Marie-Eve Loiselle & Ayelet Shachar: Borders, bodies and see-all technologies / Nasim Ahmed: Calls to hold Israel and NSO Group Accountable for hacking scandal, as UAE role bulks large

Use of high-tech surveillance is on the rise: in a moment when controlling the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, a global regime of technologically enabled exclusion has been bolstered. But what might be the long-term implications of accepting being tracked before we even move?

‘Draw me a border, if you please’. What image comes to mind? Most of us might think of walls or barbed wire fences planted firmly on frontier locations. From the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall, fortified barriers have long served as symbols of sovereign control. Today, however, a new trend has emerged: the growth of invisible borders. These are borders that rely on sophisticated legal techniques to detach migration control functions from a fixed territorial location. The unmooring of state power from a fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border….

Calls to hold Israel and NSO Accountable for hacking scandal, as UAE Role bulks Large

The global hacking scandal involving Israel’s notorious NSO Group has sparked fury around the world as the full extent of the industrial scale spying operation targeting politicians, academics and activists begin to emerge. As many as 50,000 phone numbers were said to have been targeted for surveillance by NSO Group’s client governments using the Israeli snooping technology, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, an investigation by the Pegasus Project, a ground-breaking collaboration by more than 80 journalists from 17 media organisations in ten countries, found.

A fuller picture of the hacking related to Monday’s data leak is beginning to emerge with the UAE featuring heavily, in a scandal that has prompted serious questions about the threat posed to democracy by the NSO spyware known as Pegasus…

Bharat Bhushan – Pegasus impact: Loss to Indian Republic and government is much greater

Bharat Bhushan: Has Modi government compromised national security through Pegasus? / Pegasus spyware: the export of self-censorship / Saudi Government used Pegasus to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi / Global fightback against spyware

Lynn Parramore: The perverted dreams of western modernity and capitalism may be exhausting themselves


Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent…

Book review: Thomas Piketty’s Capital and Ideology

Walter Benjamin: Capitalism as Religion (1921)

Noam Chomsky: Internationalism or Extinction (Universalizing Resistance)

Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Speech on the American Military Industrial Complex, January 17, 1961

Debt: The first five thousand years. By DAVID GRAEBER

Michael Roberts: The top 1% own 45% of all global personal wealth; the bottom 50% own less than 1% // Global Economic Volatility and Socio Political Reactions

Angela Mitropoulos – Fascism, from Fordism to Trumpism // The hucksters of discontent

What is corruption?

Pratap Bhanu Mehta: Serial authoritarianism picks out targets and tires out challenges

Naxalites should lay down their arms and challenge the ruling class to abide by the Constitution

Bharat Bhushan: It suits the RSS to allow BJP to encourage defections from other parties

Swati Chaturvedi: It Was BJP Who Made It Mamata vs Modi. Too Far

Socrates: If the whole is ailing the part cannot be well / Ajit Prakash Shah: Darkness at noon, felled by the judiciary

Society of the Spectacle / ‘इमेज‘ – ‘Image’: A Poem on Deaths in the Age of Covid