Gianluigi Palombella (Parma): Reasons for Justice, Rights and Future Generations. From Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Paolo Carozza (Notre Dame): The Universal Common Good and the Authority of International Law.

From PUP, the introduction to Dream, Death, and the Self; the first chapter from The Grand Contraption: The World as Myth, Number, and Chance; and the introduction to The Impossibility of Religious Freedom. From The Global Spiral, an essay on The New Sciences of Religion; an article on Human Origins and Religious Awareness: In Search of Human Uniqueness; a look at the Compatibility of Religious and Transhumanist Views in an Enhanced Future; a review of Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts; and a review of The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics by Eric D. Beinhocker. Economist Amartya Sen chosen for Kiel prize in Germany. Economists agree?! More on Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies.

From Natural History, Hidden Tombs of Ancient Syria: Evidence of animal and possibly human sacrifice suggests that burials at Tell Umm el-Marra were those of Bronze Age royalty. Meerkats At Play: Evolution demands that activities costing a lot of energy provide survival value in return. But what do these rambunctious little mammals gain from having so much fun?; and here's some samplings of news from nature. More than 1,000 bodies found at a construction site in West Philadelphia tell a story about science, medicine and society in the 1800s. A review of Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses.

From Inside Higher Ed, Sex! Politics! Dubious Footnotes! How much excitement can you take? Scott McLemee looks at some scholarly scandals that seem faintly familiar; and Alexander C. McCormick writes about the problem with U.S. News rankings that nobody talks about. Two Russian-born sisters are due to become assistant professors of finance at the University of Rochester, even though they are only 19 and 21. Angela Kniazeva and her younger sister Diana were due to take up their new positions in September. From Britannica, an article on the child abuse called “College Sports”. And it's a world of possibilities: Virtual campuses are springing up in Second Life, as universities discover the advantages of cyberspace

From Newsweek, does Bush have the constitutional clout to ignore any congressional attempt to reign in his war powers? What the scholars say. Michael Dorf on the president's disingenuous arguments against expanding the federal hate crime law. Above It All: A deposition can be an ugly war. Sometimes judges have to get down in the trenches. Patently obvious: A Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching consequences for American innovation turns on the definition of a single word. The consensus on gun rights no longer exists — thanks largely to the work over the last 20 years of several leading liberal law professors. The Numbers Guy on figuring the impact of allowing felons in Florida to vote (and more).

From The Atlantic Monthly, The Story of a Snitch: Across our inner cities, the code of omerta has spread from organized crime to ordinary citizens. "Stop snitching" has become a motto to live or die by (and an interview with Jeremy Kahn onáthe growing problem of witness intimidation and the challenges of reporting a story about it). Jeremy Kahn rides along with Baltimore's Homicide Operations Squad in search of murder witnesses. Is Pittsburgh livable or leavable? An article on the shortcomings in city-ranking indexes.á Mine's Bigger: An article on the ridiculous race to build the world’s tallest building. Bus 2.0: From Boston to Brazil. city planners and transportation gurus are reimagining the possibilities of the humble motorbus, using high-tech 'smart mobility' to challenge the preeminence of the car — and revive the urban commons. Model Trains: Retired London subway cars are recycled into low-rent studio and office space.

The dirty truth about bottled water: how private companies are profiting from public concern about water quality. Nuns mug orphan! Soon we'll all be fighting for food. Barbara Ehrenreich on how it's better to be a chimpanzee: A homeless chimp in Austria seeks human status to qualify for charity. If he wins, expect a surge of humans to cross over. The black-footed ferret is in trouble, as are hundreds of other species. But so is the law that looks out for them. An interview with biologist Josef Reichholf: "We are children of the tropics". From Der Spiegel, how bad is climate change really? Are catastrophic floods and terrible droughts headed our way? Despite widespread fears of a greenhouse hell, the latest computer simulations are delivering far less dramatic predictions about tomorrow's climate. And a review of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth

What to do when Rupert calls? Rupert Murdoch may be the perfect publisher for The Wall Street Journal. The Wrong Man for Dow Jones: The sale of Dow Jones to News Corp. would diminish the news quality and integrity of The Wall Street Journal and the independence of a leading national editorial voice. The O'Murdoch factor: Rupert Murdoch's bid to take over The Wall Street Journal is a dramatic illustration of why public ownership is a disaster for newspapers, and here are eight more reasons to distrust Murdoch.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark says people who run printing presses are "screwed". Critical Mass: Ken Auletta on how everyone listens to Walter Mossberg. BostonNow, a free weekday daily, is culling blog posts and running excerpts next to articles from reporters and newswires.á Storybook Ending: Virginia Postrel tells the tale of how an enterprising first-time publisher gave the beloved children's book Mr. Pine a second life. So many news articles are the same; only the names are changed. A blank template from Michael Park takes the legwork out of your next general-interest piece.

Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web: The inventor of the World Wide Web explains how the Semantic Web works and how it will transform how we use and understand data. The Hapless Seed: Publishers and authors should stop cowering; Google is less likely to destroy the book business than to slingshot it into the 21st century. Does your name Google well? In the age of Google, being special increasingly requires standing out from the crowd online. As more people flood the Web, that's becoming an especially tall order for those with common names. Annalee Newitz on the Myth of the Universal Digital Library: Sorry, but we can't digitize everything. Here's why.

Fragmentary Knowledge: Was the Antikythera Mechanism the world’s first computer? How uses, not innovations, drive human technology: A review of The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900. The Web 2.0 Bubble: Michael Hirschorn on why the social-media revolution will go out with a whimper. From Wired, an article on online advertising: So good, yet so bad for us. And How To Trick an Online Scammer Into Carving a Computer Out of Wood: Deceit and counter-deceit in the "Scamosphere"

From Open Democracy, an end to exclusivity: A move towards greater public access to state information is another step to constitutional government in China; and North Korea may be facing another food emergency. If it develops, the world needs to learn lessons from the mid-1990s famine in the country. Accidental Tourist: How three years in Korean prison changed one young American's spritual and sexual worldview. While the Japanese continue to get the blame for WWII enslavement, forcing women into sexual bondage continues.

A review of Perfect Hostage: a Life of Aung San Suu Kyi. Shackled by the Neck: Burma’s Long Neck Karen choose exploitation in a tourist village rather than returning to a civil war. A review of Human Rights on Asia: A Comparative Legal Study of Twelve Asian Jurisdictions, France and the USA.

From TNR, my journey through Darfur. Bernard-Henri LÚvy on a guided tour of hell (and a video interview). A review of Chief of Station, Congo by Larry Devlin. An interview with Archbishop Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights and pro-democracy activist. Desmond Tutu slams African leaders on Zimbabwe.

A look at how liberation theology, which the pope once called "a fundamental threat," retains its appeal in Latin America. From Axess, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is hot once again. But the historical record reveals that Che bore all the repressive hallmarks of his Soviet and Maoist masters. An interview with Ben Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. The unnecessary conflict in the south Atlantic in 1982 between Britain and Argentina helped sow the seeds of more momentous and destructive wars, says Fred Halliday.

From Asia Times, are the Arabs already extinct? Rotting empire v inept enemy: Why the Islamist threat is greatly exaggerated. We can never make ourselves invulnerable to terrorism. But certain steps would reduce our vulnerability to as close to zero as possible. The Smarter Emergency Kit: When everything goes to hell, you'll want gear that gives you an evolutionary advantage over your less-prepared neighbors.

From Commentary, is Israel the problem? With the Middle East in crisis from end to end, analysts focus on one rather peripheral dispute. Middle East experts to rate the chances of the politicians gunning for Olmert’s job. AIPAC on Trial: The lobby argues that good Americans spy for Israel. And surprise! The US spies on Israel more than Israel spies on the US