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  1. Refugees welcome grafitti

    La ofensiva de Europa contra quienes ayudan a las personas refugiadas

    Ben Hayes, Frank Barat
    26 December 2017
    Article

    Hace tres años, los dirigentes de la UE alababan a la ciudadanía por sus iniciativas para acoger a las personas refugiadas. ¿Por qué criminalizan ahora a quienes muestran su solidaridad?

  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. « Shrinking space » ou le « Rétrécissement de l'espace » démocratique

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

    Partout dans le monde, au sein d'États, démocratiques comme non démocratiques, nombre de militants et d’organisations mobilisés pour la justice sociale évoluent dans un environnement de plus en plus répressif et sécuritaire, et subissent des attaques sans précédent menaçant leur légitimité et leur sécurité. Tentatives répétées pour réduire au silence le mouvement Black Lives Matter, assassinat de Berta Cáceres, criminalisation de la campagne Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions (BDS) ou encore recours à des formes de micro-tyrannie telle que la récente loi sur la Régulation des Activités Bénévoles au Bangladesh ; il va sans dire que le militantisme, tant individuel que collectif, se heurte au ressac des États, des entreprises et de l'extrême droite.

  5. Reflexiones en torno al concepto de "reducción del espacio de acción de la sociedad civil"

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

    El activismo individual y colectivo es blanco de una ofensiva global lanzada por Estados, grandes empresas y la derecha extrema. La metáfora de la “reducción del espacio de la sociedad civil organizada” se ha generalizado para hacer referencia a toda una nueva generación de limitaciones impuestas a la lucha política. Sin embargo, es necesario deconstruir esta narrativa y poner al descubierto algunos de los problemas inherentes al concepto.

  6. Ben Hayes talks at TedX

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. The metaphor of 'shrinking space' has been widely embraced as a way of describing a new generation of restrictions on political struggle. However there is a need to deconstruct this narrative and unpack some of the problems inherent in the concept.

  9. 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.

  10. ¿Te preocupa la vuelta del fascismo? Seis cosas que puedes hacer en 2016

    Ben Hayes
    01 March 2016
    Article

    Los comentarios pasan algo por alto: la legitimidad de Trump o Le Pen no procede de una atracción repentina por una nueva marca de populismo de derechas, sino de su legitimación por parte de la política dominante.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  14. Diez años después del huracán Katrina: militarización y cambio climático

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    23 October 2015
    Article

    El huracán Katrina marcó un hito al desenmascarar cómo los Estados democráticos empiezan a tratar las crisis sociales y ambientales como una cuestión de seguridad en vez de un asunto de justicia social. Esta visión de la ‘Seguridad Nacional’ domina ahora nuestra respuesta política a los efectos del cambio climático.

  15. 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.

  16. Building peace in permanent war

    Construyendo la paz en la guerra permanente

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

    Para las personas interesadas en la paz y la resolución no violenta de conflictos, el pronóstico no es bueno. No solo porque la guerra contra el terror sigue generando enemigos con los que —se afirma— no se negocia, sino porque el marco jurídico y político resultante ha transformado la manera de entender y gestionar la violencia política y el conflicto armado.

  17. Building peace in permanent war

    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.

  18. El estado vigilante

    • Ben Hayes
    20 January 2015
    Policy briefing

    Si alguien nos ha dicho algo relevante sobre el poder del Estado en 2013 fue Edward Snowden, que reveló la enorme capacidad de vigilancia de algunos gobiernos occidentales.

  19. No somos todos Charlie Hebdo, ni tenemos por qué serlo

    Ben Hayes
    19 January 2015
    Article

    Respeto el derecho de mostrar solidaridad con las víctimas de este horrible crimen mediante la reproducción de los dibujos, pero solo si se respeta el mío de no hacerlo porque me parecen intolerantes e incendiarios.

  20. 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.

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