Thursday, 19 November 2009

Tony Bunyan essay

For those who were at Tony Bunyan's Taking Soundings talk on Surveillance culture the EU (or indeed, for those who missed it), here is a link to Tony's essay on the EU's response to the 'War on Terror'

It makes for an illuminating, if unsettling read, from one of the most well-informed observers of the State and Civil Liberties in Europe.

More on this and related topics can be found at

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Climate & Violence Workshop

Securing the State: Securing the Corporate Nexus
The Coming Militarization of Climate Change
27 November 2009 9:30am-5:00pm
The Rosebowl 408
Leeds Metropolitan University
£10 (waged), £6 (unwaged)

The climate crisis deepens...
As part of the Climate and Violence series, this workshop will explore military and corporate responses to climate change and mass migration, and brings together key researchers on new military crowd control, surveillance and space technologies.
The world is holding its breath for a successful outcome to the International Panel of Climate Change to be held in Copenhagen December 2010. The meeting will bring together the world’s leading scientific experts in climate change, and its consequences.
The Copenhagen conference is rich in the number of technical issues covered including migration. However, what is less explored is how states will respond if told they could be facing over a billion people being forced to migrate if the world’s temperature rises by more than three degrees.
This workshop will, therefore, examine how the current revolution in military affairs has financed a new generation of weapons and control technologies in the "war against terror," and how these will become rapidly reoriented toward area denial and for border exclusion purposes.

How to book your place
To book your place for this workshop please visit the Leeds Met online Store
Speakers include experts on sub-lethal and paralysing weapons, new techniques of urban control and destruction, and the development of militarized robotics. Also discussed will be state responses to human security as the climate crisis deepens, and how these could go beyond the limits of international and humanitarian law.