Michael Ross (UCLA): Oil and Democracy Revisited and Oil, Islam, and Women. From Foreign Policy, a special report on Oil: The Long Goodbye; and Equatorial Guinea is perhaps the world's most striking example of why oil hurts, rather than helps, many of the countries that have it. Daniel Yergin on why oil still has a future: Demand in the developing world trumps new technology. Happy 150th, Oil! So long, and thanks for modern civilization (and more and more). Is a green world a safer world? A guide to the coming green geopolitical crises. Do you ever get the impression that civilisation has degenerated into an unedifying free-for-all?: An essay on the triumph of the commons, helping the world to share. Containing chaos: An article on risk and resilience in a globalized age. From Vox, will the current crisis reverse the past two decades of democratisation and financial liberalisation? Global economic council should oversee all: It is time to devise a new architecture for the global economic order geared to the challenges of the 21st century. A review of David Schneiderman's Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise. The first chapter from Rules for the Global Economy by Horst Siebert.


From Red Pepper, articles on the rise of European Bobo politics and of Europe’s far right. Wrong things, rightly named: Eastern European Tzvetan Todorov knows what to call the practices covered in the CIA report; Scott McLemee follows his lead. From Reviews in History, a review of Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. The politics of guilt: What other group in world history has been more “tolerant” or less hostile to outsiders than were white Protestants? A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Dead Wrong: Sarah Palin, meet Hippocrates — and Levi Johnston, who describes life with the Palins. The wing-nut code: What Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are really saying to their followers. Actually, Obama doesn’t want to take over the Internet. From TNR, Gabriel Sherman on the story behind the Obama-Brooks bromance. Rehabilitate the state: Those who decry "big government" soon realise how much we need it when things go wrong. The collapse of unfettered capitalism should have been a golden opportunity for the left — so where did it all go wrong? From Boston Review, Noam Chomsky on crisis and hope, theirs and ours. Is Ralph Nader irrelevant? This generation might be bored with Nader’s message.


From Time, a cover story on America's food crisis and how to fix it. Here's a quick history of fast food, from the Romans to Delmonico's legendary 8-courses-in-an-hour lunch. Sarah Kerr reviews Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. A review of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams. An interview with Lisa Jervis, author of Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Eating by Lisa Jervis. An interview with Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It. If you thought genetically modified food stirred controversy, just wait for "nanofoods". Stoner Food 101: Unfortunate truths for parents about YouTube, jam, Nutella and — oh, yeah — marijuana. Eat your peas, or don’t, whatever: How can parents coach children away from unhealthy eating without provoking insecurity and obsession? Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about eating disorders. An interview with David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating (and more). Roadside diner: How to make salad from Albany Street — a new movement redefines local food. An interview with Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (and more). A review of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton.


Freud’s Adirondack vacation: How an invitation from a prominent American scientist 100 years ago gave psychoanalysis its start in the United States. Michael Roth reviews Brenda Maddox’s Freud's Wizard: Ernest Jones and the Transformation of Psychoanalysis. Paul Bishop argues that there is a real philosophical heart to Carl Jung’s psychoanalysis. A review of Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind by Paul R. McHugh. A review of Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail by Richard Bentall (and more and more). Analyze This: The real problem with the Rorschach test — it doesn't work (and more). A review of Beyond The Box: B.F. Skinner's Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s-1970s by Alexandra Rutherford. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders always attracts its fair share of mockery, and the last one was no exception (and more and more and more). Statisticians analyze song lyrics, blogs and speeches to try to determine the national state of well-being. Ghetto Affect: Patricia Pearson on bringing psychotherapy to the down and out. Depression's evolutionary roots: Researchers suggest that depression is not a malfunction, but a mental adaptation that brings certain cognitive advantage.

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