A new report suggests that hybridization between species may put the future of Arctic populations at risk. Mummified forest found on treeless Arctic island. For his new television series, Bruce Parry starts his Arctic adventure in Greenland, where climate change is radically affecting the Inuit way of life. A review of Arctic Gardens: Voices from an Abundant Land by Dave Harman, Harvard Ayers, and Landon Pennington. A review of The Magnetic North: Notes From the Arctic Circle by Sara Wheeler (and more). The Diomede Islands are two islands just 4 km apart separated by an International Border and Date Line. New data and models show that Greenland's ice cap is on track to hit a point of no return in 2040. Canadian arctic basks under record mildness. A look at life at the North Pole and the South Pole. Penguins and plumbers: Life in the Antarctic at -50C, by people who moved there. Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit (and more). Deception Island in Antarctica is one of the few places in the world where brave sailors can sail directly into the center of a live volcano. Antarctica tourism snowballs, but is it helping or harming "the Last Place on Earth?" The Southern Pole of Inaccessibility is considered the most remote point in the entire world. Can good governance save the Antarctic? The IceCube project has constructed a giant detector in the Antarctic ice to find subatomic particles — it could reveal where cosmic rays come from and their cause (and more). Here's what life is like at an Antarctic outpost (and more and more). The McMurdo Marathon brings together a small field of runners on a course at the bottom of the world.

From The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins on the Afghan Bank Heist: A secret investigation may implicate dozens of high-ranking government officials; and does the Internet change how we think? Adam Gopnik investigates. The Economist on the trouble with tax reform. Chris Lehmann on how Sarah Palin tortures the Bible. Bush 2012: Jeb Bush should run now, for at least eight reasons. AOL and Huffington Post merger: Jack Shafer on the rapid rise and sale of Arianna Huffington's Post (and more by Felix Salmon). From State of Nature, a special issue on the future of neoliberalism. Observers thought heaps of anonymous cash would flood U.S. campaign coffers after the controversial Supreme Court decision — they were right. Power to the corporations, baby: Andy Kroll on AT&T's "personal" rights, campaign donations from China, and other absurdities one year after Citizens United. If it's all in a day's work, then go ahead and make love for Eros and for phallic patriarchy to lubricate inertia and angst. You gotta believe: Birthers, truthers, and creationists threaten to take us back to the future. Corporate America is working feverishly behind the scenes to smother a new federal mandate, enacted last year, that just might revitalize the drive to roll back excessive executive pay. Is the age of the critic over? Critics reflect on how social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and myDigg, fit into the perennial debate on cultural elitism.

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Columbia): A God Over God Versus the Political Over Politics? Schelling, Lefort and the Originary Identity of Theological and Political Form. From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, Marika Rose (Durham): A Modest Plea for a Chestertonian Reading of The Monstrosity of Christ. From Lacan.com, Jacques-Alain Miller on transference, repetition and the sexual; and Slavoj Zizek on Lenin’s Choice: interpretation vs. formalization. From antagonistic politics to an agonistic public space: An interview with Chantal Mouffe. From Principia Dialectica, an X-Ray on some critical aspects of the French critical scene. The state, the concentration camp, and sovereignty: Andrew Robinson on the work of Giorgio Agamben (and part 2). Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat, and if so, how do you interpret the word? Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, and Kristin Ross respond in the recently published Democracy in What State? Aberrant Marxist, heretical Jew, maverick social theorist — Walter Benjamin remains difficult to classify, but his mystique only continues to grow. A review of Walter Benjamin: an Introduction to his Work and Thought by Uwe Steiner. A review of Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of Being by Philip Tonner. A review of Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation by Peter Sloterdijk. More on The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel’s Social Theory by Axel Honneth.