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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 55–80.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Vicente L. Rafael Much has been written about the vicissitudes of counterinsurgency as a crucial complement to counterterrorism in the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. Such a strategy necessarily depends on the mastery of local languages by way of translation. This essay focuses on...
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Social Text (1 June 2014) 32 (2 (119)): 25–51.
Published: 01 June 2014
...J. Martin Daughtry This essay explores the relationship between sound, violence, and the sensorium within the context of the recent war in Iraq. It argues that, at extreme volumes or in extreme psychosocial circumstances, wartime sounds become untethered from their indexicality, losing much or all...
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 1–23.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of the recent U.S. occupation of Iraq. As an examination of the vexed position of Iraqi translators working for the U.S. military shows, attempts to deploy American notions of translation in war have devolved instead into the circulation of what in fact remains untranslatable and so unassimilable to...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 1–11.
Published: 01 June 2007
... invasion of Iraq has been kept carefully uncontaminated by the brutal, chaotic realities of the occupation. According to its unstable temporal logic, the invasion of Iraq (20 March  –  1 May 2003), like the 100-hour 1991 Gulf War, is completely incommensurable with the Cold War and old “hot wars...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 39–52.
Published: 01 June 2007
... March 2003, the U.S. military, with minor assistance from Eng- land, Australia, and a smattering of other countries, invaded the state of Iraq with the avowed purpose of overthrowing the authoritarian and bru- tal government of Saddam Hussein and replacing it with a constitutional democracy. At...
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Social Text (1 June 2003) 21 (2 (75)): 125–140.
Published: 01 June 2003
... “the evil ones.” The proposition articulated in the president’s January 2002 state of the union address that North Korea, Iran, and Iraq constitute an “axis of evil” may well be the most flawed and unsophisticated understanding of interna- tional affairs to have been offered by any head of state...
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Social Text (1 June 2008) 26 (2 (95)): 111–112.
Published: 01 June 2008
... Karadzic history is a mounted tableau, a decoupage, a display screen upon which ideological verities are projected in the manifestation of broken bodies, collective pain, and social suffering. The light show of the Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq and the erotic/zoological posing of...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 103–142.
Published: 01 June 2007
... particular forms of violence that occurred in Abu Ghraib and other spaces Ghraib state under U.S. military control in Iraq. And it is to that particular question that that most of I want to turn in the pages that follow. There is, as Pierre Clastres says...
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Social Text (1 December 2002) 20 (4 (73)): 1–18.
Published: 01 December 2002
... politics. Egypt under Nasser, republican Iraq, the Palestine national movement, postinde- pendence Algeria, the Republic of South Yemen, and Ba’thist Syria all charted courses independent of the United States. None of them declared themselves an Islamic state, and many of them repressed local Islamic...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 169–180.
Published: 01 June 2007
... pickup Ashley Dawson truck on a typical sweltering day in Iraq and begins lobbing mortars toward one of Baghdad’s primary power stations. Coalition forces are quickly deployed to quell the attack, but in the firefight that ensues, a number of civilians who do not get...
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Social Text (1 June 2003) 21 (2 (75)): 1–6.
Published: 01 June 2003
... and political future, could instead be framed as a battle of civilization against terror, of democracy against hatred, of the West against Islam. Under the banner of the war on terror, the United States then announced its plans for a war against Iraq as the cornerstone of an unapologetic pro...
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Social Text (1 December 2018) 36 (4 (137)): 81–110.
Published: 01 December 2018
... In Diary of a Wave outside the Sea Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi poet who received the Human Rights Watch Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001, describes life in Iraq during and after the First Gulf War (1990–91), at times using Maurice Blanchot’s figure of the disaster to characterize experience there...
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Social Text (1 December 2003) 21 (4 (77)): 1–7.
Published: 01 December 2003
... the U.N.’s inspection regime as part of a containment strategy (disarmament) that he would soon dismiss—with the effect of degrading the integrity of this global body. A preemptive strike against Iraq not only is a violation of interna...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 13–22.
Published: 01 June 2007
...-long future borne as a calling in our present. Despite the assertion of Septem- ber 11 as its genesis, the war of which Bush speaks in my epigraph has been a long time in the making.1 Afghanistan and Iraq were the objects of U.S. agitation long before terror made the journey from a method to an...
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Social Text (1 June 2003) 21 (2 (75)): 49–74.
Published: 01 June 2003
.... Prior to their arrival in Israel, Jews in Iraq, for example, had a differ- ent self-designation. They had thought of themselves as Jews but that Jewish identity was diacritical—it played off and depended on a relation to other communities. Hyphens, in a sense, were used to highlight diverse aspects...
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Social Text (1 December 2003) 21 (4 (77)): 51–67.
Published: 01 December 2003
... of insecurity has been scapegoat- ing, which has failed to discriminate between high-profile enemies and price of duct-tape ordinary citizens. For example, to link the war against Iraq to the events of and plastic September 11, White House...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 79–99.
Published: 01 March 2017
... On a fall afternoon in 2007, more than a year after Jake had been medically evacuated from Iraq to the US military’s iconic Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, he and I sat perched on a seasonal grocery store display of pumpkins and haystacks in front of a nearby mall, talking and...
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Social Text (1 June 2006) 24 (2 (87)): 1–9.
Published: 01 June 2006
... people and places as “moments . . . turned Introduction #24; The war on Iraq away from the movement of history and then returned, through personal recollection, to the pages of his memoir, thus...
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Social Text (1 June 2007) 25 (2 (91)): 143–168.
Published: 01 June 2007
.... (war mongering Impressed by the power of the Pentagon, some “progressives” have advocated a coalition linking militarism, “cosmopolitanism,” and humani- banked as votes), tarian intervention in places like Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.3 In...
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Social Text (1 December 2003) 21 (4 (77)): 127–138.
Published: 01 December 2003
... individual (whether good or bad), we fell prey to sniper anxiety. During the height of the sniper attacks, USA Today reported that Americans were more worried by the sniper than they were by impending war with Iraq...