Peace & Security

Big Brother is watching you!

April 2010

India’s government has rushed to approve the Unique Identity Project without any discussion of the risks to citizens’ privacy and its possible misuse by the State.

Israel-U.S. Relations, Obama Visits Afghanistan, and Another Occupation Election

April 2010

President Obama is using firmer diplomatic language with Netanyahu, but there’s no evidence yet that the administration is ready to use this moment to actually change U.S. policy.

Dissidents or traitors?

March 2010

When the “free press” condemns the imprisonment of dissidents in Cuba, they fail to mention that similar attempts to overthrow countries with foreign help would also face imprisonment in most countries worldwide.

Rethinking Afghanistan eight years later

March 2010

Phyllis Bennis explains in an in-depth briefing why military occupation is causing a resurgence of the Taliban and how rising popular opposition could still end this imperial war.

Have Taliban arrests undermined peace talks?

March 2010

The recent arrests of senior Taliban figures in Pakistan, which UN officials have said undermine Afghanistan peace talks, reveal a confused US strategy in Afghanistan.

Should the EU subsidise Israeli security?

March 2010

The inclusion of Israel in the European Security Research Programme undermines the EU's commitment to even-handedness in the Middle East.

Reflections of routine air travel

March 2010

Few commentators dare link poverty and corruption to extremism in Muslim countries.

Reciprocity!

March 2010

The CIA has backed some 600 documented attempts against Castro, while there have been no Havana-backed plots against U.S. Presidents. Should Cuba put Washington on its terrorist list? Long Live Reciprocity!

Israeli construction in East Jerusalem threatens renewed peace talks

March 2010

Vice President Joe Biden is in the Middle East this week to promote restarting of the stalled peace talks, but the talks will not lead to anything unless the starting point is equality.

Department of Defense, Inc.

Nelson Valdes
March 2010

Instead of Pentagon fighting healtcare for the lion's share of US budget, introducing a National Defense Medicare bill, lodged inside the Pentagon budget, would assume health care as just one more task in the unending challenge of defending our besieged nation.

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