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By Carolyn Nordstrom

This e-book captures the human face of the frontlines, revealing either the seen and the hidden realities of latest conflict, strength, and overseas profiteering within the twenty first century.

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The problem with the story of my neighbor is that reasonable, economically comfortable, schooled people are not supposed to give in to these primal emotions: it is the poor and uneducated, the marginal, and the criminal who are blamed for irrational violence. It is the poor three-wheeler driver street tough who is supposed to fuel the flames of mob violence, not the nice schoolboy or the respected doctor. Amid all this, another set of dirty secrets was kept. Under cover of the “truth” shouted from media headlines that “the Sinhalese were rioting against the Tamils,” businesspeople burned out competitors’ stores, neighbors set fire to the house of a person against whom they held a grudge, and countless thousands of people looted goods anywhere they found the chance.

Michel de Certeau captures the complex interactions of non/state and extra/legal that I will develop in this book. De Certeau asks that we give up a singular attachment to abstract domains of epistemology to explore substance in action: The wordless histories of walking, dress, housing, or cooking shape neighborhoods on behalf of absences; they trace out memories that no longer have a place. . They insinuate different spaces into cafes, offices, and buildings. To the visible city they add those “invisible cities” about which Calvino wrote.

And each act of violence, even if it involves Angolans, affects the war in Mozambique, with reverberations that can travel across borders and political causes as easy as sound waves do. I was left wondering: where, exactly, are the battlefields, and who are the players in any war? ” Before beginning a study of war, a researcher must decide where to look for it. ” These tomes themselves (mis)locate war in a powerful way. Military science locates it in the acts of rational soldiering and political science locates it in the acts of mostly rational political elites— and both do it in a largely irrational world.

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