Evan Lazerowitz (Georgetown): The Rapid Fall of an Empire: How Hernan Cortes and His Small Band of Brothers Felled a Mighty Empire. Dante Figueroa (American): Twenty-One Theses on the Legal Legacy of the French Revolution in Latin America. Karen E. Bravo (Indiana): Challenges to Caribbean Economic Sovereignty in a Globalizing World. Ludovic Hennebel (ULB): The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Ambassador of Universalism. Catherine J. Iorns Magallanes (Victoria): Indigenous Political Representation: Latin America and International Human Rights Law. From DRB, Tom Hennigan on Peronism and the decline of Argentina. Nicholas Fromherz on the rise and fall of Bolivia's Evo Morales: How South America's first indigenous president lost his way. A review of Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 by Alexandra Delano. Narco Economics: A new study that could help Mexico win its war on drug traffickers. Cuba wants the 50-year-old U.S. economic blockade to be lifted, but its immediate priority is securing the release of the “Cuban Five”. Country for Old Men: Dissident Yoani Sanchez reports from the ruins of the daddy state, where Papa Fidel is now just the patient-in-chief. Bigger than Coelho: Brazil’s star preacher Marcelo Rossi is the country’s new best-selling author of fuzzy, feel-good spirituality. Once the world's largest Catholic nation, Brazil sees its people leave the fold. Where are Latin America’s terrorists? Richard Weitz wonders. Poverty in Latin America is at its lowest level in 20 years— not bad. In North v. South, South wins this time: A new regional bloc has Latin America looking inward. US courts Latin America: Now that Iraq and Afghanistan are over, it's back to business in Latin America.
Eoin Carolan (UCD): Postcards from the Economic Abyss: What Ireland and Iceland Can Teach Us About Tea Parties, Big Societies and Small Government. Rick Perry has three strikes against him: Pay-to-play cronyism; roughshod, right-wing politics; and oops, read on. Why some people say "sorry" before others: Certain character traits influence people's willingness to apologize. Who’s winning the abortion war? A year of GOP overreaching has created surprising pro-choice victories — but now the real battle is on its way. When you’ve long been identified as a “literary type,” how can it be that receiving books as get-well gifts leaves you feeling empty, angry, and determined to chug YouTube straight? A review of Books: A Living History by Maria Popova. Unmasking the myths of anti-multiculturalism: If society depicts immigration and immigrants as worthless and useless for the economy, these enemy images will lead to a hostile attitude towards all newcomers. Correlation or Causation: Need to prove something you already believe? Statistics are easy — all you need are two graphs and a leading question. Freakonomics, what went wrong? Examination of a very popular popular-statistics series reveals avoidable errors. Obama’s intellectuals: Is it possible that the people who run the Obama administration aren’t as smart as we’ve been led to believe? No sooner does disaster strike than the gloating begins; Scott McLemee interviews a scholar who tracks online trolls. David Warsh on how business schools got to be the way they are. Occupy goes to Washington, finding politics is complicated. From Butterflies and Wheels, Andrew J Taggart on public philosophy and our spiritual predicament. An interview with Robert Trivers, author of The Folly of Fools.
Stan J. Liebowitz and Alejandro Zentner (UT-Dallas): The Internet as a Celestial TiVo. A. Michael Froomkin (Miami): Lessons Learned Too Well. From Triple C: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, a special issue on a New Science of Information. From Popular Science, a special series on The Data Age, including an interview with Stephen Wolfram on the power and challenge of Big Data. More than just digital quilting: The “maker” movement could change how science is taught and boost innovation — it may even herald a new industrial revolution. Keith Devlin on the first personal computing revolution. Information explosion: Lee Hutchinson on how rapidly expanding storage spurs innovation. The first chapter from Number-Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin. Marc Andreessen on why software is eating the world. Michael Raymond del Castillo is writing profiles about this group of entrepreneurs who are looking to change the world through accelerating technology team projects, including Matternet and Primerlife. Trendspotting: Darrel Ince on the future of the computer. Tech is invented globally but adopted one country at a time: Few countries will be able to embrace 16 emerging technologies this decade. A review of Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work by Anne Balsamo. A review of The Techno-Human Condition by Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz. Robert Evans on 5 tiny computer glitches that caused huge disasters. Does technology evolve? Ryan Kapsar investigates (and part 2). Who controls the Internet and mobile technology? Matthew C. Nisbet on the hidden forces that define our choices. A look at the 5 most mind-blowingly huge machines built by science.