Otto Argueta (Hamburg): Blocked Democracies in Central America. From Brazilian Political Science Review, Rafael Duarte Villa (USP): Armed Forces in South America: The Ambivalent Dynamics of Civil-military Relations in the Context of the New Democracies; and Gabriela da Silva Tarouco (UFPE): Brazilian Parties According to their Manifestos: Political Identity and Programmatic Emphases. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue of Latin America's response to China's rise. From Military Review, policy options for a Cuban Spring: Gregory Weeks and Erin Fiorey offer recommendations for U.S. policy options in the eventuality of a "Cuban spring". A review of Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber. Who wants to buy Honduras? A small country’s big decision to start from scratch — at least in one city. A review of Economists in the Americas. From Guernica, an interview with Juan Claudio Lechin on the conditions that predicate fascism and the morality of anarchism. Was Pablo Neruda murdered? Chilean courts have decided to reexamine the death of the poet, who some suspect was killed by the Pinochet regime.
A new issue of the European Journal of Tourism Hospitality and Recreation is out. From The Nation, a special issue on The Other America 2012. If Charles Taylor can be tried for war crimes, why not Kissinger? All this talk of a “fiscal cliff” is dangerously misinformed — it’s a “fiscal slope”. Love him or loathe him, Thomas Kinkade was the most widely known American artist of the last 20 years; Scott McLemee surveys his landscape. A review of You Can’t Read this Book by Nick Cohen. Misery index: Low social status is bad for your health — biologists are starting to understand why. From Antiquity, a review essay on archaeologies of seafaring and the sea. An interview with Manuel Lima, author of Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. An autoethnographic review of Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity. In States of Credit, David Stasavage explains why city-states were able to create long-term debt as early as the 13th century, whereas territorial states began to do so only in the 16th century. "I'm sort of fatalistic ... It's in rich peoples' hands now": The last days of The American Prospect?
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Philosophical Methodology, including Federico Mathias Pailos (Buenos Aires): Intuition as Philosophical Evidence; and Brian Talbot (Colorado): Interest as a Starting Place for Philosophy. From Logos and Episteme, Stephen Grimm (Fordham): What is Interesting?; Adrian Costache (UBB): For a Post-Historicist Philosophy of History: Beyond Hermeneutics; and Axel Gelfert (NUS): Who is an Epistemic Peer? From Theoria, a special issue on Lilian Bermejo-Luque's Giving Reasons: A Linguistic-pragmatic-approach to Argumentation Theory. Here is the latest issue of The Reasoner, a monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed. Georgios Constantine Pentzaropoulos on generating stable knowledge via reduction in entropy. There is the scientific method, but what about the philosophical method? From The Philosophers' Magazine, is naturalism an article of faith? Ophelia Benson investigates. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional.