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Colonial Feminism, Liberal “Progress,” and the Weakness of the Left

October 12, 2013 by


[Max Forte: Welcome to Brendan Stone who, along with Donnchadh Mac an Ghoill, joins ZA as a writer.] In view of Quebec’s Charter debate, the resurgence of discussions of the burqa and the niqab, and the continuing stories in the Western press of women’s oppression in Afghanistan, readers may be interested in this update of a paper written in […]

Deflating Empire: The Syrian Threat to the United States

September 10, 2013 by


September 9, 2013, 11:43pm–The morning on this side of the Atlantic started with John Kerry’s hoarse voice on the radio, addressing journalists in London and bellowing that the U.S. was not talking about going to war when it talked about military aggression against a state that never attacked the U.S. Acts of war, apparently, are […]

John’s Final Epistle to The Anthropologists, Part I: The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at the Climax of the Neolithic

March 30, 2013 by


Peeping through a Keyhole, Down upon My Knees We are virtually here to discuss with you something that I would call InTRADOCtrination: Intelligent Design for Retraining the Masses The Mission?: We suggest that it is The Locking-In: The Prison-Industrial Complex, well-documented and contextualized by Angela Davis. In fact, she traces my essay’s central themes. You Say You Want […]

Now on YouTube: Libya–Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency

October 23, 2012 by


While the audio is somewhat clearer, and the video motion is “smoother” for those using older computers, the disadvantage is that the video had to be cut into two parts given restrictions placed on my account by YouTube. Overall, however, the file sizes are smaller than they were originally, so the video should also be […]

M. Jamil Hanifi: Questions for Military Anthropology

August 15, 2009 by

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The following post was submitted by Dr. M. Jamil Hanifi: I am sympathetic with Dr. Brian Selmeski’s guidelines for participation in the Military Anthropology Network. Anthropology is a way of thinking, an attitude, an outlook, and a demeanor least effected by the mere presence of anthropology courses on one’s college transcript. It is chiefly produced […]

“Anthropologize” This!

December 9, 2008 by

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“I’m frequently accused of militarizing anthropology,” she said. “But we’re really anthropologizing the military.” — Montgomery McFate (source) “We’re looking at this from a human perspective, from a social scientist’s perspective.”– Col. Martin Schweitzer in Afghanistan (source) “This ‘cultural turn’ within DoD [Department of Defense] highlights efforts to understand adversary societies and to recruit ‘practitioners’ […]

New article by Hugh Gusterson: “The bursting global security bubble”

October 5, 2008 by


Hugh Gusterson has a new article on Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists titled, “The Bursting Global Security Bubble.” I was tempted to post the whole article here as well, it contains several important observations and critical questions. I will just post an extract: In the 1930s and 1940s, the West’s financial and security structures collapsed. […]

Chalmers Johnson, Dennis Kucinich: On Bailing Out Bankers and Butchers

September 29, 2008 by


…and continuing from the last two posts for today… Along with Andrew Bacevich, Howard Zinn, and Tom Engelhardt at, Chalmers Johnson is one of my favourite American critics of American empire. In an article that is being reproduced across a range of sites, Johnson argues in “We Have the Bailout Money–We’re Spending It on […]


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