Jay Ciaffa (Gonzaga): Tradition and Modernity in Postcolonial African Philosophy. Tsenay Serequeberhan (Morgan State): Africa in a Changing World: An Inventory. A review of The First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to Most Recent Foragers by Lawrence Barham and Peter Mitchell. From Africa Spectrum, a special issue on new nationalism and xenophobia in Africa. A review of Making Nations, Creating Strangers: States and Citizenship in Africa. Stephen Smith writes about the French retreat from Africa. From Swans, Michael Barker on freedom for Africa. From HR&HW, a report on human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. The Ultimate Idiot's Guide to Being an African Junta: Can PowerPoint slides keep a notorious military regime from committing atrocities? A review of Tales from the King's African Rifles by John Nunneley. We should stop hoping that the oil companies are going to change course and discover altruism in our land. A review of Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe by Gerard Prunier. A review of The Killer Trail: A Colonial Scandal in the Heart of Africa by Bertrand Taithe (and more). How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab. An interview with former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings on the failure of African countries to work together. Africa Calling: Can mobile phones make a miracle? The Oracle of Africa: Chinua Achebe reminds us that his continent’s problems are as old as colonialism (and more). James Gibbons on Africa’s literary boom. Africa and the cruelty of football: The 2010 African Cup of Nations will not be remembered for its football, but for the tragedy that befell the Togolese team. A review of African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game by Peter Alegi.

From Ars Technica, Haomiao Huang on how robots think: an introduction. Slaughter of the Vikings: Archaeology can bring past events alive, seeing beyond the “spin” put on events centuries ago — but the stories told by bones and radiocarbon and isotopes are not always pleasant ones. What we eat: What the animal kingdom can teach us about literary humiliation. Thinking outside the box: Laurie Taylor began his academic career as a devotee of B.F. Skinner, but he escaped the behavioural maze thanks to Noam Chomsky and a tipsy rat. Michael Berube on Two Lefts: Chomsky's vs. Krugman's. John Yoo, the Bush administration lawyer who gave legal cover to enhanced interrogation methods, says he's happy teaching at Boalt Hall School of Law, despite calls for his ouster and protests by liberal groups. The Torture Commission we really need: It’s not enough just to understand what went wrong in the Justice Department — we need to start fixing it, too. Sorority on E. 63rd St.: For a small-town girl with a dream, from the Roaring 20s through the 1960s, there was no address more glamorous than New York’s “women only” Barbizon Hotel. Although most Americans' attention has likely flagged, U.S. and international navies continue to police the lawless, pirate-ridden Somali coast. The dark forest of childhood: Modern fairy tales return to their roots. It was bad enough that nearly 300 reindeer tragically drowned after the ice collapsed on a Swedish river crossing (and the mysterious collapse of reindeer herd). The route master: Without a satnav, Google maps or even a compass, Tristan Gooley finds his way using clues from the natural world. So it’s not the Masters: Miniature golf — for those who still slow down enough to play the game — has a unique, if disappearing, appeal.

Ian Barnard (CSU-Northridge): Disciplining Queer. From MR, a review of Colonialism and Homosexuality by Robert Aldrich; and a review of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf. A review of The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism by Kevin Floyd. From The Gay and Lesbian Review, Lester Strong on Stephen Sprouse, the artist who merged punk, street culture, and high fashion; and how "gay" were the stars of the 30's? A review of Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream by Brett L. Abrams. A review of Fairies, Bears and Leathermen: Men in  Community Queering the Masculine by Peter Henne. Larry Kramer on Queer Theory’s heist of our history: Why assume a priori that gay people didn’t exist in the past? I Love You, Man: Dueling "ex-gay" and gay-rights conferences have more in common than the attendees would like to believe. Why has a divided America taken gay rights seriously?: A review of From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law by Martha Nussbaum (and more and more). They’re fond of your checkbooks and deaf to your demands for equal rights — what will it take for the Democratic Party to step up? Theodore Olson on the conservative case for gay marriage: Same-sex marriage is an American value. The data show it: Nations that have legalized gay marriage have witnessed no resulting harm to the institution. Brazil takes a leap forward with a government-backed “school of gay arts”, where students learn about wig preparation, costume creation, stand-up routines, and lip synching. They're here, they're queer, and governments from Africa to Asia don't quite know what to do about it, countries where gay rights movements face an upward battle for equality.

Elizabeth Broun (Smithsonian): Are Artists “Workers”? From The Hedgehog Review, Peter N. Stearns on Anger Management, American-Style: A Work in Progress; and Eva Illouz on Love and Its Discontents: Irony, Reason, Romance. Margaret Atwood is in the Twittersphere. Michelle Goldberg on how Ellen Willis' cultural libertarianism allowed her to navigate the feminist sex wars of the 1980s with a grace and good sense that still stands up. A Wall Street Cheat Sheet: Distracted by health care, lost when it comes to the economy? Here's what you need to know about financial regulatory reform. 10 years later, David Foster Wallace is a journalism pioneer. Hip hop religion, spiritual sampling, and race in a "post-racial" age: A review of The Tao of Wu by RZA. What's a superhero and why does a psychologist care? An interview with Khoi Vinh, Design Director for NYTimes.com. From Mediaite, here is the case for nightly broadcast news and what’s wrong with cable news; and Big Hollywood wants to know: When will the institutional Left stop trying to censor Lady Gaga? The Temple of Do: How 50,000 Hindu pilgrims keep Lady Gaga looking hot. The introduction to Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, ed. Victor Davis Hanson. A review of Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler. Wesley Snipes is ready to pay: The star faces three years in jail, and Chris Heath tries to make sense of it all. From BigThink, an interview with Benoit Mandelbrot. Stumbling upon Shannon Rankin’s map art should make you glad there’s still a use for quickly outdated old-school road maps. From TONY, an interview with Salman Rushdie, chair of the Sixth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. The U.S.-Russian arms treaty may not be big news, but it's good news.

The Secret History of Health Care in America: From leach-therapy and witches to HMOs and Comrade Obama, Ana Marie Cox's illustrated trip down memory lane. The story of one of history's most infamous math problems illustrates the difficulties facing Congress in the wake of healthcare reform. Jennifer Senior on why the health-care win was an old-fashioned legislative victory without the bullying. Majorly or Radically: How much will health reform change the way we live? Card 'Em: How to nudge Americans skeptical of health reform. Now what? Atul Gawande on the next attacks on health-care reform. The New Nullifiers: Health care opponents want to take us back to the 1830s. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law, and as such, this date joins a list of dates that have each inflicted unconstitutional, socialistic, and sometimes even tyrannical action against the States United and have, therefore, contributed to the destruction of a free America. From Telos, A. Staley Groves on Obama in the Age of the Political Eschaton. A history of anti-government rage and violence: The Right's angry response to Barack Obama's healthcare plan isn't exactly unprecedented. Remember “Bush Derangement Syndrome”? Nat Parry on the GOP's double standard on anger. The Remnant Next Time: EJ Dionne on conservatism after Obamacare. Ever since health care passed, President Obama is getting comfortable with flexing his muscles — Peter Beinart on the rise of the liberal Reagan. Playing the Long Game: Obama realizes that transformative presidents look past day-to-day disasters. It takes presidential leadership to break through our system's obstructionism. Does one "compromise" fit all? Carlin Romano on the bumpy tale of a bipartisan concept.