From Foreign Policy, when Pervez Musharraf falls, too, will American leaders finally wake up and see Pakistan for what it is, not for what they wish it to be? From New English Review, Theodore Dalrymple on the pleasures of assassination. Bhutto and the candidates: David Remnick on the American election and the paradox of Pakistan. From Asia Times, an interview with Hassan Abbas on Pakistan's political future; and an article on an identity crisis for India's eunuchs. From The Hindu, a review of The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India by Brinda Bose and Subhabrata Bhattacharyya. A review of Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire by Durba Ghosh.
From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Edward Demenchonok (FVSU): From a state of war to perpetual peace; Karl-Otto Apel (Frankfurt): Discourse ethics, democracy, and international law: toward a globalization of practical reason; James P. Sterba (Notre Dame): Rethinking global justice from the perspective of all living nature and what difference it makes; Steven V. Hicks (Queens): Rethinking nature, culture, and freedom; Charles S. Brown (Emporia): Beyond intrinsic value: undermining the justification of ecoterrorism; and Marc Lucht (Alvernia): Does Kant have anything to teach us about environmental ethics?
From Arion, Clinton W. Marrs on Paideia in America: Ragged Dick, George Babbitt, and the Problem of a Modern Classical Education; and Camille Paglia on Religion and the Arts in America. From Anthropoetics, Adam Katz (Quinnipiac): The Esthetic, the Sacred, and Originary Modernity. From Arena, instruments of idolatry: Stephen Ames asks what responses to contemporary cultural contradictions are viable today and seeks answers in the Christian traditions. Melatonin up, civilization down: An article on reading Jacques Barzun this winter. From Chronicles, contrary to expectation, advancing age leads not to greater understanding of life but to greater puzzlement and uncertainty: Clyde Wilson on unsolved mysteries.
From Americana, Ana Kothe (UPR): When Fake Is More Real: Of Fools, Parody, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and Katherine Hyunmi Lee (Indiana State): "Hello Lover": Commodification, Intimacy, and Second-Wave Feminism on Sex in the City. From The Atlantic Monthly, how David Simon’s disappointment with the industry that let him down made "The Wire" the greatest show on television—and why his searing vision shouldn’t be confused with reality. The writers strike is inspiring ever-more-insipid fare on TV; here’s what to expect — or dread. Public access, public hate: Cable TV operators must provide a forum for the public, but it has unwittingly led to the airing of racist and anti-Semitic rants.
From Grist, an essay on creating an Earth Atmospheric Trust: A system to control climate change and reduce poverty. Now that the public is ready to hear it, how will graphic designers shape the discourse about climate change? This time it's personal: There is a disconnect between awareness of climate change and the lifestyle changes necessary to combat it. From Arena, an article on the cultural meaning of the oil crisis and the end of growth. Can we turn garbage into energy? The pros and cons of plasma incineration. An article on the green upside to $100-a-barrel oil. In praise of $100 oil: There's a case to be made for why $100 oil is good for everyone.
From TAP, an outside-in strategy for health-care reform: The political compromise behind California's impressive health-care legislation may hold the key to creating a coalition for national reform (and more). The Democratic candidates' healthcare plans chart a course toward universal coverage by building on existing foundations. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama have actually laid out two competing economic philosophies; the fight over health insurance is just one part of their disagreement. Would a Dem White House take on Big Pharma? On the trail, candidates fulminate about the drug companies, but money may still speak louder than words. A review of Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now by Charles Rosenberg.
From AJR, the embattled newspaper business is betting heavily on Web advertising revenue to secure its survival; and a review of Letters from the Editor: Lessons on Journalism and Life by William F. Woo. State of Emergency: With journalism on its deathbed and desperately clinging for life, the media needs to atone for its sins if it has any chance for survival. From Print, a look at how digital technology is transforming photojournalism in hot spots around the world; a review of Inside North Korea by Mark Edward Harris; Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane; Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan; and Pictures Without Borders by Steve Horn; and Google Earth and YouTube can find your house or your favorite music video in seconds — can they help end genocide?
From Metapsychology, a review of The Search for Meaning: A Short History by Dennis Ford; and a review of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald W. Dworkin. Finding your happy place: Forget that inner journey — some countries are actually more contented than others. Selfish capitalism is bad for our mental health: The growth in relative materialism over the past 20 years is taking a heavy toll on the wellbeing of English-speaking nations. Don't blame your job, the traffic or your mindless chores: Battling boredom means finding focus, living in the moment and having something to live for. Moral rules or merely guidelines? A review of Moral Stealth: How "Correct Behavior" Insinuates Itself into Psychotherapeutic Practice by Arnold Goldberg.
From City Journal, Rudy Giuliani on The Resilient Society: A blueprint for homeland security. From The American Conservative, Rudy Giuliani has surrounded himself with advisors who think the Bush Doctrine didn’t go nearly far enough; Glenn Greenwald on the authoritarian temptation: Can we trust the the presidency to a mayor like Giuliani? Old habits: Elizabeth Kolbert on how the Giuliani method may defeat him. Giuliani's neocon guru was hot for Jackie O: Norman Podhoretz' secret sex fantasies about liberal icon revealed. From Opinion Journal, Republicans seem especially in need of a long talk on a flat couch — so let's put them there. With candidates leaving voters dissatisfied, a splintered GOP seeks a unifying presence.
From Air & Space Power Journal, David R. Mets on True Confessions of an Ex-Chauvinist: Fodder for Your Professional Reading on Women and the Military; a review of Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy by Frederick W. Kagan; a review of The Age of Total War, 1860–1945 by Jeremy Black; a review of Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie; a review of Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a “Desk Murderer” by David Cesarani. A new issue of Air Force Magazine is out including Guam, all over again: The island is the pivot of a sweeping realignment of US forces in the Pacific.