Jessica Christine Lai (Luzern): The Protection of Maori Cultural Heritage: Post-Endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Maori Culture in the Modern World: Its Creation, Appropriation and Trade. DNA sequencing of a 100-year-old lock of hair has established Aboriginal Australians have had a longer continuous association with the land than any other race of people. Australia’s aborigines and occupied land: More moves towards restitution for native Australians. A review of Seeds of Empire: The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand by Tom Brooking and Eric Pawson. Last month saw the death of the Australian Literary Review, the monthly literary and intellectual supplement to The Australian. Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent. A review of Looking for the Light on the Hill: Modern Labor’s Challenges by Troy Bramston. Eddie Walsh on why Oceania matters. Is New Zealand too orderly, tidy and tame? There was, as there always is in Fondlelandia, a happy if somewhat moist ending.

Russell K. Robinson (UC-Berkeley): Masculinity as Prison: Sexual Identity, Race, and Incarceration. Navigating knowledge: Is "creative nonfiction" a contradiction in terms? From the Phyllis Schlafly Report, a look at how the UN is scheming to tax Americans; and a look at what's coming up in 2012. At what point did it begin to matter what you wore? Ulinka Rublack looks at why the Renaissance was a turning point in people’s attitudes to clothes and their appearance. A review of Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790 by Jonathan Israel. At Davos, leaders are debating whether corporations are more powerful than governments. How many Stephen Colberts are there? Jesse David Fox on the rise and fall and fall and fall of hipster bashing. Here are 119 amazing facts for National Trivia Day. From Owni, a look at 12 great visualizations that made history. Gay Talese on the double life of literati: There is no such thing as absolute truth — every sentence, every article is an editorial choice. A brief history of Big Think: Celebrating 4 years. That hideous strength: Satan is a Democrat, it is the blue states that are red, and the Evil Empire strikes back.

From The Philosopher, the history of science is often depicted as a series of progressive triumphs - but is that view a myth or a reality? Roger Highfield argues that the modern scientific method, an unending dialogue between theory and experiment, is the greatest of all inventions. Trials and errors: Jonah Lehrer on why science is failing us. Just-if-ication: Raam Gokhale on a discussion of scientific reasoning. Collaborators from national laboratories, universities, and international organizations are using the National Ignition Facility to probe key fundamental science questions. Rereading Darwin: Science now takes for granted the importance of forces and time spans we can’t perceive directly. If, in some cataclysm, all scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? King of the Cosmos: Carl Zimmer profiles Neil deGrasse Tyson. Disgrace: Charles Gross on Marc Hauser and a case of scientific misconduct at Harvard. A review of Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim.

From Foreign Affairs, a special section on the Iran debate: To strike or not to strike? (and reponses) From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story: Will Israel attack Iran? Joshua Pollack on how to prevent war with Iran (and more). From The Monkey Cage, Matthew Fuhrmann on military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities: Are they likely and will they work?; and how do states act after they get nuclear weapons? Iran’s navy may not be a match for the US, but the Strait of Hormuz offers plenty of ways for it to make life tricky. Is a nuclear Iran really to be feared? After proliferation: Joshua Rovner on how to deter Iran when it goes nuclear. Should the West just let Iran enrich uranium? Jeremy Bernstein on Iran: The scientists and the Bomb. Is Iran's offer to talk nukes a win for the West? (and more) Despite a nearly decade-long atomic scare, there is still no firm evidence of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Can Europe's oil embargo force Iran to back down on its nuclear program? Martin W. Lewis on the dream — or nightmare — of “Greater Iran”.

Antti Kauppinen (TCD): What Is Wrong With Economic Inequality? From Social Research, a special issue on The Body and the State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body. From Archaeology, a look at the top 10 discoveries of 2011. How to break Murphy's Law: The introduction of verification and checking procedures can improve structural safety and performance and so prevent the application of the "law". From LRB, Slavoj Zizek on the revolt of the salaried bourgeoisie. His ascent to cultural superstardom has been fuelled by his comic talent, but jokes are a serious business for Slavoj Zizek. Mat Callahan on distinguishing friend from foe in the intellectual property debate. Jacques Verges, lawyer who seeks out and associates with nazis and antisemites and downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust to defend a Nazi war criminal, has been invited to take part in a public event at the University of London. Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment: Martin Jay on the Frankfurt School as scapegoat of the lunatic fringe. A scientist has dreams filled with carrots screaming, crying and begging to die.

A new issue of Religion and Liberty is out. From Religions, Casey Borch and Matthew West (Alabama) and Gordon Gauchat (UNC): Go Forth and Multiply: Revisiting Religion and Fertility in the United States, 1984-2008; Rebecca Y. Kim (Pepperdine): Religion and Ethnicity: Theoretical Connections; R. Khari Brown (Wayne State): The Connection between Worship Attendance and Racial Segregation Attitudes among White and Black Americans; Stephen M. Merino (PSU): Neighbors Like Me? Religious Affiliation and Neighborhood Racial Preferences among Non-Hispanic Whites; Todd Matthews, Lee Michael Johnson, and Catherine Jenks (West Georgia): Does Religious Involvement Generate or Inhibit Fear of Crime?; Jeanne Halgren (Minnesota): The Park 51/Ground Zero Controversy and Sacred Sites as Contested Space; and Karam Dana (Harvard) and Matt A. Barreto and Kassra A.R. Oskooii (Washington): Mosques as American Institutions: Mosque Attendance, Religiosity and Integration into the Political System among American Muslims. So what if America is the most religious nation? If you compare creed and deed, the claim is hollow.

From Workplace, a special issue on Narratives of Academic Labor. How big-time sports ate college life: Should a stadium (or court) be at the center of college culture? How football and basketball hijacked the American campus. Critics claim the SAT can be gamed — if that's the case, why are they still so important in college admissions? The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time. It is college and university leaders, not Occupy protesters, who have politicized issues of free speech, writes P.J. Rey. What is college for? Why preparing young people for jobs should be the business of high school, not college. Catherine Liu on her book American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique. Could apprenticeships replace college degrees? You aren't the exception: Nate Kreuter explains why so many grad students ignore warnings about the job market — and why that makes it even more important for Ph.D. programs to talk about the realities. An interview with Emery Petchauer, author of Hip-Hop Culture in College Students' Lives.

Joxerramon Bengoetxea (Basque Country): Seven Theses on Spanish Justice to Understand the Prosecution of Judge Garzon. From the Journal for Communication and Culture, Adrian Costache (UBB): On the Philosophical Styles of the Times: Some Questions Concerning the Meaning of Deconstruction; Dana Irina (UBB): A Culture of Human Rights and the Right to Culture; Adina Nicoleta Gavrila (UBB): Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished? Arguments For and Against the Centuries-Old Punishment; and Codruta Cuceu (RA): Milestones in the Critique of the Public Sphere: Dewey and Arendt. The real value of the international hacker imaginary is not just in the way it produces a general subject, but the way it self-authorizes to intervene in the social interest. An interview with Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings. The Alpha and the Omega of Risk — The Significance of Mortality: The first chapter from Acts of God and Man: Ruminations on Risk and Insurance by Michael Powers. For better government, don’t kill all the lawyers. David Ropeik on the psychology of why the government should limit our use of cell phones while we drive. A look at 5 "modern" medical procedures (are thousands of years old).

Chris Ashford (Sunderland): (Homo)Normative Legal Discourses and the Queer Challenge. From The Chronicle, a special section on Queer Studies, Queer 2.0 and the Q Factor. Surprisingly, queer theorists have rarely encountered Shakespeare — since neither the terms “queer” nor “theory” existed when Shakespeare was writing, how can we export the amalgam of those terms to his works? The myth of the tragic gay death: Parsing the controversy behind Andrew Embiricos. A UN milestone: LGBT rights treated as human rights. Michael Bronski on the meaning of LGBT history. A look at how advertising shapes the image of gayness in America. Kevin Hogan may be fired from his teaching job for having a porn past, but — asks teacher and porn actor Conner Habib — is anyone clear why? Catching up with Gert Jonkers: Looking back at 10 years of Butt upon the release of its final issue. Donovan Lessard on a critique of the "post-gay" thesis. Nadja Sayej on the gayest story ever told: Why did The New Yorker reject this R. Crumb cover?

Andreas Rasche (Warwick) and Dirk Ulrich Gilbert (Erlangen-Nurnberg): Institutionalizing Global Governance: The Role of the United Nations Global Compact. A largely overlooked change by USAID will have major repercussions for international aid efforts in the future — the gist? USAID no longer has to “buy American”. A review of All Business is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global Virtual World by John Quelch and Katherine Jocz. From Foreign Policy, a special issue on the world economy. In praise of brain drain: Want to help the developing world? Hire away its best minds. A review of Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism by Robert Guest. Who wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Where ancient history meets modern politics: The world's most controversial cultural sites. Is microfinance pushing the world’s poorest even deeper into poverty? Meet Ertharin Cousin, the new head of the World Food Program. The US outlines big plans for UN reform. A look at how the toppling of the Libyan dictator legitimizes R2P Doctrine. A dose of counterintuitive optimism: Charles Kenny is out to prove that things aren't as bad as they seem.