March was one of this blog’s busiest months, with the second highest number of overall views since the blog started, averaging at 729 per day. Two of the main themes concerned academic freedom, especially with coverage of Ward Churchill’s wrongful termination suit against the University of Colorado, and more discussion of global militarization. The links below are only for the top 10 of the total of 30 posts for March.
Concerning academic freedom of speech and punishments imposed on academics who are active in a public capacity, the overall top post in terms of the number of views was actually not about Ward Churchill, but rather about Chris Knight, anthropologist at the University of East London, who was suspended for statements he made to the BBC around the time of the G20 summit. The most viewed post about Ward Churchill was my essay, Ward Churchill v. “The Good Americans”: How Churchill’s critics made his case, and was the sixth most viewed post for the month.
On the topic of global militarization, and specifically the spread of U.S. military bases, the post about Hugh Gusterson’s “Empire of Bases” was the second most viewed post for the month — Islands of Shame and the World as a U.S. Military Base, was closely related. The Teacher is Not Your Friend: An American Teaches Iraqi Police About Loyalty to Iraq, was the month’s fourth most viewed post that ushered in a large number of comments, ultimately degenerating into the only apparent threat I have approved for viewing on this blog (normally I delete or do not approve some of the nastier threats that I have received). In this same subject area, the Human Terrain System: Undermining the Military, Antagonizing Academics was the fifth most viewed post and closely related to it was Anthropology and the Military: Current Reports. Arguably still within the field of militarization, some news, quotes, and videos for a Montreal riot in March to confront police brutality, as featured in Our Job is Repression…the Police is a Paramilitary Organization, was the month’s eighth most viewed item.
Standing on its own, and directly concerning the modern colonial situation and the role of violent resistance, was Frantz Fanon’s chapter, Concerning Violence. That was the tenth most viewed of the month’s posts, with Nation-Building, Democracy, and Free Markets: A Note to the Occupiers, being a closely related post.
Economics Blogs in a Time of Crisis, the seventh most viewed of the month’s posts, was a useful way for putting me in touch with a series of excellent blogs of great relevance of the current economic crisis, and helping me to establish communication with one of the Caribbean’s New World Group’s most prominent and still active scholars, Dr. Norman Girvan.
In a more humorous vein, Sugar Sammy’s Art: Making Jokes of Ethnicity, Sex, and Conflict was the third most viewed item. The ninth most viewed of the month’s posts was another humorous item: A Minor Bun Engine Made Benny Lava, May He Poop on My Knee: Cross-cultural translation under conditions of contemporary globalization.
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