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’.
Anthropology and the alternative truth of America's 'War on Terror' in the Sahara
Bureaucracy, New Media and the Infrastructural Forms of Doubt
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discourse. As chemtrail conspiracist Laura writes, for example: ‘These are well-documented facts and the rabbit hole only goes deeper! Please keep digging but remember there’s lots of DISinformation too! It’s taken me years of research and soul searching to
Knowledge Making with and without Digital Practices during Irregularized Migration to Öresund
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information does not necessarily equal better information ( González Martínez 2008 ) is important to keep in mind and becomes increasingly relevant as information becomes easier to share. Gillespie et al. (2018) show that “disinformation (lies