Category Archives: Biopolitics

Giorgio Agamben: What is an Apparatus?

Before most of these writing notes make it to cutting floor (a process that always makes me shriek a little), I thought I’d post them here. On Agamben’s 2009 “What is an Apparatus” essay (which can be found online). It’s … Continue reading

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U.S. military is seeking to improve troop concentration with “electroconvulsive therapy”

The Pentagon has begun experiments into improving human concentration by passing electric current through its soldiers’ brains. Drone pilots in particular could benefit from the biotechnology, given “attentiveness and recognition can deteriorate in as little as 20 minutes.” Several dozen … Continue reading

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The Sound of Terror: Phenomenology of a Drone Strike

The “sensory” dimension of drone strikes is explored in Nasser Hussein’s article, “Phenomenology of a Drone Strike” in the Boston Review. Here, Hussein compares two competing visual and aural registers: the silent seeing of the drone’s camera from the skies, … Continue reading

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Chalmers Johnson on Empire – and the space for thought

This video comes from 2007 as part of Berkeley’s “Conversations with History” show. The inimitable Chalmers Johnson discusses his “Blowback” trilogy of books — “Blowback”, “Sorrows for Empire” and “Nemesis”. All of them revolve around U.S. foreign policy and militarism. … Continue reading

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The death of worldliness in Pakistan

In an article published last week, Brian Glyn Williams discussed his 2009 trip around Pakistan, despite warnings from the U.S. State Department that the country posed a terrorist risk. His main purpose was to collect information on the CIA’s drone … Continue reading

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Bat Bombs

Following on from a previous post on “RoboRoach” and the “militarization of nature”, I stumbled upon this brief article on the development of bats as incendiary devices during the close of World War II. As the article states, during the … Continue reading

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Forget Drones, meet the Insect Cyborgs

The “militarization” and “manipulation” of nature (notwithstanding the impossibility of a thing called “Nature”) – is a feature as old as the military itself, and includes a variety of sites, bodies and geographies. In a distressing but fascinating excerpt from … Continue reading

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Are Drones an Existential Threat?

Last week it came to light that Cambridge researchers are busy investigating whether technology could one day end up destroying civilization. Could robots wipe out mankind? It’s a question that science-fiction has sunk its teeth into for decades, if not … Continue reading

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Biometrics used to Monitor Afghan and Iraqi Populations

Information on over 1.5 million Afghans has been put in databases operated by Americans, NATO, and local forces – equivalent to roughly one in every six males of fighting age. In Iraq, the numbers are even more – with data … Continue reading

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