Perveen Ali (LSE): "I am Iraq": Law, Life and Violence in the Formation of the Iraqi State. From Lacan.com, Jean-Luc Nancy on what the Arab peoples signify to us. Petropolitics and democratization in the Middle East: Richard Javad Heydarian on the economics of the Arab Spring. Max Rodenbeck on bin Laden’s death and why the Arab world shrugs. No one truly belongs in Dubai, where the legacy of oil has made everything worthless. A review of Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East by Ted Dekker. Vanity Fair documents the courage and character of Egypt’s revolutionaries. Sons of the Revolution: Can a ragtag civilian army in Libya defeat a dictator? A review of Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia by Stephane Lacroix. Qatar is quietly making a name for itself in international finance and politics. Tarek Osman on Egypt’s past and present and the main issues facing the post-revolutionary Arab world. The New Cold War: There has long been bad blood between Iran and Saudi Arabia, but popular protests across the Middle East now threaten to turn the rivalry into a tense and dangerous regional divide. To stop the Arab Spring developing into an oppressive winter, the changemakers should read their Camus. Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, has been hired to assemble a force of foreign troops in the United Arab Emirates. An interview with Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League and would-be president of Egypt. The danger of falling tyrants: As dictatorships crumble across the Middle East, what happens if Arab democracy means the rise of radical Islamism? (and an interview with Hillary Clinton). The Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories: Matthew Gray on why falsehoods flourish in the Muslim world (and a look at the 6 wackiest Osama bin Laden conspiracy theories).


Jane Kim (Columbia): Taking Rape Seriously: Rape as Slavery. “Biblical Slavery” for non-Christians? Yes, suggests website of Mike Huckabee’s favorite historian David Barton. Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. reviews Ron Paul's Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom (and more and more). Anyone who looks at amateur graphic design should be grateful to The Non-Designer’s Design Book, now in its third edition. After spending years in the most powerful circles of Washington, former White House counsel A.B. Culvahouse is likely to be remembered most for a single decision: greenlighting Sarah Palin. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union on March 29, 1951; sixty years later, the case still crackles with controversy — why is it so hard to put to rest? The last survivor of Hitler’s downfall: Rochus Misch, the Fuhrer's bodyguard, gives last interview. What did Wikileaks tell us about Guantanamo? Exactly what we wanted to hear. I'm bipolar, you're bipolar: Your mental illness is their financial gain. Rich and sort of rich: How $250,000 a year become the dividing line between the haves and have-nots. Bin Laden's real-life Big Love troubles: The terrorist ringleader lived for five years under one roof with three wives and a dozen of kids — how did he manage? From Taki's Mag, Jim Goad on seven ideas you can never discuss on television. The Peace Corps, what is it for? Buffeted by controversy, an American institution faces an even deeper question — why it exists at all? After Failure: Frank Nullmeier on a second stage of neoliberalism. Bachmann Country: How evangelicals remade the Midwestern right. The Sarkozy-Stiglitz Commission's Quest to Get Beyond GDP: The Sarkozy commission advanced new ways of measuring progress — but hurdles remain.


From American Scientist, John Shea on refuting a myth about human origins: Homo sapiens emerged once, not as modern-looking people first and as modern-behaving people later. Where in the world did anatomically modern humans come from? The discovery of 125,000-year-old stone tools in the Arabian Peninsula may force scientists to rethink how and when humans first left Africa. Archaeologists uncover startling discovery in the Arctic that reveals behavioral habits of first human inhabitants (and more). Anthropologists studying living hunter-gatherers have radically revised their view of how early human societies were structured, and how humans evolved away from apes. A review of The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived by Clive Finlayson. When did early humans come up with the weaponry that made them the world's dominant predators? Clovis people weren’t first in Americas, Texas spear points suggest. A review of Social Anthropology and Human Origins by Alan Barnard. In a locally well known cave near an industrial town in Spain, researchers have unexpectedly discovered faint images of horses and hand prints dating back some 25,000 years. A review of Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life by Martin Meredith. Interpret the numbers how you will (and every diet guru does), there’s something disarmingly simple and alluring about the caveman diet. Debate erupts: Did modern humans meet Neanderthals? The concept of the "killer-ape" offers a pessimistic reflection of humanity and its genesis, but the latest research shows that a primate species whose success is based on mutual aid and pleasure, not violence, is a better model for human origins. Research suggests play was a central element of people's lives as far back as 4,000 years ago.

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