From Eurozine, Suprealist art, suprealist life: Suprealism is a "movement" pioneered by Leonard Lapin that combines suprematism and realism; it mirrors the "suprealist world", where art is packaged for consumer culture, and Suprealist manifesto: "Suprealism brings popular kitsch into the art gallery and high culture to the masses; it introduces into art the naivety of the producer of kitsch while retaining the elitism of the professional artist". From CNQ, Alex Good on Adventures in the Reviewing Trade: A Cultural Primer. The Man in the Middle: On John Lahr, critic and profiler.

Cartoonist who equalled Cervantes: Sarah Boxer marvels at the world of George Herriman, the creator of the ludicrously imaginative comic strip Krazy Kat† From Editor & Publisher, editorial cartoonists discuss the future of their profession, while cartoonists have varying degrees of enthusiasm for blogging.

In light of a recent story exposing journalists' donations to political candidates, media outlets should consider letting reporters reveal more about themselves to their readers via the Internet. A review of Tabloid Prodigy: Dishing the Dirt, Getting the Gossip, and Selling my Soul in the Cutthroat World of Hollywood Reporting by Marlise Elizabeth Kast. Green is the New Yellow: Jack Shafer on the excesses of "green" journalism. An interview with John Burnett, author of Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent (and part 2).

Connoisseurs of peeve-ology, here comes the book you'll love to hate: She Literally Exploded: The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook, a collection of despised English usages. At last, hide-bound traditionalists open a small window on the world: A change from perhaps the least fashionable part of publishing. A steady stream of Penguin Classics has been arriving that seem genuinely multicultural - or, to put it less politically correctly, open-minded. Carlin Romano on spoils of success: Full-time writing life.

Flying to Arcadia: Novelist Barbara Kingsolver is the latest writer to chronicle her decision to live off the land. Adam Nicolson met her to discuss food, family and fantasies of escaping the city (and more and more and more on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Our Year of Seasonal Eating). A review of Planet Chicken: The Shameful Story of the Bird on Your Plate by Hattie Ellis and Jungle Capitalists: A Story of Globalisation, Greed and Revolution by Peter Chapman.

From NYRB, a look at how Russian journalists have suffered crippling attacks in recent years, as Vladimir Putin pursues his policy of strengthening the "vertical" dimension of his administration's "power pyramid". Putin Strikes Again: Murdering journalists is simply the most visible manifestation of the constant campaign against the press. A review of A Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskaya (and more and more). A review of Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB by Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko (and more).†

A review of The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy.† Theodore Dalrymple on the case for mistrusting Muslims: The latest terror plots are confronting tolerant Britons with uncomfortable choices. For Muslim extremists, religion matters more than socio-economic status. Aiming to present a less threatening face of Islam on the global stage, the Aga Khan, one of the world’s wealthiest Muslim investors, preaches the ethical use of wealth. The Iran Crisis and Possible Scenarios: The Sunni states—especially Saudi Arabia—are alarmed by a now dynamic Iran and any move toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons will probably provoke an equal gesture by Riyadh. When Dictators Dictate: Why do Arab thugs always get away with murder? A review of Saddam on Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal by Michael P. Scharf and Gregory S. McNeal.†

From TAP, a benchmark or a giveaway? Why Iraqi oil workers oppose the much-vaunted oil law; an interview with Faleh Abood Umara, general secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, and Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, president of the Electrical Workers Union of Iraq; and a photo essay documenting unionized Iraqi workers and their fight to prevent the privatization of their nation's oil industry. An excerpt from A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja by Joost R. Hiltermann (and an interview). A review of The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq by Gwynne Dyer. An interview with Dennis Ross on Palestine, Tony Blair’s new mission, and the failure of American statecraft, and a review of Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World.†

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank use only 12 percent of the land allocated to them, but one-third of the territory they do use lies outside their official jurisdictions, according to a new report released today by Peace Now. Hollow Land: The apparently random patchwork of settlement in the occupied West Bank in fact reveals a deliberate plan of colonisation and control. Shlomo Avineri on how post-Zionism doesn't exist. Her Jewish State: Israel is growing steadily more prosperous — and less secure. Where is its political center, and what is its future? If there is an answer, it may lie with Tzipi Livni: daughter of Zionist militants, ex-spy, foreign minister and rising political star.

Paul C. Light on The Homeland Security Hash: The Department of Homeland Security gets little credit for the fact that terrorists have not staged an attack on American soil since 2001, and it is an open question whether it deserves much. Conceived in haste and crippled by its design, the newest addition to the cabinet desperately needs an overhaul. Why Big Things Fail: Crispin Sartwell on gigantism and the U.S. government. A review of Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror by Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr. and Aziz Z. Huq.† From Law and Politics Book Review, a review of The Constitution of Law: Legality in a Time of Emergency by David Dyzenhaus; a review of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age by Bernard E. Harcourt.

The United States of America is the only country in the world that doesn’t have a name: the first two words define its political organization, the last the continent it sits on. Creation myth: A review of The Fourth of July and the Founding of America by Peter de Bolla (and more and more). A review of American Connections: The Founding Fathers, Networked by James Burke. From American Heritage, Face-off: The Fourth of July vs. Bastille Day.

A look at a grassroots movement, dedicated to breaking the US into smaller, more functional nations. It provides some extra information on each of the new, smaller American nations, and a fresh map so that anyone can submit a new proposal. A review of Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists by Bill Kauffman. A review of Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul by Karen Abbott.†

From Monthly Review, an article on Wage Stagnation, Growing Insecurity, and the Future of the U.S. Working Class. Correcting the Guards: Why the shaky relationship between organized labor and correctional officers is doubly harmful to the American left. In an excerpt from the new book, Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America, Stephen Marshall takes on liberals like Thomas Friedman, who would have you believe that our capitalist system is inherently just and self-regulating when, in reality, it is anything but. A review of The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America by Daniel Brook.

From the inaugural issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, an introduction to the journal, and Stephen R. Kellert Yale): Connecting with Creation: The Convergence of Nature, Religion, Science and Culture;† Kocku von Stuckrad (Amsterdam): Finding Data: Some Reflections on Ontologies and Normativities; Adrian Ivakhiv (Vermont): Religion, Nature and Culture: Theorizing the Field; Roger S. Gottlieb (WPI): Religious Environmentalism: What it is, Where it’s Heading and Why We Should be Going in the Same Direction; and Penelope S. Bernard (Rhodes): Re-Uniting with the Kosmos.

From Secular Web, section one on Mind and Will of God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence. A review of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination by Daniel B. Smith. A review of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours by Noga Arikha. The Gregarious Brain: Williams syndrome — a genetic accident that causes cognitive deficits and a surplus of unguarded affability — is revealing much about what makes us social beings.

A review of The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering by Michael Sandel. The Dangers of Utopia: Alan Ryan reviews Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray (and more). Why the Left is right: A review of Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism by Eric Hobsbawm (and more and more). A review of Reflexive Democracy: Political Equality and the Welfare State by Kevin Olson. The people has its political reason, of which political theory knows nothing: A review On Populist Reason by Ernesto Laclau.

From CUP, an excerpt from Objectivity and the Rule of Law by Matthew Kramer; an excerpt from The Nature of Customary Law: Legal, Historical and Philosophical Perspectives; an excerpt from An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure by Robert Cryer, Hakan Friman, Darryl Robinson and Elizabeth Wilmshurst; and an excerpt from Financial Stability, Economic Growth, and the Role of Law by Douglas W. Arner.

From TLS, an essay on Shakespeare's witchcraft, Ionesco's doubles. An award heard around the world? Ismail Kadare and the inaugural Man Booker International Prize: A review of The World Republic of Letters by Pascale Casanova; The Economy of Prestige by James English; Agamemnon’s Daughter: A Novella and Stories, Broken April, The File on H., and The Palace of Dreams, and The Successor by Ismael Kadare. Cars, Chairs, and Teapots, Oh My!: An impressive exhibition of Modernist objects, and a missed opportunity to say something about Modernism, at the Corcoran Gallery. From New York, The Approval Matrix: A deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on taste hierarchies. American Photo’s simple layout and easy-to-read charts will have even the most novice photographer drooling. A review of Nancy Cunard: Heiress, muse, political idealist by Lois Gordon.†

The Nickname Has Gone to Hell: And it's all George Bush's fault—oh, all right, not all his fault, but the nicknamer in chief sets a mighty low standard. And the Angels Sing: The songwriters on Broadway and Tin Pan Alley and midcentury holiday made genius look easy and hard work look like fun. Here’s how. Blockbusters take aim at political pariahs: There is no better mirror through which to view the politics of our collective cultural hatred than the action flick. "Re-orchestrated, scripted, and rehearsed": How Werner Herzog handles the truth. A review of The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino by Alec Wilkinson. Watch Your Foodometer: Video artist Molly Schwartz traces how far food travels from the field to your fork; Donna Schaper considers the mysteries of slow food. Bad blood, Good Earth: With her stolen manuscript found, a feud is igniting anew over Pearl S. Buck’s legacy.

A review of Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit From Passion and Purpose by Raj Sisodia, David B. Wolfe, and Jag Sheth. More on The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown. A review of One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead. For $250,000, you too can slip the surly bonds of Earth to say, "I do". "Puzzles will save the world": Martin Demaine is kidding, mostly, when he says this, but his puzzles have made cars safer, candies easier to unwrap, and maybe one day will help cure diseases. A review of The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (and When To Stick) by Seth Godin.

Dumb luck, divine intervention? Sunset Strip hooker turned Hollywood millionaire Divine Brown thanks God for the chance encounter with British actor Hugh Grant that has taken her from ghetto to glamour. A Frank Lloyd Wright Story of Buffalo: The architect pointed his cane: “Who did this? Who made these changes? This is not my work.” Beyond the Myth, Art Endures: As Mexico celebrates the centenary of Frida Kahlo’s birth, the largest retrospective ever of her work attempts to look beyond what Mexicans call Fridamania. Jesus my boyfriend: Comedian Christina Martin was all set for her big break - - an appearance on the syndicated Paramount Comedy hour. Then she committed an unpardonable offence. The notion that music played on handmade, acoustic instruments is somehow more authentic than music made electrically should be firmly rejected. In Defense of the Chick Flick: Gloria Steinem proposes, as the opposite of "chick flick," films called "prick flicks". Not only will it serve film critics well, but its variants will add to the literary lexicon.

A feast for the voters: Voters get their five-yearly treats in the poor and struggling Asian democracy of Papua New Guinea. A vicious racist crime by two UK police officers disgraced the whole force in 1968: A review of Nationality: Wog The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden. A look at how Norway looks after its elderly - in Spain, as state-subsidised trips are just what the doctor orders. Great books and the Mexican cop's soul: The government's latest bid to clean up Mexico's police force saw the purging last week of 241 chiefs. But not all the efforts are so heavy-handed; at the rank-and-file level, an innovative program aims to counter corruption and discord through literature.† Sex Slaves, Drug Trade and Rock n' Roll: In his quest to free slaves around the world, Aaron Cohen thought he’d seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar. From The Globalist, an article on Boeing vs. Airbus, the unwinnable WTO dispute.

Britain's Duke of Edinburgh may be planning a quiet birthday celebration at home, but there will be feasting and flag-waving in an isolated jungle village in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, where he is worshipped as a god.†Carlos Slim's Fat Fortune: The Mexican telecom magnate may have surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world's richest man. Irish stew: In the fledgling Stormont democracy, discovers Newton Emerson, some are more equal than others. Not only are global temperatures on the rise, but climate change is shifting the seasons too. Researchers in Greenland have found that the birds and the bees in the Arctic are active a full two weeks earlier than they were just a decade ago. A review of The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg and The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, From Samurai to Supermarket by Trevor Corson. Harvey Cox, Jonathan Steele and Timothy Garton Ash debate The Stasi on Our Minds.†

The not-so-fair sex: Women may be more responsible for spreading HIV than has been suspected. The politicized arrest of leading Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani is part of a broader governmental campaign to clamp down not only on dissent, but also on information.† Fit to govern? Nicolas Sarkozy is under attack from French intellectuals who regard jogging as rightwing? On 12 February, an 18-year-old Bosnian walked into a shopping mall in Utah carrying a pistol, a shotgun and more than 100 bullets. He killed five shoppers, before finally being shot by police. But what triggered his homicidal rampage? Ed Vulliamy charts Sulejmen Talovic's tragic journey from Srebrenica to Salt Lake City (and more).†

The Invincible President: How the supposed "uniter" consolidated his power by fostering division. We're right to be outraged by Bush and Cheney, but we should also save a bit of outrage for when we look in the mirror. Why do politicians find it so easy to confide in "priest to the stars" Father Michael Seed?†From OJR, an interview with Ted Anthony on reconceiving storytelling at the Associated Press. Counter Coulter: The L.A. Times and the so-called liberal media owe Bill Maher an apology. It feels a bit unseemly to see America, the world’s richest nation, entangled in a dispute with Navassa, the poorest nation in our hemisphere, over a remote rock that no one can live on.† Kissing up to K Street: Democrats are selling out the economic populism that got them elected in the first place. Campaign Finance Reform’s war on political freedom: An ongoing danger, despite two recent court victories.

A review of Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance by John Berger. Form Mother Jones, should you be able to drive anywhere you damn well please? An alliance of local officials and timber, mining, and off-road-vehicle lobbyists—along with their friends in the White House—have dug up a Civil-War-era statute to stake road claims all over the West; and a sampling of road claims around the West. A review of The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-36 by Mark Solomon. Meet generation Y, or should that be why bother? Once politicians used to go out of their way to woo idealistic young voters. But, increasingly, generation Y is rejecting politics, and even the very idea of the privilege of lining up at the ballot box.† Forget the foundations: A review of Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.†

A review of Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Brown. The Pot, the Kettle, and the Heritage Foundation: A recent event at the right-wing think tank — on the pernicious influence of liberal 501(c)(3)s — came straight out of the department of glass houses and the throwing of stones.† From Nerve, here's a special 10 year anniversary retrospective.† Who's behind the integration decision? It's the Pacific Legal Foundation, champion of right-wing causes for 35 years. The Nonconformist: There’s still one way to shock the bourgeoisie. From BloggingHeads, Joshua Cohen and Brink Lindsey debate the secularization of America, impeachment, Giuliani, and more.†

A review of The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard. The Marriage that Made a Movement: K-Lo remembers a Right wedding anniversary. Sports and politics: An excerpt from "What's My Name, Fool?" Sports and Resistance in the United States. "He remembered. I forgot. Makes me think": Michael Kinsley on his lunch with Reagan.† From Psychology Today, a review of All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity by Robert Fuller; and in Australia, the proudest man in the patch gets mowed down. Why success and power are frowned upon. From Strange Maps, a look at some of the spin-offs from "US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs".† Is Real ID a Real Problem? The Feds wimp out and New Hampshire thumbs its nose at national ID cards.†

An interview with Jeremy Lott, author of In Defense of Hypocrisy.†Inside the Emerald City and Behind the Curtain: An interview with Richard Metzger, founder of A review of The Mafia at War: Allied Collusion with the Mob by Tim Newark. A community of fans: Believe it or not, celebrity gossip can be good for you. When we let conspiracy theory masquerade as news, we fall prey to much more than deception. A review of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin. The burgeoning popularity of bottled water gives rise to a new type of restaurant sommelier; and if wine and water get their own sommeliers, why not maple syrup? Giving Till It Hurts: They are forgoing vacation homes, early retirement and college saving plans. Sally Beatty on the increasing number of stretch givers who donate out of proportion to their wealth.

From The Guardian, a review of The New School Rules by Francis Gilbert and The Great City Academy Fraud by Francis Beckett.† A review of The Culture of History: English Uses of the Past 1800–1953 by Billie Melman. A review of Entfremdung: Zur Aktualitšt eines sozialphilosophischen Problems by Rahel Jaeggi. A review of Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology by Robert C. Roberts and W. Jay Wood. Are We There Yet? An article on historians and the history of tourism. You may have already forgotten how your dinged and dented three-year-old car looked when it was new, but what if your car could remember for you – and transform itself right back? A review of The Druids: A History by Ronald Hutton.† A purple patch on "acultural theory" by Charles Taylor. A review of Rescher on Rationality, Values, and Social Responsibility: A Philosophical Portrait by Nicholas J. Moutafakis.

A review of Robert Peel: A Biography by Douglas Hurd. The full text of Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World since 1945.† A review of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney. A review of Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. The Physicist and the Firefly present a moral dilemma: Time for you to decide. What should Kiersten do now? A review of Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise by Steve Jones. A review of Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin (and more). A review of A Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization by Kenneth F. Kiple.

The No. 1 reason to rank colleges: Students and their parents have much to consider when picking a school. Starting with a few facts in U.S. News can't hurt. Last month, scientists at Clemson University determined that applying the five-second rule to dropped food will not actually prevent the food from gathering bacteria. History without gimmickry: An excavated passage leads visitors deep into the story of Washington and his slaves. Sudoku and Graph Theory: Mathematicians find new clues to the popular puzzle. Whatever happened to the investigation of Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's arrest for jaywalking by the Atlanta police? From Comment, making the most of college: Finding your coffee community. How we get addicted: Humans have an odd habit of getting hooked on harmful things. New research is revealing why, and opening the door to the long-dreamed-of cure. The Old College Try: Why do alumni give to universities? To get their kids in, of course.

Crying Nazi: Franziska Augstein takes a critical look at media muckraking that's uncovered the Nazi pasts of a new group of leftist intellectuals. Extraterrestrial life may well be so weird we would not immediately recognize it, and scientists looking for alien life should be seeking the unfamiliar as well as the familiar. From Political Affairs, an essay on Marxism and the new synthesis in moral psychology; a look at sex and power: Towards a semiotics of violence; and an article on Real Political Correctness. A review of A Future for Presentism by Craig Bourne. Paramount Pictures has taken over the campus of Yale University to film the forthcoming fourth installment of the popular Indiana Jones series. From Bill Moyers Journal, an interview with E.O. Wilson. College is quicker (1 day) the second time around: One Day University gives students a chance to hear lectures from four top universities without homework, tests or an admissions process that goes beyond writing a check.

From CJR, Bending to Power: How Rupert Murdoch built his empire, and how he uses it. A noble trade: Press photographers are often wrongly cast as cynics or manipulators. In fact, they are romantic figures, driven by a desire to tell the truth. But hey, it's what the readers want: The "most read" lists on news websites seem to tell us some bracing things about what really interests people. Could this become a substitute for the editor's judgment?

From The New York Review of Magazines, A Cover Story: How Annie Leibovitz deposed the Taliban, and other global crises; Miles Above: Why Air Canada's enRoute is an in-flight magazine good enough to buy; The Minions Wear H&M: The life of a fashion mag assistant isn't all Prada; Death Has a Blog: The Grim Reaper asks which magazine will be next; and Good's Intentions: Can the heir to the Inc. fortune make money by giving it away?

From New Statesman, a review of Off the Road: Twenty Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg by Carolyn Cassady. The Great American Novel was written by: (a) Steinbeck (b) Cather (c) none of the above. Has the novel been murdered by the mob? Brilliant though it was, The Sopranos moved in to a place in US culture that used to belong to prose fiction. John Freeman wonders whether they have killed it off forever.

Form TNR, Jed Perl on why ancient art still has a claim on our attention. Sex, jugs, pots and bowls: A hugely prolific painter, draughtsman, sculptor and ceramicist, Pablo Picasso is regarded as the supreme artist of the 20th century, and his private life continues to fascinate. But exactly why is he so widely accepted as a genius? Springtime for Hitler: The hidden art of the Third Reich, argues Roger Griffin, betrays uncomfortable links with more radical modernism. Bleak Mythology: From eugenics to unicorns, one museum's history. Art makes a scene on Second Life: The online virtual world is becoming one of the best places for artists, curators and dealers to meet.

A review of Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television by Lee Siegel. Whose side is Bart Simpson on? It's surprisingly hard to pin down the politics of America's favourite family. The young ones: As would-be child actors queue up for a part in the next Harry Potter movie, Barry Didcock investigates the thorny business of employing minors in a grown-up film industry. From Blackadder to Four Weddings and a Funeral Richard Curtis has made millions out of making us laugh. He tells Laurie Taylor why comedy has a duty to bring relief.

From Eat the State!, a look at why Hipsterism is an oil-age artifact. Homey Don't Play That: Here are 50 things you should never say: "#6 So I was reading The Fountainhead..." Does self-help breed helplessness? An interview with Jennifer Niesslein, author of Practically Perfect in Every Way: My Adventures through the World of Self-Help—and Back.

From Stanford Law Review, a symposium on Global Constitutionalism, including John O. McGinnis (Northwestern) and Ilya Somin (George Mason): Should International Law Be Part of Our Law? Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz (Georgetown): Condorcet and the Constitution: A Response to The Law of Other States (and a response by Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein). An excerpt from State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace by Christian Davenport. From Monthly Review, Noam Chomsky on Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities.

From The Chronicle, an APSA forum on The Future of the Jihadi Movement: a 5-Year Forecast. Princeton economist Alan Krueger says lack of civil liberties, not poverty, breeds terrorism. From CJR, a cover story on Prisoner 345: What happened to Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Haj.

From Jewcy, a series of articles on the first genocide of the 21st century. An excerpt from Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide by M. W. Daly. An excerpt from The African Human Rights System, Activist Forces and International Institutions by Obiora Chinedu Okafor.†

A decade ago, geologists found signs that one of the least-known countries in Africa, the tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, might hold a king's ransom in oil. The first drop of oil has yet to be produced. But these days, little Sao Tome may have attracted ample supplies of something else, U.S. government investigations suggest: oil-related corruption. An article on Guinea Bissau, the world's newest narco state. In Mauritania, seeking to end an overfed ideal: To Mauritania’s men, fat is sexy, so women resort to force-feeding and steroid use in pursuit of obesity.†

From Cafe Babel, who's afraid of multiculturalism? Living together peacefully - long a European ideal. Positive discrimination and the question of national identity menace the multi-culti ideal, be it in the UK or France. Could ethnic quotas be the miracle remedy? Timothy Garton Ash on weaving a new identity: At 50, Europe is not one story, but many; and a cause to celebrate: European malaise? Where? Just say no to referendums: Despite appearances, referendums are not democratic. All they do is hand power and influence to malign media oligarchs.

How Europe is drowning in wine: EU subsidies have spurred big surpluses and made the continent uncompetitive with "New World" wines. Now reform is afoot. Each year, the EU spends hundreds of millions of euros transforming unsold wine into cleaning products and ethanol. But a proposal to reform the way Europe does wine has not been well received by vintners. Sex Video Clouds Europe's YouTube Launch: The EU has long had a public relations problem. To help improve its image, the bloc launched its very own YouTube platform in late June — complete with some of European film's best sex scenes.