The Other Moral Squalor of U.S. Militarism

With at least five top U.S. generals currently in the media spotlight for corruption, abuse of power, sexual assault, and now the adultery commotion around General David Petraeus, now ex-CIA director, it is a relief to see militainment go in reverse. Now all of the media entertainment involving the icons of the media-military complex is […]

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The Ties That Bind

On Friday morning, intoned the President of the United States, “…we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us all of the ways we are united as one American family.” Having arisen to the announcement that one American had gunned down scores of his compatriots in a Colorado theatre, I was compelled to […]

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The Big Society Bites Back

“Move along folks, you’re blocking a cash point.” This pithy synopsis of the neoliberal logic driving the policing of student protest was delivered unironically by one of London Met’s Finest to the milling crowd at a recent demonstration at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, whose inmates gazed down apprehensively from their glass cubicles […]

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The Motion is Passed: The AAA on SOUTHCOM and Florida International University

In our recent alert, “Further Militarization of the Academy: Florida International University, SOUTHCOM, and Strategic Culture,” we directed attention to the important work of Adrienne Pine in uncovering, analyzing, and criticizing the relationship between the Pentagon’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Florida International University (FIU). Adrienne’s extensive coverage has continued (see for example her very recent […]

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Cultures of Militarization: In Canada and Beyond

GLOBAL MILITARIZATION From Cultures of Resistance CULTURES OF MILITARIZATION NEW BOOK RELEASE: Toronto, October 25, 2010 – A new book from the editors of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies adds perspective to the rampant militarization of everyday civilian culture. Cultures of Militarization shows how a jarring combination of spectacle and secrecy enables the post-9/11 […]

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Encircling Empire: Report #8, 21 October-11 November 2010

EE: Report #8, 21 October—11 November 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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Militarism’s Tea Party

Adding far more detail to what was discussed in the last post, “Justifying Corporate Welfare for the Military: What the Logic Sounds Like,” the following is Hugh Gusterson‘s article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published 29 October 2010. An open letter to the Tea Party BY HUGH GUSTERSON | 29 OCTOBER 2010 Congratulations […]

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Further Militarization of the Academy: Florida International University, SOUTHCOM, and Strategic Culture

Many thanks to Adrienne Pine for this important alert, “An Urgent Message to Academics about SOUTHCOM.” In that she presents us with evidence of a striking deepening of the alliance between U.S. academia and military objectives, in this case revolving around the concept of “strategic culture,” and joining Florida International University with the U.S. Southern Command […]

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The Nation Builders

Dahlia Wasfi (Physician and Iraqi antiwar activist who has traveled to Iraq twice since the invasion and spoken out around the U.S. about what she has seen): We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression, because all of this carnage has been done in our name. Since World War II, 90 […]

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