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Maximilian Forte: The ‘Dirty Secrets’ that Purify a Dirty War: A Colonial Tale of Dancing Boys, a Journalist, and the Human Terrain System in Afghanistan

The ‘Dirty Secrets’ that Purify a Dirty War: A Colonial Tale of Dancing Boys, a Journalist, and the Human Terrain System in Afghanistan A colonizers’ tale of the "dirty secrets" of Afghanistan, focusing on the "dancing boys," as portrayed by an American war reported and the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, which incorporates civilian social scientists Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Don’t Hide Behind the Women: What is Relevant in the Story About Julian Assange and the Rape Accusation?

Don’t Hide Behind the Women: What is Relevant in the Story About Julian Assange and the Rape Accusation? The women behind the rape allegations should not be the focus of the story, either any smears against them, or any defenses on their behalf. What really matters is what happened in the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office, part of Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: The Diary of Ted the Tongue: Pinecone Anthropologist

The Diary of Ted the Tongue: Pinecone Anthropologist The English translation of an article in Germany’s GEO magazine, featuring the "diary" entries of Ted Callahan, an ethnographer working for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System in Afghanistan. Some very interesting and candid revelations are made in this piece.

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Maximilian Forte: Heroism in Doubt: Canadian War Mythology Takes a Hit from Wikileaks

Heroism in Doubt: Canadian War Mythology Takes a Hit from Wikileaks That’s right: quoting a record written by the U.S. military, as found in the Wikileaks release, is an act that "smears the troops," "offends the families of the fallen," and if that isn’t bad enough, it’s the equivalent of "holocaust denial." Read how the pro-war Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Suppressed Realities in the American Media: The Uncensored Acts of War

Suppressed Realities in the American Media: The Uncensored Acts of War I strongly recommend this documentary, shown below, dealing with the major American wars from the 1991 Gulf War onward, their utter brutality, and the ways you have been prevented from even remotely witnessing the truth. It is extremely pertinent to what has endured in Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Is TIME’s Afghan “cover girl” really a victim of mutilation by the Taleban?

Is TIME’s Afghan “cover girl” really a victim of mutilation by the Taleban? Jamil Hanifi, Afghan anthropologist, denounces the TIME Magazine cover featuring "Aisha," allegedly mutilated by the Taleban as a story that is likely a fake and does not square with basic ethnographic facts on the ground. Is there another attempt at the "incubator babies" Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Continued: Debating the Pros and Cons of Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary

Continued: Debating the Pros and Cons of Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary Following my article in CounterPunch, a continuing debate on the ethics of the Wikileaks release of its Afghan War Diary, the reasons to celebrate it, and the causes for concern.

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Maximilian Forte: Revealing the Human Terrain System in Wikileaks Afghan War Diary

Revealing the Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary Contrary to the promotional and job recruitment propaganda, the Afghan War Diary records from Wikileaks show a systematic pattern of using Human Terrain Teams to furnish intelligence, to conduct battlefield interrogations, to be exposed to grave harm. Even more, their confidential and private fieldnotes are being Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive

Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive Using the Afghan War Diary leaked via Wikileaks, what kind of "positive" case can be made for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain Teams, which embed civilian social scientists in counterinsurgency? The answers show what is limited and what is missing from these Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Serious Problems to Note

Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Serious Problems to Note The Wikileaks release of the Afghan War Diary contains great potential and great information. But information is not power, and it is not meaning. More than that, there as much in these records to hurt those critical of U.S. foreign policy, as is there to hurt those Read more…

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