A review of Latin American Law: A History of Private Law and Institutions in Spanish America by M. C. Mirow. Financial liberalisation undermines democracy, handing power to a “virtual senate” that acts on behalf of the wealthy few; a handful of Latin American countries offer an alternative. A review of The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity by Jorge Coronado. Augusto Varas on Latin America’s integration muddle and Jorge Castaneda on Latin America’s calm before the storm. Welcome to the Latin American decade: Having weathered the financial crisis, Latin America now has the opportunity to join Asia in leading a global economic recovery. A review of What If Latin America Ruled the World? How the South Will Take the North into the 22nd Century by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. The eternal land of the future: An excerpt from Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism by Sebastian Edwards. Notes on the Bicentennial: Benjamin Kunkel on Argentinidad. Stonehenge in England, the medicine wheels of the American West, and in the Dominican Republic, the Corral de Los Indios: it seems that there is something universal about the creation of circular stone ceremonial and astronomical sites. Can the Internet bring change to Cuba? The War for Drugs: Sarah Hill on how Juarez became the world’s deadliest city. Can tourism be sustainable? With Machu Picchu literally sinking into the ground, Peru looks for authentic, eco-friendly ways to grow its travel sector. Argentina's Xul Solar was an artist of alternate worlds, inventor of languages, and dreamer of utopias. An excerpt from Jeff Conant’s A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency. New York is the most Latin American city in the world.

Li Feng (JIT): Discourse Markers in English Writing. From International Socialism, Paul Blackledge on Marxism and anarchism (and a response); a review of Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt; and a review of Goodbye Mr Socialism: Radical Politics in the 21st Century by Antonio Negri. A review of Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck. A review of Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele. Death and taxes: Even nature is in on the act — Omar Malik discusses entropy's effects on human organisations. Anti-Social Media: Facebook, MySpace et al should not constitute the meat of a political campaign's media strategy. The Stranger in Academe: Rather than a handicap, foreignness can be a benefit that allows professors to speak truths that students wouldn't accept from Americans. Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements, blogs the periodic table. From PopMatters, a special section on Alfred Hitchcock. From The Root, an interview with Russell Simmons; and it's time for African Americans to lock and load. The Perils of Progress: What about all the beautiful things that new technologies will take away from us? From Mother Jones, what psychiatrist Robert Butler left behind: He coined "ageism", he founded gerontology, and more reasons to remember this champion of elders; and meet the real death panels: Should geezers give up life-prolonging treatments to cut health care costs? From Political Affairs, Erwin Marquit on contradiction as source of structure and development in nature, society, and thought.

Robert Repetto (UN Foundation) and Robert Easton (Colorado): Changing Climate, More Damaging Weather. From Earth Island Journal, James William Gibson on a world of wonder: Toward a re-enchantment with nature; a review of Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging by Mike Roselle; and low-hanging fruit: Can collecting leftover produce help us re-envision the world? As waste streams grow and natural resources dwindle, demand for salvaged materials will rise. From In-Spire, are we too many? A special issue on sustainability and population politics. Drawing people's attention to the enormous challenges we face is one thing; revelling in the collapse of society is quite another — Dark Mountain could learn from Douglas Adams. A book salon on Joseph J. Romm's Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions (and more). Finding the right expert: How reporters should use a controversial new study categorizing scientists’ stances on global warming. An interview with Eric Pooley, author of The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth. When the day after tomorrow has come: A review essay on geoengineering. The climate change deniers are digging themselves an ever deeper hole over Amazongate. Ecological Internet is the most radical green group you’ve never heard of, and for years it has been achieving major successes below the radar. Six quiet climate villains: Rebecca Boyle on under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back. An interview with Yvo de Boer, the UN's former climate-change chief. A review of The Rising Sea by Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young and Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times by Timothy Beatley.

A new issue of Edge is out. From MAA, estimating probabilities can be a tricky business: Representing real-world problems correctly to calculate probabilities is notoriously difficult; and an article on mathematical card tricks from Martin Gardner. Catherine Asaro on the similarities between ballet and math. Cultural Evolution: William L. Benzon on a vehicle for cooperative interaction between the sciences and the humanities. A review of books on Darwin and the Galapagos islands. Heavy, rough and hard: A look at how the things we touch affect our judgments and decisions. A review of The Real History of the End of the World by Sharan Newman. You say God is dead? There’s an app for that. The atheist and the rabbi: Arguing about God with Christopher Hitchens (and more). David Horowitz on the complexities and contradictions of Christopher Hitchens (and part 2). A review of The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 by Harvey Sachs. A profile of Slavoj Zizek, the world’s hippest philosopher (and an interview at BBC; and more at Der Spiegel; and more on his Living in the End Times). How superheroes conquered the planet: A former cavalry officer with a new business plan, a paper surplus, and two teens with big dreams — seventy-five years ago, a pop-culture explosion began. More on Stan Cox's Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer). More and more and more and more on Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson. With all its talk about aliens, SETI is often lumped together with occult topics or pseudosciences, but it might indeed make its greatest contribution in the nuclear arena. Rich People Things: The rich crave release from their shackles!

From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on Kiswahili, the Mother Tongue. An article on using the wisdom of crowds to translate language. A review of Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your World by Guy Deutscher (and more and more). If each language reflects a different way of thinking, we should do more to save dying tongues — and learn a new one ourselves. More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Globish by Robert McCrum. A review of A Little Book of Language by David Crystal (and more). Language lessons: You are what you speak. As the Belgian elections prove, language can be a divisive issue (and more and more). David Mekelburg on the power of learning a local language. Two thirds of the world's languages are endangered — now a new mathematical model of language competition suggests how to combat the threat. Is Arabic the least positive language? Clive Thompson on how translation software saves mother tongue. You don’t have to be a spelling-bee champ to know that written English isn’t entirely a free-for-all. Can linguistic features reveal time depths as deep as 50,000 years ago? Research suggests an ancient language connection between people in remote Asia and North America. Papiamentu, a Creole language spoken on Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba, endures as other tongues face extinction. A 21-year-old aspiring artist in Europe is working with a 75-year-old Fairbanks linguist to carry on Eyak, a dying native Alaskan language. The Queen’s English Society, self-appointed defenders of proper speech and writing since 1972, recently announced plans to set up an Academy of English. Can language shape how we think? Lera Boroditsky says yes.