From Axess, a special issue on German dreams. From Renewal, Al Coffee on Philip Pettit, republican theory and Spanish social democracy; and Katrine Kielos on the flight of the Swedish bumblebee. An article on Albania, Europe's problematic child. A review of The Portuguese Revolution: State and Class in the Transition to Democracy by Ronald H. Chilcote. Atlas Obscura profiles Petite Ceinture, the abandoned railway line circling the city of Paris. Romania's president wants to increase his country's population and is using an odd means to do so — the country is generously bestowing hundreds of thousands of Romanian passports on impoverished Moldovans. Boom and bust: Can the Baltic economies adjust and grow? Stories about the Roma portray them as either criminals or helpless victims — why does no one wonder who these people are and why they are one of the most hated peoples in Europe. Is Italy too Italian? From taxis to textiles, Italy chooses tradition over growth. A banker's betrayal: UBS insider Bradley Birkenfeld blows the whistle on Swiss banking (in 5 parts). The European Union renders some nations useless — in other words, what's the point of Belgium? Austrian far-right populist Jorg Haider is once again dominating headlines in the country; did he have secret accounts worth 45 million euros? If so, did the money come from Saddam Hussein? A mysterious diary may provide the answers.

Gerard O'Grady (Cardiff): A Comparative Case Study of the Construal of the Persona of 3 who are "the Worst of the Worst". From Swans, Harvey E. Whitney, Jr. on the fallacy of proclaiming fallacies; and what the hell do you do with a phony bastard? The ISS's new atomic clock will be the most accurate clock in space, possibly the universe. A review of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee. Do libertarians belong at sea? The Seasteading Project floats through a second aquatic festival. Alan Abramowitz and Norman Ornstein on five myths about midterm elections. Why are there more Christian congregations where there is more crime? From Vice, an interview with Felix Cane, the world's best pole dancer; and a look at fashion's greatest fuck-yous. By selling out, or buying in: There is something comforting in giving up your autonomy. The Swimsuit Issue: Miriam Kotzin on bathing suits — bah, humbug! The electorate is increasingly pro-marriage equality; who's in trouble? Democratic politicians who tried to straddle the issue. A look at how Elizabeth Warren, likely to head new consumer agency, provokes strong feelings. Salon takes a look at how the "ground zero mosque" fear mongering began. Ever since “Ms.” emerged as a marriage-neutral alternative to “Miss” and “Mrs.” in the 1970s, linguists have been trying to trace the origins of this new honorific.

From Phenomenology and Practice, Bertha Mook (Ottawa): The Metabletic Method: An Interdisciplinary Look at Human Experience. From City Journal, Jim Manzi on what social science does — and doesn’t — know: Our scientific ignorance of the human condition remains profound. Research suggests people are happier when insulated from market forces. People think immoral behavior is funny — but only if it also seems benign. A review of The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman (and more). A look at how emotions evolved to push others into cooperation. The arrival of psychocivilisation: You cannot ignore the social — brains are embedded in bodies and bodies are embedded in the social order in which we grow up and live. From Metapsychology, a review of The Origin of Consciousness in the Social World by Charles Whitehead; and a review of Theories of Human Nature by Peter Loptson. A review of Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human by Michael J. Hyde. Is a 500-year human life span just around the corner? (and more). From Parrhesia, a special issue on transhumanism. Digital organisms not only mutate and evolve, they also have memory — so how long before they acquire intelligence too? Let us restore man to his proper and dignified place in a meaningful and thus mind-filled universe; one may even assert that in mind, we live, move and have our being.

From Vanity Fair, how broken is Washington? A day in the life of the president reveals that Barack Obama’s job would be almost unrecognizable to most of his predecessors — thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systemic corruption (with lobbyists spending $3.5 billion last year), and disintegrating media. What if Hollywood really was one big high school? Five scientists spent a week hiking to understand how heavy use of technology changes how we think and behave. From The New Inquiry, kids must be trained to view the Web as a site for immaterial labor and for anxious self-production — they have not yet become aware of themselves as a brand. From Politico, a look at how the GOP is taking a harsher stance toward Islam. Estimates of religious populations require a bit of faith: No one knows for sure how many Muslims, or Jews, or Christians, live in New York or anywhere else in the US — the Census Bureau doesn't ask Americans to disclose their faith (and more). A raid and then a 3-year wait: After authorities raided Marc Hauser’s laboratory, Harvard researchers waited for the other shoe to drop. Why did humans evolve the capacity to imagine alternatives to reality? Timothy Williamson investigates. Time could use a boost as much as literature, and it’s hard to fault the magazine; in fact, its choice of Franzen provides an opportunity to look back at Time’s long history as literary arbiter and evangelist.

A new issue of Armed Forces Journal is out. From the latest issue of Military Review, warfare by internet: Huba Wass de Czege on the logic of strategic deterrence, defense, and attack; the US can gain an undisputed advantage in its global engagement strategy by creating a Civilian Reserve Corps, modeled after the National Guard, of civil engineers, agronomists, city planners and other experts with essential skills needed for reconstruction and development during stability operations. From National Defense magazine, a look at how defeating IEDs is much like fighting the Mob. From Leatherneck, a review of Al-Anbar Awakening: U.S. Marines and Counterinsurgency in Iraq 2004-2009, Volume I, American Perspectives and Al-Anbar Awakening: From Insurgency to Counterinsurgency in Iraq, 2004-2009 Volume II, Iraqi Perspectives; and an article on Fifth-Generation Warfare: Are we reinventing the wheel? We should think twice about consigning the revolution in military affairs idea to the dustbin of history. What do militaries actually practice during war games? Communications and figuring who's good at what. What is it about the Algerian War that earns special emphasis in US military instruction? Regrettably, the current trend of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency study seldom allows the American Revolution more than a passing glance. A review of The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic by William P. Leeman.

From New Humanist, an interview with Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola on Christian ministers who have lost their faith but continue to preach; an interview with Rebecca Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, on her novel approach to religion (and more); and why is religion on the rise in so many different countries? A review of Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman. From The Scriptorium, Allen Yeh on how to witness to postmodern Western atheists. Catholicism is hollowing out in its traditional European strongholds, but signs of intriguing new life are springing up at its periphery. Under the radar of most observers a trend is emerging of evangelicals converting to Catholicism. From The Christian Post, Greg Stier, the president of a ministry called Dare 2 Share, hates evangelism; and a former atheist says Christianity really does make sense: A review of Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith by Holly Ordway. The most pressing question: What is it, finally, that divides the believer from the atheist? In search of the G spot: Is faith hard-wired in the the brain? Understanding the neurobiology of religious belief is a far cry from explaining it away. Atheism’s gift: Christopher Killheffer on the good questions that dispel false beliefs. An interview with Michael Largo, author of God's Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man's Eternal Search for the Divine.

From The Washington Post Magazine, Lance Kasten won't stop rocking until he becomes national champion of the make-believe art of air guitar; and the debate about whether ghosts exist will never be settled, but for paranormal investigator John Warfield, it's all about the search for proof. From WorldHum, Frank Bures remembers fellow travelers who've been lost on assignment. Factory tours are never mentioned in the same breath as national parks or museums or battlefields — and yet who can turn one down? Ewwwwwwwww! Drake Bennett on the surprising moral force of disgust. The aesthetics of disgust: Designer Katrin Baumgarten has created a range of inanimate objects that “touch back” when a human interacts with them. Black Jews will save the world: They believe in a “lifestyle of righteousness”, of perfecting yourself and your community while doing no harm to the environment. A review of Chocolate, Women and Empire by Emma Robertson. Back in the USSR — except this time we're afraid of something more vague than geo-political chess games or nuclear annihilation. Would you take the new Alzheimer's test? Over the Hill: Gavin McInnes on 10 things about turning 40. From NYRB, Martin Filler on deconstructing Prince Charles. The Amazonian Gorilla: How does the online book vendor's power affect publishers? Scott McLemee asks around in university-press circles. Lights out: The incandescent bulb, an obituary.

A new issue of Metropolis is out. From Metropoles, Paul Kantor (Fordham) and H.V. Savitch (Louisville): The Politics of City Regions in Comparative Perspective; Ernesto d’Albergo (Rome): Governance, Participation and In-between: Inclusion in Policy Making and Policies for Inclusion in Four Western European Metropolises; and Olivier Borraz and Patrick Le Gales (CNRS): Urban Governance in Europe: The Government of What? From FT, a review essay on the modern metropolis. Power, mobility and diaspora in the global city: An interview with Saskia Sassen. Louis Moreno and John Alderson's The Architecture and Urban Culture of Financial Crisis and Sarah Glynn's Where the Other Half Lives assess the damaging impact of financialisation on built environments and urban housing — Owen Hatherley identifies architecture as a prime casualty of neoliberalism's de facto Non-Plan. From Axess, a special issue on the triumph of the city. The Endless City: Will the megacities of tomorrow cut us off from the natural world completely? A review of Restless Cities. Cities pose novel challenges to wildlife, but some animals are finding they're suited to city life and are undergoing rapid evolution in their new ecological niche. A review of Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture by Darrin Nordahl. Howard Gillette on his book Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism.

A new issue of Theme is out. From The Washington Quarterly, Giora Eiland (INSS): Israel’s Military Option. From The Atlantic Monthly, a cover story on The Point of No Return: The Iranian nuclear threat will soon come to a head, and a preemptive attack by Israel could be disastrous — it might happen anyway; and Robert Kaplan on how Henry Kissinger believes that containing Iran will depend on one thing: showing its leaders that we're willing to go to war. From The Threepenny Review, Philip Gourevitch on James Salter, a writer’s writer; and Arthur Lubow on Adam Mickiewicz, the last of his kind: Marginal in America, poets in Poland are lionized as authorities — not merely on syntax and scansion, but on political affairs. The Roadmap to a High-Speed Recovery: Forget a bigger stimulus or a smaller deficit — we need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy. Did Tigger and Donald Duck grope women at Disney World? From Time, a cover story on Jonathan Franzen, Great American Novelist. My Darklyng, a serialized novel unfolding in text and on Facebook and Twitter, illustrates how fictionalized teenagers are online. Contrary to the Machiavellian cliche, nice people are more likely to rise to power; then something strange happens — authority atrophies the very talents that got them there. Six essential questions about the deficit, Wall Street and Washington: Where is the Washington establishment's obsession with the deficit coming from?

From Miller-McCune, proverbial sayings such as “we’re all human” reduce feelings of regret and hypocrisy after men get into trouble, but new research finds they don’t have the same soothing effect on women; and men opt for foods associated with a masculine identity — even if it means passing up something they prefer (and more). American masculinity's split personality: The Great Recession is exacerbating the divide between elite winners and working-class losers. From Alternet, a look at 5 stupid, unfair and sexist things expected of men and five rigid, narrow definitions of maleness that men feel pressured to contort themselves into. Men who cry: The men’s movement in India has gathered speed — time to look at who they are. A new read on masculinity: Magazines see a market for stories about parenting, home life. Men are living longer than ever before, but is that any cause for rejoicing? Heterosexual women bear the brunt of narcissistic heterosexual men's hostility, while heterosexual men, gay men and lesbian women provoke a softer reaction, due to women's unparalleled potential for gratifying, or frustrating, men's narcissism. Are feminists raising their sons to be misogynists? Only when men participate equally in the care of young children will sexism be modified. has unveiled The Great Male Survey  — mixed in are some surprising, and surprisingly refreshing, findings about modern manhood.