More Minerva News and Discussion (2.1)

David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 30, 2008 Minerva Takes Flesh: Pentagon and Science Foundation Sign Social-Science Deal In a memorandum of understanding that was signed today, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation agreed to work cooperatively to support social-science research on topics of interest to the Pentagon. As widely expected, […]

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Human Terrain System: Video on YouTube

CultureTube has produced a video shown on YouTube (added in December of 2007) that deals with the subject of research ethics and anthropologists in the Human Terrain System. The video as a whole makes several important, critical points, which have met with harsh reactions by some viewers (less than 2000 at present) . It does […]

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Banning “Secret Research” in Anthropology

An article by Scott Jaschik in the March 13, 2008, issue of Inside Higher Ed titled, “Defining a Ban on Secret Research“, indicates that the board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is finally moving closer to drafting a proposed ban on most “secret research” save for that which is kept secret to safeguard the […]

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The Narrative of Imperialism: Revisiting the Ugly American (Anthropologist)

“In Favour of Anthropological Support for Counterinsurgency” (Notes from AAA blog #1) http://aaanewsinfo.blogspot.com/2007/11/aaa-board-statement-on-hts.html Winning quotes: “Think about it this way, wouldn’t [it] have been nice if the U.S. military knew that an Arab’s primary source of pride and power was the home and family, and that ‘kicking in doors’ was an afront [sic] to their […]

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Initial Reactions to AAA Report on Anthropologists & Counterinsurgency

ETHICS CONCEDE TO POLITICS Following the submission on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007, of the report of the Ad Hoc Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with Security and Intelligence Communities, the American Anthropological Association presented a panel discussion and invited commentary from those assembled for its annual meeting. Thanks, first of all, to Antropologi.info which […]

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Empty Scholasticism at its Best on the AAA Blog

Having read through over 60 comments posted thus far on the blog of the American Anthropological Association, devoted to debate over the AAA Executive Board’s decision to condemn anthropological involvement in the Human Terrain System project as a violation of its code of ethics, I am struck by the vain scholasticism of some of the […]

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Job Ads for Counterinsurgency Support on AAA Website?

This should be a source of embarrassment for the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, although thus far there is little indication of any. While denouncing anthropological support for counterinsurgency, as part of the Human Terrain System, the AAA has nonetheless allowed advertisements to be posted by those employing anthropologists for this very purpose. One is […]

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