Andy Lamey (UWA): Sympathy and Scapegoating in J. M. Coetzee. From the Journal of Comparative Politics, Neil Collins (Cork): Re-imagining Regulation for Democratic Political Systems: Lessons from Ireland; and Gary Aguiar (SDSU): The Agrarian Basis of Athenian Democracy. A new report says the bailout of GM and Chrysler was illegal — does it matter? From Vanity Fair, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine. A study finds Vikings may have taken a Native American to Iceland. The Deal on DealBook: Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers two things that other Times staffers cannot — a strategy for the Internet, which the entire news business is grappling to find, and an extraordinarily lucrative advertising base, also in short supply (and more). Renovation Hauntings: Can home improvements unleash apparitions? From New York, ten years ago this month, a Supreme Court ruling ushered in George W. Bush as our 43rd president; five (sometime) novelists to imagine the past decade as if the election had gone the other way — America, this is your parallel life. A review of War is Not Over When it’s Over: Women Speak Out From the Ruins of War by Ann Jones. Why on Earth does Slavoj Zizek savage Buddhism at almost every opportunity? A review of Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward by Paul Johnson.

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