A new issue of Australian Studies is out. Laurie Berg (UTS): "Mate Speak English, You're in Australia Now": English Language Requirements in Skilled Migration. How fair is Australia’s welfare state? Australia redistributes more to the poorest fifth of the population than virtually any other OECD country. There is a growing unofficial creed among many Australian parents that a "good school" for their children is one where minorities are in the minority. From Adbusters, Richard Neville on the spark that lights up Australia. Can a country with as small a population and academic sector as Australia’s support a monthly literary review that aspires to the stature of The New York Review of Books or Times Literary Supplement? Apparently not. Ramon Glazov on how Australian oligarch Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is using dirty tricks and libertarian lies to fleece Aborigines out of billions. An article on Canada vs. Australia: The upside of down under. From Geist, Canada for Spartans: Stephen Henighan exposes the errors, omis­sions and prob­lem­atic val­ues expressed in the Conservative party’s study guide for Canadian citizenship. Canada does have a foreign policy after all — call it the Layton Doctrine. Canada’s crime rate is dropping as immigration increases — is there a connection? Conrad Black on the strange death of Liberal Canada. The global state of the art of speech-giving, speech-making and agitprop: An interview with public intellectual John Ralston Saul. The election that gutted Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals swept in dozens of unlikely MPs, so how will the nation fare with students, Tamils and punk rockers in charge, instead of “grumpy old white guys? Our Hidden History: Why do we downplay the seminal moment in Canadian democracy? A review of So Vast and Various: Interpreting Canada's Regions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Rohith V. Srinivas (Stanford): Exploring the Potential for American Death Tourism. Jonathan Zasloff (UCLA): Why No Parliaments in the United States? Wendy Parker (Wake Forest): Juries, Race, and Gender: A Story of Today's Inequality. Dubya and Me: Over the course of a quarter-century, journalist Walt Harrington witnessed the transformation of George W. Bush. The Global West: Jonathan Thompson on how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states. A review of The Liberty Bell by Gary B. Nash. Texas. Business and the Literati: The business of America may be business, but the business of American literature in the past century has been largely to insist that the nation is, in pursuing business, wasting itself on unworthy objects. Ballpark Liturgy: Andrew Bacevich on America’s new civic religion. Too Good to Fail: In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises — why did ShoreBank fail, and what lessons can be learned from its 37-year record of innovation? A review of In The Courts Of The Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided by Walter Echo-Hawk. A review of Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged by Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O’Brien. Deliverance: The U.S. Postal Service must make massive changes if it is going to survive (and more). A nation derailed: Passenger trains were once sustainable and civilized — highway socialism changed that. From Left Turn, a special issue on The Reluctant Welfare State. Johan Thomas on the 7 most infamous U.S. public housing projects. An interview with Ben Zaricor, American flag collector. Uncle Sam Does(n’t) Want You: America's reserve army of labor marches through time. Cracked.com on 5 projects you won't believe the US government is working on.

A new issue of 4strugglemag is out. Ezio Di Nucci (Duisburg-Essen): Knowing Future Contingents. Janet L. Dolgin (Hofstra): Weighing Status: Obesity, Class, and Health Reform. X-Rated Ethics: Socially sustainable sex could save the economy, the environment, and our society. Your brain on politics: Andrea Kuszewski on the cognitive neuroscience of liberals and conservatives. Dan Ciuriak on the return of industrial policy. To say that Elliott felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body or that he was repelled by his own private parts, as the typical definition of a transsexual would have you presume, would be inaccurate. As the European crisis triggers global panic, the region’s flailing leaders are only making things worse; Henry Farrell and John Quiggin on the radical solution that could stave off disaster. With #OccupyWallStreet, Noam Chomsky sees a reason for hope that lies closer to home. Explore MoJo's (updated) interactive map of the anti-Wall Street protests spreading nationwide. Lawrence Lessig's new book on political corruption, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It, offers protesters a possible manifesto. A tipping point: Occupy Wall Street has created a space for some type of populist movement to emerge — what exactly that will look like remains anyone’s guess. A history of archeological deceit: A Swiss exhibit features world-class forgeries. A flurry of recent activity indicates that evolution is beginning to occupy center stage in economic debates — and not a moment too soon. The Melancholy Ballad of Rose of Aberlone: A rumination in verse on the doctrine of mutual mistake, written during a late night of study in Jeremy N. Sheff's first semester of law school, and rediscovered a dozen years later among some old papers. Here are 6 famous firsts you learned in history class (are total BS).

Harald Uhlig (Chicago): Economics and Reality. Walter Kramer (RatSWD): The Cult of Statistical Significance: What Economists Should and Should Not Do To Make Their Data Talk. From Re-public, a special issue on economic statistics. D. Wade Hands (Puget Sound): Scientific Norms and the Values of Economists: The Case of Priority Fights in Economics. Jose Castro Caldas, Vitor Neves and Jose Reis (Coimbra): Why is Economics So Fragile? Neil K. Komesar (Wisconsin): The Essence of Economics: Behavior, Choice and Comparison. Adair Turner on the need to challenge conventional economic wisdom (and part 2 and part 3). Stuart Kauffman on economics made too simple. The undies index: Economic forecasting remains more art than science. Pure economics is a failure — long live political/social/cultural/economics. A review of The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics by George F. DeMartino. Tomas Sedlacek’s Economics of Good and Evil strives to turn economists back into moral philosophers (and more). Thomas Storck on the starting point for economic thought. Is 72 the answer to life, the universe and everything? It's definitely the answer to a few economic questions. The first chapter from The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank (and more and more). Broken Recovery: Have economists failed us? One thing to like about the study of economics is that it fosters compassion. Chicago economics on trial: An interview with Nobel-winning economist Robert Lucas. From FDL, a book salon on The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order by Bernard Harcourt. When a paradigm falls and nobody hears it: The neoliberal status quo is indefensible — yet the public silently accepts its supposed legitimacy. A review of The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters by Diane Coyle.

Staffan I. Lindberg (Florida): The Demand Side of Politics in Africa. From the latest issue of the Journal of Third World Studies, Clair Apodaca (FIU): Do Global Strategies for Poverty Eradication in Sub-Saharan Africa Work? An Assessment of Several International Macroeconomic Policies; and Johannes L van der Walt (NWU): Ubuntugogy for the 21st Century. Eric Reeves on the three biggest security threats to newly independent South Sudan. A shrinking continent: It’s becoming much easier to fly within Africa, writes Xan Rice as he visits the world’s newest nation. While there are many segments yet to be completed, the huge continent of Africa is at least partially linked by a series of highways known collectively as the Trans-African Highway Network. With Africa's farmlands threatened by an enemy more pernicious than any Mongolian horde, Senegal is leading a 12-nation cooperative effort to erect a living defense system aptly named the Great Green Wall of Africa. Anthropologist I.M. Lewis discusses the background to the famine in Somalia. Somalis, in growing numbers, are dying of famine after the severest of droughts — they are also the casualties of the conflict between al-Shabab and Somalia’s transitional government. More cash and less food aid is what Somalians need. Where are the African carmakers? A whole continent sells its raw materials but produces less than 1% of the world's manufactured goods. A forgotten African Catholic kingdom: A year before Columbus discovered America, the king of Kongo led his people to Christianity. Paul Kagame's Rwanda: Can the African nation have peace and prosperity without freedom? A review of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns (and more). South Africans believed the World Cup would bump their country into the first world — so did it?

From Postcolonial Text, a special issue on Glocal Imaginaries. Antony Aumann (Northern Michigan): On the Cognitive Value of Literature: The Case of Nietzsche’s Genealogy. Alan Abramowitz (Emory): Partisan Polarization and the Rise of the Tea Party Movement. William Saletan on men prefer cuddling, promiscuity makes you unhappy, and other fishy scientific claims. Humanity has got better at all sorts of things it has put its minds to, but there is one endeavour that we don’t seem to be get much better at, despite a top notch obsession: romance. Where love goes to die: The Museum of Broken Relationships is just one place people send unwanted reminders of exes and heartbreak. The Lioness of Iran: Shiva Rahbaran interviews Simin Behbahani, Iran’s most prominent poet and a two-time Nobel nominee. The origins of Occupy Wall Street explained: An interview with Kalle Lasn, the editor of Adbusters, about the practical and philosophical roots of the movement. As the right-wing backlash against Occupy Wall St. begins, here are the top 5 reasons why the protests embody values of the real Boston Tea Party. Anger and anarchy on Wall Street: Descriptions of the September 16, 1920 Wall Street bombing seem eerily familiar (and more). Mark Engler on five things that #OccupyWallStreet has done right. Al Jazeera on understanding Wall Street's "occupation". Three babies, four dogs, two breasts, and no Radiohead: A dispatch from Occupy Wall Street. Want change you can believe in? That's what youth rebellion is all about. The Island of Tuvalu is going to run out of water this week — and you thought your day sucked. An interview with Jimmy Carter: "We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war". A look at 6 famous people whose identities we still don't know.

A new issue of Parameters is out. Zhivan Alach (Auckland): The New Aztecs: Ritual and Restraint in Contemporary Western Military Operations. Kyungkook Kang, Jacek Kugler and Tadeusz Kugler (Claremont): Economic Consequences of Conflict. Adam Christopher Smith, Daniel Houser, Peter T. Leeson and Ramin Ostadhossein (George Mason): The Costs of Conflict. Michael Boyle (La Salle): Explaining Violence after Wars. A review of The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes by Steven Pinker by Steven Pinker (and more and more and more and more). Think Again: World peace could be closer than you think. Is there a way to predict "random violence" in war? A short history of war games: How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool. From The Independent Review, Laurie L. Calhoun on political philosophers on war: Arguments inside the “just war” box. What would be the libertarian requirements for a just war? A review of War and Moral Dissonance by Peter A. French. The idea that a psychologically healthy person could miss war seems appalling. An old man's thoughts on war and peace: We may enjoy peace, but we shall never entirely rid ourselves of war because we are "wired" to fight. Are mercenaries just warriors? Deane-Peter Baker on the morality of guns for hire. Peter Finn on a future for drones: Automated killing. War, what is it good for? Well, minority rights for one thing — America's overseas military operations have actually advanced domestic civil rights and liberties. What is war good for? Sparking civilization, suggest archaeology findings from Peru. A review of The Age of Airpower by Martin van Creveld. A look at the 10 greatest uses of trash talk in the history of war.

Peeter Selg (Tallinn): Toward a Semiotic Model of Democracy. Leonidas K. Cheliotis (QMUL): For a Freudo-Marxist Critique of Social Domination: Rediscovering Erich Fromm Through the Mirror of Pierre Bourdieu. Raymond Koen (Western Cape): In Defence of Pashukanism. The inaugural issue of Thinking Nature is out, including Paul Ennis (UCD): What did the Early Heidegger Think about Nature?; Tom Sparrow (Slippery Rock): Ecological Necessity; Ted Toadvine (Oregon): Six Myths of Interdisciplinarity; Timothy Morton (UC-Davis): Some Notes Towards a Philosophy of Non-Life; and Ross Wolfe (Chicago): Man and Nature. From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth, Fifty Years Later. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Zizek and Badiou. Mentioning Foucault has become the verbal equivalent of the iconic image of Che Guevara; it’s meant to say: when the time comes, I don’t mind sticking it to The Man — until then, we’re doing just fine. From Metapsychology, a review of Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts; and a review of Alain Badiou: Key Concepts by A. J. Bartlett and Justin Clemens. George J. Marlin on the anti-Church of Antonio Gramsci. History is what the present is made of: An interview with Matthew Frye Jacobson of Yale's Public Humanities program. A review of The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas by Michael L. Morgan. Toni Negri was professor at the University of Padua, until he was jailed, charged with being leader of Italy’s Red Brigades; he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. A review of Uwe Steiner's Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought. Bad I.O.U.: John Clark on Badiou’s fidelity to the Event. An interview with David McNally, author of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism.

Jeremy N. Sheff (St. John's): Brand Renegades. From Studies in Social Justice, a special issue on Life Value and Social Justice. From Wonkblog, Ezra Klein has a primer on Occupy Wall Street; an interview with David Graeber, author of Direct Action: An Ethnography; an interview with former-SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner, who planned the legendary Justice for Janitor campaign; and Suzy Khimm on how Occupy Wall Street could succeed. Is Occupy Wall Street a Tea Party for the Left? William H. Gross, managing director of PIMCO, a global investment management firm: "If Main Street is unemployed and undercompensated, capital can only travel so far down Prosperity Road". What became of the Taino? The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out, but a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results. To sit or not to sit: Christina Barmon on gendering how we pee. From Bloomberg, a special report on how the Koch Brothers flout the law with secret Iran sales. A review of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F. S. Michaels (and more). A look at 7 famous "unsolved" mysteries (science solved years ago). The world's earliest Christian engraving shows surprising pagan elements. From Modern Age, a review essay on the fall of the Berlin Wall. When it comes to politics, is ignorance bliss? Politicians and voters remain information-deficient despite the era of information technology. A Holly Golightly for the Stripper-Embezzlement Age: After the crash, financier Ken Starr was revealed to be one of the greatest hustlers of our time — but he had nothing on his fourth wife, Diane Passage. A look at why tax expenditures are a boring thing you should be outraged about.

Palma Joy Strand (Creighton): Do We Value Our Cars More than Our Kids? The Conundrum of Care for Children. Undescended testicles are among the most common birth defects in the United States; chemicals that we use in plastics and personal care products appear to be the culprit. The Placenta Cookbook: For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor. Being a parent has many benefits, but could it actually prolong your life? The miracle of birth is that most of us figure out how to mother — more or less. A blood test determines a baby's sex earlier than ever, but at what cost? Rise of the Twins: A Slate special issue on the science, history and culture of multiple births. Femi-nihilism: The most devastating aspect of the feminist agenda is the way it sets mothers at odds with their children and devalues motherhood. The fatherhood myth: Michael Gilding unravels the uncertain data about mistaken paternity. The Gift of Life: J. David Velleman on why children have a right to know and be reared by their biological parents. The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy: “Pregnancy reduction” for women carrying twins opens up an uncharted territory of personal choice. Did human pregnancy evolve because of an infection? Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb. Get out there and make some babies: Jake DiMare argues that for true gender equality, we need more progressive, liberal folks to create more children and raise them up with love, civility and the ability to think critically about their surroundings. From Cracked.com, a look at 7 terrifying things they don't tell you about pregnancy, the 5 most horrible things nobody tells you about babies, and 12 great parenting products for traumatizing your baby.