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PROJECTS CURRENTLY BEING SUPPORTED BY PET 2012

Project 1  30th April 2012

The State Crime Testimony Project

By the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)

The State Crime Testimony Project (SCTP) is a scholarly initiative which aims to harness the power of web-based technologies to disseminate leading research on the crimes of powerful in an accessible and engaging format. Developed by Professor Penny Green (King’s College) and Dr Kristian Lasslett (Ulster), and funded by King’s College London and the Pluto Education Trust, the SCTP will feature a series of web-based multimedia case studies that interrogate specific episodes in state criminality. These case studies will examine a wide range of issues including:

  • Torture;
  • Genocide and other forms of government and politically organised mass killing;
  • War crimes;
  • State-corporate crime;
  • State-organised crime;

The project intends to provide a conceptual framework for the study of the "Global Pacification Industry" which combines world systems research and broad political analysis with the "nuts-and-bolts" of how the pacification process of industry works among different types of hegemons, as well as an impetus for organising public and academic fora to discuss and disseminate the issues raised (sponsoring conferences, launching a website and other web-based resources, networking with other practitioners, and other actions).

  • Natural disasters exacerbated by government (in)action;
  • Asylum and refugee policy and practice;
  • State terror;
  • Political and economic corruption; and
  • Resistance to state violence and corruption.

Each case study will be anchored through a researcher narrative which will guide the reader through the different dimensions of the case under examination. However, to enrich the experience users will be able to access annotated victim, perpetrator and witness testimony through a range of formats including, videos, photographs, interviews, podcasts, drawings, and leaked documents.

Initially the SCTP will feature eight in-depth case studies. These cases will examine:

  • Resource grabbing and torture in Peru.
  • Toxic dumping in the Ivory Coast.
  • State crimes against non-white children in Apartheid South Africa.
  • Corruption in Russia.
  • State crime and resistance in Burma.
  • The Bougainville war as state-corporate crime.
  • Minerals, violence and resistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Peace-making and transitional justice in Sierra Leone.

New case studies will be progressively added to the website over the coming years, employing ISCI’s diverse network of scholars and civil society partners.

The SCTP responds to an evidenced lack of learning resources in criminology, specifically dealing with the crimes of the powerful. As a result, it is expected that these case studies will be used widely in Higher Education courses dealing with state crime, conflict, and human rights. Moreover, owing to the format, it is hoped the SCTP will also contribute to, and inform, wider public debates around state and corporate crime, along with its sister website,www.statecrime.org, which is the institutional home of ISCI.

 

 

Project 2.  6.5 2012

THE HALPER PROJECT

WARFARE AGAINST THE PEOPLE

This project will highlight a neglected aspect of scholarship within War and Peace Studies;  the integration of militarism and domestic control on a global scale, with great implications for the inhabitants of both the Global North and South. While raising issues of militarism, threats to civil liberties and sources of global inequality and conflict, the project will investigate the actual methods and weaponry used in global pacification by the world’s hegemons, state and non-state alike. Our purpose is make that information available to the general public through the publishing of a book, conferences and the internet, and by locating it within a broad conceptual framework of global pacification.

The project focuses, in particular, on Israel’s involvement in the global pacification system. Its military/security/policing industry, upon which its security politics are based, exports the Occupation, thus “palestinianising” control over the world’s poor and dissidents, creating a kind of global Palestine. Indeed, no other country has a “laboratory” of millions of people on which it can experiment in developing sophisticated high-tech weaponry of war and counterinsurgency, instruments of population control and models of permanent pacification relevant not only to armies but to internal security agencies and police forces as well. As such it provides a valuable window into the working of the pacification system – into the latest paradigm of warfare: warfare amongst and against the people.

 

update  7th July  2012

The project is going very well. You and I met in London and settled on a title which captures well the focus of the project, and I passed on to you the drafts of first six chapters of 13 or so. In the meantime, another has been completed. I'm also attaching here the latest working outline of the book. The writing is a bit slow: as an activist, I'm often distracted (by our 3 week work camp, for example, and a month speaking tour to the US in September/October) and the material is difficult -- I'm on a sharp learning curve -- but I'm happy with the progress and I think I'm breaking new political/military analytical ground.
The funds are going to support the research activities of Jimmy Johnson, who is supplying much of the technical military information, in general and in terms of Israel specifically, as well as subscriptions to some key publications. Together with Mandy Turner of the University of Bradford's Centre for Peace Studies I have also organized a panel on global militarism for the April, 2013, meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Diego. It is organized around the issues of my project (although Mandy is chairing it so that I can speak) and should generate useful discussion and professional attention. PET funding will help cover the travel costs. I'm attaching a description of that panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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