Elizabeth Heger Boyle and Minzee Kim (Minnesota): International Human Rights Law, Global Economic Reforms, and Child Survival and Development Rights Outcomes. From Law, Social Justice & Global Development, Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra): If God Were a Human Rights Activist: Human Rights and the Challenge of Political Theologies; and Oche Onazi (Edinburgh): Good Governance and the Marketization of Human Rights: A Critique of the Neoliberal Normative Approach. From the Journal of Politics and Law, Yue Yang (Guangzhou): The Global Interests in the Process of Globalization; and Noel Villaroman (Monash): The Loss of Sovereignty: How International Debt Relief Mechanisms Undermine Economic Self-Determination. From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on on governance and growth. From Kotuitui, a review of Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations by Brian Easton; and a review of Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism. Can "good" colonialism eradicate poverty? To Stanford economist Paul Romer, it just might work. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty: Sebastian Mallaby on the virtues of colonialism. The real cost of free: Why products distributed for nothing in the developing world may be a gift to no one. Rethinking the “third world”: The poor world has changed fundamentally; others are barely coming to grips with the implications. Plutocrats and the coming order: How a flat world has yielded uneven fruits, sowing the seeds of democratic discontent. How will democracy fare in the G20 world order? The club that shapes the world’s economy has grown to include many less-democratic countries that have, however, economic clout. The 10 states that fill out the top ranks of this year's Failed States Index are a sadly familiar bunch.
From the Journal of Political Ecology, Diego Quiroga (USFQ): Crafting Nature: The Galapagos and the Making and Unmaking of a "Natural Laboratory"; and Elisabeth Middleton (UC-Davis): A Political Ecology of Healing. By Freeganism could potentially reveal alternatives to capitalism, alternative subject positions to inhabit, but only if it abandons an ideology that is parasitical upon capitalism. A review of The Finger: A Handbook by Angus Trumble. "Sonic branding" is big business indeed: How do advertisers capture your soul with just five musical notes? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; but so does all play and no work. From Dissent, Benjamin Ross on the hundred years' war over toxic chemicals. Blezzed R Teh Cheezmakers: Rewriting the word of God for kitties, coders, and conservatives; and he's allergic to cats, he's got surprisingly good grammar — meet Ben Huh, the meme maestro behind LOLcats and FAIL Blog. Webster's Timeline History books each compile a list of events associated with a topic — and they cover a whole lot of topics. An interview with Andrew C McCarthy, author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (and part 2). Who’s afraid of subliminal advertising? “Behavior placement” in television programming is neither new nor alarming. Yes We Kant: How does the brain learn about space? Reality TV, something we generally think is below us, is more popular and pernicious than you think. A review of Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction by Susan Hough. Ever wondered what it would be like to sit down at your favorite writer’s personal computer? The Perfect Imposter: The curious case of the Hermit of Hamneda, a Swedish mystery man who kept the secret of his past for over 40 years.
Jukka Mikkonen (Tampere): Assertions in Literary Fiction. Maxine E. Walker (PLNU): Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love in a Secular Age. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Federico Bellini (Siena): Beckett’s Ticklish Characters: Reading Beckett through Zizek; and Etienne Poulard (Cardiff): Shakespeare’s Politics of Invisibility: Power and Ideology in The Tempest. From Limina, a review of Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative by Lisa Zunshine; and a review of Why are Critics Afraid of Dragons? Understanding Genre Fantasy by Kim Selling. From NYRB, a review of books on and by John Cheever (and more at Bookforum by Matthew Price) The new Henry Miller speaks out: An interview with Eric Miles Williamson, author of Welcome to Oakland. A review of Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells (and more). From Axess, literary scholars often believe that texts can be studied outside their historical context, but in order to comprehend the modernist current, one must understand that its predecessor comprised utopists who wanted to see a new society and a new humankind; many think that modernism is the opposite of classicism, but modernists like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound were disgusted by the excesses of Romanticism and thus sought out more austere, classical forms of expressions; and modernism has its background in theosophy — understandably, adherents today are not keen to talk about this. An 800-year-old manuscript is shedding new light on one of the hidden jewels of Arabic literature, The One Hundred and One Nights. A review of Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue. A review of Fiction across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Late Twentieth-Century Novels by Shameem Black.
From the Journal of Futures Studies, Jan H. Naude (Stellenbosch): Technological Singularity and Transcendental Monism: Co-producers of Sustainable Alternative Futures; Steve Gould (Sunshine Coast): Learning from the Politics of Futures; Jonathan Peck (IAF): Some Theories of Social Change for Futures Practitioner; Stephen Millett (FA): Should Probabilities Be Used with Scenarios?; and a symposium on Zero Zone Theory. Accidents will happen: What if Deepwater Horizon was a nuclear plant? The introduction to Why Statues Leap, a collection of articles from 21 years of The Skeptic magazine (and more). Can people become experts without the experience? If people are talking about managing deficits and not saying what spending they'll cut and which taxes they'll raise, they're not saying anything useful. A review of From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory by John Ridener. Intelligence is correlated with openness to novel experience, but what does “novel experience” mean? From DRB, a review of Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living by Declan Kiberd. The defender of eventuality: An interview with Ernesto Laclau. Atlas Obscura takes a look at the Oklo Reactor, the world's only natural nuclear reactor. Radical cuts to social welfare spending to reduce budget deficits could cause not just economic pain but cost lives. In the split second before foot meets ball, a soccer player's body betrays whether a penalty kick will go left or right, according to recent research. Greg Marx on lessons from the response to the David Weigel flap. The Networker: Ken Auletta on Saad Mohseni, Afghanistan’s first media mogul. Mephedrone is the new ecstasy: Hey, you can snort this — it’s legal, but think about it first. More and more and more on Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson.
From Words Without Borders, a special issue on international queer writing. What are the social origins of queer? Peter Drucker on the new sexual radicalism. The generation that launched the queer-rights movement is entering its golden years; some are still in no hurry to step out of the closet. Why are so many girls lesbian or bisexual? Girls today are three times more likely than boys to be non-heterosexual. A review of Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895-1917 by Terence Kissack. Studying the elusive fag hag: Women who like men who like men. From NYRM, a profile of Out magazine; and in The Advocate’s case, downsizing may actually spell success. A review of Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities by Holly Furneaux. The myth of lesbian bed death: Women in long-term relationships get it on as much as other couples — or not. Is a gay ghetto still relevant in the summer of 2010? Out of the closet, into the chat rooms: How the Internet is revolutionizing gay rights in Latin America. Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the US, lose your love, break the law. A review of Public Discourses of Gay Men by Paul Baker. For years, society had two perceptions of what lesbians look like; today, high fashion and lesbians aren't such strangers — and it's getting harder to tell, Is She or Isn't She? Some Pentecostal Christians believe the deliverance rite can exorcise the demons that cause homosexuality; the truly shocking part is that God-fearing gays keep signing up for the traumatic ritual. Situational heterosexuality — the term used to describe the experience of gay and lesbian people in heterosexual partnerships — is the most misunderstood concept in the "ex-gay" and Christian worlds. With help, heterosexuals can become gay.
From the Journal of Pan African Studies, Stephen Okhonmina (Igbinedion): The African Union: Pan-Africanist Aspirations and the Challenge of African Unity; Serie McDougal (SFSU): African Foreign Policy: A Question of Methodology; and Oyekan Adeolu Ouwaseyi (Lagos State): Democracy and Africa's Search for Development; and a review of An Afrocentric Manifesto: Toward an African Renaissance by Molefi Kete Asante. The scramble for Timbuktu: Scenes from the race for influence over Africa's ancient written culture. Sanou Mbaye on Francafrique at 50. France beckons Africa: They say the old habits will end — really? Covering the vast continent is no easy task, but Arise magazine does so in a bold and beautiful way. A review of Bertrand Taithe's The Killer Trail: A Colonial Scandal in the Heart of Africa. A look at how how China and India really operate in Africa. Unesco launches effort in Africa to teach the continent its history. The humanitarian's dilemma: Should Westerners help needy Africans? To save Africa, reject its nations: A global effort to derecognize failed African states will force their rulers to adopt the necessary reforms to gain domestic support. Representatives of universities from developed countries, and other well-intentioned people, arrive in Africa with basic assumptions that undermine their work. The Botswana success story: How one African country slowed the AIDS crisis (and more). Why can’t anyone stop the LRA? One of the evilest rebel armies in Africa has been kidnapping children and murdering civilians for 20 years despite constant international efforts to wipe it out. Where Ghana went right: How one African country emerged intact from its post-colonial struggles. Is Ghana amongst the worst-branded in Africa now? (Almost) Out of Africa: Joshua Hammer on the white tribes.
Melissa Bellanta (Queensland): Leary Kin: Australian Larrikins and the Blackface Minstrel Dandy. The introduction to Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo by Jeffrey A. Tucker. A review of The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics, Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication by Michael Eldred. Globalization and Materialism: Kyle Bristow on the mortal dangers to the soul of Western man. Peter Darbyshire, the author of The Warhol Gang, thinks modern society is screwed. When you think about it, Robert Louis Stevenson was probably right about Victorian times and he is not all that wrong now. A review of American Idol after Iraq: Competing for Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age by Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy. Check your pockets carefully — it’s possible that nearly half of our moon rocks are missing. James Surowiecki on the dangers of financial illiteracy. From the RSA, a special report on mastering our behaviour through instinct, environment and reason. One way to get popular with ladies: Set out to walk around the world in an iron mask. Christopher Lehmann reviews Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch by Eric Miller (and more). The Son of Gutenberg: How WordPress changed the way we publish. A review of How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom (and more and more and more and more). It's hard enough to predict the challenges we'll face in 20 years, let alone to guess the solutions; the only thing we know for sure is that science can deliver. A review of The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention by William Rosen (and more). Thought a black president would lead to more diversity on cable news? The TV landscape has only gotten whiter.
Elizabeth Chittock (Tasmania): Difference Matters. Edward Avery-Natale (Temple): The God Metaphor. Todd McGowan (Vermont): The Necessity of Belief, Or, The Trouble with Atheism. From the Journal of Religion and Society, Paul Cliteur (Leiden): The Definition of Atheism; Andrew Stuart Abel (Hastings) and Andrew Schaefer (Keene State): Seeing Through the Invisible Pink Unicorn; Wioleta Polinska (NCC): The Making and Unmaking of Prejudice: An Interchange between Psychology and Religion; Hans Geser (Zurich): Work Values and Christian Religiosity: An Ambiguous Multidimensional Relationship; and Tomas James Rees (East Sussex): Is Personal Insecurity a Cause of Cross-National Differences in the Intensity of Religious Belief? From The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Em McAvan (Murdoch): The Postmodern Sacred; and an article on the Wiccan “Great Rite”: Hieros Gamos in the Modern West. A review of books on Islam. Between "New Atheism" and believers, Apatheism forges a different path. Do you care whether the religious ideas you believe in are true or not? Foxhole Atheists: It's time to retire that old stereotype. A review of Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason by Robert Erlewine. A review of Ontology and Providence in Creation: Taking Ex Nihilo Seriously by Mark Ian Thomas Robson. A review of Christology and Science by F. LeRon Shults. More on Eric Kaufmann’s Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? A look at 10 of the world’s most bizarre cults. Catherine Tumber reviews Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman and Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist by Sharman Apt Russell. Beneath the veil: G. Willow Wilson traveled from B.U. to Cairo, and created a new Muslim life.
Sohail Inayatullah (Tamkang): Defeating the Taliban: Creating an Alternative Future Through Reframing and Humor. From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, Steve Bearman and Avril Thorne (UC-Santa Cruz) and Neill Korobov (UWG): The Fabric of Internalized Sexism (and a response and a reply); and Kenneth R. Cabell (Clark): How to Order a Baby: Confusions and Constructions of a Little Scientist in the Freudian World (and a response). Endless war, a recipe for four-star arrogance: Indications that the military's professional ethic is eroding should set off alarms. A review of The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth about the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Masonry by Jay Kinney. A review of Before Roe v. Wade, ed. Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel. Academic cracks philosopher's musical code: Historian Jay Kennedy claims Plato's manuscripts are mathematically ordered according to 12-note scale. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. The best vacation ever: How should you spend your time off? Believe it or not, science has some answers. Want fiscal reform? Let's start by targeting the fattest farm subsidy checks — which are mailed to the richest New York ZIP codes. Soap operas might save us from overpopulation: Bill Ryerson is using media to change behaviors that contribute to global overpopulation. More and more and more and more and more on At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. A look at sex differences in approaching friends with benefits relationships. Economist Brad DeLong on why macroeconomics is pretty easy (and more). US hikers were seized in Iraq: An investigation finds Iranian forces crossed the border to arrest them; then a rogue officer took over custody.
Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula (IFN): Why Are There So Few Female Top Executives in Egalitarian Welfare States? Sotunsa Mobolanle Ebunoluwa (Babcock): Feminism: The Quest for an African Variant. Atsuko Kawakami (ASU): From an “Internationalist Woman” to “Just another Asian Immigrant”: Transformation of Japanese Women’s Self-Image before and after Permanent Settlement in a Western Country. Want to dump a troublesome husband, or unsuitable boyfriend? Just call Osamu Tomiya and his team of splitter-uppers, but you’ll have to move to Japan. From the Journal of International Women's Studies, a special issue on gender and Islam in Asia. The sudden flurry of interest in the mainstream press on gendercide suggests a significant cultural shift. A review of The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present by Christine Stansell. A review of Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century by Sheila Rowbotham (and more and more and more and more). A review of Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson. A review of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May. Rebellion was everywhere in the 60s, but Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch made the most audacious demand of all: for a feminist revolution that was personal and political (and more). The early sisters of Sarah Palin: A short history of "feminist" anti-feminists. A look at how conservative women politicians make life harder for working moms. Today's "mancession" will change everything: America is at a key moment in which the economy has shifted to favor women. Is our society on the verge of becoming a matriarchy? It's not the end of men: The problem isn't men; it's traditional gender stereotypes.