From NYRB, who is Sarkozy? William Pfaff wants to know. A review of The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography From the Revolution to the First World War by Graham Robb. From Sign and Sight, Margalith Kleijwegt talked to immigrant parents in the Amsterdam neighbourhood of Mohammed B., and found them in deep denial about their children. Protracted difficulty in forming a government points to a widening rift between an affluent Flanders and the francophone south, which benefits from the funds it transfers. The Tories find their inner liberal: In Britain, as the Labor Party seeks extended detentions, Conservatives wave the Magna Carta. No Security: A look at how Britain is failing in its most basic duty to its citizens. From 3:AM, an interview with Dan Kieran, author of I Fought The Law: Laws are Made to be Broken — Aren't They? We seldom get the culture we really, really want: Has there been anything so repellent in British cultural life as the new song and video by the Spice Girls? A review of Gomorrah: A Personal Journey Into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime Syndictate by Roberto Saviano (and more). Romanovs and reindeer: Finland’s capital, Helsinki, combines modernity with rich Russian history. The Russian Parliament's intellectual giants: Peculiar doctoral theses have supposedly helped Russian politicians improve their images — a paper by President Putin raises questions.
Taking sport seriously: Sport has never been more important, but its meaning and appeal are still not taken seriously, at least in Britain. It is time for sport to enjoy the same cultural weight as the performing arts, and to be judged by the normal standards of public life. A review of C.L.R. James: Cricket’s Philosopher King by Dave Renton. Football heartaches: A look at Gideon Rachman’s six worst England football experiences. How to choose a champion: Give the BCS system the boot — it’s time for an 8-team playoff. A review of The Agony of Victory: When Winning Isn't Enough by Steve Friedman. A review of The Last Great Fight: The Extraordinary Tale Of Two Men & How One Fight Changed Their Lives by Joe Layden (and more).
From Scientific American, an essay on the state of the science: Beyond the worst case climate change scenario; a look at our evolving present: Human changes to the environment are accelerating evolution in many ecosystems; here are 10 views of a warming world; a look at how the impacts of climate change are already apparent; here are 10 solutions for climate change; and the question becomes: will preventing further globe-warming pollution ruin the global economy? A look at why geoengineering's time is coming. Moving on up: Conservationists have begun to broach a taboo. Global warming and the Holocaust: Is the analogy between climate change and Hitler's atrocities appropriate? From Discover, a spaceport for treehuggers: Can a green building offset the potentially giant impact of spaceflight?
The introduction to The Failed Welfare Revolution: America's Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy by Brian Steensland. Look back in awe: Even baby boom liberals who spent their youth in rebellion against the tranquilized 1950s have become homesick for its virtues. Joel Kotkin on the rise of family-friendly cities: It's lifestyle, not lattes, that our most productive workers want. Suburban development: After six decades, the dream of Levittown is still alive. Residential programs for troubled teenagers tell parents they'll cure kids' behavior problems — but Congress may be cracking down after allegations of abuse and a GAO report that at least 10 teens have died in these facilities. An interview with Richard Paey, the paraplegic man sentenced to 25 years in prison for treating his own pain. Did Karl Rove help send an innocent man to jail? Lou Dubose investigates. A look at how the level of hate crimes in the United States is astoundingly high — more than 190,000 incidents per year. Behind the Crips mythos: A review of Blue Rage, Black Redemption by Stanley Tookie Williams. Cop Talk: A look at what happens when the boys in blue get too close to their keyboards. A review of Mafia: The Government’s Secret File on Organized Crime.
From Wired, an article on the decline and fall of the Animal Kingdom. The Mesozoic Aviary: A review of Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds by Luis M. Chiappe. Primates on the brink: Almost a third of all apes, monkeys and other primates are in danger of going extinct because of rampant destruction of their tropical habitat, the commercial sale of bush meat and the trade in illegal wildlife. Biologists debate relocating imperiled species: As global warming changes the face of habitats around the world, scientists are asking if humans can help save species from extinction by moving them to cooler climes. The bears among us: Scientists in Whistler, British Columbia, have been trying to condition bears to stop romping through backyards and homes. But is there a way to really stop a bear without killing it? So cute you could just eat them up: In certain situations, it makes evolutionary sense for animals to eat their young. Galloping ghosts: In Poland's primeval forest, a Nazi scientist re-created an extinct breed of horse. — or did he? Fishy Business: The problems with fishery management are mounting—and time may be running out. Desire and deception, lust and fetish, pleasure and pain — it's all happening beneath the waves: An interview with Sheree Marris, author of KamaSEAtra: Secrets of Sex in the Sea.
From Sign and Sight, a new cosmopolitanism is in the air: Ulrich Beck presents seven theses for a better world. Joseph S. Nye on the soft power of the United Nations. As negotiations go nowhere fast, an independent Kosovo is widely being accepted as inevitable — but the consequences will be far-reaching, not just for the Balkans. An article on NGOs in the Balkans: Too much of a good thing? Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, and Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, on the hidden world of the stateless. A review of The UN International Criminal Tribunals: The Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone by William A. Schabas. A review of Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. A review of Atrocity, Punishment and International Law by Mark A. Drumbl. A review of War Crimes and Just War by Larry May. A review of Of War and Law by David Kennedy. A review of War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict by Michael Byers. A review of Law and the Politics of Reconciliation. The lawfare of warfare: A review of Just War: The Just War Tradition by Charles Guthrie and Michael Quinlan (and more and more and more and more). A review of The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict by Roger OŽKeefe.
Where the wild things came from: How children's books evolved from morals to madcap fun. The seduction of children: Meet Philip Pullman, the man whom English author Peter Hitchens refers to as "the most dangerous author in Britain". J.K. Rowling sparked headlines, but Christian critics are paying more attention to Britain's second-most-popular children's author. His name is Philip Pullman, whose best-known work is the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. God in the dust: What Catholics attacking "The Golden Compass" are really afraid. Here's the kind of "training" a smug little boy will soon face: Why would a God who loves humanity make it rational but then make the most important thing in the world (religion) a-rational?
From New York, a look at the Wishy-Washy, Squishy-Squashy Pseudoscience of Electability: Is the nation more likely to elect a white woman, a black man, or an ex-mayor with a mean streak? Arguing about which candidate has the best shot next November is a game even sure losers can play. Electability vs. Experience: A look at the new calculus of the Iowa caucus. An interview with Sean Wilentz on making the case for Hillary Clinton. First Lady or World Man?: What experience is most valuable in a presidential candidate? Liberals' lesson Down Under: Democrats should take note of the success of Australia's Kevin Rudd. The Party of Jefferson: What the Democrats can learn from dead libertarian lawyer Moorfield Storey. Legal warrior: Can Ted Olson, the lawyer who won Bush v. Gore, win over social conservatives for Rudy Giuliani? President Rudy's war council: Norman Podhoretz and Daniel Pipes consider how the newly elected President should proceed in the world arena — the first act of a five-act play. Can Rudy's recipe for New York work for the world? Latter-day skeptics: A look at the Mormons against Romney, and Jonathan Chait on the wrong reason to hate Mitt Romney. Mitt the Mormon: Why Romney needs to talk about his faith. A look at how Mike Huckabee is rising — on a wave of economic populism. Here are five things Mike Huckabee doesn't want you to know about him: He's not a sane man (and more and more). Robert Novak on the false conservative: Why Huckabee makes real Republicans shudder. Ron Paul isn't that scary: It's that over-do-gooder Mike Huckabee who should be making conservatives nervous. Bad for Huckabee, good for America: By backing impure GOP candidates, evangelicals are showing signs of compromise. When religion becomes fair game: If candidates can court the faithful, they should be willing to answer questions of faith as well. An article on the politics of race and religion: Moral issues leave Black evangelicals torn between parties.
The Bogies: Radar nominates the most bogus awards in America. From The New York Observer, the little lady who fears nobody—not even Karl Lagerfeld! PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has no time for "old fogys" who use fur — "The young designers are great!"; celeb spawn swarm my social orbit: Not complaining—they can be quite charming! But it doesn’t seem quite fair that offspring of the rich and famous are sucking up all the glam media jobs; and The Bloggerina: She’s techno-savvy in a tutu! Meet iPhone spokesgal Kristin Sloan, the New York City Ballet babe who has computer geeks’ hearts doing grand jetes. One man’s trash: However unseemly and excessive this market may seem, the fact is that ever since there have been celebrities, there have been people rooting through their rubbish. From Vanity Fair, on the limits of self-improvement: Continuing his quest for a healthier, more handsome Hitch, the author puts himself in the hands of four experts — yes, a Brazilian wax was involved. A review of Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs: A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs. Larry King, sucker: Now it's official. America's preeminent TV interviewer will believe anything.
A look at how an attempt to undermine Roe vs. Wade by amending constitutions to grant human status to embryos gains ground in several states. A review of This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Susan Wicklund. A review of Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion. A review of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice by Francis J. Beckwith. A review of Anne Hendershott’s The Politics of Abortion. Why has James Hitchcock attacked Judie Brown, Pat Buchanan, The Remnant, The Wanderer and practically the whole Catholic right? And why has Father Richard Neuhaus lent him a hand?