From Ethics & International Affairs, Campbell Craig (Southampton): The Resurgent Idea of World Government; a review of International Legitimacy and World Society by Ian Clark; James Sterba reviews Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: Who Owes What to the Very Poor?, ed. Thomas Pogge; and a review of A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy by J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley Parks. From Carnegie Council, torture, rights, and values: Why the prohibition of torture is absolute. Was the new Pixar film “WALL-E” inspired by an American cultural theorist? Scott McLemee goes over the moon to find out. Frank Furedi on why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories. How the media ruined the G-8: It’s time to bring the Group of Eight back to its elitist roots. More on Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher by Neil Gross. From TLS, a review of Semi-Invisible Man: The life of Norman Lewis by Julian Evans; a review of A Poisonous Affairs: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja by Joost Hiltermann. Benjamin Wittes and Andrew McCarthy try to figure out how best to adapt our laws and retain our freedoms in a world of enemy combatants. Books pages in newspapers and magazines are shrinking, while reviewers are paid peanuts; where did it all go wrong?