1) Sir Nicholas Stern, a former Chief Economist with the World Bank, has released his Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, which has been making its rounds in newspapers all over the world. Talk about environmental issues becoming mainstream! See the press notice for a summary of the document. The Economist has a short piece on it. Critical responses to the Stern Review can be found at CATO and The Business. Famed Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg, has his say here.
2) Another game about development, this time by Global Kids: Ayiti: The Cost of Life. The purpose of this game is to teach global issues to youth. For more about this game and its makers, go to the Global Kids website.
3) The New Yorker on Microfinance.
4) William Duggan discusses an alternative to aid for the world’s poorest countries.
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5) Crooked Timber has put together a virtual seminar on Sheri Berman’s new book on Social Democracy.
6) Policy Review on Anti-Americanisms.
7) Radical Middle on reviews Stephen Kinzer’s new book, “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.
8) Scot McKnight on What is the Emerging Church?
9) The Dateline report on Carlton Pearson and his Gospel of Inclusion (Universalism).
10) Joseph Epstein on how as facts accumulates, ideas diminish. This supports a movement from dogmatic certainty in grand ideas (meta-narratives) towards a more post-modern or critical realist view that the world of understanding and knowing is complex.