From magCulture, here's an A-Z of favourite independent magazines. An airline magazine that makes travelers want to pull the rip cord: Safi shows the real Afghanistan, from dog fighting to dry swimming pools. The in-flight magazine of Afghan airline Safi Airways does not mince words; in an interview, editor Christian Marks talks about dog fighting, war zones and why passengers want the truth. A different kind of Israeli magazine: Bambi Sheleg’s Eretz Acheret is making waves. A review of Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers by Anthony Slide. Why is the September issue a big deal? An interview with Dirk Barnett, creative director at the helm of Maxim magazine. If magazines were forced to be honest. What do you get if you cross the internet and magazines? You get Ivan Pope, a former zinester who created the world’s first internet magazine, The World Wide Web Newsletter (later 3W Magazine), in 1993, and later went on to help launch the first consumer magazine about the web, .net, and has now turned his entrepreneurial zeal to creating Magazero, an online magazine store dedicated to “gathering the best, freshest, strangest, most inaccessible, juciest, loveliest independent magazines from around the world and bringing them into your life”. The golden age of magazine illustration: Vicki Woods previews a new collection of glorious, romantic illustrations from 1950s and 1960s women's magazines. A look at the most ridiculous magazines of all time.

A new issue of New Internationalist is out. Pamela Samuelson (UC-Berkeley): The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform. Jimmy Carter says he's "superior" to other U.S. ex-presidents, but on the world stage, he's got some tough competition. Me, Myself and My Stranger: An article on understanding the neuroscience of selfhood. Why do we believe what we believe? Kris Notaro investigates. James Ledbetter on the troubling disappearance of salesmen and how it helps explain America's economic woes. Lewis Lapham on "the end of capitalism": The former longtime editor of Harper's discusses the possibility that America's economic system will go extinct. How a bookseller in Willow Creek caused the biggest Bigfoot forum on the web to be shut down — or did he? Devaditya Chakravarti on the politics around the assassination of Gandhi. Regulatory Blowout: A look at how regulatory failures made the BP disaster possible, and how the system can be fixed to avoid a recurrence. A review of A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russell (and more). Brad DeLong on the tax debate we are not having: Can a great nation remain great while its leaders spout talking points and evade reality? Jesse Bering on an ode to the many evolved virtues of human semen. Atlas Obscura visits Puzzlewood, the mysterious and fantastical woodland inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. Can Americans rightsize their desires? From Yes! magazine, a look at 10 Resilient Ideas: Ideas for building resilience from communities across the country. "Dear Hannah Arendt": An article on the correspondence between Leni Yahil and Hannah Arendt, 1961-1971. From Catapult, a special issue on weight: What kinds of heaviness do we solemnly accept? What kinds do we fight as if our lives depend on it?

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Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): How to Organize Democracy in Multi-Level and Multi-Cultural States: Can it Be Done? Should it Be Done? Jacqueline Mowbray (Sydney): Language in the UN and EU: Linguistic Diversity as a Challenge for Multilateralism. Poul F. Kjaer (Frankfurt): The Societal Function of European Integration in the Context of World Society. Andrew R. Glencross (Aberdeen): A Post-National EU? The Problem of Legitimising the EU Without the Nation and National Representation. From Democracy, Henry Farrell on A More Perfect Union: Over the years, European leaders forgot how to justify integration to their citizens; it’s time they remember — and proceed with tough reforms. As nationalism rises, will the European Union fall? According to the conventional view, the far-Right in Europe is antithetical to the values of liberal democracy — new research showing that far-Right ideology is a radicalization of mainstream values has a major impact on how populism is understood (and more and more). President Sarkozy's recent campaign against the Roma people highlights their growing persecution across Europe — as their numbers increase, integrating this group will become ever more important. As long as the Roma remain persona non grata at the rich lands' tables, the emancipation of the European individual is still on shaky ground. From Re-public, Jutta Urpilainen on why we need more welfare state, not less; and Victor Ponta on how a true welfare state is still possible in Europe. From Strange Maps, a solution to dealing with the potential divisiveness of diversity, and if done in good humour at least a lot funnier, is the great European Shouting Match. Tyranny’s got talent: At the next Junior Eurovision contest, Europe’s most repressive regime will go pop.

A new issue of Spectrum is out. Corey Brettschneider (Brown): When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? Freedom of Expression and Democratic Persuasion. An interview with Thomas Geoghegen, author of Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life. A review of The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave by Mark Lawrence Schrad. Is video killing the concert vibe? Lighters held aloft at rock shows have given way to camera phones — meet the backlash. After elections, is Bosnia closer to unity or collapse? Stars shine light on issues, but should we consider it illuminating? Surveillance, America’s pastime: A Hall of Shame of state snooping, prying, and informing aimed at destroying the fabric of civil society. Down with fun: The depressing vogue for having fun at work. A too-gentle madness: Pradeep Sebastian‘s essays are a great introduction to the genre called Books on Books. Cops on the beat: Dancing Thai policemen become a Youtube hit. Steve Pearlstein on the costs of rising economic inequality. The post-Singularity future of astronomy: Astronomy could be the first discipline in which the rate of discovery by machines outpaces humans' ability to interpret it. Will America come to envy Japan's lost decade? Ezra Klein wonders. The banality of narcissism: Ron Rosenbaum on the class war over cultural diagnosis. If a student asks you "why is essentialism bad?", how do you answer that? Wisdom Facing Forward: What it means to have heightened future consciousness. Keeping up with Tyler Cowen on a regular basis resembles drinking from a fire hose — not everyone is so infovoracious.

From FDL, a book salon on When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage by Lee Badgett. Girl-girl kissing is not new — what is new is the openness with which girls are sampling from among their own. Guy Hocquenghem's frank, candid and provocative text "The Screwball Asses" was one that took stock of the desiring-politics of the gay liberation movement; queer cruising zine collective B.T.F.A discover that it still has a fresh take on sexual possibilities and the normalising power of phallocratic roles. Move over, metrosexuals: Meet the straight bears befriending the gays. The problem with urban gay meccas: A review of Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism by Scott Herring. Queer politics are influential in LGBT liberation movements — should this be embraced or is it an obstacle to taking the fight forward? Jesse Bering on polyamory chic, gay jealousy and the evolution of a broken heart. The great (gay) surname debate: Portia de Rossi wants to adopt wife Ellen DeGeneres' last name — is it retro, refreshing or something else entirely? A chronology of gay comic book characters: Mainstream comics have had more than their fair share of homosexual subtext almost since their inception. Stuart Biegel on his book The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools. Forecasting adult sexual orientation: Is your child a "prehomosexual"? The Ivy League's big gay admission: Why kids are adopting a do ask, do tell policy to get into the ivory tower. Does "It Gets Better" make life better for gay teens? Understanding the suicide-prevention project and its critics (and more).