Civil liberties

‘Counterterrorism’ used to crackdown on civil society

August 2014

Counterterrorism and international security expert Ben Hayes shows overwhelming evidence that oppressive regimes around the world are abusing international counterterrorism guidelines to repress civil society action, and are being encouraged to do so. Countries with severe restrictions on civil society like Saudi Arabia receive stellar ratings under these guidelines, while much freer countries like Norway are considered non-compliant.

Eurodrones, Inc.

Chris Jones, Eric Toepfer
February 2014

How far reaching is the EU's financing and support for the emerging drone industry? With what intended purpose? And what will be the consequences for European citizens?

Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on

January 2014

The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more. After eight years in a coma, during which the militaristic hard-right leader was re-branded a peacenik, Israeli General Ariel Sharon was finally pronounced dead.

US drones strategy

October 2013

US policymakers don’t even claim that all the targets of their drone strikes are posing a threat to the US, Phyllis Bennis, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, told RT.

Egyptian revolution turns sour

August 2013

"Egypt today remains horrifically divided, with today's bloodbath certain to make things worse"

Race, space and punishment in urban sociology

July 2013

Structural circumstances of deprivation and criminalization facing African-Americans and the racialized perceptions of criminality appear to be some of the salient features that recently led to a young black teenager being killed by neighborhood watch patrolman George Zimmerman.

How international rules on countering the financing of terrorism impact civil society

May 2013

Making banks and non-profits liable for the acts and social networks of their customers and beneficiaries while holding charities and CSOs responsible for the ‘extremist’ views and actions of their associates stifles freedom of association and expression and promotes self-censorship.

Pathway to Progress in Israel

February 2013

While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. Change may come from divestment campaigns, the new UN recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.

On the Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

January 2013

The Asia-Europe People’s Forum requested a delegation of ASEAN parliamentarians to visit the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic to investigate the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, the prominent Lao leader of civil society. 

Secrets, Lies, & Propaganda

January 2013

After the US embrace of torture after 9/11 it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to make a tribute to America’s liberal culture of torture for the big screen; Zero Dark Thirty

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