Lewis D. Solomon (GWU): God and the Possible Nuclear Annihilation of Israel. From Azure, Adi Schwartz on the destruction of the Arab world's Jewry; Assaf Sagiv on the Jews' oldest enemies; and Daniel Gordis on the shape and meaning of Biblical history: The story of the rise and fall of the Hebrew commonwealth is well known — but have we paid attention to the bigger picture? Steven Cook on why it's so tough to write about Israel. Melissa Fich on the politics of semantics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Is liberal Zionism a contradiction in terms? Why Peter Beinart didn’t predict the liberal response to The Crisis of Zionism. Nick Cohen on how the Left turned against the Jews. A review of Israel and the European Left by Colin Shindler. Arie Dubnov and Hanan Harif on roads not taken on the journey to the Jewish state. Dimi Reider on the Knesset vs. democracy. The upgrading of Ariel College to full university status is a big victory for right-wing political pressure. An interview with Menachem Mautner, author of Law and the Culture of Israel. Should Israel have gone with Yiddish? Hebrew is more universal tongue of Jews. Israelis are divided over changing the anthem, “Hatikva”.
A new issue of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image is out. From the Independent Review, Robert H. Nelson (Maryland): Economics and Environmentalism: Belief Systems at Odds; and a review of Mind vs. Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism by Alan S. Kahan. Abandoning the Constitution: All is not well within the administrative state — it seems that all modern bureaucratic governments are faced with the paradox of being less able to govern, the more completely they try to administer the social and economic details of life in society. Constitutionalists vs. Confederates: When the Justices hand down their ruling, it will be a decisive moment in a debate stretching back to the Articles of Confederation and the nation's founding. American Nietzsche: Corey Robin on Justice Scalia, Diva of Disdain. The real standard-bearer of Republican discourse in the past decade, he has turned juvenile, impish, and wounded — in short, he is Big Baby. Bill Berkowitz on HeavenUp, a Christian competitor for Facebook. Playing to win at Latin tag: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is only fleetingly charmed by traditional shout-lines.
Millie Churcher (Sydney): Rethinking the Abortion Issue: The Problem of Normative Femininity and Hermeneutical Injustice. From Right Wing Watch, “are we comparing the pro-choice movement to the Nazi movement? Yes, absolutely.” It is long past time to end the use of Nazi and holocaust analogies regarding legal abortion and contraception in the United States. Some abortion opponents say emergency contraception pills may block fertilized eggs from implanting, but scientists say there is no evidence the pills work that way. Jon A. Shields on abortion and the limits of philosophy. Marco Rubio on why abortion is bad for America. From The Human Life Review, David R. Kenagy on a memo, medical records, and movement; and what's a pro-lifer to do? Christopher Bell wonders. Gordon O’Connor on the conservative stance on abortion you didn’t know about. In an unsigned, and little read Harvard Law Review article, a young Barack Obama considered the obscure question of whether fetuses could sue their mothers. From The Atlantic Cities, an article on the geography of abortion. States want more data on abortion patients, zealots want their hands on it — shame is the new anti-choice strategy.