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Threats to Destroy Cultural Heritage Harm Us All

Chelsea Horton , February 19th, 2020


Trump’s Twitter intimidation may have been politically expedient bluster. But, it threatened our collective cultural legacy, regional stability, and scientific inquiry. When United States President D…


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Canada Imports the White Helmets from Syria: A Dangerous, Criminal Decision

Eva Bartlett , August 12th, 2018


Did Canadians get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No. Will Canadians get a say in where these…


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Book Review: Washington’s Long War on Syria, by Stephen Gowans

Maximilian C. Forte , May 11th, 2018


Review of: Washington’s Long War on Syria, by Stephen Gowans. Published by Baraka Books, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 6 x 9 inches. 280 pages. ISBN No 9781771861083. Paper, $24.95…


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How to Make Extremism Mainstream and Fake a Debate about Islamophobia

Maximilian C. Forte , June 7th, 2017


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…


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Conferentie in Marokko over Feminisme, radicalisering en extremisme

standplaatswereld , June 1st, 2017


Paintings: Khadija MADANI ALAOUI, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez Door Edien Bartels en Lenie Brouwer Feminisme, radicalisering en extremisme zijn grote woorden. Hoe breng je die bijeen…


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Black flags from Rome: Mafia and Isis, as before Mafia and Al Qaeda

Matt Thompson , March 19th, 2017


Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Stefano Portelli. Stefano is a cultural anthropologist with a doctorate in Urban Studies, his primary fieldsites are a barrio of Barcelona and the…


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Donald Trump and Empire: An Assessment

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2016


“There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations of the world while its own…


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“I was nowhere”

standplaatswereld , April 18th, 2016


By Marie Linne    Dalal contaced me during my fieldwork among refugees who aspire to study in the Netherlands. She agreed to meet with me for an interview, to…


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Did the Belgian Authorities Purposely Trigger the Brussels Attacks?

Maximilian Forte , March 24th, 2016


Among the dense clouds of speculation from mainstream journalists and the many supposed national security experts whose expertise lies in repeating nothing (“I have been briefed, but I…


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Crisis, ISIS, Synthesis: Where is Libya Going?

Maximilian Forte , February 24th, 2016


Just as the pace of subjecting Libya to a new phase of international discipline quickens, the elites of the small club of recolonizing powers that nominate themselves “the…


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The Shape of Things to Come in Libya (Part 2 of 2)

Maximilian Forte , February 22nd, 2016


A New World Recolonization Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, March 20, 2011, to Jeffrey D. Feltman: “Can we get a statement from the Libyan opposition…w [with]…


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The Shape of Things to Come in Libya (Part 1 of 2)

Maximilian Forte , February 14th, 2016


There is another rush to war in Libya. Driven by US public alarmism over ISIS, and fronted by Italy, we are now being told by the Italian Defence…


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Anthropological Irony

Whitney Carter , January 8th, 2016


Cultural Relativism and the Destruction of Cultural Artifacts by the Islamic State Nimrud Assyria, Lamassus Guarding Palace Entrance, Before Destruction. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Cultural rel…


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anthro in the news 12/28/2015

anthropologyworks , December 28th, 2015


Source: Google Images/Creative Commons To address ISIS, social science essential Two social scientists at the University of Oxford,, one a social anthropologist and the other an economist, co-authore…


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The ‘wall of virtue’ that surrounds followers of Isis will not be broken down by bombing Syria

anthropologyworks , December 10th, 2015


by Sean Carey Source: The Tablet “Sectarianism involves strong feelings, deep resentment, a searing sense of injustice, above all, anger,” explained renowned British social anthropologist …


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anthro in the news 11/30/2015

anthropologyworks , November 30th, 2015


ISIS recruits through friends and social media An article in the New York Times on ISIS recruitment provides extensive commentary from cultural anthropologist Scott Atran, co-founder of the…


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anthro in the news 11/23/2015

anthropologyworks , November 23rd, 2015


  As of November 21, Brussels was on high alert for a possible terrorist attack. source: Smirnoff, Creative Commons What does ISIS want? CBS (Minnesota) carried a brief…


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anthro in the news 10/12/2015

anthropologyworks , October 12th, 2015


  Caption: Artemisia annua which yields an anti-malarial drug, source: Wikipedia Nobel Prize catalyzes controversy in China   The New York Times reported on reactions in China about…


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anthro in the news 8/24/15

anthropologyworks , August 23rd, 2015


Islamic State vision driven by dreams An article in the Independent (U.K.) draws on a recent paper by Durham University emeritus reader in anthropology Iain Edgar regarding the role…


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anthro in the news 8/10/15

anthropologyworks , August 13th, 2015


Politics and dirty water: A recipe for poor health An article in the Mail and Guardian (South Africa) describes the role of politics in the mishandling of water…


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Scott Atran on Youth, Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace

gregdowney , April 25th, 2015


On 23 April, 2015, Prof. Scott Atran addressed the UN Security Council, to our knowledge the first time an anthropologist has ever been asked to speak to this…


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Useful Atrocities

Eva Bartlett , October 26th, 2014


Who outside of Syria knows the names Yara Abbas, Maya Naser, Mohamed al-Saeed…? The corporate media has inundated us with news of the two American journalists allegedly beheaded,…


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The Perpetually Confused Conflicts in the Middle East–public lecture by William O. Beeman with discussion from Portland Oregon

William Beeman , August 18th, 2014


The Perpetually Confused Conflicts in the Middle East Attached is a recording of a lecture given to the “Thirsters” civic group in Portland, Oregon on August 7, 2014…


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Will There be a Sunni-Shi’a War in the Middle East? Not Likely–William O. Beeman, New America Media

William Beeman , June 18th, 2014


Will There be a Sunni-Shi’a War in the Middle East? Not Likely New America Media, News Analysis, …


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