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Regnar Kristensen

followed meticulously in most newspapers, from which I quote El Reforma: Dangerous corpses in Mexico’s drug war 165 Elements of the marines started to mobilise inside and outside the residence before the removal of the corpse of Beltrán Leyva. The presence of elements from the marine force increased in the zone, in addition to the arrival shortly before of armed vehicles from the Mexican Army, which had to protect the area.2 To my initial surprise, it apparently required many heavily armed soldiers to transfer the corpse to the forensic laboratory. Equally surprising

in Governing the dead
Corpse, bodypolitics and contestation in contemporary Guatemala
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen

expectations that anyone will actually do something about it. Strangely enough – and even if the newspapers spread out on the lunch tables will have their fair share of press photos showing half-naked female corpses found and photographed the previous day – state responsibility towards violent killings of women and mutilated female bodies are seldom part of the daily ‘blame-it-all-on-the-state-game’. Why is this? Even if rape and sexual violence are silenced in most societies, why is it that the violent killings of women are not included in everyday conversations on

in Governing the dead
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How grave robbers, activists, and foreigners ended official silence about Stalin’s mass graves near Kiev
Karel C. Berkhoff

there. I dug to the depth of the spade end and could not go further, for there was something. I cleaned the earth from the place and suddenly saw the corpse of a woman with a dead child in her arms. The corpses had not yet decomposed. Below them were other corpses. Pictures were taken.20 The German News Agency wrote an item, and various newspapers brought out the news, such as the Berliner Official silence about Stalin’s mass graves   63 Börsen-Zeitung and Kiev’s Ukraïnske Slovo, on 30 September and 8 October, respectively.21 Other German-supervised exhumations

in Human remains and identification
Exhumations of Soviet-era victims in contemporary Russia
Viacheslav Bitiutckii

camps in the village of Dubovka. In the early 1950s, these sites were planted with pine forest, which formed a natural camouflage for burial pits containing the bodies of several thousand people.9 Soviet-era victims in contemporary Russia   101 These burials remained secret for fifty years. In 1989, several residents of the village of Somovo wrote to a local newspaper describing how in February 1938 they had witnessed bodies being dumped into a pit somewhere near Dubovka. Journalists picked up on the story, and ran a campaign calling for the Voronezh mass graves to

in Human remains and identification
Notes on developing a photo-ethnographic practice in Basilicata
Lorenzo Ferrarini

developing themes of his work – were in different ways influenced by neorealism and their work had wide circulation in Italian printed media – especially newspapers and magazines. These outlets are in fact more substantial than the actual use of images in De Martino’s books, which was limited. During the time of his research trips during the 1950s, De Martino often published write-ups in popular magazines – Espresso Mese, Radiocorriere, Il Mondo – in which the photographic component had a similar role to the photo essays published by American periodicals such as Life

in Sonic ethnography
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Pollution, contamination and the neglected dead in post-war Saigon
Christophe Robert

inhabitants complain of the run-off from the cemeteries. Dead bodies are leaching bodily fluids in the waterways. There is no running water in these poor neighbourhoods, and people draw water from wells they dug themselves. They complain of government inaction, of the lack of social services and help to deal with unsanitary conditions and an emerging health crisis. Newspaper articles report high rates of cancer in the area. Here, in addition to economic hardship and the lack of educational and job opportunities, living in a poor area is marked by high incidence of disease

in Governing the dead
Joost Fontein

Chibondo exploded into the public arena in March 2011, the FHT and a related war veteran-led group Taurai Zvehondo [lit. ‘Talk about the war’] were already involved in identifying mass graves in Mount Darwin, and were ‘awaiting assistance from the Government which should lead the exhumation process’.2 There are also many cases of unidentified human remains resurfacing from unknown graves and abandoned mineshafts dating back to the 1970s. Numerous newspaper reports over recent years attest to this fairly common occurrence, which long predates the recent (re)discovery of

in Governing the dead
Ideology, physical destruction, and memory
Rémi Korman

, although other features were also taken into account, such as the form of the nose and teeth. According to Karen Krüger,6 the nose was, quite literally, at the centre of these representations. Impossible to hide, the nose thus became a tool with which to measure ethnicity. A joke printed in a newspaper supporting the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in 1992 stated that, in order to be a member of the Coalition pour la Défense de la République (CDR), an extremist party belonging to the Hutu power DHR.indb 228 5/15/2014 12:51:28 PM The Tutsi body in the 1994 genocide  229

in Destruction and human remains
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Or how to make the Armenian corpses disappear
Raymond H. Kévorkian

raid on the Armenian élite on 24 April 1915. Finally arrested and deported to Syria in July that year, he survived thanks to the intervention of secret Armenian mutual aid networks, and to his language skills, by becoming a translator for a German officer who was unable to communicate with his Turkish colleagues. Y. Odian, The Cursed Years, 1914–1919: Personal Memories (published as a series in the Jamanag newspaper, Istanbul, starting from 6 February 1919), n. 51. On the fate of the children taken away or sold, see R. Kévorkian, L. Nordiguian & V. Tachijan, Les

in Destruction and human remains
Chowra Makaremi

end of July 1988, report that the method used in the first weeks was hanging. It must be said that, beginning in 1983, hanging seems to have been given systematic preference over shooting in Iranian prisons. This is the same period when national newspapers stopped publishing lists of the names of executed prisoners. It is possible that the authorities began to practise more discretion at that time, DHR.indb 190 5/15/2014 12:51:23 PM Post-revolutionary Iran  191 and that execution methods were adapted to this imperative. Still, the testimonials agree that in 1988

in Destruction and human remains