From the Journal of Democracy, Tarek Masoud (Harvard): The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia: The Road to (and from) Liberation Square. Why women in politics matter: The Arab Spring created hope for democracy in which women would at least have a voice — but we're still waiting. Faced with the new sweeping “Arab Spring” anxious governments and conservative Muslim clerics are advancing outlandish religious views and edicts by utilizing the voice and views of Muslim conservative women. Seyla Benhabib on the Arab Spring: Religion, revolution and the public sphere. Rawls visits the pyramids: Egypt had a true Rawlsian moment where anything was possible, but a springtime of freedom has devolved into a summer of selfish politicians and bareknuckled brawls. Five months after the president's resignation in February, Egypt struggles to turn the page on the Mubarak era. From Telos, Bassam Tibi on Islamism in the Arab Spring. Could the ultraconservative Salafis be the biggest beneficiary of the February revolution? Yasmine El Rashidi on Egypt and the victorious Islamists. Here’s what democracy, economically, looks like: The global media spotlight may be gone, but Egypt’s revolutionaries are still making history, with a spirited campaign for a "maximum wage". A 21st-century Marshall Plan: We must support the Arab Spring with huge sums of money — it is in our own interests. As Arab political horizons expand, the space for the US to pursue its interests in the Middle East may well contract. A review of Steven Kull's Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America. Juan Cole on 10 ways Arab democracies can avoid American mistakes. Changing course: The Arab Spring has changed how we teach Middle East politics forever.


A new issue of Cultural Survival Quarterly is out. The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia: Renditions, an underground prison and a new CIA base are elements of an intensifying US war, according to a Nation investigation in Mogadishu. From Skeptical Inquirer, a review of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson; and Heaven’s stenographer: Joe Nickell on the "guided" hand of Vassula Ryden. Jonathan Soroff explains why some gays are against same-sex marriage. The battle beneath the battle: Do gay people exist? Excusing the inexcusable: The "greywashing" of the crimes of Nazi Germany continues. Social contagions debunked: Reports of infectious obesity and divorce were grossly overstated. 23 ways your car is better than your Dad's: It's a good thing they don't make cars the way they used to. A review of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker. Boring conversation? Accessories that decipher emotional cues could save your social life — or reveal that you're a jerk. From Edge, intuitions sometimes feel like we have ESP, but it isn't magical, it's really a consequence of the experience we've built up. Buried in Obamacare is a secret weapon to contain Medicare costs — meet the group of House Democrats who want to destroy it. Tony Corn on the Atlantic alliance and the Sino-Islamic nexus: From the Hindu Kush to the shores of Tripoli. A look at how we stand on the shoulders of cultural giants. From U.S. Intellectual History, Andrew Hartman on children’s literature as intellectual history. Washington is out of touch, but how about Wall Street? Chip Berlet on Anders Behring Breivik as a soldier in the Christian Right culture wars and on how the Breivik 2011 manifesto echoes Republican operative Paul Weyrich's 1999 manifesto.


From The New Yorker, Dana Goodyear on Robert Jobson’s last tour as royal editor of News of the World; Anthony Lane on Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid culture; and if the scandal caused journalists to reflect upon their own power, and their capacity to abuse that power, it would be a good thing. David Carr on how the phone hacking scandal could threaten Rupert Murdoch’s plans of succession and his family’s control over News Corporation. A review of The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers by James O'Shea (and more). The kingdom and the paywall: Some people thought that on Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s watch, the New York Times could actually become extinct — they might need to issue a correction. From The Economist, does the Internet make journalism better or worse? From World Policy Journal, student reporters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism investigate the role of the Internet and digital technology in journalism in Russia and Asia, Latin America and Middle East. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on Community and the Links that Bind Us. The reporter next door: America's 8,000 weekly newspapers, chronicling local events, are no less essential than their big-city counterparts. Is it too late in the game to call hyperlocal efforts a complete waste of time and resources? Paul Lashmar on the future of investigative journalism: reasons to be cheerful. Who watches the watchdogs? Easy — they watch, snarl and bite at each other, ruthlessly. A panel on What Is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism by Jack Fuller. Written words and the words of the future: An interview with Conrad Black. An interview with Calvin Trillin: “I think journalists make a mistake writing about more than one person at a time”.

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