A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America is out. Erin Daly (Widener): Dignity in the Service of Democracy. Gary A. Mauser and June Francis (Simon Fraser): Collateral Damage: The "War on Drugs", and the Latin America and Caribbean Region. From Re-public, a special issue on variations of democracy in Latin America. Robert Valencia on reclaiming the OAS’s future in the Americas. A review of A History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present by Teresa A. Meade. From Canadian Dimension, a review of Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America by Benjamin Dangl; and an article on roads to 21st century capitalist development in Latin America. An interview with James Dunkerley on Latin American history. From Foreign Affairs, Oscar Arias on Culture Matters: Real obstacles to Latin American development. A review of Paulo Freire and the Cold War Politics of Literacy by Andrew J. Kirkendall. The left-right ideological divide has begun to narrow in Latin America as citizens and leaders increasingly choose a pragmatic approach to politics and embrace the rules of the democratic game. Latin America and Palestine: watershed or worthless? A review of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War by Greg Grandin. South America grows happily richer: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru are at the forefront of an economic surge. Dakar 2011, the Most Dangerous Race: For the third year running, the grueling rally is taking place in South America — it is so lucrative that Peru, Bolivia and Brazil want in.

A new issue of Lobster is out. A review of Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld (and more and more and more and more and more). Human Behaviour: Method acting, a once-radical invention, has lost touch with who we’ve become. Walter Block on his book The Case for Discrimination. Whistling past the graveyard: Can the lost art of whistling make a comeback? Becky Ferreira on humanity's endless quest to invent a death ray — a history. A senator in Belgium has proposed a sex strike as a way of ending the country's lengthy negotiations around forming a new government — do sex strikes ever work? A review of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue. How is it possible that a person living in a water-rich region uses more water by flushing the toilet than a person in a water-scarce region has available for drinking, food-preparation, hygiene, and cleaning — for a whole day? CNN profiles Malcolm Gladwell, the man who can explain everything. The Unholy Pleasure: Mark Oppenheimer on his life-long recovery from snobbery. J.M. Bernstein, Lydia Goehr, Gregg Horowitz, and Chris Cutrone debate the relevance of critical theory to art today. Doodlong drooling macrophages: Drawing ludicrous cartoons to memorize scores of gory scientific details has always been an incredible pastime. Apocalyptic obsessions and public nudity: The world of the early Quakers. Do blind people see race? Osagie K. Obasogie on social, legal, and theoretical considerations.

Vihren Bouzov (VT): Scientific Rationality as Normative System. Marcelo Gleiser on searching for the essence of physical reality. Philosophy Lives: Why Stephen Hawking’s attempt to banish natural theology only shows why we need it (and more and more). Are physicists wasting their time hunting for a theory that unites the forces of nature? Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking. Does the universe have a purpose? The "point" is beside the point. Charles Seife reviews The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene (and more and more and more and more and more and more). From Quarks to Mind: Is our existence inevitable? Evidence emerges that laws of physics are not fine-tuned for life. A review of Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Dixon. A review of Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy by Nick Huggett. From a curriculum standpoint, is science religion? Physics as Metaphysics: Is there a quantum spirituality? There is now even more evidence that life on Earth may have been seeded by material from asteroids or comets. An excerpt from The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould by Richard York and Brett Clark. Adam Frank on how life is more meaningful than mere facts can convey. A review of The Four Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality by Richard Panek. Don't let "miracles" trump science: The Roman Catholic church has either a very good or a very bad sense of humor.