From International Politics and Society, a special issue on Latin America. Arup K. Sen and Jessica E. Metzger (D’Youville): Women Leadership and Global Power: Evidence from the United States and Latin America. Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown) and Matthew S. Winters (Illinois): The Link between Voting and Life Satisfaction in Latin America. From The Economist, a special report on Latin America: Societies on the move; and nobody's backyard: Latin America’s new promise — and the need for a new attitude north of the Rio Grande. A review of Public Intellectuals in Contemporary Latin America. The Gains from Trade: Mark Weisbrot and Jake Johnston on South American economic integration and the resolution of conflict. From Monthly Review, a special section on Marta Harnecker on Latin America and Twenty-First Century Socialism (and from Relay, Marta Harnecker on the Latin American Left today). Immanuel Wallerstein on contradictions in the Latin American Left. Emir Sader on some mistaken notions about Latin America (and the world). A review of Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul by Michael Reid. A review of What If Latin America Ruled the World? by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (and more and more and more and more). From Americas Quarterly, a special issue on education; and a review of Which Way Latin America? Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization. In South America, the Left and indigenous movements are searching for a way to co-exist. How Mario Vargas Llosa's journey mirrored Latin America's evolution (and more and more). South America is ready to tango with its academic partners. The transformation of Latin America is a global advance: The radical tide is about to be put to the test in Brazil and Venezuela — if support holds, it will have lessons for all of us. Thousands of Latin-American migrants come to work in the United States every year, legally and illegally — but does their time in the U.S. help or hurt them when they return to their home countries? A review of Unequal Partners: The United States and Mexico by Sidney Weintraub. Latin America at the checkpoint: As violence mounts in Mexico, Ed Vulliamy and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera assess the prospects for Latin America.

From The Chronicle, Richard Klein is against health: Why pleasure is our highest good; and happiness is an insight from Aristotle: What is it with the soft sciences, anyway, that its practitioners are so good at coming up with studies that border on the banal? Charities that work to make the government's policies better have a unique ability to take small investments and turn them into tremendous outcomes — if you're looking for bang for your philanthropic buck, they're the place to start. Is US wearing out its welcome in Afghanistan? Steve Clemons on the impact today and tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson. Darwinian Medicine: An interview with psychologist and evolutionary biologist Randolph M. Nesse. Jonathan Chait on how Ireland went from free market exemplar to big government exemplar. What Would Jesus Buy? Research shows that commerce and Christmas have a long history of coexistence, and the psychological effect may be generally positive. Well-Rounded: Eleri Lynn on a short history of corsetry, from whalebone to Lycra. “Killing is a drug to me”: Combat vet Charles D. Whittington’s college essay gets him banned from school. Might torture be its own reward? Many Americans are drawn to its aura of righteous retribution. An excerpt from Believing Bullshit: How Not To Get Sucked Into An Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law. What is the deal with economics, and what to do about it? According to a few economists, the answer is to watch Seinfeld. A review of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: A Model Theologian by Patrick W. Carey. Sipping margaritas while the climate burns: Why the upcoming U.N. climate summit at Cancun could be just as disappointing as Copenhagen.

Deepak Malhotra (Harvard) and Jeremy Ginges (New School): Preferring Balanced vs. Advantageous Peace Agreements: A Study of Israeli Attitudes Towards a Two State Solution. Rabin's son Yuval proposes a response to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative: A Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with Jerusalem "the home of two capitals". From Dissent, Alexander Yakobson on how the true alternative to a two-state solution is not some binational fantasy but a single state that is Arab and Muslim: one state for one people. In many ways, the United States feels a greater urgency and drive for peace talks than do the Palestinians and Israelis themselves. Can a domestically weakened Obama help achieve peace in the Middle East? Despite the appearance of wild generosity, Obama and Clinton could have Netanyahu in a very tight spot. A review of books on Israel and the Middle East. David Grossman, Amos Oz, and A.B. Yehoshua have won international acclaim for being the intellectual leaders of Israel’s peace camp — it’s undeserved. From Just Journalism, a special report on ten years of anti-Israel prejudice at the London Review of Books. The anti-Semite’s pointed finger: How Jews have been tricked into believing they can cure the hatred of them when the hatred has always existed because it is politically useful for the haters. Are religious troops changing Israel's military? The introduction to Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought by David Biale. More and more and more on Capitalism and the Jews by Jerry Z. Muller. From City Journal, Sol Stern on Tel Aviv, a modern, capitalist-built oasis in the Middle East. The success of Subliminal, Israel’s most popular rapper, is a reflection of the Jewish state’s conservative moment. Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire, or just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you ask.

Apoorva Anubhuti (NUJS): Americanisation of International Law. From Salon, the War Room Hack Thirty is a list of our least favorite political commentators, newspaper columnists and constant cable news presences. Research finds upper-class people have trouble recognizing others' emotions. Empathizing 101: A Capital University experiment to determine whether students can learn empathy is generating excitement among experts who study the behavior. Is karaoke a passing fad? Kevin Brown, PhD investigated. Why I am a Monarchist: John Medaille on how monarchy is the highest form of democracy. The Family Research Council is labeled a "hate group" by the SPLC over their anti-gay rhetoric. From Cafe Babel, democracy gives birth to mathematical proof. The flat earth and geocentric world are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods — can you name your favorite example and for extra credit why it was believed to be true? From PopMatters, we all shine on: A tribute to John Lennon. When mustaches attack: Unless you’re a comic-book villain or stuck in the 1980s, you’re probably aware that mustaches get a bum rap in the 21st century. If you’re interested in issues to do with personal identity, and the conditions under which it does or does not endure, then you may want to check out "You’re Being Tortured in the Morning", another new interactive activity at Philosophy Experiments. The first chapter from Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics by Niko Besnier. Grasslands preserve the lonely prairie: North America’s grasslands filled an ecological role that goes mostly unfilled in their hugely reduced state. A Civil Rights-era murder is resolved after forty-five years, as 77-year-old former Alabama state trooper James Bonard Fowler heads to jail.

A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. Rumi Sakamoto (Auckland): Pan-pan Girls: Humiliating Liberation in Postwar Japanese Literature. Fan Gang on China’s Great Migration. Tiger Girls on the loose: Burma gets its first girl band. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden: Walk through depictions of the torture inflicted on those who go to Buddhist hell. What do young Cambodians think about their country? An excerpt from East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute by David C. Kang. For now, Bhutan conforms better than any other modern state to criteria for national greatness: a sane way of life, a thriving ecology, civilized aesthetic and ethical principles, an absolute prohibition on strip malls, and general harmlessness. In China, as tourists come, culture goes. What comes to the minds of a young population that didn’t live through a bloody civil war, a hellish genocide, the Vietnamese invasion of the late 1970s, or American bombings a decade before that? Pankaj Mishra on a new Cold War in Asia? Opportunistic speculators are eying Nepal’s burgeoning hydropower potential; does wealth or woe lie ahead for the poverty-stricken nation? Hong Kong’s rising temperatures have created a pervasive dependence on A/C, but some are trying to break the habit. Though junta leadership changed Burma's name in 1989, debate continues to be divisive (and more). The Japan syndrome: The biggest lesson the country may yet teach the world is about the growth-sapping effects of ageing. From Lapham's Quarterly, Ross Perlin on China’s instant cities, thirty years on. After 500 years of Western predominance, Niall Ferguson argues, the world is tilting back to the East. Jakarta's Capital Idea: Indonesia may move its capital out of Jakarta but it won't solve the city's problems. How to negotiate with North Korea: Reaching an accord on nuclear-weapons development was a difficult proposition even before the recent revelations.

Vaughan Lowe (Oxford) and Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Glasgow): Humanitarian Intervention. John Yoo (UC-Berkley): Fixing Failed States. From Strategic Studies Quarterly, James F. Dobbins (RAND): Guidelines for Nation Builders. The international aid system has a dirty secret: Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, the nations and organizations that donate and distribute aid do not care much about democracy and they still actively support dictators. From TED, Stefan Wolff on the path to ending ethnic conflicts. From Political Theology, Mark C. Johnson on international peacemaking and the anti-war movement. Elizabeth Kier on her book In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy. An interview with Wendy Brown, author of Walled States, Waning Sovereignty. Seth Kaplan on rethinking state-building in a failed state. Rape is not an inevitable consequence of war, says new UN special representative Margot Wallstrom — and there's far more UN peacekeeping troops could do to prevent it. Should we care about failed and weak states? Paul Staniland investigates. A review of New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding. Max Miller on how humanitarian aid prolongs wars. Divide and rule or the rule of the divided? The effect of national and ethnic institutions on African under-development. A panel on Rebuilding War-Torn States: The Challenge of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction by Graciana del Castillo. Philip Gourevitch on the moral hazards of humanitarian aid. Waging war, building states: Nikolas Gvosdev and Derek S. Reveron on seeking an elusive blend of hard and soft power. Is Google the new United Nations? A Google Maps skirmish shows increasingly how reliant we've become on corporations, even benign ones, to confer international legitimacy. No easy fix for US foreign aid: Obama's got the right idea, but it will be harder than he thinks.

From Vice, here is one of many possible art issues. From Reason, an interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb on big spending, the First Amendment, and putting cameras where government doesn’t want them to go. From Anthropology in Practice, faunal friends: Evolution and the animal connection. They call him the "merchant of death," but the most dangerous thing about Russian Victor Bout isn't the weapons he trades — it's the U.S. officials he might take down with him. Pocahontas's wedding chapel found at Jamestown. Mass spectacle: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto on a dazzling display of gridiron, greatness and God. A review of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. History used to be the study of great men — now it's of Everyman. From Seed, why chess may be an ideal laboratory for investigating gender gaps in science and beyond; and as consensus emerges on the physical basis of mental illness, the mental-health community is fracturing over what, exactly, constitutes “mental illness” in the first place. Lynn Stout on her book Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People. Here's one place where old-school magazines still have a mystique of some magnitude: Hollywood. From THES, a review of How to Catch a Robot Rat: When Biology Inspires Innovation by Agnes Guillot and Jean-Arcady Meyer; a review of Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers by John L. Casti; and a review of Islands of Privacy by Christena E. Nippert-Eng. From Index on Censorship, a special issue calls for a new approach to tackling censorship online. A Techno-Agrarian Manifesto: Is vertical farming the future of American agriculture?

Christopher Ellis (Bucknell) and James A. Stimson (UNC): Pathways to Ideology in American Politics: The Operational-Symbolic “Paradox” Revisited. Jerry Kang (UCLA): Implicit Bias and the Pushback from the Left. Staffan Kumlin (Gothenburg): Learning from Politics? The Causal Interplay Between Government Performance and Political Ideology. Christopher Weber (LSU), Martin Johnson (UC-Riverside) and Kevin Arceneaux (Temple): Genetic Influences on Group Politics. A new take on political ideology: Evolutionary psychologist Jacob Vigil proposes a new framework for understanding the root causes of our political beliefs. Why genes are leftwing: The right loves genetic explanations for poverty or mental illness, but science fingers society. Holding liberal views may be in the blood, believe scientists, after identifying a gene that makes you more open minded. New research finds the elderly have a psychological incentive to embrace cultural conservatism: Such beliefs prop up their self-esteem. Terrance Heath on 3 fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals (and part 2 and part 3). You can tell a conservative from a liberal by those things each worries about: Conservatives tend to worry about things like creeping socialism and socialist creeps, while liberals worry about what their great-great-great-grandchildren will hate them for. From The New York Times, a review of books on the state of conservatism, and a review of books on the state of liberalism. From Salon, can liberalism save capitalism from conservatism? The resurgence of conservatism in American politics makes the question more urgent than ever. You might be a Marxist if you’re against imperialism. Critical thinking leads the political thinker to socialism, anarchism, and a rejection of capitalism. How the Left won the Cold War: In the West, there were no conservative victors in the Cold War.

Jordan J. Paust (Houston): The UN is Bound by Human Rights: Understanding the Full Reach of Human Rights, Remedies, and Nonimmunity. How we'll know if GM is really fixed: Six metrics investors should watch to determine the success or failure of postbankruptcy General Motors. TSAstroturf: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine on the Washington lobbyists and Koch-Funded libertarians behind the TSA scandal. Harold Meyerson on how Germany got it right on the economy. Mike Brown, the co-founder of AOL Ventures, is trying to change the way AOL is seen by entrepreneurs and engineers — to erase its reputation as a moribund dial-up dinosaur. As is evident in "Out: The Glenn Burke Story", being gay was widely recognized to be, as one of the era's top stars put it, “a kiss of death for a ballplayer”. Does Facebook have a foreign policy? Facebook's global rise has limits — and real dangers — as it taps markets in unfriendly countries. David Weigel reviews Sarah Palin's America by Heart. If the International Year of Biodiversity has shown us just one thing, it is that we need to stand up for all of Nature and not just those aspects someone somewhere has decided are the more deserving. Can a bunch of mathematicians do a better job than legislators at drawing Congressional districts? The impact of post-census redistricting on the balance of power in Congress is overblown, say political scientists and mathematicians who have looked at the math behind gerrymandering (and more). "That's All Right Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup is the world's oldest rock and roll song, according to rock historian Joseph Burns, who also thinks this song could contain the first ever guitar solo break. A review of A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the American Revolution by Carolyn Eastman.

From Consilience, Louise Carver (IDS): Where Science Meets Politics: Controversy Surrounding the Relationship Between Population Growth and Climate Change. From Slate, a series of articles on brainstorming a new approach to carbon policy, and panelists debate new strategies for curbing global warming. Time to take to the hills? What climate hawks need most now is a nimble, networked pragmatism. Meg Bostrom on how to stop global warming — even if you don't believe in it. Building a clean energy future will require not just concentrated solar and carbon caps but big changes in how people and societies do things — for insights on motivating change, let's turn to philosopher William James (and more). Behavioral researchers have found that dire descriptions of global warming, in isolation, can cause people to recoil from acceptance of the problem. Changing people's behavior — in small, incremental, but additive ways — is the best way to open their minds to the science of climate change. Will the Cancun Conference be Copenhangen redux? For Cancun climate summit, activists consider the long view. Human needs vs. human behavior: Kara Rogers on reexamining our relationship with nature. From Tikkun, a review essay on eco-enchantment and the limits of conservation. In an age of eco-uncertainty: The pleasures, perils, and occasional pointlessness of trying to live green. Common Earth ownership: An interview with Mathias Risse. Were the chemicals used to disperse the oil from the Deepwater Horizon gusher more dangerous than the oil itself, and what will the spill’s long-term impact be? A review of Human Rights and Climate Change. Fighting crimes against the Earth: An interview with David Uhlmann. Down the Dark Mountain: Paul Kingsnorth on a cultural movement for an age of disruption.