From Inside Indonesia, Marshall Clark examines how masculinity is imagined in contemporary Indonesia; and a new book sheds light on the little studied field of male heterosexuality in Southeast Asia. Faking it in Bangkok: Christopher G. Moore on dummy CCTV cameras. Betting on a Cambodian Spring: Why Cambodia’s opposition faces a steep uphill battle in its effort to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen. The slow death of "Asian Values": Why the latest news from Malaysia helps to undermine authoritarianism throughout the region. Brave new world: A reformed Myanmar could have a big effect on its neighbours. The optimism about Burma is subverted by its never-ending civil war. Burma takes its first steps towards democracy, but can the NLD offer more than just Aung San Suu Kyi’s star appeal? Alms-bowl pamphleteer: Benoit Cros on the story of King Zero, a Burmese activist monk. Where Burma dissolves into China: China is wholly involved in the political and economic life of Burma’s would-be breakaway border state of Kachin, at both high and low levels. Does India have a role in Southeast Asia or will it be all at sea? A review of Southeast Asia in World History by Craig Lockard.
Flavio da Cunha Rezende (UFPE): Do Institutions Produce Institutional Change? The New Historical Institutionalism and Analytic Innovations in the Theory of Change. Does anyone really like being called a tourist? A traveller, a visitor or even a foreigner perhaps but never a tourist. A review of Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul by James Livingston (and a response). From Comment, Aaron Belz on jokes as a sophisticated form of border patrol and, in parody especially, correction; and re-dressing a threadbare faith: To think carefully about fashion is not for the intellectually and theologically faint of heart. Roland Topor on 100 good reasons to kill himself right now. Longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, the novella has been the ugly stepchild of the literary world — but that's starting to change. From GQ, George Wright, America's most elusive fugitive, ran for forty years — now that it's over, he might just pull off the greatest escape of all. Love, Actually: Eva Illouz on why modern courtship hinges on social validation.
Andrew R. Thorp (SDS): Globalization and Energy Demands in the 21st Century. Bettina Lis, Christian Nessler, and Jan Retzmann (Mainz): Oil and Cars: The Impact of Crude Oil Prices on the Stock Returns of Automotive Companies. The Man Who Bought North Dakota: How wildcatter Harold Hamm became the biggest winner in the biggest American oil find since Prudhoe Bay. Steve A. Yetiv on his book The Petroleum Triangle: Oil, Globalization, and Terror. Michael T. Klare on why twenty-first century oil will break the bank — and the planet. A review of The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross (and more) and Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil by Timothy Mitchell. Can we survive the new golden age of oil? A flurry of new finds has analysts giddy over a new age of energy abundance — just don't ask about global warming. Does the U.S. really have more oil than Saudi Arabia? The Whistleblower: His secret shame revealed, a fired oil spill cleanup worker continues his campaign to prove that a pipeline company covered up tar sands crude.