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Under the rule of Saddam Hussein, the prison of Abu Ghraib (the Father of the Raven) was a place of ill omen, notorious for horrific suffering and torture and mass executions. After the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. military made Abu Ghraib one of the major detention centers for Iraqis suspected of sympathizing with the resistance. The revelations since April 2004 of systematic torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib have not easily been assimilated into the mythology of the U.S. “war on terror.”

The Language of Empire focuses on the response to these revelations in the U.S. media, in congress, and in the larger context of U.S. global politics and ideology. Its focus on the media is a prelude to showing how the language of multiculturalism, humanitarianism, and even feminism have been hijacked in the cause of an illegal and brutal imperialist war.

The media have colluded with the Bush administration in manipulating images of the U.S. occupation of Iraq in such a way as to present it as a clash between civilization and barbarism, and in selectively using legal and procedural issues to distract from the basic criminality of the invasion itself. The circuitous logic through which U.S. imperialism presents itself as a defender of legality and democracy is exposed for all to see in this important and timely work.

Book News Annotation:

The culpability of the US government in the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been whitewashed by the American media, Rajiva argues; her study explores how and why. A Web activist and freelance journalist with an advanced degree in politics from Johns Hopkins U., Rajiva takes a detailed look at the broader implications of what happened at Abu Ghraib and how the events fit into the history and policies of the American military.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The culpability of the US government in the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been whitewashed by the American media, Rajiva argues; her study explores how and why. A Web activist and freelance journalist with an advanced degree in politics from Johns Hopkins U., Rajiva takes a detailed look at the broader implications of what happened at Abu Ghraib and how the events fit into the history and policies of the American military. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Lila Rajiva has taught music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore and English and politics at the University of Maryland and Towson University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583671191
Author:
Rajiva, Lila
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Prisoners of war
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Prisoners of war - Abuse of - United States
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003- - P
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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