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.