Writing the War on Terrorism

Language, Politics and Counter-terrorism
Author: Richard Jackson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719071218
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 232
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This book examines the language of the war on terrorism and is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how the Bush administration's approach to counter-terrorism became the dominant policy paradigm in American politics today.

The War on Terror


Author: Paul Ruschmann,Alan Marzilli
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438106254
Category: Political Science
Page: 135
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The war on terror has been in effect since 2002, when United States troops first invaded Afghanistan. War efforts have expanded from military action to legislation such as the PATRIOT Act and domestic applications. This book examines these issues with statistics, legal opinions, and information about legislation.

Selling the War on Terror

Foreign Policy Discourses After 9/11
Author: Jack Holland
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415519756
Category: History
Page: 232
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This book uses a comparative analysis to examine foreign policy discourses and the dynamics of the 'War on Terror'. The book considers the three principal members of the Coalition of the Willing in Afghanistan and Iraq: the United States, Britain and Australia. Despite significant cultural, historical and political overlap, the War on Terror was nevertheless rendered possible in these contexts in distinct ways, drawing on different discourses and narratives of foreign policy and identity. This volume explores these differences and their origins, arguing that they have important implications for the way we understand foreign policy and political possibility. The author rejects prevalent interpretations of a War on Terror foreign policy discourse, in the singular, highlighting that coalition states both demonstrated and relied upon divergent policy framings to make the War on Terror possible. The book thus contributes to our understanding of political possibility, in the process correcting a tendency to view the War on Terror as a universal and monolithic political discourse. This book will be of much interest to students of foreign policy, critical security studies, terrorism studies, discourse analysis, and IR in general.

Los años del terror

De Al-Qaeda al Estado Islámico
Author: Lawrence Wright
Publisher: DEBATE
ISBN: 8499927777
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 480
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Ganador del premio Pulitzer por La torre elevada, Lawrence Wright es considerado uno de los periodistas más prestigiosos en temas de terrorismo y Oriente Medio. Los reportajes reunidos en Los años del terror buscan dar explicación a la metamorfosis y la expansión de al-Qaeda desde sus orígenes en los años noventa hasta nuestros días, con el surgimiento del Estado Islámico. Desde el indeleble recuento de su estancia por Arabia Saudí, pasando por la industria cinematográfica siria, el conflicto de Gaza, y un devastador artículo sobre la captura y las ejecuciones de los cuatro periodistas y cooperadores internacionales en manos del Estado Islámico y el estrepitoso fracaso de las democracias occidentales, en particular de Estados Unidos para hacer frente al conflicto que asola Oriente Medio, el lector se ve embarcado en una inquietante travesía por el mundo de la violencia yihadista, convirtiéndose en observador de perpetradores, cabecillas, lobos solitarios, víctimas y enemigos. Reseñas: «Wright entreteje sus investigaciones en un sutil tapiz de experiencias personales y sensatas reflexiones.» James Traub, The New York Times Book Review «Fascinante[...] este libro llamará la atención de todos los lectores interesados en los orígenes y posterior desarrollo de los movimientos terroristas.» Library Journal «Uno de los periodistas más lúcidos nos ayuda de nuevo a comprender el extremismo islámico y la reacción occidental.» Ahmed Rashid, The New York Times «Un prosa clara e incisiva [...] Cada reportaje es una mina de informacióncondensada.» USA Today «Esto es reportaje de alto nivel. Lawrence Wright hace recuento de sus investigaciones con prosa cristalina sin perder su propio compás moral.» Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal

Diario de Guantánamo


Author: Mohamedou Oud Slahi
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 6077470996
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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En noviembre de 2001 Mohamedou Ould Slahi avisó a su madre que regresaría en cuanto terminara de entrevistarse con el Directeur de la Sûrete de l’État de Mauritana, quien le había pedido que pasara a su oficina a rendir declaraciones de trámite. Desde aquel día de 2001 en Mauritania, madre e hijo jamás volverían a verse. Ella murió en 2013, y su hijo favorito sigue recluido en Guantánamo. Los tres niveles de tortura que autoriza el ejército estadounidense le son bien conocidos al autor, desde el simple amedrentamiento hasta la inminencia de muerte o de asesinato de miembros de su familia, pasando por interrupciones continuas del sueño, temperaturas extremadamente bajas, posiciones corporales insoportables y agresión sexual. En un frenesí de escritura que no daba tiempo a sus abogadas ni a los interrogadores para leer lo que producía, Mohamedou Ould Slahi relató los interrogatorios a los que fue sometido y las condiciones en que vivió desde que fue privado de la libertad por su presunta participación en la Conjura del Milenio, así como una serie de acusaciones que lo vinculaban a los perpetradores de los ataques del 11-S.

Writing Southeast Asian Security

Regional Security and the War on Terror after 9/11
Author: Jennifer Mustapha
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317340396
Category: Political Science
Page: 176
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This book is a critical analysis of how the discursive and material practices of the "War on Terror" influenced security politics in Southeast Asia after 9/11. It explores how the US-led War on Terror, operating both as a set of material practices and as a larger discursive framework for security, influenced the security of both state and non-state actors in Southeast Asia after 9/11. Building on the author’s own critical security studies approach, which demands a historically and geographically contingent method of empirically grounded critique, Writing Southeast Asian Security examines some of the unexpected effects that the discourses and practices of the War on Terror have had on the production of insecurity in the region. The cases presented here demonstrate that forms of insecurity were constructed and/or abetted by the War on Terror itself, and often occurred in concert with the practices of traditional state-centric security. This work thus contributes to a larger critical project of revealing the violence intrinsic to the pursuit of security by states, but also demonstrates pragmatic opportunities for a functioning politics of theorizing security. This book will be of much interest to students of critical terrorism studies, critical security studies, East Asian, and Southeast Asian politics, US foreign policy, and IR in general.

A War on Terror?

The European Stance on a New Threat, Changing Laws and Human Rights Implications
Author: Marianne Wade,Almir Maljevic
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387892915
Category: Law
Page: 554
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Marianne Wade and Almir Maljevi? Although the worries about terrorism paled in comparison to the economic crisis as a topic during the last US election, one can find plenty of grounds to assume that they remain issue number one in the minds of politicians in Europe. As the German houses of Parliament prepare to call in the mediation committee in the discussion of legislation which would provide the Federal Police – thus far mandated purely with the post-facto investigation of crime – with powers to act to prevent acts of terrorism, Spain’s struggle with ETA and the British Government licks its wounds after a resounding defeat of its latest anti-terrorist proposals by the House of Lords, one cannot but wonder whether post 9/11, the Europeans are not even more concerned with terrorism than their US counterparts. A look at media reports, legislative and judicial activities in either Britain or Germany clearly underlines that those two countries are deeply embroiled in anti-terrorist activity. Can it be that Europe is embroiled in the “War on Terror”; constantly providing for new arms in this conflict? Or is it a refusal to participate in the “War on Terror” that fuels a constant need for Parliaments to grapple with the subject; begrudgingly conceding one increasingly draconian measure after the other? The question as to where Europe stands in the “War on Terror” is a fascinating one, but one, which is difficult to answer.

Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence

The 'war on Terror' as Terror
Author: Scott Poynting
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415607205
Category: History
Page: 252
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This edited volume aims to deepen our understanding of state power through a series of case studies of political violence arising from state ‘counter-terrorism’ strategies. The book examines how state counter-terrorism strategies are invariably underpinned by terror, in the form of state political violence. It seeks to answer three key questions: To what extent can counter-terror strategies be read as a form of state terror? How fundamental is state terror to the maintenance of a neo-liberal social order? What are the features of counter-terrorism that render it so easily reducible to state terror? In order to explore these issues, and to reach an understanding of what it means to say that the ‘war on terror’ is terror , the contributing authors draw upon case studies from a range of geographical contexts including the UK and Northern Ireland, the US and Colombia, and Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam. Analysing these case studies from a psychological-warfare and hegemonic perspective, the book also includes two chapters from Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, which provide a global and historical context. This book will be of great interest to students of critical terrorism studies, political violence, war and conflict studies, sociology, international security and IR.

Icons of War and Terror

Media Images in an Age of International Risk
Author: John Tulloch,R. Warwick Blood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136285431
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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This book explores the ideas of key thinkers and media practitioners who have examined images and icons of war and terror. Icons of War and Terror explores theories of iconic images of war and terror, not as received pieties but as challenging uncertainties; in doing so, it engages with both critical discourse and conventional image-making. The authors draw on these theories to re-investigate the media/global context of some of the most iconic representations of war and terror in the international ‘risk society’. Among these photojournalistic images are: Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a naked girl, Kim Phuc, running burned from a napalm attack in Vietnam in June 1972; a quintessential ‘ethnic cleansing’ image of massacred Kosovar Albanian villagers at Racak on January 15, 1999, which finally propelled a hesitant Western alliance into the first of the ‘new humanitarian wars’; Luis Simco’s photograph of marine James Blake Miller, ‘the Marlboro Man’, at Fallujah, Iraq, 2004; the iconic toppling of the World Trade Centre towers in New York by planes on September 11, 2001; and the ‘Falling Man’ icon – one of the most controversial images of 9/11; the image of one of the authors of this book, as close-up victim of the 7/7 terrorist attack on London, which the media quickly labelled iconic. This book will be of great interest to students of media and war, sociology, communications studies, cultural studies, terrorism studies and security studies in general.

The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God


Author: Lee Griffith
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802828606
Category: Political Science
Page: 399
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Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression. With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called "Islamic terrorists" -- it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a "worldwide epidemic of violence. In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of "rogue states" but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle. In response to today's culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of "the terror of God" stands as a renunciation of all violence -- and of death itself. Posing a radical faith for radical times, "The War onTerrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.

Critical Terrorism Studies since 11 September 2001

What Has Been Learned?
Author: David Miller,Jessie Blackbourn,Helen Dexter,Rani Dhanda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134928297
Category: History
Page: 156
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Academic studies of ‘terrorism’ grew exponentially in number after the September 11 attacks. The problem was that much of this work of ‘orthodox’ terrorism studies was biased, often shoddily researched and was too closely identified with the power centres of Western states. Its denizens were often former and sometimes current officials or officers in the military, intelligence services or the security industry or were funded by them. In response the project of Critical Terrorism Studies was intended to give a more rounded account of political violence in the world. It focuses on neglected issues like state terrorism, Western counterinsurgency, propaganda and misinformation. More than a decade since the founding of the critical project, this book asks what has been learned. It showcases leading examples of critical terrorism studies and presents an agenda for the expansion of an evidence-based approach to political violence and terrorism. With chapters by leading authorities such as Joseba Zulaika, Michael Stohl, Mary Hickman and Richard Jackson, the book evaluates how far the critical project has come and where it is going next. This book was published as a special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Islam Through Western Eyes

From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism
Author: Jonathan Lyons
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231528140
Category: History
Page: 272
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Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox News and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford. In Islam Through Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, conducting a careful analysis of the West's grand totalizing narrative across one thousand years of history. He observes the discourse's corrosive effects on the social sciences, including sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, international relations, security studies, and human rights scholarship. He follows its influence on research, speeches, political strategy, and government policy, preventing the West from responding effectively to its most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Through the intellectual "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons reveals the workings of this discourse and its underlying impact on our social, intellectual, and political lives. He then addresses issues of deep concern to Western readers—Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women—and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.

Cinematic Terror

A Global History of Terrorism on Film
Author: Tony Shaw
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 144115809X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 328
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Cinematic Terror takes a uniquely long view of filmmakers' depiction of terrorism, examining how cinema has been a site of intense conflict between paramilitaries, state authorities and censors for well over a century. In the process, it takes us on a journey from the first Age of Terror that helped trigger World War One to the Global War on Terror that divides countries and families today. Tony Shaw looks beyond Hollywood to pinpoint important trends in the ways that film industries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have defined terrorism down the decades. Drawing on a vast array of studio archives, government documentation, personal interviews and box office records, Shaw examines the mechanics of cinematic terrorism and challenges assumptions about the links between political violence and propaganda.

The Necessary Evil of Preventive Detention in the War on Terror

A Plan for a More Moderate and Sustainable Solution
Author: Stephanie Cooper Blum
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 1604975660
Category: Law
Page: 260
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"This book explores the underlying rationales for preventive detention as a tool in this war on terror; analyzes the legal obstacles to creating a preventive detention regime; discusses how Israel and Britain have dealt with incapacitation and interrogation of terrorists; and compares several alternative ideas to the administration's enemy combatant policy under a methodology that looks at questions of lawfulness, the balance between liberty and security, and institutional efficiency. In the end, this book recommends using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor a narrow regime of preventive detention only to be used under certain prescribed circumstances where interrogation and/or incapacitation are the justifications. This book is an essential reference for collections in American studies, political science, and national security studies."--BOOK JACKET.

At the Heart of Terror

Islam, Jihadists, and America's War on Terrorism
Author: Monte Palmer,Princess Palmer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742536036
Category: Political Science
Page: 293
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This accessible and deeply informed book examines the threat that Muslim extremists pose to America and suggests steps that will facilitate U.S. efforts to defeat them.

Constructing Global Enemies

Hegemony and Identity in International Discourses on Terrorism and Drug Prohibition
Author: Eva Herschinger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136863117
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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Examines efforts to counteract terrorism at the international level and drug prohibition policies

Knowing al-Qaeda

The Epistemology of Terrorism
Author: Dr Andreas Behnke,Ms Christina Hellmich
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409456439
Category: Political Science
Page: 190
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Despite a plethora of studies devoted to it, the current understanding of al-Qaeda and the threat it poses remains vague and ambiguous. Is al-Qaeda a rigidly structured organisation, a global network of semi-independent cells, a franchise, or simply an ideology? What role did Osama bin Laden play within the group and its terrorist campaign? What does it mean to talk about the "global Salafi-jihad" threat allegedly confronting the West? In addressing such questions many writers have sought to offer definitive answers, yet overall the truth about al-Qaeda remains elusive. This book moves beyond this traditional approach in order to investigate and critically assess how such answers reflect the particular epistemological frameworks within which they are produced. Its chapters explore the varied contexts within which the obscure entity labelled al-Qaeda is constituted as a comprehensible object of political, strategic, cultural, and scientific knowledge, and within which 'terrorism' is rendered an experience of quotidian life. This volume offers a much-needed critical reflection on Western ways of talking and of thinking about the frightening experience of global terrorism. In trying to know how we know al-Qaeda, it offers us an opportunity to try to know ourselves and our often hidden assumptions about legitimacy, violence, and political purpose.

Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing


Author: Rehana Ahmed,Peter Morey,Amina Yaqin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136473394
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 252
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Fiction by writers of Muslim background forms one of the most diverse, vibrant and high-profile corpora of work being produced today - from the trail-blazing writing of Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi, which challenged political and racial orthodoxies in the 1980s, to that of a new generation including Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam and Kamila Shamsie. This collection reflects the variety of those fictions. Experts in English, South Asian, and postcolonial literatures address the nature of Muslim identity: its response to political realignments since the 1980s, its tensions between religious and secular models of citizenship, and its manifestation of these tensions as conflict between generations. In considering the perceptions of Muslims, contributors also explore the roles of immigration, class, gender, and national identity, as well as the impact of 9/11. This volume includes essays on contemporary fiction by writers of Muslim origin and non-Muslims writing about Muslims. It aims to push beyond the habitual populist 'framing' of Muslims as strangers or interlopers whose ways and beliefs are at odds with those of modernity, exposing the hide-bound, conservative assumptions that underpin such perspectives. While returning to themes that are of particular significance to diasporic Muslim cultures, such as secularism, modernity, multiculturalism and citizenship, the essays reveal that 'Muslim writing' grapples with the same big questions as serve to exercise all writers and intellectuals at the present time: How does one reconcile the impulses of the individual with the requirements of community? How can one 'belong' in the modern world? What is the role of art in making sense of chaotic contemporary experience?

Pakistan's War on Terrorism

Strategies for Combating Jihadist Armed Groups since 9/11
Author: Samir Puri
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136577432
Category: History
Page: 176
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This book examines Pakistan's strategies in the war against Islamist armed groups that began late 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. The significance of the war inside Pakistan can hardly be understated. Starting in the tribal territories adjacent to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s war has come to engulf the majority of the country through a brutal campaign of suicide bombings. Thousands of Pakistani lives have been lost and the geostrategic balance of the region has been thrown into deep uncertainty. Pakistan's War on Terrorism is an account of a decade-long war following the 9/11 attacks, that is yet to be chronicled in systematic fashion as a campaign of military manoeuvre and terrorist reprisal. It is also an analytic account of Pakistan’s strategic calculus during this time, both in military and political terms, and how these factors have been filtered by Pakistan’s unique strategic culture. This text will be of great interest to students of Asian Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Security Studies in general.

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday - Fighting the War on Terrorism


Author: Andrew Anthony Bufalo
Publisher: All American Books
ISBN: 9780974579320
Category: History
Page: 410
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Bufalo's collection of stories, essays, and politically incorrect commentary by and about the Marines fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan shows how troops feel about being in harm's way.