Angela Stuesse (OSU): What's "Justice and Dignity" Got to Do with It?: Migrant Vulnerability, Corporate Complicity, and the State. From Globality Studies, Alyaksandr Sychov on Human Trafficking: A Call for Global Action. A review of Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery by Silvia Scarpa. Although most people think of slavery as a matter of racial oppression, new research has suggested that, between 1500 and 1800, human bondage was often based on religion rather than on race. A review of Rethinking Asylum: History, Purpose, and Limits by Matthew Price. An interview with David Bacon, author Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. A review of Uncertain Identity: International Migration since 1945 by William Spellmann. A review of The International Law of Economic Migration: Toward the Fourth Freedom by Joel Trachtman. A review of Migration, Work and Citizenship in the Enlarged European Union by Samantha Currie. New research indicates that labor migration benefits the developing world, and not just through remittances that are sent home. Does the astonishing volume of global remittances redeem the moral ambiguities of migrant labour? Defining a right to move: James Farrer and Devin Stewart on the ethics of migration (and more on a conference on the right to move). An interview with Rob Kroes, author of Them and Us: Questions of Citizenship in a Globalizing World. From ResetDOC, a special issue on the right to citizenship, including an interview with Seyla Benhabib on migrations and human rights. The UN’s point man on refugees, Antonio Guterres, says the world’s conflicts are getting “more worrisome and more difficult to solve”. A review of Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash by Fred Pearce (and more).

A new issue of Words Without Borders is out. Lila Garnett reviews The Culture of Defeat: On Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery by Wolfgang Schivelbusch. From Mute, by taking everything as possible material for improvisation (not just sounds, but ideas, affects, power relations, hidden structures contained within the room) it is possible to develop a practice of "extreme site-specificity"; and when film soundtracks take the form of an iPod on shuffle or a non-stop brass crescendo, do they make alienating cinema more human or alienated lives more cinematic? The supposed sham of advertising: One pernicious idea radiating throughout political circles is that advertising is a waste of resources. From The Nation, an interview with Tony Judt. Marci Hamilton on religious organizations' prohibitions on scandal, and the way in which such rules block investigations of clergy child abuse. From Turbulence, an interview with Tadzio Mueller on green capitalism, the bio-crisis and zombie liberalism. A review of The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together by Charles T. Tart. Matthew Shaer reviews The Magicians by Lev Grossman. From TED, Daniel Kahneman on the riddle of experience vs. memory; and Derek Sivers on how to start a movement. Abraham Lincoln knew it and many of us have lived it: Prayer works, and a nation that punts on prayer has disarmed itself for no good reason. Getting down to business: Laura Biron and Dominic Scott reason with Mammon. From temperate England to tropical India, the cycle of the seasons is fundamental to life, but lately they seem to have changed their patterns, with profound consequences. Walking on burning coals and broken glass, spoon-bending, blindfolding — corporate team-building is a universe in itself.

A review of No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life by Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford. What has Barack Obama done for black America? Tavis Smiley gathers prominent black leaders, intellectuals and activists to take the president to task. Our world has changed so much, but not completely: We are post-black, and simultaneously we’re not. An interview with Donna Jones, author of The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Negritude, Vitalism, and Modernity. Thabiti Lewis on the modern athlete, hip-hop and popular perceptions of black masculinity. Beyond the Skin Trade: How does black nationalism stay relevant in the age of Obama? Black children in the United States face longer stays in foster care than white children; is money the way to change this? Accents trump skin color: Kids prefer friends whose speech sounds similar to their own, regardless of race. A review of The Myth of Racist Kids by Adrian Hart. Williams syndrome children show no racial stereotypes or social fear. An interview with Ishmael Reed, author of Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers. An interview with Lee Baker, author of Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture. An interview with Claude Steele, author of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. A review of Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle over Black Family Life by James Patterson. More and more and more on The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter. Treasure Hunter: Howard Dodson, Jr., a curator of African-American history, looks back. An interview with Robert Burns Stepto, author of A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama.

A new issue of Brevity is out. From Studies in Social Justice, Rebecca Mason on Reorienting Deliberation: Identity Politics in Multicultural Societies; Shari Stone-Mediatore (OWU): Epistemologies of Discomfort: What Military-Family Anti-War Activists Can Teach Us About Knoweldge of Violence; Ada S. Jaarsma (SSU): Rethinking the Secular in Feminist Marriage Debates; Clara Fischer (TCD): Consciousness and Conscience: Feminism, Pragmatism, and the Potential for Radical Change; and a review of Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection by Michael Wessells. From Swans, Gilles d'Aymery on the scourge of plagiarism and scrubbing: A reflection of our societal rot? Imperfect Creation: Marcelo Gleiser on a new vision for humanity. The world's strangest: These odd, eye-popping structures and weird destinations are worth a detour. John Gray reviews Ideas that Matter: The Concepts that Shape the 21st Century by AC Grayling. From PopMatters, Rob Horning on neurocriticism and neurocapitalism. Do some Americans pay no taxes? Neil Buchanan on the contrived claims that everyone must help pay for the government (and more: "All Americans pay taxes"). The scandal of paedophile priests threatens to become the gravest crisis in the modern history of the Church; as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Britain to beatify Cardinal Newman, a look at the life of this humane Catholic convert. A review of The End of Empires: African Americans and India by Gerald Horne. From the Scoop Review of Books, a look at why The Sun is afraid of poetry. Quinn Latimer reviews Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales by Kurt Schwitters. Is male circumcision a humanitarian act? Horse people: Ben Yaster is among the silvery breeders, swollen frat boys, and other endangered species of Baltimore’s Preakness Stakes.

From The Economist, an article on Iraq, Iran and the politics of oil. How Iraqi oil is changing the world: OPEC could be in for a serious shake-up. The political hydraulics of OPEC: Iraq and Iran vie to best Saudi as the world's leading producer of oil and it's China that looms as final arbiter. A review of Oil, Islam, and Conflict: Central Asia since 1945 by Rob Johnson. A review of The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century by Tom Bower (and more) and Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). From New Scientist, an article on extreme oil: Scraping the bottom of Earth's barrel. From TED, Rob Hopkins on a transition to a world without oil. A review essay on the excesses of today's quest for crude. An animated investigation by Oxfam follows the gas money from the pump, through the corporate profits, to the government coffers and bribes. An article on Edward Burtynsky's obsession with oil. Business leaders warn that peak oil is a far more urgent matter than we think. An excerpt from Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future by Robert Bryce. Thomas Beamish on the Gulf spill and the Hobson's choice of oil production — by the numbers, the facts are chilling. Here's a debate on what the spill means for offshore drilling. A spill of our own: Oil comes with risks, and the only way to reduce them is use less of it (and an interview). The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad — no one would dispute it, but just how bad? Johannes Urpelainen on the Gulf spill and clean energy politics. What we do know is that unfettered oil drilling was to Dick Cheney’s domestic concerns what the invasion of Iraq was to his foreign policy. Paying for the oil spill: A guide to who's on the hook.