Jerome L. McElroy (Saint Mary’s): Island Demography: A Review of Selected Caribbean Contributions. From Music and Politics, Jocelyne Guilbault (UC-Berkeley): The Question of Multiculturalism in the Arts in the Postcolonial Nation-State of Trinidad and Tobago. From Small Axe, a review of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions by Jane G. Landers; and who lacks an ethical code? A review of The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti by Kate Ramsey. A review of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois. The earthquake in Haiti proved so devastating partly because the country’s development model had failed so completely — now those funding the reconstruction of the country are pursuing the same disastrous path. A review of The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies by Matthew Parker. Caribbean's high crime rate is hindering development, report says. Can Caribbean regional integration facilitate economic growth? One of the world’s largest oil refineries will close, stunning nearly 2,000 workers and threatening to upend the reeling economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico has long flirted with the idea of becoming the 51st state — this year voters will once again have their choice at the ballot box.
From the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Igor Berkhin (IDC) and Glenn Hartelius (ITP): Why Altered States Are Not Enough: A Perspective from Buddhism; and a special section on ecopsychology. Kodak changed the way we see, share, and remember the world — then the world itself changed. A review of Contesting Democracy by Jan-Werner Muller and How to Change the World by Eric Hobsbawm. Somehow, earlier this year, a philosopher managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain; perhaps more surprising was the philosopher in question: Bernard-Henri Levy. This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. The big debate over the oldest life on Earth: One researcher says he has the oldest fossils ever found; another says that's just mangled, pressure-cooked rock. "Yo, is this racist?" Andrew Ti’s Tumblr has your (hilarious) answer. How I became a troll: John Emerson explains why he's such a horrible person.
The inaugural issue of the Journal for Occupied Studies is out. From International Socialism, Megan Trudell on the Occupy movement and class politics in the US. Participants in OWS talk about what’s inspired them about the protests — and what they hope for the movement’s future. Vanity Fair’s oral history of OWS shows how the spark was lit in Zuccotti Park as a disparate, passionate mix of activists, celebrities, and accidental protesters changed the national conversation. C. Wright Mills would have loved OWS. How to make Occupy catch on: To build a fairer economy, we need to reclaim time-tested progressive narratives. Is a politically ambitious New York lawyer trying to turn #OWS into the Tea Party Express? You’d expect the RCP/LM to be instinctively against OWS, as the sect is pro-corporate, pro-capitalism, viscerally anti-Left, but most important of all always takes contrarian positions; however, the virulence of its loathing of the Occupy movement is extraordinary even by sect standards. The Occupy movement may be in retreat, but its ideas are advancing. What happened to Occupy Wall Street? The anti-corporate movement may be out of the headlines, but it's keeping itself busy (and more).