From the latest issue of the Journal of Politics is Latin America, Taeko Hiroi (UTEP) and Pedro Neiva (Pernambuco): Malapportionment and Geographical Bases of Electoral Support in the Brazilian Senate. The US views Latin America as its backyard — Brazil is beginning to feel the same way about South America, where it is the biggest and richest country. Putting Brazil on the map: Patrick Wilcken reviews The Scramble for the Amazon and the Lost Paradise of Euclides da Cunha by Susanna B Hecht. Special Miracle: Why aren’t Brazilians more willing to promote the secrets of their success? Rio, the Olympic City, is a hub for progress in Brazil (and more). The giant has awoken: Matthew Richmond writes on Brazil's growing mass movement (and more). Tim Padgett on what Brazil’s protests say about Latin America’s fumbling elites.

Alexander Jackson (Boise State): How You Know You Are not a Brain in a Vat. From Re-public, a special issue on the politics of pornography. Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called "the global threat of our time". Brian Beutler on why congressional oversight of the intelligence community doesn’t work very well and maybe isn’t supposed to. Meet your new physician, Dr. Walgreens: Welcome to the new world of medicine, for better or worse. Existentialist philosophy isn't about bringing despair and angst into our lives, it’s about discovering our inner freedom, explains Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne. Baylen Linnekin on the case against government bans on feeding the homeless.

Welcome to life in the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the history of life where the impact of humanity on the Earth system is so great, we need a new term for it. Plato’s Revenge: Philip Kitcher on an undemocratic report from an overheated planet. Is Australia the face of climate change to come? Marc Tracy on why Bloomberg should give up on guns for a deadlier target: Global warming. Explaining the global warming hiatus: As global warming has plateaued, scientists are more certain than ever about the long term trend — but where did the heat go? Against environmental panic: Conservationist rhetoric has come to assume a self-flagellating, apocalyptic fervor. Brooke Jarvis on the 10 dumbest things ever said about global warming. China, U.S. make climate deal — which means that saving the planet remains a very live option. David Roberts on the Obama climate move that nobody noticed. Is Obama finally getting serious about climate change? Top aide to Obama outlines coming climate strategy.

A new issue of the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace is out. Christoph Engel and Marco Kleine (Max Planck): Who is Afraid of Pirates? An Experiment on the Deterrence of Innovation by Imitation. From New Politics, are conservative evangelicals hampering anti-trafficking efforts? Sean McElwee investigates. A newly discovered crack in the Earth's crust could pull North America and Europe together and cause the Atlantic Ocean to vanish in about 220 million years. The journalist diplomat: The sad fact for Samantha Power is that you can be a media intellectual or a government official, not both. The introduction to No Joke: Making Jewish Humor by Ruth R. Wisse. Did hipster tech really save the Obama campaign? An inside look at In-Q-Tel: Debra Werner on how the CIA grows tech. Do presidents become more interventionist once they take office? Tyler Cowen investigates.

A new issue of Scottish Left Review is out. From Ameriquests, Julius Grey on the ideology of capitalism. How the state makes global capitalism, and how global capitalism makes the state? Leading political economists debate the arguments in Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin’s The Making of Global Capitalism. Mark Trekson reviews Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift. Lenin led a successful workers’ revolution, but are his ideas about organization still relevant today? Sheldon Richmond reviews Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen. What is to be done? Bhaskar Sunkara, James Turley, and Ben Blumberg on conversations on the Left. Putting the sect into sectarian: Louis Proyect goes inside the International Socialist Organization. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the World Socialist Web Site has a section called “Why I read the WSWS: Letters from Readers”.

A new issue of Journal of Current Chinese Affairs is out. David S. Law (WUSTL): The Myth of the Imposed Constitution. The world's really lucky country: Compared with other occupied nations, how did postwar Japan get so lucky? John Judis on how Abenomics is the answer in Japan. Peter Lee on how India places its Asian bet on Japan, roiling the waters of the Asia-Pacific. Michael Mazza on the true crisis in the Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific’s most dangerous crisis may be going overlooked due to North Korean threats. The reality of two East Asias: An excerpt from How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell. Paul Levine reviews Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations by Zheng Wang. Rebecca Liao on Tocqueville in China.

A new issue of First of the Month is out. Zev J. Eigen (Northwestern) and Nicholas Menillo and David Sherwyn (Cornell): When Rules are Made to Be Broken. Richard Restak on laughter and the brain: Can humor help us better understand the most complex and enigmatic organ in the human body? Kate Irby, Ali Watkins, Trevor Graff and Kevin Thibodeaux on all the ways you’re being watched. Calum Mechie and Simon Morley on how the Orwell Prize serves to neutralise political writing — under its aegis, the Orwell for whom writing was always a form of action has become a passive symbol of establishment approval. One day my prince will bomb: Linda Peach on why teenage girls love a killer. Brian Chidster on the unstoppable ascendency of street art: Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and FAILE are just some of the artists bridging the gap between the establishment art world and the grittier creative forces of city streets.

Ramin Nassehi reviews The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross. Brad Plumer on how oil travels around the world, in one map. To drill or not to drill: The coming American oil boom is bad news for Saudi Arabia — how the kingdom responds could very well determine if it survives. American energy independence: It’s coming soon — and geopolitically, it might be more complicated than we thought. Why is the U.S. so insecure about its energy security? Measures of energy independence show it is increasing, not decreasing. Energy independence and other myths: Bryan Walsh interviews Michael Levi, author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity and the Battle for America’s Future. Peak oil isn’t dead: An interview with Chris Nelder. There Will Be Oil: Suddenly, the United States is energy rich — the problem is that we’re still guided by policies that assume the opposite.

A new issue of The Futurist is out. Kristie Dotson (Michigan State): Knowing in Space: Three Lessons from Black Women's Social Theory. From World Policy, Sam Frizell on fragile utopias — from Zuccotti Park to Taksim Square. On civil liberties, comparing Obama with Bush is easy — and mostly wrong. Think you have nothing to hide from surveillance? Think again. A tip sheet for the scandals: Which government intrusions should you be furious about and which are closer to shrug-worthy? A quiet blockbuster: It wasn't one of the civil-rights cases activists were clamoring for, but AMP v. Myriad Genetics may prove to to be one of this Supreme Court term's most consequential rulings. Molly Guinness reviews Hairstyles Ancient to Present by Charlotte Fiell. Consciousness has long been the province of philosophers and mystics, but Michael Graziano is putting it in its scientific place. Jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron, not irony.

Sundays with the Christianists: Doktor Zoom on American history and how God made it happen (and more). Dan Delzell on the three categories of people on Earth, and on why the mathematical proof for Christianity is irrefutable. Entropy, immortality, and St Thomas Aquinas: Did dinosaurs die before the Fall? Dale Debakcsy on the rise of the gimmick Bible: Speciality Bibles for teens, women, couples and grandmas might bring in the cash, but what do they say about Christianity? R-rated: Sarah Hinlicky Wilson on how to read the Bible with children. A barrage of evangelical dating manuals encourage Christian youth to direct their sexual desire at Jesus, and keep their hands off themselves. Christian complicity: Are believers encouraging mockery of their own beliefs? Lessons for a stronger Christianity: When a Christian foundation interviewed college nonbelievers about how and why they left religion, surprising themes emerged.