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.