From Berfrois, Junko Kitanaka on psychiatry and Japan’s “national disease”. The first chapter from Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress by Junko Kitanaka. The myth of Japan’s failure: Instead of feeling sorry for Japan, the United States should look to it as a model for economic recovery. Alex Hoban is hoping no one dies at the North Korean Fun Fair. The Phantom Massacre: A faceless and motiveless threat ravages southern Thailand. A review of Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia by Thant Myint-U. A well-developed yet illegal internet pornography industry, DIY pornography and sex activist movements have emerged that are in constant counter-dialogue with the PRC’s “Propaganda of Impotence”. A review of Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World by Kevin Grange. A look at why Singapore has the cleanest government money can buy. The impossible Asian Union: An interview with Francois Godement. The Asia Pacific chessboard: The Sino-American competition for allies within Asia Pacific could be an opportunity.

From the latest issue of Policy Review, Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz on conservatives, liberals, and human rights; and Ronald W. Dworkin on retirement and the social contract. From National Affairs, Tevi Troy on Devaluing the Think Tank. From Revolution, Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA , has some "tips for Tim Tebow" (and more); an open letter to Angelina Jolie on her The Land of Blood and Honey; Raymond Lotta on the sham and shame of Slavoj Zizek's "honest pessimism"; and should a woman feel sad about her abortion? Sunsara Taylor says fuck no. The next president, whoever he is, will enjoy a “recovery presidency,” and so too will his party — and that makes the 2012 election really, really important. What if Obama loses? A series on imagining the consequences of a GOP victory. Ramon Glazov on Papua New Guinea through the eye of a pig. Why teen pot smoking could be a good thing (and what we can learn from teens who choose weed over beer). Anne E. Lester on her book Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women’s Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne.

Michal B. Paradowski (Warsaw): The Embodied Language: Why Language Should Not Be Conceived of in Abstraction from the Brain and Body, and the Consequences for Robotics. This Blog is Not a Fungus: Technology’s effect on culture is not just about the production and distribution of the media — technology becomes part of the plot, it enables new kinds of narratives, and produces new art forms all-together. From Transformations, a special issue on Slow Media, including Tero Karppi (Turku): Digital Suicide and the Biopolitics of Leaving Facebook. Jason Silva’s captivating videos deliver a dose of "techno-optimism". Our successors, the next stage of Homo sapiens, have ascended to the level of effortlessly geolocating tweets and viewing many more of their friends' updates on their iPads all while listening to iTunes — could evolution possibly reach any higher? Mike Thomsen on the search for posthumanism: The idea that we can run out of time is peculiar — it’s a product of how we organize our memories. In the Year 9595: Why the singularity is not near, but hope springs eternal.