John Stanton: U.S. Congress to Assess Human Terrain System

This is John Stanton’s 19th article on the Human Terrain System, with his previous ones available here at: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Once again, this article was sent in by John and is gratefully reproduced here with his permission. I am also happy to advertise the fact that John has published a book of his work […]

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John Stanton: Human Terrain System in the Kill-Pacify Chain

A warm welcome back to John Stanton: this is his 18th article on the Human Terrain System, with his previous ones available here at: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. Once again, this article was sent in by John and is reproduced here with his permission. So far, this is one of the clearest indications of the roles performed […]

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These Fine, Young, Humanitarian…Zombies

Yes, indeed, as predicted a movie is now out featuring the dead “cultural warrior,” the scholar in military uniform, the applied social scientist deep in the trenches of Afghanistan. He may be dead, but he’s back, and he’s coming right at you, over and over again in… No, that is not the movie (which does […]

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Canadian Responses to the Militarization and Securitization of Anthropology: Report #2 from the CASCA-AES Conference in Vancouver

At the University of British Columbia in Vancouver last Saturday morning (16 May 2009) more than two dozen individuals gathered within the setting of the joint conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) and the American Ethnological Society (AES), for an “open session” titled, “Canadian Responses to the Militarization of Anthropology,” which followed from the […]

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Washington Post: Nationalizing the Human Terrain System

Extracted from, DeYoung, Karen. (2009). U.S. moves to replace contractors in Iraq: Blackwater losing security role; other jobs being converted to public sector. The Washington Post, March 17, A07, the following paragraphs on the so-called nationalization of the Human Terrain System: “Human terrain” experts — civilian social scientists and linguists hired to help the military […]

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“The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual”: New Book on Anthropology, Militarization, and the Human Terrain System

I am very happy to report that the second of three new volumes about the human terrain system to be published this year has just been released for pre-order. It is The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, by the Network of Concerned Anthropologists. It features contributions by Catherine Besteman, Andrew Bickford, Greg Feldman, Roberto J. González, Hugh Gusterson, […]

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Anthropology, Counterinsurgency, and Poor Joan of Arc (1.4)

Thanks to Tim Stevens for noting this new article: Got No Culture: Anthropology confronts Counterinsurgency Kurt Jacobsen. Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture, Vol. 7, No. 2. ‘Lethal effects targeting’ Harry Feldman. Leftwrites. 26 December 2008 [interesting notes on relevant developments concerning the Australian portion of occupation forces in Afghanistan] When Elizabeth Redden […]

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Human Terrain Handbook: Online Here

Thanks to all those involved in “leaking” this, copies have been made and distributed widely. Access your copy here, or go to wikileaks. Also, Nature has turned against the Human Terrain System — see “Failure in the field: The US military’s human-terrain programme needs to be brought to a swift close.” Nature is reversing its […]

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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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