Category Archives: Empire

The Dronification of State Violence, Part 1: Life and Death in the West Wing

This post is part of a series of sections from a broader paper, which can be found online here. Full citation: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter (2014) The Dronification of State Violence, Critical Asian Studies, 46(2): 211-234. Introduction: Life and … Continue reading

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The U.S. military’s rush to secure Africa

David Cloud of the LA Times writes an interesting piece on the growing involvement of U.S. Special Forces in North Africa. Typically, small teams have worked in remote and skeletal outposts to train native armed forces across “an arc of … Continue reading

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Intervention – ‘Ghosts in the Machine: Drone Warfare will Haunt the Future’

Antipode have published an intervention of mine. Lots of fun to write!

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Giorgio Agamben: What is an Apparatus?

Before most of these writing notes make it to cutting floor (a process that always makes me shriek a little), I thought I’d post them here. On Agamben’s 2009 “What is an Apparatus” essay (which can be found online). It’s … Continue reading

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A Leviathan: The NSA collects 5 billion cellphone records a day, mapping the planet’s population

The NSA is vacuuming 5 billion cellphone records a day, enabling the spy organization to track the location of individuals, and their relationship with other individuals, around the clock. The vast data represents an unimaginable power to “geo-locate” millions of … Continue reading

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The Sound of Terror: Phenomenology of a Drone Strike

The “sensory” dimension of drone strikes is explored in Nasser Hussein’s article, “Phenomenology of a Drone Strike” in the Boston Review. Here, Hussein compares two competing visual and aural registers: the silent seeing of the drone’s camera from the skies, … Continue reading

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The “dronification” of U.S. law enforcement

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed that between 2010 and 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Predator) drones were used in over 500 flights by other government agencies. This included over 100 … Continue reading

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