Jerome L. McElroy (Saint Mary’s): Island Demography: A Review of Selected Caribbean Contributions. From Music and Politics, Jocelyne Guilbault (UC-Berkeley): The Question of Multiculturalism in the Arts in the Postcolonial Nation-State of Trinidad and Tobago. From Small Axe, a review of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions by Jane G. Landers; and who lacks an ethical code? A review of The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti by Kate Ramsey. A review of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois. The earthquake in Haiti proved so devastating partly because the country’s development model had failed so completely — now those funding the reconstruction of the country are pursuing the same disastrous path. A review of The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies by Matthew Parker. Caribbean's high crime rate is hindering development, report says. Can Caribbean regional integration facilitate economic growth? One of the world’s largest oil refineries will close, stunning nearly 2,000 workers and threatening to upend the reeling economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico has long flirted with the idea of becoming the 51st state — this year voters will once again have their choice at the ballot box.


From the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Igor Berkhin (IDC) and Glenn Hartelius (ITP): Why Altered States Are Not Enough: A Perspective from Buddhism; and a special section on ecopsychology. Kodak changed the way we see, share, and remember the world — then the world itself changed. A review of Contesting Democracy by Jan-Werner Muller and How to Change the World by Eric Hobsbawm. Somehow, earlier this year, a philosopher managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain; perhaps more surprising was the philosopher in question: Bernard-Henri Levy. This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. The big debate over the oldest life on Earth: One researcher says he has the oldest fossils ever found; another says that's just mangled, pressure-cooked rock. "Yo, is this racist?" Andrew Ti’s Tumblr has your (hilarious) answer. How I became a troll: John Emerson explains why he's such a horrible person.


The inaugural issue of the Journal for Occupied Studies is out. From International Socialism, Megan Trudell on the Occupy movement and class politics in the US. Participants in ­OWS talk about what’s inspired them about the protests — and what they hope for the movement’s future. Vanity Fair’s oral history of OWS shows how the spark was lit in Zuccotti Park as a disparate, passionate mix of activists, celebrities, and accidental protesters changed the national conversation. C. Wright Mills would have loved OWS. How to make Occupy catch on: To build a fairer economy, we need to reclaim time-tested progressive narratives. Is a politically ambitious New York lawyer trying to turn #OWS into the Tea Party Express? You’d expect the RCP/LM to be instinctively against OWS, as the sect is pro-corporate, pro-capitalism, viscerally anti-Left, but most important of all always takes contrarian positions; however, the virulence of its loathing of the Occupy movement is extraordinary even by sect standards. The Occupy movement may be in retreat, but its ideas are advancing. What happened to Occupy Wall Street? The anti-corporate movement may be out of the headlines, but it's keeping itself busy (and more).


From TNR, a review of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice (and more). Sam Tanenhaus reviews books on the Tea Party. A wave of books anatomizes the Tea Party Movement. An interview with "recovering liberal" Elizabeth Price Foley, author of The Tea Party: Three Principles. Gus Garcia-Roberts on Victoria Jackson's excellent Tea Party adventure. Re-branding the Right: The Tea Party and its sympathizers are virtually one and the same as another highly visible political movement with low approval ratings — the Christian Right. Michael Kazin on the end of the Christian Right (and a response). Right-wingers have no compassion: A former Republican Senate Congressional staffer on why right-wingers think people without insurance deserve to die. For the last 40 years, the right's sexual paranoia has warped our politics; an expert explains how to change that. 2012 or Never: Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history — this is fear talking, but not paranoia.


From Philament, a special issue on Monstrosity. From Qualitative Studies, Rachel Demerling (McMaster): Resisting Stigma, Embracing Solidarity: An Ethnographic Study of Shopaholics Anonymous; and Sune Qvotrup Jensen (Aalborg): Othering, Identity Formation and Agency. Man as machine: A peculiar experiment inspired by the Enlightenment sheds light on the age-old question of what makes us human. An open letter to Bruce Springsteen REM, Wilco and Arcade Fire on President Obama. North Korea to suspend uranium enrichment and let in IAEA inspectors — but at what cost? The social conservative subterranean fantasy world is exposed, and it's frightening. Darpa Warns: Your iPhone is a military threat. Can you identify The Onion headlines on this list? Pamela Haag on the collapse of parody, and what it means. Give me some space: A study looks at responses to table spacing in restaurants. The spice theory: There is something primitive and inexplicable about liking or not liking, and that’s what puts it in the dumb domain of causation, not the higher realm of reasons.


Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won. Our weirdness is free: Gabriella Coleman on the logic of Anonymous — online army, agent of chaos, and seeker of justice. The most prolific hacker on the Internet is a one-handed shadow. Rex Hammock on how just because you can make money from something doesn’t mean you should, and other rules of the web. Meet the Yahoo Boys: Researchers in Nigeria have managed to conduct detailed interviews with 40 of the country's infamous "419 scam" email spammers. Evgeny Morozov on the Information Welfare State: The "right to be forgotten" doesn't go far enough — we need mandatory insurance to protect online reputations. Once, we stored our photos and other mementos in shoeboxes in the attic; now we keep them online — that puts our stuff at the mercy of companies that could decide to throw it away, unless Jason Scott and the Archive Team can get there first. A look at the 7 most annoying hidden agendas on the Internet.

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