A new issue of Jewish Political Studies Review is out. A review of Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land by Shalom Goldman. A review of Anthony Julius's Trials of the Diaspora. Is Israel a normal country? From Palestine Chronicle, here are the top ten myths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first chapter from A Short History of the Jews by Michael Brenner (and more). One State/Two States: Danny Rubinstein on rethinking Israel and Palestine. An interview with Norman Finkelstein on the Israel-Palestine conflict (and part 2). Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord. Lee Smith on why Israel’s enemies will always be the darlings of Western intellectuals. Benny Morris reviews Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh. The slow death of Palestinian democracy: The cancellation of municipal elections in the West Bank marks another setback for democratic institutions — that's bad for Palestinians, and it's bad for peace. A review of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives by Gilbert Achcar. A review of Future Tense: Jews, Judiasm, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century by Jonathan Sacks. The Broken Link: James Kirchick on what peace won't fix. Arava Power Company, a pioneering solar energy firm, wants to make the Israeli desert bloom — with photovoltaic panels.
A new issue of Bidoun is out. From TAP, Obama seeks to boost demand for organic food but doesn't offer meaningful support for the people who grow it; and what would meaningful assistance for unconventional farmers look like? From Parabola, Claire Dunne on Jung's Red Book: Life after depth; and an article on death and its afterlives in the tarot. From Tehran Review, Victor Kal on theocracy and democracy: Political theological jiu jitsu to the max! From The Hedgehog Review, a special section on the phantom economy: Apart from yet interrelated to the “real economy” — the productive economy of goods and services — is another financial economy, including Robert Jackall on the Madoff affair and the casino economy, and Philip Mirowski on The Great Mortification: Economists’ responses to the crisis of 2007 (and counting). The news gets me high: David Mekelburg on books vs. addictive Internet news. One man's giant Pacific Garbage Patch is another's beautiful island nation. From n+1, an interview with Megan K. Stack, author of Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War. Carole Cadwalladr on Oliver Stone and the politics of film-making. From Scientific American, a look at 12 events that will change everything. Zip it: Paul Romer on how anti-disorder campaigns can change urban norms. A review of If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? Universiteit, markt en management by Chris Lorenz.
Nicole Rogers (SCU): Law and Liberty in a Time of Climate Change. From Reviews in History, a review of Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment by Joachim Radkau (and more); a review of An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life by J. Donald Hughes; and a review of A Cultural History of Climate by Wolfgang Behringer. New evidence shows scientific expertise is lacking among the doubters of climate change. Nina Shen Rastogi on the environmental arguments for and against nuclear energy. Is the cure (geoengineering) worse than the disease (global warming)? Climate Bill, RIP: Instead of taking the fight to big polluters, President Obama has put global warming on the back burner. If a ghastly oil spill can't convince 60 senators of the dire need for a real climate change bill, nothing will. The US has long been a leader in green technologies, but it has also long been a leader in fumbling that lead — here are five big reasons why. Heather Rogers on her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution (and more). From The Nation, a special issue on Green Energy, including Christine MacDonald on the spill's silver lining; and Christian Parenti on the Big Green Buy. A look at why going green won't make you better or save you money. More and more on Eric Pooley's The Climate War. Does a warming world really mean that more conflict is inevitable? A review of Climate Refugees.
From The Qualitative Report, Debra J. Slone (USF): Visualizing Qualitative Information; and Lilla Vicsek (Corvinus): Issues in the Analysis of Focus Groups: Generalisability, Quantifiability, Treatment of Context and Quotations. The logs of war: Do the Wikileaks documents really tell us anything new? An article on David Harvey's Urban Manifesto: Down with suburbia; down with Bloomberg's New York. Peter Jukes discusses history, life and justice with Tony Judt, master of morally charged rhetoric. Johann Hari on the enduring truth-telling of Noam Chomsky. From The Economist, a special report on debt: Borrowing has been the answer to all economic troubles in the past 25 years — now debt itself has become the problem. A review of The Uses of Pessimism: and the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton (and more). The price of entry: A new proposal from Gary Becker to make a market in immigration. Fred Kaplan on the most frightening thing about our unfathomably complex intelligence bureaucracy. From The Paris Review, an interview with Ben Glenn II on the history of canned laughter. From The Washington Post, Dennis Culhane on five myths about America's homeless and David Garland on five myths about the death penalty. From Ralph, a look at some of the most beloved paradoxes. From Atlas Obscura, an article on Passetto di Borgo, the Pope’s secret escape route. Flights and fancy: G. Curtis Hoskins on how to degauss a cat.
The Church on a justice mission: On the front lines of the battle against sex trafficking and forced prostitution. When Christians get it wrong: How to repair the damage done by Christians acting unChristianly. We’ve been victims of a linguistic hijacking — words that depict religious faith at its highest ideal have been usurped by those who depict it at its lowest. Frank Cocozzelli on the politics of schism in the Catholic Church. Atheists often point out that religious faith is closed off to evidence that contradicts it — what evidence would persuade atheists that their atheism was mistaken? A review of Jesus Christ Today: The Historical Shaping of Jesus for the Twenty-First Century by Edgar McKnight. Trailer trash truths: Jason Zwiker on the problem with the prosperity gospel. How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives. The traditional Rosary will endure, just as the traditional Mass will endure, no matter how few Catholics remain devoted to it at present. Auguste Comte attempted to reconcile suspicion of religion with sympathy for its ritual by founding the secular faith of positivism, a precursor to humanism. Many successful professionals are also Mormons, which is being embraced by the elite in spite of its reputation. A review of Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert Peterson and Michael Williams. Faith and Foolishness: Religious leaders should be held accountable when their irrational ideas turn harmful.