Militarism & War

Hunting the “Out-of-Place Muslim”

The Global War on Terror’s fixation on al-Qa‘ida as a roving band of "foreign fighters" allows the U.S. to claim that it is not fighting a war on Islam, but rather helping local Muslim populations rid themselves of narrow-minded interlopers  seeking to impose a puritanical brand of the religion.  This hunt for foreign fighters animates broader attempts to monitor and control Muslim diasporas outside the "west."  At the same time, the legal impunity of other foreign fighters – namely, U.S. forces and their contractors – is pushed into the background.

On the Erasure of Violence and the Violence of Erasure

I have just characterized the killing of our lifetime’s Public Enemy Number 1, as an act of violence. The association is disconcerting. It does not readily compute. But what else does one call an act that requires the raiding of a home, and the shooting of an unarmed man, and others, until they are dead?

Blogging for Lebanon

Blogs, videos, and artwork filled in the glaring gaps left by the mainstream news media during the recent invasion of Lebanon, leading to the galvanization of a global movement in support of the Lebanese, and giving us a glimpse into the different ways of using digital art and information for advocacy, awareness, and fundraising.

'There are No Rules Here:' A Visitor's Guide to Guantanamo and the Military Commissions

Two attorneys observe military commissions for four weeks in Guantanamo Bay reaching the same conclusions that the Supreme Court did—that the commissions violated the basic principles of US and international law and harm the United States' already diminishing reputation as a leader of human rights.

As the Fires Die: The Terror of the Aftermath

As the smoke lifts from Mumbai, skepticism must prevail over thoseconjectures which support the official state narrative. It is crucial toincrease the pressure for transparency and accountability at this moment toensure that India doesn't slide into the same state as post-9/11 USA.

The deaths continue even as I write this. The death toll stands at 195. And of the several hundred injured some may not survive. It is now official. The siege is over. The last of the gunmen inside the Taj Hotel has been shot dead.

Slaughterhouse Gaza

Israel's latest attack on Gaza is part of a larger historical pattern of abuses based in hegemony, land theft, punishment and encampment of Palestinians, racist policies, aggression and paranoia and a bogus 'peace process' similar to American treaties with Native Americans.

"Gaza's ""Bigger Shoah"""

Protest demonstrations are not enough to stop a holocaust. First, let's debunk the myths around Israel and the conflict and then, move to proactive strategies that will pressure the Israeli government.

The Audacity of Empire

If there is one unmistakable difference between Bush's wars and Obama's wars it boils down to this: we now have a president who can almost perfectly pronounce the names of the cities and villages US troops will occupy and bomb.

Adapted from a talk at a conference titled "Obama's Occupations" held at Pomona College, December 4, 2009.

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