on what Bush gets wrong about nation-building. From The Bulletin, the war on terror and the Osama bin Laden manhunt have brought an age-old debate about self-censorship to the geosciences. The level of agitation is rising everywhere, and the world-system has never been more anarchic than now. We may be going over the edge. From FT, Jimmy Carter is criticised as much for his presidency as he is praised for his promotion of human rights. But at least he didn’t start wars or condone torture. From Legal Affairs, the Supreme Court should find something new to say about election law—or start letting others do the talking. A review of The Mathematics of Voting and Elections: A Hands-On Approach. The 22nd Amendment is harming second-term Presidencies. It's time to ditch it. From National Journal, to his backers, Alberto Gonzales is a quiet, hardworking attorney general. To his critics, Gonzales is a Bush yes-man. Which assessment is closer to reality? White like me: An embed reports from the inside of Orlando's biggest neo-Nazi rally. A review of Pain and Profits: The History of the Headache and Its Remedies in America. A review of Rip It Up and Start Again : Postpunk 1978-1984. Notes from a strange world: The Walrus was Paul! From Forward, why the denizens of "Sex and the City" are Jews at heart; and if leaders are measured by how they treat their Jews, then Tony Soprano qualifies as a world-class statesman. And an Oregon scientist develops an algorithm to forecast the winners of this year’s Academy Awards

[Mar 3] From France, swashbuckling prime minister Dominique de Villepin has to fight on many fronts at once. From Cafe Babel, a series of articles on Italy, a European problem. An article on Germany's weakness for conspiracy theories. The current wave of gloating in the United States may prove premature: European economic performance may not be so lackluster after all. From The American Interest, the time has come for America to declare its intent to engage fully the Asia of the 21st century. A review of The Anguish of Surrender: Japanese POWs of World War II. The search for a successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan heats up. From TNR, Peter Beinart on what the port furor says about US foreign policy. SPLC introduces Rep. Tommy Tancredo, Glenn Spencer and Jim Gilchrist, the political leaders of a growing xenophobic movement in the US. Three more years of this? Honest conservative intellectuals: your country needs you. Dahlia Lithwick on the Supreme Court's look at partisan gerrymanders, and on how the Supreme Court is considering Anna Nicole's surprisingly real claims. From CJR, at The Philadelphia Inquirer, they're trying to clear the air of nostalgia and reinvent the daily paper. While world governments argue over the urgency of global warming, Nunatsiaq News, the bilingual weekly that serves Nunavut and northern Quebec, has moved beyond the debate. Jack Shafer says a prayer for Franklin Foer. Daniel Gross on why Chipotle and other restaurant chains are thriving. It's getting hard to tell airports by name. Oliver Fuchs tries desperately to communicate the appeal of Austrian apres-ski to a sober audience. And why MySpace, part social nexus and part music-promotion machine, is good news for musicians--and bad news for music

[Mar 2] News from around the world: From Turkey, "Valley of the Wolves" has been widely touted as an anti-Western hate film. But isn't it much like any Western thriller - with the roles reversed? From France, calm suspect Youssouf Fofana shocks viewers in TV talk about killing. A look at why Europeans criminalize Holocaust denial. Is freedom of speech a good thing? Depends on who you are. Watching the Danish cartoon saga unfold in the Palestinian territories, it became clear that the media and politicians were ironing out the subtleties and subtexts of the story. Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom. From Foreign Policy, (reg. req. for some articles), Phillip Longman on The Return of Patriarchy, Minxin Pei on the dark side of China’s rise, a defense of the US-India nuclear deal, an article on Pakistan’s double dealing, an interview with James Jay Carafano on port security, why it's time for the Bush administration to step up and help the ICC investigate the real criminals--or is it time to abandon the false hope of international justice? From the Carnegie Endowment, the first chapter from Thomas Carothers' Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge; a look at the options available to the United States to counter a nuclear Iran, and an essay on Pakistan and the myth of an Islamist peril. A review of New Cosmopolitanisms: South Asians in the U.S. By some quirk, the U.S. culture of individualism is unfriendly to people who are alone in public, while Japan's group society happily accommodates singles. An article on the Peace Corps as nation-building the peaceful way. Urban unemployment is as great a challenge as climate change, since slums produce suicide bombs and Ebola virus. Since the days of Pierre Trudeau, Canadians have idealized Cuba as a beleaguered socialist utopia. The truth is very different. Bulgarian libraries have been given a new lease on life through an internationally sponsored project. And heavens, Asia's going Christian!

[Mar 1] From Germany, Berlin is atwitter following the New York Times revelations that German agents in Baghdad provided strategic assistance to US troops (but is it true?). From Japan, an interview with journalist Mitsuko Shimomura, on women and aging workers. From Granta, on how to write about Africa: "Some tips: sunsets and starvation are good". A noble effort to end poverty, Bono, but it is misdirected. Jagdish Bhagwati explains. An article on anti-Haitian bias in the Dominican Republic. On Machiavelli and the Magna Carta: The single-most boring headline in Canadian journalism is: "First ministers meet to discuss fiscal federalism." Barbarians inside the gate: Will Ilan Halimi be the wakeup call for France that the riots failed to be? An interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the IEER, on why India should choose Iran, not the US. From Time, Noah Feldman, Vali Nasr, James Fearon and Juan Cole on what is really going on in Iraq. How can Sunnis and Shiites tell each other apart? From ZNet, an essay on why it's never too late to move beyond the choices of the Cold War. Why Bush is wrong to use the Cold War’s covert tactics in the new twilight struggle. Bush says his 2004 re-election victory was aided by Osama bin Laden's tape days before 2004 election. America's port security challenge is not about who is in charge of our waterfront. The issue is that we are relying on commercial companies largely to police themselves. Daniel Drezner has advice for foreign CEOs shopping for ports, oil companies, etc. Is pulling fingernails really just an aggressive manicure? Cathy Young wants to know. Charlie Cook on how the two front-runners for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination are unpopular with large portions of the party. An article on why they invented the Republican Party. A review of Trent Lott's Herding Cats: A Life in Politics. Ronald Bailey on South Dakota's fetal position: State would ban more than abortions. Growing up in the Salt Lake State offers two choices: fit in or get out. The success of black mega-preacher TD Jakes shows how conservative, and high-tech, contemporary religion has become. Rolling Stone goes Inside Scientology. And Franklin Foer is named top editor of The New Republic

[Mar 15] From TNR, Jonathan Chait on how Republicans are out of ideas. Foreign ownership is not a threat, but stupid legislation is. On the challenge of affluence: Why should American society be faced with such a moral crisis at this time? From Grist, a little time in the lab could teach big business how to help the poor; and an interview with Robert Bullard, the father of environmental justice. More on Crunchy Cons. Can the founder of Domino's, Tom Monaghan, create a Catholic utopia? From Christianity Today, an article on how "otherwordly" fundamentalism became a political power; a review of A Theology of Compassion: Metaphysics of Difference and the Renewal of Tradition, and an article on conversion and the ecology of faith: How does it happen? A review of Gary Wills' What Jesus Meant. A review of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain: Beggars for Heaven Jazz Age and Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933. An interview with Giuseppe Fornari, author of Beauty and Nothingness: The Christian Anthropology of Leonardo da Vinci. Dennis Prager on explaining Jews: What is a Jew? Why are most Jews secular? They are a very insecure people, but hey, there are all types of Jews. From FT, the writer Simon Winchester has broken his right arm three times. He compares his treatment on both sides of the Atlantic. It turns out an aging population isn't bad news after all. We are living longer but will we be able to keep our minds active enough to enjoy it? The risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia cannot be eliminated, but there are plenty of ways we can boost our brains. Legally, and morally, what does it mean to say that a child should not have existed? A review of What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights. From Salon, the National Center for Men filed suit to establish reproductive rights for men. Is a father's right to choose an idea worth debating, or just a distraction?; and a review of Money, a Memoir: Women, Emotions and Cash and Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping. Anecdotes aside, highly educated women aren't "opting out" of careers. George Mason's Francis H. Buckley on Commercial Virtue and Romantic Ecstasy. Since when did sex between two consenting teens become "sexual abuse"? From the Assyrian International News Agency, an essay on Freedom of Expression: The Perspective of an Evolutionary Political Theory.  And an interview with Notre Dame's Richard Garnett on the limits of free speech

[Mar 14] From Foreign Affairs, excerpts from the recently declassified book-length report of the USJFCOM Iraqi Perspectives on Saddam's delusions. A news story on how the dash to Baghdad left top U.S. generals divided. Is President Bush, who made pre-emption and going it alone the watchwords of his first term, is quietly becoming an internationalist? From Reason, an article on anti-humanitarian aid: The moral case for ending assistance to dictatorships. In the burgeoning field of surveillance studies, researchers scrutinize the many ways in which human activity is monitored by government and industry. From The New Yorker, an article on new ways of avoiding the issue of global warming. A review of books on the environment and global warming (and more). HBS professor emeritus George C. Lodge’s idea of a World Development Corporation has been percolating for years. From Le Monde diplomatique, a review of BHL's American Vertigo; and democracy may have been promoted as the best of all political systems, but it has long been a rare form of actual government. From TNR, Leon Wieseltier responds to Stanley Fish on liberalism and the Mohammed cartoons. From Swans, an article on Totalitarianism then and now. From Human Events, Phyllis Schlafly on the "nosy questionnaires" the Census Beaureu is telling people to fill out; and "It is not Xenophobia. It is Xenonausea. People are sick of having the whole world shoved down their throats at once and being told it tastes like ice cream." And a review of Why Do Criminals Offend? A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency and Why Crime? An Integrated Systems Theory of Antisocial Behavior

[Mar 13] A nuclear showdown with Iran could be this generation's Cuban missile crisis. Graham Allison on the reasons we must not let it come to that. A review of Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence From Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea. Spy agencies are using the increasingly popular science of networks to detect terrorist activities. Will it connect the dangerous dots? In Iraq and elsewhere, in the matter of tallying deaths, what counts? Andrew Bacevich on what happened at Bud Dajo, Philippines: A forgotten massacre--and its lessons. Bret Stephens on Francis Fukuyama: Now he claims he had misgivings all along. A review of While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within. A review of To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations, from Achilles to Al Qaeda. From Infoshop, here's an anarchist critique of anarcho-statism. A new issue of Socialist Viewpoint is out. From International Viewpoint, Ernest Mandel on the nature of social-democratic reformism, and an essay on Ernest Mandel and the Marxian Theory of Bureaucracy. A review of Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace. Workers at all levels are being cast aside in a world that values the ability to adapt beyond their expertise and knowledge. A review of Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption pdf. A review of Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst: A True Story of Inside Information and Corruption in the Stock Market. Here's a book that falls in the "news you can use" category: The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices. A review of Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management. And more on Michael Joyce, the godfather of conservative philanthropy

[Weekend 2e] From In These Times, an interview with Joy DeGruy Leary, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. To what extent is it appropriate or possible for men who resist patriarchy to participate in the feminist movement? Sexuality, Sin, and Sacrifice: An interview with Mary Condren, author of The Serpent and the Goddess. From Ralph, an excerpt from The Intimate History of the Orgasm (and part 2). A review of Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis. A review of Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity. From The New Pantagruel, an essay on Christian Humanism, Past and Present, and an essay on Imagining Conservatism in a New Light. From Comment, an article on reading the Bible, and articulating a worldview. A review of books on the Bible and history. A Christian perspective on why coincidence and random mutation are not the most likely explanations for some things, and an exploration on where science breaks down and why it cannot define absolute truth. More and more on Breaking the Spell. A purple patch by GK Chesterton on the fear of the past. An interview with Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner, author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today. And an interview with Richard Reeves, author of President Reagan : The Triumph of Imagination

[Weekend] From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama interviews Bernard-Henri Levy; and a review of One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story by Janis Karpinski. From Foreign Policy, Asia has too many boys. They can’t find wives, but they just might find extreme nationalism instead. It’s a dangerous imbalance for a region already on edge (though the continuing decline in the child sex ratio is not restricted to India; it is in fact a global phenomenon); and there’s a straightforward way for Washington to end America’s addiction to foreign oil, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resolving the impasse on international trade: Turn farm subsides into fuel subsides. What are the oil companies looking for – before they look for oil? From Grist, three new books put the spotlight on our warming world. An interview with James Lovelock, on his new book, The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity. Andrew Jack joins Bill and Melinda Gates on a tour of Bangladesh and India and asks why they give away so much – and how much good it’s actually doing. From International Viewpoint, Salma Yaqoob, a founder member of Respect, on Islam and the Left, and a reply. From Socialist Review, why the more advanced civilisations of the Islamic world did not develop an Enlightenment. AC Grayling reviews Karen Armstrong's The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah. An interview with Robert Pape, author of Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. And why it would not make sense for the US to rely on targeted killings as often as Israel does

[Mar 10] From Foreign Policy in Focus, Andrew Arato (New School): Government Formation and Constitutional Renegotiation. What's Left after Iraq? An interview with Warren Montag. A fear of difference drives fundamentalists towards sameness. In that impulse lies the seed of a path beyond war, says Grahame Thompson. From New Statesman, a review of Richard Sennett's The Culture of the New Capitalism. Searching for the invisible man: Economics rediscovers the entrepreneur. From Eurozine, 2006 is the centenary year of the philosopher Hannah Arendt. Her relevance has never been greater. From Salon, scientists are on the verge of breaking the carbon barrier -- creating artificial life and changing forever what it means to be human. And we're not ready. A review of Illegal Beings: Human Clones And The Law. A review of Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos and Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes. Statistics make for scary headlines – but a few simple errors often lie behind them. Shopping, cooking, eating, washing dishes... it's all such a time-sucking, distracting chore. Best to wrap it all up in plastic and hurry it along, lest lost time eat at you. And from Nerve, an interview with Norman Mailer and John Buffalo Mailer

[Mar 9] From The Nation, an article on presenting a vision of a moral economy as an alternative to the failed claims of Market Fundamentalism. To what extent should we be worried about the distribution of economic gains? Economists Heather Boushey and Russell Roberts debate. From the Heritage Foundation, an essay on How the Scope of Government Shapes the Wealth of Nations. Anti-immigration activist Peter Brimelow on immigration and America. A review of The Abolition of White Democracy. From National Review, an interview with Phyllis Chesler, author of The Death of Feminism. A review of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination, and a review of Nancy J. Hirschmann's The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom. A review of The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception, 1800-1975. From NPQ, Wole Soyinka on the psychopaths of faith and their appeasers. Does heresy belong in the 21st century? Julian Baggini wants to know. More on Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (and an excerpt). And from Evolutionary Psychology, a review of Evolution, Monism, Atheism, and the Naturalistic World-View, a review of Soldiers of God: Primal Emotions and Religious Terrorists, a review of Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture, a review of What makes us moral? Crossing the boundaries of biology, a review of Kindness in a Cruel World: The Evolution of Altruism, and a review of Why we lie: The evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind (and more)

[Mar 8]  A new issue of Vermont Commons is out. From Resurgence, an article on Plato, Aristotle and the commons, and is our ownership of property legitimate? An interview with Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch. From Dollars & Sense, interview with Lani Guinier on the meritocracy myth; an article on the incredible shrinking company; and what's good for Wal-Mart...? How much should we hate Wal-Mart? Jim Pinkerton on the cultural and political implications of the plan for a new Roman Catholic exurb. A review of Brave New Neighborhood: The Privatization of Public Space. Desperate Feminist Wives: Why wanting equality makes women unhappy. A review of Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America. An excerpt from Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. Secrecy is a key aspect of corporate media control, protected by walls of silence. Consider, for example, the issue of book reviews. A review of The Man Everybody Knew.  A review of Alan Cranston's The Sovereignty Revolution. The introduction to The Macropolitics of Congress.  Let's play Jeopardy! Here are 25 questions, of which any Democratic presidential candidate ought to be able to answer 15. And if you like your web search results with a side of political bias, Kosmix may be the search engine for you

[Mar 7] From Cato Unbound, David Schmidtz (Arizona): When Inequality Matters. If human beings evolved their egalitarian instincts, we're going to have to accept a protracted struggle against socialist ideology. More on Jeffrey Frieden's Global Capitalism and Jeff Faux's The Global Class War. From Socialist Review, an interview with David Harvey. Were sanctions worth the price? As conflict with Iran looms, questions remain about the moral implications of sanctions. Niall Ferguson on how Gladstone eviscerated British foreign policy under Disraeli in 1878-79. His arguments apply to Bush's failures too. The introduction to Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger. A review of Alan Dershowitz's Preemption: The Knife That Cuts Both Ways. More on The Case for Goliath by Michael Mandelbaum. A review of The 33 Strategies of War. Larry Diamond on how civil wars start and end. A review of Gary Hart's The Shield and the Cloak. From The Washington Monthly, to get the ear of the new majority leader, John Boehner, you better light up; and a review of James Carville and Paul Begala's Take It Back. From Free Inquiry, an interview with Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptman. A review of The Great Transformation: The world in the time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, by Karen Armstrong (and more). A review on Rodney Starks' The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. An interview with Richard Holloway, author of Godless Morality. An interview with Ron Flowers, author of That Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships. Steven Waldman on how modern evangelicals are ignoring their own history. When Would Jesus Bolt? Meet Randy Brinson, the advance guard of evangelicals leaving the GOP. And from Focus on the Family's Citizen, an article on them pushy homosexuals who won’t leave the public alone, not even in some companies’ restrooms! 

[Mar 6] From The Boston Globe's "Ideas", domestic law punishes individuals who commit crimes, not families, villages, or ethnic groups. Why should international law punish states?; and conventional wisdom says the Republican Party won the South because the Democrats embraced civil rights. Now a pair of political scientists, Richard Johnston and Byron Shafer, argues that the GOP takeover had more to do with economics than race. From The American Enterprise, a cover story of good sex/bad sex; Theodore Dalrymple and Brandon Bosworth on manly good or manly evil; John McWhorter on a story of how measures intended as instruments of social improvement can cut a people off at their knees; and an interview with Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution. An interview with Gore Vidal on Bush, the media, and the loss of national memory. An interview with Alan Dershowitz. In the bestseller Misquoting Jesus, agnostic author Bart Ehrman picks apart the Gospels that made a disbeliever out of him. A frank history of the big-time American lawyer. And from The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on real estate, including Dubner and Levitt on why the boom wasn't more lucrative for real-estate agents and why they may now be heading for extinction; some answers to home economics questions; and who needs the mortgage-interest deduction?

[Weekend 2e] From TNR, for the Christian Right, all roads lead to sex. William Saletan on Life After Roe: For the first time in 14 years, legal abortion in the United States is in serious jeopardy. The introduction to Women at the Beginning: Origin Myths from the Amazons to the Virgin Mary. An article on the rather recent movement known as "ecofeminism." An interview with Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons (and an excerpt). A review of Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements. From National Review, an article on taking corporate social responsibility seriously. From The Black Commentator, an essay on the Washington/DuBoisian black leadership paradigms (and part 2). A review of Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954. A review of Eric Foner's Forever Free, and a review of Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves During the Civil War. From Demos, you can download Better Humans?, a book on "the politics of human enhancement and life extension", with contributions by Nick Bostrom, Steven Rose, and others. Are rugged good looks really more attractive? And more ladies' laments: Where have all the Hollywood hunks gone?

[Weekend] From LRB, a review of The Secret History of al-Qaida; Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror; Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden; and Osama: The Making of a Terrorist. From The American Conservative, the Christian West is caught between radical Islam and the Brave New World; and an essay on democracy and its discontents: Voting doesn’t produce peace, much less desirable outcomes, in societies that lack the foundations of a liberal order. The core problem with the liberal internationalism Fukuyama advocates is that it establishes, by default, what dictator-propping realism establishes by intent. Hey Francis Fukuyama, meet Amitai Etzioni! From The New Criterion (reg. req.), Kenneth Minogue on democracy & political naiveté, a review of John Kekes' The Roots of Evil, and an essay on Michel Houellebecq’s commercialized despair. A review of BHL's American Vertigo and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? As American courts give more weight to imported precedents, a band of Christian lawyers is going abroad to shape foreign law—before it comes home to hurt their cause. A review of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire by James Yee. An interview with Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. Is it time for Catholics to become pacifist? From The Remnant, get behind me Satan! An article on surviving the present crisis in the Church. As we know, Christ came down to earth to instruct us in the ways in which we must limit our sexual expression. His core message was: Stop touching yourself! A review of The Devil's Picnic: a tour of everything the governments of the world don't want you to try. From The Spectator, an interview with Ruth Westheimer, America’s favourite sexologist, an article on jealousy and ageism in the gay male community, and on how Britain’s loose women bolster its tourism. From NYRB, Paul Krugman and Robin Wells review Can We Say No? The Challenge of Rationing Health Care; The Health Care Mess: How We Got into It and What It Will Take to Get Out; and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. Global capitalism as a least worst system: A review of books. And more on Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

[Mar 3] From Monthly Review, Samir Amin on the Millennium Development Goals: A critique from the South; a review of To Move a Mountain: Fighting the Global Economy in Appalachia, and a review of The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California. A review of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. To determine the social welfare function, we first need a moral standard, and it has to be a morality for all humanity. Michael Joyce's mission was using philanthropy to wage a war of ideas. More on Crunchy Cons. Sign of the (End) Times: A review of The Spychips Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance. More on Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba and the Murder of JFK. From Open Democracy, liberals are on the defensive over the cartoon war. But they can champion their values in a way that reaches out to Muslims, says Lucas Swaine. The arguments around animal rights, Danish cartoons, Livingstone and Irving have more in common than you think. Robert Kaplan on why creating normality, not democracy, is the real Mideast challenge. Machiavelli knew it, but modern politicians forget that having luck on your side often counts most. From Technology Review, forget about the hydrogen economy. Methanol is the key to weaning the world off oil. A review of We Who are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity. A review of John McWhorter's Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America. Embarrassing Peggy Noonan America has become creepy for women who think of themselves as ladies. A review of Harvey Mansfield's Manliness. And you knew this was coming: Gay Porn "The Da Vinci Load" to be released the same day as "The Da Vinci Code"

[Mar 2] From Salon, an interview with Mark Danner, author of The Secret Way to War. An interview with Juan Cole on the Middle East. Peter Bergen on the madrassa scapegoat. The first chapter from Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror pdf. The introduction to A Theory of Foreign Policy. A review of Torture: Does it Make Us Safer? Is it Ever O.K.?: A Human Rights Perspective. From Slate, Jacob Weisberg and Christopher Hitchens review Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads (and the first chapter pdf). From Commentary, an essay on Britain’s Neoconservative Moment, a review of Michael Mandelbaum's The Case for Goliath, a review of John Yoo's The Powers of War and Peace, and what is a Bush Republican? From CRB, a review of books on Woodrow Wilson, an essay on Democratic Peace, and Harry Jaffa and Ralph Rossum debate original intent jurisprudence. From Prospect, how should we study religion? Daniel Dennett and Richard Swinburne debate. More on Michael Kazin's A Godly Hero (and an interview). The introduction to Robert Wuthnow's Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society. The introduction to The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon. The first chapter from Uniting America: Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy pdf. A review of The Death of Discourse. From Salon, an interview with UNLV's Steven Hayes, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life. Do we seek masculine or feminine features in our partner's face? Eurasians may possess genetic advantages that lead to greater health and enhanced beauty; and good-looking women may actually have a harder time landing some jobs. Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile. An article on the hidden world of sibling violence. And poor little rich kids: A review of Generation Debt: Why Now Is a Terrible Time to Be Young

[Mar 1] From The American Prospect, the Book of Liberal Virtues: Yes, they exist. And they’re the best tools we have for countering the right’s assertion that everything is political; Poverty is Back! Or at least it was supposed to be after Katrina, but five months on, even Democrats have dropped the subject; and a review of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation. Bruce Bartlett defends his Impostor (and why the firing of Bartlett is a lesson for historians). A review of Jeff Faux's The Global Class War : How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win it Back. Lies, damned lies and poverty statistics: How an archaic measurement keeps millions of poor Americans from being counted. Tim Harford on why poor countries are poor: The clues lie on a bumpy road leading to the world’s worst library. From Economic Principals, an essay on the annals of evil: From one extreme to the other, with pretty good results; a look at what has changed in economics; why concepts such as ecosystems and niche space may have more power to explain than even highly refined models of supply and demand; and what to make of a couple of economists who say they've devised "an objective measure of the slant of news," one that lets them say with some certainty who's liberal and how much? Behavioral economics explains why we procrastinate, buy, borrow, and grab chocolate on the spur of the moment. What's wrong with Keynesian economics? Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the economics and sociology of taxation. An article on outgoing Economist editor Bill Emmot's view of America. From National Review, John Miller remembers the legacy of a conservative philanthropist Michael Joyce. A review of Richard John Neuhaus' Catholic Matters. There he goes again: Stanley Kurtz on how same-sex partnerships harm marriage. An interview with Debora Spar, author of The Baby Business. Moralists left and right want to control your carnal desires: A review of books. From Harvard Magazine, an article on sex in the inner city; and sibling specialists Nancy and James Krieger attack the political and economic causes of health disparities. And is smoking also a hobby? Sean Wilentz investigates

[Mar 15] From Lacan.com, Slavoj Zizek on The Antinomies of Tolerant Reason: A Blood-Dimmed Tide is Loosed; and when and under what conditions can we say that an event is political? Alain Badiou investigates. A review of Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy. A review of Teleological Realism: Mind, Agency, and Explanation. A review of The World in My Mind; My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals And Machines. A review of The Conscious Self: The Immaterial Center of Subjective States. A review of Psychoanalysis as Biological Science: A Comprehensive Theory. A review of Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences. A review of This Changes Everything: The Relational Revolution in Psychology. A review of The Perils of Masculinity: Analysis of Male Sexual Anxiety, Sexual Addiction, and Relational Abuse. A review of Hard-Boiled Masculinities. Cosmologist John D. Barrow wins the 2006 Templeton Prize (and more). Quantum mechanic Seth Lloyd says we really are controlled by a computer. Far out, man. But is it quantum physics? Most Americans who accept evolution think God created it. These scientists think they can prove the opposite. Earth science meets social science: An interview with John Mutter, deputy director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. An interview with anthropologist Henry Harpending on how intelligence may be genetically predetermined by cultural background. To David Haig, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard, grim statistics raise a profound puzzle about pregnancy. From Frontpage, Cynthia Ozick delivers a lecture in a series dedicated to the work and memory of William Phillips, who edited Partisan Review for more than 60 years. Jonathan Wolff was slapped in the face with a fish, but is trying to be philosophical. A unique college course on African-American sexuality is shaking up the world of academia. From Penn, philosophy is not bullshit. Imagine if you were in college and found out that the guy next to you in class had worked as a propagandist for one of the most oppressive regimes of modern times. How would you react? A letter written by Hannah Arendt to Karl Jaspers reveals some astonishing similarities between the McCarthy era and the present. And could a new edition of Walter Benjamin's writing on hashish become a dorm-room stoner classic?

[Mar 14] Ian Shapiro (Yale): The Political Uses of Public Opinion: Lessons from the Estate Tax Repeal pdf. Dalia Tsuk Mitchell (GWU): Property without Sovereignty: The Myth Shareholder Democracy pdf. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a conversation with Slavoj Žižek; a review of History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn; a review of Deleuze and Geophilosophy: A Guide and Glossary; and a review of Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida. A review of Soldiers & Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity. A review of Scourge and Fire: Savonarola and Renaissance Italy and The Burning of the Vanities: Savonarola & the Borgia Pope. More on Rousseau's Dog. A review of The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust (and more). A review of Horrible Histories: Dublin; Our Island Story; and A Little History of the World. More on Philosophy Made Simple. A review of Tolerance and the Ethical Life. From Edge, Larry Brilliant on building a powerful new early warning system to protect our world from some of its worst nightmares. What happens when research bypasses the validation process and goes straight to the public? X-phi, where are you?: A study finds bad judgments about people can affect memories of them. A history of the life of pi, a number that is irrational, transcendental ... and unique. The International Political Science Association inaugurates a permanent secretariat in Montreal. From National Review, an interview with David Horowitz on The Professors. And John Fund on Yale and the Taliban's Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi (and more from TAS)

[Mar 13] Hillel Steiner (Manchester): A Famous Conflict doc. The first chapter of Robert Talisse's Democracy after Liberalism (and a review) pdf. A review of Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment (and more). A review of Hegel on Ethics and Politics.  A review of The Political Philosophy of Needs. A review of Philosophy Made Simple. A review of What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty. More and more and more on Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett (and an interview). An extract of the foreword to the 30th-anniversary edition of The Selfish Gene. A look at how evolutionary changes in the genome could help explain cultural traits that last over many generations as societies adapted to different local pressures. A review of Who Owns Native Culture? pdf. It's the vital ingredient of creativity, but what exactly is this thing called inspiration? On the work of Adam Phillips. A review of Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences. Harvey Mansfield argues that women--and society--need to come to terms with manliness (and an interview). How did hundreds of professors at the nation's finest law schools lose a unanimous decision in the battle over military recruiting at universities? How did so many professors misunderstand the law? Peter Berkowitz on the Solomon Amendment. Why should an establishment intellectual (unlike the average citizen) have no property sense in America, no sense of proprietorship or belonging? From UC-Santa Cruz, Washington Post's Dana Priest receives first social sciences alumni award. From France, riot police storm historic Sorbonne, evacuating student occupiers. And from Singapore, should we look forward to the day when someone proudly flashes a PhD in Political Science from www?

[Weekend 2e] From American Historical Review, Stanford's James J. Sheehan, president of the AHA in 2005, delivers a presidential address on the Problem of Sovereignty in European History. A review of Our Knowledge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography. From the Journal of Social History, Christina Kotchemidova (NYU): From Good Cheer to "Drive-By Smiling": A Social History of Cheerfulness; Michael B. Katz, Mark J. Stern, Jamie J. Fader (Penn): Women and the Paradox of Economic Inequality in the Twentieth-Century; and a review essay on "Suburbia Reconsidered": a review of My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920–1965; American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland; L.A. City Limits: African Americans in Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present; and Places of their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century; and a review of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America. From The Weekly Standard, a review of Sprawl: A Compact History. A review of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-1864. A review of books on the British in India. David Pryce-Jones reviews on For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies. And a review of The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian

[Weekend] Daniel Solove (GWU): A Taxonomy of Privacy. David Barron (Harvard): International Local Government Law pdf. A review of Redesigning Distribution, edited by Bruce Ackerman. Think Tank posts the transcript of a show on John Rawls, with guests Samuel Freeman and Robert Talisse. Alain Badiou creates a buzz with views of philosophy's relevance to other disciplines. A review of Scientific Values and Civic Virtues. A review of Francis Bacon: the logic of sensation. A review of The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change. A review of Robert Fogel's The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700–2100: Europe, America, and the Third World. A review of The New Geography of Global Income Inequality. A review of Law, Economics and Antitrust: Towards a New Perspective. A review of What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Most Controversial Decision. From Israel, a woman's work is still not done. Brain gain: Pregnancy seems to do clever things to mothers' grey matter. From Stanford, an interview with Larry Diamond on Alec Rawls and spying. An interview with Chris Kuzawa, a biological anthropologist at Northwestern. Did humans devastate Easter Island on arrival? From Science News, abstract numbers are the product of a long cultural evolution. They also apparently played a crucial role in the development of writing. From Inside Higher Ed, an interview with Beshara Doumani, editor of Academic Freedom After September 11. And for a European academic in California, the ubiquitous question "You ok?" typifies self-help culture in which everybody becomes a therapist in need of a patient

[Mar 10] A new issue of Borderlands is out, on Althusser & Us, including an introduction,  Vittorio Morfino (Milano-Bicocca): An Althusserian Lexicon;  Jason Read (USM): The Althusser Effect: Philosophy, History, and Temporality; Warren Montag (Occidental): 'Foucault and the Problematic of Origins': Althusser's Reading of Folie et déraison; Adam Holden and Stuart Elden (Durham): "It cannot be a Real Person, a Concrete Individual": Althusser and Foucault on Machiavelli's Political Technique; Yoshihiko Ichida (Kobe): Subject to subject: Are we all Schmittians in politics?; William S. Lewis (Skidmore): The Under-theorization of Overdetermination in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy; a review of Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism; and an interview with David McInerney on Althusser and the Persistence of the Subject. A review of Axel Honneth's Verdinglichung. A review of Julian Baggini's Making Sense: Philosophy Behind The Headlines. From The Chronicle, proponents of creationism and defenders of Darwinism seek recruits in new territory. A review of Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal. A review of The Paradoxical Primate. And research finds the vast differences between humans and chimpanzees are due more to changes in gene regulation than differences in individual genes themselves

[Mar 9] From The Philosophers' Magazine, Keele's Eve Garrard puzzles over her illogical longings; Scott McLemee on why the sublime can be terrible; a review of How To Read Heidegger and How to Read Derrida; an article on the ethics of returning species to the wild; and an interview with one of the creators of a new cult comic, Action Philosophers. Alasdair MacIntyre reviews Raymond Geuss' Outside Ethics. A review of Sound Sentiments: Integrity in the Emotions. A review of The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory Of Oppression. A review of Lacan Today: Psychoanalysis, Science, Religion. More on No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality. From The Scientist, what should we be doing to prepare for the unprecedented aging of humanity? Research finds many human genes evolved recently (and more), and that early humans were prey, not predators. A new book offers guidance to the aspiring mathematician, Letters to a Young Mathematician. PBS has been complicit in the dissemination of tall stories about the alleged role of Einstein’s first wife in his early scientific achievements. From Salon, how did a 40-year-old woman, Laura Albert, fool the world into thinking she was teenage prostitute and wunderkind author JT LeRoy? The genius who painted the Sistine Chapel was also rude, puerile and a tad pornographic. The editors of the Yale Law Journal knew they were courting controversy when they invited scholars to the campus for a symposium on executive power. NYU ’s Big Raid:  Scoring Jeremy Waldron from Columbia Law. And Judy Woodruff and David Brooks will teach courses at Duke

[Mar 8] Wendy Brown (UC-Berkeley): Sovereignty and The Return of the Repressed doc. Robert A. Kagan (UC-Berkeley): American and European Ways of Law: Six Entrenched Differences doc. From Law and Politics Book Review, a review of The Judicial Construction of Europe, a review of Law Without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States, and a review of Constitutional Rights after Globalization. From Global Law Books, a review of Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law, a review of Great Powers and Outlaw States: Unequal Sovereigns in the International Legal Order, a review of Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance, and a review of Crimes of the Holocaust: The Law Confronts Hard Cases. And from APSA's Political Theory Section, a review of Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field, a review of Étienne Balibar's We the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship, a review of Bonnie Honig's Democracy and the Foreigner, a review of Putting Liberalism in its Place, a review of Liberalism Under Siege, a review of Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity, and a review of Keith Dowding, Robert E. Goodin and Carole Pateman (eds.), Justice & Democracy: Essays for Brian Barry

[Mar 7] From The Chronicle, a free special series on school and college reform, including contributions by Stanley Katz, Arthur Levine, and Diane Ravitch. Some legislators say quirky bills make good civics lessons. A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court says the Solomon Amendment does not violate law schools’ rights. What went wrong at Harvard? Robert Putnam and Camille Paglia explain. Here's an open letter to John Fund, our intrepid, two-footed truth teller on the Hashemi-at-Yale case. From Princeton, the story of a suit against the university regarding control of the Robertson Foundation that funds the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From Chronicles of Love and Resentment, an article on promising and "doing things with words". What's the use of "Big History"? David Christian explains. An interview with Charles C. Mann, author of Ancient Americans: Rewriting the History of the New World. A review of Death in the Haymarket by James Green, a labor historian. More on AC Grayling's Among the Dead Cities. More on Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction & Economics. A review of No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality. When it comes to death, how do people and flies differ from Toyotas?: From Demographic Research, an article on  the relative tail of longevity and the mean remaining lifetime. From Nature, a Who's Who in Biotech. From Physics Today, an article on Time Too Good to Be True. A review of Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes. An interview with Michael Specter on the uneasy relationship between science and government in the Bush Administration. A review of Truthmakers: The Contemporary Debate. And you have to hand it to mathematicians, they can turn anything into a formal problem

[Mar 6] Daniel Solove (GWU) and Chris Jay Hoofnagle (EPIC): A Model Regime of Privacy Protection. From the latest issue of Radical Pedagogy, Patrick O'Donnell (SBCC): Collective Self-Examination: Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking; Mary Breunig (Lakehead): Radical Pedagogy as Praxis; Laura L. Behling (GAC): The Laboratory: A Model for Teaching the Elements of Literary Studies; and Joshua Guilar (RRU): Intersubjectivity and Dialogic Instruction. A review of Charles Taylor's Modern Social Imaginaries. More on The Cold War. A review of Freud. An essay on the limits of mathematics. Former BU president John Silber on why Harvard needed Larry Summers. The board's failure to stand by him suggests its members don't know what it takes to lead a great university. A review of David Horowitz's The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. Blogging law profs assault ivory tower: Is it scholarship, or a cyber chit-chat? Two of the leading philosophers of evolution have been caught in an email slanging match. New research claims that boys are more likely to be born to confident women than girls are. From The Observer, a look at the top 50 players in the world of books. What does philosophy have to do with modern motorcycle culture? And from Davidson, political philosophy? Dry and dull?  Never!

[Weekend 2e] James Tully (Victoria): Communication and Imperialism. A review of The Philosophy of Friendship. An interview with Harvey Mansfield on Harvard, Larry Summers, and manliness. Yes, genes can be selfish: Steven Pinker wonders if Dawkins’s big idea has not gone far enough. A profile of Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. Derek Bok, former (and future) president of Harvard, on a test colleges don't need. One of Scotland's leading academics has produced a nine-point strategy to lay out the key stages of the nation's history. From Great Britain, a student campaign in favour of animal testing is gaining momentum. Six animal rights activists are convicted of inciting violence and terror against Huntington Life Sciences. Tipu Aziz defends animal testing in the cosmetics industry. A review of books on the hidden world of animals. A monstrous discovery suggests that viruses, long regarded as lowly evolutionary latecomers, may have been the precursors of all life on Earth. Obituary: Economist Hand Singer. A conversation with Lawrence Weschler on arts and politics. A look at the unpredictable business of turning books into movies. And Jonathan Yardley reviews books on how European explorers risked life and limb to reach a legendary African city

[Weekend] Risa Goluboff (Virginia): The Lost Origins of Modern Civil Rights pdf. Hans Sluga (UC-Berkeley): The Care of the Common pdf. A review of Sandra Day O’Connor. The legendary feminist Catharine MacKinnon spurred the law to protect women, but the next wave is tired of feeling sheltered. A review of Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era: At the Crossroads of American Constitutionalism. A review of Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy. A review of By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, a review of Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age, and a review of Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World. A review of Civilisation: A New History of the Western World. A review of Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945. More and more on John Lewis Gaddis' The Cold War: A New History. An excerpt from Jeffrey Goldfarb's The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times. A review of Henry Lefebvre's The Critique of Everyday Life: volume 3. A review of Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain, and Frank Furedi's Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? (and more). An excerpt from Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography. Can we all learn how to breed scientists? A review of Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think, Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell, And Lewis Wolpert's Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief. An interview with anthropologist Chris Knight, author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and The Origins of Culture. Modernism, once feared as much as feted, has passed the test of time. From The Book Standard, what to do with People Who Don't Know They're Dead? Give them a literary award. The Internet is allowing unsigned authors to publish books affordably, while keeping old titles alive. Here's the announcement for the Society for Intellectual Clarity and the rules for its new journal. From Identity Theory, an essay on The Diploma Mill. From Nigeria, what's this Ph.D hubbub? And "just because we’re Harvard professors doesn’t mean we don’t like shitty movies and TV"

[Mar 3] The introduction to Bernard Williams' The Sense of the Past: Essays in the History of Philosophy. A review of Ethics Done Right: Practical Reasoning as a Foundation for Moral Theory. What makes "x-phi" revolutionary is that once philosophy opens up to the methods of empirical science, its tenets can no longer be articles of faith. Lucky for Rousseau and Hume that they're dead. Otherwise, these pivotal philosophers would have everyone camped on their doorsteps to record their snarling catfight. A review of Stanley Rosen's Plato's Republic: A Study. A review of The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society. A review of Dworkin and his Critics: With Replies by Dworkin. A new issue of Economic Sociology is out, including a review of Streetwise: How Taxi Drivers Establish Their Customers’ Trustworthiness. An interview with Tyler Cowen (of Marginal Revolution) on macroeconomics, avian flu, the arts, and stuff pdf. A review of Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature. The search for the Higgs particle is making physics an exciting field to work in right now. A review of Consciousness: Essays from a Higher-Order Perspective, by Peter Carruthers. A review of Our Inner Ape and Monkeyluv: And other lessons on our lives as animals. What advantage did sex offer when it first appeared and why does sex persist in modern organisms, stopping them from becoming asexual again? Overthrowing Darwin's number two theory: Researchers object to the theory of sexual selection and replace it with game theory. From spiked, does teaching preschoolers about Aboriginal culture or homosexuality make them more ‘tolerant’? This educator thinks not. And here's some advice for the Ph.D. student and the everyday academic who has missed a deadline: Get over your shame and get the job done (as if)

[Mar 2] A review of Continental Philosophy of Science. A review of Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture. From Seed, Elizabeth Gould on why poverty and stress may not just be symptoms of society, but bound to our anatomy; and an article on Einstein, Feynman and other famous swingers. The central goal of Andrew Hamilton's latest project is both simple and mind-bendingly paradoxical: to visualize what cannot be seen. A review of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. A review of Conflict in the Cosmos: Fred Hoyle’s Life in Science. The truth is that science and spirituality have the potential to coexist in peace, complementing rather than constantly battling each other. ScieCom has been created as a response to the current crisis in the field of scientific communication. More colleges add math requirements and add math content to non-mathematics courses. Students call for banning of Peace Studies class: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High protesters say that teachings are skewed. Who would have thought someone teaching peace studies could make anyone's "most dangerous" list? David Barash has arrived. If David Horowitz is looking for threats to academic freedom, he should start with the economics and politics departments with partisan professors shoving drivel like rational choice model and supply curves. Moises Naim on why practitioners of the ‘dismal science’ should stop sneering at their academic cousins in the social sciences—and start learning from them. College classifications get an overhaul: Officials hope new Carnegie system will attract the public and discourage rankings. From Kenya, why cultural selection is key towards the creation of relevant education. An article on how scholars create an atlas of the ancient world. Unprecedented mathematical knowledge found in Bronze Age wall paintings. Scientists announced the discovery of a small "kingdom" in Indonesia thought to have been obliterated by the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. And the introduction to Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago

[Mar 1] Matthew Adler and Chris Sanchirico (Penn): Inequality and Uncertainty: Theory and Legal Applications. From the new journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, a manifesto; and Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY): Retreat to Postmodern Politics; Bruno Gulli (CUNY): The Folly of Utopia: A Contribution to the Critique of Cultural Disorder; Mark Zuss (CUNY): A Blinking Sphinx: Theoretical Curiosity in Postwar Marxism; a reflection on C. Wright Mill's White Collar; William DiFazio (St. John's): Purposely Forgetting Poverty; and Ellen Willis (NYU): Escape from Freedom: What’s The Matter With Tom Frank (And The Lefties Who Love Him)? (and just what is the working class?) Christopher Hitchens reviews Perry Anderson's Spectrum: From Left to Right in the World of Ideas. Philosophy and Fascism: Reflections on Richard Wolin's "Heidegger Made Kosher". From Socialist Worker, Karl Marx was critical of liberals who poured scorn on religion. An article on Rosa Luxemburg’s place in history. A review of Vasily Grossman’s war writings, A Writer at War. From California Literary Review, an essay on American culture and the heroic imagaination. An essay on rereading the Renaissance and reviving the foundational humanist texts. In a joint project with Google, the United States National Archive has released over 100 historic films that can now be viewed for free. A review of Visual Culture: The Study of the Visual after the Cultural Turn. A review of Brave New Neighborhood: The Privatization of Public Space. From The Guardian, what's the point of being bright as a button? A profile of John White, intelligence expert. Scientists can now predict memory of an event before it even happens. A review of Understanding Ethical Failures in Leadership. A review of Generals: Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World. A review of Commonwealth Principles: Republican Writing of the English Revolution. A review of books on the Glorious Revolution. A review of The Man on Whom Nothing was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill. And there is $1000 reward to anyone who can produce a published case of “repressed memory” (in fiction or non-fiction) prior to 1800