From Geocurrents, Martin W. Lewis on Robert Kaplan’s problematic theory of Pakistan’s geographical destiny. Does size matter in Pakistan? The trailer of Pakistan’s most expensive film yet, Waar, is slick, shiny and exciting viewers on both sides of the border — but what does Lollywood think? The Playboy: Former cricket star Imran Khan may become Pakistan’s next ruler. I’ll be your mirror: What Pakistan sees in Imran Khan (and more). “Most Pakistanis don’t want the Army in politics”: Unrepentant Marxist, writer, journalist, filmmaker and political campaigner, Tariq Ali is still searching for socialism with a human face. What are the odds of a coup in Pakistan? Struggle for democracy: Shakhawat Liton on Bangladesh and Pakistan perspectives. A debate rages after the Bangladesh Army's disclosure that it thwarted an attempt for a coup by pro-Islamist forces. Khalid Bhatti looks back at the tumultuous time of uprisings, military coups and international intervention out of which Bangladesh was born. From Himal Southasian, Laxmi Murthy on the Birangana and the birth of Bangladesh: Women and wombs during, and following, the Liberation War; and the Sultanate’s return: Zeeshan Khan traces the origins of Islamic Bangladesh.
A new issue of The Catholic Social Science Review is out. From the CIA's Studies in Intelligence, Jeffrey A. Builta and Eric N. Heller on Reflections on 10 Years of Countering Terrorism. Mark Bauerlein on why liberalism is bad for literature (and a response). Let it bleed: Chris Bertram, Corey Robin and Alex Gourevitch on libertarianism and the workplace. Duncan Watts on the importance of studying the obvious. Are Democrats waking up to their Super PAC troubles? Simon Blackburn reviews Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. An interview with Alison Edgley, author of The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky (and part 2). What is it that draws us to geographic extremes, places that are unexceptional from the ground but hold some sort of cartographic significance? The UN’s World Heritage Programme is debating the best representations of human and natural history; they should include Chernobyl, argues Andrew Blackwell. The international language of happiness: At a United Nations conference, world leaders look beyond economic output to measure the progress and well-being of a nation. A look at what the evolution of names reveals about China.
From Plus, does it pay to be nice? Rachel Thomas on the maths of altruism (and part 2). Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of moral traits all of us share. A review of Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame by Christopher Boehm. Selfishness beats altruism within groups, altruistic groups beat selfish groups — everything else is commentary. Richard Dawkins reviews The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O Wilson (and a response by David Sloan Wilson; and more and more). From Edge, Steven Pinker on the false allure of group selection (and responses by Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse and Ryan McKay, Michael Hochberg, Herbert Gintis, and Jonathan Haidt). Scientists develop new theoretical model on the evolution of cooperation. A review of Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation by Mark Pagel. Evolution, humanism, and conservation: An interview with Richard Leakey. A new “species” from China? The days of ancestral line drawing, with one typological species begetting another typological species, are over. Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed — could we be mid-upgrade now? Erin Wyman on four species of Homo you've never heard of.