Shadow Anthropology

“The challenge for anthropologists is to discover without killing.” “With notebooks and pens we will end suicide bombings and gore. Sensitivity to backward culture will help us to control the horror. They’ll learn love for American freedom through stories they’ll come to adore.” “Anthropology will help to explain the people we wish to contain. We’ll… Read More Shadow Anthropology

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM): Commemorating Columbus Day 2010

Readers will appreciate that a tremendous amount of historical research, and interviews with participants, went into this project to present the true history of the voyages of Christopher Columbus to Afghanistan, a history that thus far has been replete with misconceptions, unsubstantiated rumour, and popular myths. Clearly, Columbus and his brothers are to be celebrated… Read More U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM): Commemorating Columbus Day 2010

Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive

One question we have to ask ourselves is how the managers of the Human Terrain System can use these same records leaked via Wikileaks to make a positive case for the program embedding civilian social scientists with military units. Most of these records were written after the occurrence of the action that is reported, with… Read More Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive