From Hispanic Issues, a special issue on Human Rights in Latin American and Iberian Cultures; and a special issue on Human Rights and Latin American Cultural Studies. Wiki constitutionalism: Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez on the strange phenomenon that's destroying Latin America. A review of Public Policies for Human Development: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America. Is declining Latin American inequality a result of market forces or state action? From Swans, Michael Barker on imperialism and the Washington Office on Latin America. Ten years ago Panama took possession of the canal that bears its name — it has high hopes for an expansion of the waterway. Ending the endless war: Will Colombia’s democracy survive the violence? The maths of a green revolution: Antanas Mockus is in many ways the opposite of Alvaro Uribe, the popular outgoing president — so why are the polls saying the upstart might replace him? (and more and more and more) Bolivians can't decide what to do with Cerro Rico: Miners, tourist oerpators and conservationists have different views about how to treat an iconic mountain. A review of Andes by Michael Jacobs. A look at how a booming economy and government programs help Brazil expand its middle class. Immanuel Wallerstein on the ancient dilemma of the Brazilian left: how to be both popular and on the left. An article on Brazil after Lula: left vs left. Is Rio de Janeiro ready for the Olympics? Latin American Gays: Javier Corrales on the post-Left Leftists. You're so cool!: Gabriella Hakansson on hardboiled masculinity in Laura Restrepo's Leopardo al Sol. The novelists and the dictators: Left-wing strongmen in Latin America don't inspire the same larger-than-life treatment in novels that their military counterparts did — why?


From Southern Spaces, Mark Auslander (Brandeis): The Other Side of Paradise: Glimpsing Slavery in the University's Utopian Landscapes; and Jennifer Ritterhouse (GMU): Dixie Destinations: Rereading Jonathan Daniels' A Southerner Discovers the South. Anis Shivani on why America suffers from one catastrophe after another and why it will keep happening. Geoffrey O'Brien reviews Selected Prose by Heinrich von Kleist. From Writ, Michael Dorf on the Supreme Court's decision about sexually dangerous federal prisoners: Could it hold the key to the constitutionality of the individual mandate to buy health insurance? The reason you can't give regulators (of Wall Street or Big Oil) too much "discretion" is that they'll always be outsmarted by the private sector — that's why standards have to be spelled out in the law. A review of Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan. More than any other word, perhaps, helpless is the one best for describing exactly how what's happening in the Gulf renders people. In the thrall of the Billionaire Boys Club: It has the potential to become Barack Obama’s Vietnam; not the Gulf oil spill, serious though that is, but the system of public education. Aliens Like Us: Anthropologist Scott Littleton believes the truth is out there, somewhere. Etiquette for schmucks, schlemiels, schlimazels and schmendriks: What, in the way the word is used, makes a schmuck a schmuck? From The L Magazine, Jonny Diamond on what we talk about when we talk about hipsters. Just how fashionably detached do you need to be? It’s a rule that the more aloof one is toward popular culture, the more noble and/or interesting one’s life pursuits must be. Sara Libby on the media’s ongoing war on single black women. Afghan War is now the longest war in U.S. history.


From Armed Forces Journal, a special issue on cyberwar. From the latest issue of Air & Space Power Journal, Adam B. Lowther (AFRI): Should the United States Maintain the Nuclear Triad? From Parameters, Bart Schuurman (Utrecht): Clausewitz and the "New Wars" Scholars; and a special section on Counterinsurgency and Beyond. Raphael Cohen (Georgetown): War Games: Civil-Military Relations, c. 2030. Thomas R. Mccabe (DoD): The Strategic Failures of al Qaeda. From the Center of American Progress, a special report: "The Iraq War Ledger: A Tabulation of the Human, Financial, and Strategic Costs". In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles, and now, less than a decade later, we have 7000 robots overseas in the air alone; the U.S. dominates the robot war room, for now. Is the age of robotic warfare upon us? P.W. Singer and Brad Allenby argue that it is — Fred Kaplan raises a skeptical eyebrow. Increasing military interest in the body cancels the transgressive potential of the cyborg; where humans become the weakest link in contemporary warfare, the cyborg represents a desire for total masculinist control and domination. Can "Terminators" actually be our salvation? An interview with Peter Asaro, author of “How Just Could a Robot War Be?” Seth Hettena reviews Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P. W. Singer (and more). Double-hatting around the law: P.W. Singer on the problem with morphing warrior, spy and civilian roles. What good soldiers bear: Nancy Sherman on an exploration of the invisible wounds of war. Putting the Pentagon on a Diet: Will bad times and a bad economy finally discipline the Pentagon? Meet Mickey Weinstein, the man who's trying to purge evangelical Christianity from the Pentagon.


The inaugural issue of Quotidian: Dutch Journal for the Study of Everyday Life is out. The next drilling disaster: Unregulated natural gas drilling could wreak havoc on the environment and human health. The best post-9/11 novel: An interview with Teddy Wayne, author of Kapitoil. When your publisher won’t pay you for translating a popular German guide to anal sex, don’t take the law into your own hands, take ‘em to court — but which one? From the oil spill to the financial crisis: Richard Posner on why we don't plan for the worst. Adam Kirsch reviews Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. From The Chronicle, Paul Bloom on the pleasures of imagination: From an early age, we know the difference between reality and make-believe, but that doesn't stop us from retreating to fantasy throughout our lives; and Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris on the trouble with intuition: There are times to go with your gut, but there are other times when that will lead you astray (and a review of The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us). Sit down and watch the movie: Theater popcorn may not be cheap, but it's actually a good deal for everyone. We should all aspire to become “good-enough activists,” remembering that though some of our actions will fail, and some will be flawed, our contributions matter all the more because we’ve proceeded despite our uncertainties and doubts. How congressional Republicans are beating Democrats on the Internets. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus: In the late 1950s, three men who identified as the Son of God were forced to live together in a mental hospital — what happened? The New Yorker's "Summer Fiction" Issue features twenty young writers who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.


A new issue of OnEarth is out. From Green Left Weekly, an article on climate debt and why we’re not all in this together. The philosophy of saving the world: Top scientists, authors, and activists debate what can be done about global warming. Philosophy on the edge: The current climate crisis demands that we make a novel conceptual leap and begin thinking about human equality in terms of energy and resource consumption. More on geoengineering, "a bad idea whose time has come" (and more). A review of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order by Thomas Princen. Timothy Morton on his book The Ecological Thought. The Buzz: What bees tell us about global climate change. A review of Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton. A plague of people: The resources we spend trying to save endangered species would be better spent trying to limit human population growth, argues Roger Short. A look at why population control is the key to saving the planet. From The American Scholar, Robert B. Laughlin on What the Earth Knows: Understanding the concept of geologic time and some basic science can give a new perspective on climate change and the energy future. How ideological fervor and scientific dishonesty raised the "skeptics" from the dead: A review of Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway and The Climate War by Eric Pooley. Do celebrities help or hinder environmental causes? A review of Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism by Paul Wapner. A review of Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution by Heather Rogers. An interview with Gregory Unruh on the gospel of responsible, green management. More on Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Discipline.

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