The dark side of paradise: A special New Statesman focus on South East Asia. From The Economist, more religions, more trouble: Radical Muslim and Christian groups stoke the embers of Papua’s conflict; in the Indian Ocean you'll find the most dangerous seas in the world; and a special report on Al-Qaeda: Winning or losing? Saying farewell to the sort of horrible social engineering projects that dominated the 20th century is a major example of human progress. A review of Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters by Stanley Aronowitz. Graphene, praised for its electrical properties, has been proven the strongest known material. Wait, who is this? Shining the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call. For centuries, Oxford remained a bastion of Western Civilization — then came American marketing. From The Believer, an interview with Matt Bai. From Portfolio, Joel Osteen preaches the virtues of prosperity—for himself as well as his congregation; the man may well be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the slumping economy. The Ten Commandments of race and genetics are issued. Seneca may have disapproved of them, but roof gardens are part of the poetry of urban life. Here are five questions Israel should ask before bombing Iran. Before it was bought by Belgium's InBev, Budweiser trampled local breweries across this land; who's crying in their (piss) beer now?

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