From Ethics & International Affairs, a review of War Crimes and Just War by Larry May; The Price of Peace: Just War in the 21st Century; and Rethinking the Just War Tradition; a review of Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge; a review of All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes by Daniel Drezner; a review The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers by Ngaire Woods; and a review of Does Foreign Aid Really Work? by Roger C. Riddell and Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics by Carol Lancaster. From The Economist, an article on the end of cheap food: Rising food prices are a threat to many, but they also present the world with an enormous opportunity; and rising incomes in Asia and ethanol subsidies in America have put an end to a long era of falling food prices. Food (or not) for thought: The world's food system may be about to go into crisis, and the U.S. government's energy policy may be partly to blame. Is microfinance too rigid?: A group of young(ish) scholars are revolutionising development economics using new data sets, randomised trials and the best available economic theory to find out exactly what works and why. An interview with the WTO's Pascal Lamy, one of globalization's shrewdest observers, who rehabilitates the Marxist criticism of capitalism.

From Sirens, the mass appeal and accessibility of Victoria's Secret, America's largest lingerie brand, has us all wearing the same damned underwear — sue us if we want a little bit of originality down under. A look at why sometimes it pays to dress like a slut. An article on Tila Tequila’s shot at stereotypes: Reality dating show with bi-star is more than just trashy fun. A review of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!) by Carol Platt Liebau. Ex-escort Amanda Brooks, author of The Internet Escort’s Handbook, tells sex workers how to be savvy and safe online; the abridged version: Don't use Craig's List. A review of America's War On Sex by Marty Klein. Six reasons to have sex every week: Studies show that regular sex (with all due precautions taken) provides a host of surprising health benefits. Research finds when she's turned on, some of her genes turn off. What makes men unfaithful, and why are men gay?: Excerpts from Desmond Morris' The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body. What is the best age difference for husband and wife? By marrying a woman 15 years younger, preindustrial Sami men maximized their surviving offspring. An interview with Stephanie Losee and Helaine Olen, co-authors of Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding — and Managing — Romance on the Job.

From Wired, "I was a neuroscience guinea pig": A look at how scientists scrambled Lisa Katayama's brain. In study of brain evolution, zeal and bitter debate: Ralph Holloway is widely regarded as a leading expert on the evolution of the human brain, even by many who have disagreed with his more controversial conclusions. Neuropundits gone wild! Befuddling brain science on the opinion pages of The New York Times. Want to lend your scientific findings an extra air of credibility? Just throw in a couple brain images. My shiny new eBrain: A look at how the Amazon Kindle, and the digital book revolution it heralds, will give us the minds we've always dreamed of.

Protection money: In the struggle between development and environment, some are proposing payments to help preserve rain forests. It’s a mug’s game: Economies may have to substantially change to respond to global warming, starting with the humble cappuccino. Researchers take a first step toward quantifying the "socioclimatic" exposure of different countries to future climate change. What happened to the Kyoto Protocol? The House Oversight committee releases a report on White House efforts to interfere with climate change science. A review of Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming by Chris Mooney. A review of Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism by Michael Egan. A review of Counterculture Green: Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism by Andrew G. Kirk.

From TED, legendary designer Philippe Starck spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" From PopMatters, a look at the stories industrial designs tell. Is there any "right" way to design a prison? A review of Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy.  A look at how American invented the hotel: A history of hospitality. A review of Hotel: An American History by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz (and more and an excerpt). A review of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York's Rebel Mecca by Ed Hamilton. How do you build a community from scratch? From Comment, here are 50 things to love about city life. Some hard talk about towns: The death toll from the catastrophes that strike cities doesn't have to keep climbing.

From PUP, the introduction to Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejali (and an interview). Watching torture: A reporter's reflections on "the pornography of violence". A review of The Guantanamo Files: the Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison by Andy Worthington. Think the Guantanamo detainees are all innocent? Think again. A review of Security and Human Rights. Abolish the CIA: Destroying the interrogation tapes amounts to mutiny and treason. Is the CIA getting a bad rap? The agency is imperfect, but we need it—now more than ever. More on Day of Empire by Amy Chua. More on God & Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World by Walter Russell Mead. An interview with Richard Armitage, former deputy US secretary of state, on President Bush. A review of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy by Glenn Kessler. A review of Media, War and Postmodernity by Philip Hammond.

From Adbusters, Dear Mr. Unabomber: It’s been over ten years since you’ve touched a bomb... A look at the 6 most overhyped technologies. I dream of choppers: What the curious transformation of the helicopter tells us about society. From First Science, how advanced are we as a civilisation? In 1964 soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev proposed a scale for measuring the technological advancement of an extraterrestrial civilisation. Look out, future, because here we come: scientists say the speed of human evolution increased rapidly during the last 40,000 years — and it's only going to get faster (and more and more on how culture speeds up human evolution). Research suggests we are genetically programmed to be generous. A review of Deadly Companions: How Microbes Shaped Our History by Dorothy H Crawford. A review of Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care by Shobita Parthasarathy. DNA, direct: The race for the $1,000 genome is on, but though personal genetic testing is advancing rapidly, beware of overselling.

From HNN, have you noticed how television pervades public places in the United States? Without late-night, candidates get a pass: As the writer's strike enters its second month, this presidential race is the first in recent memory with no one to reprocess the news for late-night comedy shtick. You couldn’t write this stuff — TV reality sets in: Because of the writers’ strike, networks’ schedules will be filled with repeats or reality programs come January. A review of Fawlty Towers: The Story of Britain's Favourite Sitcom by Graham McCann. The Good, the Bad, and the Japanese: The brilliant director Akira Kurosawa, of "Seven Samurai" fame, helped bring a new kind of hero to the American movie screen — not so much film noir as film gris. Do film critics know anything? Richard Corliss wants to know.

From Dissent, the newest way to vault from routine political notability into the stratosphere of presidential prospects is to write a book — but what does it really mean to speak of a “true author” of a campaign document? Millionaires-in-Chief: The top White House contenders are a lot richer than the rest of us — here's where they got it... and where it goes. Perhaps it's worth pausing to note some of the reasons that public financing of elections makes sense, even if it's getting no attention from the major presidential contenders. Will the real candidates please stand up? Americans shouldn't base their choice for president on meaningless factors like a candidate's tactics, image or supposed electability. The year that wasn't: A look at how 2007 defied conventional political wisdom. Businesses test candidates with logic puzzles; why not put presidential hopefuls to the test? Beyond (Wayne) Dumond: Todd Gitlin on eight questions reporters should ask Huckabee. National Review endorses Mitt Romney. Return of the Nativist: Ryan Lizza goes behind the Republicans’ anti-immigration frenzy. EJ Dionne on why the Republican's tough stance on immigration will help them in House races. Have you noticed how liberal white male reporters get crushes on right-wing male candidates?

From The Nation, Jonathan Schell on the old and new shapes of nuclear danger (and an interview). No nukes is bad nukes: George Bush demands "Non-existent Nuclear Proliferation Treaty" to protect the world from Iran's stockpile of non-existent weapons. World war four is off — time to bargain with Iran? No Change: A look at why the NIE won't actually alter the debate about Iran. How to defuse Iran: Successful United States-Iran engagement requires comprehensive diplomacy encompassing the core concerns of both sides. Meet the Decider of Tehran — it's not the hothead you expect. Anxious nations don't compromise: What the Israeli reaction to the NIE report means for the peace process. A review of Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race by Richard Rhodes (and more). Alexander Cockburn reviews The Nuclear Jihadist by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins; Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons by Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark; America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise by David Armstrong and Joseph J. Trento; and Iran and the Bomb: The Abdication of International Responsibility by Therese Delpech.