From Haaretz, a review of Post-Zionism, Post-Holocaust: Three Essays on Denial, Repression and Delegitimation of Israel by Elhanan Yakira. A review of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine by Joel Kovel. A review of 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev. The Apostate: David Remnick on how a Zionist politician lost faith in the future. Judith Miller interviews Shimon Peres, Israel's new president, on Iran's nuclear program—and his own. Counter Tourism: Two women are stirring up anger and passions by leading trips to the West Bank that show young Jews what an Israel-sponsored outing won't. A review of Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine by Ghada Karmi and Son of the Cypresses: Memories, Reflections, and Regrets from a Political Life by Meron Benvenisti. A review of The Last Resistance by Jacqueline Rose. Shlomo Avineri on Palestine as a failed state. Getting Hezbollah to behave: The best way to contain Hezbollah may be to give it some of what it says it wants. 

From Asia Times, an article on the world's worst suicide bombers. An interview with Yossi Melman, coauthor of The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran. A war the Pentagon can’t win: Send the CIA after Al Qaeda in Pakistan. Bush's incompetence gives al-Qaida new life: The White House hints at military action as the terror organization regroups in northern Pakistan and the Musharraf government begins to wobble. 

Iraq’s Medical Meltdown: The bombings are only the beginning of the story. What comes next for Iraq’s wounded is a frightening descent into a rapidly crumbling health-care system.  The Improbable Missionary: An interview with Josh Rushing, former U.S. Military spokesman — now Al Jazeera military analyst — about bridging Arab and Western cultures and who really skews the news out of Iraq. Foreign Policy interviews former top Bush political advisor Matthew Dowd about why a party once deeply loyal to U.S. President George W. Bush is now coming apart at the seams.

The war dominates foreign-policy discussions but America must renew its attention to broader global issues: Joseph Nye reviews Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror by Ian Shapiro; Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson; Security First: for a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy by Amitai Etzioni; and The Silence of the Rational Center: Why American Foreign Policy Is Failing by Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke; and a review of books on why counterterrorism efforts must be handled delicately. American exceptionalism has served as a foundation both for isolationism — and for unilateralism: An excerpt from Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century by David p. Forsyth (and part 2).


A new issue of The Next American City is out, including an article on doing away with Town and Gown; employees once owed their souls to the company store. Elizabeth A. Evitts begins a journey through industrial history in Baltimore and finds that—though the corporation has changed radically—today’s employees still do; and articles on Satellite Chinatown and Wyoming Metropolis? Despite an influential theory that cities can reverse sinking fortunes by becoming hip magnets for the educated class, the stolid and uncool appeal of the suburbs still rules in the US. A review of Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams by Mark Kingwell.

From American Heritage, The Outsider: How Robert McNamara changed the automobile industry. Why black cars are taking over the world: A century after Henry Ford's famous diktat that his customers could have any colour they liked, as long as it was black, it turns out the old boy might have been on to something.  Me and my love machine: What does your car say about you? A new steer on the psychology of driving. A Jaundiced Eye: A look at why humans don't deserve automobiles

Air travel is becoming as controversial as wearing a fur coat or smoking during pregnancy. And there's no question that airplanes contribute to global warming. But do we really need to feel horribly guilty about flying?  Does American exceptionalism compel the United States to address climate change? An excerpt from Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century (and part 2). How to Hit the Trifecta: A broad energy tax would accomplish a rare policy trifecta, curbing U.S. energy consumption, reducing pollution, and providing a reliable new source of revenue. A review of With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce. 

Sex is suicide: Got it? You'll flirt and flaunt it. But the human drive to mate could be killing our planet and ultimately our species. A paper, “Why Humans Have Sex,” describes both frequently endorsed reasons for having intercourse and the common themes that unify them. A review of Impotence: A Cultural History by Angus McLaren (and an interview). Eternally virginal: Rehymenisation surgery is the lastest example of an ancient obsession with totemic purity. A review of Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women, and the World by Liza Mundy.


From The Chronicle, echoes of McCarthyism: Will the Roberts Supreme Court protect academic freedom? Mark C. Rahdert says recent rulings aren't encouraging; after Virginia Tech: Disagreements over policies on guns and mental health complicate legislative efforts to protect students on college campuses; and ready for our close-up: When campuses become film sets, Hollywood deals put college ideals in compromising. Stalin good, Putin better? An article on politics, education, and indoctrination. Laurence Musgrove wants professors to feel the emotions that drew them to teaching and learning — and emotions generally.

A review of Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences by Karsten R. Stueber. My bad! A look at why we feel guilt in the first place. Obituary: Albert Ellis. Mastering Your Own Mind: Distracted? Angry? Envious? There's growing evidence that attention, emotion regulation—even love—are skills that can be trained through the practice of meditation. Perhaps it's time for you to become a high-performance user of your own brain. A review of A System Architecture Approach to the Brain: From Neurons to Consciousness by L. Andrew Coward. A look at how culture influences brain cells: Brain's mirror neurons swayed by ethnicity and culture. A review of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer.

A review of Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal, Robert Wright, Christine M. Korsgaard, Philip Kitcher, and Peter Singer. A review of Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership by Martha C. Nussbaum. Bringing Moos and Oinks into the Food Debate: Animal rights activists move from the margin to the mainstream.

Some genitals fit, but what of the duck? Biologists who study genitalia, however, say even evolution doesn't always point to the most obvious explanation behind behavior or physiology. Bonobos are celebrated as peace-loving, matriarchal, and sexually liberated. Are they? Freeman Dyson on how the era of Darwinian evolution is over. What Finnish grandmothers reveal about human evolution: Biologist Virpi Lummaa's work reveals that humans may be the best subject to study for evolutionary effects across generations. Will DNA turn Madoc myth into reality? The search is on for evidence supporting the idea a Welsh prince settled in the Americas around 1170.


Wired goes inside the high-tech hunt for a missing Silicon Valley legend. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is being touted as the new Steve Jobs, and his company as the next Google. The Future of Facebook: CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the web giant's plans for expansion and clears up those IPO rumors. A review of The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do by Clotaire Rapaille. Jaron Lanier on computer evolution: Most software stinks. It should learn from robots and bacteria. For so-called nerds, widely seen as the first group to coalesce online, the Internet has taken its power one step further. 

From Springerin, this blogging business nowadays: The blogging movement's claim to empower the "netizen" is being undermined by the commercialization and professionalization of the "blogosphere". This necessitates a rethinking of the concept of citizen journalism. Blogging, a crash course on introspection: The Internet Age gushes on with a profusion of ever-more-personal revelations. Blogging adds to the language? Don't talk shit: The Oxford University Press is carefully monitoring the impact blogging is having on English usage. Early results are less than inspiring. 

From Online Journalism Review, an article on hits, page views and other garbage we pass off as audience metrics; and Wanted: Experienced, passionate citizens for hyperlocal sites: Earn $$$ from your home! Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the infinite world on the Web — so he builds dazzling graphic interfaces that help us visualize the data floating around out there.   Here's a look at the Periodic Table of the Internet. Internet domain names the 21st century real estate: These are boom times in an estimated $2 billion industry that involves the buying and selling of domain names. Eat Your Heart Out, Darwin: An article on the evolution of Spam. The Six Stages of E-Mail: It’s so easy. It’s so friendly. It’s a community. Wheeeee! I’ve got mail.

Here is the list of Time magazine's 50 Best Websites 2007. YouTube's Dark Side: How the video-sharing site stifles creativity. There are five dimensions to the way people give and receive gifts online, whether those gifts are information, mp3 files, photos, or illicit file shares. Wizard of Wikipedia: An interview with Richard Farmbrough, a 45-year-old technology project manager living in England — and the man with the most Wiki entries since its launch in 2001. Hello, Kitschy: Internet jokes helped a Japanese ad mascot make it to American malls. Creating a Cute Cat Frenzy: Talking cats have taken over the Web. But are great online fads like this one a dying breed? LOLspeak: What is this LOL bizniz all about?


From Open Democracy, Saskia Sassen on globalisation, the state and the democratic deficit. Does the UN still matter? Joseph S. Nye investigates. An article on the power of NGOs: They're big, but how big? A review of Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Paul A. Offit. Norman Borlaug on Continuing the Green Revolution: Agricultural biotech has greatly improved human life. But we've still got a long way to go. Gregg Easterbrook on Norman Borlaug, the Greatest Living American—ignored, while he only saved a billion people. William Easterly reviews The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS by Helen Epstein (and more and an interview).

A review of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Falling Behind and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (and more). Wrong Number: Is it cost effective to treat the world's poor?  Martin Wolf reviews How Rich Countries Got Rich...and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik S. Reinert and Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World by Ha-Joon Chang. Globalisation backlash in rich nations: A popular backlash against globalisation and the leaders of the world’s largest companies is sweeping all rich countries, an FT/Harris poll shows. 

From Dissent, Mosque and State: An interview with Seyla Benhabib on Turkey's recent election, the AK Party, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Turkey's election has produced a clear win for the ruling party. But the country remains in the grip of a crisis involving two competing definitions of its very identity. Linguistic follies: An article on the economic consequences of the rise of English. Masochism, madness and murky waters: A review of Surf Nation: In Search of the Fast Lefts and Hollow Rights of Britain and Ireland by Alex Wade. Don't think so much: France is the country that produced the Enlightenment, Descartes's one-liner, "I think, therefore I am," and the solemn pontifications of Jean-Paul Sartre and other celebrity philosophers. But in the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, thinking has lost its cachet. Flirting and fornicating: In the country of romance, a website is making sex and adultery as easy as buying a croissant.

The girly tapes of the 2008 election make Hillary Rodham Clinton look like Margaret Thatcher, reminding all that America has never been more in need of grown-up women in high places. Too Much Information: While the absence of policy detail in the Republican presidential campaign is remarkable, Democrats go too far in the other direction. The Actor: Fred Thompson bills himself as a true southern conservative and a plain-ol’-folks regular guy. But is he just playing a part? Why the US Military Loves Ron Paul: The anti-war Texas Republican is pulling more campaign contributions from the military than John McCain. That says a lot about the mindset of the troops.


From CRB, Harry Jaffa on the American Founding as the best regime; a review of Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War by Nicholas Onuf and Peter S. Onuf; and what should liberal democracies expect, and what do they have the right to demand, from their immigrants and from their citizens. Frank Furedi reviews Walter Laqueur’s The Last Days of Europe and Al Gore’s The Assault on Reason. What's the greatest challenge facing American conservatives today? Liberalism? That would be relatively easy to defeat. No, it's capitalism. The Myth of Bryan Caplan's Seriousness: Libertarians gather to hear the case against letting the ignorant, irrational masses decide the direction of society.

From Taki's Top Drawer, Confederates and Catholics, Unite! At the Christians United for Israel Summit, Joe Lieberman embraces the Christian nation, Jewish journalists get expelled, and attendees fret about the Iranian president's "12th Imam". The Paranoid Style: The far right has always been given to the paranoia of conspiracy theories. Here's a rundown on the two that xenophobes are currently obsessed with: the North American Union and the Plan de Aztlan. A review of Doomsday Men: The Real Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon by P.D. Smith.

A review of Have a Nice Doomsday: Why Millions of Americans are Looking Forward to the End of the World by Nicholas Guyatt. A review of The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (and more). A review of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon (and more). A review of Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual by Clive Doucet. From Dissent, why aren't U.S. cities burning? Michael B. Katz investigates; and it’s time to put an end to the arguments about the meaning of the Second Amendment and come to terms with the social and political realities of the twenty-first century. Guns kill; it’s what they’re meant to do. In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains: Elite hypocrisy, gangsta culture, and failure in black America.

A review of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism by James Piereson. Was the Culture War ever as important to Republican victories as Democrats think? Mark A. Smith investigates. Fear and Loathing in Middle America: A review of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War by Joe Bageant. The fruits of freedom: John Lloyd reviews Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism by Paul Starr and Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America by Stephen Marshall. Are we making progress? For every progressive step forward in politics there is a regressive step back in some shape or form.


A new issue of Axess is out, including an editorial on postmodernism at the end of the road; and Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom on how contrarianism has a proud intellectual heritage, but in its postmodern flowering it merely became juvenile, complacently smashing up the entire interlocking crossword puzzle of human knowledge; Richard Wolin on how theoretical cultural movements from structuralism onwards generated a cynicism about reason and democracy which was once a hallmark of reactionary thought, but which became the stock-in-trade of the postmodern left; and today’s social scientists reject the positivist idea that it is possible to explain a shared reality. But relativist sociology renders its own discipline redundant. Christofer Edling argues for a return to positivism as the only serious way of coming to grips with the major issues of our times.

Joseph Raz (Oxford): Human Rights without Foundations. Randy Barnett reviews of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It) by Sanford Levinson. From TNR, Rawls Fatigue: Linda Hirshman on liberals' misplaced love of John Rawls. From Telos, an article on Carl Schmitt and Nuremberg. A review of Religions, Reasons and Gods: Essays in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion by John Clayton.

Thomas Cusack (Berlin), Torben Iversen (Harvard) and David Soskice (Duke): Economic Interests and the Origins of Electoral Systems. Suzanne Berger (MIT): Historic Imbalances and Great Debates: Do the Economists See It Coming? Who wants to be a cultural billionaire? Economist Tyler Cowen aims to help us live richer lives, and maybe get our kids to do their chores (and more).

From Inside Higher Ed, better than expected, worse than it seems: Gary Orfield, Erica Frankenberg and Liliana M. Garces write that colleges and their students will suffer because of the Supreme Court’s desegregation decision; and Faith and Fairness: After legal victory in religious discrimination case, former Broward Community College instructor has more to prove. The Alice Ottley School closes and merges with a co-ed school as part of a societal shift away from girls-only institutions. As it becomes a reality, pupils and advocates of single-sex education feel that independence is not the only thing that the school is losing. From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann on the Supreme Court and integrated schools. Say What? A slur at Roger Williams University leads to a lesson in accountability. Bucks for Brains: Kid gives teacher an apple, teacher gives kid $50.


From NYRB, a review of At the Same Time: Essays & Speeches by Susan Sontag and The Road from Danzig: Timothy Garton Ash reviews books by Gunter Grass. An interview with JT LeRoy, the woman behind the most audacious literary hoax of all time. Form TNR, Andrew Delbanco reviews Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee, and a look at how Harry Potter explains the world. Before Harry, there was Little Nell: Mass hysteria over a fictional character's fate long predates today's media-industrial complex. A review of Reading Life: Books for the Ages by Sven Birkerts.

Why print is still king, amid the multimedia din: An issue with electronic data viewed on screens is that humans instinctively see it as unstable, "nervous" – because it is. It’s made up of some brilliant elements: celebrity-on-celebrity interviews, stunning candid photographs, thick, turnable pages. Even the advertisements are tasteful. So what’s preventing Interview from becoming the next Rolling Stone? The current issue of Rolling Stone, in celebration of the magazine's 40th anniversary, is devoted to the year 1967 — the music, the culture, the whole scene, man. At the back of the magazine, there is a list of the top 40 singles for that year. It makes for depressing reading. A review of All that glitters: Living on the Dark Side of Rock and Roll by Pearl Lowe. A review of Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.

A review of History of the Art of Antiquity by Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Essad Bey at Positano: Lev Nussimbaum spent the second half of his life as a refashioned Muslim prince—before meeting an early end in Italy. In Positano, Elizabeth Kiem visits an artist at rest. From Sign and Sight, Poison in the air: Why German artists should keep their hands off Hitler. Activism Illustrated: A review of Visions of Peace and Justice: San Francisco Bay Area: 1974-2007. Over 30 Years of Political Posters From the Archives of Inkworks Press. Art for Less: Local fund-raisers. New approaches to art fairs. With prices rising faster than ever, savvy collectors are shifting their strategies for nabbing deals. Where to find the next bargains.


From The Economist, a series of articles on Iran: An uncompromising Iran and an uncomprehending America may be stumbling to war. From Forward, the next American president to try a hand at fostering Arab democracy would do well to heed the lessons of the Bush administration’s many mistakes. Here are 10 preliminary thoughts on the lessons to be learned. The Fundamentalist Moderate: Religious scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi has become a popular figure in Pakistan for his strict reading of the Koran — which, he says, dictates against gender discrimination, terrorist jihad, and other favorites of modern Islamists.

A review of The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy and Armies of God: Islam and Empire on the Nile, 1869-99 - The First Jihad of the Modern Era by Dominic Green. The Islamic Optimist: A review of In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, To Be a European Muslim, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, and Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity by Tariq Ramadan; The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad and the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism by Barnaby Rogerson. A review of Muslim Identity and Islam: Misinterpreted in The Contemporary World by M. G. Hussain. A review of In the Words of Our Enemies by Jed Babbin. 

The antiwar, anti-abortion, anti-drug-enforcement-administration, anti-Medicare candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul: The most radical congressman in America is a Republican from Texas. And he’s running for president. Paul the apostate: Is this would-be president brave or crazy? Would voters elect a president who believes in the Book of Mormon? What about one who venerates Muhammad, or Buddha? (and a graphic). Todd Gitlin on Nader's dead end: When the Democrats enlarged their tent to include leftist activists, Ralph Nader was left in the cold. MoveOn.org's issue-driven primary may not end up naming a winner, but it's shaping up to be more substantive, thoughtful and participatory than the actual presidential primary. What will the outcome of the 2008 election mean for the Supreme Court? Why one outcome could change the Court profoundly; the other, not at all.


From The American Conservative, How to Win in Iraq: Rapprochement with Iran and neutrality toward Iraq’s Shi’ites is the only way America might yet salvage victory. Form NYRB, Peter W. Galbraith on Iraq: The Way to Go. A look at how the National Intelligence Estimate reveals a faltering war on terrorism. Policing Terrorism: David Rieff on the case for the British way of fighting violent Islamists. Dumb Bomb: Tim Harford on why most terrorists are so incompetent. The other war, Iraq veterans bear witness: Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian reveal disturbing patterns of behavior by US troops in Iraq—brutal acts that often go unreported and almost always go unpunished. Their War: Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population serves in our military. In a time of war, what should that mean to the rest of us?

From City Journal, Judith Miller on the front line in the War on Terrorism: Cops in New York and Los Angeles offer America two models for preventing another 9/11; and Cop Killers in High Places: When newspapers and black leaders assault the police, small wonder that criminals follow suit. From Boston Review, why are so many Americans in prison? Glenn C. Loury on race and the transformation of criminal justice. Newark to New Orleans, the Myth of the Black Sniper: Forty years have passed since the Newark riots, but not much has changed when it comes to black suffering and white fear. A review of Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear by Jonathan Simon. A review of Running for Judge: The Rising Political, Financial, and Legal Stakes of Judicial Elections.

From History & Policy, an essay on historical myth-making in juvenile justice policy. Michael Dorf on the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Same as the old rules?  How accurate are juries? The Numbers Guy investigates. How can you distinguish a budding pedophile from a kid with real boundary problems? It can be difficult, but research is showing that when it comes to sex crimes, youths are not just little adults. So why does the law tend to treat them that way? Three for Thought: What you need to read about kids who kill. The widow of Dr Benjamin Spock – author of the Bible of parenting guides: Baby and Child Care – says he would be horrified by today’s avalanche of advice for mums and dads. Kids on the Plane? It doesn’t take much to upset the fragile social equilibrium of a crowded airplane at 37,000 feet.

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