From Conversations with History, an interview with Avner Cohen, author of The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb. Louis Theroux spends time with ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers and discovers a small, but very committed subculture. Israel and Jordan once worked together for peace — now their alliance is collapsing, driven apart by the issue of refugee resettlement, and Jordan may be turning to Iran. Meir Dagan, recently retired as chief of the Mossad, wanted to reestablish the agency as a powerful deterrent to Israel’s enemies; with a string of daring operations, he succeeded. The Dubai Job: Last year, an elite squad of Mossad hit men finally got their target — they never thought the whole world would be watching. Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords; now his wife, a Russian emigre, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner. Proposals that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas made in 2008 offer a path to a deal amid the region’s turmoil. The Mideast Maverick: Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Al-Quds University, has long defied conventional wisdom — now he's proposing a new route to peace in the Middle East (and more and more and more). Palestinian rappers are returning to hip hop’s political roots — just don’t ask them to fix the Arab-Israeli conflict. The sleep of reason: In Ariel Sharon’s six-year coma, an Israeli finds artistic inspiration.


Mikael Sandberg (Halmstad): Soft Power, World System Dynamics, and Democratization: A Bass Model of Democracy Diffusion 1800-2000. Henrik Serup Christensen (Abo): Political activities on the Internet: Slacktivism or political participation by other means? From Re-public, a special issue on piracy as activism. It looks increasingly like the rescue of the auto industry was an overall success, saving hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of jobs and bolstering the country's manufacturing base for years (if not decades) to come. An interview with Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn of Signal, a new journal of international political graphics and culture. The first step in the transformation of American unionism in the 21st century is to get beyond exclusion — what the left Labor needs is not union democracy but working class democracy. Is Google's "Auto-complete" anti-Semitic? Brad DeLong on Washington's deficit-hawk pretenders. As the increasingly brutal suppression of uprisings in Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya shows, the Egyptian model of massive street uprisings may not work everywhere in the tyranny-prone Middle East. Womb envy and Western society: An article on the devaluation of nurturing in psychotherapy and society. Clay Shirky explores the role of Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East. The Day the Movies Died: No, Hollywood films aren't going to get better anytime soon — Mark Harris on the (potential) death of the great American art form. How screwing unions screws the entire middle class: Kevin Drum on what Wisconsin is really about (it's about power) If I ruled the world: Richard Dawkins on how human intelligence is undervalued these days — we must do away with rulebooks and start trusting our own judgement. Josh Green on why backroom deals aren't so bad.


The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Wellbeing is out. Sabine Hossenfelder (Nordita): On the Problem of Measuring Happiness. Mariano Rojas (FLASCO) and Joar Vitterso (Tromso): Conceptual Referent for Happiness: Cross-Country Comparisons. The introduction to Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy by Pascal Bruckner (and more). "The Economics of Happiness" could leave you feeling depressed: New documentary explores why GDP remains the worst possible measure of economic progress (and more). Why the Kings of Bhutan ride bicycles: Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley on Gross National Happiness, his country's traditions, and the importance of democracy. Why happiness suddenly matters: If you’re a politician, there are only a couple of ways you can tackle the falling-income problem. What types of people are more likely to be happy? There was a time when happiness was synonymous with luck — but that was then. A review of The Promise of Happiness by Sara Ahmed. A review of The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters by Thomas Hurka (and Hurka on the top 10 of happiness). Here are 5 complaints about modern life (that are statistically BS). A review of When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me? Montaigne and Being in Touch With Life by Saul Frampton. A review of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe.

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