Education as Oppression: One Bedouin’s Perspective on Progress

To say that anthropologists have long been interested in pastoral nomads would be an understatement. As Rada and Neville Dyson-Hudson described the situation in their 1980 article in the Annual Review of Anthropology: “Pastoral nomads have had a persistent fascination for anthropologists,” a fascination that has to do with the “intriguing and difficult to unravel” […]

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Remembering Gaddafi, One Year Later

Gaddafi is Gone, the War Continues I am a couple of days late in commemorating the date when Muammar Gaddafi was brutally lynched in Sirte, Libya, after first being bombed by NATO jets and surviving missiles fired from U.S. Predator drones, only to be sodomized with a knife, beaten, and then shot (by a French […]

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The Apotheosis of St. Christopher of Libya

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends,” the president said, quoting scripture. … “Because of these patriots, and because of you, this country that we love will always shine as a light onto the world.” In an effort not to seethe further at the absurdity […]

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Libya: Imperial Humanists and Helpless Others

[…continued from the previous article; see the list of related articles at the bottom of this page, plus information on the latest book, Slouching Towards Sirte] The empire that speaks of “dignity” first invented the image of the helpless Libyan begging for us to “stop standing idly by”—because we, in the West, are tasked with […]

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Libya: Empire or Dignity

[Part 6 of 6 of my series on “Dignity,” this article is itself divided up into a series of articles, each one partly derived and adapted from my book on NATO’s war against Libya. See the bottom of the articles for more details.] “May God bless them,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with […]

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A Tear for Africa: Humanitarian Abduction and Reduction

Helpless, pleading, wanting, needing, small, weak, staring at you, black–this is the anti-bogeyman invented by Western humanitarianism, what passes as morality in the ideology of empire (yet again). Past the time of a London Missionary Society, we now have the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the moral dogma of a white, western elite that projects its […]

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Encircling Empire: Report #13—Revolution, Intervention, Anthropology

In this report, first two maps of social media penetration in the Middle East and North Africa, in relation to ongoing revolts; then, a long overdue catalogue of anthropologists writing online about the revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa; then a series of opposing items, those dealing with rejections of any foreign military intervention in Libya (a position best articulated by Fidel Castro), followed by statements by what would otherwise be willing interventionists, in the U.S. government, who find multiple problems with imposing a no-flight-zone, and then those articles and statements that strongly favour intervention, and the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P); finally, we end with notes on empire at work in Afghanistan.

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