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The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug

September 9, 2014 by

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The following is a series of extracts from John Manicom’s chapter, “The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug: ‘Anti-Anti-Imperialism’ in American Media and Policy,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 149-166: Overview: John Manicom’s chapter is a powerful examination of the discursive and narrative practices of […]

An Iraqi Farmer Mourns the Loss of the Al Galal River

September 5, 2013 by

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Ali remembers when he and his four brothers worked on their family farm in the village of Salolh, outside of Badra town in Wasit Province, and less than two miles from the Iranian border. Then, their plentiful date trees, pomegranates, lemon trees and vegetables were nourished by the Al Galal River, flowing from the foothills […]

“Take It Easy on U.S. Imperialism”: Theocratizing the Middle East

April 23, 2013 by

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The letter signed by “Mehdi Mohammadzadeh” (MM) in the March/April 2013 issue of Anthropology News contains a number of ethnographic, political and ethical issues which I wish to address.  The letter is heavily tinted with strains of occidentosis (Farsi, gharbzadagi). MM has either misunderstood C. K. Mahmood’s comment in AN 53(9), 2012 or is interested […]

Fact-Check This Debate: Romney’s Failures versus Obama’s Extreme Revisionism

October 23, 2012 by

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At one point Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of taking an airbrush to history. At another point, he said the 1980s called and wanted its foreign policy back. Obama was quick to come to such expressions, being the most valued customer at the airbrush counter and the greatest upholder of U.S. militarism since Reagan, which […]

Keep Your Money: A Series on Dignity

July 29, 2012 by


This is the first part of a series on dignity that will appear on ZA, featuring the usual collage of songs, history, documents, and short essays. While there are treatments of “dignity” in Western philosophy, it is interesting to note the absence of the idea as a concept in the works of most anthropologists, which […]

The Excuse is Wikileaks. The Object is Freedom of Speech. The Subject is Authoritarianism.

January 8, 2011 by


If you were asked which regime is described by the following actions and characteristics, what would you answer? A regime that produces a death list of citizens abroad to be executed by its secret intelligence service, without arrest, without trial by a jury. A regime that conducts surveillance at home and then uses that information […]

Just Released: The New Imperialism, Vol. 1: Militarism, Humanism, and Occupation

November 24, 2010 by


The New Imperialism is the title of an annual seminar which I offer at Concordia University to advanced undergraduates. It is an unusual course, and given the content of past student evaluations, one that is extremely popular with participants who unanimously rated it as excellent on all levels. Part of the reason might be that there […]

What Ahmadinejad Did Not Say at the UN, that Some People Instead Chose to Hear

September 29, 2010 by


First, let’s start with what should be the starting point, not someone’s preferred interpretation, not a gloss, not a twist, nor an inventive rewording or taking of words out of context–but the actual spoken statement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly on 23 September 2010, with particular attention to […]


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