Peace & Security

Guantanamo, Torture, and the Perversion of Justice: Obama’s New Executive Order

March 2011

President Obama ratifies Bush (again): orders indefinite detention without charge for political prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other torture sites.

Against a No Fly zone in Libya

March 2011

The peoples of North Africa and the Middle East are looking for less, not greater militarisation of their countries. It is time for U.S. policy to recognize that reality and reject proposals for a 'no fly' zone.

Libya And Beyond: What’s Next For Democracy?

February 2011

The Gaddafi regime in Libya seems to believe that if a government crackdown is murderous enough, demonstrations will stop.

The “Arab 1848”: Reflections on US Policy & the Power of Nonviolence

February 2011

The uprising in the Arab world shows, along with being a textbook example of nonviolence as a mechanism of democratic social change, the crude results of a US policy based on dictatorship promotion.

Ethnic Politics in Burma: The Time for Solutions

February 2011

Following the shake-up of Burmese politics last year, the country's military leaders now face the challenge of introducing a new system while ethnic tensions and exclusions remain.

Egypt's joy as Mubarak quits

February 2011

The age of political reason is returning to the Arab world. The people are fed up of being colonised and bullied. Meanwhile, the political temperature is rising in Jordan, Algeria and Yemen.

Egypt’s Dignity Revolution

Salwa Ismail
February 2011

Egyptians' experience of a police state is behind calls not just for Mubarak's resignation but a fundamental overhaul of state structures.

Betting on the Gatopardo strategy

February 2011

The problem facing Obama is that of constructing “Mubarakism” without Mubarak, that is, to guarantee the continuity of the pro-American autocracy through an acceptable replacement recruited from the ranks of the regime.

EU complicity in Israeli human rights abuses

February 2011

Evidence given at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and the EU's provision of research grants to Israeli security companies complicit in violations of human rights law.

Tunisia: a revolution for dignity and freedom that can not be colour-coded

Mohamed-Salah Omri
January 2011

The term "Jasmine revolution" does not capture the meaning of the Tunisian revolt. This was a rejection of politics as usual, of big and dirty business, of EU and US-supported dictatorships.

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