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Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars

April 18, 2015

By Charlie de Rivaz: On Monday, four former employees of Blackwater, the notorious private US military contractor, were sentenced for the killing of 14 unarmed civilians and the wounding of 17 more in Iraq in 2007. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard each received 30 years in prison after being found guilty of several … Continue reading “Punishing the cowboys: Blackwater, justice, and easier wars”


Gender and the War on Terror

March 11, 2015

By Caroline Cottet: When making sense of the people and things around us, it is often tempting to rely on binaries. There’s “us” and there’s “them”, there are “men” and “women”, “masculinities” and “femininities”, some are “white” others are not. These lists apply to our our daily routines as much as to extraordinary events. For … Continue reading “Gender and the War on Terror”


CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'

December 9, 2014

By Charlie de Rivaz: A few hours ago the Senate Intelligence Committee released parts of the long-awaited 6000-page ‘CIA Torture report’. The report has revealed the extent and the brutality of the torture used by the CIA during the ‘War on Terror’, initiated in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The report … Continue reading “CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'”


Uncovering the truth about the War on Terror

November 14, 2014

By Charlie de Rivaz: At the end of October, buried deep in the middle pages of the newspapers, was a story about the UK Court of Appeal. The Court had ruled that a Libyan man and his wife could sue British officials for their alleged role in the couple’s kidnapping and ‘extraordinary rendition’ to Gaddafi’s Libya … Continue reading “Uncovering the truth about the War on Terror”


Drones series, Part II: Daring to use drones. Why targeted killings are a necessary component in modern counter-insurgency campaigns

April 10, 2014

By David C. Hofmann: Fuelled by the global ‘war on terror’ that emerged in the aftermath of the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, Western democracies have been steadily increasing their use of drone strikes to kill key operational and ideological members within insurgent groups in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The state-sanctioned and strategic targeted killing … Continue reading “Drones series, Part II: Daring to use drones. Why targeted killings are a necessary component in modern counter-insurgency campaigns”


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