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Anthropology in Practice

Remembering With Baseball

Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball. – Pete Hamill I’ve been at a loss for what to say today—particularly as there is no shortage of people who [...]

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Cross-Check

Did the U.S. Overreact to the 9/11 Attacks? Undoubtedly

chart comparing annual fatality risks

A decade ago I was wrestling a paragraph in my home office when my wife called out from another room, alarm in her voice. The music station she was listening to had interrupted a song to announce that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. We turned on the television, which had a [...]

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Observations

Did the U.S. government misuse science to justify torture?

detainee-cia-experiment

In 2001, Pakistani soldiers captured Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi as he fled Afghanistan. The Pakistani government turned the Libyan paramilitary trainer affiliated with al Qaeda over to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency requested permission to take al-Libi instead and send him to another country—Egypt—for interrogation, permission the Bush administration granted. [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Forgetting About 9/11

World Trade Centers from below

A decade ago, we lived in an apartment tower in Jersey City overlooking the Hudson River. We had a panoramic view of Manhattan—and of planes flying in and out of the nearby airports. After several years there, I got used to rolling my eyes as my husband pontificated on the make, or approach, of various [...]

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