Jonathan A. Burton-MacLeod and Sreeram Chaulia (JGLS): Rethinking International Institutions: A Global South Agenda. Steven Colatrella (John Cabot): Global Governance and Revolution in the 21st century: Strikes, Austerity and Political Crisis. The Group of 20 (G20) largest economies are largely keeping their pledges to avoid protectionism as a reaction to the recent global recession, but the rest of the world is increasing trade barriers, according to a new report co-authored by the UN. Is protectionism dying? The combination of national laws, regional agreements, and powerful interest groups has worked to stop protectionism in its tracks. A review of The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik. How can international labor mobility be improved to help raise incomes around the world? Rajiv Shah, the head of USAID, says ending poverty is within our grasp, and explains why development and a flair for business can be a happy combination. With little notice, globalization reduced poverty: UN millennium goal to halve poverty may have been achieved. A review of Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World by Charles Kenny. Amod Choudhary (Lehman): Impact of Women Heads-of-State on Human Development. An interview with Thomas Pogge on the past, present and future of global poverty. In a revolutionary new book, economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee shatter some myths about how to fight poverty. You can't always get what you want: What and Netflix can teach us about fighting poverty. Drain or gain: Poor countries can end up benefiting when their brightest citizens emigrate.

From the inaugural issue of Ugarte, a review of Harold Bloom's The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life; and Mr. Asshole: Ben Clague on the disastrous effects of being liked. LGBT Youth: It’s the best and worst of times according to Dan Savage. James Verini on the unquiet life of Franz Gayl: A tech-savvy Marine who made too much noise, helped save the lives of countless troops in Iraq, and paid with his career. Breakaway Wealth: With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America. Erogenous Gaps: Humor happens when an audience fills in the gaps — at its best, those gaps are packed layers deep with meaning. The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox: How a naive kid from Seattle was coerced into confessing to a brutal murder and wound up sentenced to 26 years in an Italian jail. A look at the tax law that can make your kids super rich. What will it take for America to accept transgender people for who they really are? The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret: First, Hormel gutted the union, then it sped up the line, and when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned. From stepsister MAD imitation to internet sensation: For nearly fifty years, Cracked Magazine was cast in the shadow of rival MAD Magazine — its internet reincarnation has facilitated a stunning role reversal.

From the Los Angeles Review of Books, a review of George Bush's Decision Points; and a review of books by and about Glenn Beck. A review of The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century by Glenn Beck. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks, you should listen. Nate Silver on why the Republicans resist compromise. Frank Rich on Obama’s Original Sin: The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second. Matt Taibbi on Michele Bachmann's Holy War: The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned — her presidential campaign is no laughing matter. What does Newt Gingrich know? Let’s consult the literature — all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics. Her Next Move: Sarah Palin hasn’t jumped into the race for the White House (yet), but she believes the prize is there for the taking. A review of The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power by Geoffrey Dunn. How to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans: An insider’s six-step plan to fix Congress. Wisconsin, Inc.: Abe Sauer on new Republican politics in the age of the recall. Ed Kilgore on the hidden meaning behind Michele Bachmann’s "constitutional conservatism". The Tea Party's Murder-Suicide Pact: On the cusp of a historic triumph, the movement seems more interested in wrecking the economy — and the Republican Party, too. A thousand platitudes: Bhaskar Sunkara on liberal hysteria and the Tea Party. Fareed Zakaria on how today's conservatism lost touch with reality. The New Yorker picks campaign music for the GOP.