From New Internationalist, a special issue on Afghanistan. Who carries out spectacular acts of terrorism and why? From PUP, here are three chapters from Introduction to Modern Economic Growth by Daron Acemoglu; and the first chapter from Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion by Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke. From Radical Middle, an article on reinventing the law.  From IHE, a review of Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman by Kass Fleisher; and New School economist Teresa Ghilarducci on her adventures with Rush Limbaugh. No sex please, we're American: The most controversial books in America. From LiveScience, an imperfect body might be just what the doctor ordered for women; research suggests men may flirt with risk because they think it will help them score women; and an article on sex and cheating: When does it count? The first chapter from Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory by Eduardo Mendieta. A review of Annie Leibovitz at Work. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. Major League Baseball winds up its pitch to China, envisioning a billion fans. The introduction to Markets and Democracy: Participation, Accountability and Efficiency, ed. Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis.

From M/C Journal, Anthony McCosker (Melbourne): Blogging Illness: Recovering in Public. From Fortune, an article on three days that shook the world: The most powerful people in American capitalism convened on September 12 to try and save Lehman Brothers; and why a $1 trillion deficit is a good thing (for now). More on Ilan Stavans’s Resurrecting Hebrew. From Freedom Daily, insisting on the alleged virtue of loving one’s country mainly serves to give those in power a blank check. Jonathan Wolff proposes a definition of a super-classic: A book you have as good as read when you have read the title. The Observer profiles Roman Polanski. A look at how Rwanda's women politicians are transforming their country. A look at the world's friendliest countries: Those in search of a fresh start might head to these welcoming spots. A review of National Security Mom: Why “Going Soft” Will Make America Strong by Gina M. Bennett. James Traub on 100 years of nation building. A nation on the make: Greenland has voted to cut all ties with its Danish rulers (and more). From International Viewpoint, an article on The Communist Manifesto 160 years later; and here's a crash course on capitalism (and more on their crisis, our consequences). From Jewcy, an article on bashing Nazis, or how to feel morally superior. An interview with Matthew Alexander, author of How to Break a Terrorist.

From Miller-McCune, a look at how solar grand plans start answering basic questions. An interview with Mary Ellen O’Connell, author of The Power and Purpose of International Law. A review of The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It by Robert J. Shiller. Beyond Casino Capitalism: Bush let the gamblers run wild — here’s how Obama can rein them in. From Index on Censorship, articles by AC Grayling (and a review of The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century) and BHL (and a review of Left in Dark Times). A review of In Search of the Black Fantastic. Politics & Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Richard Iton. One of the longest-running spousal debates may now be settled in favor of men and for the sake of little boys. Places and strata of memory: The idea of 1989 as an annus mirabilis in which everything changed is too crude, writes Karl Schlogel. From First Principles, a symposium on George Carey (and part 2 and part 3). From Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on Queer Studies. We are all suburban now: In popular culture the suburbs are always somewhere we long to escape from — not true. Phantom pain: The daughter of a Nazi soldier recalls the spark and fizzle of her tenth New Year’s Eve.

From Le Monde diplomatique, an article on Western Sahara and Morocco (and more). From IRB, a review of The Beautiful Struggle: A father, two sons, and an unlikely road to manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel. A review of Apocalypse Then: Prophecy and the Making of the Modern World by Arthur H. Williamson. An online project by graphic designer Dill Pixels has collected together the final frame of classic movies. Call me Bush: Moby Dick is an eerily prophetic allegory of 21st-century America; it should be named as the nation's epic novel. From Cafe Babel, playing football — Iran vs Basque "Seleccion de Euskadi" or Basque "Euskal Herria"? An interview with Seth Kaplan, author of Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development. Bye-bye boojums: Scientific names lose their sparkle. From Folio, straight to CMS: Is MS Word no longer preferred? An interview with Michael Pollan on what's wrong with environmentalism. Can Obama's plan for universal broadband turn the recession into a political nightmare resembling the 1930s? From Dark Roasted Blend, a look at the ghosts of Antarctica: Abandoned stations and huts. What’s worse, the genocide in Darfur or the horrors of North Korean prison camps? The “Dirty War Index” shrinks human atrocities into useful data.