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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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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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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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Uzi Meshulam and the ‘Mishkan Ohalim’ Affair

The Influence of Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy

Motti Inbari

to let the movement’s members feel that they had been persecuted for their beliefs or to be driven to despair. The fact that the police were able to arrest the leader caused confusion and disinformation, after which those barricaded inside the

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Mimesis and Conspiracy

Bureaucracy, New Media and the Infrastructural Forms of Doubt

Michael Vine and Matthew Carey

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

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

[ing] the eastern part of Eretz Yisrael.” Laron accords a good deal of weight to Israel’s use of a double agent in the lead-up to the war. Aside from bellicose Israeli statements, Laron points to Israeli disinformation and suggests that the Soviets may well

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From Civilian Power to a Geo-economic Shaping Power

Stephen F. Szabo

’s Disinformation Campaign,” Transatlantic Academy 2015–2016 Paper Series, No. 6 (Washington, 2016); available at , accessed 24 July 2017, accessed 24

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

side and often creating information bubbles, disinformation, and propaganda. The social impact of the radicalization and overall climate of distrust have yet to be fully comprehended in the long run. Draft laws on the issue of reintegrating the Donbas