Encircling Empire: Report #3, 18-23 September 2010

EE: Report #3, 18—23 September 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 […]

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USA Undermines Democracy in Turkey: It’s Turkey Stupid, Not Israel

Friday, June 18, 2010 Writing from Istanbul Turkey is vital to United States’ national security interests. No country in the region deserves America’s cooperation—at all levels–more than Turkey’s current government. And no country is more ignorant of Turkish politics, culture and geographic importance than America. As former ambassador James Holmes, Executive Director of the American […]

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Anthropology and the Representation of Migrations from Afghanistan

[This is a paper that was originally published under the title of “Anthropology and the Representation of Recent Migrations from Afghanistan,” as it appeared in Rethinking Refuge and Displacement: Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants, Volume VIII, 2000. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association. Eds. E. M. Godziak and D. J. Shandy. Pp. 291-321. Given the […]

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Links: Debates on Iran and Leftist Politics

Over the past month several articles have been published concerning the perceived position of “the left,” or some leftists, on the question of defense of the current Iranian regime, presumably on the grounds of anti-imperialism. These five articles were especially critical of “leftists” for failing to support the Iranian opposition and/or defending the Iranian regime […]

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M. Jamil Hanifi: Engineering Division, Instability, and Regime Change with Naheed, Neda, and Allah

The following article has been submitted for reproduction on this blog by the author. The author is thanked for making this work openly accessible and for contributing to this project’s strong concern for the continued war of occupation of Afghanistan. Engineering Division, Instability, and Regime Change with Naheed, Neda, and Allah M. JAMIL HANIFI American […]

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Dabashi is Wrong on the Left

Iran Election, U.S. Intervention, and the “Left” is the complete list of sources, and extracts, used for this post. If a reader does not have time to read the entire articles — more than two dozen are listed — the extracts provided on that page should give one a fairly good background for the post […]

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Looking Back at June 2009, Looking Forward

June was one of the best months yet for this blog (with hidden ironies for me), thanks in large part to the article, America’s Iranian Twitter Revolution, published just days after the street protests began in Tehran, alongside the explosion of communication about the events on Twitter. So far that article has received 5,100 views, […]

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Congruent Methodologies: Impactful Pre-invasion Imperialist Guerrilla Warfare Tactics in Iran

By James Lockridge (This essay is a response to Maximilian Forte’s essay “Causation or Correlation, a Useful Crisis Notwithstanding: U.S. Democracy Promotion in Iran.”) Are the current protests in Iran really 100% legitimate and “home grown” or primarily the direct result of outside agents i.e. CIA or corporate influence? Or are the protests 100% legitimate […]

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