What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? Whistleblower Peter Van Buren examines how the control exerted by governments on the internet is a threat to the very notion of human memory, social and cultural capital.
The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of
great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater
catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan,
Somalia and Iraq.
This week’s talks, like the previous
rounds, will happen behind closed doors. The negotiating texts will be kept secret
from the public but not from the ca. 600 corporate representatives
who have been named ‘cleared advisors’ for the United States.
The debate on international electronic spying, blown open by
the US National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, moves this week
to the United Nations General Assembly. It begins what is set to be a long
battle to affirm the privacy rights of global citizens
The U.S. Congress is fighting over how much to
cut food assistance to needy families. Everyone knows that women and their children are the poorest people in America, but strangely, the faces of women have disappeared from the debate
and have been absorbed into abstract “needy families.”
The purview of the US criminal justice system appears to be widening: from school child 'bad behaviour' to a
tenant's rent arrears. Chase Madar tracks the increasing involvement of police in
Like most Europeans, Spaniards were shocked by revelations of extensive US spying on European citizens. Yet, there has been little or no public debate on state surveillance in Spain since then. Why not? (from our new Joining the dots series)
American politicians often talk as if human rights were only relevant in
other countries, but grassroots organisations are increasingly using the human rights framework to win social and economic rights for the poorest and most marginalised people in the US. Cathy Albisa, director of the National Economic and Social Rights Inititative, spoke to Meredith Tax
When they claim that Otpor was an American
operation to unseat Milosevic, they do not bother to explain why all these
other organizations were fighting Milosevic, some for years before Otpor joined
the fight. Were they all American puppets?
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be a technical agency of the UN. But it has arguably become a piece in a geo-political chess game dominated by the US, invited into Syria to act in contravention of its remit.
Walmart has been extremely hostile to the concept of worker
collective voice, and this hostility, in time, led to it becoming a major
innovator in anti-union tactics. But labour is organising differently and fighting back.
The US cares chiefly about stability
in the DRC, rather than promoting Rwandan or Ugandan national interests. Musavuli’s
analysis of America’s failure to apply the principles
of R2P to the DRC does not take
this into account, and understates recent US policy changes. Français.
These highly complex systems literally disintegrate the
spatial and geographical unity of political subjects, that is citizens, into
streams of rights-less digital bits of data flow. No democratic system can survive and thrive in this context. But there
is no going back.
Under Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelley stop-and-frisk
has been a racist technology of control wielded by an unchecked police force. With large-scale popular mobilisations against police racism and violence, and de Blasio set to take over as mayor of New York City, reform of
stop-and-frisk seems in sight. But is such a practice reformable?
(Real) social democracy is not just
unknown to several generations of voters, but it is contradictory to their
individualist or ethnicized worldview. So far the analyses and prospects do not