Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown) and Matthew S. Winters (Illinois): The Link Between Voting and Life Satisfaction in Latin America. Live Drange Danbolt (NLA): The Challenge of Bilingualism in a Multilingual Society: The Bolivian Case. Cristina Amescua Chavez (UNAM): Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mexico. Where the world's jobs are: Lauded for its economic stability and entrepreneurial opportunities, interns and career changers alike are looking to Latin America to launch their careers. Climate change is wreaking havoc in Central America. A review of Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conceptualization of Health Care by Steve Brouwer. Edmundo Paz Soldan on how Garcia Marquez explains Latin America (and Roberto Bolano and Tomas Eloy Martinez). Plumbing the isolated depths of Chilean Patagonia: Faustino Barrientos is the loneliest cowboy in the world. Imagining the land of the future: A review essay on new histories of Brazilian modernity. Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales And Rafael Correa: Steve Ellner on the distinguishing features of Latin America's New Left in power. A review of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace.
From The Pomegranate, Caroline Jane Tully (Melbourne): Researching the Past is a Foreign Country: Cognitive Dissonance as a Response by Practitioner Pagans to Academic Research on the History of Pagan Religions; and a review of Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man by Lee Gilmore. The Lives of Transgender People presents the findings from a 3500-person survey; Scott McLemee takes a walk on the wild side. From The Baffler, Maureen Tkacik on the omniscient gentlemen of The Atlantic: “The more omniscient types are the ones more naturally inclined to keep up the Thought Leader lists, and assign themselves a place at the top of them.” From U.S. Intellectual History, the first entry on a round table covering The Baffler, No. 19 (March 2012). From New York, Jonathan Chait on the legendary Paul Ryan: Mitt who? Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein say it: The Republicans are the problem. As the guilty verdict in the five year-long trial of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, was handed down in the Hague, Liberians looked to the sky and saw an ominous sign: a perfect circular rainbow around the sun.
Dangis Gudelis (MRUNI): Reconsidering Liberalism: An Approach to Ideologies, Democracy, and Political Parties. From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special section on Giovanni Arrighi's The Long Twentieth Century. A review of Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder (and more and more and more and more and more and more). From New Left Review, Dylan Riley on Tony Judt: A cooler look (and more by Eric Hobsbawm). A review of Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea by Alberto Toscano. Why don’t liberals write big books anymore? Michael Kazin wants to know. Walter Russell Mead on the once and future liberalism: We need to get beyond the dysfunctional and outdated ideas of 20th-century liberalism. David Goodhart on the last hope for the left: The liberal, secular world view may hold sway over western elites, but it is struggling to answer the conservative challenge. Samir Amin reviews The Modern World System IV: Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789–1914 by Immanuel Wallerstein. Ben Alpers on Tony Judt, Francis Fukuyama and the last twentieth-century ideology standing.