From Bloomberg Businessweek, Brendan Borrell on the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist. Andrew Reeves on Canada's roadmap to becoming a resource superpower. Why did they strike? A political generation gap — invisible to most Anglos — separates Quebec students and parents. FromThe Walrus, what’s green and white and loved all over? Robert Calder on the mystique of the Saskatchewan Roughriders; locking up offenders does little to prevent crime or make us safer: Daniel Baird on the history behind our impulse to punish; and Canada’s Most Unwanted: With rising infertility rates and the availability of foreign infants declining, some 30,000 children in government care have a better shot at finding a family. Scrapping welfare: Hugh Segal on the case for guaranteeing all Canadians an income above the poverty line. Virginia Galt on the changing face of the Canadian family. Rising anger of Canada's First Nations over living conditions. What's it going to take before Canada starts acting with integrity? Idling while Canada burns: Celia Brauer on lessons we can learn from First Nations. Daniel Davies identifies himself as a Canadatheist. BookThug has become a Canadian institution — publishing punk poetry and topping lit awards lists — on a DIY ethos and a shoestring budget.
A new issue of Europe’s Journal of Psychology is out, including Lutz Bornmann (Max Planck), Loet Leydesdorff (Amsterdam), and Gunter Krampen (Trier): Which Are the “Best” Cities for Psychology Research Worldwide? Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev is named corruption's “Person of the Year” by Transparency International. Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes on how Obama decides your fate if he thinks you're a terrorist: A look inside the "disposition matrix" that determines when — or if — the administration will pursue a suspected militant. Harold Bloom is God: A conversation about literature, Judaism, and the Almighty with the great Yale literary critic. Edge of the world: For one journalist embarking on a seven-year journey to retrace the footsteps of early humans, the biggest obstacles are man-made. Presidential encores have a reputation for being rocky, but there have been exceptions — and Obama’s new term could be one of them. Kristen Bahler on asexuality, the people’s choice for people who don't want anyone. From TLS, a review essay on Alan Turing by Michael Saler. C. Coville on 6 mind-blowing archeological discoveries destroyed by idiocy.
Betsy B. Baker and Sarah Mooney (Vermont): The Legal Status of Arctic Sea Ice in the United States and Canada. Donald Abelson reviews Canada/US and Other Unfriendly Relations Before and After 9/11 by Patricia Molloy. Shikha Dalmia on what Canada can teach the U.S. about immigration. Judith Jesch reviews In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery by Annette Kolodny (and more). Vikings and Native Americans: Following a subtle trail of artifacts, a Canadian archaeologist searches for a lost chapter of New World history. Nancy Langston reviews An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples, from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina by Christopher Morris. We are all treaty people: A movement called #IdleNoMore is sweeping across Canada and into the United States — where did this movement come from, and where is it going? Postcards from the coast: Scott Conarroe is on the edge of North America. Worthwhile Canadian Coolness: Sorry, America — your northern neighbor is hipper than you. Here is a map of every person in the U.S. and Canada — you may yourself among the 341,817,095 dots on the map. Matt Soniak on the little bit of Minnesota that could have gone Canadian.
Norman Williams (Willamette): Why the National Popular Vote Compact is Unconstitutional. Is globalization to blame for the war on female sexuality? Tracy Clark-Flory interviews David Jacobson, author of Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict. Daniel Altman on why we won’t stop mass killings: We like them too much. Stephen Muecke reviews Inquiry into the Modes of Existence by Bruno Latour. On vampire capitalism and the fear of inoculation: Eula Biss on why efforts to contain disease are often seen as conspiracies to sell vaccines. Joel Robbins reviews An Anthropology of Ethics by James Faubion. Playing Indian: Endemic issue of indigenous stereotyping back in the spotlight. David Berreby on how statistics about groups tell you nothing about individuals. The S.H.A.M.E. Project profiles Charles Murray. According to research in the journal Science, people tend to underestimate how much their personalities and tastes will change in the future. Bruce Bartlett on the good news about big, bad government. Encyclopedia of World Problems has a big one of its own. M. Asher Cantrell on 12 letters that didn’t make the alphabet.
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (Stanford): American Executive Power in Historical Perspective. Stephane Wolton (Chicago): Beyond Money: How Special Interest Groups Influence Policy Choices. James A. Gardner (SUNY-Buffalo): The Myth of State Autonomy: Federalism, Political Parties, and the National Colonization of State Politics. The federal-state crack-up: For decades, both Democrats and Republicans have been invested in governance schemes that have eroded the Constitution’s separation of powers. Gerrymandering isn’t the (only) problem: Redrawing district lines will never eliminate the unfair bias toward Republicans in House elections — here’s what will. The US Constitution is flawed but many Americans don't see it, says Alan Ryan. Can America be fixed? Fareed Zakaria on the new crisis of democracy. What if America’s best ideas were behind it? An interview with Tyler Cowen on the economic history underlying the current dysfunction. Welcome to the new Civil War: Lincoln's unfinished war rages on, as the neo-Confederacy tries to turn back the clock on women, gays, God and guns. Fewer Americans believe that our culture is superior to others — under President Obama, we’re becoming less American and more like those relativist, collectivist, socialist Europeans across the pond.