From India’s Hardnews, it’s time for the Indus Valley to re-adopt its Persian socio-religious legacy; and why are we becoming so intolerant? The collective willingness to ban and burn books, intimidate authors, denounce this slight to that icon’s honour, is part of a creeping culture of political exchange in which public authority is all too ready to be coercive towards those it finds politically inconvenient (and more). The enigma of Bhutan: Two decades ago, nearly one-sixth of the population was forcibly expelled — how did King Wangchuck escape any real censure? How the surging popularity of “Himalayan Viagra” is causing murder and violence in Nepal. Three years after a debilitating civil war in Sri Lanka, people continue to disappear. From Bangladesh's Forum, Kazi Ataul-al-Osman on the politics of religion and distortion of ideologies; and Ziauddin Choudhury on the politics of intolerance and our future. From Naked Punch, Peter Tatchell on Pakistan’s neo-colonial rule in Balochistan. Dangerous place: Pakistan’s remote and poorly understood tribal region has emerged as key to the future of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. How to leave Afghanistan: America can’t let India dictate South Asia’s map.
A new issue of the New Criterion is out, including an essay by Henry Kissinger on Burkean conservatism and the limits of universalism. Mystical anarchism: Simon Critchley on invisibility, opacity, resonance. Roger Berkowitz on the euro-crisis, Seyla Benhabib’s cosmopolitanism, and Arendt’s defense of politics. From The Nation, a special section on Amazon and the conquest of publishing. You are not a curator, you are actually just a filthy blogger. Labor journalism today: Corporate lackeys accost, detain eXiled contributor Mike Elk for daring to question Honeywell CEO’s union-busting policies. Jamelle Bouie on the insane scenario unfolding before our eyes. Stuxnet was a monster computer virus; Flame is 20 times larger — and it's been out there, listening, for years. The Association for Political Theory Virtual Reading Group for 2012 will discuss Samuel Moyn's The Last Utopia. Digital Disquiet: How 8- and 16-bit games taught Jesse Miksic the power of dread. Jeremy Lin reportedly caught partying, drinking — could this hurt his Christian influence? Good news: People eat other people on a pretty regular basis.
From Triple C: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, a special section on critical theory and political economy of the Internet. Facebook, Google, Zynga — they think they're saints of American capitalism, but they're really the successors to the Big Money magnates of the Gilded Age. From The Ethical Spectacle, Peter Bearse on Facebook and Google: Turning private information into corporate profit. Is it time to tax the Internet? How our communities can stop losing out on business and tax revenue. If the Internet is a global phenomenon, it's because there are tubes at the bottom of the ocean — a look at the undersea cables that connect us (and more and more and more and more and more and more on Tubes by Andrew Blum). The Internet Age was meant to change everything — internationalism, commerce, journalism, government — so why has the Internet changed so little? From Cato Unbound, Berin Szoka on a greater understanding of Internet activism. Cory Doctorow on the problem with nerd politics: If we don't operate within the realm of traditional power and politics, then we will lose.