From Contemporary Issues and Ideas in Social Sciences, a special issue on India. Huma Baqai (IBA): Secularism: An Option for Pakistan. Can Pakistan become a theocratic state? Khalid Bhatti on religion, politics and the working class. The introduction to Dead Ringers: How Outsourcing is Changing the Way Indians Understand Themselves by Shehzad Nadeem. The man who drew the fatal Durand Line: The British official who fixed the frontier that now divides Afghanistan and Pakistan unwittingly unleashed a century of war. Sweet smell of success: How Arindam Chaudhuri made a fortune off the aspirations and insecurities of India’s middle classes. Money for nothing, and misery for free: Afer a promising start, the microfinance story became one of desperate need on one side and greed and politics on the other. Alarmed by a report on the decline of Punjab, one man walked 45 days, over 1,200 kilometres across 21 districts, to learn the truth. Uneven exposure to trade across the various regions of South Asia has stifled the poverty-alleviating impact of trade liberalisation. The princely state of India: Analyse Parliament, and a disturbing fact emerges — India is going back to monarchy. Letter from Sri Lanka: Michael Hardy is living dangerously. India is fencing off its border with Bangladesh — what will that mean for millions of potential climate refugees? A review of TinderBox: The Past and Future of Pakistan by M.J. Akbar (and more). WikiLeaks disclosures on torture in Kashmir have fuelled fresh demands for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act — Baba Umar reports on the plight of victims.
A new issue of Ryerson Review of Journalism is out. From the International Journal of Business and Social Science, Amy Rummel and Frances A. Viggiani (Alfred): Generational Warfare: The New Workplace. The first chapter from Augustine's Confessions: A Biography by Garry Wills. The bond market shows why John Boehner saying "we’re broke" is wrong. March Madness always the same: Why is it that the same teams seem to dominate the annual men's collegiate basketball tournament? The new humanism: Researchers are coming up with a more accurate view of who we are and are beginning to show how the emotional and the rational are intertwined. KKKat Fight: White power fashionista John Galliano Vs. white power fashionista Gavin McInnes. Faber has just published an important new edition of Ezra Pound’s poems; how did this man of repulsively fascist politics produce the kind of lyrical writing that transformed literature in the 20th century? Why the "price of sex" is at an all-time low: Mark Regenerus on hooking up, marrying down, and the effect of women’s success on our sex lives. A look at how armies of expensive lawyers are being replaced by cheaper software. An interview with Cherif Bassiouni, author of The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible? It's Congress, not the president, that is a threat to democracy: Matthew Yglesias reviews Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills and The Decline and Fall of the American Republic by Bruce Ackerman. Gay sex is happening: Will a post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell world be like the line to audition for American Idol? A license to shampoo: Jobs needing state approval rise. Aggregated Robbery: Is The Huffington Post ruining journalism?
A new issue of New School Economic Review is out. Martin Strieborny (Michigan): Inequality and Growth: The Role of Beliefs and Culture. Rimawan Pradiptyo, Banoon Sasmitasiwi, and Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo (Gadjah Mada): Evidence of Homo Economicus? Findings from Experiment on Evolutionary Prisoners' Dilemma Game. What’s wrong, in the end, with Homo economicus? Pascal Boyer wants to know. The first chapter from Economics Evolving: A History of Economic Thought by Agnar Sandmo. The canon of economics: The best journal in the discipline picks its best papers. From Econ Journal Watch, David Gordon on the ideological profile of Harvard University Press. An economic life: From the classroom to the White House dining room, professor Alan Blinder has unusual clout. Time has a list of the 25 best financial blogs. From Radical Philosophy, William I. Robinson on the global capital leviathan. Alternatives to austerity: Robin Blackburn on the need for a public utility finance system. The introduction to Running the World's Markets: The Governance of Financial Infrastructure by Ruben Lee. A review of Banking on the Future: The Fall and Rise of Central Banking by Howard Davies and David Green. A review of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance by David McNally. A review of Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy by Daniel Altman (and more).