Walt Vanderbush (Miami-Ohio): Good Neighbor Imperialism: U.S.-Latin American Relations under Obama. A review of No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 by Brian Loveman. A review of The Big Ditch: How America Took, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu. Bigger means better for Panama Canal: A bigger Panama Canal means more jobs, company savings and growing exports. A review of Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela by Allan Brewer-Carias. The hubbub surrounding Cuba’s small Jewish community these days does not faze Yakob Berezniak Hernandez. Although not without its critics, tourism in Rio's slums is helping to bring attention to afflicted areas, engaging and employing residents, and reversing negative stereotypes. Curbing foreign ownership of farmland: As international food prices continue to soar, land purchases by foreign investors face ban in much of Latin America. Elected in 2009, leftist Mauricio Funes became the first Salvadoran president to apologize for government death squads; Dara Kerr investigates the massacre and subsequent cover-up, the U.S. role in the killings, and the backdrop for an unprecedented apology. A review of Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000 by Ricardo D. Salvatore. Don Fitz on the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) today. On the outside, the San Antonio prison on Margarita Island looks like any other Venezuelan penitentiary, but venture inside and you'll see how far the rabbit hole goes. Andres Velasco on Latin America’s glossed decade. Peru is accused of plotting to allow exploitation of ancient tribe's land. All four parts of "Black in Latin America" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., can now be watched online, courtesy of PBS. Mexicans vs. Mexico: Jorge Castaneda explores contradictions between character and country (and more and more). Cuba's young radicals aim to reinvent the island's politics.

A new issue of Lost magazine is out. Utpal M. Dholakia (Rice): How Businesses Fare with Daily Deals: A Multi-Site Analysis of Groupon, Livingsocial, Opentable, Travelzoo, and BuyWithMe Promotions. It’s still the economy, stupid: Fourteen million Americans remain out of work, a waste of our greatest resource — Bill Clinton has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis. The Story of O shocked readers worldwide with its sadomasochistic love affair written in a style "too direct, too cool, to be that of a woman". What makes First Things First Things? First Things editor R.R. Reno wants to know. The Trinity Sisters: Many of America’s most powerful women went to a college you’ve never heard of. All work and no pay: The dirty secret of the jobless recovery. From the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a report on Understanding the Long Term Budget Projections. Smooth-Talking SOBs: David Weigel on what the rich guys and corporate types in Aspen think of Obama. Has liberalism entered a Post-Obama Era? Mark Schmitt investigates. A review of James Boyle's The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind.

Ora John Reuter (Columbia): The Origins of Dominant Parties: A Cross-National Investigation. Tommaso Pavone (Michigan): Do More Parties Make for Happier Voters? Democratic Satisfaction and Party Representation Across Thirty-Six Democracies. Carlo Prato and Bruno H. Strulovici (Northwestern): Direct Democracy, Political Delegation, and Responsibility Substitution. Birthright: Jonathan Bernstein on the case for lowering the voting age to zero. From Forum: Qualitative Social Research, a special issue on biography and politics. Joseph T. Ripberger, Geoboo Song, Matthew Nowlin, and Hank C. Jenkins-Smith (Oklahoma) and Michael D. Jones (Harvard): Reconsidering the Relationship between Cultural Theory, Political Ideology, and Political Knowledge. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (LSE): Personality, Childhood Experience, and Political Ideology. Conventional wisdom holds that people tend to drift rightward as they age — but as Michael Tomasky suggests, ideological migration can involve a shift from right to left as well. The way you vote may reflect the way you eat: Political views say a lot about the food choices a person makes. Bertrand Claude Lemennicier (IRGEI) and Palanigounder Duraisamy (Madras): Who Is Really Corrupt: Voters or Politicians? A review of In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves) by Peter Riddell. From Cracked, a look at the 6 most childish things ever done in Congress. Politics is a Vocation: From Cicero to Edmund Burke, the truly admirable statesmen have been both wise philosophers and practical politicians, according to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.