Larry Diamond (Stanford): Why Are There No Arab Democracies? From Al-Ahram, where we are in 2010: Collapsing Arab states may well be a pattern in the future if the key fault lines between and within these states are not boldly addressed. A review of The Crisis of Islamic Civilization by Ali Allawi. Where's our Mandela?: Singular, inspiring and resolute leadership is above all what the Arab and Islamic world needs. Issandr El Amrani calls for an end to all the calls for a "new Marshall Plan". An interview with Eugene Rogan on books on the Arabs. Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, author of Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective, on the malaise in the post-1967 Arab world. From Al-Masry Al-Youm, an interview with Jeffrey Herf, author of Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. The first chapter from The Middle East For Dummies by Craig Davis. A review of Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World by Vali Nasr (and more). From The New Yorker, an article on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Can an oil-rich nation come to the rescue of a world desperate to find low-carbon energy solutions to combat a rapidly warming planet? The Dead Sea may soon shrink to a lifeless pond as Middle East political strife blocks vital measures needed to halt its decay. Is the term “Persian Gulf” a form of Iranian cartographic imperialism over Arabic-speaking countries? O camel! my camel!: Why the Arab world is re-embracing the poetry of the desert. Arabs are funny: A popular stand-up comedy festival in Jordan proves it.


From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a symposium on Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy by Tom Farer. Ludwig Minelli has helped more than 1,000 people kill themselves and turned Zurich into the world capital of “suicide tourism”; he says he’s securing a basic human right — others claim he’s a monster and a crook. New research finds a sense of purpose developed during college years sticks with you and helps shape adult behavior. An interview with William Sims Bainbridge, author of The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World. A look at how political leanings can affect investing. A look at 6 rulers who abused their power in hilariously insane ways. An article on Transnistria, stranger than paradise. An interview with Keith Slotter on books on the FBI and crime. Guess Obama wasn't kidding when he gave all those shout-outs to nuclear power in his State of the Union address. More and more on An Intellectual History of Cannibalism by Catalin Avramescu. A review of Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers. You're rich, get over it: People who make $250,000 or more a year can afford a tax hike. A look at how abstract thoughts prompt literal physical responses. A review of In and Out of the Working Class by Michael Yates (and more). You can download Human Security Report's "The Shrinking Costs of War". Sotheby's highlights economic disparity: Happy days are here again — for wealthy art collectors. The end of the office and the future of work: We love to hate the workplace, but we’ll miss it when it’s gone.


John Schmitt and Kris Warner (CEPR): The Changing Face of Labor, 1983-2008. The work around: How some supervisors of low-wage workers break the rules to make an unfair system a little bit fairer. A review of Can They Do That? Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace by Lewis Maltby. A review of Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men by Maria Charles and David B. Grusky. Unions must move Left, they have no alternative: A review of Solidarity Divided by Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin (and more). The Good War and the workers: World War II defense contracts raised labor standards — government could use the same leverage in peacetime. A review of Embedded with Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home by Steve Early. For American labor, year one of Barack Obama's presidency has been close to an unmitigated disaster. SEIU’s Civil War: American workers need a labor movement grounded in social justice, not fractured, fighting unions. Making labor legal: Renewing the tradition of using non-white, sub-citizen workers ought to cause considerable stress to those concerned with human rights. David Mulcahey reviews Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times by Andrew Ross. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on work, insecurity, and social justice. Misunderstanding the anti-union narrative: Many scholars find the theme of corruption in organized laborLINK hard to square with the reigning historiography. Why teach labor history? Union members have played a significant role in democratizing America and humanizing the workplace. A review of Why Is There No Labor Party in the United States? by Robin Archer. Should labor defend undocumented workers?


Exile in Greenville: Liz Phair on what happens when a NASCAR race and an environmental conference converge. Is technology ruining America’s youth? It’s certainly ruining its older generations. What’s old is new again: Just when you thought Iraq was getting better. Proxy War: A look at how Haiti became a battlefield for the great powers. Thomas Sowell on John Rawls and the problems with a more hands-on concept of fairness. Alan Wolfe reviews Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell (and more by Russell Jacoby). From Aestimatio, a review of The Catapult: A History by Tracey Rihll and a review of The Astrolabe by James E. Morrison. Why Orwell Endures: Sad as George Orwell’s early death was, one can’t escape a sense that in some way it was providential. A look at 5 ways techno-gadgetry is bringing out the worst in humanity. Justice, medieval style: Peter Leeson on the case that "trial by ordeal" actually worked. Why does time fly by as you get older? Robert Krulwich wants to know. Andrew Klavan on Culture v. Reality: Can you spot the difference? From Registan, Joshua Foust on Charlie Wilson, father of the Taliban. A look at the 5 most statistically full of shit national stereotypes. Paleography is Important: Don’t mess with a bunch of pissed-off medievalists. Bill Moyers interviews Thomas Frank, editor of The Baffler, on conservatism and the financial crisis. Much as he dislikes thinking about the Boomers, Joshua Glenn is now going to say a few words about them. The history man and fatwa girl: How will David Cameron take news that think-tank guru Niall Ferguson has deserted wife Sue Douglas for Somali feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali?


From Foreign Affairs, Charles Ferguson (FAS): The Long Road to Zero: Overcoming the Obstacles to a Nuclear-Free World; and Graham Allison (Harvard): Nuclear Disorder: Surveying Atomic Threats (and more by Allison on a nuclear 9/11). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen (Belfer Center): Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality? An excerpt from Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda by John Mueller. A review of The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation by Thomas Reed and Danny Stillman. A panel on Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly by Michael Gordin. Rick Pearlstein profiles Garry Wills, author of Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A review of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons by Joseph Cirincione. George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn on how to protect the American nuclear deterrent. The Doomsday Clock keeps ticking: Governments must change nuclear policy, but they won't find the political will unless the public demands it. Joe Biden on the president's nuclear vision). Bruce Slawter on how US nonproliferation policy is linked to civilian nuclear power. An interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the IAEA. Shane Maddock on the delicate art of nuclear jujutsu. Believe it or not, there are some potential benefits to the United States should Iran build a bomb. Contrary to popular belief, Israel is not afraid of a nuclear attack by Iran; rather, it fears losing its nuclear monopoly in the region and the image of invincibility that comes with it.

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