Monica Pachon (Los Andes) and Royce Carroll (Rice): The Legislative Agenda in Presidential Democracies. From Americas Quarterly, a special issue on the past 50 years of economic, social and political change in Latin America. Honduras gone wrong: Dana Frank on how playing Tegucigalpa as a proxy is undercutting U.S. influence. In the 1970s, Chile was on the verge of developing sophisticated technology to monitor its economy — then America intervened. The fight for the favelas: Brazil’s most famous city has launched a huge offensive against drug gangs and militias before the next World Cup and Olympics. Meet Joao Santana, Brazil's James Carville — and the other political consultants who are shaking up Latin America's electoral landscape. Cuba’s new now: After half a century under Fidel, Cubans feel a wary sense of possibility — but this time, don’t expect a revolution. Gavin O'Toole reviews The FARC: The Longest Insurgency by Garry Leech. Colombia lost a large swath of the Caribbean but kept a series of far-flung islands that had been at the heart of a long-running dispute with Nicaragua. Sea change in Spain: Latin America's economic growth and Europe's debt crisis have turned Ibero-American relations upside down.


Janie A. Chuang (American): The U.S. Au Pair Program: Labor Exploitation and the Myth of Cultural Exchange. David L. Richards and Benjamin Carbonetti (UConn): Worth What We Decide: A Defense of the Right to Leisure. From Interface, a special issue on the global emancipation of labour. Is our retro obsession ruining everything? Lisa Hix interviews Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania. Rebecca Watson on the pseudoscience of SkyMall: The suspiciously advanced technology available in your airplane seatback pocket. Shifting sexes and sequential hermaphrodites: Kate Shaw on how sex is determined. In praise of the cliche: At the end of the day, sometimes you’ve just got to think inside the box. Richard Marshall reviews Pataphysics: A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill. You’ve never been so interested in being bored: Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on the history of boredom. Jerome O’Callaghan reviews When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality by Corey Brettschneider. Is Almanac Day in your calendar? Eliza Grey on Jorge Ramos, immigration reform's wild-card power broker.


From Philosophy Now, John Greenbank reviews The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry by Rupert Sheldrake; and Vincent di Norcia reviews Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond by Jon Agar. Ira Flatow on truth, deception, and the myth of the one-handed scientist. Science fictions: Is the scientific endeavour always a bold and noble quest for truth? Not when it is writing its own history. Steven Ross Pomeroy on how the key to science (and life) is being wrong. Simon Mitton reviews Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein. Michael D. Gordin on separating the pseudo from science. Jon Turney reviews The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin (and more and more). Donald Braid reviews The Ancient Mythology of Modern Science: A Mythologist Looks (Seriously) at Popular Science Writing by Gregory Schrempp. An interview with science broadcaster Alice Roberts on belief, evolution and why she loves bones. Why isn’t science fiction used more often to teach science in schools? For good science journalism, blogs are a better bet than "old media". Here are 5 tips for scientists on how to not write like scientists.


Maximiliano Emanuel Korstanje (Palermo) and Stanislav Ivanov (IUC): Tourism as a Form of New Psychological Resilience: The Inception of Dark Tourism. The info-sharing of early arcade game enthusiasts mimicked the scientific method; now, video games and collective intelligence could change the way we approach science, shared problems, and school. Tauriq Moosa on when good values are bad for us. Jude Isabella interviews April Nowell, co-author of “Pornography is in the eye of the beholder: Sex, sexuality and sexism in the study of Upper Paleolithic figurines”. Miriam Leonard on her book Socrates and the Jews: Hellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud. From Capitalism magazine, Jaana Woiceshyn on why humility is not a virtue. Zack Carlson on how Miami Connection destroys the myth of “so bad they’re good” movies. The "Blog Mob" revisited: Joseph Rago on the impact blogs and the Internet have on journalism and news. Samuel Arbesman interviews Michael Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing.


From n+1, Ian McCougall on Providence, Rhode Island; and John Davison on Austin at large. Nancy Scola on the rise of the New Baltimoreans. The Chicago Way: The “Blago” scandal may have set new lows for reality TV-abetted shamelessness, but the ex-Illinois governor was just one in a long, storied line of corrupt Chicago politicos. Dennis Romero on Koreatown, America's hippest neighborhood. Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line. Robert Atkinson on how states and localities can get off the economic development treadmill. Robert A. Margo reviews The Evolution of a Nation: How Geography and Law Shaped the American States by Daniel Berkowitz and Karen B. Clay. Why are Americans so: A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete. After the oil rush: In Alaska, dwindling reserves forecast a statewide identity crisis. Natalie Wolchover on how America's state borders not set in stone. Why not let all the states secede from the US? Harry Cheadle wonders. Who would win a war between all the United States? Martin W. Lewis on diagramming the “Greater U.S. Realm”.

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