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Empire in an Age of Robots and Drones

On July 7, 2016, police forces in Dallas attached a small explosive device to a robot and sent it to kill Micah Johnson, the gunman who shot five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally. Dallas Police Chief David … Continue reading

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My upcoming book – Predator Empire

Due to be released in August with the University of Minnesota Press…

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The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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U.S. basing in the Middle East

David Vine, over at TomDispatch, writes about the 36 years of “disastrous” U.S. basing policy in the Middle East – beginning with the 1980 Carter doctrine of securing Middle Eastern oil and natural gas by “any means necessary, including military … Continue reading

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300,000 U.S. drones have been registered

A rule requiring all drones that weigh between 0.55 and 55 pounds to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, has resulted in close to 300,000 owners coming forward in the first 30 days since registration opened on on Dec. … Continue reading

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China’s rising lethal drone exports

This article explores the rising market for cheaply produced (but lethal) Chinese drones. This booming geography is a result of the few restrictions the Chinese place on exports–unlike U.S.-manufactured armed drones, which have only been sold to a small number … Continue reading

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