A new issue of Canadian Political Science Review is out. From c2c, a special issue on Canada's Drug War. A review of books on tar sands in Canada. Will the promise of the Northwest Passage finally be realized? The Last Inuit of Quebec: Justin Nobel was searching for a different way of life, but so were the Inuit. A review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard. A look at how the Inuit who were lured north and left to battle for survival can't escape their horrific memories (and more). Canada is becoming a world leader in official apologies — do they benefit anyone but the people offering them up? An article on Michael Ignatieff, the stranger within. What happened to Canada's Liberals? A Pragmatic Manifesto: Can Quebec's social democrats make markets serve equality? The Fraser Institute's school of spin: An excerpt from Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy by Donald Gutstein. What would the Florentines do? Mark Milke on what modern conservatives and libertarians can learn from Renaissance Italy. Do Stephen Harper's "theocons" give a Christian tint to policy or simply keep the base happy? The Afghan torture scandal, the Arar affair, Adscam, the Bush years — given so many cautionary tales, why are Canadians still letting the government hide public information? From Maisonneuve, a more prefect union: Should we give up on Canada and merge with the United States? The Canadian Way of War: Can the US learn to fight from our staid northern neighbors? A review of The Island of Canada: How Three Oceans Shaped Our Nation by Victor Suthren. Oh. Canada: Stefany Anne Golberg's great-grandparents needed to escape — Saskatchewan sounded nice.

Mariam Thalos and Chrisoula Andreou (Utah): Of Human Bonding: An Essay on the Natural History of Agency. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama, Joseph Nye, G. John Ikenberry, Stephen Krasner and others take stock of Obama's first year. The quiverings about Obama's self-regard reveal more about the pathologies of his accusers than about the President. From Vanity Fair, behind the breakthrough magic of Walt Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and his other 30s and 40s classics — Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi — toiled as many as 100 young women, the inkers and painters, working from dawn to dusk on thousands of cels that brought his dreams to life. From The Economist, a review essay on Albert Camus. A look at 7 bullshit police myths everyone believes (thanks to movies). An unexpected wedding invitation to the unfortunately named town of Al-Qaeda highlights Yemen's promise and its challenges. An interview with Adrian Johns, author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Was democracy born of science?: A review of The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris. Nestled between the Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is the kind of country you need to repeat two or three times when describing your itinerary. Moldova, a corner of potential in Europe, where Lenin still stands: How the Communist Party has held on to Moldovans' votes. A review of King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age by Kathryn Allamong Jacob.

From Ameriquests, a special issue on Manliness: Black American Masculinities, including Frank Dobson (Vanderbilt): Beyond Black Men as Breeders: White Men and the Commodity of Blackness; Thabiti L. Lewis (WSU): The Modern Athlete, Hip-Hop, and Popular Perceptions of Black Masculinity; Davarian Baldwin (BC): Pimps Up, Hoes Down?: The Amazing Misadventures of Blackface Masculinity; and Vania Penha-Lopes (Bloomfield): Work, Love, and the Family Involvement of African American Men. Kathryn A. Sweeney (Emory): Contact and the Continuum of White Women's Racial Awareness. A review of Posing Beauty: African American Images From the 1890s to the Present by Deborah Willis. Beverly Johnson on the psychology of beauty: An excerpt from Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today. Negritude 2.0: Obsessing about black beauty never goes out of fashion. From The Black Commentator, Sharon Kyle on the other N-word: Nappy. The roots of it: By styling her daughters' hair each morning, she was attending to something deeper than a beauty ritual. A review of Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy by Ruth Nicole Brown. Welcome to the dollhouse: A look at the line the new black Barbies won’t cross. Black babies as propaganda: Antiabortion activists target African-American women, again. Kids as young as 6 months judge others based on skin color — what's a parent to do? Behind your secret racism: An interview with Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain (and more). 13 black truths: It's the 21st century, folks — you really ought to know this stuff. A primer on racism: The many uses of the word and how legit they are. Michael Kinsley on the decline of the racist insult. John McWhorter on retiring the term "African American".

From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on security, exclusion, and social justice, including David Roger Mutimer (York): My Critique is Bigger than Yours: Constituting Exclusions in Critical Security Studies. Why on earth is seal hunting so unpopular? Bradley Doucet wants to know. Critique of Impure Reason: All hail the scholarship of Jean-Baptiste Botul; Scott McLemee looks into a case of philosophical fact-checking (and more and more on BHL). The greatest literary hoax ever?: A French philosopher has been caught out by a literary prank, but it's nothing on the tale of the forgotten artist Nat Tate. From The Hill’s new feature "The Story Behind the Bill", a look at legislation you may not have heard about and the people inspiring it. Why is braille dying?: In an age of audiobooks, only 10 percent of blind kids learn it — but listening isn't the same as reading. From Adbusters, what do you see: Is your brain East or West?; and East-West: Good-evil, right-wrong? From Popular Science, an article on the quest to read the human mind; and a look at how robots display predator-prey co-evolution, evolve better homing techniques. From Popular Mechanics, humans have feared a robotic uprising since the machines first appeared in science fiction; today, experts caution against a more insidious threat — we might like living with them too much; and a look at the 8 evil forms of AI that gave robots a bad name. A library is no longer a mere home for books, but a wired-up information center: A review of This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson (and more and more).

Jorge E. Horvath (Sao Paulo): Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Modern Cosmology: The Case For a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift. From TED, David Deutsch on parallel universes and you. The Wow Factor: Joel Achenbach reads between the pixels of the Hubble's latest images. Fleeting evidence of cosmic chaos: High above the Namibian savannah, scientists are using giant telescopes to find gamma rays from deep space. Strange Matter: John Olson on the physics and poetics of the search for the God particle. The first chapter from Quantum Physics For Dummies by Steven Holzner. The prologue to From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll (and more and more and more). At the level of quantum physics, chaos as we now define it is unquantifiable. A review of The Universe: Order Without Design by Carlos I. Calle. A review of Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos by Paul Murdin. Are black holes the architects of the universe? Scientists have determined the mass of the largest things that could possibly exist in our universe. The properties of the universe can be derived by thinking about the origin of complexity, says a new theory. An article on physicists’ dreams and worries in the era of the Big Collider. Repository of the cosmos: An article on Neil deGrasse Tyson and his tricked-out, gift-filled office. The first chapter from The Origins of the Universe For Dummies by Stephen Pincock and Mark Frary. A review of The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn by Louisa Gilder. An interview with Frank A. Wilczek on discovering the mathematical laws of nature. Beautiful symmetry provides glimpse into quantum world: Whether or not E8 really turns out to be the key to a fundamental understanding of the Universe remains to be seen.