A new issue of Romanian Journal of European Affairs is out. Alec Stone Sweet (Yale): The European Court of Justice and the Judicialization of EU Governance. Giuditta Caliendo (Naples) and Elena Magistro (London): The Human Face of the European Union: A Critical Study. From the Journal of Political Ideologies, Jan-Werner Mueller (Princeton): The Triumph of What (If Anything)? Rethinking Political Ideologies and Political Institutions in Twentieth-Century Europe. The first chapter from European History for Dummies by Sean Lang. Heavenly messages from the depths of prehistory may be encoded on the walls of caves throughout Europe. A review of Making Europe: The Global Origins of the Old World. From Renewal, Gerassimos Moschonas on the EU and the identity of social democracy. Europe's butterfly effect: Focusing on the finer issues could help Europe to colour the bigger picture. A review of The Birth of Classical Europe by Simon Price and Peter Thonemann. Only months after the euro zone seemed on the verge of collapsing, Europe aims to put its debt crisis behind it. From Dissent, Yascha Mounk on Europe's Disoriented Right. Euro-paralysis is an illusion: In the midst of the crisis, Europeans did not hesitate to act and to embrace reform — there is no shortage of evidence of swift and decisive action. Europe gets it right: The continent's surprising comeback. How Europe was saved: The work of historian Tony Judt pays heed to the power of words. A review of A Community of Europeans? Transnational Identities and Public Spheres by Thomas Risse. The case of Turkey is compelling because it reflects a larger theme: What makes a bloc like the European Union thrive, or even function effectively?


Danijel Sinani (Belgrade): Flying but Unidentified! A Brief Introduction to UFO Phenomena. From Anthrocom, Michele F. Fontefrancesco (Durham): Between Community and the Other: Notes of Cultural Anthropology. Cults of an Unwitting Oracle: Dennis Quinn on the (unintended) religious legacy of H. P. Lovecraft. An interview with Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine. Paul Johnson has been an indispensable commentator on our times — let’s hope Brief Lives will not be his last words on the subject. From The Believer, an interview with Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Sanitation and author of Picking Up. Johann Hari on how the only thing the drug gangs and cartels fear is legalization. Everybody's Neighbour: Stupidity and the fatigue of language were bitter enemies of the writer, journalist, poet, playwright and satirist Karl Kraus. A review of Consciousness: The Science of Subjectivity by Antti Revonsuo. If it has invented more new words than any other show on television, why hasn't the Futurama language caught on? From Dissent, Leo Casey on the corporate “race to the bottom” and the blindspots of power elite liberalism. Battleground Cyberspace: A stealthy flash drive attack emphasizes that hackers are toying with cyber warfare between sovereign states. A review of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (And Finding New Ways To Get Through The Summer) by Stan Cox. Fan Culture: Time to get a life or an overlooked opportunity to educate? An interview with Jennifer McKnight Trontz, author of Home Economics: Vintage Advice and Practical Science for the 21st-Century Household.


From AJR, as traditional news organizations shed state government reporters, a wide array of innovative startups is rising to fill the gap; and many news outlets are doing far less accountability reporting than in the past, bad news indeed for the public — new nonprofit investigative ventures have emerged, but they can’t pick up the slack by themselves. Who's a journalist, and does that matter?: What should we call the people who are creating valuable new information in the new-media ecosystem? As fewer and fewer people use portals to access the Internet, AOL and Yahoo! are hiring journalists and posting their own material in an effort to bolster Web traffic. What's the future of journalism? Loren Ghiglione believes he might have found some answers in an unlikely place — science fiction. A review of Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post — A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life by Dave Kindred. Newspaper's last gasp: Conrad Black on the future of old media. The Substance of Things: What the country needs now is journalism that explains policy. The Peril and Promise of the Semantic Web: What is the role of the journalist as computers become more adept at pulling together data from different sources? Behind the News: An interview with New York Times reporter Michael Powell. From the Ryerson Review of Journalism, Google hasn't made newspaper research librarians redundant — in fact, they're as busy as ever, even if they rarely receive the recognition they deserve; Jessica Lewis on the art of the ambush; and are local journalists and fixers in hot spots cut loose by our news media? A review of Missing: Half the Story: Journalism as if Gender Matters by Kalpana Sharma. Sworn Out: How vulgar can you be?


From Vice, an interview with William Gibson. C. W. Anderson on Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus. Every time a wrestler dresses for a match and every time he dances in victory, they honor the achievements of Khutulun, the greatest female wrestler in Mongolian history. Last year it was the staycation, this year it's the digital fast: "How I unplugged" is the new "what I did on my summer vacation". The War's End: The Obama administration's policy of disengagement has succeeded as spectacularly as the Bush administration's policy of invasion failed. The Vanity Fair 100: Many of the moguls on V.F.’s annual list of the 100 most influential have rebounded from a disastrous 2009, but the hoodie-and mock-turtleneck-wearing top two never even slowed down. Ron Rosenbaum on why killing "criminals" with drones is a war crime. Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond: How a London paper listened in on the private voice mail messages of the rich and famous. You say recession, I say depression: Why the difference between those two words is so important to the future of our economy. Nicholas Negroponte on how books are better without pages: The paper book is dead — long live the narrative. The rest of the world can see Aljazeera — why can't you? Adam Phillips on the happiness myth: We all want to be happy, we want our children to be happy, and there are countless books advising us how to achieve happiness — but is this really what we should be aiming for? Inside the Great Reptilian Conspiracy, from Queen Elizabeth to Barack Obama: A look at one of the more fascinating alternate universes of belief. For Ralph Miliband governments could never tame capitalism; New Labour thought otherwise, and then came the financial crisis — but what will David or Ed do if they gain the leadership?


Rusi Jaspal (London) and Adrian Coyle (Surrey): Language
 and
 Perceptions
 of Identity Threat. As English spreads, Indonesians fear for their language (and a response). English still straddles the globe, but triumphant talk of a world language is still babble. Cantonese cultural warriors fight back: How do you stop 50 million people from speaking in their native dialect? Because of the visual complexity of Arabic orthography, the brain's right hemisphere is not involved in decoding the text in the first stages of learning to read. Elias Muhanna on why the death of Arabic is greatly exaggerated. Why we need Akkadian: A review of An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew: Etymological-Semantic and Idiomatic Equivalents With Supplements on Biblical Aramaic by Hayim ben Yosef Tawil. The "revival" of Yiddish is over — let’s talk continuity (and more and more). Linguist Stephen Pax Leonard is on mission to save Inughuit, an Inuit "fossil language" disappearing with the ice (and more). In Alaska, a Frenchman fights to revive the Eyak's dead tongue. From Himal Southasia, the "ideal Sinhalese": Sinhala-language literature remains in a crippling relationship with nationalism; and Syed Yusuf Hasan, a renowned Urdu-language scholar, finally gets his due in Bangladesh. The Internet is changing the way many people learn languages — books, tapes and CDs are being replaced by e-mail, video chats and social networks. Notes on the back of a 400-year-old letter have revealed a previously unknown language once spoken by indigenous peoples of northern Peru.  A review of German: Biography of a Language by Ruth H. Sanders. A review of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler. More and more and more and more on Globish by Robert McCrum.

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