A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out, including Carolyn F. Pevey and Nelya J. McKenzie (Auburn): Love, Fear, and Loathing: A Qualitative Examination of Christian Perceptions of Muslims; and a review of Charles Tilly's Why? What Happens When People Give Reasons And Why. Why should I respect these oppressive religions? Whenever a religious belief is criticised, its adherents say they're victims of "prejudice". What other financial crises tell us: The lesson of history is grim — expect a prolonged slump. Unspinning the Right: The rich don't really bear most of the tax burden. Hope on the hardwood: How FreeDarko saved the sport of basketball. The end of American capitalism: Has the government "bailout" been so large that capitalism’s founding principle is now irretrievably lost? A new era may be dawning in which artists, strongly supported by the president, will transcend starry-eyed campaign pictures and develop new forms of enduring art. A review of Waltz With Bashir: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky. The way we beg: A shady new Web site is the best place to see our recessionary desperation. Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Baroness Haleh Afshar suggests banning make-up. An interview with Mario Livio: Is mathematics the language of the universe? More on Snark by David Denby. 

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