From the European Journal of American Studies, a special issue on immigration. Daniel Hopkins (Georgetown): Politicized Places: Explaining Where and When Immigrants Provoke Local Opposition. No longer a new name: Newcomers see less reason to Anglicize surnames and have a desire to retain their ethnic heritage in America. Braden Goyette on the real reason anti-immigrant sentiment is so dangerous. From The Social Contract, a special issue on the case for a moratorium on legal immigration; and a review of A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America by Aristide R. Zolberg. The Village Voice goes inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital, Phoenix. As Mexican drug cartels increasingly recruit American teens as runners, Sugar Land teen Elisabeth Mandala goes across the border and ends up dead. The law of large numbers: The role of Latinos in American society is growing inexorably, with big political implications for the future. More on Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America by Peter Schrag. Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor. Really. We Mean It.: Economists are making the case politicians are afraid to: Immigration is great for the US. Immigration 101: Becoming a legal immigrant is more complicated than you might think. Basta Dobbs!: An interview with Roberto Lovato of Presente.org. CSI Desert: When migrants die, who IDs them? Invisible America: In immigrants’ rooms, a photographer documents a fragile stability. From The Nation, a special investigative report on Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite: While he railed against "illegals," undocumented immigrants tended to his estates and prize horses.
From UN Dispatch, a pedantic name dispute makes its way to the General Assembly; some quarters of the media love to beat up on the United Nations just for the sport of it — even after the alien ambassador story is proven false, you have articles parroting the falsities; and can the international community take the wind out of the sails of Al Qaeda propoganda? Four years after his ex-wife’s death, Prince Charles is looking less like a coldhearted anachronism and more like a future King, thanks in large part to the charitable work of his Prince of Wales Foundation. From corporate offices to Internet dating sites, Americans lean on personality tests to make their toughest decisions — but do the results really mean anything? Lots of Americans say they’re religious, but a new poll finds many of them don’t actually know that much about world religions — their own included. Paul Sullivan, in Clutch, and Sian Beilock, in Choke, examine why some of us routinely fail under pressure. The Big Idea: Carlos Lozada on how greed may not be good for the economy, but envy is worse. How to start a hedge fund: Financial regulatory reform cramping your style? Go rogue with VF.com’s step-by-step action plan. Carnivorous environmentalists can help fight invasive species by dining on Asian carp, but there’s no reason herbivores can’t join in the fun. India’s economic miracle is a perfect example of how appearances can be deceiving (and more).
From The New York Times's The Stone, Gary Gutting on philosophy and faith and Dawkins' atheism. What's it like to be an atheist in Colorado Springs, home of the religious right? Closer look at rift between humanists reveals deeper divisions: Paul Kurtz, founder of the Center for Inquiry, resigned in a feud with its chief executive over the direction of the center and the future of humanism itself. Matthew Nisbet on the atheist netroots and what it means to live without religion. A review of The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture by Darrel W. Ray. Alastair Hannay on considering religion post-secularisation. Should you tell your four-year-old you believe we are all alone in a godless universe? Catie Wilkins on her atheist upbringing. Instead of embarking on the project of "saving God" by replacing him with the natural and human shaped world, it is perhaps time to acknowledge that it is we ourselves that need saving — just replacing God with Nature isn't enough. The Bright side: Is atheism going mainstream? We need to give up our belief in a supernatural Creator Agent God and live with the fully natural creativity of the universe as a newly evolved sense of God, awesome, and invited to stewardship — then we have one Magesterium, not two and the split between reason and faith is healed. What’s an atheist to think when thousands of believers (including prominent rabbis and priests) are praying for his survival and salvation — while others believe his cancer was divinely inspired, and hope that he burns in hell? Don’t silence Christian Voice — they’re a brilliant advertisement for atheism. A review of Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism by Thomas Holden.
From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on what procrastination tells us about ourselves? A look at why so many people can't make decisions. The Washington Post asks experts to rate the work of President Obama's outgoing economic team. From Wired, why do giraffes have such long necks? India wants to be a great power — so why are its Commonwealth Games such a mess? Lost libraries: Craig Fehrman on the strange afterlife of authors’ book collections. The Marmite effect: Habits formed early in life may affect the gains that consumers make from trade. What are species worth? Richard Conniff on putting a price on biodiversity. An interview with Janell Watson, editor of The Minnesota Review. When stewardesses were hot and jets were cool: Playboy founder and editor Hugh Hefner on the glory days of flying around the world in his private jet the Big Bunny. Urban Scrawl: Rome's graffiti pits artists against clean-up crew. Why would a city that’s banned shirtlessness, pushed back against souvenir vendors and fought a war against pigeons — all in the name of preserving the urban scenery — allow its most famous views to be obliterated by building-high billboards? Here are the winners of the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize — and Andre Geim becomes the first Nobel and Ig Nobel winner. Trouble in fishing waters: Gordon G. Chang on China’s military provocations. Ross Terrill on the case for selective failure: No one wishes for a total Chinese collapse, but certain setbacks should be welcomed. Who are the most influential Left-of-Centre European thinkers? Vote now.
Maebh O'Gorman (UCD): Global Warming: A Tragedy of the Commons. Donal R. Hamilton (UCD): The Greatest Tragedy of All: Regulating the Atmosphere in a Climate of Indecision. Leslie Thiele (Florida): Theorizing the Climate Crisis. From The New Yorker, as the world burns: Ryan Lizza on how Washington blew its chance on climate change (and more and more). Beyond Oil: Any hope that the Deepwater Horizon would mark a turning point in the fight for a climate bill quickly evaporated, but the spill still offers us a "teachable moment" on many critical issues. It’s already clear that the climate talks in December will go nowhere, so what do we do? George Monbiot wonders. In an otherwise depressing year for people concerned with global warming — with no legislation forthcoming from the US Congress, and in the aftermath of the failed talks in Copenhagen — the news from Ecuador offered rare cause for hope and celebration. Despite everything, David Suzuki is optimistic. From FDL, a book salon on The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear by Douglas Bevington. Edward B. Barbier on his book A Global Green New Deal: Rethinking the Economic Recovery. An interview with Mary Robinson on climate justice. From Exxon to BP and Beyond: Michael Barker on greasing the cogs of corporate environmentalism. David Roberts on how the right’s climate denialism is part of something much larger.