Encircling Empire: Report #18—Elections, Independence, Counterinsurgency

Encircling Empire Reports is a selection of essays, blog posts, and news reports covering a given time period, providing links and representative extracts or key passages from each resource, usually focusing on certain countries/continents and/or processes in each report. The focus of the reports ranges from imperialism discussed in broad strokes, to specific facets of… Read More Encircling Empire: Report #18—Elections, Independence, Counterinsurgency

Video Propaganda: Human Terrain System on National Geographic

In terms of American mainstream media propaganda at the service of U.S. wars of occupation, and particularly favourable to the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, my vote for the most generous treatments, in descending order, are first the piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, second this prize in The Atlantic, third this recommendation to Obama… Read More Video Propaganda: Human Terrain System on National Geographic

How to Get More Frequent Flyer Miles for Your Zombie

Is it a surprise any more, that Paula Loyd should be resurrected for one more promotional tour for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System? I am referring here specifically to the piece by Amy Yee, in the June 2009 issue of The Progressive, conveniently titled “A Friend Falls in Afghanistan” (thanks to a commentator on… Read More How to Get More Frequent Flyer Miles for Your Zombie

David Price: The Press and Human Terrain Systems – Counterinsurgency’s Free Ride

The following article by David Price appeared in the 07 April 2009 issue of CounterPunch, reproduced here since it very much bears on the following post for today: Like a mad scientist’s slime monster that will not die in a 1950s B Movie, the Human Terrain System’s counterinsurgency teams not only somehow remains alive in… Read More David Price: The Press and Human Terrain Systems – Counterinsurgency’s Free Ride