Torture: from Algiers to Abu Ghraib

Macmaster, Neil (2004) Torture: from Algiers to Abu Ghraib. Race & Class, 46 (2). pp. 1-21. ISSN 0306-3968

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The treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq focused worldwide media attention on the US practice of torture. Underlying such a practice was not only a self-serving debate in US political circles, academia and entertainment media on how a liberal democracy could justify such methods but also a history of counter-insurgency techniques which owed much to French warfare in Algeria. Yet while the lessons of the torturer have been assiduously learnt, what has been ignored is the recent open debate in France on the profound damage done by such institutionalised barbarity both to the victims and to the individuals and regimes that deploy it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: algeria,counter-insurgency,fln,guantamano,human rights,taguba report,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/peace_justice_and_strong_institutions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 15:06
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:35
DOI: 10.1177/0306396804047722

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