Ruth Gavison (HUJ): Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic? Yishai Blank (Tel Aviv): Legalizing the Barrier: The Legality and Materiality of the Israel/Palestine Separation Barrier. A review of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel by Thanassis Cambanis. Steven Salaita, author of Israel’s Dead Soul, explains why he chose such a provocative subject — and such a provocative title. Four newspapers, four different ways to cover Palestine and Israel. Tzipi Livni on why Israel needs a constitution. For Israel, a fork in the road between Fatah and Hamas. The trouble with non-violence: In the Golan Heights and the West Bank, Palestinian marches are met with force. The Israeli public is shielded from the realities of West Bank life. Palestinian activists adapt tactics from uprisings to their own struggle. Stifling debate on the Nakba prevents a free and open discussion of the historical record. Immanuel Wallerstein on the coming Israeli tsunami. Kiera Feldman on the romance of Birthright Israel. Is Palestine next? Adam Shatz on the No-State Solution. Max Blumenthal goes inside Torat Hamelech, the Jewish extremist terror tract endorsed by state-employed rabbis. From Jewish Quarterly, a review of How to Understand Israel in Sixty Days or Less by Sarah Glidden; and Howard Cooper on the self-destructive quest to feel secure. The first chapter from Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector by Sara Roy. One hopes that Israeli philosophers will aim to meet the ideal of “pure” philosophical study at the highest level, while not forgetting the example of Nathan. The Abraham Fund’s Language as a Cultural Bridge program is paving the way toward mandatory Arabic classes for all Jewish students in public schools. Hamed Aleaziz on why Google Earth can't show you Israel.
Laura I. Appleman (Willamette): Oscar Wilde's Long Tail: Framing Sexual Identity in the Law. We’re spent: We are living through a tremendous bust — it isn’t simply a housing bust, but a fizzling of the great consumer bubble that was decades in the making. From World Policy Journal, around the world, a central question bears on sustainability, the environment, and social and financial well-being: What does quality of life mean, and how should we measure it? A panel of global experts weighs in. From Cato Unbound, Dan Gardner and Philip Tetlock on overcoming our aversion to acknowledging our ignorance. From Tea Party Review, JD Thorpe on conservatives and the “N” word. From Swans, capitalising on nonviolence: Michael Barker on a critique of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. From Pop Matters, this is your brain on YouTube. We must be superstars: Nitsuh Abebe writes in defense of pop (and maybe narcissism, too). Gonads in Love: Michael Thomsen on the recent history of pheromones and birth control. The girl who played with fire: It started online and quickly grew into the most intimate of betrayals — the rise, fall and stubborn survival of Kiki Kannibal, a teenage Internet celebrity who discovered that the real world can be a very scary place. A review of Mafias on the Move: How Organised Crime Conquers New Territories by Federico Varese. Alan Wolfe reviews Why Niebuhr Now? by John Patrick Diggins. Pledging allegiance to peace: Quaker Tony White argues that patriotism is deadly, no matter where or why it is practiced. While there are many explanations that analysts offer to explain the dismal performance of Sony, there is one explanation that is never mentioned: the Curse of the DaVinci Code. Felix Salmon on the real Rupert Murdoch exposed.
From the latest issue of New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Gary Blank (York): Gender, Production, and the "the Transition to Capitalism": Assessing the Historical Basis for a Unitary Materialist Theory. Klaus Hagendorf (Nanterre): Crowding Out Capitalism: A Law of Historical Materialism. An interview with Daniel Rubin, author of Can Capitalism Last? A Marxist Update. A review of How to Read Marx’s Capital by Stephen Shapiro. From Jacobin, Zombie Marx: Mike Beggs on the arrogance of Marxist economists; an excerpt from Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek on the Jacobin spirit; and Alan Johnson on Zizek and the power of nonsense. An interview with Slavoj Zizek: "Let's speak frankly, no bullshit, most of the left hates me even though I am supposed to be one of the world's leading communist intellectuals". If Communist regimes systematically imprison, torture and execute autonomous-minded intellectuals, why is it that so many Western intellectuals enthusiastically support these regimes? The Left’s dangerous illusions: A review of Showdown with Evil: Our Struggle Against Tyranny and Terror by Jamie Glazov. A review of The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development by Michael Lebowitz (and more). Should the Left become social democratic? The central difference between social democracy and communism is the latter's acceptance of the category of imperialism; other differences derive from it. How can the Left win? Richard Seymour investigates. A review of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation by Michael Kazin. More on Eric Hobsbawm's How to Change the World. How socialists built America: An excerpt from John Nichols's The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition... Socialism (and more).