Sylvain Boulouque (Reims): The Communist Movement and Violence in France: From the First World War to the Cold War. Robert O. Paxton reviews The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation by Frederic Spotts; Art of the Defeat: France 1940–1944 by Laurence Bertrand Dorleac; and Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941–1944 by Kirrily Freeman. In an open letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, an international group of scholars and activists called on France to repay Haiti, its former colony, more than $20 billion that had been “extorted” in the 19th century. The battle for ownership of Le Monde, France's state-subsidised paper of record, has dealt a blow to Sarkozy — could this be a turning point for French politics? Je t'aime, moi non plus: The electorate’s romance with Nicolas Sarkozy is well and truly over — not least because the president no longer seems to know what he wants. A review of books on De Gaulle. Charles in Charge: Why is de Gaulle suddenly back in vogue? From New Left Review, an essay on the changing face of Paris, seen through the eyes of its leading radical publisher. Parisians find playground under the streets: Residents take to an underground network of tunnels and caves to explore city's past, paint murals or throw a party. Not only the urban poor and displaced head for the French countryside — some very determined and creative families have gone back to the land for a better way of life. French Connections: Gallic ingenuity has turned failing farms and rundown chateaus into hidden tourist gems.


The inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out, including Maarten Berg (Erasmus): Death Penalty and Happiness in States: Was Jeremy Bentham Right?; and Ramona Stone and Sarah Hendrix (Kentucky): Evaluation of an Initiative to Reduce Youth Alcohol Abuse in the “Bourbon Country” of Kentucky. Still Timely: The Lonely Crowd, David Riesman's classic book on the American character, was controversial but prescient. John McWhorter on the evolution of black people on television. Singularity University tries to breed world leaders by immersing students in futuristic concepts; Nicola Jones finds it a heady mix of grand claims, brilliant minds and cool gadgets. The un-reluctant fundamentalist: Michelle Goldberg reviews Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Alan Wolfe reviews The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom by Robert Nisbet. From Edge, here is a statement of consensus reached among participants at the New Science of Morality Conference. Is Obama the Antichrist? Shankar Vedantam on why we believe propaganda. What’s wrong with boycotts: We love to organize them at the first sniff of corporate misbehavior, but are they really the right move? In Karachi, youth culture was Foreign — the privileged among us could visit it, but none of us could live there. A review of Aristocrats: Power, Grace, and Decadence: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present by Lawrence James. Atlas Obscura visits Palmyra, a mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road. 


Louise Kelly, Gayle Kerr, and Judy Drennan (QUT): Avoidance of Advertising in Social Networking Sites: The Teenage Perspective. Internet Addiction: What once was parody may soon be diagnosis. More and more and more on Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky. Danah Boyd on why privacy is not dead: The way privacy is encoded into software doesn't match the way we handle it in real life. Do we really desire Google to tell us what we should be doing next? Yes, but with some qualifiers. As data volumes continue to grow, it's clear that the Internet's infrastructure needs upgrading; what's not clear is who is going to pay for it — Web activists fear the development of a two-tier Internet, where corporations have priority and dissenting voices get pushed to the margins. Esther Dyson on the future of Internet search. The online state of nature: Why has Internet discourse devolved into a "war of every man against every man"? The Wheel of 4chan: Online forum gets spin from Fox to Anonymous (and more). The myth of online inertia: Rumors of the web's memory are greatly exaggerated. The virtual curmudgeon: Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual-reality technology, has more recently become an outspoken critic of online social media. Larry Greenemeier on re-thinking the Internet with security and mobility in mind. From Vanity Fair, Sean Parker is the hard-partying, press-shy genius of social networking, a budding billionaire, and about to be famous. Mark Zuckerberg opens up: The C.E.O. of Facebook wants to create, and dominate, a new kind of Internet.


From The New Inquiry, Atossa Abrahamian explains why a salon revival may be the best way to fight epistemic closure in the digital age — where the internet is a medium that never forgives, and never forgets. A review of Sartre in Search of an Ethics by Paul Crittenden. From Foreign Policy's Turtle Bay blog, the United Nations takes stock of its diminished influence; and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon takes the high road with drunken Sha Zukang. A review of Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship by Erdmut Wizisla. Murdoch's Watergate: Jack Shafer on how the U.K. phone-hacking scandal will undo the media mogul. A review of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean (and a response by Kean — and more). A review of Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife. Tea Parties of the World: The populist anti-government movement might be a uniquely American phenomenon, but it's not too hard to find its influence elsewhere. From LRB, the personalisation of names has continued through the era of neo-classicism; in many modern classrooms most children will be identifiable by their first name alone. A review of I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted by Nick Bilton. The Old Adventures of New Christine: ThinkProgress has put together a document compiling what we know about Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell in her own words.


From Practical Matters, a special issue on ethnography and theology. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft (UC-Berkeley): Persecution and the Art of Critique: Leo Strauss between Secularism and Religion. Donald Gelpi (UC-Berkeley): In Search of A Method: Charles Sanders Peirce’s Contribution to Theology. Eric Repphun (Otago): Anything in Exchange for the World: Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, and the Aqedah. A review of Derrida and Theology by Steven Shakespeare. An interview with Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler, editors of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion (and more). A review of Religion, Metaphysics, and the Postmodern: William Desmond and John D. Caputo by Christopher Ben Simpson. Bertrand Russell versus faith in God: Which comes first, faith or philosophical proof? A review of The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith by James R. Peters. A review of Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and its Place in Society by Stephen R. L. Clark. Can the experience of faith be shared by those unable to believe in the existence of a transcendent God? A review of Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes by Roland Boer. From Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, a review of books on Marxism and Christianity. From National Catholic Register, Peter Kreeft on the Left, the Right and Dominus Iesus. Can religion be apolitical?: Is political religion an inevitability, or an aberration? Philosopher Mary Warnock tells Laurie Taylor why religion and politics shouldn’t mix.

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