exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become
integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first
point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local
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
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?
Next week is the 68th anniversary
of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Climbing down the nuclear
ladder is an undeniably complex task, but one the world’s politicians must
continue to rise to.
The history of tear gas traces a metamorphosis from chemical
weapon of warfare to 'legitimate' crowd control technology. Whilst casualties
are persistently blamed on 'misuse' by police and security forces, history
reveals tear gas to be an inherently dangerous weapon.
The professionalisation of entrepreneurs in violence into a legitimate 'private security' industry provokes profound questions for state-citizen relations. Who has the power to hold these companies accountable, and how?
The Newtown school shooting has re-awakened debates not only on gun control and mental illness, but also on the role of law enforcement in detecting and eliminating emerging threats. Quietly emerging is a solution that means not more guns, but more militarization.
To a large extent Petraeus, four star general and chief spy, was a political and media invention. Take a closer look at the Petraeus record and a spectre starts to appear: of just how blind love can be.
Over the past 30 years, American culture has increasingly drawn from the military model. Now, as even military pensions and health care are outsourced and privitized, what will be the fate of social welfare in America?
The United States and Israel see armed drones as a valuable tool of "remote control". But Iran, China and Russia - and non-state actors - are working to achieve their own capacity. The emerging era is one of drone proliferation.
Unless strong political leadership and decisive diplomatic efforts are quickly shown on all sides, war between the US and Iran will become increasingly probable due to the elimination of all other policy options.
What can we learn about militarised ideas of gender from the Lackland Air Force scandal? Military inquiries focus on the individual perpetrators but fail to address deep-rooted gendered practices in military basic training.
While some Americans think of firearms only in terms of sporting and hunting guns, many others believe weapons offer a measure of security in somehow allaying their fears of a changing - and in many respects declining - US society.
Apart from gun
control,there is another problem
that the authorities in the US (and in most of the world’s societies) avoid
addressing: the culture (or subculture) of violence in the electronic
A collision of events - a misjudgment in the Persian Gulf, an attack in Damascus, a visit to Israel, a bomb in Bulgaria - hands militarism a further advantage over diplomacy in the region. The dangers of a sudden escalation are increasing.