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
Le goût du sec
Pour le sens commun, le Sahara n'est bon qu'à être contemplé. Il ne ferait pas bon y vivre. J'ai pu constater à quel point la divergence des points de vue était frappante entre une région présentée par des lectures exogènes (récits de voyages
Changing Kinship Practices among the Sahrāwī, North Africa
1998 ; Khatib-Chahidi 1992 ; McDougall 2005 ; Parkes 2005 ). It has also had a highly prominent position among Saharan studies scholarship focusing mostly on the Tuareg nomads of the central-eastern Sahara (e.g. Murphy 1967 ; Oxby 1990 ; Rasmussen
Revisiting 'the margins' as an illuminating conceptual space analogous to, yet distinct from, the exception, this article explores the Arab Spring from its margins to highlight 'silencing effects' that, if they underpin the problematic notions of the Arab Spring and Arab exceptionalism, assume spectacular dimensions at the margins, namely, the 'disappearance' of an uprising. The disputed territory of Western Sahara, partially annexed by Morocco since 1975, saw an unprecedented uprising in October-November 2010. Annexed Western Sahara's uprising narrowly preceded Tunisia's, conventionally recognized as the first of the Arab Spring. Despite Sahrawis' perceptions of similarities between their uprising and the Arab Spring, Western Sahara's uprising is overlooked in most analyses of the Arab Spring. 'Silencing effects' obscure these similarities and, ultimately, the uprising itself.
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Afghan Transregional Traders Across the Former Soviet Union
groupings’. ‘Global frontier realms’ ( Christelow 2012 ) are zones of friction in that they are peripheral but not marginal to multiple polities and cultures. Those who inhabit such spaces (e.g., the Sahara, the Afghanistan–Pakistan frontier, Burma) have
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of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 ( 7 ): 1055 – 1075 . 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1139446 Brachet , Julien . 2018 . “ Manufacturing Smugglers: From Irregular to Clandestine Mobility in the Sahara .” Annals of the American Academy of Political and
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a camel bearing the brand of the Polisario Front. Polisario is a revolutionary movement demanding independence for Western Sahara and more recently functions as a sort of movement/party (the only one) within the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR
Identité et modernité
. 1 et 2 ( Thèse en anthropologie sociale et ethnologie, EHESS , Paris ). Chehma , A. , Faye , B. and Djebar , M. R. ( 2008 ), ‘ Productivité fourragère et capacité de charge des parcours camélins du Sahara septentrional algérien
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refugee camps in the western Sahara Desert, whose kinship structure has faced increasing threat of disruption, and points out that the Sahrāwī women, faced with the possibility of losing their kin men, who are traders and on the move, have created new milk