From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on climate ethics, including Holly Wilson (ULS): Divine Sovereignty and the Global Climate Change Debate; Ruth Irwin (AUT): Climate Change and Heidegger's Philosophy of Science; Bellarmine Nneji (SWS): Eco-Responsibility: The Cogency for Environmental Ethics in Africa; Philip Cafaro (CSU): Economic Growth or the Flourishing of Life: The Ethical Choice Climate Change Puts to Humanity; and Casey Rentmeester (USF): A Kantian Look at Climate Change. 350 Degrees of Inseparability: The good news about the very bad news (about climate change). Should geoengineering tests be governed by the principles of medical ethics? From FDL, a book salon on Bill McKibben's Eaarth. Climate science's chinese whispers: The books that separate global warming fact from fiction. An interview with David Shukman on books on environmental change. Lance Newman suggests ecocriticism shares a problematic assumption with "green" capitalism: the idea "a livable future will result from billions of individual ethical decisions". Emerging technologies may be able to help, but understanding the full consequences of what we are doing — especially if large-scale efforts at geoengineering are undertaken — will be extraordinarily challenging. Skeptics cite 700 “scientists” who doubt global warming, except few are climatologists — they’re conducting the greatest disinformation campaign in history. Earth 2300, too hot for humans: Most climate models we hear about only predict temperature rise by 2100 — when you look further ahead things get very worrying. The crisis comes ashore: Al Gore on why the oil spill could change everything. Going back to our roots: The green movement needs to revisit its fundamental principles; including (and especially) "Small is beautiful".


From L'Espace Politique, Nancy Ettlinger (OSU): On the Spatiality of Segregation and the Governance of Change; and Ronan Paddison (Glasgow): Some reflections on the limitations to public participation in the post-political city. Whatever happened to N.W.A's Posse? The Eazy-E True Hollywood (or True Compton) Stories behind the legendary L.A. hip-hop cover. The world's top dissidents: Here's a small sample of the thousands of brave men and women leading the global fight for freedom and democracy. Gentleman thrillseeker: How Wilfred Thesiger blazed a trail across Africa and Arabia. From LRB, Jenny Diski reviews The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power by Melanie Phillips. An article on using laser to map ancient civilizations in a matter of days. Sara Eckel reviews The Privileges by Jonathan Dee. From On the Human, can computer models help us to understand human creativity? Margaret Boden investigates. The little pill that could cure alcoholism: When an alcoholic doctor began experimenting with Baclofen, he made what could be the medical breakthrough of the century. The magic cure: Startled by the power of placebos, doctors consider how to use them as real treatment. Monks with guns: Buddhists aren’t immune to anger, fear, or violence. From Moment, Howard Reich on the life and times of Skokie. Sex scandals, rows and mavericks: Is it time to regulate psychotherapy? D.C.'s New Groove: Maybe it's the shift of power from Manhattan, maybe it's a new optimism, but the city inside the Beltway has jettisoned its staid image for a wholesale revival of wide swaths of the cityscape. A review of On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work by Scott Huler.


Tea Minus Zero: John Judis on how the Tea Party menace will not go quietly (and more). The First Enabler: A review of Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush (and more). Chris Hedges on why the enlightened liberal class is complicit in the country's downward spiral. Who are the Jews behind Palin in 2012? From The New Yorker, Rebecca Mead on Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster. Donna Brazile on why we should get rid of pundits. William Galston and Thomas Mann on the GOP's grass-roots obstructionists. Rove rides again: Bush's former strategist is secretly seizing control of the GOP — and amassing $135 million to destroy the Democrats. Martin Jay on his book The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics. Spin at all costs: Jonathan Chait on the pernicious comedy of Frank Luntz. How the GOP gets away with it: It's pretty simple — they repeat the same thing over and over until everyone gets tired of correcting them. Bubble think: William Saletan on how to escape a partisan echo chamber. Jim Hightower on "populism", the most abused noun in the English language. Comeback Conservatism: Ben Stein reviews After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Jon Stewart on how "the American people" is a meaningless phrase that should be struck from public utterance. John Graham on his book Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks. Anis Shivani on Obama the Visionless: Flogging the Four Horsemen of the Bureaucracy. Ricochet.com, a "fun" and "light-hearted" new website, is trying to repackage the Right for the age of Twitter — will it catch on? My Country, Tis of Me: Michael Kinsley on how there’s nothing patriotic about the Tea Party Patriots. A review of Jason Mattera's Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed my Generation.


From The Texas Observer, police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison; then he flipped the game on them. From Vice, an interview with Glenn Danzig. A look at 5 pop culture classics created out of laziness. Hopeless with numbers: Lots of people are bad at maths, and some even wear their innumeracy as a badge of pride — William Leith believes we can improve our attitude. As their infinite variety of meaning and effect suggests, epigraphs are about more than just literary adornment. In Britain, they're traditionally about as artistically inspiring as Mo Mowlam's forehead; in Japan, hundreds of manhole covers serve as works of art, despite their benign function. An interview with Jason Vuic, author of Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History (and more and more and more and more and more). From World Hum, a look at the 10 worst national cuisines. "She does a better job than Map Quest!": Wonderful hand-drawn maps from firefighters, club-hoppers, Boy Scout dads, grandmothers, and Alexander Calder. On Wheels: James Guida on the art of skateboarding. The Luckiest Photographer on Earth: For 38 years, Walter Iooss has photographed the world’s most beautiful women — from Cheryl Tiegs to Kathy Ireland, to Petra Nemcova — in exotic waterside locales for Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. Michael Miller reviews The Ticking Is the Bomb by Nick Flynn. From TED, Nicholas Christakis on the hidden influence of social networks. An interview with Tara Parker-Pope, author of For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage. Wired UK goes behind the scenes with the men who deploy airstrikes. An interview with David Harvey on gentrification in Baltimore and Barcelona. Stanley Fish reviews The Living Constitution by David A. Strauss.


From EnlightenNext, a special issue on the evolving faces of God, including Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber on why having a relationship to a transcendent God is the only way to bring the postmodern ego to its knees; and Andrew Cohen and Genpo Merzel on the dynamics of spiritual transformation. Trailer Trash Truths: Jason A. Zwiker on the problem with the prosperity gospel. An interview with Fred M. Donner, author of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam. A review of The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion by Jay R. Feierman. A review essay on books by Christian scholars on the “new atheism”. From Crosswalk, an interview with Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like; and choosing a Bible translation: How did the King James Version get dethroned, and which translation is best today? The first chapter from Mythology for Dummies. Did you hear about the scandal in the Catholic Church? The one from 904, and 955, and 1032? Kenan Malik on how to become a real Muslim: The fear of causing offence has helped undermine progressive trends in Islam and strengthened the hand of religious bigots. A review of The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. From Forward, Jay Michaelson on what religious arguments are really about. A review of Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology by David H. Kelsey. Bigotry and homelessness: How can a secular utilitarian deal with Christians who are socially conservative but socially activist? A review of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community by Jesse Rice. Paul Sims speaks to Marc Headley, the Scientology escapee now revealing what life is really like on the inside. Reading and unreading the Gospels: More and more on Christianity by Diarmaid MacCulloch.


Scott G. Frickenstein (USAF): The Resurgence of Russian Interests in Central Asia. From Gottingen Journal of International Law, a special issue on Russia and international law, from the North Pole to the Caucasus. From EJSS, Scott Nicholas Romaniuk (Carleton) and Joshua Kenneth Wasylciw (Calgary): Russia’s Authoritarianism in Strategic Perspective; and Помаранчева революція: The Disintegration of Ukrainian Political Identity. From History Today, three hundred years ago, Russia emerged as a major power after a clash of armies in the Ukraine — Peter the Great’s victory had repercussions that last to this day. Is Russia doomed to be always the part of the European jigsaw that doesn't fit or, to put it another way, to what extent is Russia part of Europe? Russia's new diplomatic strategy is cheap and counterproductive, but playing the pest is the only way for Moscow to claim relevance. Russia’s attempts to reassert influence over its neighbours are understandable and inevitable; such behaviour is hardly unique among former empires, including our own. From World Politics Review, a look at why Russia still matters in the Asian Century. An interview with Andrei Maylunas on books on pre-revolutionary Russia. A hidden history of evil: Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? An interview with Lyubov Vinogradova on books from the KGB archives. Even before the first effects of glasnost kicked in, Soviet artists influenced by pop art but driven underground by censorship began to show new confidence as western collectors flocked to buy their work. Russia has been accused of abandoning its literary past after it emerged that the Kremlin has no plans to mark the centenary of Tolstoy's death, and an acclaimed film of "Anna Karenina" has failed to find distributors.


From Griffith Review, a special issue on Australia: Still the lucky country? From The Atlantic Monthly, private rail networks could save the housing industry, revive the economy, and help meet the booming demand for walkable neighborhoods; and a look at how new wireless technology will shape the city of the future — and automate everything from parking to engineering to traffic flow. From FT, a review essay on pirates. From Fedline, who knew hiring reform could be so exciting? From Obit, an article on Jack Bauer's final minutes: 24’s nightmare days are at an end; and HBO’s new film on Jack Kevorkian tackles a man and an issue. Race under fire: Is being white something you can learn? Robert Baird reviews Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy by Keith Waldrop. From Dark Roasted Blend, an article on flags of forgotten countries (and part 2). An interview with Gregory Currie, author of Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories. What's with conservatives' fetish for the Founding Fathers? Gabriel Winant wants to know. Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency. Mr. Bridge: The greatest player in the world — perhaps the greatest player of all time — is a seemingly unremarkable, quietly intense septuagenarian from Dallas named Bob Hamman. A review of Bradley J. Birzer’s American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll. An interview with James Galbraith: "The danger posed by the deficit is zero". Hip-hop holds African-Americans back: A review of Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams. The Eggheads Scramble: How is intellectual life shaping up in the Obama era? Scott McLemee collects evidence from the news vendor.


From TLS, a review of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro (and more and more and more and more and more). From Slate, the Shakespeare apocalypse is coming in 2011. Big ideas (don’t get any): Why Lionel Shriver doesn’t get the respect she deserves. An interview with Juan Goytisolo: "No one emerges unscathed from an encounter with Genet". A review of Burying Bones: Pearl Buck's Life in China by Hilary Spurling (and more and more and more). Mythologist of our age: Nathaniel Rich on why Ray Bradbury's stories have seeped into the culture. Why were there only 8 women on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century, and why is only 3% of the literature Americans read in translation? From LRB, Frank Kermode on Eliot and the Shudder. Jessa Crispin on Girls of Lonely Means: A poet's death sparks a meditation on fiction, longing, and solitude. Far from having writer's block, Ralph Ellison wrote an endless book to match his endless and shifting ambitions. A review of Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds by Lyndall Gordon (and more). From Evergreen Review, a review of Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde by Charles Juliet; and Marek Kedzierski remembers Barbara Bray, Samuel Beckett's long-term companion (and from Bookforum, Albert Mobilio reviews Beckett: Photographs by Francois-Marie Banier). In a new series, Intelligent Life analyses the style of a well-loved author; Tim de Lisle gets the ballpoint rolling with a close look at Philip Pullman. If you had to take one religious poet to a desert island, who would it be? A review of Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th-Century Women Writers by Lesley McDowell. A review of The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography by Robert Crawford.

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From NYRB, Peter Beinart on the failure of the American Jewish Establishment (and more). Once, headlines were meant to be clever or catchy or evocative — now they are there to get search engines to notice. The introduction to Intellectual Black Holes by Stephen Law. The Age of Political Risk: James Surowiecki on Greek debt and the most expensive “if” in history. From The Fortean Times, a look at the strange story of a dying man and a doppelganger searching for a photo; although the camera never lies it can certainly be misleading — especially when we're looking at the long history of ghosts on film; and telepathy on trial: The search for evidence of ESP. Activism v. Restraint: Jeffrey Toobin on what Obama can learn from FDR. The Gospel of Well-Educated Guessing: Sanjoy Mahajan teaches his students how to make good estimates, using both their heads and their guts. An interview with David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us. The Huffington Post recently celebrated five years in business; five CJR reporters reflect on various aspects of its legacy. Abigail Deutsch reviews The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott. From “Rogues” to “Outliers”: Can Iran and North Korea change their behavior absent a change in the character of their regimes? Someone on the Expo 2010 planning committee must have had the phrase "Axis of Evil" but in mind when it was decided that Iran and North Korea would be pavilion neighbors. From Inside Catholic, John Zmirak on how fake virtues are worse than vices. A new worm has infected millions of computers; its creators wield the most advanced encryption known to man, and have stumped the best cyber-security experts in the world — no one knows what the worm’s masters are planning to use it for, and no one knows how to stop it.


Peter Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck): Necessary Fictions: Indigenous Claims and the Humanity of Rights. Mark Moran (Queensland): The Intercultural Practice of Local Governance in an Aboriginal Settlement in Australia. From Meanjin, an article on Australian policy in indigenous affairs; Kate Grenville on the Indigenous Literacy Project, the Australian book industry’s initiative to get books into remote communities; and the return of the bones: The Ngarrindjeri still have a long road ahead before all their "old people" can be laid to rest. From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on indigenous peoples. A review of Indigenous and Popular Thinking in America by Rodolfo Kusch. From the United Nations, a report on the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples. From the Vatican's Zenit, an article on the development of indigenous peoples with culture and identity. A review of The Rediscovered Self: Indigenous Identity and Cultural Justice by Ronald Niezen. Living Maps: How new GPS technologies are being used in the Amazon to first plot and then protect Indigenous lands. An expedition conducted by FUNAI (Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Department) has confirmed the existence of a group of uncontacted Indians in Maranhao state in the eastern Amazon. Survival International has launched an international ad campaign calling for the protection of one of the last uncontacted tribes in South America. Tribal people say Avatar is real and find an ally in James Cameron (and more; Slavoj Zizek says the Dongria Kondh people in India are like the race of blue-skinned aboriginal people). If Avatar gets people to understand indigenous struggles and act on them, or allows us to demonstrate those connections for people, it will have served as useful.

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