From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a roundtable on reforming intervention and protection under the United Nations. Reorganizing the international service bureaucracy: International service and foreign aid span too many departments and government agencies; what it needs is organization. From Azure, Amitai Etzioni on a right above all others: Why the protection of life should take precedence; an article on Henry Kissinger as the inside-outsider; and A. B. Yehoshua on an attempt to identify the root cause of Antisemitism. From The Weekly Standard, Peter Berkowitz on an unfortunate Israeli export, counterterrorism expertise. From America, a look at where big money is taking sports. A world of twenty-year cycles: Could it be that, every 20 years, a new generation sets out to shape the world? Disarming our demons: An article on the self-fulfilling prophecy of election-stealing. Does religion make people nicer? Only if they think Sky Big Brother is watching. A review of The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News by Roger Mudd. Climate-change litigation is heating up; will the legal strategy that brought down Big Tobacco work against Big Oil? How long until we find a second Earth? Researchers are racing to find the first planet that might support life as we know it. An article on using math to explain how life on Earth began.
From M/C Journal, Ianto Ware (South Australia): Andrew Keen Vs the Emos: Youth, Publishing, and Transliteracy; an essay on Couchsurfing, Delocator, and Fallen Fruit: Websites Respond to a Crisis of Democracy; and Ligia Toutant (UCLA): Can Stage Directors Make Opera and Popular Culture "Equal"? Jacob Zuma may force Africa to become more democratic, but will this lead to greater prosperity? From National Journal, can the government run the rescue? Enacting the bailout is one thing; carrying it out is quite another. The man behind the music: How Obama has inspired new tunes around the world. Why does music so often divide the sexes? Hip-Hop’s planet rocker: An interview with Afrika Bambaataa. From Vanity Fair, a look at the stock market’s 25 biggest losers. From Wired, an article on a simple plan to ID every creature on Earth. From Scientific American, Big Bang or Big Bounce? There's a new theory on the universe's birth (and more); and an article on hypnosis, memory and the brain. From Adbusters, Warhol managed to encapsulate the increasing emptiness of modern existence — if you want more meaningful art, build a more meaningful world; and quit Facebook: The decision to destroy a carefully built-up virtual image came as a result of wanting to enhance a profile. A review of Number and Numbers by Alain Badiou. Privatize the roads!, says economist Walter Block.
From AJR, an essay on the elite newspaper of the future. The New New Media: At the end of the fossil fuel era, America’s premier journalism schools have staked out their place in the Digital Age — it’s called News21. An interview with John Palfrey, author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. A review of The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science by Martha McCaughey. A review of God and Morality: A Philosophical History by John E. Hare. A review of The Big Penis Book. The Pill Killer: Can a new ad make a contraceptive vaginal insert seem cool? From Forbes, a look at the world's best paid authors. From Chronicles, an article on the crunchy-con menace. From Hadrian to Gordon, sublime to ridiculous: Why do men want to rule the world? Paul Johnson investigates. From America, an interview with Anne Rice on Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. A review of Reputation: Portraits in Power by Marjorie Williams. A review of Perfumes: the Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Are you feeling charitable today? The answer may depend upon the contents of your iPod. The Army Wants You — again! (Yes, really.) How to Lose Friends and Make a Movie: What happens when a memoirist is invited to spend time on the set of the movie of his life?
Allen Buchanan (Duke): Human Rights and the Legitimacy of the International Order. From Identity Theory, an interview with Howard Zinn. University students face four competing world views as they navigate their way through modern culture — they can only choose one of them. A review of Beyond Monotheism: A Theology of Multiplicity by Laurel Schneider. Here's a video on climate change and the death of small island states. Michael Brendan Dougherty on how Ward Connerly gets rich off of affirmative action (and a response). Graham Allison and Ernesto Zedillo on the fragility of the global nuclear order. Is Canada becoming a de facto dictatorship? A review of Donald J. Savoie’s Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability in Canada and the United Kingdom. A review of Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend by Mark Bostridge. The introduction to The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page (and an interview). Peace through religious understanding is an admirable goal, but who should be paying for it? Never criticise the family: Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews books on Zionism. A nation of conspiracy theorists can't be wrong: A review of Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson. One Nation Under Todd: MSNBC's political director becomes a unlikely star.
From the Journal of Global History, a review of Pathfinders: a global history of exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto; a review of Bound together: how traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors shaped globalization by Nayan Chanda; a review of Dictating development: how Europe shaped the global periphery by Jonathan Krieckhaus; and a review of The shock of the old: technology and global history since 1900 by David Edgerton. From Think, Paul Kurtz (SUNY-Buffalo): Why I am a Skeptic About Religious Claims; Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham): What Does Fido Believe? A review of Farm Friends: From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond by Tom Fels. From New Statesman, a look why greens must learn to love nuclear power. When two intrepid women set out to slay the Wedding Industrial Complex, things get complicated fast. A review of The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary. The introduction to Public Freedom by Dana Villa. A review of The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy by Frank Prochaska and In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox. A review of Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq by Linda Robinson.
Vanity Fair goes inside Colombia’s hostage war. From Psychology Today, coddled from infancy and raised to be academic machines, China's only children expect the world — now they're buckling under the pressure of their parents' deferred dreams; and why are millions of Japanese youths hiding from friends and family? A review of How Sadness Survived: The Evolutionary Basis of Depression by Paul Keedwell. A review of Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity by Virginia Smith and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg. A review of Sensory History: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History by Mark M. Smith. A review of books on loneliness. Tom Davis Gives Up: He was a star in the Republican Party; now, like dozens of his G.O.P. colleagues, he’s quitting Congress, fed up with his party, his president and the process. A review of Right is Wrong by Arianna Huffington and Why We're Liberals by Eric Alterman. A review of The Race between Education and Technology by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. An excerpt from Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security by Richard K. Betts. A review of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker (and an interview).
Here's CQ’s guide to all of the races. From TLS, a review of books on Lucretius; and a review of books on what the West makes of Chinese science. Naked ambition: Here's a step-by-step guide on the secrets for success in the Playboy empire. A review of Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream by Steven Watts (and more). The New Larry Flynt: Strip-club king Joe Redner is Florida's unlikeliest folk hero. From Policy Innovations, an article on the founding of Transparency International: A global campaign against corruption takes form. A review of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling (and more and more and more). Everett Ehrlich and Felix Rohatyn on a new bank to save our infrastructure. The One-Man Wall: How a single Arizona legislator's obsession has changed immigration policy for the worse. A review of The Idea of a European Superstate: Public Justification and European Integration by Glyn Morgan. From TED, Steven Pinker on language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds; and Noah Feldman on how politics and religion are technologies. A review of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority by Bob Moser. An interview with Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States. From Cracked, here are the 10 Commandments of Facebook
Keally McBride (USF): State of Insecurity: The Trial of Job and Secular Political Order. We are not yet done screwing up this planet, OK? Scott Feschuk shall teach the tribe of philosophy and the miracle of fire, of triumphs like the McRib. Climate engineering will not be perfect, but who thought it would be? A review of Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat—And How to Counter It by Wallace Broecker (and an interview). What does volume 140 of Harvard Law Review reveal about Obama's future career? From Communalism, an essay on Murray Bookchin’s originality. A look at why running "on the record" is harder than you think. A review of The Political Mind by George Lakoff (and more on the mind and the Obama magic, and more and more). How much do Republican-leaning corporations benefit from Republican political success? A review of Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts by Caroline Levine. Here's a look at 5 myths about lobbyists. Thomas Friedman on Palin’s kind of patriotism. An interview with BHL on McCain, Obama and the Left. Here are four ways McCain might be able to turn it around and win. Patricia Williams on the politics of Michelle Obama's hair. The Philadelphia Story: Obama finally speaks to an inner-city crowd — and it could not have been more different than McCain's recent events.
From Esquire, Noah Feldman on the end of the war on terror. Is Petraeus "beyond naive"? He thinks we should negotiate with our enemies — just like Barack Obama. Retired generals of the Israeli Defense Forces and high-ranking Mossad officials on Obama. Shashi Tharoor on why India loves Bush. An interview with Andrew Bacevich on the end of exceptionalism (and more). Dahlia Lithwick on bringing Guantanamo home: The lawlessness abroad was never very far from home. A review of Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice by Eric Lichtblau (and more). Spying on Americans without warrants, charges based on secret evidence: Welcome to the world of Bush's "specially designated global terrorists". The next president must free us from Bush's freedom agenda, but that's not an excuse to disengage from the world. A review of The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did) by James Traub. George W. Bush as Harry S. Truman? Robert Dallek says no. Here's an extremely abridged history of the George W. Bush presidency. In his final months in office, Bush is burdened but still confident. Arianna Huffington thinks George Bush is a criminal. The Bush administration prized loyalty over competence; the next White House team will do the opposite. More and more and more and more and more on Angler by Barton Gellman.
From LRB, having fully indulged their greed on the way up, and created the risks, the bankers are now fully indulging their fear on the way down, and allowing the system to seize up. How fear is making the financial catastrophe worse than it needs to be. Don't watch the Dow: Here’s the number that really captures the financial crisis. The Fed has historically been the lender of last resort to banks — now it’s becoming the lender of last resort to everyone. From Counterpunch, Chris Floyd on The God That Failed: The 30-year lie of the market cult. More on The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles D. Ellis. A review of Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in Modern American Thought by Howard Brick and American Capitalism: Social Thought and Political Economy in the Twentieth Century. From YaleGlobal, article on the global crisis: How far to go? (and part 2 and part 3). From Big Think, Joseph Stiglitz links the economy to the Iraq war; and why Niall Ferguson is a pessimist: The economic historian outlines the three historical factors that lead to international conflict. An interview with George Soros: The end of the financial crisis could be in sight. The current crisis is clearly one of those times when we can’t wait for science to catch up to common sense. Rick Shenkman on American democracy and the 10 alarm fire we're ignoring (and more).