Charlotte Helen Skeet (Sussex): Globalisation of Women’s Rights Norms: The Right to Manifest Religion and "Orientalism" in the Council of Europe. A review of Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalising Age by Niamh Reilly. From TED, Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery. Can "honor killing" be explained by reference to non-Western "cultural norms"?: A review of In Honor of Fadime: Honor and Shame by Unni Wikan. An interview with Malalai Joya, author of Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out (and more). Throughout the developing world, women die in childbirth for lack of the simplest things: soap, clean sheets, and trained birth attendants. Childbirth at the global crossroads: Women in the developing world who are paid to bear other people's children test the emotional limits of the international service economy. Towards explicating the sexual moment in class struggle: An introduction to Alexandra Kollontai on sexual and women's question. When the victim is jailed: Women and girls are being incarcerated in record numbers, often after years of sexual violence and addiction. Schrodinger's Rapist: There's no way to be perfectly safe, but women shouldn't have to live with an everyday fear of perfect strangers. "Why not choose a happier subject?": Sorcha Gunne and Zoe Brigley Thompson explain that they study rape and its narratives to understand and demythologise a difficult and unpleasant subject.

From The Public Sphere, Luke Perry on U.S. exceptionalism and opposition to healthcare reform. David Warsh on the hidden history of the health care bill. Secret Krav Maga Moves: Defend yourself, family, and minyan with these ancient Semitic martial arts techniques. Muscle Man: How the original 97-pound weakling transformed himself into Charles Atlas and brought the physical fitness movement to the masses. For 150 years, bodybuilders have gone from circus sideshows to national celebrities, imparting fitness lessons along the way. Steven Pearlstein on big business vs. big government, an age-old balancing act. More and more and more and more and more on Scroogenomics by Joel Waldfogel. Political power in the auto industry: Why did Congress protect car dealers? Here is some useful information for holiday festivities: The darker the liquor, the more painful the hangover. From Swans, Michael Barker on the Russell Sage Foundation and the manufacture of reform. A review of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears by Stephen T. Asma. Send us your tired, your poor, but only if they're "culturally unique": Immigration caseworker AA0089 has some thoughts about what is art. The psychology of social status: How the pursuit of status can lead to aggressive and self-defeating behavior (and more on testosterone). From FP, a look at ten stories that appear in the papers again and again, but never seem to actually happen. From This Modern World, a look at The Year in Crazy (and part 2). A culture war cease-fire: It is 2009's quiet story — quiet because it's about what didn't happen, which can be as important as what did.

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From The Intercollegiate Review, James R. Stoner, Jr. (LSU): The Timeliness and Timelessness of Magna Carta; and Donald W. Livingston (Emory): David Hume and the Conservative Tradition. From Front Porch Republic, who was Richard Blaine? An article on myth, history, and the great American conversation. A review of Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers by Paul E. Gottfried. A review of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law by Steven M. Teles. Abandon all hope: A review of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism by John Derbyshire. Paul Johnson is looking for a true conservative (and more and more and more and more on The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus). A review of The Best of The American Spectator’s The Continuing Crisis as Chronicled for Four Decades by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. From TAS, a review of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism by John Derbyshire; and Roger Scruton on totalitarian sentimentality. The New York Times Magazine profiles Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence and a Roman Catholic, and this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker. A Tale of Two Libertarianisms: A review of Rothbard vs the Philosophers. Peter Berkowitz reviews Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism by George H. Nash. A review of The 5 Big Lies About American Business: Combating Smears Against the Free-Market Economy by Michael Medved.

From TLS, 800 years on the Cam: Low living and high thinking at Cambridge University, from Henry III to Peter Mandelson; and impact on humanities: Stefan Collini on why researchers must take a stand now or be judged and rewarded as salesmen. From THES, poisonous impact: A latter-day Socrates wouldn't stand a chance, says Felipe Fernandez-Armesto; Bruno Cousin and Michele Lamont say academics at France's public universities need to rethink their strategy after this year's protests alienated the public and had little impact on the government; and the American lesson, how to be top: Ivy League institutions rose to greatness only after being cut off from state aid and meddling. At public universities less for more: Why top flagships are raising tuition, enrolling better students and becoming more like privates — that may not be a good thing (and more). An online university with no fees: A new university offers access to a wide variety of people, largely thanks to academic volunteers. An interview with Cary Nelson, author of No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom. An interview with Paul Gray and David Drew, authors of What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career. Paula Marantz Cohen on what she has learned from 30 years of teaching The Merchant of Venice. Tevi Troy on Cornell’s Straight Flush: Forty years after the student center was occupied, the destructive effects linger. How Facebook killed originality: A review of My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture by Susan Blum. A review of The Lowering of Higher Education in America by Jackson Toby.