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The making of terrorists

Anthropology and the alternative truth of America's 'War on Terror' in the Sahara

Jeremy Keenan

This article, based on almost eight years of continuous anthropological research amongst the Tuareg people of the Sahara and Sahel, suggests that the launch by the US and its main regional ally, Algeria, in 2002–2003 of a ‘new’, ‘second’, or ‘Saharan’ Front in the ‘War on Terror’ was largely a fabrication on the part of the US and Algerian military intelligence services. The ‘official truth’, embodied in an estimated 3,000 articles and reports of one sort or another, is largely disinformation. The article summarizes how and why this deception was effected and examines briefly its implications for both the region and its people as well as the future of US international relations and especially its global pursuance of an increasingly suspect ‘War on Terror’.

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The Fiscal Commons

Tax Evasion, the State, and Commoning in a Catalonian Cooperative

Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar

Monetary Fund], the euro, and capitalism.” He augmented this critique of global economic institutions with a damning judgment of Spanish political structures: “I suppose you've already seen that over here we're living inside of a political deception.” He

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In/visible—In/secure

Optics of regulation and control

Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

acronyms—Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time (AVATAR), and others—capable of capturing emotional states, deception cues, and signs of hostile intent. Governmentality meets biopower in the

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Gramsci in and beyond resistances

The search for an autonomous political initiative among a subaltern group in the Beninese savanna

Riccardo Ciavolella

deception with the promises of development, politics, and national association explains this reorientation to self-reliance ( sagoo ), where openings to the outer world are considered the necessary strategy for recovering a form of political, economic

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The emergence of the global debt society

Governmentality and profit extraction through fabricated abundance and imposed scarcity in Peru and Spain

Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Hirsch, and Irene Sabaté

predictions of and clear deceptions about present and future wealth (what we call “fabricated abundance”) that translated on the inability to repay the debt generated by these profit expectations; and (3) the recipe to solve each of these economically

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Austrian “Gypsies” in the Italian archives

Historical ethnography on multiple border crossings at the beginning of the twentieth century

Paola Trevisan

, and would like to have, cross(ed) gave rise to discussions and deceptions between the Italian and Austrian authorities. At certain points, it seems as though you are witnessing a chess game in which the victor is the one who does not admit the “Gypsies

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From behind stall doors

Farming the Eastern German countryside in the animal welfare era

Amy Leigh Field

press for poor conditions. As the chief editor of a local agricultural press also put it: “We do also lie quite a lot: the cows on milk packaging for example, it's all deception, and it's easy to find out that cows aren't raised the way they're depicted

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Blurred memories

War and disaster in a Buddhist Sinhala village

Mara Benadusi

that outsiders be complicit and participate in reproducing the deception and appearances of truth, not that they be believed. Navigating the rocky path of uncertainty in village life required the use of “uninhibited research methods” ( Bouchetoux 2014

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Dangerous speculation

The appeal of pyramid schemes in rural Siberia

Leonie Schiffauer

John Comaroff , 1 – 56 . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . 10.1215/9780822380184 Cox , John 2016 . “Value and the art of deception: Public morality in a Papua New Guinean Ponzi scheme.” In Anthropologies of value: Cultures of accumulation

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Introduction

Hierarchy, Value, and the Value of Hierarchy

Naomi Haynes and Jason Hickel

Dependence in Central Uganda . Chicago : University of Chicago Press . 10.7208/chicago/9780226119700.001.0001 Smith , Daniel J. 2007 . A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University