Ihsan Yilmaz (Fatih): Was Rumi the Chief Architect of Islamism? A Deconstruction Attempt of the Current (Mis)Use of the Term "Islamism". Jonathan Rosenbaum on watching Kiarostami films at home. Turkey’s Rules: Ahmet Davutoglu, the tireless, talkative foreign minister, is the architect of a foreign policy designed to (peacefully) restore his country to greatness — but whose side is he really on? Student reporters take on the Mideast beat: Graduate students from the University of Southern California experience the life of the foreign correspondent. The Next Tunisias: Five Arab states that are ripe for revolution. Mohammed Ayoob on the Middle East's Turko-Persian future. The youngest part of the world is also the most chronically underemployed: Reporting from ground zero of Tunisia’s revolutionary rage, Ellen Knickmeyer encounters epic frustration. Iraq’s Last Patriot: Ayad Allawi represented a future that looked like what the United States imagined when it invaded — but his flaws, and America’s mistakes, took that away. The widening protest movement may prove Hegel right in the long term: History is "progress in the consciousness of freedom". A book salon on The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future by Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi. When freedom is bad for business: How the U.S. invasion made Iraq’s economy worse, not better. How did Abu Dhabi get so rich? An interview with Jo Tatchell, author of A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World’s Richest City.


A new issue of Vice is out. Suzanne Scotchmer (UC-Berkeley): Ideas and Innovations: Which Should Be Subsidized? A video shows a revolutionary beer-pouring system that fills cups at breakneck speed, using magnets. Business folks need a more equal distribution of wealth and income to continue thriving, but it doesn't seem to be in any businessperson's immediate interest — and in many cases contradicts deeply held beliefs — to make the sort of decisions or support the sorts of government policies that might halt the trend toward more inequality. The DIY Abortion: Two new studies on how American women end their own pregnancies. The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury: At an advanced teacher-training session in San Diego, the inventor of "hot yoga" instructs a new generation of gurus — is he leading them to enlightenment or hosting a giant hookup party? From ColorsLab, a special issue on superheroes around the world. Given all the years you spent writing your book or composing your music or perfecting your play before someone came along and spat on it, it’s extraordinarily difficult to respond to a bad review with grace. Republicans in Congress attack Cass Sunstein, Obama's "regulatory czar," but miss their target. Some people hate the idea of a nanny state, but might actually benefit from a little paternalistic nudge in the right direction. A review of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby (and more and more). The Voynich Manuscript, a book seemingly written in an "alien" language, has stumped scientists and historians for decades — but at least now they have a date. India's only female sumo wrestler is lonely: Hetal Dave has no teammates or fellow female sumo wrestlers with whom to practice.


From The Nation, William Greider on the end of New Deal Liberalism; and Eric Alterman on the new Congress and the coming class war. The most important questions for the economy may be: Why are most workers getting squeezed, and can we help them? More and more on Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens. How close is America to fiscal crisis? America's leading corporations have found a way to thrive even if the American economy doesn't recover — this is very, very bad news. Undoubtedly, America is a middle class nation — but are there problems in the middle? If ubiquitous human computing pushes the US one more step toward banana republicdom, at least Jonathan Zittrain warned us. The introduction to Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink by Louis Hyman. Sputnikonomics: Should America be funding investments with more debt? It's not the job market: The three real reasons why Americans are more anxious than ever before. What's good for CEOs isn't good for America: Mitt Romney says the United States needs a president with private-sector street cred — here's why he's wrong. A book salon on The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States. As the Right pushes privatization as a solution to the economic collapse, one organization is teaching communities how to defeat corporations. Wall Street’s Dead End: Felix Salmon on why the decline of public markets threatens American capitalism.

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