A review of Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan. The evil that men do: A review of books on the Armenian Genocide. A review of Genocide before the Holocaust by Cathie Carmichael. From Der Spiegel, Erich Follath on Holocaust as Career: The Khmer Rouge, the Nazis and the Banality of Evil. The horrors of the Khmer Rouge's rule may be in the past, but the question of whether its crimes amounted to genocide lingers on. Genocide or "a vast tragedy"?: University students in an Alberta classroom try to decide. Never again?: A look at what the Holocaust can't teach us. A review of Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s by Michael Marrus. A book by its cover: Judging Holocaust memoirs by appearance only. Shalom Auslander is at work on a new project: a comic novel about genocide. Ending our age of suffering: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on a plan to stop genocide (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity). The first chapter from "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. John Prendergast on five myths about genocide and violence in Sudan. Musa Hilal has the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands, but the Janjaweed leader claims he's just a peacemaker. The accepted story of the mass killings of 1994 is incomplete, and the full truth — inconvenient as it may be to the Rwandan government — needs to come out (and more). Philip Gourevitch on the Mutsinzi Report on the Rwandan genocide. Felix Holmgren on how Philip Gourevitch wrote the victors' history book. Sarah Sewall on a genocide policy that works.

Robert Solow reviews How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy. A review of The Cost of Capitalism: Understanding Market Mayhem and Stabilizing our Economic Future by Robert Barbera. From Soundings, a series of papers on the credit crunch. From TAP, a review essay on the financial crisis. A look at how the Fed's approach to regulation left banks exposed to crisis. The Big Bank Theory: Dean Baker on how government helps financial giants get richer. An excerpt from Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable by Mark Gilbert. What caused the economic crisis? Jacob Weisberg on the 15 best explanations for the Great Recession. Jeremy Bernstein on Paul Samuelson and the obscure origins of the financial crisis. From Vanity Fair, one of the biggest disconnects on Wall Street today is between the way Goldman Sachs sees itself (they’re the smartest) and the way everyone else sees Goldman (they’re the smartest, greediest, and most dangerous). When greed is not good: Wall Street has quickly rediscovered the virtues of mammoth paychecks — why hasn't there been more financial reform? Why are we letting Wall Street off so easy? Joseph Stiglitz wants to know. Taking care of Wall Street: An interview with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Thank you, Wall Street, may we have another? Americans are angry at the financial crisis — just not at the fat cats who caused it. Bring back Glass-Steagall: Banks that behave like hedge funds don't deserve guarantees. Trust no bankers: The financial industry has always been wrong about the dangers of regulation.

A new issue of City & Time is out. A review of Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic by Dell Upton. Why cities matter: A review of Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga. The ruse of the creative class: Cities that shelled out big bucks to learn Richard Florida's prescription for vibrant urbanism are now hearing they may be beyond help. Squatters take on the creative class: Who has the right to shape the city? Forced out of the areas they occupy, the involuntary subjects of urban gentrification confront a double challenge: the need for housing, and the need to radicalise campaigns beyond the parliamentary liberalism of rights discourse. World class carelessness: A review of Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism. Learning from Tijuana: An interview with Teddy Cruz on the graveyards of corporate architecture and informal settlements of Latin America. Vancouver imposes notions of sustainability in its decisions on what, where and how to build — still, it's not quite the utopia (and more). Where do architectural wonders, coat hanger abortions, virtual slave labor, and a modern underground railroad meet? (and part 2) City diplomacy: An article on global governance beyond the state. Here are 12 unrecognizable before and after views of cities. An article on on the uncanny beauty of Peter Zumthor’s out-of-the-way buildings. Clay Risen reviews The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories by Edward Hollis (and more and more and more and more and more). An article on Boston's Hancock Tower, the skyscraper that ate a billion dollars.

Timothy M. Christensen (Muskingum): “A Dark and Hidden Thing”: Evelyn Waugh, Cannibalism, and the Problem of African Christianity. On the evolution of skateboarding in New York City — skating is everywhere. From 3:AM, an interview with Bogdana Koljevic on Serbia and Europe, philosophy and poetry. From New Internationalist, a special issue on counterterorrism's rise. From Nerve, here are ten good reasons to hate Oprah. An interview with Jason Bitner, author of Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. From Reason, why is Washington spending so much on the military? From Cultura, Frederic Will on saving time and paying for the world; and what do I remember when I remember that my wife said to get milk on the way home? The funny thing about nappies is the cute cartoon animals on them — who is that for? The Goldwater Anomaly: An excerpt from Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism by Jeff Riggenbach. In recent years, American ideas about psychiatric disorders have spread around the globe; is that really good for the world’s mental health? (and more) The erasure of boundaries: The Root’s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., looks back at the first decade of the first century of the new millennium. How Rome got it wrong: A failed empire offers lessons for modern times. Here are 11 things you didn't know about pinball history. Justin Fox visits Ron Paul's Fed-free utopia. Along with helping people reconnect with old flames, childhood friends and even long-lost relatives, the Internet is giving rise to a newer phenomenon: the decades-late apology.

From Psychology Today, an article on suicide bombers and Islamic shtick; a look at what connects the Christmas airline bomber with the Fort Hood shooter (and more); and the unconscious psychology of terrorists: What makes someone psychologically susceptible to recruitment by Al-Qaeda? Amid the hysteria, a look at what al-Qaeda can't do. The Butt Bomb: Michael Crowley on Al Qaeda's hidden weapon. Timothy Noah on why the recommendations of the 9/11 commission wouldn't have stopped the underpants bomber. Undressing the terror threat: Running the numbers on the conflict with terrorists suggests that the rules of the game should change. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are at odds, yet it is only growing more difficult to defeat the global jihad. A recent surge of homegrown terrorist plots has renewed interest in designing a U.S. counter-radicalization program; here are 10 lessons that the US should keep in mind. Jessica Stern on 5 myths about who becomes a terrorist. Peter Beinart on why profiling will never work. Matthew Yglesias on the real reason profiling fails: We have more Muslims who want to cooperate with us than who want to bomb us. Obama promised to improve our intelligence system, but how good can it get? We have 16 separate intelligence agencies — no wonder people aren't connecting the dots. One of the biggest challenges for American intelligence? The way the brain works. America's terrorism amnesia: Why do our politicians and press react to every terrorist incident as though it was happening for the very first time? (and more and more and more) Bruce Schneier on stopping the panic on air security.

Life of the Party: Howard Fineman on how Roger Ailes is the real head of the GOP. From The Wall Street Journal, an interview with Glenn Beck on conspiracy theories, his critics on the right and left, and how he resembles Howard Beale of Network. Is Murdoch trashing the WSJ's Washington coverage? The end of the Washington Times: You'd think that somebody with a direct line to the Almighty, and tapped by Jesus to save mankind on Earth, would be able to come up with a better business plan for running a daily newspaper. Reporting from the Right: Two new conservative Web sites, Big Journalism and The Daily Caller, mirror the battle over the Republican Party. Right-wing rising star: Meet S.E. Cupp, conservative pundit beloved by Tucker Carlson and Nick Hornby alike (and more). Conor Friedersdorf on the alternating evasiveness and passive aggression of Instapundit (and a response and a reply). All the Right Enemies: It’s almost painful watching a level-headed conservative attempt to defend Sarah Palin in good faith. Paul Gottfried on picking apart Washington’s scum: As everyone and his cousin know, the neocons are his least favorite “Washington insiders”. A review of Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism by George H. Nash. More on We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism by John Derbyshire. Conservative ideas, like support for the status quo and justifications for inequality, can make the world seem like a more secure place for those who don't like uncertainty. New research suggests the contemplation of compassion can negate the power of threat to increase support for conservative values.

From Cyberpsychology, Monica Barbovschi (UBB): Meet the "E-Strangers": Predictors of teenagers' online-offline encounters; and Pavica Sheldon (LSU): "I'll poke you. You'll poke me!": Self-disclosure, social attraction, predictability and trust as important predictors of Facebook relationships. A Christmas Love Story: Walter Kirn on how Facebook cured his holiday loneliness. Some think Facebook eliminates the need for face-to-face meetups with former classmates, but online networking actually makes people more likely to want to see each other in person. Getting profiled: Whether Facebook ushers in an actual rather than hypothetical cyber-dystopia is very much up to us. From The Rumpus, an interview with an Anonymous Facebook Employee on privacy. Between all the scraps of info about you online, players in business, politics, and government may know a lot more about you than you'd think. Arise, Web users: If tech giants are making so much money off your data, at least demand a cut. From Vanity Fair, it’s a new kind of fame — twilebrity — with its own rules, risks, and pecking order. The children of cyberspace are old fogies by their 20s. Those refusing to use the Internet are one of the nation's fastest-shrinking minorities. "I'm old school": Ron Jeremy thinks the Internet is sort of evil. From New Scientist, are we being served by technological wonders or have we become enslaved by them? The Google decade ends: If the search king hasn’t ripped up your business yet, just wait. Here are 8 online fads you didn't know were invented decades ago.

From Harper's, Scott Horton on The Guantanamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle. Endearingly quaint, unbearably wholesome, those 20 minutes before bed remain sacred: Enter the political children’s book. Theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman argues that quantum physics can explain the existence of free will. From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, Lisa MacKinney "Mmmm, he's good-bad but he's not evil": The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack," and the Cultural Context of the Motorcycle Rider; Barbara Brodman (NSU): The Motorcyclist as Revolutionary: Looking for Mr. Guevara; a special section on The Wild One (1953); an interview with Sputnik, Chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association; a review of Bodies in Motion: Evolution and Experience in Motorcycling by Steven L. Thompson; a review of Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle; and Adrien Litton on finding the Zen in motorcycling. Michael Totten interviews Christopher Hitchens (and part 2). Does environmentalism destroy the world?: Open Democracy and Resurgence launch the "Dictionary of Ethical Politics" to explore how our political concepts can cope with the end of the limitless. ResearchBlogging.org’s content editors on how they select the best blog posts, the value of research blogging, and their predictions for the coming year. It is time to take a closer look at the crying scene in New York. New Scientist takes a look at the enigma of the 23-year-old baby. Research suggests prejudice towards migrants stems partly from the fact that they're awkward to think about.

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Tiina Rosenberg (Lund): On Feminist Activist Aesthetics; and Anu Koivunen (Stockholm): Confessions of a Free Woman: Telling Feminist Stories in Postfeminist Media Culture. Feminism, what went wrong? It started with Girl Power and has sunk into mindless hedonism — why has sexual equality backfired? Robert Trundle (NKU): Women’s Fashion: Function of Sex or Social Construction? Women have been taking their clothes off in protest for centuries, but now that nudity is everywhere, is the naked body still an effective campaign tool? From TAP, are impossible beauty standards a subconscious cultural reaction against women's growing political power? The Word's Jan Freeman on the "female" question — or should it be "woman"? From The Economist, the rich world’s quiet revolution: Women are gradually taking over the workplace, but feminist management theorists are flirting with some dangerous arguments; and across the rich world more women are working than ever before; coping with this change will be one of the great challenges of the coming decades. Poverty has been feminized: How the economy derailed the Decade of the Single Woman. Is the Internet — and not the washing machine or the pill — the technology that finally liberated women? Not everything has changed: A review of The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America by Kathleen Gerson. A review of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.

Robert Gooding (ANU): The State of the Disicipline, The Discipline of the State (from the Oxford Handbooks of Political Science). Coburn vs. the Political Scientists: It would be an enormous mistake to defund political science research. Is Marc Ambinder "hatin’ on poli sci"? John Sides investigates (and more, and Ezra Kelin on the problem with campaign books). Here are some practical suggestions for reporters, bloggers, and others who want to know what's up according to the political scientists. Model Behavior: Political scientists Stephen Majeski and David Sylvan question the usefulness of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's predictioneering. Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): If Democracies Need Informed Voters, Why Is It Democratic to Expand Enfranchisement? A review of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation by James Fishkin. John Parkinson on how there is more — much more — to “deliberative democracy” than deliberative polling. A review of Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter. The myth of the rational voter: Politics involves much more than the calculations of rational choice theory. Why do people vote? Satoshi Kanazawa investigates (and part 2 and part 3). A review of The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics by Dennis Sewell (and more). Your genes may determine whether you cling furiously to your political beliefs or cast them aside at a shift in the breeze. Andrew Gelman on internal vs. external coherence in political ideology. It's long been noted that power corrupts, but it also makes people hypocrites, too.