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.