Pamphleteer Anthropology and the Production of Knowledge about Afghanistan

The military occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and its partners has spawned floods of popular and academic writings and visual effects about the culture, history and politics of the country. A leading contributor to these stores of information about Afghanistan is Thomas Jefferson Barfield, currently professor of anthropology at Boston University and president… Read More Pamphleteer Anthropology and the Production of Knowledge about Afghanistan

Encircling Empire: Report #7, 16-21 October 2010

EE: Report #7, 16—21 October 2010 Encircling Empire Reports is a selection of essays, blog posts, and news reports covering a given time period. They are intended to be useful for those interested in: ● contemporary and critical political anthropology ● public anthropology ● imperialism and imperial decline ● militarism/militarization ● the political economy of… Read More Encircling Empire: Report #7, 16-21 October 2010

General Stanley McTerror: The Shocking Admissions the Media Treated as Unremarkable

THE PROBLEM: Google Search for: “Are you asking about Vice President Biden” = 3,890 results Google Search for: “You better be out there hitting four or five targets tonight” = 154 results ONE EXAMPLE: Vanity Fair, in a supposedly savvy media analysis that pinpoints what it thinks were McChrystal’s biggest mistakes, names the most tasteless,… Read More General Stanley McTerror: The Shocking Admissions the Media Treated as Unremarkable

This Fraud Is On You: The 2009 Afghan Elections and the U.N. Cover Up

We spent over $300 million to perpetrate a fraudulent election in Afghanistan, with the record of fraud actively covered up by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan. See: Excerpts – Galbraith’s Letter to U.N. Secretary General – NYTimes.com Extracts: In July, I came to the realization that the greatest risk to the Afghan elections was from… Read More This Fraud Is On You: The 2009 Afghan Elections and the U.N. Cover Up