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

Drones and the Production of Terror in Afghanistan

In his “Drone Strikes” (Anthropology News, March/April 2013) Daniel Varisco softly counsels the raging and confused American warfare machine about the futility of its bloody military operations in the lands of the Others in pursuit of its sadomasochistic “war on terror”.  I partially agree with Daniel Varisco; yes, the acts of terror committed by the… Read More Drones and the Production of Terror in Afghanistan

Announcement of first awards under the Pentagon’s Minerva Program

Thanks to David Glenn at the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Pentagon Announces First Grants in Disputed Social-Science Program,” 23 December 2008), I learned of today’s announcement from the Pentagon of the first seven awards to be made to social science projects that applied under the Minerva Research Initiative. The Pentagon also announced that it had… Read More Announcement of first awards under the Pentagon’s Minerva Program