We have met the enemy and he is us

Walt Kelly famously coined the phrase ‘we have met the enemy and he is us’ in a Pogo comic strip in the 1950s. The phrase takes on a macabre prescience this week in the wake of the horrific attacks carried out in Norway. Islamophobia has driven great swatches of both...

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Hackgate: cause or symptom?

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few days about whether Murdoch’s media empire is soon to crumble, and about the illegitimate activities supposedly carried out by employees of News International. We’re no fans of Murdoch’s approach to journalism, and we...

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News International: what does it mean for civil society?

We’ve kept fairly quiet about the astonishing sequence of event that has unfolded over the past couple of weeks, preferring to take stock and seek to make sense of them on a broader scale. There has, of course, been an immediate seismic impact: the closure of the News of the...

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Security Theatre: what next?

We’ve written before about the ineffectiveness of full body scanners, along with the health and privacy risks they carry. In the US, in particular, there is a groundswell of popular opinion against them — perhaps in part because they are used so much more frequently there...

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Afghanistan: Civilian casualties and conscientious objection

Two stories about Afghanistan have particularly caught our eye this week. The first is the revelation, in the Los Angeles Times, of the incredibly high numbers of civilians who are dying in the country: 30 in one 48-hour period. According to the article: The Taliban and other...

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