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From the latest issue of Ethics & International Affairs, Philip Coyle and Victoria Samson on Missile Defense Malfunction: Why the Proposed U.S. Missile Defenses in Europe Will Not Work; Mathias Risse (Harvard): On the Morality of Immigration; and a review of Inventing Human Rights: A History by Lynn Hunt. Truth, can you handle it? Better yet, do you know it when you see it? Since World War II, Republicans and Democrats have presided over startlingly different economies. Confessions of a Sweatshop Inspector: Presidential candidates are calling for tougher labor standards in trade agreements — but can such standards be enforced? Here's what T. A. Frank learned from his old job. Erik Davis reviews Rudolph Wurlitzer's The Drop Edge of Yonder. Ilan Stavans makes the case of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude as one of the 50 greatest books. 50 best cult books: Critics present a selection of history's most notable cult writing; some is classic; some is catastrophic — all of it had the power to inspire. The future of dirt: Better soil could accomplish some surprising things, but improving it is no small task. What happened to South Africa’s transformation? A review of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC by William Gumede. Young gay rites: Why would gay men in their 20s rush to the altar?