A new issue of Jewish Political Studies Review is out. A review of Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land by Shalom Goldman. A review of Anthony Julius's Trials of the Diaspora. Is Israel a normal country? From Palestine Chronicle, here are the top ten myths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first chapter from A Short History of the Jews by Michael Brenner (and more). One State/Two States: Danny Rubinstein on rethinking Israel and Palestine. An interview with Norman Finkelstein on the Israel-Palestine conflict (and part 2). Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord. Lee Smith on why Israel’s enemies will always be the darlings of Western intellectuals. Benny Morris reviews Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh. The slow death of Palestinian democracy: The cancellation of municipal elections in the West Bank marks another setback for democratic institutions — that's bad for Palestinians, and it's bad for peace. A review of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives by Gilbert Achcar. A review of Future Tense: Jews, Judiasm, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century by Jonathan Sacks. The Broken Link: James Kirchick on what peace won't fix. Arava Power Company, a pioneering solar energy firm, wants to make the Israeli desert bloom — with photovoltaic panels.


A new issue of Bidoun is out. From TAP, Obama seeks to boost demand for organic food but doesn't offer meaningful support for the people who grow it; and what would meaningful assistance for unconventional farmers look like? From Parabola, Claire Dunne on Jung's Red Book: Life after depth; and an article on death and its afterlives in the tarot. From Tehran Review, Victor Kal on theocracy and democracy: Political theological jiu jitsu to the max! From The Hedgehog Review, a special section on the phantom economy: Apart from yet interrelated to the “real economy” — the productive economy of goods and services — is another financial economy, including Robert Jackall on the Madoff affair and the casino economy, and Philip Mirowski on The Great Mortification: Economists’ responses to the crisis of 2007 (and counting). The news gets me high: David Mekelburg on books vs. addictive Internet news. One man's giant Pacific Garbage Patch is another's beautiful island nation. From n+1, an interview with Megan K. Stack, author of Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War. Carole Cadwalladr on Oliver Stone and the politics of film-making. From Scientific American, a look at 12 events that will change everything. Zip it: Paul Romer on how anti-disorder campaigns can change urban norms. A review of If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? Universiteit, markt en management by Chris Lorenz.


Nicole Rogers (SCU): Law and Liberty in a Time of Climate Change. From Reviews in History, a review of Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment by Joachim Radkau (and more); a review of An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life by J. Donald Hughes; and a review of A Cultural History of Climate by Wolfgang Behringer. New evidence shows scientific expertise is lacking among the doubters of climate change. Nina Shen Rastogi on the environmental arguments for and against nuclear energy. Is the cure (geoengineering) worse than the disease (global warming)? Climate Bill, RIP: Instead of taking the fight to big polluters, President Obama has put global warming on the back burner. If a ghastly oil spill can't convince 60 senators of the dire need for a real climate change bill, nothing will. The US has long been a leader in green technologies, but it has also long been a leader in fumbling that lead — here are five big reasons why. Heather Rogers on her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution (and more). From The Nation, a special issue on Green Energy, including Christine MacDonald on the spill's silver lining; and Christian Parenti on the Big Green Buy. A look at why going green won't make you better or save you money. More and more on Eric Pooley's The Climate War. Does a warming world really mean that more conflict is inevitable? A review of Climate Refugees.


From The Qualitative Report, Debra J. Slone (USF): Visualizing Qualitative Information; and Lilla Vicsek (Corvinus): Issues in the Analysis of Focus Groups: Generalisability, Quantifiability, Treatment of Context and Quotations. The logs of war: Do the Wikileaks documents really tell us anything new? An article on David Harvey's Urban Manifesto: Down with suburbia; down with Bloomberg's New York. Peter Jukes discusses history, life and justice with Tony Judt, master of morally charged rhetoric. Johann Hari on the enduring truth-telling of Noam Chomsky. From The Economist, a special report on debt: Borrowing has been the answer to all economic troubles in the past 25 years — now debt itself has become the problem. A review of The Uses of Pessimism: and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton (and more). The price of entry: A new proposal from Gary Becker to make a market in immigration. Fred Kaplan on the most frightening thing about our unfathomably complex intelligence bureaucracy. From The Paris Review, an interview with Ben Glenn II on the history of canned laughter. From The Washington Post, Dennis Culhane on five myths about America's homeless and David Garland on five myths about the death penalty. From Ralph, a look at some of the most beloved paradoxes. From Atlas Obscura, an article on Passetto di Borgo, the Pope’s secret escape route. Flights and fancy: G. Curtis Hoskins on how to degauss a cat.


The Church on a justice mission: On the front lines of the battle against sex trafficking and forced prostitution. When Christians get it wrong: How to repair the damage done by Christians acting unChristianly. We’ve been victims of a linguistic hijacking — words that depict religious faith at its highest ideal have been usurped by those who depict it at its lowest. Frank Cocozzelli on the politics of schism in the Catholic Church. Atheists often point out that religious faith is closed off to evidence that contradicts it — what evidence would persuade atheists that their atheism was mistaken? A review of Jesus Christ Today: The Historical Shaping of Jesus for the Twenty-First Century by Edgar McKnight. Trailer trash truths: Jason Zwiker on the problem with the prosperity gospel. How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives. The traditional Rosary will endure, just as the traditional Mass will endure, no matter how few Catholics remain devoted to it at present. Auguste Comte attempted to reconcile suspicion of religion with sympathy for its ritual by founding the secular faith of positivism, a precursor to humanism. Many successful professionals are also Mormons, which is being embraced by the elite in spite of its reputation. A review of Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert Peterson and Michael Williams. Faith and Foolishness: Religious leaders should be held accountable when their irrational ideas turn harmful.


From Rhizomes, a review of Materializing New Media: Embodiment in Information Aesthetics by Anna Munster; a review of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Thomas Lamarre; a review of The Rhetorical Nature of XML: Constructing Knowledge in Networked Environments by J. D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel; a review of Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control by Raiford Guins; a review of Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and the Experience of Social Space; a review of Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by Andre Nusselder. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, and a review of Capitalism and the Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach to Marxian Political Economy by John R. Bell; a review of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher; a review of Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy by Alain Badiou and Badiou’s Being and Event: A Reader’s Guide by Christopher Norris; and a review of Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics by Jacques Ranciere (and more). From the latest issue of The Symptom, Alain Badiou on the courage of the present and contemporary obscurantism; Slavoj Zizek on Deleuze and the Lacanian Real and the neighbor in burka; Marina Lusa on a very natural woman; Pierre-Gilles Gueguen on women and the phallus; and Eric Laurent on disparity in love.


Fleur Gabriel (Monash): Presumed Innocent: The Paradox of "Coming of Age" and the Problem of Youth Sexuality in Lolita and Thirteen. Obama, appeasement and the race baiters: It's no secret why this White House flees from racial controversy, but for his sake and ours, Obama must confront the appeals to America's worst instincts. From The Public Sphere, Breanne Fahs on lifestyle drugs and the new wave of pharmaceutical personality sculpting; and James Walker on Le Parkour: The body as politics. Mexico’s Squid Sweatshops: The squid in our stores is often processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. Will gender exist 100 years from now, or does it already not exist? The problem of illegal immigration has been left to fester for decades — it is time, nonetheless, to try to finally bring millions of men, women, and children in from the dark. What’s ours will stay that way: A look at how rich countries set intellectual property rules in secret. What happened to the NAACP? It’s odd to think that the venerable and historic National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been reduced to a talking point in the national media cycle this week. Tom Brown’s Schooldays, published in 1857, may be the most influential book about sports and games published in modern times. Elsadig Elsheikh on Haiti and the broken promises (and more on Haiti at six months after earthquake). A review of Hegel, Haiti and Universal History by Susan Buck-Morss.


Kathleen Vandenberg (BU): Twentieth Century American Advertising and the Sacred. Minutemen groups, a surge in Border Patrol agents, and a tough new immigration law aren't enough for Jason "J.T." Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi who's now leading a militia in the Arizona desert. A review of The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by Gabor Borritt. Where has all the greatness gone? Some Americans want to feel exceptional again — better not to talk about it. From International Socialist Review, a review of How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon by David Roediger; and a review of The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs by Ray Ginger. Exceptional down to the bone: James Bennett on anatomizing the origins of the American character. Tracking "go-getters" across America: Where do young workers want to live? A review of American Caesars: Lives of the US Presidents — from Franklin D Roosevelt to George W Bush by Nigel Hamilton. Peter Schrag on why strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border leads to more illegal immigration. Mark Hulliung on his book The American Liberal Tradition Reconsidered. The introduction to Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America by Mark Valeri. More on Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer. A plague on this house: Anti-immigrant sentiment is sabotaging America’s future — and it’s your fault.


The inaugural issue of Studies in Sociology of Science is out. Steven Horwitz (St. Lawrence): Fascism: Italian, German, and American. From Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Evan Selinger (RIT): Ethics and Poverty Tours; and Scott Wisor (Colorado): Is There a Moral Obligation to Limit Family Size? You grow out of candy as you grow out of childhood, then you taste it in middle age and...WHOA. When you read a book, it is a story within the story. The French call this mise-en-abim: the condition of being between two mirrors with an abyss of yous staring back. Just as Hispanics were giving up on him, Obama stood up for what he believes on Arizona and immigration — and passion is good politics. Culinary Resolution: TAP talks to an arts group that tries to bring residents of warring nations together over dinner. What follows is just a beginning, an introduction to some of the mental pollutants, information viruses and psychic shocks we have to deal with daily — a survey of the threats to our “ecology of mind.” Think you're operating on free will? Think again. Humans have survived ice ages and deadly pandemics to become the dominant species on Earth, but can humans survive? In an austere climate for publishing, one innovation is booming: brief studies of single films or TV shows — Diane Negra considers the commercial and scholarly implications. A look at 5 bizarre real life gangs that put The Warriors to shame. Vetting the Regulators: Regulatory appointees deserve the same scrutiny and public attention as Supreme Court justices. The reactionary: A review of Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers by Arundhati Roy.


A new issue of Sexual Intelligence is out. A review of Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex by Anne Coyle and Ellen Rakieten. Want to have sex with your favorite porn star? "Teledildonics" could make it happen. A look at how Christian moralizing drives kids to dangerous sex. Why monogamy goes against our nature: An interview with Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, authors of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (and more and more and a one two three four-part "Sex FAQ"). An interview with Jacob M. Held on his innovative philosophy class on porn. An interview with Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Trading sex for money, drugs, survival: What it's like to be a street prostitute (and part 2). Sex, American Style: How US conservatives turned global family planning into a political football. From Zenit, an interview with Peter Kleponis on what to do about pornography (and part 2). Laura Kipnis reviews Screening Sex by Linda Williams. Slave Master: Donald Hilton on how pornography drugs and changes your brain. From Der Spiegel, an article on the sexual revolution and children: How the Left took things too far. An article on everything you wanted to know about condoms*. A review of Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex by Hephzibah Anderson.

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