Gandhians with a gun? Arundhati Roy plunges into the sea of Gondi people to find some answers. A review of Reservations for Women, India: Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism. Why are we uncomfortable about wearing Indian clothes to the workplace? The Web has been a liberating medium for online literary journals, freed as they are from production and distribution constraints. David Mekelburg on a river of shit and other public health concerns noticed in India. David Mekelburg on lost soul spiritualism and other thoughts in India. Anne Applebaum on the Indian way of patriotism: It's not nationalistic, not imperialist, not aggressive, but rather self-critical. India’s latest statehood movement reveals a crisis at the heart of the country’s globalising ambitions. A review of Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam. Pankaj Mishra on Kashmir, “the world’s most dangerous place”. Sex and the Swami: Why India’s gurus can’t keep it in their loincloths (and more). A review of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years by Srinath Raghavan. A review of Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity by Pavan K. Varma. Nationalist, anti-nationalist or beyond nationalist?: An article on Tagore as a thinker for the world. Katherine Hill reviews Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. From The Hindu, a review of books on Indian secularism. Sex, Lies & Homework: While adults turn a blind eye, urban schoolchildren are playing high-stakes games inside a super-sexualised world. A review of The Wrongs of the Religious Right: Reflections on Science, Secularism and Hindutva by Meera Nanda. Beware India: The principle cog in the food and ecological cycle, with every tiger gone, the entire country's survival is at stake.


Daria Isachenko (Humboldt): The EU Mission at Work around the Transdniestria: A Win-Win Case? Invasion of the body snatchers: The beauty industry steals women’s self-esteem and convinces us to spend unwisely in pursuit of physical perfection. The Laugh Bug: Is Volkswagen's Fun Theory campaign anything more than a turbocharged marketing stunt? An excerpt from Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Ranciere: Equality in Action by Todd May. Getting Their Guns Off: The books that shaped HBO’s The Pacific give the lie to the notion of generational exceptionalism. Weber: The Contemporary West, a small humanities journal, survives deep budget cuts; Scott McLemee finds out how editor Michael Wutz manages to maintain the publication — and his own optimism. Is Dr. Amy Bishop a new breed of female murderer? A look at how Wall Street's know-it-alls can't tell right from wrong. From New Scientist, maxed out: A special series on testing humans to destruction. Barack Obama v. John Roberts: The coming months will feature two intellectual gladiators in a great struggle over the role of government in American society. The Government War: The stale, old debate of big government on the left versus small government on the right is back with a vengeance. Margaret Guroff reviews In Hanuman’s Hands by Cheeni Rao. IslamOnline must not fail: The clear voice of the most successful website of its type must not be drowned out. Does love take us anywhere other than death? Does it matter? Good but oversold: A review of AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program. A review of A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s by Lawrence Badash. More and more and more on G.A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality


The latest issue of Sexual Intelligence is out. From Book of Odds, an analysis of spring break's sexual mistakes. From Evolutionary Psychology, a review of Susan Pinker's The Sexual Paradox; a review of David Geary's Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Differences; and a review of Helen Fisher's Why Him, Why Her? Decades before Kinsey, Stanford professor Clelia Mosher polled Victorian-era women on their bedroom behavior — then kept the startling results under wraps. The rise of Islamo-erotica: Ignoring the prohibition of nudity, Muslim artists are now defying religious tenets by painting naked models in pinup poses. The power of porn stars: Why we love, hate, fear and want them (and more). An interview with Gail Dines, author of PornLand: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Is porn good for us? Scientific examination of the subject has found that as the use of porn increases, the rate of sex crimes goes down (and more). The orgasm to die for: Auto-erotic self-asphyxiation is taking sex to another level — and it's killing hundreds of men every year. So you think you know what an orgasm is? Think again. Sirens takes a look at what you didn’t know about female ejaculation. From birth to death, we are all sexual beings: How are your orgasms, Mom? A lover's guide to older women: In 1965 Stephen Vizinczey published an explicit book about his sexual experiences across the age divide — he still believes that every man needs a Mrs Robinson (and more). Are guys using Facebook as G-rated smut? Amanda Marcotte on men who ogle pictures of their female "friends". A look at 6 things men do to get laid that science says turn women off. A review of Liberalism and Prostitution by Peter de Marneffe. Anneli Rufus on a strange sex fad in conservative America. What is a life without sex like?


The man the White House wakes up to: The daily e-mail from Mike Allen, Politico’s star reporter, has become a morning ritual for Washington’s elite. Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News? Howell Raines wants to know. Russell Baker reviews My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Times by Gerald M. Boyd. What's wrong with The Washington Post Op-Ed page? Post Apocalypse: Gabriel Sherman goes inside the messy collapse of a great newspaper (and a response). When AP decided a decade ago to sell its news content to online portals, it may have hastened the decline of the daily newspapers that own the wire service. Richard Rodriguez on the twilight of the American newspaper. Is there life after newspapers? Thousands of newspaper journalists have lost their jobs in recent years in endless rounds of layoffs and buyouts — what happens in the next act? Ron Rosenbaum on outsourcing the CIA to downsized reporters. From CJR, a special report on The Reconstruction of American Journalism by Leonard Downie, Jr., and Michael Schudson (and reactions). A review of Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy by Alex S. Jones. An interview with Bob McChesney and John Nichols, authors of The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (and more and more and more and more). From Daedalus, a special issue on the future of news. From Fair, a special issue on the future of journalism: "One thing to keep in mind while worrying about the future of journalism is that its past hasn’t been all that great either". If news, as a commodity purveyed by reporters, is coming to an end, when and how did it start? How news happens: Where does the news come from in today’s changing media?


Liberal secularism and high birth rates are fuelling a revival of religious fundamentalism: An interview with Eric Kaufmann, author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (and more and more). A review of The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures by Nicholas Wade (and more). A review of Conceiving God: the Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion by David Lewis-Williams. Why belief in God is innate: Several lines of evidence suggest that belief in religion is hard-wired into the brain. A review of God's Brain by Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire. Brain surgery boosts spirituality: Lose a tumour, gain self-transcendence. What are God’s views on affirmative action, the death penalty and same-sex marriage? Whatever you want them to be. An interview with Lisa Miller, author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife (and more and more and more and more). Stanley Fish reviews An Awareness of What is Missing: Faith and Reason in a Post-secular Age by Jurgen Habermas (and more). A review of The Rage Against God: Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation by Peter Hitchens. Did world religions help bring about complex societies? Ian Buruma on why religion remains dangerous for democracy and whether we can ever get rid of religion all together (and more). From The Humanist, a review of Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment by Phil Zuckerman; an excerpt from Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg Epstein; and a review of Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided by Ronald Aronson (and more). Linda LaScola and Daniel Dennett on preachers who are not believers (and more).


Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg (Washington): How Today’s College Students Use Wikipedia for Course-related Research. Sam Martin (QUT): Publish or Perish? Re-Imagining the University Press. A new blog — UMagazinology  — is attempting to support alumni and other college and university magazines that aspire not to just be house organs, but to provide valuable journalism. An interview with Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis, editors of Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia. On Going Viral at the (Virtual) MLA: Brian Croxall's paper was a smash hit because it touched a nerve in academe. The Huffington Post presents the most unusual colleges, the coolest college courses, and the weirdest school mascots. What do you mean you’re not going to college? Sushma Subramanian goes inside a top college’s admissions room. Why would anyone protest against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia? Lots of colleges have Women's Studies departments, and some pursue Gender Studies — what about Men's Studies? The Affirmative Action Trap: Obama is weighing in on the University of Texas's affirmative action policy, but it may be politically dangerous for him to do so. A review of The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities by Nicholas Syrett. A review of God, Philosophy, Universities: a history of the Catholic philosophical tradition by Alasdair MacIntyre. A review of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education by Anne Hendershott. Distinctively Catholic: James Heft on keeping the faith in higher education. Making the case for useless degrees: Why you should ignore the grown-ups and opt for an imaginative, if not lucrative, course of study. A review of Adam Ruben's Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.


Amr Hamzawy and Marina Ottaway (CEIP): When Islamists Go into Politics. A review of Muslims in Global Politics by Mahmoud Monshipouri. A review of The Islamic Republic and the World: Global Dimensions of the Iranian Revolution by Maryam Panah. An interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im on Islam and the secular state. From The Wilson Quarterly, the Arab world today is ruled by contradiction — turmoil and stagnation prevail, as colossal wealth and hyper­modern cities collide with mass illiteracy and rage-filled imams; in this new diversity may lie disaster, or the makings of a better Arab ­future. A review of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith. A review of books on Saudi Arabia. Letter from Cairo: Standing endlessly in traffic leads to thoughts about what is right and wrong with the Arab world. Less traffic through the Suez Canal means less of everything else for Egyptians — including hope. And then Cairo turned itself inside out: As the megacity brims with informal settlements, the upper classes are leapfrogging over the urban perimeter for an escapist paradise of luxury desert property. James Dorsey on the link between governance and security in Yemen. Uncle Ali: If you liked Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf, you’ll love our latest ally, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. From The Atlantic, it’s not just Al-Qaeda, but water shortages, collapsing oil supplies, war, refugees, pirates, poverty — why Yemen is failing; and by the skin of his teeth, Dubai’s ruler opens the world’s most ambitious — and outrageous — racetrack. Mithly (gay, in Arabic) is the first openly gay Moroccan magazine. Moustafa Bayoumi on Muslims and Arabs in the American imagination. The Fourth Estate in the service of power: Assaf Kfoury on media coverage of the Middle East.


From the latest issue of Variant, Eleonora Belfiore on bullshit in cultural policy practice & research; and Femi Folorunso remembers Brian Barry. From American Scientist, Cosma Shalizi on how statisticians can reuse their data to quantify the uncertainty of complex models; and a review of First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America by David J. Meltzer. The Elegant Jeep: The marvelous "sardine tin" on wheels prospers still as one of the most influential designs in automotive history. An interview with Michael Walzer: "Not a good time for philosophy". From The Daily Beast, a look at why the Tea Party isn't touching financial reform; Tunku Varadarajan on the irrefutable moral case against Goldman (and more); and here's a primer on the Goldman Sachs scandal. Every poem an epitaph: An article on the Protestant cemetery in Rome. Everything Is Illuminated: Inexpensive, handheld Raman scanners will soon enable anyone to identify just about anything. Karen Karbo reviews A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias. A review of Social Conventions: From Language to Law by Andrei Marmor. An interview with David C. Engerman, author of Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts. Fewer Americans are getting married, yet the institution itself has only become more fascinating; Emily Gould considers some recent books on women and marriage. The Sound and the Fuhrer: What makes Hitler an Internet phenomenon? From Utne Reader, a look at what we risk by being so unfocused and how to start paying better attention; if all the world’s a stage, where should you shine your spotlight? Cassette tapes are the new vinyl: Tapes blast a sound that’s just as warm as the crackle and pop of vinyl. A review of Max Weber: A Biography by Joachim Radkau.


From Europe's World, a series on global governance. From European Journal of International Law, Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki): The Politics of International Law — 20 Years Later; Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv) and George W. Downs (NYU): National Courts, Domestic Democracy, and the Evolution of International Law; Yuval Shany (HUK): No Longer a Weak Department of Power? Reflections on the Emergence of a New International Judiciary; Bruno Simma (ICJ): Universality of International Law from the Perspective of a Practitioner; and Anne Peters (Basel): Humanity as the Alpha and Omega of Sovereignty (and responses). From Global Law Books, how rational is international law? A review of How International Law Works by Andrew T. Guzman and The Economic Structure of International Law by Joel Trachtman; a review of The Degradation of the International Legal Order? The Rehabilitation of Law and the Possibility of Politics by Bill Bowring; a review essay on NGOs in international law; and a review essay on the administration of territory by international actors. Is international law really law? An interview with Michael Scharf, author of Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis. Global Governance: What can the world learn about global governance from the diplomatic model of the European Union? A review of Ruling the World?: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance. Why we need a UN Parliament: It isn't less democracy that will allow for more effective global governance — more democracy is urgently needed. A true world order: Conrad Black on a blueprint for global progress, led by the United States. Here are sample chapters (by Philip Pettit, Joseph Raz, and more) from The Philosophy of International Law, ed. Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas.


Robert A. Delfino (St. John's): Science and the Inescapability of Metaphysics. From New Scientist, seven theories of everything: We still don't have a theory that describes the fundamental nature of the universe, but there are plenty of candidates; and is our universe just one of many? The idea divides physicists, but now one researcher has found the first hint that the multiverse really exists. Is the universe rational? The deep law that shapes our reality: Quarks to card games, traffic to economics — does the success of random matrix theory hint at a deep pattern in nature underlying all these, and more? Odds are, it's wrong: Tom Siegfried on how science fails to face the shortcomings of statistics. Dan M. Kahan (Yale), Hank Jenkins-Smith (Oklahoma), and Donald Braman (GWU): Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus. Some aspects of science defy the mind's ability to understand — what kind of meaning can we give them? "The universe is perfectly set up for life" is a terrible justification for God's existence. A review of Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion by Francisco Ayala (winner of the 2010 Templeton Prize). Michael Ruse on a scientific defense of the Templeton Foundation. Ronald Aronson on the false choice between god and science. Massimo Pigliucci examines the alleged parallels that religious scholar, Huston Smith, draws between science and religion. Pocket protectors and politics: Is (Stephen Jay Gould’s) science political? From TED, Sam Harris on how science can answer moral questions (and three responses and a reply). An interview with David Goodstein, author of On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science (and more). A review of The Making of Modern Science: Science, Technology, Medicine and Modernity: 1789-1914 by David Knight.

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