The Normality of Political Administration and State Violence: Casuistry, Law and Drones.
Large unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones) equipped with missiles and bombs or battle-equipped have progressively become the newest wave in ‘‘warfare.’’ We argue that the use of drones for targeted assassinations is merely a new technological tool for state violence that is increasingly becoming a regular exercise of the US power in the construction and reification of the broader social geopolitical order. Further, it is through law, domestic and international, that state violence, wars and the use of drones for targeted assassinations are legitimated and are a normality, and continuation of, the political management of the state. Taken with the core of humanitarian law that legitimates war and state violence, we suggest that the use of drones can be interpreted within the body of legislation, political discourse, and laws that serve to normalize and legitimize their use: no different than such processes that occurred with the technological advances that offered military tanks, aerial bombing, projectile missiles or even nuclear and chemical weapons. Website: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10612-014-9234-7
A Lust for Treasure and a Love of Gold...or Desperation? Global Facilitation of Piracy, Neoliberal Policies and the Control of the Somali Pirate.
The issue of piracy is most often framed as being the product of dangerousindividuals plundering and murdering for personal gain. What is less often discussed arethe state, political, economic, and corporate interests that intersect with piracy (i.e. thecorporate interest demand for protection of global shipping routes that are instrumental forcapital accumulation in the world market). Here I utilize the concept of crimes of globalizationto demonstrate that the motivations that undergird policies aimed at controllingpiracy today are not dissimilar to those promoted through international financial institutionsin their effort to advance the economic interests of highly empowered countries at theexpense of addressing localized needs.
Website link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10612-014-9239-2