Elizabeth Heger Boyle and Minzee Kim (Minnesota): International Human Rights Law, Global Economic Reforms, and Child Survival and Development Rights Outcomes. From Law, Social Justice & Global Development, Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra): If God Were a Human Rights Activist: Human Rights and the Challenge of Political Theologies; and Oche Onazi (Edinburgh): Good Governance and the Marketization of Human Rights: A Critique of the Neoliberal Normative Approach. From the Journal of Politics and Law, Yue Yang (Guangzhou): The Global Interests in the Process of Globalization; and Noel Villaroman (Monash): The Loss of Sovereignty: How International Debt Relief Mechanisms Undermine Economic Self-Determination. From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on on governance and growth. From Kotuitui, a review of Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations by Brian Easton; and a review of Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism. Can "good" colonialism eradicate poverty? To Stanford economist Paul Romer, it just might work. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty: Sebastian Mallaby on the virtues of colonialism. The real cost of free: Why products distributed for nothing in the developing world may be a gift to no one. Rethinking the “third world”: The poor world has changed fundamentally; others are barely coming to grips with the implications. Plutocrats and the coming order: How a flat world has yielded uneven fruits, sowing the seeds of democratic discontent. How will democracy fare in the G20 world order? The club that shapes the world’s economy has grown to include many less-democratic countries that have, however, economic clout. The 10 states that fill out the top ranks of this year's Failed States Index are a sadly familiar bunch.
From the Journal of Political Ecology, Diego Quiroga (USFQ): Crafting Nature: The Galapagos and the Making and Unmaking of a "Natural Laboratory"; and Elisabeth Middleton (UC-Davis): A Political Ecology of Healing. By Freeganism could potentially reveal alternatives to capitalism, alternative subject positions to inhabit, but only if it abandons an ideology that is parasitical upon capitalism. A review of The Finger: A Handbook by Angus Trumble. "Sonic branding" is big business indeed: How do advertisers capture your soul with just five musical notes? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; but so does all play and no work. From Dissent, Benjamin Ross on the hundred years' war over toxic chemicals. Blezzed R Teh Cheezmakers: Rewriting the word of God for kitties, coders, and conservatives; and he's allergic to cats, he's got surprisingly good grammar — meet Ben Huh, the meme maestro behind LOLcats and FAIL Blog. Webster's Timeline History books each compile a list of events associated with a topic — and they cover a whole lot of topics. An interview with Andrew C McCarthy, author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (and part 2). Who’s afraid of subliminal advertising? “Behavior placement” in television programming is neither new nor alarming. Yes We Kant: How does the brain learn about space? Reality TV, something we generally think is below us, is more popular and pernicious than you think. A review of Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction by Susan Hough. Ever wondered what it would be like to sit down at your favorite writer’s personal computer? The Perfect Imposter: The curious case of the Hermit of Hamneda, a Swedish mystery man who kept the secret of his past for over 40 years.
Jukka Mikkonen (Tampere): Assertions in Literary Fiction. Maxine E. Walker (PLNU): Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love in a Secular Age. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Federico Bellini (Siena): Beckett’s Ticklish Characters: Reading Beckett through Zizek; and Etienne Poulard (Cardiff): Shakespeare’s Politics of Invisibility: Power and Ideology in The Tempest. From Limina, a review of Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative by Lisa Zunshine; and a review of Why are Critics Afraid of Dragons? Understanding Genre Fantasy by Kim Selling. From NYRB, a review of books on and by John Cheever (and more at Bookforum by Matthew Price) The new Henry Miller speaks out: An interview with Eric Miles Williamson, author of Welcome to Oakland. A review of Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells (and more). From Axess, literary scholars often believe that texts can be studied outside their historical context, but in order to comprehend the modernist current, one must understand that its predecessor comprised utopists who wanted to see a new society and a new humankind; many think that modernism is the opposite of classicism, but modernists like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound were disgusted by the excesses of Romanticism and thus sought out more austere, classical forms of expressions; and modernism has its background in theosophy — understandably, adherents today are not keen to talk about this. An 800-year-old manuscript is shedding new light on one of the hidden jewels of Arabic literature, The One Hundred and One Nights. A review of Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue. A review of Fiction across Borders: Imagining the Lives of Others in Late Twentieth-Century Novels by Shameem Black.
From the Journal of Futures Studies, Jan H. Naude (Stellenbosch): Technological Singularity and Transcendental Monism: Co-producers of Sustainable Alternative Futures; Steve Gould (Sunshine Coast): Learning from the Politics of Futures; Jonathan Peck (IAF): Some Theories of Social Change for Futures Practitioner; Stephen Millett (FA): Should Probabilities Be Used with Scenarios?; and a symposium on Zero Zone Theory. Accidents will happen: What if Deepwater Horizon was a nuclear plant? The introduction to Why Statues Leap, a collection of articles from 21 years of The Skeptic magazine (and more). Can people become experts without the experience? If people are talking about managing deficits and not saying what spending they'll cut and which taxes they'll raise, they're not saying anything useful. A review of From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory by John Ridener. Intelligence is correlated with openness to novel experience, but what does “novel experience” mean? From DRB, a review of Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living by Declan Kiberd. The defender of eventuality: An interview with Ernesto Laclau. Atlas Obscura takes a look at the Oklo Reactor, the world's only natural nuclear reactor. Radical cuts to social welfare spending to reduce budget deficits could cause not just economic pain but cost lives. In the split second before foot meets ball, a soccer player's body betrays whether a penalty kick will go left or right, according to recent research. Greg Marx on lessons from the response to the David Weigel flap. The Networker: Ken Auletta on Saad Mohseni, Afghanistan’s first media mogul. Mephedrone is the new ecstasy: Hey, you can snort this — it’s legal, but think about it first. More and more and more on Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson.
From Words Without Borders, a special issue on international queer writing. What are the social origins of queer? Peter Drucker on the new sexual radicalism. The generation that launched the queer-rights movement is entering its golden years; some are still in no hurry to step out of the closet. Why are so many girls lesbian or bisexual? Girls today are three times more likely than boys to be non-heterosexual. A review of Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895-1917 by Terence Kissack. Studying the elusive fag hag: Women who like men who like men. From NYRM, a profile of Out magazine; and in The Advocate’s case, downsizing may actually spell success. A review of Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities by Holly Furneaux. The myth of lesbian bed death: Women in long-term relationships get it on as much as other couples — or not. Is a gay ghetto still relevant in the summer of 2010? Out of the closet, into the chat rooms: How the Internet is revolutionizing gay rights in Latin America. Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the US, lose your love, break the law. A review of Public Discourses of Gay Men by Paul Baker. For years, society had two perceptions of what lesbians look like; today, high fashion and lesbians aren't such strangers — and it's getting harder to tell, Is She or Isn't She? Some Pentecostal Christians believe the deliverance rite can exorcise the demons that cause homosexuality; the truly shocking part is that God-fearing gays keep signing up for the traumatic ritual. Situational heterosexuality — the term used to describe the experience of gay and lesbian people in heterosexual partnerships — is the most misunderstood concept in the "ex-gay" and Christian worlds. With help, heterosexuals can become gay.