Anthony D'Amato (Northwestern): Israel's Air Strike Against the Osiraq Reactor: A Retrospective (1996). Robert A. Caplen: The "Charlie Brown Rain Cloud Effect" in International Law ("I apply the metaphor of Charlie Brown, the Charles Schulz comic strip character who seems to always travel with a rain cloud permanently hovering atop him, to a peculiar phenomenon in international law and foreign relations that affects only one nation: Israel".) Giovanni Distefano (Neuchatel): Some Remarks on the United Nations and Territorial Sovereignty in the Occupied Palestine Territories. Historical Fiction: Dore Gold on why Israel is not a colonialist state. From Dissent, Gadi Taub on settler anti-Zionism. Most of Israel’s Arab children attend poorly-performing segregated public schools — what can be done and what does it mean for Israel’s future? Despite the headlines, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has little impact on most Israelis' everyday lives. The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: Can Israel now say boo to America? Inside the bubble: A review of When They Come for Us We'll be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman (and more and more and more and more and more). Falling far from the family tree: Descendants of Trotsky and Begin share the passion, but not the politics, of their famous forebears. From Commentary, a review of The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa by Sasha Polakow-Suransky. A review of The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor. Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic? (and more). The introduction to How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz. The Unconsoled: George Packer on David Grossman’s Israel trail. Pioneers: A mix of passion and tradition makes Israel a classical-musical superpower.
Thom Brooks (Newcastle): What Did the British Idealists Ever Do for Us? Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain (Minnesota): Masculinities and Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies. Jurassic Ballot: When corporations ruled the Earth. From The National, an article on Sayyid Qutb, man of his era. A House that Murdoch Bought: Conrad Black reviews Sarah Ellison's War At The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire, David Kindred's Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post; A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life, and Gay Talese's The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World. Effing the Ineffable: How do we express what cannot be said? The introduction to The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany by Susannah Heschel. A review of Utopia or Auschwitz? Germany's 1968 Generation and the Holocaust by Hans Kundnani. A review of Antimatter by Frank Close. The landmark 20th anniversary UN Human Development Index reveals global gains in development even in poorer nations (and more). 5 futurists on the single most significant technologic development of the next 20 years. "They all look the same" race effect seen in the brain. Lose your wimp, embrace your intellectual. Fat studies: A handful of colleges now offer classes entirely devoted to the overweight and obese, but are they intellectually topical or just feel-good, pro-fat propaganda? From Thought Catalog, basically a fucking asshole: An iChat interview with Gavin McInnes, founder of Vice Magazine; and a look at the emerging trend of using MS Paint and Paintbrush to express one’s emotions on the Internet. An interview with Richard Wolin on books on France in the 1960s. Start paying attention now: Hurricane Tomas is going to be a major, major disaster for Haiti.
From The Philosophers' Magazine, ideas of the century: interest in disagreement and experimental philosophy. From Prospect, interest in “trolleyology” — a way of studying moral quandaries — has taken off in recent years; some philosophers say it sheds useful light on human behaviour, others see it as a pointless pursuit of the unknowable. Evolution and the Trolley Problem: People save five over one unless the one is young, genetically related, or a romantic partner. An interview with Zack Lynch on how neuroscience will change the world. Peter Hacker tells James Garvey that neuroscientists are talking nonsense. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best known sci-fi authors of today; Nick DiChario talks to him about the philosophical ideas embedded in his books. Thomas S. Hibbs on Stanley Cavell's philosophical improvisations. Steve Pyke has been photographing philosophers for more than two decades; in compiling his work for an upcoming book, Mr. Pyke asked his subjects why they had spent their lives in philosophy (and more). From Arts and Opinion, Robert J. Lewis on 1-800-PHILOSOPHY; and what philosophy is good for: If it's only a game, why play the hand we've been dealt? Socrates was condemned to death for telling the ancient Greeks things they didn't want to hear, but his views on consumerism and trial by media are just as relevant today. A review of The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life by Bettany Hughes. William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, on what it means to practice an ancient philosophy in the modern world (and part 2 and part 3). Malmesbury bids to become UK's first "philosophy town". Philosophers’ football rematch: Monty Python’s famous match is replayed in North London.
From Neiman Reports, a special issue on Reporting from Faraway Places: Who does it and how? From NeoAmericanist, Andrew O'Connor on infotainment’s appeals and consequences. TV news is driven, more and more, by the latest scoops on JonBenet, Caylee, and Natalee; the inside story of how tabloid-TV stories are made, bought, and paid for — and Larry Garrison, the man who's often behind it all. Arianna Huffington has created a media upstart valued at $100 million — what's it really worth? How the drive to attract massive numbers of visitors to their Web sites (and the advertisers that might follow them) is having a profound effect on news judgment at traditional news organizations. Who is Howard Kurtz and why shouldn't you care? A question of credibility: Journalism is more than thorough research and investigation — it also includes the open handling of sources. The rules say reporters shouldn’t get involved with the people they cover, but when faced with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, some veterans realized there are times to abandon professional standards. From CJR, the hamster wheel: Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere; video journalism is dying — long live video journalism; and an interview with Mike Liebhold of The Institute For the Future. He bribed, he blackmailed, he extorted, he lied — was Jack Anderson a reporter or a spook? (and more) A report from the borderland between history and journalism: Writing in new genres involves learning new skills and sometimes jettisoning old habits. Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club was once the favoured watering hole of veteran reporters, inspiring classic novels and countless brawls. Death to the Generic News Story: If I've read that headline a hundred zillion times before, it can't possibly be news. What's the point of journalism school, anyway? The rally to restore journalism: In both our media and our politics, style over substance has become the status quo.
Rainer Forst (Frankfurt): Two Stories about Toleration. Georg Struver (DUI): Too Many Resources or Too Few? What Drives International Conflicts? The latest Analecta Hermeneutica is a special issue on "The Absolute Question" — i.e. God — which includes papers from a conference on the philosophy of religion hosted by the International Institute for Hermeneutics at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick) in August 2006. A review of The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century by Peter Watson. Why do Americans have yards? A murder in Salem: In 1830, a brutal crime in Massachusetts riveted the nation — and inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. A review of Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture by Jim Collins. A review of Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals by Jean Kazez. Aaron David Miller on five myths about Middle East peace. From NYRB, a review essay on Oscar Wilde, classics scholar. A review of Science’s First Mistake: Delusions in Pursuit of Theory by Ian O. Angell and Dionysios S. Demetis. Dan Ariely on new economists worth knowing. The Heidelberg Thingstatte is a Nazi edifice built on a sacred mountain site used by various German cults. Why democracies don't get cholera: It's about a lot more than just clean water. A review of Taliban: The True Story of the World's Most Feared Fighting Force by James Fergusson. A review of Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity: The Hidden Enlightenment of Diversity from Spinoza to Freud by Michael Mack. A review of Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson.
From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue on technology and education. Educational excellence bites back: American education is far from perfect, but the models abroad aren't much better. How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education leaders. Is Michelle Rhee’s revolution over?: When people rebel against education reform. The myth of charter schools: Diane Ravitch on Waiting for “Superman”. Why good study habits may be bad for learning. Schoolwork: Nicholas Lemann on the real education problem. STEM education has little to do with flowers: The letters stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but it has some branding issues — and is it even a brand worth saving? No Child Left Behind has given us a lot of hard numbers — but we still don't know what they're telling us about educational outcomes. Learning by playing video games in the classroom: Can one middle school’s approach transform education? High school bullying is causing four times as many gay teens to kill themselves as their straight peers — so why not just bypass high school? An interview with Bill Smoot, author of Conversations with Great Teachers. Why school lunch is “nasty”: Liam Julian on commodity surpluses and policy shortcomings. Teacher Trap: In the world of education, there's no such thing as a Superman. From National Affairs, does school choice "work"? Frederick Hess investigates. A review of The History of Special Education: A Struggle for Equality in American Public Schools by Robert L. Osgood. Brilliance in a Box: What do the best classrooms in the world look like? A review of Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants by Jeffrey E. Mirel. Is the best way to fix the American classroom to improve the furniture?
Richard E. Redding (Chapman) and William O’Donohue (Nevada - Reno): The Psychology of Political Correctness in Higher Education. Mitchell J. Nathanson (Villanova): Truly Sovereign at Last: CBC Distribution v. MLB and the Redefinition of the Concept of Baseball. Randy Borum (USF): Understanding Terrorist Psychology. From n+1, my life and times: Anonymous on PR for the PRC; and a perfect bomb: Nick Holdstock visits Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. A review of The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land by Gardner Bovingdon. Colonial studies: A real ant colony is more like an office that communicates by meaningless text messaging. They work together, share food and send their elders into battle to protect the young, and EO Wilson thinks they have a lot to teach us. A review of Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist by Steve J. Shone. From The Chronicle, what are books good for? At their best, they are better, smarter versions of ourselves — but though books aren't crucial, long-form texts are. The first chapter from A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950 by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof. Using music to teach politics: An interview with political scientist Chris Soper. Age of Innocence: How discovering planets is like losing your virginity. A review of The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism. Avenue Verte is the London-Paris cycle route that keeps getting you lost. Failing poor single mothers: A review of Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform by Sandra Morgen, Joan Acker, and Jill Weigt; Both Hands Tied Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom in the Low-Wage Labor Market by Jane L. Collins and Victoria Mayer; and The War on Welfare Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America by Marisa Chappell. A review of Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror by Gabriella Slomp.
From Verbum et Ecclesia, Johannes van Oort (Utrecht): Manichaeism: Its Sources and Influences on Western Christianity; Trudie Stark (North-West): The “Jezebel spirit”: A Scholarly Inquiry; Rory du Plessis and Marinda Maree (Pretoria): Engendered Representations: Exploring Sexuality through Symbols and Myths; and Samuel Hill (Johannesburg): A Hermeneutics of Sexual Identity: A Challenge to Conservative Religious Discourse. Is atheism a belief? One of the most common accusations aimed at atheists is that atheism is an article of faith, a belief just like religion. William Pike on the Jesus Seminar: A 25 year quest for the irrelevant Jesus. An interview with Mary Warnock on Godless morality. Suppose someone who hasn't been keeping up with theology for the past 25 years now wants to read the most important books written during that time, what five titles would you suggest? Against humanism: Of course we should love, honour and cherish our species, says Mary Midgley, but should we have to worship it too? A review of Sin: A History by Gary Anderson. It's a standard piety that nothing should be sacred, and nothing above criticism, but it this desirable or even possible? An excerpt from John R. Shook's The God Debates: a 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between). A review of Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years by Philip Jenkins. Friends like these: Attacks on New Atheism, especially from fellow atheists, are ill-advised, counter productive and play into the hands of the religion apologists. Was George W. Bush the last hippie? An interview with David Williams, author of Searching for God in the Sixties. Liturgy against the laws of physics: How does religious ritual preserve humanity from chaos and entropy? Social progress vs. endless war: Why do atheists and humanists disagree?<br id="dxn_5" />
Michael J. Green (Georgetown): Japan’s Confused Revolution. Japan surrenders: James Fallows returns to his old Tokyo neighborhood and finds an inward-looking country that has lost its ambition. A review of Nihonjin no Otoko wa Motenai ("Japanese guys aren’t popular") by Meiko Mochizuki Swartz. An interview with Ian Buruma on books on Japan. A review of Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s by Jeff Kingston (and more). Practical lessons in world hegemony, as Japan’s attempt to strike an independent course is cut down by the Obama Administration. Jeffrey Kingston on the untapped potential of Japanese civil society. Japocalypse Watch: The latest entry in the increasingly popular genre of Japanese decline-watch stories in the U.S. media. Wada Haruki on resolving the China-Japan conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. China's teetering on the verge of its own lost decade, and a meltdown in Beijing would make Japan's economic malaise look like child's play. A review of As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything by Karl Gerth. A review of When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind — Or Destroy It by Jonathan Watts. Beijing is paying for Chinese-language schools all around the world, including scores in the US — should we be concerned? The World's fairs have always existed to entertain the West — the Shanghai World Expo, however, has its own ideas. The Next China: An interview with Stephen Roach, author of The Next Asia. China also rises: Will China seek revenge for its century of humiliation at the hands of the West? Beyond East vs. West: China's frictions with the modern, liberal world don't conform neatly to old binaries. It is not quite true that China is rejecting Western values such as democracy — rather, it is fighting over them. Religion in various forms is burgeoning in the PRC today, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party cannot decide what to make of it — or do about it. Can you give my son a job? Slavoj Zizek reviews The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor.
A new issue of Catalyst is our. Andrew B. Coan (Wisconsin): The Future of Reproductive Freedom. From Newsweek, a look at the 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010, including politicians, ex-politicians, media personalities, and political consultants who hawk their personal brands in the public marketplace — and influence American political discourse in the process. A review of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler. With increased gender equality, commercial interests have gained influence over people's looks and dreams — we are taught that what is on the inside is what counts, but quickly find that beauty is only skin deep. A review of The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages by Robert Fossier. The galaxy could be filled with dozens of planets capable of supporting life, but finding ET would force many of us to think the theologically unthinkable. A review of Which “Aesthetics” Do You Mean? Ten Definitions by Leonard Koren. New research shows that promoting colorblindness can lead people to turn a blind eye to even overt examples of racial discrimination and hamper the prospect for intervention. What motivates Amazon's hardcore raters? Nicholas Jackson investigates. A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be "commercial suicide" — now, gay writers are mainstream; Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall. The Case for Geopolitical Mechanisms: Sustainable peace in the Middle East conflicts with the U.S. defense industry, which relies economically on regularly pumping more arms into the region. Recreational computing: Puzzles and tricks from Martin Gardner inspire math and science. More on Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon.