Here is Foreign Policy's page on Egypt. Who's behind Egypt's revolt? It’s a genuine grassroots movement, fed by Facebook, that includes students, workers, intellectuals, Islamists and nationalists. Did new media inspire the recent wave of uprisings, or will Facebook yet prove a dictator's best friend? A revolution has not been televised: Viewers are misled when they are told social media has changed the nature of activism. From TNR, deja vu in Cairo: Eli Lake on lessons from 2005; as Mubarak teeters, lessons can be drawn from Suharto's ouster; and who are the main players in the upheaval and what do they want? Jeremy Bernstein on ElBaradei and Egypt’s nuclear future. Should we fear the Muslim Brotherhood? If we can be friends with Saudi Arabia, we can work with Egypt's largest organized opposition group (and more). “If power is not seized, counter-revolution will rise”: An interview with Vijay Prashad on the Arab revolt. The Egyptian protests are exhilarating, but it's important to ask what's next. Is the Arab world at a tipping point? Egypt's prospects look better but its immediate future is still uncertain. The Egypt effect: How other Arabian rulers are reacting. Street battle over the Arab future: Whether protest or crackdown prevails in Egypt, a region trapped in stagnation seems permanently altered. From TNI, Franck Salameh on the coming "Arab Revolution"; and Tunisia isn't just causing heartburn in Egypt — this could be the Arab world's 1848. Meanwhile Tunisia’s revolution isn't going so well.


A new issue of Cryonics is out. From Rationality, Markets and Morals, James M. Buchanan (George Mason): The Limits of Market Efficiency. From LRB, Nick Holdstock explains an extremely violent cartoon called Greeting Card for the Year of the Rabbit, recently removed from the internet by the government in Beijing. The introduction to Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner. Poor Reason: Stephen Steinberg on how culture still doesn’t explain poverty. Unlike Virgin’s iPad “magazine” called Project, Rupert Murdoch/Newscorp daily news app (not a magazine or a newspaper) called The Daily is not crap. And then what happened? Writing students are a dreamy, quixotic tribe. You can download Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching. An interview with Bernard-Henri Levy on his new book, Public Enemies, his surprising friendship with Michel Houellebecq, and his frontline reporting. A fighting spirit won’t save your life: The idea that an individual has power over his health has a long history in American popular culture, but there is no link between optimism and health. A review of Lastingness: The Art of Old Age by Nicholas Delbanco. David Barash on a biological case for gun control. Perhaps the Beeb ought to consider hiring Dave Kim from the Brooklyn Rail, who earlier this month explored what has to be one of our planet's least hospitable environments: the fast-food chain White Castle. Stop using the word “Caucasian” to mean white.


Gerard N. Magliocca (Indiana): "Too-Big-To-Fail" States. A look at the states most likely to go bankrupt: Find who's in the deepest debt — it isn't who you think. The 50 Worst States in America: American States are fond of trumpeting their superlatives — but if you're all so great, how come the country's giving off the distinct odor of failure? The United States of Shame: Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category (and a response: The United States of Awesome). The Secession Solution: Kirkpatrick Sale on a data-based plea for the Independent States of America. What would it look like if red states formed their own country? It has long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies in the world — but how do other American states compare with other countries? “50 and 50” is an ongoing project where fifty designers from across the US will each reinterpret their state’s motto. Here is a map of the US showing Google's autocomplete suggestions for states. From Cartophilia, a look at a map on food by state. America is a nation of Smiths, Johnsons, and Sullivans, but also of Garcias and Nguyens — see what surnames proliferate in your part of the country. Welcome to Utopia: A historical guide to Massachusetts's quest for perfection. A look at the prehistoric treasure in the fields of Indiana.

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