A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America is out. Nancy Birdsall (CDG), Nora Lustig (Tulane) and Darryl McLeod (Fordham): Declining Inequality in Latin America: Some Economics, Some Politics. An article on the decline of inequality and poverty in Latin America (and more). Nathan J. Kelly and Jana Morgan (Tennessee): Market Conditioning, Redistribution and Income Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin America a "growth miracle"? The World Bank says maybe, and these countries have China to thank. From the Latin American Review of Books, a review of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State by Paulo Drinot; and a review of Rebellion and Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales by Jeffery R. Webber. Manuel A. Gomez (FIU): Law, Governance and Social Policies in Venezuela: The Case of Two Bolivarian Misiones. A review of The Struggle for Maize: Campesinos, Workers, and Transgenic Corn in the Mexican Countryside by Elizabeth Fitting. An oil-rich Cuba: Will Cuban oil help change the balance of power in the Americas in the near future? Russell Bither-Terry (UNC): Deepening of Democracy: The Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva Administration. From Socialist Studies, a review essay on socialism and democracy in Latin America’s left turns. Hispanic Studies Forum: An article on Jose Marti and Normative "American" Culture. A review of Romantic Revolutionary: Simon Bolivar and the Struggle for Independence in Latin America by Robert Harvey. A review of Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay by George Reid Andrews. Linda D. Smith (FIU): Rights, Rationality, and Action: Factors that Influence Afrodescendant Social Moments in Latin America.

Ruben Enikolopov (NES): Are Bureaucrats Really Paid Like Bureaucrats? Marvin Eli Kirsh (CSU-LA): A Live Wire: Machismo of a Distant Surface. From Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, a special issue on the political economy of ideas. If it bleeds, it leads: Why it took police violence to make the media notice "Occupy Wall Street". Follow no leader: As the demonstrations on Wall Street this past weekend showed, there's a big difference between protesting for a purpose and making noise for its own sake. Making sense of the world: A review of Pattern Theory: The Stochastic Analysis of Real-World Signals by David Mumford and Agnes Desolneux. Colin Woodward on the history of torture and why we can't give it up. When the rapist is a she: A child support case brings to light a man's rape accusation against his high school girlfriend. A review of Breaking up Time: Settling the Borders between the Present, the Past and the Future. The Moocher's Credo: Deconstructing Elizabeth Warren's ode to crab antics that has made her an instant celebrity. Herbert Gintis approves of The Five Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World by Willard Cleon Skousen, rabid John Birch Society anti-Communist and much more; and a review of Jurgen Habermas' The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: "If you like this, you will love root canal work". Max Blumenthal on how an obscure conservative memo reveals the creeping Islamophobic threat to democracy. Frank Rich writes in praise of extremism: What good did bipartisanship ever do anybody? A look at how novelists predict the future with eerie accuracy. Welcome to the Gig Life: The boom in independent work is changing the way we think about jobs and careers.

William E. Abshire (Bridgewater): Violence and the Sacred: Interpretations of Rene Girard in Christian Philosophy and Peace Studies. From Analecta Hermeneutica, a special issue on the Absolute Question. From The Catholic Thing, if we were on the lookout for the most counter-cultural idea in contemporary Christianity to our obsession with freedom, a good choice might be the devotion of Holy Slavery; and can we stop telling God what to do? Sarah Posner on how Breivik’s “cultural analysis” is drawn from the “Christian Worldview”. What’s in a name? Mike Daniels on Christianist or Dominionist. From Jesus Radicals, John D. Rich on symbolic actions for confronting the powers: the Prophets and the Gospels; and how and when does one’s sexual life and practices truly reflect the anarchical teachings of Jesus? A review of The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity. Why doesn't anybody talk about sin? How the push to focus on grace has overshadowed the danger of sin. A Year of Biblical Womanhood: An evangelical blogger is spending 12 months following the Bible's instructions for women — and she's doing it for egalitarian reasons. Nick Spencer on the political Bible: The Bible has a discomfiting tendency to cut across our natural political categories in a profoundly complex manner (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8). A review of Walter C. Kaiser Jr.'s Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan, and Purpose. A review of Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman. From Relevant, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about the afterlife — what should Christians believe? Cybertheology: Just how much does Christian doctrine have in common with the open-source software movement?