From The Economist, the dragon in the backyard: Latin America is tilting towards China, Iran and the global “south” — and away from the United States; and more on Latin America's new alliances: Whose side is Brazil on? (and more) The Cult of the Caudillo: The strongman may be Latin America’s most important contribution to political science. A review of The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn (and more and more and more); and a review of Twenty Theses on Politics by Enrique Dussel. A review of Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy (and more). Jorge Lanzaro on how social democracy lives in Latin America. Mirror Image: Latin America isn't tilting left, it's tilting right. A review of The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity by Heather Levi. What has changed 30 years after Nicaragua's revolution? (and more) An article on Puerto Rican nationalism and the drift towards US statehood. A look at the myths and costs of the Cuban Revolution. An excerpt from Cuba: How the Workers and Peasants Made the Revolution by Chris Slee. Gustavo Villoldo hunted revolutionary leader Che Guevara — his new weapon: a $1 billion judgment against Fidel. A review of Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image by Michael Casey. An article on the reawakening of Afro-Argentine culture. Daniel Gross on how how Peru made the right economic moves

From BJWA, Aharon Klieman (Tel-Aviv): “Middle Easterner”: A Regionalism Denied; and Mahfoud Amara (Loughborough): The Muslim World in the Global Sporting Arena. From Middle East Quarterly, an article on Western Sahara and the self-determination debate. Libya's regime at 40: Colonel Gaddafi's domain, now opening to the world, is more protection-racket than modern state; and an embarrassing soap-opera of two presidential daughters in Egypt sums up the Arab predicament. Is anyone listening to what the Arabs are saying about Israel? From City Journal, Silicon Israel: How market capitalism saved the Jewish state; and a review of The Israel Test by George Gilder. Who watches the watchers?: An article on anti-democratic Israel advocacy. From Moment, the first part of a special series on Israel's Arab citizens: "From Arab to Palestinian Israeli". Surfing has spread across the globe but foundered in Gaza, despite attempts to launch a club behind the Israeli blockade. After travelling from the steamy chaos of Beirut to the streamlined gleam of Dubai, Salma Abdelnour finds herself wistfully looking back. A review of Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane. Off the deep end: Fast Company takes a look at the decline of Dubai (and more and more). Postcard from Sana'a: Is Yemen chewing itself to death?

The Icelandic baby boom is all down to economics: "Many of us have sought solace in love and sex". Why does everyone want to be Irish? From Angela's Ashes to "Who Do You Think You Are?", the Emerald Isle is still a reliable source of self-pity (and a look at Ireland and its various Dark Ages). An article on the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, the border-fence of Europe. The Barbarous Black Skeleton: The Eiffel Tower, now the iconic symbol of Paris, was despised at first for being too American (and more and more). Where's the Belgian pride? On National Day, Belgians barely lift a flag. Here's the truth about Amsterdam's coffeeshop culture — because you can see museums and canals anywhere. How is it that a small German town has ties to almost all of Europe's royal families? The precedents for disgraced imperial superpowers are many, so how have the once-violent Danes become a docile, perfectly socialized society? An article on Scandinavia’s loser towns: Will the last one out please switch off the light? Entering the Yugosphere: Almost 20 years after political bonds were severed by war, day-to-day links between companies, professions and individuals are quietly being restored. From Slate, a dispatch from Albania, the Muslim world's most pro-American state. From Forbes, an article on Europe's most idyllic places to live.

Uradyn E. Bulag (Hunter): Where is East Asia? Central Asian and Inner Asian Perspectives on Regionalism. From TNR, a review of Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present by Christopher I. Beckwith. Central Asia was once the “land of a thousand cities” and home to some of the world’s most renowned scientists, poets, and philosophers; today it is seen mostly as a harsh backwater. A review of Out of Steppe: The Lost Peoples of Central Asia by Daniel Metcalfe (and more). From Asia Times, a look at how the US is stepping up its Central Asian tango. An article on the battle of the bases in Central Asia. An article on Kyrgyzstan: How America gained a base and lost a country. An article on Kyrgyzstan, the heartbreak capital of Central Asia — seeming in the mid-2000s to be moving towards democracy, now descending into authoritarianism, and a contender for the title of most obscure former Soviet republic becoming prime real estate. Courting Turkmenistan: How Central Asia's "hermit kingdom" became the biggest prize in Europe's energy wars. Kristen Hoggatt had never heard of Uzbekistan, but she felt so guilty for being alive that she just wanted to work somewhere, anywhere (and more). The Silk Road unravels: Along the historic route that facilitated the movement of trade, ideas and cultures, governments are playing politics with an endangered history.