Herbert Bix (Binghamton): The Middle East Revolutions in Historical Perspective: Egypt, Occupied Palestine, and the United States. Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire: What the Egyptian revolt means for nuclear proliferation. How does protest topple a government? (and more at The Monkey Cage) Tina Rosenberg on what Egypt learned from the students who overthrew Milosevic. A look at how shy U.S. intellectual Gene Sharp created the playbook used revolutions (and more). This is not an Islamic revolution: Olivier Roy on how the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia show that Islam is now less potent politically, even as its social dominance grows. Immanuel Wallerstein on the World Social Forum, Egypt, and transformation. New World Order: Joseph Nye on Egypt, the information revolution, and the struggle for power in the twenty-first century. The Al Jazeera Effect: The inside story of Egypt's TV wars and how Saudi Arabia could be next. Why Mideast tumult caught scholars by surprise: Revolutions are easy to predict, but their timing sure isn't. Can the mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt succeed even though they have failed to produce real political leaders? "We all know our way back to Tahrir Square": Jon Bailes on Egypt, democracy and neoliberalism. The importance of these 21st century democratic revolutions for the rest of Africa cannot be overlooked. Robert Zaretsky on Egypt and the Longue Duree: What Braudel has to teach about the crisis. What's next after a revolution? Mohammadbagher Forough on promises of countries yet to come.


A new issue of Wag's Review is out. From Adbusters, a special issue on the Big Ideas of 2011 is now online. From Cabinet, William H. Sherman on how to make anything signify anything. From n+1, Christopher Glazek on Hasids vs. Hipsters. Revealed at last, the secret recipe for Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola is dismissive of a US radio show's claim it has discovered the secret recipe for the popular soft drink. Is Dumbledore gay? Tamar Szabo Gendler investigates. From Arcade, Lee Konstantinou on 13 ways of looking at "Pac-Man". Stalin's Cannibals: Ron Rosenbaum on what the new book Bloodlands tells us about the nature of evil. From The Utopian, an interview with Daniel Bell (which took place on September 21, 2010, a few months before his death) on friends, foes, influences, ideologies, the state of the novel, the state of the union, and the old neighborhood. Dear single women of NYC: It's not them, it's you. Shell game: With their near zero interest rates, central banks are effectively subsidising the banking sector — with barely a pea passed on to the public. A review of Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady. People living in remote villages in Ecuador have a mutation that some biologists say may throw light on human longevity and ways to increase it. The sexual cost of female success: Young women have excelled academically, leaving men in their dust, but experts say it's at the expense of romance.


Gerald Hiestand (SAET): The Pastor as Wider Theologian, or What’s Wrong With Theology Today. From Orthodoxy Today, George Michalopulos on the hidden anti-Semitism of Christopher Hitchens and the New Atheists. A review of Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism by Bernard Schweizer. From America, an article on tomorrow's theologians: A new generation imagines the future. Andrzej Koraszewski on Darwin and others, and apophatic atheism. The Last Temptation of Ted: Ted Haggard — the pastor who dabbled in meth and gay sex — has risen again. The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology (and a response). As Catholics prepare to upload their sins to an iPhone app, Umberto Eco reminds us of the schisms that divide Apple and PC, Catholic and Protestant. David Briggs on the complicated connection between religion and the paranormal. Demographics and Islamic Destiny: What does the future of the Muslim world look like? From St. Austin Review, the problem with “Jesus is nice; you be nice, too” is that Jesus was not nice. Ron Hubbard's career as a pulp writer seems like funny background material, but there would be no Dianetics without The Carnival of Fear. A look at 5 religious organizations you should hate. A review of In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief by James L. Kugel. Progressive believers often ignore religious differences in the name of tolerance, but this ecumenicalism promotes anti-atheist hostility and shows a disregard for the truth. A review of Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey by Stephen T. Asma.

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