From Law, Social Justice and Global Development, a special issue on access to justice in Indonesia. A review of "If you leave us here, we will die": How genocide was stopped in East Timor by Geoffrey Robinson. What will happen to Singapore when its 87-year old founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies?: A review of Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going. The Thai-Cambodia border clashes show yet again that maps have no binding juridical significance unless they are accepted by both sides (and more). From NYRB, Margo Picken on the beleaguered Cambodians; and Pico Iyer on Tibet’s quiet revolution. The charge of money laundering against Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje brings the politics of the Tibetan community in exile into the spotlight. A review of The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land by Gardner Bovingdon. A review of The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat by J. Todd Reed and Diana Raschke. Who rules China? Next year, the country gets a new president. An article on China's most secret weapon: The messenger pigeon. An interview with Aung San Suu Kyi on sanctions, karma, and the future. The myth of Japan's lost decades: Japan's economy has not been stagnant; it has in fact been growing in real terms. Filipinos are grappling with terrorists in the south, allegations of corruption in the military and a recent fire that razed thousands of homes, but the topic that seems to hold the public's endless fascination: the president's love life. Pack a suitcase for Pyongyang: North Korea may be an unlikely destination for study abroad, but its border has been breached. Getting Asia on the global stage: Why must Asians demand that global institutions be more open to their participation, ideas and leadership?
James Lindgren (Northwestern): What Drives Views on Government Redistribution and Anti-Capitalism: Envy or a Desire for Social Dominance? Jeffrey Rogers Hummel (SJSU): Ben Bernanke versus Milton Friedman: The Federal Reserve’s Emergence as the U.S. Economy’s Central Planner. In 1967, Stanley Ann Dunham took her 6-year-old son, Barry, on an adventure, transplanting him to Indonesia — she did not know just how much it would change her life, and his. Priorities in the Land of the Free: What is our political class focused on, and to what are law enforcement resources being devoted? The man who predicted the tsunami: After studying ancient rocks, Japanese geologist Masanobu Shishikura warned that a disaster was imminent — to no avail. How many gay, lesbian and bisexual people are there in the US? A reliable tally of gay population proves elusive (and more). When editors of the philosophy journal Synthese appended a statement to a guest-edited issue apologizing for some of its contents, the move brought a call for a boycott. Praise the Lord and pass the critical theory: An interview with Praba Pilar of the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno. Roe v. Wade: Is it still the law of the land? Apart from being dead, Art and Science are strong in web cartography. There could be snakes in here: An interview with John Emerson, ex-doctor, ex-Zizka, ex-oaf, ex-wimp, ex-troll. TPM on how Republican governors quietly accept federal dollars — while attacking federal spending. An interview with Neil Strauss, famed pickup artist and author. Chaos promotes prejudice: A disorderly environment makes people more inclined to put others in boxes. A review of Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy by Abraham L. Newman. The Great Books Foundation now has a blog.
From Mediations, is Capital about labor, or unemployment? Does Marxism have a theory of the political, or is it better off without one? Fredric Jameson previews the argument of his forthcoming book, Representing Capital; Anna Kornbluh on Marx’s Victorian novel; and is it plausible to imagine that Marx or Engels took up Jewish or Christian eschatology, in any substantial form, into their thought? A review of Marxism and Scientific Socialism: From Engels to Althusser by Paul Thomas. "My Dear Rosa": Scott McLemee reviews The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (and more and more and more and more and more). Emily Witt on the mystery of Rosa Luxemburg’s corpse. Slavoj Zizek on Lenin’s full subjective engagement. A review of Antonio Gramsci by Antonio A. Santucci. Don't call me comrade: A review of Russia’s Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall by Jonathan Haslam and A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism. Robert Conquest recommends five books on Communism, from novels and personal narratives to theoretical works. A review of A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism: Fables from a Mouse, a Parrot, a Bear, a Cat, a Mole, a Pig, a Dog, and a Raven by Slavenka Drakulic. A review of The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou. Average Joe: Tomasz Sommer and Marek Jan Chodakiewicz on the return of Stalin apologists. Communist Chic: Seth Porges on 8 strange examples of Soviet design. Dead and buried utopia? Alvaro Curia on communicating communism's identity in 21st century and the Portuguese Communist Party's role today. You might be a Marxist if you believe God hates capitalism (and more). Towards a Queer Marxism? A review of The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism by Kevin Floyd and Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf.