About Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes is project director at Statewatch and a fellow of the Transnational Institute. He tweets @drbenhayes

Articles by Ben Hayes

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The EU won’t stand up to the USA or protect our rights against ‘the eyes’

For all their purported shock and outrage, the inconvenient truth for many European leaders is that their own intelligence services are up to their necks in unregulated surveillance and/or cooperation with the global USA-UK spying infrastructure.

How the EU subsidises Israel’s military-industrial complex

The EU is providing generous R&D (research and development) subsidies to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the state-owned manufacturer of Israeli ‘drones’ and other ‘battlefield solutions’. Some of the grants are for IAI to adapt its killer robots for use within the EU. 

After Doha: rejecting dystopia by default

Fear and insecurity is filling the void left by our governments' inaction on climate change. But framing Climate Change as a security problem, rather than one of justice or human rights, may only perpetuate that.

CLEAN IT: the secret EU surveillance plan that wasn’t

There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice (including from the law enforcement community, the industries that serve it, and the European Commission), but we must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft EU policy.

Why we in the UK shouldn’t celebrate these extraditions

This week’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of five individuals accused of terrorist offences from Britain to the USA has been greeted with government ‘relief’. Instead, the coalition government should stick to its undertaking to review the extradition treaty.

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