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Gaza: bad politics needs blood


Just a child

Palestinians in Gaza are again living another nightmare. The world, however, appears less interested than usual.  Dead Palestinians are common products on the international political markets at least last since 1967. As many may have observed, I have rarely commented or written about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I am not a political scientist and I think that too much has been said and too little done. This post is intended to be just a reflection provoked by the sight of innocent people suffering and trapped in an endless conflict. Continue reading

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In memory of the anthropologist Germaine Tillion

Yesterday, Germaine Tillion has died at the age of the age of one-hundred. Few students of anthropology probably can tell you who Germaine is despite the fact that she has been one of the anthropologists who have contributed not only to the understanding of the Mediterranean region, particularly North Africa, but also to the freedom of Europe from the nightmare of fascism and Nazism. She has been a ‘partigiani’ and also a prisoner at Ravensbrueck; a personal experience which would mark her life and her future commitment against torture and oppression.

Germanie Tillion’s fieldwork took place in the Aures region of Algeria from 1934 to 1940. The material she collected has been at the centre of her two most famous works The Republic of Cousins: Women’s Oppression in Mediterranean Society and Il etait une fois l’ethnographie.

After the end of the Second World War, Germaine Tillion, despite wishing to study the ideology and reasons behind the Nazi crimes and the use of the camps, accepted professor Louis Massignon’s pressing suggestions and decided to go back to Algeria in 1954. She observed, and was the first to do so among ethnographers, that one of the main issues which Algeria was facing, and that would have affected its future, was the migration from the countryside to the cities, which caused a severe impoverishment of the migrants. Continue reading

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The Anthropology of Islam

Finally my second book, The Anthropology of Islam, will be available at the end of this month. I wish to share with you a short excerpt from the beginning of the Introduction. This is an Elenchos (from the ancient Greek ’έλεγχος) which refers to question–answer dialogue that aims to clarify a topic through deconstructing other arguments; in this case, how‘Islam’ may be understood within the field of anthropology: Continue reading

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Not only oil: Iraq and the theft of identities

I spent last week in the US. While there I had the opportunity to read more US newspapers than usually I do. An article on the Washington Post, which appeared last Saturday, 1st of December, has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on the effects of the War in Iraq beyond the visible damage and tragedies. Actually, despite the entire piece being interesting, it was a small part of it that forced me to stop and think. The article, Spurred by Gratitude, is a short report on ‘Bomb Lady’, alias Dr Anh Duong , a 47 year old Vietnamese scientist, mother of the first thermobaric US bomb, and other new US military killing toys used during the, quite terrorist in itself, War on Terror. A nice lady who seems to use her personal experience of Vietnam, her gratitude to the US, and her knowledge for developing the most lethal weapons for her adoptive country in the hope that they can be a deterrent against any force which would wish to confront the US. She declares that she is against the war and does not ‘want [her] kids to think violence is the answer’, and that the US uses weapons only for good reasons. And how does she know this? Of course, she has a blind trust in the US government and believes that they would never misuse her toys of death. I am sure that actually the monthly check she receives aids in her blindness and is the best guarantee of the good intentions of Bush&Co. Continue reading

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Twenty years since the fatal shooting of cartoonist Naji al-Ali

To be a cartoonist has never been easy. Fewer and fewer people in the world have a real sense of humor or understand satire and sarcasm. Naji al-Ali has been a cartoonist who expressed his criticism about Palestine, the oppression of Palestinians and Palestinian political life, in a powerful way.

His pen was sharp and his cartoons powerful, so powerful that somebody, if not a real consortium, decided to kill him in London twenty years ago. Indeed, on July 22, 1987, he was shot in the face, at point blank range, as he left the London offices of the Al Qabbas newspaper. He died after laying in a coma for 5 weeks. Continue reading

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Is still Bush speaking to God?

An intelligent guy The BBC has started an interesting project focusing on the disastrous war in Iraq. In one its web pages it is monitoring the effects of the war, week by week, by looking at casualty figures, the pressure on hospitals and quality of life for ordinary civilians.

The war in Iraq has been a disaster; Bush gifts Americans and British people with grief and a dark future of fear, and the Iraqi people with genocide and a multilateral civil war. The only happy guy, were he not dead, would be Mr Osama bin-Laden, who would have seen his corporation and franchise of terror wealthy as never before. But we know that the Bush family is very used to exchange gifts with the bin-Ladens. It is a long tradition, which this time, probably, has its Freudian side.

However, if President Bush still believes that his controversial surge strategy in Iraq is succeeding, it can only mean that he is still speaking to god. Yet, as an anthropologist, I suggest that this god can only be Kūkā`ilimoku Ki`i Hulu Manu, the Hawaiian feather-headed war god.


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Richard Littlejohn’s “War on Britain’s Jews”, or the spiral of intolerance

http://vhm-design.com/#aboutsOn the 9th of July Channel 4 broadcasted Littlejohn’s documentary The War on Britain’s Jews. He introduced his documentary on his Daily Mail column, and if you do not want to watch all of it, Littlejohn himself has offered a taste in his column.I have to admit that I agree with Tony Greenstein about Littlejohn as a journalist and about his documentary. Tony Greenstein in The Guardian has stated:


If Channel 4 was seriously concerned about anti-semitism then the last person to present it would have been Richard Littlejohn. This is the same person who said of the Rwandan genocide: “Does anyone really give a monkey’s about what happens in Rwanda? If the Mbongo tribe wants to wipe out the Mbingo tribe then as far as I am concerned that is entirely a matter for them” – which is a direct take from the late Alan Clark‘s infamous remark about “bongo bongo land”.He has also called the Palestinians “the pikeys of the Middle East” and suggested that it was time to “wring [their] necks”. “Pikey” is a racist reference to Gypsies, one of Littlejohn’s pet hates, along with gays and asylum seekers.

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