From Human Rights & Human Welfare, a roundtable on reforming intervention and protection under the United Nations. Reorganizing the international service bureaucracy: International service and foreign aid span too many departments and government agencies; what it needs is organization. From Azure, Amitai Etzioni on a right above all others: Why the protection of life should take precedence; an article on Henry Kissinger as the inside-outsider; and A. B. Yehoshua on an attempt to identify the root cause of Antisemitism. From The Weekly Standard, Peter Berkowitz on an unfortunate Israeli export, counterterrorism expertise. From America, a look at where big money is taking sports. A world of twenty-year cycles: Could it be that, every 20 years, a new generation sets out to shape the world? Disarming our demons: An article on the self-fulfilling prophecy of election-stealing. Does religion make people nicer? Only if they think Sky Big Brother is watching. A review of The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News by Roger Mudd. Climate-change litigation is heating up; will the legal strategy that brought down Big Tobacco work against Big Oil? How long until we find a second Earth? Researchers are racing to find the first planet that might support life as we know it. An article on using math to explain how life on Earth began.
From M/C Journal, Ianto Ware (South Australia): Andrew Keen Vs the Emos: Youth, Publishing, and Transliteracy; an essay on Couchsurfing, Delocator, and Fallen Fruit: Websites Respond to a Crisis of Democracy; and Ligia Toutant (UCLA): Can Stage Directors Make Opera and Popular Culture "Equal"? Jacob Zuma may force Africa to become more democratic, but will this lead to greater prosperity? From National Journal, can the government run the rescue? Enacting the bailout is one thing; carrying it out is quite another. The man behind the music: How Obama has inspired new tunes around the world. Why does music so often divide the sexes? Hip-Hop’s planet rocker: An interview with Afrika Bambaataa. From Vanity Fair, a look at the stock market’s 25 biggest losers. From Wired, an article on a simple plan to ID every creature on Earth. From Scientific American, Big Bang or Big Bounce? There's a new theory on the universe's birth (and more); and an article on hypnosis, memory and the brain. From Adbusters, Warhol managed to encapsulate the increasing emptiness of modern existence — if you want more meaningful art, build a more meaningful world; and quit Facebook: The decision to destroy a carefully built-up virtual image came as a result of wanting to enhance a profile. A review of Number and Numbers by Alain Badiou. Privatize the roads!, says economist Walter Block.
From AJR, an essay on the elite newspaper of the future. The New New Media: At the end of the fossil fuel era, America’s premier journalism schools have staked out their place in the Digital Age — it’s called News21. An interview with John Palfrey, author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. A review of The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science by Martha McCaughey. A review of God and Morality: A Philosophical History by John E. Hare. A review of The Big Penis Book. The Pill Killer: Can a new ad make a contraceptive vaginal insert seem cool? From Forbes, a look at the world's best paid authors. From Chronicles, an article on the crunchy-con menace. From Hadrian to Gordon, sublime to ridiculous: Why do men want to rule the world? Paul Johnson investigates. From America, an interview with Anne Rice on Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. A review of Reputation: Portraits in Power by Marjorie Williams. A review of Perfumes: the Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Are you feeling charitable today? The answer may depend upon the contents of your iPod. The Army Wants You — again! (Yes, really.) How to Lose Friends and Make a Movie: What happens when a memoirist is invited to spend time on the set of the movie of his life?
Allen Buchanan (Duke): Human Rights and the Legitimacy of the International Order. From Identity Theory, an interview with Howard Zinn. University students face four competing world views as they navigate their way through modern culture — they can only choose one of them. A review of Beyond Monotheism: A Theology of Multiplicity by Laurel Schneider. Here's a video on climate change and the death of small island states. Michael Brendan Dougherty on how Ward Connerly gets rich off of affirmative action (and a response). Graham Allison and Ernesto Zedillo on the fragility of the global nuclear order. Is Canada becoming a de facto dictatorship? A review of Donald J. Savoie’s Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability in Canada and the United Kingdom. A review of Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend by Mark Bostridge. The introduction to The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page (and an interview). Peace through religious understanding is an admirable goal, but who should be paying for it? Never criticise the family: Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews books on Zionism. A nation of conspiracy theorists can't be wrong: A review of Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson. One Nation Under Todd: MSNBC's political director becomes a unlikely star.