HTS “Contractor” Who Murdered Afghan, Now in Custody, Awaiting Trial (plus Stanton’s sixth article on the Human Terrain System)

UPDATED Nov. 21-22, 2008: See the formal indictment here. and see Contractor who shot Afghan stands trial PakTribune November 20, 2008 DOD contractor charged in death of Afghan man Jeff Schogol Stars and Stripes, November 22, 2008 U.S. charges defense contractor with Afghan killing Matthew Barakat Associated Press, November 20, 2008 Contractor Charged With Murder […]

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Wired: Anthropologists Launch ‘Human Terrain’ Probe

This report in WIRED titled, “Anthropologists Launch ‘Human Terrain’ Probe” by David Axe was just published today. According to the reporter, “The American Anthropological Association, which represents some 10,000 social scientists, has launched a formal study of the Army’s controversial, year-old ‘Human Terrain System,’ which embeds civilian anthropologists in combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan.” […]

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Hugh Gusterson: “When Professors Go to War”

Apparently this is Minerva Season, as there seems to be a rush of new articles about Minerva. The latest is in Foreign Policy, and thanks to anthropophagous for drawing attention to the piece. The article is by Hugh Gusterson (and I recently noted another of his latest articles), titled “When Professors Go to War.” Those […]

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Jorgensen & Wolf: On Anthropological Counterinsurgency, Scientific Objectivity, and Imperialism

One useful online resource, germane to some aspects of current discussions on anthropology and counterinsurgency, following from the previous post, is: Jorgensen, Joseph G., and Wolf, Eric R. (1970). Anthropology on the warpath in Thailand (a special supplement). The New York Review of Books, 15 (9), November 19. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/10763 In that article, which provoked lengthy […]

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The U.S. military: weaponizing culture

Publication announcement: The U.S. military’s quest to weaponize culture By Hugh Gusterson | 20 June 2008 The Pentagon seems to have decided that anthropology is to the war on terror what physics was to the Cold War. As an anthropologist, this makes me very nervous. Where former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believed that the United […]

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