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  1. Countering Violent Extremism

    The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policies

    • Arun Kundnani, Ben Hayes
    06 March 2018
    Report

    The globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies is the most significant development in counterterrorism policy in the last decade. What began as a rhetorical commitment from a handful of agencies has developed into a plethora of policies, deployed from Finland to the Philippines. This report includes a foreword by UN Special Rapporteur Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin.

  2. Refugees welcome grafitti

    Europe's offensive against people helping refugees

    Ben Hayes, Frank Barat
    09 November 2017
    Article

    Three years ago, EU leaders praised its citizens for their efforts to welcome refugees. Why are they now criminalising those who show solidarity?

  3. Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

    Ben Hayes, Ravi Naik
    31 October 2017
    Article

    Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.

  4. The War on Terrorism Financing and Its Consequences for Civil Society

    Ben Hayes
    30 August 2017
    Article

    This summer, Women Peacemakers Program staff interviewed Ben Hayes, a researcher on topics such as security policy, counterterrorism, border control and surveillance, about his current work. Ben Hayes has been one of the first to research and write extensively on how countering terrorism financing (CTF) policies have been affecting the right to freedom of association and financial access for nonprofits, and the role of intergovernmental institutions such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)[1] in these phenomena. In this interview, he talks about how this topic first came to his attention, current trends in trying to craft solutions for the obstacles faced by nonprofits, as well as his take on what it will take to move forward.

  5. De-risking and non-profits: how do you solve a problem that no-one wants to take responsibility for?

    Ben Hayes, Lia van Broekhoven, Vanja Skoric
    13 July 2017
    Article

    Decisive action should be taken by the G20 to assess the impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of the whole system of international rules designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

  6. On “shrinking space”

    • Ben Hayes, Frank Barat, Isabelle Geuskens, Nick Buxton, Fiona Dove, Francesco Martone, Hannah Twomey, Semanur Karaman
    07 April 2017
    Paper

    Individual and collective activism is facing a global pushback from states, corporations and the Far Right. How useful is the metaphorical concept of ‘shrinking space’ to examine such repression of civic society? This report deconstructs the shrinking space narrative and critiques some of its inherent problems, particularly its conflation with ‘civic space’. Thus a Government can profess support for ‘civic space’ and human rights defender initiatives abroad, while adopting repressive domestic policies and promoting collusion with corporations that contribute to ‘shrinking space’.

  7. Abdullah X

    Going global: the UK government’s ‘CVE’ agenda, counter-radicalisation and covert propaganda

    Ben Hayes, Asim Qureshi
    10 May 2016
    Article

    Revelations of UK covert propaganda operation to counter extremism reveals dangers of secretive state-sponsored 'civil society' initiatives. A healthy democracy depends on civil society groups staying independent of government and corporations, or otherwise open about their relationship.

  8. Worried about the return of fascism? Six things a dissenter can do in 2016

    Ben Hayes
    14 January 2016
    Article

    Commentary misses the point: the legitimacy of Trump or Le Pen comes not from the sudden appeal of a new brand of right-wing populism, but their legitimisation by mainstream politics.

  9. Soundcloud: The Secure & the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are shaping a Climate-CHanged World

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    10 December 2015
    Multi-media

    What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? In the weeks running up to the major UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), this event examined issues raised by a new book, 'The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World'

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    Securing the Climate of Capitalism

    Ben Hayes, Nick Buxton
    04 November 2015
    Article

    Ben Hayes and Nick Buxton, editors of the forthcoming book The Secure And The Dispossessed, ask: do we really want the military and corporations to lead on how we deal with the climate crisis?

  11. The Secure and the Dispossessed

    23 October 2015

    While the world’s scientists and many of its inhabitants despair at the unfolding impacts of climate change, corporate and military leaders see nothing but challenges and opportunities.

  12. A caravan of various security forces cruises through the flooded streets of the 9th Ward distrtict of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    29 August 2015
    Article

    Hurricane Katrina was a watershed moment as it exposed how democratic states are moving towards treating social and environmental crises as security issues, rather than matters of social justice. This vision of ‘Homeland Security’ is now dominating our political response to climate change impacts.

  13. 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.

  14. No we are not all Charlie Hebdo and nor should we be

    Ben Hayes
    12 January 2015
    Article

    I respect your right to show solidarity with the victims of this horrible crime by reposting those drawings, but only if you respect my right not to do so because I happen to find them bigoted and incendiary.

  15. ‘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.

  16. State of Power 2014 cover

    State of surveillance: the NSA Files and the global fightback

    • Ben Hayes
    06 February 2014
    Report

    "[E]ven if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer..."

    - Edward Snowden, June 2013

  17. Eurodrones, Inc.

    • Ben Hayes, Chris Jones, Eric Toepfer
    05 February 2014
    Report

    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?

  18. After PRISM: on Power, Trust and Accountability

    Ben Hayes
    21 June 2013
    Article

    Multinational corporations who dominate large parts of the internet have provided USA’s National Security Agency with massive amounts of their users’ intimately personal data. This is simply unacceptable in any democracy worthy of the name.

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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.

  20. How the EU subsidises Israel’s military-industrial complex

    Ben Hayes
    07 March 2013
    Article

    The EU is providing generous R&D (research and development) subsidies to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the state-owned manufacturer of Israeli ‘drones’ and other ‘battlefield solutions’. Some of the grants are for IAI to adapt its killer robots for use within the EU. 

     
     

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