How to Make Extremism Mainstream and Fake a Debate about Islamophobia

Is there a genuine debate taking place about Islamophobia? When and why did the “concern” about Islamophobia reach the highest levels of government in North America and western Europe? On which particular goal do all governmental parties fundamentally agree in this alleged debate? What does the nature of the debate, and the interests that are… Read More How to Make Extremism Mainstream and Fake a Debate about Islamophobia

The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug

The following is a series of extracts from John Manicom’s chapter, “The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug: ‘Anti-Anti-Imperialism’ in American Media and Policy,” published in Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 149-166: Overview: John Manicom’s chapter is a powerful examination of the discursive and narrative practices of… Read More The Terrorist, the Tyrant and the Thug

An Iraqi Farmer Mourns the Loss of the Al Galal River

Ali remembers when he and his four brothers worked on their family farm in the village of Salolh, outside of Badra town in Wasit Province, and less than two miles from the Iranian border. Then, their plentiful date trees, pomegranates, lemon trees and vegetables were nourished by the Al Galal River, flowing from the foothills… Read More An Iraqi Farmer Mourns the Loss of the Al Galal River

“Take It Easy on U.S. Imperialism”: Theocratizing the Middle East

The letter signed by “Mehdi Mohammadzadeh” (MM) in the March/April 2013 issue of Anthropology News contains a number of ethnographic, political and ethical issues which I wish to address.  The letter is heavily tinted with strains of occidentosis (Farsi, gharbzadagi). MM has either misunderstood C. K. Mahmood’s comment in AN 53(9), 2012 or is interested… Read More “Take It Easy on U.S. Imperialism”: Theocratizing the Middle East