From Tanzania, the Hadzabe, one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers on the planet, is on the verge of vanishing into the modern world. An article on the uprising in Guinea and problems facing African liberation. Pushers' paradise: The drugs trade in Guinea-Bissau, the continent's first narco-state, is booming. A Continental Voice: An article on the urgent need for an African magazine. South Africa's Thabo Mbeki promises an "African renaissance". But why does that include hostility to Israel and the west? As China becomes a major influence in Africa, it faces mounting resistance and a profound dilemma: How does a nation devoted to nonintervention become a global power? Finding Refuge in Literature: Three recent books raise awareness of African refugees in America. A review of The Invisible Cure by Helen Epstein and 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen. Raising the "bottom billion": Paul Collier on how aid made the G8 headlines, but it is a sideshow alongside the real-world anti-poverty measures people in Africa. The G-8 aren't the only ones: What good are the Group of Eight's promises without rapidly developing countries like China and Brazil? 

Europeans are now taller than Americans for the first time in history, thanks to better national health-care systems in most European countries. Europe’s Christian Comeback: Alarmist pundits prophesize that a secular Europe risks being overcome by its fast-growing Muslim population. Yet for all we hear about Islam, Europe remains a stronger Christian fortress than people realize. Recent geopolitical developments have raised the question of whether allowing European judges to operate independently from political powers might enable them to fight international criminals. Transcitizens of the world unite: Not quite resident, not quite alien, John Sutherland describes the peculiar state of living between two countries.

From TNR, Al Gore explains what went wrong with democracy. Even now, after grudging recognitions that Gore was often right and even prescient, the major news media still can’t let go of its reflexive habit of demeaning him. The media's assault on reason: Such is life for Al Gore when dealing with the Beltway press, where his vociferous critics cannot be bothered with the simplest fact-checking task.

The System at Work: Politicians' tendency to blame the system is a convenient way of leaving no one accountable. Why Washington can’t get much done: On issues ranging from immigration to global warming, lawmakers are paralyzed by partisanship, fear, denial (and the Constitution). What's the Matter with Massachusetts? An article on defending one of America's most enlightened states. Here's a revealing look at how state politics works. Okay, wonks: Think you know how the political game works? Now you can actually play it, or at least one part of it, from within the window of a computer browser. MAPlight.org, a Berkeley-based online watchdog, is breaking ground by using technology to track how political contributions shape legislation. More Money, More Problems: Any serious campaign finance reform must recognize that money is the mother's milk of politics. 

Bush no money magnet: Financial projections for the President’s Dinner confirm that Republican confidence in the president is in a state of collapse. Is even Texas becoming a tough business climate for conservative operatives? Or is this lobby and consulting firm motivated by something other than money? And Still They Rise: Conservative pols booted out of office have a way of hanging around Washington. From The Politico, with signs of hope in the gloom enveloping Republicans, how do Democrats capitalize on this opportunity to begin building up a new Modern Majority?


From TNR, Supreme Leader: Jeffrey Rosen on the arrogance of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Crisis of Confidence: The latest terror ruling suggests that the courts do pretty well in a crisis. A review of Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life by Ted Gup. An interview with Gore Vidal on Europe and why the US is not a democracy. Democracy is not just about elections. It is about living under law rather than the whim of power.

Race against history: Merlin Chowkwanyun on why genes don't determine race. From Writ, an article on the fortieth anniversary of Loving v. Virginia: The personal and cultural legacy of the case that ended legal prohibitions on interracial marriage (and more). From Democracy, Jonathan Rauch reviews The Future of Marriage by David Blankenhorn. A review of America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage, and a review of Queers in Court: Gay Rights Law and Public Policy by  Susan Gluck Mezey. A review of The War Between the State and the Family: How Government Divides and Impoverishes by Patricia Morgan. From Slate, a series of articles on Weddings. Why do brides buy and grooms rent? Robert Frank investigates.

From Salon, Lucy Kaylin, author of a new book on mothers' complicated relationship with nannies, talks frankly about playground politics, nannycams and how the "mommy wars" play into childcare choices. Why feminists fight with each other: An interview with Deborah Siegel, author of Sisterhood Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild. A review of What Makes Women Happy by Fay Weldon. A review of Redefining Seduction: Women Initiating Sex, Courtship, Partnership, Peace by Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell.

From Scientific American, putting a price tag on death: Economists say balancing the pain of loss with the right amount of money could lead to more rational court awards. One-Fifth of an American: How much is an immigrant's life worth, exactly? Steven Landsburg investigates. Eric Rauchway on why immigration reform should wait until 2009. Out of unenforceable laws, amnesties are born: The elephant in the room is that the existing immigration law that underlies the debate has no connection with reality. James Surowiecki on guest workers. They Came Here to Work: The punitive rage directed at illegal immigrants grows out of a larger blindness to the manual labor they perform that makes our lives possible. The Trouble With the Super-Rich: A bloated overclass can drag down a society as surely as a swelling underclass.

George Will reviews The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture by Brink Lindsey. A review of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South by Matthew D. Lassiter. As smart growth gains ground among academics and activists, conservatives are whipping themselves up into a frenzy over the perils of what they term "anti-sprawl policy". An article on Proposition 13, the tax revolution that gave us today’s government mess.


From Inside Higher Ed, the late Richard Rorty was a pragmatist philosopher and a generous soul. Scott McLemee looks back. From Open Democracy, Roger Scruton on Richard Rorty’s legacy. The provocateur's philosopher: Richard Rorty became widely known because he was widely hated, but he was also philosopher who couldn't be ignored (and more from Stanford).

From Princeton, what’s the big idea? Professors Cornel West and Robert George, ideological opponents, are unlikely partners in this popular freshman seminar. From ZNet, the Harvard Law School faculty and deans are no longer fit to educate lawyers, members of the Bar, and officers of the court. They are a sick joke and a demented fraud. From 01238, every admissions office gets it wrong sometimes. Here’s our list of Harvard’s biggest mistakes. An interview with Nader Baydoun, coauthor of The Rush to Injustice: How Power, Prejudice, Racism, and Political Correctness Overshadowed Truth and Justice in the Duke Lacrosse Case. Academic groups say the government's practice of denying visas to scholars without explanation is harming the United States' reputation for intellectual freedom. The Army Goes on Spring Break: Enticing half-naked college kids to look up from their beer guzzling and beanbag tossing and contemplate enlistment.

From The Chronicle, Authority 3.0: As the Web evolves, so will the ways we measure scholarly authority. Scholars, universities, and publishers will have to adapt to the changes. One of the 6 myths about work: Going to grad school open doors. A math lesson on college loans: Expanding the direct lending program is a sensible and cost-effective way for Congress and the Department of Education to help more of our young people realize the American Dream. In your parents' footsteps: Early findings show that a family tradition of university still has a huge influence on prospective students. America's Teaching Crisis: Saving public education begins with how we handle its most important part: teachers. Do away with public schools: Government is inept at running schools. It should subsidize education for needy students, then get out of the way.

From Discover, Soul Search: Will natural science pin down our supernatural essence? A look at how Richard Dawkins explains questions in evolutionary biology, and then answers them in a profoundly satisfying manner, in The Selfish Gene. Sleek, fast and focused, the cells that make Dad Dad: Sperm are some of the most extraordinary cells of the body, a triumph of efficient packaging, sleek design and superspecialization. Daddies' girls choose men just like their fathers: Women who enjoy good childhood relationships with their fathers are more likely to select partners who resemble their dads, research suggests.

Steve Jones on Jeremy Bentham, James Watson and the price to pay for our DNA. As Tony Blair seeks his place in posterity, he should heed the example of the scientists who identified the structure of DNA and then tried to shape their own place in history. Today, virtual games. Tomorrow, virtual worlds where you can turn into DNA, play a piano, and merge with your computer. More information confirms what you already know: Study says values win over facts when it comes to tech risks. The Science of Team Success: A growing body of research shows that groups can systematically enhance their performance. Think you've previously read about this? Researchers pinpoint the part of the brain that causes déjà-vu, which could lead to new memory-boosting therapies.


A review of In Europe: travels through the twentieth century. A review of The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 by Frederick Taylor.  Vaclav Havel writes three roles for himself: A review of To the Castle and Back. As Rutka Laskier awaited the final horrors of the Holocaust in the Bedzin ghetto of Poland in 1943, she committed her arresting thoughts to a diary. In his final book before he died earlier this year, Ryszard Kapuscinski hails his inspiration and travelling companion Herodotus as a "vivacious, fascinated, unflagging nomad". There is no more fitting description for Poland's celebrated foreign correspondent himself, says Margaret Atwood; and more on Travels With Herodotus. Blind exorcism in Poland: Ryszard Kapuscinski, the prize-crowned reporter who died this year, is the latest of a string of Polish intellectuals to have their secret police past uncovered. 

From The Quarterly Conversation, two essays on Roberto Bolaño; and talking with translators: Interviews with CM Mayo, Chris Andrews, and Natasha Wimmer. To whom it may concern: Authors agonise over their dedication as it is the most revealing page in the whole book. How to Feed the Monster: One of the most important literary dilemmas facing writers today is the writer's relationship to the truth, whether she believes in it and how she chooses to handle it. Character studies: When writers are describing a face, discretion is generally the best rule, but with artists it is all in the detail. Lynne Truss reflects on the difference between capturing real and imaginary people. Gazing into the Abyss: The sudden appearance of love and the galvanizing prospect of death lead a young poet to a “hope toward God” Site of the living dead: There is life after death and it's called MySpace.

From The New York Review of Magazines, The Nursery of Genius A brief survey of ten magazines of influence; Going Green: How the business magazine climate is changing; independent publishing is Dead. Long live independent publishing: Six months after their distributor collapsed, small magazines are still picking up the pieces; and I Love the 90s: An article on life after zines.

Stand Still and Rot: A review of The Eclipse of Art: Tackling the Crisis in Art Today by Julian Spalding. Gods on display: An exciting exhibition in Berlin awakes a plea for the return of stolen treasures of Khmer art. On Lexus, Hairapy, and the Scherzo from Beethoven's Ninth: (with a nod to Kubrick): By making Beethoven's Ninth an image of our humanity, we have conditioned ourselves to filter out all of those elements in the music that make it a worthwhile (if troubling) listening experience. Monumental Vibrations: A blind man listens to the world’s longest song.


From Dissent, From Marx to Confucius: Changing discourses on China’s political future. An interview with John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. From Asia Sentinel, a series of articles on How Hong Kong Really Works. Tough and timeless: Mongolia’s physical isolation has kept its strong traditions and vibrant culture alive.  There's not a lot to do when you're a closely watched visitor in North Korea except hit the karaoke at day's end. An interview with Charles L. Pritchard, author of Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb

From the US Department of State's eJournal, a special issue on Countering the Terrorist Mentality, including Walter Laqueur (CSIS): Terrorism: A Brief History; Bruce Hoffman (Georgetown): A Form of Psychological Warfare; Gabriel Weimann ( American): Mass-Media Theater; Jerrold Post (GWU): Collective Identity: Hatred Bred in the Bone; John Horgan (St. Andrews): From Profiles to Pathways: The Road to Recruitment; Mia Bloom (Georgia): Women as Victims and Victimizers; Mohammed Hafez (Missouri): A Case Study: The Mythology of Martyrdom in Iraq; an interview on terrorism and children; an essay on New Paradigms for 21st Century Conflict; and a look at Terrorism in 2006.  The Bomb Under the Abaya:  Judith Miller on women who become suicide bombers.

From Government Executive, a review of Richard Posner's Countering Terrorism: Blurred Focus, Halting Steps. An interview with Tom Farer, author of Confronting Global Terrorism: The Elements of a Liberal Grand Strategy. Entrapping Inflated Threats: Was the terrorist plot to blow up JFK Airport a threat or a joke? The vicious circle: Exaggerating the threat posed by terrorism leads to a more fearful society - - and may embolden extremists to carry out deadly attacks. Smokey and the Bandit: To borrow a buzz phrase from earlier this decade, if the President stops dancing the malaria dance, the terrorists will win.

From Democracy, A Thin Blue Line in the Sand: Iraqization is a dead-end strategy. But there is still some hope of saving the country, and it lies in an unlikely place: local Sunni militia and police; and now is no time to give up on supporting democracy in the Middle East. But to do so, the United States must embrace Islamist moderates.

From The Economist, how to be Islamic in business: Ensuring that financiers comply with sharia is becoming big business. In Saudi Arabia, a view from behind the veil: As a woman in the male-dominated kingdom, Times reporter Megan Stack quietly fumed beneath her abaya. Even beyond its borders, her experience taints her perception of the sexes. The Arab defeat: The Arab world is in a protracted and deepening decline that is less to do with the regimes that govern it than with its society and culture, says Hazem Saghieh.


From The Observer Magazine, a special issue on Eco-ethics. An interview with George Monbiot on Heat. Dr. Des Voeux and the invention of smog: A rumination on the origins of a surprisingly longstanding urban affliction. There is a tremendous irony in public lands ranching: An interview with George Wuerthner on dispelling the Cowboy Myth. Communal Cars: If we’re serious about going green, Americans will have to learn to share. Coal Futures: Will this energy standby truly last for centuries—or just decades? The price of virtue: How to get people recycling more—even if they do not particularly want to. Porno for Progressives: An interview with alt-rock activist Perry Farrell on being green. 

From Discover, sci-fi author predicts the future: David Brin knew all about the Web, global warming, and more. This is how the world ends: A review of Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us about Our Future by Peter D. Ward. From Cracked, an article on surviving the End of the World and what we've learned from movies. With this template, you won’t even have to pack a slicker the next time you’re sent to cover a natural disaster.

From Asia Times, the faith that dare not speak its name: While cloaking themselves in revealed religion, "presentable" Islamists such as academic Tariq Ramadan are in fact neo-pagans. The End of the Jewish People: Judaism must prepare itself for a world after peoplehood. The publication of just six anti-religious books has managed to provoke outrage from the devout - - this reveals a profound insecurity. From Chronicles, an article on Americanism, Then and Now: Our pet heresy. 

From Democracy, thanks to Bush, doubt is back in American politics. But which form of doubt is right for progressives, and good for America? William Galston investigates; and a review of Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism by Paul Starr. Jonathan Alter on the best ideas for fixing America: Listen to Gore and Bradley. The Party of Economic Seriousness: Democrats may be supplanting Republicans as the grown-ups on globalization. Why did the self-confident predictions of the Marxists and equally self-certain predictions of the 1980s-90s globalizers fail so miserably?

Kathryn Jean Lopez on the Right’s love-hate relationship with George W. Bush. Why all the hostility toward Hispanics on National Review? Conservative Linda Chavez wants to know. Divide & Rule: James Pinkerton on the Republican insiders’ guide to ethnic manipulation. The GOP's Fading Populism: Losing its political grip on terrorism, the GOP badly needs a cause that can mobilize its base.


From Democratiya, Claude Lefort on the concept of totalitarianism (and a response by Robert Fine); The Eichmann Polemics: Michael Ezra on Hannah Arendt and Her Critics; Keeping the Republic: Dick Howard on reading Arendt’s On Revolution after the Fall of the Wall; a review of What is Genocide? by Martin Shaw; Norman Geras on the limits of international law; a review of Emergent Conflict and Peaceful Change by Hugh Miall; and a review of Retribution and Reparation in the Transition to Democracy

From Entelechy, Simon Baron-Cohen on The Biology of the Imagination; memory works in strange ways, scientists are still unsure how it is stored, and even more baffled by the fact that it seems to change over time; Not Just-So Stories: Reflections on an EP conference through an EP lens; and did you know that your academic productivity can be attributed to your subconscious desire to avoid thinking about your own possibly imminent death? The Clone Wars: A review of The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel.

When sources of "normal" news head out, science journalists get more ink, and there are four things readers should look out for. An interview with Benjamin Radford, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer, on myths and monsters. A majority of Republicans have doubts about evolution, and more Americans believe in the creationism theory, according to a new Gallup poll.

From Sign and Sight, philosopher, poet and friend: Jürgen Habermas writes an obiturary for American philosopher Richard Rorty. From Kritika & Kontext, democracy and philosophy: Richard Rorty outlines the anti-foundationalist premise of his philosophy. Richard Rorty combined scepticism about the truth with a passion for social justice, while being ironically upbeat in dark times. Damon Linker on Rorty's blasé liberalism.

Searching for life’s meaning: Despite what sceptics say, philosophy can help us answer the big questions that always tease mankind. When academic Stephanie Trigg discovered she had breast cancer, she started a blog that became a meditative lifeline between her personal and professional lives. Dual careers worry academia: Scholarly couples are lured away. The Perpetuation of Privilege: When enormously wealthy individuals give millions to enormously wealthy universities, it’s time to stop calling it philanthropy. In Praise of Immigrant Students: The educational odysseys of foreign-born college graduates disprove the lies spread by anti-immigrant politicians. Three times perfect: They grew up dressing alike, but at Dartmouth these triplets forged their own successful paths; now they've made history. When College Ends, So Does Activism: Why selling out is a depressingly rational choice for many graduates.


From NYRB, the Lost Jewish Culture: Harold Bloom reviews The Lost Jewish Culture The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950–1492; and Racing Against Reality: A review of Falling Man by Don DeLillo. The playful literary legend: John Updike, now 75, says he "lucked out and became a writer," but his distinguished career says otherwise. When it comes to humor, Woody Allen dishes up a perfect deli mix in his new collection of sketches and stories, Mere Anarchy. "And that's why you're a blogger and not a writer": New Yorker writer gets touchy in the comments section of a blog.

From The New York Review of Magazines, an interview with Atoosa Rubenstein, from magazine queen to the MySpace scene; and inside the juiced-up, iron-pumped world of bodybuilding magazines. Magazines and newspapers featuring poetry and short works of fiction are to be commended and awarded bonus points for culture. But publishing extracts from novels? It should be prohibited. How long does it take to write a novel? One year is the ambitious target Louise Doughty sets first-time writers in A Novel in a Year, aware that what most will have at the end of 12 months is a start rather than a finished product. A review of Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter; Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Work by Jack Hart; and When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better and/or Worse by Ben Yagoda.

From 3:AM, a review of The Human War, the most pitch perfect representation of what it is like to live in America in 2007. An interview with author Pete Hamill: Bush and Cheney "didn't grow up in Brooklyn, where you know if you punch a guy in the mouth, he's going to come back with three other guys and punch you back". Anatomy of a row: Christopher and Peter Hitchens are two of Britain's most famous scribes, but they appear to agree on nothing. After their latest public spat, James Macintyre, who has known both brothers for many years, dissects their very odd relationship.

A review of How We Built Britain by David Dimbleby. A review of British Diplomacy: Foreign Secretaries Reflect. A review of The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown, and more on how Princess Diana brought the British monarchy to the brink of collapse, and more and more. Why Britannia still rules the stage: British theatre has never had it so good. On screen, in plays, and from Broadway to the Oscars, our actors are being feted as never before. We celebrate this remarkable renaissance by bringing together 50 great British actors in a unique portrait, featuring our finest young talents and treasured veterans like Ian McKellen (and part 2 and part 3). Fall From Grace: In 1843, British novelist Grace Aguilar was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. So how come we've never heard of her?

A review of Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime. A review of Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism by Portia Iversen. A review of The Empty Nest: 31 Parents Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love, and Freedom After the Kids Fly the Coop. A review of The Sun Farmer: The Story of a Shocking Accident, a Medical Miracle, and a Family's Life-and-Death Decision by Michael McCarthy.


A new issue of Cultural Survival Quarterly is out, on passing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A review of Jungle Capitalists: A Story of Globalisation, Greed and Revolution by Peter Chapman. A review of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About it by Paul Collier. Three for Thought: What you need to read about global poverty. Arrested development: Distribution of aid is too important not to pause for a moment while discovering how funds might best be allocated. Is Bob Zoellick the next Paul Wolfowitz? Bush's popular nominee to head the World Bank could fall prey to the same problems that doomed his predecessor.

From Time Asia, a special issue on Hong Kong, 10 years after the handover. A review of The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order by David Smith; China: Fragile Superpower by Susan L Shirk; and Getting Rich First: Life in a Changing China by Duncan Hewitt. The introduction to Punishment and Power in the Making of Modern Japan by Daniel V. Botsman. Masahiko Fujiwara's The Dignity of a State re-ignites the debate about whether there are specifically “Asian” values

From Prospect, Stephen Oppenheimer responds to readers' questions and comments on his October 2006 article on British ancestry. From The Observer, it is the debate on everybody's lips - just how British are we? Then came plans for a British Day. Then Gordon Brown spoke of "British jobs for British people". As a new study demands we celebrate "where we live" to combat social division, is there any way to define a nation's values? In Britain, the Scout movement still struggles to shake off a reputation as a place where men in shorts teach boys to tie rope. The French President's beautiful and strong-willed wife refuses to conform to expectations of how a statesman's spouse should behave. So maybe it's not surprising that she seems to attract more attention than her husband. Murder in the Pyrenees: When the unpopular mayor of Fago was found dead in a ditch, virtually the entire population of the isolated Spanish hamlet came under suspicion, writes Leslie Crawford. One man confessed - but was he telling the whole story. Sons of Italy: A long line of conservative Italian political thought goes ignored when we get caught up looking at Italy's current state

The Thin Iraqi Line: Can the U.S. train Iraq's military and police to be the anchor that steadies the country, or will they become part of the sectarian storm that terars it apart? The Guidebook for Taking a Life: The set of rules — a kind of jihad etiquette — that seek to guide and justify the killing that militants do is growing more complex. Defeat’s Killing Fields: An American defeat in Iraq would throw the entire Middle East into even greater upheaval.

From The Washington Post Magazine, freshman congressman Joe Courtney, elected by a margin of 83 votes, is learning that the first requirement of power is self-preservation. A review of The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught (and an interview). Red Meat Season: The base likes it bloody. The candidates dish it up. Do the rest of us have to swallow it? Joel Achenbach wants to know. Noam Scheiber on how Mitt Romney's campaign shows who really runs the GOP. Fred Thompson is like Reagan without the new ideas. Nicholas von Hoffman on why we need fringe candidates. Politics 2.008: How will the Internet influence the presidential election?


From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on Money, including The Poverty Platform: John Edwards says Americans should care more about economic injustice. Can he turn the plight of the poor into a winning campaign issue?; The Class-Consciousness Raiser: In the nation’s classrooms, middle class teachers increasingly encounter poor students, often with disastrous results. Ruby Payne says she has the secrets to help them cross the great divide; Shop Stewards on Fantasy Island? With nothing but the very rich and the people who serve them, Florida’s Fisher Island is a stark metaphor for income inequality in America — and an irresistible target for labor activists; and Should We Globalize Labor Too? These days, capital and goods cross borders with ease.

Lant Pritchett says that if the developing world’s workers could do the same, everyone would benefit; Roger Lowenstein on The Inequality Conundrum: How can you promote equality without killing off the genie of American prosperity?; a look at how former Treasury secretary Larry Summers is having second thoughts about how to make globalization work for the middle class; and a quiet exchange of funds lets a family buy a new house and helps the seller get a good price. So why is it illegal? A review of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. For Brink Lindsey, affluence is a uniter, not a divider: A review of The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture. Who are you kidding? A review of Consumed by Benjamin Barber and The Real Toy Story: The Shocking Inside Story on Toys and the Industry That Makes Them by Eric Clark.

From Time, rancorously divided over homosexuality, global Anglicanism may be veering toward a schism. Can the Archbishop of Canterbury lead his flock back from the brink?; and an interview with Rowan Williams on homosexuality, the risk of a schism and hope. We of little faith: Religious belief is inconsistent with reason and corrosive to the human mind — and Susan Blackmore doesn't want to live in a world where it is respected. Nietzsche may have declared God dead in the 19th century, but He refused to go quietly. Today, fundamentalist religion is on the rise. But now, sceptical philosophers have regrouped and are fighting the faithful under the banner of The New Atheists. More on Michel Onfray's In Defence of Atheism. Let's see if we can find some common ground with everyone: Does Christopher Hitchens at least say "Oh, God" during sex?

From Psychology Today, a study finds the media messes with men's minds too, and here are five shocking stats about men and sex. How Viagra, bikinis and the internet changed the sexual landscape: A review of Manliness by Harvey C. Mansfield; Impotence: A Cultural History by Angus McLaren; Sex & the Psyche: Revealing the True Nature of Our Secret Fantasies From the Largest Ever Survey of Its Kind by Brett Kahr; and The Swimsuit: A Fashion History From 1920s Biarritz and the Birth of the Bikini to St Tropez and Sports Illustrated by Sarah Kennedy. Reaffirming boyhood in all of its politically incorrect glory: A review of The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden.

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