Browsing All posts tagged under »censorship«

Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?

September 19, 2013 by


From the journal of the World Policy Institute comes “The Big Question“ for its Fall issue on Secrecy and Security. I have maintained a research interest in the area of the anthropology of secrecy, and understandings of power in connection with secrecy in both anthropological theory and in the work of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (more to come […]

Wikileaks and the Moral Dualism of the U.S. State Department

December 18, 2010 by


[This is the second in a series of three articles I am writing about Wikileaks. The first was “The Wikileaks Revolution” that led to a parallel article published in CounterPunch. The third one will focus on anthropology and secrecy. Before going any further, I must say that an article by a sociologist at the University […]

Wikileaks Roundup: Man of the Year, Assange the Swede, Blocked at Harvard, Telling the Truth

November 12, 2010 by


A short selection of Wikileaks-related articles from the past week or so that range from the amusing to the distressing: Who is more popular than Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and the Chilean miners combined? And leading in votes for TIME Magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year award, ahead of Lady Gaga, and Jon Stewart and […]

Are You Afraid of the Digital Taleban?

October 3, 2010 by


In the latest in militainment news, Electronic Arts has bowed to pressure from military officials in the U.S. and UK–not that it wasn’t already predisposed to their sentiments–and to the overreaching complaints of family members of those who died killing Afghans, and removed mention of the Taleban from the upcoming release of “Medal of Honor.” […]

Patriotism and Twitter Säuberung: Keeping the Wrong Words Out of View

September 11, 2010 by


Some Background for Those Not Familiar with Twitter It’s not a few times that Twitter has been accused of engaging in censorship-like practices, or in caving in to governmental and political interests. In the narrow range of subjects which I follow via Twitter, we saw incidences of this concerning with the so-called Twitter Revolution in […]

Punishing Publication, Banishing Ideas: YouTube Censors Your World for the CIA

March 2, 2010 by

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This post, while actually written on 20 April 2011, is backdated to the time that the video in question below was uploaded to YouTube. The video, “Humam al-Balawi: Slayer of CIA Terrorists in Afghanistan,” was an unacceptable challenge to some, starting with the very title. Let’s put this in some perspective first. The video was […]


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