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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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Benjamin Kuras

In the autumn of 1999, Jews all over the world began to receive an e-mail message stating two pieces of blatant disinformation.

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When Facebook Is the Internet

A Halfie Anthropologist Grapples with Evolving Social Media Connectivity

Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo

undemocratic ends. In the Philippines, Facebook has been used to harass critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and to spread disinformation, which intensified starting in 2016 ( Ong and Cabañes 2018 ; Ressa 2019 ). With the 2020 passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

democracies have not been tested by pandemics or similar events in the contemporary media landscape, where public opinion can be manipulated through effective spreading of disinformation. Indeed, many observers have characterized the COVID-19 crisis as also

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Jodi Dean

, unburied, unmourned. The failure of the federal government, the inadequate planning and preparation, the harsh reality of for-profit healthcare, the confusion and disinformation spreading out of the White House, the incapacity of the political establishment

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Digitally Dismantling Asian Authoritarianism

Activist Reflections from the #MilkTeaAlliance

Adam K. Dedman and Autumn Lai

discovered Twitter—a platform banned inside the PRC—and began using it to counter online discourse disparaging of their authoritarian governance. CCP-linked Twitter accounts grew rapidly in 2020 as part of the Party's broader disinformation campaign around

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

coronavirus. The post of health minister subsequently remained vacant. Rather than seeking responses to the crisis, Bolsonaro politicized it, raising the radical tone and mobilizing his base. This included disinformation campaigns and the spread of fake news

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

and growing inequality, intense and unrelenting racism, increasingly (normalized) repressive state tactics and surveillance, subtle social manipulation through disinformation and big data analytics, and atrocious (lack of) national leadership and

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Ken Stein, Yael Berda, Galia Golan, Pnina Peri, Yuval Benziman, Dalia Gavriely-Nuri, Muzna Awayed-Bishara, and Aziza Khazzoom

to Israeli disinformation and suggests that the Soviets may well have believed the false intelligence regarding Israeli troop concentrations near the Syrian border, which they passed on to the Egyptians. He also documents intentional Israeli

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From Civilian Power to a Geo-economic Shaping Power

Stephen F. Szabo

of Russia’s Disinformation Campaign,” Transatlantic Academy 2015–2016 Paper Series, No. 6 (Washington, 2016); available at , accessed 24