Simon Goodman (Coventry): “It’s Not Racist to Impose Limits on Immigration”: Constructing the Boundaries of Racism in the Asylum and Immigration Debate. From Metropoles, Philip Booth (Sheffield): Community, Cooperation and Metropolitan Democracy. From New English Review, David Hamilton on social engineering through architectural change (and more on architecture and tradition) and on the neglect of English classical music. From Literary Review, England made them: A review of Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family by Jeremy Lewis (and more and more and more and more); and wake up, England: A review of What Ever Happened to Modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici (and more). A review of The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert C. Allen. Norman names such as William, Henry and Alice have been popular for 1,000 years — why did the English copy their invaders? A review of Is God Still An Englishman: How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton (and more on how the Church of England is being replaced by the Church of Everywhere and Nowhere). A review of The Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma by Pathik Pathak. Johann Hari on the slow, whiny death of British Christianity. Revisiting London: What happens when you return to a destination you once knew, only to find it unrecognizable? From The Spectator, how Jewish are the Milibands? The contradictions of identity: An interview with Gary Younge. From Alternative Right, Sean Gabb writes in defense of the British Empire. From DHA Communications, here are 20 essays exploring the future of the public and not-for-profit sectors over the next ten years. A review of Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain's Age of Reform by Charles Upchurch. A review of Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up by Marek Kohn.


Luca Malatesti (Rijeka): Moral Understanding in the Psychopath. From Skeptical Inquirer, an article on Oprah Winfrey, bright (but gullible) billionaire; and "heads I win, tails you lose": Richard Wiseman on how parapsychologists nullify null results. And justice for all: An interview with Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty. Warren Davies tries to explain statistical significance in plain English. Cracked takes a look at the 7 most horrifying museums on earth. The 20 strangest celebrity dedications: Mark Wahlberg regrets dedicating his memoir to his penis, but he isn’t the only star who needs a do-over. A review of Einstein’s Watch: Being an Unofficial Record of a Year’s Most Ownable Things by Jolyon Fenwick and Marcus Husselby. Davos for the disturbed: Notes from a gathering of far-right parties in Tokyo, with a cameo from Jean-Marie Le Pen. From 3:AM magazine, teenage hooker became a Zizek machine. In praise of losers: Sometimes life's losers are just victims of chance — so do they deserve a critical savaging? From FDL, a book club on Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group by John Atlas. Dark Roasted Blend has a round-up of unusual globes. Corals all over the world are dying as oceans warm, but the hardy reefs near a tiny island in the South Pacific may hold the clues for saving them. The introduction to Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War by Rosalyn Deutsche. From Oxonian Review, an interview with Joyce Carol Oates. Dave Jamieson, author of Mint Condition, on the 1994 crash of the baseball card industry — and the outlook for a once-cherished hobby. A review of Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness by Daniel Maier-Katkin. Buyer, be aware: What we don’t understand as consumers really could hurt us.


Andrew C. Kuchins, Thomas M. Sanderson, and David A. Gordon (CSIS): Afghanistan: Building the Missing Link in the Modern Silk Road. From the Journal of Democracy, Zalmay Khalilzad (CSIS): Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq. Whose hands, whose blood? Tom Engelhardt on killing civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bury the Graveyard: If you want to figure out a way forward for Afghanistan, fake history is not the place to start. The war is at a critical juncture — can Afghanistan be saved? When nation-building becomes cowardly escape: Americans should be outraged that shoddy infrastructure and broken promises will be our legacy in Iraq. A review of My Life with the Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeef. What if the United States had stayed focused on Afghanistan after 2001, had rebuilt it as it said it would, had ignored Iraq? This is war: How USAID workers are trained for work and danger in Afghanistan. Anyone who thinks the United States is really going to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011 needs to come to the giant air base in Bagram an hour away from Kabul. The New Lost Generation: Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. From Time, a cover story on the plight of Afghan women: A disturbing picture. Chris Bray reviews on Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country by Benjamin Tupper and Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan K. Stack (and more). Raised from the ruins: After looting in Iraq damaged invaluable antiquities, archaeologists work to restore the cradle of civilization’s cultural heritage. When it comes to communicating with local populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army often puts away the blinking and beeping devices and uses a war tactic hundreds of years old: distributing leaflets.


A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From Surveillance and Society, Keith Guzik (Bloomfield): Discrimination by Design: Data Mining in the United States’ "War on Terrorism"; and Nicholas Holm (McMaster): Watching the Paranoid: Conspiracy Theorizing Surveillance. Fortune profiles Sal Khan, Bill Gates' favorite teacher. Life's Work: William James refused to reduce life or cancel possibility (and he didn't like Henry's writing). Terra Infirma: Daniel Engber on the rise and fall of quicksand. Nostalgia can conceal or justify thoughtlessness, which according to Hannah Arendt is the banality that is Evil — and that is the magic that is Glenn Beck. Surrendering to Tomorrow: Once, the e-book reader was a futuristic fantasy — Scott McLemee faces the ambivalence of living it out. A review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (and more and more). Something out of nothing: A look at the sitcom post-Seinfeld. The Charitable-Giving Divide: Why giving the rich a break doesn’t necessarily do anything for the poor. From FT, a review of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok (and more); and the seven secrets of a happy life: New research in psychology and economics reveals surprising discoveries about contentment. Are you being served? James Surowiecki on the crisis in customer care. Every reader a reviewer: Barbara Hoffert on the online book conversation. Whore or gore: Does the Motion Picture Association of America, the self-described “family organization” responsible for movie ratings, favor violence over sex? Martin Wolf on how Obama was too cautious in fearful times. NYC's Golden Gossip Era Fades: Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble — rattled tattletales tell all.


From America, Luke Timothy Johnson on the Jesus controversy: Jesus is best learned not as a result of an individual’s scholarly quest that is published in a book, but as a continuing process of personal transformation within a community of disciples (and two responses). From Inside Catholic, Jeffrey Tucker on why Catholics don't understand economics. St. Peter and the Minarets: The Catholic Church is under assault — a secularizing West, the encroachment of Islam into Europe, and the sexual-abuse scandal all threaten the Vatican's ability to influence the masses. A review of This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Predator Preacher and His Gang by Christa Brown. A review of The Hermeneutics of Doctrine by Anthony C. Thiselton. A review of Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation by J. Nelson Kraybill. From Ars Disputandi, a review of The Meaning of the West: An Apologia for Secular Christianity by Don Cupitt. From New English Review, Nicolai Sennels on Muslims and Westerners: The psychological differences; and Hugh Fitzgerald on twenty-five (out of one hundred) things we all should know about Islam. A look at how "sharia" is a much more abstract concept than ideologues — whether Mideast Islamists or Newt Gingrich — suggest. A review of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold (and more and more and more and more and more and more). A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred M. Donner. When Islam abandoned reason: An interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis (and more). A review of The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism by Tariq Ramadan (and more and more and more).

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