HTS, a Hostile Work Environment: You can say that again. Maximillian Fortes linked to this article in the comments of the last post, but it bares repeating. Fortes posts an article by John Stanton reporting on the death threats made against former senior HTS member Marilyn Dudley-Flores and the larger campaign by her male former colleagues to discredit and discourage Dudley-Flores and other women from working with Human Terrain. Fortes is also keeping a shame list of self-proclaimed ‘independent’ military blogs who are not reporting on this story.
What Women (almost certainly do not) Want: Sociological Images and The Consumerist posted a promotional video for a video game store, where the narrator, a fictional female anthropologist, explores the dark recesses of the gaming populations to find that segment of the species that eludes most gamers: woman. Hmm…the contrast between the bombastic English talk of the anthropologist character versus the American folksy talk of the salesman and customer is also curious.
A Picture Is Worth a Handful of Words: Thanks to the Ideophone for posting a link to the AAA photo contest winners and finalists (posted on Flicker). I was going to come up with a joke about the ethnographic stereotypes many of these photos elicit, but seeing as I don’t have time, I reserve the right to do so in a later post. (Or better yet, someone else can make a joke and leave it in the comments. Maybe a Savage Minds caption contest?)
The Ritual of Empty Talk: Slate.com contributor Anne Applebaum reflects on Hillary Clinton’s trip to China and the futility of the Human Rights talk, writing the following:
Although I sympathize with these critics (of Clinton’s silence with the Chinese delegates), I find I increasingly don’t care what Clinton says about human rights to China’s leaders. Neither should they. She’s right: These exchanges have become ritualized. I also don’t care what she says about human rights to the leaders of Iran, Zimbabwe, or North Korea if those words will have no meaning in practice, anyway. Grandiloquent human rights speeches that amount to nothing have been a hallmark of U.S. foreign policy since at least 1956, when we didn’t come to the aid of a Hungarian rebellion we helped incite. Fifty years of broken promises are quite enough, and if we’re abandoning that habit now, good riddance.
Picturing American Casualties: Jim Johnson at (Notes on) Politics, Theory, and Photography comments on the Obama administration’s (sort of) reversal of the Bush Administration’s ban on photographing the caskets of American soldiers killed in combat.
International Reputation Slumming:
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