Mobilizing Ideas The 10-year anniversary for the movement that sprung up against the war in Iraq is on the horizon, and it presents an opportune time to reflect on its progress, and more importantly, the lessons that can be learned from its shortcomings. While activists were busy organizing in the fall of 2002, the dramatic … Continue reading Learning from shortcomings and other movements
WDIS 1170AM Last Thursday, I was on "The Fairness Doctrine," a 2-hour long talk show - hosted by conservative Chuck Morse and liberal Patrick O'Heffernan - that is broadcast live from Boston and can be heard from Maine to Rhode Island on WDIS 1170AM and WNSH 1570AM, to talk about the latest news regarding the use of mercenaries in … Continue reading Newsmaker Interview: Mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Guardian, ZNet The release of the extensive investigation by the Project on Government Oversight on Tuesday depicting a "Lord of the Flies" environment among mercenaries in Afghanistan, should only sour the American public further on a war that the majority rightfully no longer believe is worth fighting. According to interviews and emails with more … Continue reading Guards Gone Wild
The Guardian, Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Common Dreams, ZNet It would be nice to celebrate the recent withdrawal of the remaining British troops from Iraq as the end of the UK's direct involvement in the military occupation there. But such festivities would unfortunately be premature. The killing last Sunday in Baghdad's Green Zone of two … Continue reading Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq
Blackwater – er, Xe – has been kicked out of Iraq. Now the other private security contractors should be banned as well. February 17, 2009 The Guardian, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, ZNet After raking in more than a billion dollars from its contracts in Iraq, Blackwater is finally being forced to leave the country that … Continue reading No Mercy for Mercenaries
The Pentagon’s dream of a techno army is doomed to fail. February 2009 issue In These Times; To view PDF, click here. Also published in the Columbia City Paper, Metroland, Boise Weekly, Alternet, Common Dreams One of the most captivating storylines in science fiction involves a nightmarish vision of the future in which autonomous killer robots … Continue reading Attack of the Killer Robots
P. W. Singer discusses the military's sci-fi future, what happens when life imitates Star Wars, and his new book, Wired for War. January 29, 2009 Mother Jones Peter W. Singer is not your typical "military expert." At 33 years old, he is the director of the Brookings Institution's 21st Century Defense Initiative and the youngest … Continue reading Military 2.0: Should You Fear the Killer Robots?
July/August 2008 issue NACLA Report on the Americas, Innsikt (Norway), Common Dreams, ZNet In October, Erik Prince, the 39-year-old CEO of Blackwater Worldwide, a leading private security company operating in Iraq, went into damage-control mode. Blackwater employees in Baghdad’s Nisour Square had killed 17 Iraqi civilians the previous month, causing an uproar and the suspension … Continue reading Outsourcing the Iraq War: Mercenary Recruiters Turn to Latin America