Janine Wedel: Global elites undermine democracy

Posted by on April 2nd, 2010
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Anthropologist uncovers how global elites undermine democracy

from antropologi.info – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

Janine Wedel has done something that far too few anthropolologists do: She studied powerful people. Those who rule the world.

In her book ?Shadow Elite?, she shows how a new system of power and influence has taken hold globally, one that undermines democracy, government, and the free market.

CIA Feminism

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

An appropriate addendum to the previous post, Mercenary Humanism (or how Blackwater wished to ?save Darfur,? for itself).

DNA identifies ‘new ancient human’
BBC News
The scientists, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, say the genetic material doesn’t match that of modern humans or


Story of man’s oldest ancestor home at KSU
Ravenna Record Courier
She may be 4.4 million years old, but the story of Ardi is still relatively new for experts in the field of anthropology and the average
A possible new link in human lineage — all from a little finger
Los Angeles Times
“I like it because it makes us sort of a normal mammal,” said anthropologist Todd R. Disotell of New York University’s Center for the Study of Human Origins
DNA identifies ‘new ancient human’BBC News
Possible new extinct human species identifiedWorld Science
New hominin identified from DNA in pinky boneTG Daily
Science Daily (press release)Dallas Morning NewsRussia-InfoCenter

Cultural anthropologist opens Pandora?s box

from anthropologyworks by admin

The Internet has been labeled a modern day Pandora?s box. It can let loose on the Internet viewing public any and all knowledge and opinions. Anna Kata, a graduate student in anthropology at McMaster University, mined several Internet sites for the ?social discourse? they establish concerning the dangers of vaccination.

Savage Interview: ethnographer and entrepreneur theorist Simon Sinek

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Adam Fish

This winter quarter I had the distinct pleasure of spending several weeks with students talking about corporate globalization and neoliberalism. Students may get an opportunity to think about late capitalism in a more hyped-up and celebratory way in their business or development classes but the anthropological take on capitalism and globalization is that it is patently sinister.

The Dark Side of the Gift

from Material World by Patrick Laviolette

Jean-Sébastien Marcoux (H.E.C. Université de Montréal)

Many researchers continue to treat gift-giving as a valorised alternative to commercial exchanges. They praise it for humanising market relationships, for making the market meaningful, and for providing an escape from the commodifying logic of capitalist exchanges. They describe it as a social activity in which a humanising logic is applied at the interpersonal level.

Human Terrain System Leadership: Worst Ever? John Stanton

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Human Terrain System Leadership: Worst Ever? ?They Don?t Give a Rat?s Ass Except for the Money?

by John Stanton

29 March 2010

Thanks to the work of Howard Altman of Tampa Bay Online, we now know that US Army 1/LT Brian Brennan is alive and well and pursuing life?s challenges with vigor. Brennan was the driver of the Humvee in which the late Michael Bhatia, a civilian Human Terrain Team member and Brown University graduate, was riding when it ran over an IED. In death, Bhatia was lionized by the US media for his contributions to the global US war effort, while Brennan received nothing close.

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