Jahangir Amuzegar (MEPC): Iran's Oil as a Blessing and a Curse (reg. req.). Damon Golriz (The Hague): Investment in Social Sciences: Key to a Democratic Iran. A review of The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran by Homa Katouzian. A review of A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy. The current turmoil is Iran is not a result of the alleged election fraud, but of thirty years of brutality frustration. Hooman Majd on Iran's Green Movement: It's a civil rights movement, not a revolution. Miller-McCune goes inside the cyberwar for Iran's future. Abbas Milani on Iran's people, Iran's pulpits. A series of political defections and a new poll proves that Ahmadinejad is losing support among the conservatives who once made up his base (and more). Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandsons supporting the reformers, demonstrations in the holy city of Qom? This is a new generation of resistance. In Qom, the site of Iran’s secret uranium-enrichment facility, the Islamic Revolution remains as strong as ever. Iranian regime's days are numbered: An interview with Shirin Ebadi. As Iran returns to the headlines, Robert Irwin considers the range of commentary on the regime and its modern historical context. American foreign policy pundits are the equivalent of what in a different context Martin Luther King Jr called "the white moderates". The Greening of Islam: How the Iranian uprising has transformed Shiism. The music does not remain the same: Can western music foment revolution in Iran? A review of My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran by Haleh Esfandiari. Doug Ireland reviews Sexual Politics in Modern Iran by Janet Afary.

Turf Warrior: Can Dennis Blair save U.S. intelligence? The all-singing, all-dancing Elizabethan stage: Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage. An excerpt from Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good? by Richard P. Bentall. From TAC, Andrew Bacevich on how America has an impressive record of starting wars but a dismal one of ending them well. Mark Sarvas on Literary Losers: Long before Amazon.com reviewers tyrannically demanded sympathetic and likable protagonists, literature was reliably populated by leading men of a less bland stripe. Is proposition "no left turn" a right wing conspiracy or the perfect answer to traffic and lung congestion? From Wired, a look at obscure hobbies for obsessive geeks. How the Enquirer exposed the John Edwards affair: The former senator might be your attorney general today if our reporters hadn't stuck with the story. A Pilgrimage to SkyMall: Can a trip to its headquarters make for documentary art, or just a closer look at solar-powered mole repellers? What the pending International Court of Justice decision on Kosovo’s independence will mean for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How do you say "quickie" in French? Tony Perrottet on Napoleon's frequent (and fast!) lovemaking. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and James Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the natural selection of robustness, and ask: Is society turning inward? Damn Orwell: He has the gall to call into question the very notion of writing about pop culture during times of strife, which is to say, at all times.

Rachael Goodman and Cirecie West-Olatunji (Florida): Traumatic Stress, Systemic Oppression, and Resilience in Post-Katrina New Orleans. A review of Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North by C.S. Manegold (and more). An article on the extraordinary story of the hanging of the black man who owned slaves. Clay Risen reviews We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama by Peniel Joseph (and more). A review of The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line by Roderick Bush. From PUP, the introduction to Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South by Christopher Parker; and the introduction to Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School by Karen Anderson. A review of Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb by David Kushner. A review of Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America by Beryl Satter. A review of Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980 by Devin Fergus. A review of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas. An excerpt from The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari. The first chapter from African American History for Dummies by Ronda Penrice.

From the Annual Review of Critical Psychology, a special issue on Jacques Lacan, including Carl Cederstrom (Lund): Lacan Goes Business; Calum Neill (Edinburgh Napier): Who Wants to Be in Rational Love?; an interview with Slavoj Zizek; and an interview with Karolos Kambelopoulos, Lacan’s hairdresser for a decade. Misinformation hurts national security: Ronald Noble, secretary general of Interpol, responds to Newt Gingrich and conservative bloggers. A look at the 7 most WTF post-fame celebrity careers. From Anthurium, Elvira Pulitano (Cal Poly): Landscape, Memory and Survival in the Fiction of Edwidge Danticat. The Haiti crisis did not start with the earthquake: An interview with Nicholas Laughlin, editor of The Caribbean Review of Books. Clearing space for the utopian imagination: George Scialabba’s What Are Intellectuals Good For? is a liberal book conservatives can admire. From The Big Money, Marion Maneker on Amazon's self-defeating war on publishers (and an update). From CJR, Adam Federman on Moscow’s new rules: Islands of press freedom in a country of control. From The Progressive, a series of articles on remembering Howard Zinn. The odd world of digital groupies: Doree Shafrir goes inside the bizarre world of extreme internet fandom. The Blair mission: He didn’t lie over WMD — rather, his failings were poor judgement combined with a fatal moral fervour. Dumb-dumb bullets: As a decision-making aid, PowerPoint is a poor tool. From New Geography, an article on suburbs and cul-de-sacs: Is the romance over? A review of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates by Adrian Johns (and get Piracy free today only from the University of Chicago Press).

From TPM, Luciano Floridi finds you only live twice with Second Life. What happened to Second Life? Not long ago it was everywhere — today you'd be forgiven for asking if it's still going. SimCity Baghdad: A new computer game lets army officers practice counterinsurgency off the battlefield. Research suggests video games can help adults process information much faster and improve their abilities to reason and solve problems and that the art of creating computer games can boot student skills. Your brain's got game: Size of brain region predicts videogame performance, and perhaps more. Here are some surprising statistics about video games, and who exactly is playing them. A review of A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players by Jesper Juul. From Prospect, videogames are no longer the preserve of adolescent males in dark bedrooms — their emergence as a social medium is changing the way we work, learn and fight wars; and World of Warcraft has transformed the way we think about videogames and popular culture — but it's also helped to change the way we think about ourselves. The media has labelled them "murder simulators", linked them to depression and held them accountable for childhood obesity — but there's another side to videogames that the mainstream media doesn't seem to want you to know about. Philip K. Dick’s fiction is a defense of the validity of video games because despite the fact that they are not real, his stories argue that there is still something valid in the artificial. A look at 8 horribly misguided "futuristic" video game controllers.