From the Yale Journal of International Affairs, a special issue on development. From New Left Review, Jan Breman on the myth of the global safety net. Michael Schuman on the “middle-income trap”, where a developing nation gets “trapped” when it reaches a certain, relatively comfortable level of income but can't seem to take that next big jump into the true big leagues of the world economy. Is state capitalism really a scheme to paralyze free-market democracies, as some prominent analysts argue? Dani Rodrik on the myth of authoritarian growth. How we've oversold the rule of law: Here are some of the overblown assumptions we’ve made about the rule of law and economic growth. A review of The Bottom Billion and War, Guns and Votes by Paul Collier. Focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism: An interview with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. A review of The Developing World and State Education: Neoliberal Depredation and Egalitarian Alternatives. A global graveyard for dead computers in Ghana: The unexpected consequences of shipping computers to the developing world. A wealth of data: A useful new way to capture the many aspects of poverty. From SSIR, an interview with Jeffrey Sachs on global poverty and sustainable development. Free money: Here’s an idea for foreign aid — just hand over the cash. A review of Famine and Foreigners by Peter Gill. How to feed the world: The emerging conventional wisdom about world farming is gloomy — there is an alternative in Brazil (and more). From Slate, is food aid culturally specific? The Peanut Solution: An easy-to-produce paste may help cure malnourishment around the world — but who owns the recipe?


From UNISCI Discussion Papers, a special issue on Turkey. Kate Lockwood Harris (UNC): The Communicative Criterion: Establishing a New Standard for Non-Violent Sexual Encounters by Reframing Consent. From Studies in Literature and Language, Safi Mahmoud Mahfouz (UNRWA): Tragic Passion, Romantic Eloquence, and Betrayal in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms; and Asim Karim (Goaml): Eugene O’Neill’s Concern with Sexuality and the Behavioral Disorders. From THES, how bad is mainstream science reporting? Zoe Corbyn investigates the issues and considers whether a paradigm shift is needed. Calvin Coolidge’s maxim that the business of the American people is business holds true in sports from the high school level to the NFL, but does the structure of professional leagues undermine the American capitalist ideal? From The American Interest, Ukraine after the Revolution: Viktor Yanukovych is neither a devil nor an angel — he is the democratically elected President of Ukraine, and on that basis the West ought to help him succeed (and more); and sanctions don’t always fail, but it takes a rare confluence of factors for them to work — case in point, Belarus. From Wired UK, a look at how Asimov’s robot laws ended up on Last.fm’s server. An interview with Sherri Goodman, former deputy undersecretary of defense in environmental security, on the military's concern with climate change. The first chapter from Philosophy of Language by Scott Soames. Conversations With Literary Websites: An interview with Daniel Pritchard, founder of The Critical Flame. A review of Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians by David Biale. Stephanie Mencimer on Rick Santorum's Anal Sex Problem: Why Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum can't beat his Google troubles.


From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Gender, Sexuality and Surveillance. From the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, a special issue on women and men. After she was raped in the Navy, Maricela Guzman survived an abusive marriage, PTSD, and an attempted suicide — now she’s fighting to make sure it won’t happen to other women. A review of Is There Anything Good About Men?: How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men by Roy F. Baumeister (and more). Are we facing a genderless future? A small but growing number of people are rejecting being labeled male or female. Ann Friedman reviews The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance and Democracy’s Future by Carol Gilligan and David A. J. Richards. Boys Don't Cry: Why developing an inner life is essential to healing men from the explosive violence bottled up within (and more). The Mother of All Grizzlies: Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows how feminism is done — again. Superhero or Slacker: Recent scholarship and popular journalism both suggest an unappealing future for American boys — you’re screwed. Caspar Milquetoast and the Alpha Female: It's an embarrassing time to be macho. A new study examines the relationships among individuals’ acceptance of rape myths, their negative attitudes toward rape victims, and their general intergroup dominance and sex-based oppression. A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (and more). Michael Thomsen on the romantic needs of the North American male: There’s something about 18 year-olds. A review of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson.


From Himal Southasian, a special issue on children's literature. John D. McIntyre (UPEI): Wandering Rocks: Island Politics in the Offshore Locales of James Joyce. From World History Connected, Craig Benjamin (GVSU): The Carthaginian Invasion of Europe: Polybius, Diodorus, and the Origins of Universal History; and Craig A. Lockard (Wisconsin): "Get Up, Stand Up": Bob Marley, Victor Jara, Fela Kuti, and Political Popular Music. From Lawrence & Wishart, you can download Labour's Future; download Left Out: Alternative Policies for a Left Opposition Today by Doug Bain, Peter Lawrence, Andy Pearmain, Michael Prior, Willie Thompson; download The Future of Social Democracy by Jon Cruddas; and download Radical Future: Politics for the Next Generation. From Thoughtland: Big Ideas from a Small Nation, Pat Kane on the green, playful and post-consumerist case for the Scottish 30 hour week. It is a geographical accident, a Western construct, but what a huge chunk of Asia does have in common is a joint adventure, namely the pursuit of materialism based on rapid economic development. A review of The Litigation State: Public Regulation and Private Lawsuits in the United States by Sean Farhang. Berry College has the world's largest college campus and includes a wildlife sanctuary and a former movie set on more than 28,000 acres. The Hired Guns: When leaders of rogue nations hire Washington lobbyists, opposition voices get crowded out. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. A review of The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Fidel Castro (and part 2).


A new issue of the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence is out. Efrat Shuster (Penn): The Political Philosophy of the Internet: From Locke’s State of Nature to His Social Contract. Kay Lehman Schlozman (BC), Sidney Verba (Harvard), and Henry E. Brady (UC-Berkeley): Weapon of the Strong? Participatory Inequality and the Internet. Elad Segev (HUJ): Mapping the International: Global and Local Salience and News-Links Between Countries in Popular News Sites Worldwide. The web's new walls: How the threats to the internet’s openness can be averted. Manipulation of the crowd: How trustworthy are online ratings? An interview with Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger. What "Platonic" means online: Craigslist, the online classified-ad emporium that now attracts more than 20 billion page views every month, promotes transactional relationships. Farhad Manjoo on how the listserv, one of the Internet's earliest innovations, is still one of its best. Linkrights and Wrongs: Web sites that aggregate content should share profit with the sites that generate that content. A review of The Yahoo Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World (and more and more). In some corners of the web, pirates serve as curators of high culture. The internet has been a great unifier of people, companies and online networks — powerful forces are threatening to balkanise it. The Internet has not proven itself to be some surefire weapon against tyranny or injustice or bad taste, but the same can be said for the written word and everything else. The Web is dead? Evolution, not extinction, has always been the primary rule of media ecology, even if the rate of change is speeding up. For Ben Huh and his Cheezburger Network, Internet success rolls in on little cat feet.

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