From World History Connected, a forum on Latin America and world history. Robert J. Miller and Micheline D'Angelis (Lewis and Clark): Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery. Fabiana Serviddio (Buenos Aires): Exhibiting identity: Latin America Between the Imaginary and the Real. Cassandra M. Sweet (Pontificia) and Dalibor S. Eterovic (Adolfo Ibanez): How Women and Illiterates Shaped Education Outcomes in 20th Century Latin America. Victor A. Menaldo (Washington): Jose el Plomero: The Enforcement Costs of Progressive Taxation, Constitutional Engineering and Redistribution in Latin America. From NYRB, Lilia M. Schwarcz on Rio’s New Reality Show. Atlas Obscura visits Fordlandia, Henry Ford's failed rubber plantation and American colony located in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. One of the world's grandest waterfalls is in Peru, and no one knew about it until 2006. Chances are the bouquet you're about to buy came from Colombia — what's behind the blooms? Colombia ranks fourth in the world in the number of spoken indigenous languages, but indigenous groups are coming under massive pressure to assimilate. A lost city is revealed under centuries of jungle growth in Guatemala. At first thought, Tijuana has little to do with the Olmecs, who lived in the rich lowlands of Mexico’s Gulf Coast and created a great civilization that was at its height between 800 and 500 BC. A review of The Reinvention of Mexico: National Ideology in a Neoliberal Era. Here lies a bunch of Mexican drug dealers: The tombs of Jardines del Humaya in the Mexican state of Sinaloa seem to have been inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt. From Naked Punch, here is Javier Sicilia's open letter to Mexico's politicians and criminals. Susan Pick on Mexico’s struggle to “Vivir Mejor”.


Fabienne Collignon (Edinburgh): Silo Psychosis. From Pathways, a special section on How Poverty Gets Under the Skin: The effects of deprivation on blood, the brain, and the body. An article on Rand and Ron Paul as the libertarian Kennedys. A review of Rigging the Game: How Inequality is Reproduced in Everyday Life by Michael Schwalbe. George Scialabba on Hitchens on Chomsky. Simon Blackburn reviews How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish. The Information Sage: Meet Edward Tufte, the graphics guru to the power elite who is revolutionizing how we see data. Big Brothers: Thanks to Citizens United, thousands of Koch Industries employees were told whom to vote for. The man who made working out cool: For 20 years, David Barton has ruled the New York gym scene, but marital woes and financial problems are now his biggest challenges. A review of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc Freedman. Even as we embrace Loving and the rights of loving couples, we should remember that it takes much more than a celebrated judicial decision to realize constitutional values. The Servant Problem: Lewis H. Lapham is in search of the lost battalion of America’s unemployed. For a long time people have asked about the sound of one hand clapping, but what about two hands? From Fortune, how can we address excessive CEO pay? Corporate boards and companies desperately need to rethink how they evaluate the way they pay their CEOs. Joshua Kim on 5 reasons librarians are the future of ed tech. BP's criminal negligence exposed: One year after BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the number of lawsuits against the oil giant continues to mount (and 10 reasons to still be pissed off about the BP disaster). Whenever we flush our toilets, with the conviction that we are performing a hygienic act, we are breaking cosmic laws, because in reality it is a godless act, a sacrilegious gesture of death.


Naomi Mezey and Cornelia Nina Pillard (Georgetown): Against the New Maternalism. Mary Ziegler (St. Louis): The Bonds that Tie: The Politics of Motherhood and the Future of Abortion Rights. Jeffrey Yuen (Columbia): Sticky Gender Stereotypes and the Unfulfilled Promise of Alternative Family Forms. Paulo Barrozo (BC): Finding Home in the World: A Deontological Theory of the Right to Be Adopted. June Carbone (Missouri): Who Decides What Number of Children is "Right"? Sometimes eight just isn’t enough, or at least it isn’t for Ziona Chana, who has the world’s largest family: 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. From Five Dials, a special issue on parenting. From TPM, a review of Motherhood: The Birth of Wisdom and Fatherhood: The Dao of Daddy; and Jean Kazez on parenthood and meaning. Reflections on biology and motherhood: Where does Homo sapiens fit in? The No-Baby Boom: A growing number of couples are choosing to live child-free — and you might be joining their ranks. Is the way you talk about women scarring your daughter? Pam Chamberlain on how father's rights groups threaten women's gains — and their safety. Alison Gopnik talks about what is really going on in our children’s minds. Who really cares how yuppies raise their kids? Paradoxically, the kind of parents who follow debates about parenting may be those with the least to worry about. The hypocrisy of Phyllis Schlafly: She spent her career fighting the concept of childcare — now we find out she had "domestic help" herself. A review of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua and Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein. The Korean dads’ 12-step program: Inside Father School, a program that teaches authoritarian fathers how to loosen up.

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