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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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Transit Migration in Niger

Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?

Sébastien Moretti

trafficking of drugs or weapons—a phenomenon that goes some way toward explaining the population growth in Agadez, from 100,000 to 500,000 according to some estimates in just a few years since the end of the Tuareg rebellion ( Molenaar 2017 ). To cross the

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Danger, Moral Opacity, and Outrage

Fear of Jihadism and the Terrorist Threat in Southern Mali

Tone Sommerfelt

trend of alarmist discourse about Muslim reform movements in milieus in Bamako. With the transformation of the northern conflict from a Tuareg rebellion to a complex emergency involving al-Qaeda-linked militants and Salafi jihadist groups, and with the

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Replenishing Milk Sons

Changing Kinship Practices among the Sahrāwī, North Africa

Konstantina Isidoros

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

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Tracey Reimann-Dawe

of African leaders. In the following excerpt, the explorer’s hopes of safe passage with the Tuareg tribal leader Si-Othman and his caravan are dashed. In this moment of relative impotence, mobilizing the concept of time is the explorer’s method of

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Yan Slobodkin

populations suggested new solutions to problems that had been considered unsolvable. Since the nineteenth century, European observers held a romantic view of Saharan herders such as the Tuareg, who they considered exceptionally big, strong, and healthy. 81

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Sentimentalising Persons and Things

Creating Normative Arrangements of Bodies through Courtroom Talk

Jonas Bens

review and editing process. Notes 1 In January 2012, violence broke out between forces of the national government in Bamako and insurgents in northern Mali. The insurgents were an alliance of Tuareg rebels and Islamist organisations ( Lecocq 2013