U.S. Academic Imperialism against Iraq

Military-controlled Information Access, Academic Imperialism, and the Cultural Cleansing of Iraq

This article outlines the violations by the U.S. government, and U.S. academics, of the Hague conventions of 1907 and 1954 for the protection of cultural property, with reference to "Iraqi Perspectives Project." The latter is part of the Minerva Research Initiative, a Pentagon-funded program of academic research in service of U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. military. The article describes the features of U.S. academic colonialism, the exploitation of Iraqi records by the Iraqi Memory Foundation, Hoover Institution, the Conflict Records Research Centere of National Defense University, as widely denounced by several prominent library and archives professional associations. Interestingly, Harvard declined to host any of the documents, precisely because it feared it would be breaking international law in doing so.

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