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  1. Building Peace in Permanent War

    • Ben Hayes, Gavin Sullivan, Louise Boon-Kuo, Vicki Sentas
    16 February 2015
    Report

    For those interested in peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict the prognosis is not good. Not just because the war on terror keeps producing enemies with whom, it is said, there is no negotiating, but because the legal and political framework it has engendered has transformed the way in which political violence and armed conflict is understood and managed.

  2. Secrets, Lies, & Propaganda

    • Tom Reifer
    03 January 2013
    Paper

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

    • Ben Hayes
    08 May 2013
    Policy briefing

    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.

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    On the Issue of Nuclear Terrorism

    • Achin Vanaik
    12 March 2014
    Paper

    It is time for a closer look at the self-serving claim by nuclear weapons states that one of the greatest dangers is that of nuclear weapons being built or falling into the hands of ‘terrorist groups’.

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    Ending the US War in Afghanistan

    • Phyllis Bennis, David Wildman
    03 November 2009
    Book

    In this compact, concise, jargon-free primer, the authors examine the U.S. war in Afghanistan and why it must be brought to an end.

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    Selling US Wars

    • Achin Vanaik, Praful Bidwai
    15 March 2007
    Book
    Selling US Wars is a valuable, information-filled collection of essays by renowned experts from around the world which examines the excuses for war that were the basis for this period of the US empire drive—nuclear weapons, terrorism, "failed states," drugs, humanitarian intervention, and democracy.
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    Before & After

    • Phyllis Bennis
    15 October 2003
    Book
  8. Counter-terrorism, ‘policy laundering’ and the FATF

    • Ben Hayes
    01 March 2012
    Report

    A lack of democratic control, oversight and accountability of the FATF has allowed for regulations that circumvent concerns about human rights, proportionality and effectiveness.

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    Video: The Zone of Turbulence: Afghanistan

    Praful Bidwai, Michael Warschawski, Director of the Alternative Information Centre, Jerusalem
    21 January 2011
    Multi-media

    Afghanistan is a classic instance of the political and military mess that empires leave behind.

  10. ‘Counterterrorism’ used to crackdown on civil society

    Ben Hayes
    27 August 2014
    Multi-media

    International counterterrorism guidelines are being used - and encouraging - authoritarian regimes to repress civil society worldwide. Countries with severe restrictions like Saudi Arabia receive stellar ratings under these guidelines, while much freer countries like Norway are considered non-compliant.

  11. Have Taliban arrests undermined peace talks?

    Jochen Hippler
    31 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.

  12. Why the UK shouldn’t celebrate extraditions

    Ben Hayes
    27 September 2012
    Article

    The media and government celebration over the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of five individuals accused of terrorist offences from Britain to the USA obscures one of the most undemocratic, one-sided and duplicitous treaties that our political masters have ever signed.

  13. CLEAN IT: the secret EU surveillance plan that wasn’t

    Ben Hayes
    11 October 2012
    Article

    There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice, but we must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft EU policy.

  14. Afghanistan and the Pakistan crisis

    Mariano Aguirre
    04 March 2008
    Article
    Scarce attention to poverty alleviation and blind reliance on military might has brought the western forces in Afghanistan to a standstill. Putting Pakistan into the equation is a key to any solution in Afghanistan.
  15. September 11th Didn't Change the World. September 12th Did

    Phyllis Bennis
    12 September 2011
    Article

    It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.

  16. The Afghanistan War in the Mirror of the Tet Offensive

    Richard Falk
    23 August 2011
    Article

    U.S. foreign policy still fails to incorporate the lessons learned from the Tet Offensive. The refusal to admit goals weren't achieved in Afghanistan is frustrating to say the least.

  17. The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 April 2012
    Article

    The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.

  18. Justice or Vengeance: lessons from Bin Laden's death

    Phyllis Bennis
    02 May 2011
    Article

    Vengeance may have been wreaked on the infamous Al Qaeda leader, but as long as deadly U.S. wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and beyond, justice has not been done.

  19. Osama is no martyr, but the man prevailed

    Walden Bello
    05 May 2011
    Article

    The US response to 9/11 over the last decade played right into bin Laden's preferred terrain.

  20. India and Pakistan's hope after Osama

    Praful Bidwai
    12 May 2011
    Article

    Bin Laden's demise may mark a turning point in the relationship between India and Pakistan.

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