Book Review: Afghanistan Post–2014—Misreading Afghanistan’s Crypto-coloniality

Review of: Afghanistan Post-2014: Power Configurations and Evolving Tragectories. Edited by Rajen Harshe’ and Dhananjay Tripathi. (New Delhi: Routledge), 2016, pp. xix+248. The colonial and postcolonial writings about of Afghanistan are marked by the absence of a systematic and critical awareness about the country as an offspring and dependency of Western colonialism. The ethnographic, historic […]

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Rula Ghani: Preaching for Christianity, Israel and Empire

In the name of liberating Afghan women several American feminist organizations joined forces with various American Zionist groups (including the Zionist “neocons”), manufacturers of weapons, and other American militarist groups to invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 incident. There is a substantial volume of academic and popular literature dealing with this general subject. This […]

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Distorting Theory and Misreading Society in Afghanistan

This is in response to M. Nazif Shahrani’s piece titled “The Taliban Enigma: Person-Centered Politics & Extremism in Afghanistan” published in ISIM Newsletter 6, October 2000, pp. 20-21. Crucial ethnographic details, structural principles and historical processes, especially those dealing with social inequality and political instability in contemporary Afghanistan, are misunderstood, garbled, and oversimplified by the […]

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Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, or the “Top Thinker” in the World Scouting for the Empire in Afghanistan

The postings on the website 8Sobh (8Morning) dated 6 Sonbola 1392 (August 7, 2013) include an article in Farsi titled “Fasl-e natamom dar tarikh-e Afghanistan” (an incomplete chapter in the history of Afghanistan) by Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (aka “Ashraf” and “Ashraf Ghani”– His website http://ashrafghani.com/profile-dari/  is under the name  “Ashraf Ghani”. There is absolutely nothing original in this article and other […]

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Drones and the Production of Terror in Afghanistan

In his “Drone Strikes” (Anthropology News, March/April 2013) Daniel Varisco softly counsels the raging and confused American warfare machine about the futility of its bloody military operations in the lands of the Others in pursuit of its sadomasochistic “war on terror”.  I partially agree with Daniel Varisco; yes, the acts of terror committed by the […]

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Vending Distorted Afghanistan Through Patriotic ‘Anthropology’

First published in Critique of Anthropology, 2011, 31(3) 256–270 Review Essay: Thomas Barfield, Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010, xi + 389 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-14568-6. $29.95 (hbk) The destabilization and military occupation of Afghanistan by the United States over the past three decades has triggered the hasty production of […]

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Peace Corps and Afghanistan

The information and discussion about the activities of and the accumulation of various forms of capital by some Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs)—all in South America—is interesting (Anthropology News, December 2011, March 2012). President John Kennedy adapted the blast “ask not what this country can do for you, ask what you can do for this country” […]

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The U.S. War of Terror in Afghanistan

In the words of U. S. representative Michael Honda the U.S. war of terror in Afghanistan has become the longest and “everlasting war” in the history of the United States. The vulgar asymmetry and injustice of this so called “war” has prompted its pre-industrial victims in Afghanistan and the surrounding region and their global supporters […]

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The Heroic People of Egypt

The down fall of Hosni Mobarak, the “blessed amicable”, will have profound consequences for the corrupting American presence in the region. The expulsion of Hosni will mean one less major obstacle to peace and justice in the Middle East. Egypt under Mobarak and Saudi Arabia are the two most corrupt pro-fascist, pro-Israeli regimes in the […]

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An Alternative Approach to Afghanistan

The military and civilian forces of the United States should leave Afghanistan. The American government has morally and politically disqualified itself from involvement in Afghanistan (and every other place in the world). This freaked out and dark minded killing machine has no business in the affairs of other people. During the past sixty years everything […]

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American Educated Afghans and the Destruction of Afghanistan by the United States: The Case of Zal Khalizad

The occupation of Afghanistan by the United States is not only based on misguided policies, denials of truth and glaring political realities, it is also guided by ignorance and profoundly distorted understandings of the cultural and social complexities of this devastated country. A major source of these distortions and misrepresentations is a small number of […]

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Holy Mother of Israel

Pro-Israel Zionist ideology has severed the nerve for critical awareness among Americans. This masterfully produced ideology constantly and tactfully manipulates the state apparatus of the United States especially its military, political, and economic resources for the benefit of Israel. The Israeli lobby, through its presence in all strategic locations of the American political and civil […]

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The ‘Dirty Secrets’ that Purify a Dirty War: A Colonial Tale of Dancing Boys, a Journalist, and the Human Terrain System in Afghanistan

By M. Jamil Hanifi & Maximilian C. Forte The Telling of a Tale There is no “scoop” in Joel Brinkley’s article, “Afghanistan’s dirty little secret” (29 August 2010, San Francisco Chronicle)—just an ugly sensationalist title on a story already abundantly covered by PBS Frontline months ago (see: “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan”). What is more […]

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