FBI Surveillance of Iranians After the Downing of Flight 655

by Paul Gottinger This month marks 31 years since the U.S. Navy ship, the USS Vincennes, shot down Iran Air flight 655, killing 290 Iranian civilians, including 66 children. The downing of the airliner on July 3, 1988 remains one… Continue Reading  

How the Private Sector Supports Authoritarians in the Arab World

by Charles W. Dunne When the global resilience of authoritarianism and its causes are considered, the role played by governments, leaders, and international organizations and their policies in confronting or abetting dictatorships worldwide is often the focus of discussion. President… Continue Reading  

Our Global Repressive Political Future

by Graham E. Fuller As one looks out over the global scene, the outlook for democratic societies appears increasingly dismal. (I’ll avoid a complex discussion here about definitions of “democratic,” simply to note the broad spectrum of democracies that exist,… Continue Reading  

Can We Be Forgotten Anymore?

by Judith Coburn Now that we know we are surveilled 24/7 by the National Security Agency, the FBI, local police, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, hackers, the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, data brokers, private spyware groups like Black Cube, and… Continue Reading  

Big Brother Isn’t Watching You — You’re Watching Him!

by Tom Engelhardt A record? Come on! Don’t minimize what’s happening. It’s far too unique, too unprecedented even to be classified as “historic.” Call it mega-historic, if you wish. Never from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, from… Continue Reading