From Synthesis Philosophica, Zagorka Golubovic (Belgrade): Philosophical Principles as a Foundation of the Concept of Globalisation; Arto Mutanen (Lappeenranta): About the Possibility of a Proper Philosophy of Globalization; Tomas Kacerauskas (VGTU): Discourse of Globalization: Bios, Techne, and Logos from the Phenomenological Point of View; Tomaz Grusovnik (Primorska): A Distant View: Globalization Inside Philosophy; Bela Mester (HAS): Space and Time in a Global World; Vojko Strahovnik (Ljubljana): Globalization, Globalized Ethics and Moral Theory; Mislav Kukoc (Spli): Liberal Philosophy and Globalization; Dragica Vujadinovic (Belgrade): Global Civil Society as Concept and Practice in the Processes of Globalization; and Gottfried Kuenzlen (UniBw): The Other Side of Globalisation: The New Power of Religion as a Cultural and Political Challenge. From the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, James Brassett (Warwick): Cosmopolitan Sentiments After 9-11: Trauma and the Politics of Vulnerability; Nick Srnicek (LSE): Conflict Networks: Collapsing the Global into the Local; Victoria Ridler (Birkbeck): Word and World: The Imperium of Reason and Possibility of Critique; and a roundtable discussion on Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century. Are nations going extinct? Our conception of what constitutes a "country" is deteriorating — say hello to post-national entities, "other guys" that stand outside of the dominant system. Beyond city limits: The age of nations is over — the new urban age has begun. A review of Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works by Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, and Christian Chavagneux. From Newsweek, a special section on the world's best countries. World's Happiest Countries: Bhutan started the gross national happiness trend, but here's what Gallup did with it. From Foreign Policy, an article on the geopolitics of Google Earth: It's not just for busting swimming pool cheats.

Carey Fitzgerald, Matthew Thompson, and Mitchell Whitaker (Central Michigan): Altruism between Romantic Partners: Biological Offspring as a Genetic Bridge between Altruist and Recipient. From the inaugural issue of Eastern Journal of European Studies, Erhrad Busek and Aleksandra Gjoreska (SECI): The Danube Region: Transformation and Emergence. From Dissent, Fred Block on infrastructure, deficits, and global recovery. More than any other drug, caffeine makes the modern world go ’round, but how good is it for you, how well does it work, and how much do most users consume? A review of What Ever Happened to Modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici. To his millions of fans around the world, he is the quintessential British spy, but to John Le Carre James Bond was a neo-fascist gangster. Fredrik Stromberg’s Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History examines the manipulative power of a medium all too often dismissed as mere superficial entertainment. Islam’s answer to MTV: With his new TV station, Ahmed Abu Haiba aims to reconcile Islamic piety with music videos and reality shows. The smallest of all possible groups:  Is "a pair" big enough to be called "a group"? Are IM'ing, texting and blogging ruining our minds and our relationships? Modern-day superheroes promote a macho, violent stereotype for young boys, according to a US psychologist's study. An interview with Peter Singer on the life you can save. Tyler Cowen on why free parking comes at a price (and more). A look at the world’s population by latitude and longitude. Watching a story go viral in twenty-four hours: How Debrahlee Lorenzana became the banker heard ‘round the world. A review of Meaning in Life and Why It Matters by Susan Wolf. The YMCA recently decided to change its name to simply the "Y" — while some think the abbreviation is long overdue, others believe there’s more to it.

Justyna Stepien (Lodz) "Is That What Pop Art Is All About?" Visual Ambiguities in Pop Art Collage. First and final refusal: Resurrecting Boris Lurie, the original NO!art man. An interview with artist Alexa Wright on how her work experiments with the defended boundaries of the human/self, and the affects unleashed by their transgression. Modern Visionary: Paul Klee’s exuberance embraced both angels and monsters. After 31 years as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello begins a fresh career at NYU. For translucence, against transparency: An account of conceptual art and its mediums. Cultivating a profitable new niche, the art world is focusing on the long-overlooked final years of Monet, Warhol, Picasso and Dali. The war over plunder: Who owns art stolen in war? Three stages in the art of public participation: Curator, artist and theorist Paul O'Neill traces a development from the site-specific artwork to long-term participatory urban art projects. Art and politics: Conceptual artist Victor Burgin launches an excoriating attack on documentary art as the "new doxa". Aesthetic competition: Larry Norman revisits a 17th-century intellectual rift over art’s evolution toward a more perfect state. From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Surveillance, Performance and New Media Art. So Bad: Jed Perl on why Salvador Dali’s paintings are the junk food of art. From the Platypus Review, an interview with Hal Foster: Is the funeral for the wrong corpse? A review of Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde. Within weeks of January's devastating earthquake, Haiti's surviving painters and sculptors were taking solace from their work. A Swede among the sprites: The inspired madness of Ernst Josephson, the Jewish Edvard Munch.

Alberto Toscano (Goldsmith): Liberation Technology: Marcuse's Communist Individualism. 10 reading revolutions before e-books: The Kindle and the iPad may be the latest gadgets, but reading has already undergone many transformations. From First Things, Joseph Bottum on the freeloader’s culture. This space intentionally left blank: Dwayne A. Day on the limits of Chinese military power. Public Intellectuals: Sam Vaknin on the rise of the librarians and the decline of the author. From shock and awe to a slow exit: It is still far too early to fill out the scorecard in Iraq. In the contemporary digital world, where it seems everything has been said, done, and made instantly available, one word might prove to be a useful corrective: Dada — the volumes here are recently published (or translated) doses of Dada's frenzy; small salvos aimed to disrupt the pervasive data of everyday life. Howard Kurtz on how a thinner Time magazine still manages to stand out. Dennis Baron on the gender-neutral pronoun: 150 years later, still an epic fail. The height of unfairness: Does the presidency come down to one meaningless factor? From Fine Books magazine, an article on the greatest book collector you never heard of; and an article on book collecting for posterity. Crime (Sex) and Punishment (Stoning): A particularly hard-to-grasp form of execution speaks to the distance between societies — and why we may see more of it. An old-style print war: Despite the many pressures on print media, the San Francisco weeklies The Bay Guardian and SF Weekly have been fighting for years over anticompetitive ad pricing. Plato's pop culture problem, and ours: Scratch the surface of any attack on the popular arts and you will find Plato's criticisms of poetry. From Psychiatric Times, a review of books on electroconvulsive therapy (reg. req.)

Gregory D. Miller (Oklahoma): The Security Costs of Energy Independence. From Strategic Insight, David Anderson (Webster) and Randall McCauley (TECHINT): Ideology or Pragmatism? US Economic Aid, Military Assistance, and Foreign Military Sales: 1950-2007; and Shon McCormick (KSU) and David Anderson (Webster): U.S. National Security Strategy: Is There an Empirical Relationship Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom? From Swans, Paul Buhle on William Appleman Williams Versus Reinhold Niebuhr: U.S. foreign policy and two theologies. An interview with Andrew Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (and more and more and more and more and more). Can the United States do grand strategy? Walter A. McDougall wonders. In its current perceptions of the Third World, Washington continues to rely on notions of national security and cultural imperialism. Dumb Power: Four stupid policies that will wreck America’s global influence. From Policy Review, Colin Dueck on regaining a realistic foreign policy: What Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan teach. Reforming foreign aid: Will the Obama administration fix a byzantine system? The Two Obamas: It's too early to call the U.S. president a foreign-policy failure, but he does need to figure out what kind of global leader he wants to be. How to make a liberal foreign policy: The question of how to use American military power still threatens to split the liberal movement. Diplomacy 2.0: The State Department's Jared Cohen expects that his social-media savvy will transform U.S. foreign policy. The way to America’s heart is through its stomach: The rise of food diplomacy will see the world's smallest countries elbowing their ajvar, pljeskavica, and musakhan onto your table.

Alla Myzelev (Guelph): Canadian Architecture and Nationalism: From Vernacular to Deco. The Canadian School: A new generation of designers marries the local with the avant-garde. A look at how the Communist Party changed Canadian elections forever. No one can hear you scream: At Mars on Earth, on Canada’s Devon Island, researchers prepare for space travel’s worst dangers. A review of The Canadian Century: Moving Out of America's Shadow by Brian Lee Crowley, Jason Clemens, and Niels Veldhuis (and more). Let’s begin with a premise that presumably we can all agree upon: literary criticism in Canada is struggling. Here, Now: Canadian writers, living on the edge of the world, have the best view. Canada's Funnyman: Stephen Leacock was the most successful humorist writing in the English language, but his ideas about society were not so amusing. The secret script for "Fox News North": Deride hippies, assail Starbucks, introduce guest with alternative view, cue head-shaking. Location, location, location: Does where you live determine who you are? (and a graphic on the 66 faces of Canada) Here is an eccentric, non-textbook sense of contemporary Canadian literature. Follow the Leader: A friend and colleague remembers Pierre Trudeau. With her "un-Albertan" magazine Alberta Views, founding editor Jackie Flanagan is trying to show her province isn't all rednecks, cowboys and oil tycoons.

A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. From Spectrum, whimsy and invention: Why ridiculous inventions are a good thing. Fun-loving Muslims: Islamic dating sites reveal Muslims to be just as shallow as everyone else. In San Francisco, two dominant trends of the cocktail world are converging, with exquisite results. What a shame that guilt got a bad name. Here's a new metaphor for human reason: Our rational faculty isn’t a scientist — it’s a talk radio host. German researchers find evolutionary logic behind the way we lay out our bedrooms. The pen gets mightier: One entrepreneur’s latest effort to revolutionize how we think, learn, play music, and order coffee in Chinese. Why ask people what they think of a product when you can just scan their brains instead? New Scientist explores the brave new world of neuromarketingForeWord book review editor Teresa Scollon explains what happened to your book. The Downfall Meme and Content ID: If you’re a YouTube user, chances are, at one point or another, you’ll have seen a notice that goes something like this. A review of Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejali. A review of Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle. How the mysterious collapse of nearly 300 young musicians at a rural English fete became one of the most controversial examples of "mass hysteria" ever.

From The New Yorker, Jane Meyer on the billionaire Koch brothers who are waging a war against Obama. From FDL, a book club on Over the Cliff: How the Obama Election Drove The American Right Insane by Dave Neiwert and John Amato. Tea, Anyone: Maine's surging Tea Party is way out there. Markos Moulitsas on his book American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right (and more). A political party for the mild-mannered is off to a slow start: The Modern Whig Party tries to tap the angry middle — just 59 points back in the polls. Ranking states’ citizen embarrassment levels: Amid a rush of political scandals and missteps, some citizens are more embarrassed for their state than others. Are governors responsible for the state economy? Adam R. Brown on partisanship, blame, and divided federalism. A corrosive collapse in confidence: The deep alienation that Americans feel toward their public and private leadership isn't likely to go away when the economy improves. Democracy through thick and thin: How have we ended up with a public discourse of slogans and sound bites, and how do we escape it. On civility and incivility in American politics: An interview with Susan Herbst, author of Rude Democracy. Jasmine Farrier on his book Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority. Do Americans want to govern themselves?

A new issue of The American Interest it out. From Time, Michael Grunwald on how the stimulus is changing America. It increasingly seems as if the policy makers attending like physicians to the American economy are peering into their medical kits and coming up empty. Jeremiah Bannister discusses the recent suppression at applied against contributing editors from The Distributist Review. Dicking Around: This is Judd Apatow’s vision of America, as realized in three self-help fables — over the last half-decade it has really struck a chord. When disaster strikes a country that doesn’t like America - as with the floods in Pakistan — foreign aid can be a public relations tactic. From Mother Jones, a special report on BP's Deep Secrets. A 10 percent World: Our natural world is a fraction of what it was before the mass culls and oil spills of the human era — to imagine how it once was is not to lament, but to picture what it can be again. From Meanland, McKenzie Wark writes on publishing A Hacker Manifesto and the beginnings of a copygift economy; Sherman Young explores how the book as a physical object enables control of the industry, and what e-books mean for key stakeholders; Emmett Stinson gives us the lowdown on book piracy and associated myths; and Margaret Simons examines all that is exciting and frightening about reading in a digital era. Heeb magazine suspends print edition, goes on-line only.

From Reconstruction, Deborah Wills and Erin Steuter (Mount Allison): Gaming at the End of the World: Coercion, Conversion and the Apocalyptic Self in Left Behind: Eternal Forces Digital Play. From Digital Culture and Education, Kyle Kontour (Colorado): Revisiting violent videogames research: Game Studies Perspectives on Aggression, Violence, Immersion, Interaction, and Textual Analysis; and a review of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost. A review of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell; and notes from a video game developer: You play them for the stories — and someone needs to make those stories. A review of Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games by Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter. A review of Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames by Ian Bogost. Most video games — in which you accumulate stuff and/or dominate the world — are the opposite of progressive. Once relegated to the "cultural wasteland", video games make it to the next level — academia. Alienware M11x: The King Kong of gaming computers now comes in a Fay Wray-size package. Sometime this August, librarians at the University of Illinois will finish archiving over a dozen famous computer games, then step back to consider where to go next with their project. A review of Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Tom Chatfield. Online games are a gold mine for design ideas: When gamers play online, they leave a data trail that intelligent algorithms are picking up to build ever more challenging and entertaining games.