The inaugural issue of the Journal of Indonesian Social Sciences and Humanities is out. From Inside Indonesia, locating culture in the church: Minahasan Christians reinterpret their cultural history and identity through religion; and the media portrays women who marry terrorists as victims, but the reality is far more complex. The Colonized Mind: In Java, Indonesia’s traditionally relaxed Islam has lost ground to an assertive new orthodoxy. Facing down the fanatics: A more tolerant Islam is confronting extremism in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. How to let Islam and the West live in harmony: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, sees tolerance-building as a central task of the 21st century. From stability to chaos in Indonesia: President Yudhoyono is not only indecisive, but potentially complicit in abuse of power and corruption. A look at the curious case of Indonesia's "democracy": Indonesians have democracy, but some still miss the old authoritarian days. Corruption in the Indonesian government and forestry sector threatens to undermine plans to establish a carbon trading market. Sooty success: Rising demand from China and India is stoking Indonesia’s exports of coal. Better REDD than dead: Indonesia is taking a bigger role in its CO2 responsibilities. In Indonesia, raise a flag, go to prison: Happy independence day in West Papua? A look at why Indonesian kids are crazy for punk. Duke University Press releases Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia, a book by anthropologist S. Ann Dunham, the late mother of President Obama (and more and more). A young Obama statue is officially unveiled in Indonesia.


A new issue of The Quarterly Conversation is out. From VQR, Tom Bissell on the case against Robert D. Kaplan. I am become Death, destroyer of worlds: The story of how the dinosaurs disappeared is getting more and more complicated. The economic argument for never giving another gift: Joel Waldfogel, the author of Scroogenomics, explains why holiday shopping is a drain on the wallet and the holiday spirit (and more and more). A new study may explain why the England soccer team keeps losing in penalty shootout. Brian Sholis reviews American Power by Mitch Epstein. A review of Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture by Geoffrey Hughes Wiley-Blackwell. From TPM, no offence, but you’re a loon, says Wendy M. Grossman; and Mathew Iredale discovers why myth-busting doesn’t work. From Time, a look at the Top 10 Everything of 2009. Let's hear it for hipster beer: Pabst Blue Ribbon has made a comeback during the downturn, becoming the cheap beer of choice among hipsters. A review of The Culture of Knitting by Joanne Turney. The latest thing in grave robbing: Increasingly, what tempts the larcenous isn’t what a grave contains; it’s the grave itself. Just how pro-choice is America, really? (and more) My So-Called Riot: Doing time at the Mock Prison Riot, where 700 prison guards face down rioting inmates played by hardened volunteers — like Dave Gilson. Sally Quinn is back with another column which will certainly be of interest to the 0.01 percent of the population that gives a shit about “the spirit of entertaining”.


From TNR, should Obama try to create more jobs or lower the deficit? An exclusive account of the White House debate. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on Obama's Big Sellout: The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway (and three responses; is Robert Rubin more important than the U.S. Congress? Ezra Klein wants to know; and Chris Lehmann on the (partial) vindication of Matt Taibbi). The world’s greatest dysfunctional body: Why the U.S. Senate can’t govern. The Gatekeeper: How a little bureaucratic office became the biggest impediment to Barack Obama’s health care plans. Deal or die on health care: Why progressives should support a Democratic compromise (and more). Progressives vs. Democracy: The health care debate reveals a nasty tendency within liberal politics. From FireDogLake, a book salon on Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics by Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler (and more at TPM Cafe). A look at how the only thing evangelicals will never forgive is not hating the “Other”. Long-feared by US intelligence, Muslim radicalization is gaining momentum in the United States. How to empty Guantanamo: As one Washington diplomat oversees the closing of Guantanamo Bay — one prisoner at a time — Michelle Shephard tracks his progress. From Slate, Obama's War and Peace: Fred Kaplan on how the president accepted the Nobel while sending more troops to fight in Afghanistan; and with his Nobel speech, Obama shows an idealistic tough-mindedness. How well does our embattled president grasp just war theory? Michael Walzer investigates.


A review of You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American by Leslie Sanchez and When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins (and more). Don't just swallow it: Linda Hirschman on what women could learn from how the gay rights movement plays politics. Naomi Wolf on the achievement myth. From The Atlantic, not just chick flicks, the movies of Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers defy categorization and provide a sentimental education for everyone (and a look at 7 popular "chick flicks" that secretly hate women). Pick your poison: Two recent studies find more Xena than imperiled Penelope among stereotype-busting women. Average Janes: To save feminism, get rid of the lady blogs. Why are so many women connecting on social networks, but not as involved in social news sites like Digg and Reddit? When mean girls go digital: Tips for handling social tech, from Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes. Steven Schlozman on when your daughter does the hair-flip. Feminist books for five-year-olds: Can you radicalise young children in a few easy reads? Viv Groskop gives it her best shot. A review of Feminism, Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture by Emilie Zaslow. A review of The Modern Girl around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization. A review of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid. Why do girls love unicorns? It’s more than just the horn (and here are 20 pictures of badass unicorns).

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