Marketing the Martyr: Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale…Paula Loyd

This post refers to three recent articles in the mainstream “news” media: Constable, Pamela. (2009). A terrain’s tragic shift: Researcher’s death intensifies scrutiny of U.S. cultural program in Afghanistan. Washington Post, February 18. Alpert, Bruce. (2009). Family of Afghan victim seeks to help her avenger. The Times-Picayune, February 14. Stockman, Farah. (2009). Anthropologist’s war death […]

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Teaching Gender Equality to Afghan Men: Using Gunshots to the Head

Referring to Pakistan (because apparently no cultural knowledge of Afghanistan is available, or, the geographic displacement allows the writers to malign and stereotype a related culture without endangering their relations with Afghans), the website of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System states the following: “Similar attacks have been carried out in Pakistan against women working […]

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Dr. Rat: Defender of the Rat People

It may be necessary for me to file a legal change of name, to Dr. Max Rat, which oddly enough has a pleasant ring to it, and nice symmetry. Before I misrepresent anyone, especially rats and haters of rats, let me say that this is a name I have given myself as a result of […]

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“Civilian Contractor” Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter of Afghan Detainee

More news on the trial of a mercenary who committed a war crime in Afghanistan, while working for the Human Terrain System: Press release from the United States Attorneys’ Office, Eastern District of Virginia: 03 February 2009 From: Peter Carr Public Information Officer Phone (703) 842-4050 Fax: (703) 299-2584 Email: usavae.press@usdoj.gov Web Address: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae Civilian […]

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Human Terrain System: Murder, Espionage, Paranoia

A Comment on Journalism, Independent and Otherwise This is John Stanton’s seventh article on the Human Terrain System, as mentioned in an update at the end of the last post, far outstripping the work of any other “journalist” in uncovering the spectacular failures of the program and the wrong doing of some of the persons […]

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Selectively Outraged, Half Humane, All American (1.7)

When the subject matter in more than just a few “isolated” incidents turns to using white phosphorous to burn civilians in their homes in Fallujah bombarding civilian populations in Iraq with cluster bombs delivered by artillery shells using shells coated with depleted uranium that then cause thousands of cancers and birth defects among civilians bombing […]

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HTS “Contractor” Who Murdered Afghan, Now in Custody, Awaiting Trial (plus Stanton’s sixth article on the Human Terrain System)

UPDATED Nov. 21-22, 2008: See the formal indictment here. and see Contractor who shot Afghan stands trial PakTribune November 20, 2008 DOD contractor charged in death of Afghan man Jeff Schogol Stars and Stripes, November 22, 2008 U.S. charges defense contractor with Afghan killing Matthew Barakat Associated Press, November 20, 2008 Contractor Charged With Murder […]

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