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Callie Maidhof

The Arabs in Africa


As Libyans rise up against the 41-year-old dictatorship of Muammar al-Qaddafi, one of the most striking claims of state violence has been the hiring of “African mercenaries” to crush the revolt. Like Hosni Mubarak’s “thugs” (or baltagiya in Arabic, terms that gained widespread currency almost instantly), the mercenaries represent the anti-populist face of violence, those who are willing to take to the streets not for reasons of personal conviction or national duty, but for ...

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Callie Maidhof


Callie Maidhof is a Ph.D student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University in the same subject and a B.A. from Florida State University in Music and English Literature, as well as a Certificate in World Music. Her research focuses on Israeli state-sponsored suburban Jewish settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.