Jonathan A. Burton-MacLeod and Sreeram Chaulia (JGLS): Rethinking International Institutions: A Global South Agenda. Steven Colatrella (John Cabot): Global Governance and Revolution in the 21st century: Strikes, Austerity and Political Crisis. The Group of 20 (G20) largest economies are largely keeping their pledges to avoid protectionism as a reaction to the recent global recession, but the rest of the world is increasing trade barriers, according to a new report co-authored by the UN. Is protectionism dying? The combination of national laws, regional agreements, and powerful interest groups has worked to stop protectionism in its tracks. A review of The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik. How can international labor mobility be improved to help raise incomes around the world? Rajiv Shah, the head of USAID, says ending poverty is within our grasp, and explains why development and a flair for business can be a happy combination. With little notice, globalization reduced poverty: UN millennium goal to halve poverty may have been achieved. A review of Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World by Charles Kenny. Amod Choudhary (Lehman): Impact of Women Heads-of-State on Human Development. An interview with Thomas Pogge on the past, present and future of global poverty. In a revolutionary new book, economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee shatter some myths about how to fight poverty. You can't always get what you want: What and Netflix can teach us about fighting poverty. Drain or gain: Poor countries can end up benefiting when their brightest citizens emigrate.

From the inaugural issue of Ugarte, a review of Harold Bloom's The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life; and Mr. Asshole: Ben Clague on the disastrous effects of being liked. LGBT Youth: It’s the best and worst of times according to Dan Savage. James Verini on the unquiet life of Franz Gayl: A tech-savvy Marine who made too much noise, helped save the lives of countless troops in Iraq, and paid with his career. Breakaway Wealth: With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America. Erogenous Gaps: Humor happens when an audience fills in the gaps — at its best, those gaps are packed layers deep with meaning. The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox: How a naive kid from Seattle was coerced into confessing to a brutal murder and wound up sentenced to 26 years in an Italian jail. A look at the tax law that can make your kids super rich. What will it take for America to accept transgender people for who they really are? The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret: First, Hormel gutted the union, then it sped up the line, and when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned. From stepsister MAD imitation to internet sensation: For nearly fifty years, Cracked Magazine was cast in the shadow of rival MAD Magazine — its internet reincarnation has facilitated a stunning role reversal.

From the Los Angeles Review of Books, a review of George Bush's Decision Points; and a review of books by and about Glenn Beck. A review of The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century by Glenn Beck. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks, you should listen. Nate Silver on why the Republicans resist compromise. Frank Rich on Obama’s Original Sin: The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second. Matt Taibbi on Michele Bachmann's Holy War: The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned — her presidential campaign is no laughing matter. What does Newt Gingrich know? Let’s consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics. Her Next Move: Sarah Palin hasn’t jumped into the race for the White House (yet), but she believes the prize is there for the taking. A review of The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power by Geoffrey Dunn. How to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans: An insider’s six-step plan to fix Congress. Wisconsin, Inc.: Abe Sauer on new Republican politics in the age of the recall. Ed Kilgore on the hidden meaning behind Michele Bachmann’s "constitutional conservatism". The Tea Party's Murder-Suicide Pact: On the cusp of a historic triumph, the movement seems more interested in wrecking the economy — and the Republican Party, too. A thousand platitudes: Bhaskar Sunkara on liberal hysteria and the Tea Party. Fareed Zakaria on how today's conservatism lost touch with reality. The New Yorker picks campaign music for the GOP.

A new issue of European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is out. Shane J. Ralston (Penn State): The Turn within the Pragmatic Turn. Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse on the eclipse of Pragmatism. From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Love and Reasons. Plato and romance: We all know the unexamined life isn’t worth living (or so says Socrates), but is the unloving life even worth examining? A review of On What Matters, Volumes I and II by Derek Parfit (and more). Costica Bradatan on philosophy as an art of dying. Kristopher McDaniel outlines the possibilities for a new and more comprehensive category of entities which includes holes, and which he calls "Almost Nothings". Listening to modern philosophers it’s clear that philosophy has abandoned the armchair and moved into the shopping mall and cyberspace. A review of Philosophical Inquiries: An Introduction to Problems of Philosophy by Nicholas Rescher. Hegel hits the frontier: Philosophy student uses thesis and antithesis to paint St. Louis as Eden. Harry Jaffa reviews a new edition of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (and more). Philosophy 101: Philosophy slogans to pick you up, or bring you down. Faces of Philosophy: Philosophers eye the world in intense ways — the photographer Steve Pyke eyes philosophers the same way. A review of Philosophers by Steve Pyke. Which leading 20th-century philosopher took this photo? The surprising photographic legacy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

From The Pomegranate, Ronald Hutton (Bistol): Writing the History of Witchcraft: A Personal View; and a review of Trials of the Moon: Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft by Ben Whitmore. O sister, what art thou: Kathryn Lofton on the Religion of Oprah. Founding Falter: Does the current impasse over the debt ceiling augur a constitutional collapse? South Sudan has become the world's newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war. Is America facing a Japanese future? The Curious Capitalist wants to know. A review of The Cost of Free Speech: Pornography, Hate Speech, and Their Challenge to Liberalism by Abigail Levin. Agony and Ivory: Highly emotional and completely guileless, elephants mourn their dead — and across Africa, they are grieving daily as demand from China’s “suddenly wealthy” has driven the price of ivory to $700 a pound or more. A recent Supreme Court decision ordering California to reduce its prison population shows that capacity isn't a cut-and-dried concept (and more). If our identities are only self-conscious creations, where does that leave us? Child marriage in Saudi Arabia: Why hasn't it — pedophilia — been criminalized? From Press Action, a review of The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking — A Memoir by Ying-Ying Chang; and an article on Jared Diamond and the lure of industrial capitalism.

Christopher J. Eberle (USNA): God and War: Some Exploratory Questions. Daniel Statman (Haifa): Can Wars Be Fought Justly? The Necessity Condition Put to the Test; and Supreme Emergencies and the Continuum Problem. David J. Luban (Georgetown): War as Punishment. Kenneth Anderson (American): Targeted Killing and Drone Warfare: How We Came to Debate Whether There is a "Legal Geography of War". Sirus Kashefi (York): A Philosophical and Legal Look at State Violence Through War. Nicholas Tsagourias (Glasgow): Non-State Actors and the Use of Force. James Kraska (Naval War College): Prize Law. Michael Howard describes the strategy, the art and the experience of war — from the pins in the map to the horrors of the front line. Is rape inevitable in war? Sexual violence may be used in combat to build bonds between soldiers, not simply to terrorize civilians. Is war over? It appears that war, that is to say, "interstate industrial war" or "regular war", is coming to an end, or so we are led to believe. An excerpt from War Is a Lie by David Swanson. An interview with Laura Dickinson, author of Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs. Hypocrisy and war: When our common humanity is under threat, even if we can’t do everything we should, shouldn’t we at least do what we can? A review of Guerrillas in History by Lewis H. Gann. A review of Broken Bodies Shattered Minds: A Medical Odyssey from Vietnam to Afghanistan by Ronald Glasser.

Aspasia Tsaoussi (AUTh): Facebook, Privacy and the Challenges of Protecting Minors on Social Networking Sites. From The New Yorker, a woman’s place: Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture? From Business Week, why Facebook needs Sheryl Sandberg: Mark Zuckerberg's second-in-command provides "adult supervision" at the company, trying to keep growth at an optimum level. Investigating Facebook: Shane Witnov on the ethics of using social networking websites in legal investigations. David Soskin on what (not) to do to succeed online, and how to learn from Google and Facebook. The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace: It once promised to redefine music, politics, dating, and pop culture; Rupert Murdoch fell in love with it — then everything fell apart. Social media confronts us with how little control we have over our public identity, which is put into play and reinterpreted and tossed around while we watch. Life As a Stock Photo: Social media makes it seem natural and validating that one could consider selling one's snapshots to marketers and publishers so that they could be used for some commercial purpose. Here are 5 reasons Twitter isn't actually overthrowing governments. Mind control and the Internet: A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser (and more and more and more) and You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier. Some traditional critics would have you believe the Internet is an intellectual wasteland — they are so wrong. Blogmanship: How to win arguments on the Internet without really knowing what you are talking about.

Liyakat Takim (McMaster): The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy: Implications for American Islam. From State of Nature, smoke and mirrors: John Ripton on national debt and economic recovery. Peter Diamond, Goodwin Liu, Dawn Johnsen: Why can't Obama get his nominees confirmed? Divine Inspiration: How Catholicism made Marshall McLuhan one of the twentieth century’s freest and finest thinkers. The most pronounced development in banking today is that executives have become bolder as their business has gotten worse. Re-Assassination of Trotsky: A review in a leading journal identifies numerous errors in a widely praised biography — Scott McLemee goes in search of some answers. Joseph Stiglitz on the ideological crisis of Western capitalism. Daily Kos: A look at how Markos Moulitsas's website changed politics. All they want is the truth: At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and paranormalists came together to share their “alternative knowledge” with one another and the world. If you want to understand why cutting the deficit is so hard, you can’t do much better than to look at the Business Roundtable. Kevin Drum on how "deficit reduction" = spending cuts on social programs for the young and the poor. Paul Campos on Casey Anthony and Dominique Strauss-Kahn: How their cases show the system works.

The first chapter from A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis. Paleogenomic Puzzles: DNA sequences of extinct hominins could rewrite human ancestry. A new study casts new light on the intermingling and migration of European, Middle Eastern and African populations since ancient times. An Amazonian tribe has been discovered that has no concept of time or dates, scientists say. Blood may not always be thicker than water, if a controversial finding from one of the world's best-preserved Stone Age settlements is to be believed. Research finds humans are evolving more slowly than previously predicted. Were you born selfish? An interview with Frans de Waal. Are we built to run barefoot? Humans may have been built to run barefoot, but we did not evolve to run barefoot with bad form. A review of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn. Humans and why they triumphed: How did one ape 45,000 years ago happen to turn into a planet dominator? The answer lies in an epochal collision of creativity. A thirst for fairness and an innate distaste for hierarchical extremes may have helped Homo sapiens survive. Social Darwinism: A review of How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar. The Human Skin Condition: Mother Nature gave us pimples, and then she made us self-conscious about them. Early members of the genus Homo, possibly direct ancestors of people today, may have evolved in Asia and then gone to Africa, not vice versa as many scientists have assumed. An interview with Mark Changizi, author of Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man. A look at amazing hunter-gatherer societies still in existence.

Avi J. Cohen (York) and Ross B. Emmett (Michigan State): Why and How to Teach the History of Economic Thought: Economics as Historically Produced Knowledge. Stuart Birks (Massey): Is it Economics? The Case for a Broad Approach to Economics Research. John B. Davis (Marquette): Kenneth Boulding as a Moral Scientist. From the latest issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Gareth Dale (Brunel): Lineages of Embeddedness: On the Antecedents and Successors of a Polanyian Concept; Steven Pressman (Monmouth): Microeconomics after Keynes: Post Keynesian Economics and Public Policy; and Andrew Mearman (UWE): Who Do Heterodox Economists Think They Are? A growing group of economists has formed an organization to revive the progressive traditions of the profession, the World Economic Association. The Undercover Economist himself, Tim Harford, says you can find economics lessons in the most unlikely places, including the virtual world of computer games. No matter how disastrously myopic they might be, it seems that economists can do no wrong in the eyes of many. What if everything we know about economic policy is wrong? Hugh H. Schwartz on improving economic policy (with or without economists). A review of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets by Debra Satz. A review of Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning From Gilgamesh to Wall Street by Tomas Sedlacek (and more). Moshe Syrquin (Miami): GDP as a Measure of Economic Welfare. Rethinking GDP: Why we must broaden our measures of economic success. Jobs Miscount: How flawed is the nation's most watched economic indicator?