Laszlo Bruszt (EUI): The State of the Market: The Market Reform Debate and Postcommunist Diversity. Is the Scandinavian welfare state a model for Europe? A review of Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation by Robert S. Leiken. Martin W. Lewis on diagramming the area of French sovereignty. Who were the ancestors of the Polish middle class? Tomasz Zarycki is in search of a usable past. Macedonia’s cooling-off period: The country tries again to devise a single history curriculum for its different ethnicities, but one subject remains too hot to handle. A review of The Transformation of Europe’s Armed Forces: From the Rhine to Afghanistan by Anthony King. The world's biggest jigsaw puzzle: More than 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, you might think the Stasi had been consigned to history. Keith Veronese on how your piece of the Berlin Wall is not special. Nick Anstead reviews Media Practices and Protest Politics: How Precarious Workers Mobilise by Alice Mattoni. Archaeological excavations carried out at the site of La Bastida (Totana, Murcia, in Spain) have exposed an imposing fortification system which is unique for its location and date; is this Europe’s first city?


Jorg Kammerhofer (Freiburg): Hans Kelsen in Post-Modern International Legal Scholarship. From Postmodern Openings, Antonio Pele (UC3): Understanding Human Dignity Redux; and Magdalena Roxana Necula, Simona Irina Damian, and Ovidiu Buena (UMFIASI): Humanist Therapies in Postmodernity. Industrially farmed and produced food has made Americans grow fatter over the past 40 years — the same business techniques and their medically disastrous effects are now being exported around the world. From Life’s Little Mysteries, why does wine go with cheese? Scientists have discovered why the world's most famous food pairings, from wine and cheese to meat sandwiches and a pickle, combine an astringent food with a fatty food. Anatoly Zak on the rest of the rocket scientists: Some went west — this is the story of the ones who went east. How does the language we speak affect the way we think? John A. Lucy’s unique answers to this question derive from his finding a middle ground between the opposing nativist universalist point of view and empiricist relativist stand. Factchecking is impossible, pointless, say factcheckers.


From io9, should we eliminate the human ability to feel pain? An interview with David Pearce, author of The Hedonistic Imperative, an influential online manifesto that urged the use of biotechnology to abolish suffering throughout the living world. John Cottingham on how the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas claims to respect its patients' dignity, but secularism alone cannot confer moral value on human life. Dennis Trinkle reviews The Philosophical Foundations of Modern Medicine by Keekok Lee. From NYRB, may doctors help you to die? Marcia Angell wonders. Patient, heal thyself: Cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine suggests that the future of health care may lie in getting the body to grow new parts and heal itself. Edward Larkin reviews The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Eric Topol. The human microbiome: Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine. How can bioscience push the limits of lifespan? We may be closer than most realize to significant increases in life expectancy. Cryonics photos delve into the frozen world of the immortality faithful.


Naomi Mezey (Georgetown): The Death of the Bisexual Saboteur. From Cato Journal, a special issue on William A. Niskanen. Luxembourg, population 524,853, is a founding member of the United Nations, and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is fighting to secure the country a temporary seat on the UN Security Council — is the Grand Dutchy big enough to land the job? Yair Rosenberg on why “The West Wing” is a terrible guide to American democracy. Emily Wilson reviews From Villain to Hero: Odysseus in Ancient Thought by Silvia Montiglio. What do recent instances of imaginative literature make of the affliction of terrorism and the tragedy of war? Nandini Ramachandran investigates. Henry Blodget on why it's time people realized that The Drudge Report is a major media property worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Researchers have found exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed. Bad news, rap dudes: Turns out Rihanna is now the most “Liked” person on Facebook. The universe and us: In the grand scheme of things, how important are we? A review of The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom.


From Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner on the Right, the Left, the election: The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and the presidential campaign of 2012; Rogers M. Smith on progressivism, polarization, and the 2012 election; Chip Berlet on voting for Democrats — and then organizing to kick their butts; Claire Snyder-Hall on the King of the 1% v. the American republic; John Ehrenberg on how to kill a vampire; Steve Early on labor’s quadrennial condition — between a rock and a hard place; Lauren Langman on why Obama will win the election and the Left should hope so; Judith Stein on the day after election day. From The Christian Post, Wallace Henley on 7 things to expect in a second Obama Administration; and why would God give us Obama or Romney? From Harper’s, Jeff Madrick on why Jack Welch knows about changing numbers. From Forbes, Clare O'Connor on billionaires bashing Obama: The most scathing rants, tweets and quotes from the 1% (and more). From Frontline, a new episode on The Choice 2012: A journey into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency.

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