A new issue of The Journal of Transnational American Studies is out. Bobby Gard-Storry on an assessment of the impact of Danish rule on Greenland. Canadian literature in the early twenty-first century: Earl Fitz on the emergence of an inter-American perspective. Beyond the Continental Divide: The Obama Administration's "pivot to Asia" is a mistake — America's geo-economic future lies in a bold and far-reaching integration of North America. Viva Amerexico: Mark Bittman on discovering brilliant Mexican-American cuisine in — of all places — Mexico (and more and more on the taco, Mexico's real national snack). A review of Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession by Chuck Thompson. An article on Mexican farmers up against Canadian mining Goliaths. Large glacier, twice the size of Manhattan, breaks off from Greenland — absolutely, positively not a sign of global warming (and more and more). Welcome to the “megadrought”: The 2000-2004 North American drought was the worst in 800 years. How many Mexicans must die for America’s drugs? A review of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future by Robert A. Pastor.
Shannon O’Hara (St Andrews): Monsters, Playboys, Virgins and Whores: Rape Myths in the News Media’s Coverage of Sexual Violence. A look at how to use psychological tactics to avoid strangers on a bus. How an activist fathered a media critic: A review of Why Are We the Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda by David Cromwell. Beam us up, Mr. Scott: Maria Konnikova on why misquotations catch on. Leaky geopolitics: An article on the ruptures and transgressions of WikiLeaks. “What if there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?” A look at how brain imaging can predict how intelligent you are. A review of The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza by Eyal Weizman. Voting Matters: Teresa Ghilarducci, Richard McGahey, Charles K. Wilber and Daniel Finn on issues to consider before election day.
John Shuford (Gonzaga): “The Tale of the Tribe and the Company Town”: What We Can Learn About the Workings of Whiteness in the Pacific Northwest. From Psychology Today, does white identity predict positive or negative attitudes towards diversity? From Taki’s Magazine, John Derbyshire on places white people like; Gavin McGinnes on 10 hatefacts for those who hate facts; and what is a racist? Steve Browne wants to know. From American Renaissance, a review of Race and Economics: How Much Can be Blamed on Discrimination? by Walter E. Williams. From Alternative Right, a review of The Way of Men by Jack Donovan (and more); and Brett Stevens on the endgame of civilization (and more). Ten years after founder William Pierce's death, key neo-Nazi movement National Alliance is “a joke”. Kevin Alfred Strom remembers Dr. Pierce. From the New York Observer, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke may hate the Jews, but he sure loved his dog, Torri. A look at how the Sikh temple shooting returns attention to the military’s white power problem. John McWhorter on making moral judgments about “White Power” music.
From the Atlas Society, William R Thomas on why liberals should like Ayn Rand. Jonathan Chait on how the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy is on your screen. Dwight Garner reviews Paterno by Joe Posnanski (and more). Deluded individualism: Why do we continue to insist on our independence and self-determination — stubbornly, irrationally and often recklessly? From Contexts, in 2008, the media hailed the coming of an “Obama Revolution” — four years later, commentators on both the left and right are disappointed, to say the least. By the time King Mohammad Zahir Shah died this summer, at age 92, he could hardly have seemed less representative of the country he ruled from 1933 to 1973. Nikos Salingaros and James Kalb on why contemporary architecture is against God and man. How much is a body worth? Storm Theunissen investigates.
Nicolas Jullien (Telecom Bretagne): What We Know About Wikipedia: A Review of the Literature Analyzing the Project(s). From The Awl, Jane Hu on what "real life" means on Wikipedia. The people’s encyclopedia under the gaze of the sages: A systematic review of scholarly research on Wikipedia. Meet Justin Knapp, the hardest working man on Wikipedia. James Winters is on the frontlines of Wikipedia’s “editorial wars”. Is Wikipedia facing a volunteer staffing crisis? Founder Jimmy Wales says “no”. The NEW! Agency “redefines” Wikipedia, provides designs to make it “better, friendlier and clearer”. Wikipedia has become the new thorn in the side of countless startups, small businesses, celebrities, and prominent executives — here's how to take control of the situation. Kevin Morris on a sneak peek at Wikipedia's radical, controversial redesign. A look at how Wikipedia won Olympic gold. Beyond reliability: Heather Ford on an ethnographic study of Wikipedia sources. Wikipedia for the weird: There is now a list of organisms named after famous people.
Susan J. Linz and Yu-Wei Chu (MSU): Weber, Marx, and Work Values: Evidence from Transition Economies. Collapse as crucible: Tony Wood on the reforging of Russian society. From Geocurrents, a special series on Siberia; and Asya Pereltsvaig on “Divided Russia” maps and xenophobic nationalist views. Russia’s intellectuals look for the exit: More are complaining that they cannot work, or even think, in the increasingly repressive country. End of the affair: Why Russian liberals no longer look up to America and the West as a model. An interview with Stephen Collier, author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics. The Rise and Fall of a Russian Energy Baron: The formidable duo of Putin and Sechin take aim at powerful energy clans — but whose interests are they really defending? Don’t be fooled: Russia Today is trash. If authoritarianism is a relic of a pre-democratic age, Putinism, like the late regime of Putin’s friend Silvio Berlusconi, is not authoritarian. Andranik Migranyan on Pussy Riot’s Pyrrhic victory. Nitsuh Abebe on why Pussy Riot is big in America, but not Russia. What does the Pussy Riot sentencing mean for Russia's opposition?
From Living Reviews in Democracy, Timm Beichelt (EUV): The Research Field of Democracy Promotion; and Rinaldo Kuhne (Zurich): Media-induced Affects and Opinion Formation: How Related and Unrelated Affects Influence Political Opinions. A 3-D printed house: The applications of such rapid-fire housing are endless: affordable housing for the poor; “extraterrestrial buildings constructed from in situ materials”; emergency FEMA-style housing, and the like. Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history. Inarticulate by choice: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on the decline of letter writing and the future of the intellectual past (and a response). Mark Leon Goldberg on why Beyonce is teaming up with the United Nations. Researchers unravel twenty-five-year-old riddle of buckyball formation.
Hershey H. Friedman (Brooklyn) and Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch): Humor and the Omniscient God. The Scatological Luther: A review of “Martin Luther’s Humor” by Eric W. Gritsch. Who is Christwire really mocking, anyway? Thomas G. Long on the absurd in worship. Overboard: Geez sends rogue disciple on a Christian cruise. From Relevant, why won't God hurry up? Sometimes we need help making sense of why we keep waiting on God; and is there room for erotica in Christianity? Sex sells, even in Christian bookstores. Gerald Hiestand on evangelicals, premarital sexual ethics, and a grocery list. Girls Gone Mild: An article on the top 10 Christian fashion tips. Called to party: Why Christian hospitality looks less like fine china and more like a dance party in your living room. Rob Goodman on how the Bible is not a diet plan. Digesting Grace: Why the food we eat matters to God. Todd Bentley, a pastor who heals people by kicking them in the face, is surprisingly popular. From The Christian Post, Greg Stier on a look at 10 ways to be cool though Christian and on why you should not slap, mock or treat the bride of Christ with disrespect.
From Almatourism, Rossella Belluso (Sapienza): The Geographic Landscape as Cultural Heritage in the Post-modern Age. From BusinessWeek, a special “Interview Issue” lets leaders in business, politics, economics, and finance reveal something about themselves — in their own words. With the Affordable Care Act here to stay, what are the prospects for Medicaid, employer-based insurance, and single-payer? Andrea Louise Campbell examines the upcoming political battles over health care. So where do we stand now, in 2012?: An excerpt from Slavoj Zizek’s The Year of Dreaming Dangerously. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? (and part 2 and part 3). What injustice do we accept today that will seem outrageous in 20 years? Michael Kinsley wonders (and part 2). The most important election since 1932: Jeff Madrick on why an Obama victory is critical.
R. George Wright (Indiana): What Counts as “Speech” in the First Place? Bill Reader (Ohio): Free Press vs. Free Speech? The Rhetoric of “Civility” in Regard to Anonymous Online Comments. Ashley Messenger (NPR): The Problem with New York Times, Inc. v. Sullivan. From Quadrant, Richard Allsop on the difficult history of free speech; and Nicholas Hasluck on freedom of expression in a world of vanishing boundaries. John Paul Stevens reviews The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron (and more and more and more and more and more). From NDPR, a review of The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics by Martin Jay. Is there a First Amendment right to beg for change? Freedom by association: Michael W. McConnell on how neglect of the full scope of the First Amendment diminishes our rights. Does “Gay Inc.” believe in free speech? In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated. The introduction to When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider.