Slovak and Hungarian police, after a months-long operation, have arrested three people for trying to sell half a kilogram of enriched uranium — enough to make a "dirty bomb". A false alarm? Why news of loose nukes isn't as scary as it seems. 5 myths about the Bomb and us: The Bush Administration says not to worry about our nukes — should we believe it? Pakistan's Dr. Doom: Thanks to the rogue scientist A.Q. Khan, Iran's nuclear program threatens to ignite another Middle East war. Bombs away? Arms expert Scott Ritter says the U.S. plans to attack Iran. Bush isn't the only decider: He shouldn't be allowed to lock in an Iraq treaty without Congress' approval. An interview with Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War. From Dissent, a look at how the photographs that best capture the Iraq war are the pictures of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Why are Iraq War movies box-office flops? It's not that the subject matter isn't compelling, it's that very few of this year's slew of political films actually stand up as triumphs of cinematic art and storytelling. The anti-Vietnam protest generation seem like heroes now: Bob Dylan and Jane Fonda as counter-culture survivors. Tom Hayden on how the peace movement can win: A field guide.


Amirul Ahsan, Michael Skully and J. Wickramanayake (Monash): Determinants of Central Bank Independence and Governance: Problems and Policy Implications. An essay on Governing the Governors: A Clinical Study of Central Banks. Fed up: We've been told not to imagine a world without the Federal Reserve — maybe we should. Greenspan was a very bad Fed chairman: A review of Les incendiaires: Les banques centrales depassees par la globalisation by Patrick Artus. Claude Hillinger ( Munich): Science and Ideology in Economic, Political and Social Thought. From Adbusters, the neoliberal indoctrination of young economics students in universities around the world all starts with one textbook - - N. Gregory Mankiw's Principles of Economics. From The Economist, what to do when you don't know everything: A review of Imperfect Knowledge Economics by Michael Goldberg. More on Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan. A review of The Market (Key Concepts) by Alan Aldridge. The introduction to The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law. Bosses take note: A new study of the brain shows that rewards for good work satisfy us more when others get less. A review of The Moral Significance of Class by Andrew Sayer. The introduction to Regulating Vice: Misguided Prohibitions and Realistic Controls by James Leitzel. A review of The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce by Deirdre N. McCloskey. Serving Pellegrino at a dinner party no longer has the cachet it once did. The answer? Try BlingH2O, it's the P Diddy of uber-premium water — but why are we prepared to pay up to 100,000 times the going rate for something we can have on tap for free? From being a scorned symbol of the suburb, the shopping mall is now embraced for its security, predictability, and the corporate familiarity of branded space. Stop, stop shopping: Meet Reverend Billy, an actor, on a mission to save America from consumerism.


From Political Theology, a review of Theology and the Political: The New Debate, ed. Creston Davis, John Milbak and Slavoj Zizek; a review of Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem by Heinrich Meier; and a review of Ethics and Politics: Selected Essays, Volume 2 by Alasdair MacIntyre; a review of Bonds of Imperfection: Christian Politics Past and Present by Oliver O’Donovan and Joan Lockwood O’Donovan. Marx had great ideas, but his error was forgetting God, says Pope Benedict in a new encyclical. A review of Reclaiming Liberation Theology. From Laissez-Faire, an essay on the worldly failures of Liberation Theology. What does a free society require of believers and non-believers alike? Timothy Garton Ash wants to know. Steven Douglas Smith (USD): How Secularists Helped Knock Down the Wall of Separation between Church and State. Marci Hamilton on how the push for religious accommodation can go too far: Two important recent examples. A Guide for Consumers of Theology: A look at what it might look like if U.S. News ranked churches. From Peace, an interview with Rabbi Michael Lerner. A usable past for the Spiritual Left: A review of Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality from Emerson to Oprah by Leigh Eric Schmidt. A review of Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite by D. Michael Lindsay. A review of Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself by Donald Harman Akenson. The currency of faith: A look at how one man put God into circulation.


From the inaugural issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on the Internet, Anna Galácz (Eotvos) and David Smahel (Masaryk): Information Society from a Comparative Perspective: Digital Divide and Social Effects of the Internet; and Richard Alapack (NTNU): Simulation in Cyberspace and Touch of the Flesh: Kissing, the blush, the hickey and the caress. From 02138, ongoing lawsuits suggest that Facebook's origins are murkier than Mark Zuckerberg would like to admit — is the man many are calling Harvard’s next Bill Gates telling the truth? A review of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture by Tarleton Gillespie. Many grown-ups now sound like babbling toddlers when speaking about the digital world — because many corporate names now have the ring of a collection of Dr. Seuss characters. From Wired, are spammers giving up? Google thinks so. Is Google's killer app invasive? Its still shrouded in secrecy, but Google's free storage service is headed for the Web next year — privacy advocates now wonder what happens to your secrets. What you say online can be used against you: Isn't it bizarre that people abhor government snooping, but their private lives are an open book on the internet? An interview with Mark Andrejevic, author of iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era. How to spy on people: The great game in cyberspace can be as simple as tracking your ex-spouse. Who owns the Net? There are growing signs the Web is heading toward a class system. In most human interactions understanding precedes trust. So, why should it be any different when it comes to tools we use?


From H-Net, a review of Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830 by J. H. Elliott. I am America (And So?) Five hundred years ago, our continent was given a name — we still don’t know what it means. A review of Old World, New World: The Story of Britain and America by Kathleen Burk. A review of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (and an interview). From Americana, Virginia Dominguez (Illinois): Suspicion, Critique, and Pursuit: How Do U.S. Cultural Anthropology, U.S. Cultural Studies, and U.S. American Studies View One Another?; what's performance got to do with it? An interview with Jane Desmond about Performance Studies, Cultural Studies and American Studies; Monika Fodor (Pecs): My Slice of Americana: Ethno-Cultural Identities in the Making; Judit Agnes Kadar (Eszterhazy): Learning to Listen: Changing Perspectives in the Study of Cultural Diversity in North America; and Eva Eszter Szabo (Eotvos Lorand): The Clash of American Civilizations: The U.S. and the Latino Peril. From Americas Quarterly, U.S. Admiral Jim Stavridis on how We're All in This Together; former Presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Ricardo Lagos on Democracy's Growing Pains; and an interview with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on why his government is getting serious about Latin America. A look at how the U.S. and Canada's "marriage" is on the rocks. An interview with Michael Byers, author of Intent for a Nation: What Is Canada For? Will Kymlicka reviews Unlikely Utopia: The Surprising Triumph of Canadian Pluralism by Michael Adams.


From The Village Voice, Bus Kill: In the crosswalk, New Yorkers find themselves in the cross hairs. Your everyday, run-of-the-mill Lamborghini: The supercar you can drive to the supermarket. A review of How Toyota Became #1: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Car Company by David Magee. A review of Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future by Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran. An article on the velomobile, the bike that looks like a car. Standard passenger jets travel at around 900 km/h — could you imagine flying ten times that fast?: There's an aircraft capable of bombing any target on earth within two hours. The World’s Worst Airports: It’s not the crowded, overly air-conditioned airplanes themselves that are the problem: Just getting on and off the plane is the real nightmare — a look at five airports around the world that make traveling hell. Plans to fix U.S. rail could end road and sky gridlock: With airports and highways more congested than ever, new steel-wheel and maglev lines that move millions in Europe and Japan have the potential to resurrect the age of American railroads.


From TNR, an article on how the decline in book reviewing isn't some esoteric concern — it's a major loss for our culture. The National Book Critics Circle polls members to create a monthly Best Recommended List (and more). Jane Smiley reviews How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard. Is reading really just about making you look cool? Rachel Cooke investigates. More on Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda. Garrison Keillor on The Reading Life: A natural storyteller reveals his boyhood salvation — books. Smoke This Book: Advertisements used to be common in paperbacks — and tobacco ads were no exception. Is our children reading? Technology gets the blame for turning children away from books, but it could just be making them literate in ways we struggle to understand. Not buying the e-book hype: Once again, the industry has misread what readers want. Google and Its Enemies: The much-hyped project to digitize 32 million books sounds like a good idea — why are so many people taking shots at it? Is Google about to create a magazine template that people can insert personalized content into, and wrap advertising around? Why book tours are passe: Author readings and signing sessions, once the staple of publishing publicity, are being usurped by virtual encounters and promotional videos. Everybody needs writers: Without expert wordsmiths, our whole culture would be put in jeopardy.


From The Occidental Quarterly, Daniel R. Vining (Penn): On Racism; Kevin McDonald on Psychology and White Ethnocentrism; Michael O'Meara on Freedom's Racial Imperative: A Heideggerian Argument for the Self-Assertion of Peoples of European Descent; a review of Friedrich Nietzsche by Curtis Cate; Brent Nelson on The Class Schism Among the Segregationists; a review of Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know about Dishonest Abe by Thomas J. DiLorenzo and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why It Will Rise Again) by Clint Johnson; a review of Social Scientists for Social Justice: Making the Case Against Segregation and Science for Segregation: Race, Law, and the Case Against Brown v. Board of Education by John P. Jackson, Jr.; a review of Shelby Steele's White Guilt; a review of Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America’s Culture War; a review of Living White: Writings on Race, 2000–2005 by Robert S. Griffin; a review of Race and the American Prospect; a review of Pat Buchanan's State of Emergency; a review of The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy by Murray Friedman; F. Roger Devlin on Sexual Utopia in Power; a review of Women’s Infidelity by Michelle Langley and Taken into Custody: The War against Fatherhood, Marriage and the Family by Stephen Baskerville; and a review of Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century by John Glad and IQ and Global Inequality by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen. From the John Birch Society's The New American, a review of Alan Greenspan's The Age of Turbulence; and a cover story on Comparing Candidates: A look at how the presidential hopefuls match up. An article on the White Supremacist challenge to Senator Lindsey Graham. Uncovering the Klan: Pop economists Steven Levitt and Roland Fryer crunch the numbers on America's most infamous hate group.


Geoff Cooper (Surrey) and Mary Ebeling (Drexel): Epistemology, Structure and Urgency: The Sociology of Financial and Scientific Journalists. From Neiman Reports, special issues on Afghanistan: Stories come back into view and on Islam: Reporting in context and with complexity. An interview with John Byrne Cooke, author of Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism. A review of What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics. Feeeeeelings: News features detailing tragedy in candidates' lives focus too much on emotion and sympathy and not enough on substance and balance in the race for the White House. Read all about it! Tom Brokaw recommends books on journalism's high aims and low comedy. A review of Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else. A review of Online News: Journalism and the Internet by Stuart Allan. The cyber guardians of honest journalism: No longer trusting what they read, see and hear, people in western democracies are questioning as never before, particularly via the internet. From TNR, Franklin Foer on the story of Baghdad Diarist. In The Tank: Did National Review reporter make his stories up? Thomas Edsall investigates. Forever weird: A review of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann S. Wenner and Corey Seymour (and more and more).


From New Statesman, a special section on Vlad the Great: Putin has dismantled the fragile democracy of the 1990s, but has never been more popular; an article on the modern Russian paradox: Ironies behind the elite’s confused thinking; and whether in pro-western or pro-Moscow states, repression and corruption are flourishing among Russia's neighbours. Portrait of a reluctant democracy: Der Spiegel presents five regional snapshots of a nation with eleven time zones, pinning its hopes on one man. An article on Putin’s last realm to conquer: Russian culture. An article on Putin and the dawn of the New Authoritarians. Saviours of nations, but at what cost? Why Putin's and Chavez's policies and style of leadership are perceived positively at home while openly condemned by so many abroad. Donald Rumsfeld on the smart way to beat tyrants like Chavez. Venezuela's president and public enemy No. 1: Despite his anti-U.S. rhetoric and ambitions, the only country that Hugo Chavez really threatens is his own. How is it that the people of Venezuela have reached such a bizarre crossroad that we now ask ourselves if it is democratic to establish the indefinite re-election of the president? Pakistanis go to the ballot box, if only in the hope that some kind of reconciliation among the powers that be will bring us out of these “emergent” and “extraordinary” times. If you thought Musharraf was bad: Former Pakistani Prime Ministers Sharif and Bhutto are hardly the right leaders to nurture democracy and fight terrorism. They just keep us hangin' on, but why? New studies shed light on that age-old delusion of leaders: Irreplaceability.

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