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Bruce Lincoln

The point of departure for this article is a description of punitive practices reported to have been employed in Achaemenian Persia around 400 BCE. On closer examination, what appears to be an example of sadistic torture proves to be a judiciary ordeal constructed in such a way as to convert the accused's body (and bodily processes) into conclusive evidence of his guilt and, simultaneously, to confirm imperial ideology. This episode provides the basis for reconsidering events at Abu Ghraib prison, where, it is argued, low-level American GIs obsessively enacted a finite set of scenarios in a desperate attempt to make their captives' bodies confirm arguments used to justify the war in Iraq as a struggle against low, dark, craven, perverse, and corrupt beings dismissable as 'terrorists'.

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Sade for Sade's Sake

Inside Paul Chan's Transmedial Laboratory

Olivier Delers

at the continuity between the economic logic of war, abuse, and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, and the “collateral” deaths of more than one hundred and fifty thousand Iraqi civilians in the first three years of the conflict. 6 In Sade's The 120

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Will Gartside

Torture porn's crowning achievements, as identified by Gregory A. Burris (2010), are the Saw and Hostel series. He argues that the Saw series represents a puritanical mind-set running amok, while the Hostel movies reflect a culture struggling to come to terms with the horrors of Abu Ghraib. This article challenges this position. It identifies thematic patterns within the Saw and Hostel films to demonstrate how the images of violence on display throughout both series tend to reinforce, rather than subvert, the popularly held belief that the Abu Ghraib scandal represented mere abuse, as opposed to torture. The article shows how these films trivialize and rationalize torture and the roles that sex and gender play in this process.

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torturer at Abu Ghraib. And he was sentenced to ten years in jail, and he doesn't feel it was enough. He tortured and killed people because he liked doing it. And now, he's trying to atone, but he doesn't know how to atone so he's waiting, waiting for a

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A Purging Presence

The Dog in Zoroastrian Tradition

Mahnaz Moazami

’, Iranica Antiqua 30 , no. 1 : 179 – 188 . 10.2143/IA.30.0.519290 Lincoln , B. ( 2007 ), Religion, Empire, and Torture: The Case of Achaemenian Persia, with a Postscript on Abu Ghraib ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press ). Madan , D. M. (ed

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Optics of regulation and control

Ieva Jusionyte and Daniel M. Goldstein

: University of California Press . Caton , Steven C. , and Bernardo Zacka . 2010 . Abu Ghraib, the security apparatus, and the performativity of power . American Ethnologist 37 ( 2 ): 203 – 211 . 10.1111/j.1548-1425.2010.01250.x Cleaveland , Carol

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Visualising Resilience

Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde

Pramod K. Nayar

that produced victims worldwide: the Chechen war, Iraq and the War on Terror, the Abu Ghraib horrors, the caste system in India, and others. Sacco undertook a daring experiment with his wordless The Great War (2013), based on the first day of the

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Migration as Survival

Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability

Gerhild Perl

, Steven . 2010 . “ Abu Ghraib and the Problem of Evil .” In Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action , ed. Michael Lambek , 165 – 186 . New York : Fordham University Press . Das , Veena 2007 . Life and Words: Violence and the

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Target Practice

The Algorithmics and Biopolitics of Race in Emerging Smart Border Practices and Technologies

Tamara Vukov

Sacred (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005); Anne McClintock, “Paranoid Empire: Specters from Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Small Axe 13, no. 1 (2009): 270–294; Norma Alarcón, Caren Kaplan, and Minoo Moallem, Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms

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Recapturing the Lost

Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War

Ane Marie Ørbø Kirkegaard

. 2007 . “ Empire, Desire and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner ‘Abuse’ in Abu Ghraib and the Question of ‘Gendere Equality.’ .” International Feminist Journal of Politics 9 ( 1 ): 38 – 59 . 10