Categories & Tags: Peace and Security

Election 2008: Foe of war profiteers wins Florida Congressional race   |   November 12, 2008
One of the new faces elected to Congress this month is Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D) from the state's 8th district -- a lawyer known for battling "war profiteers," winning one of...

 

Caring for the South's veterans   |   November 11, 2008
Veterans Day has a special meaning in the South. As the Institute has documented, a disproportionate share of the nation's soldiers come from and are based in the South, and...

 

North Carolina at War   |   November 8, 2008
The Costs of Being the "Most Military-Friendly State in America" March 2007 Billboards across the state declare North Carolina's new motto: "Most military-...

 

Institute Poll: Opposition to Iraq War Growing in Southern States   |   November 6, 2008
Region's attitudes marked by "sadness," reluctance to endure future war costs Despite strong early support for the Iraq war in the South, the region's opposition to the...

 

Voting Rights Watch: Haitian activists decry Florida Voter ID Law   |   September 17, 2008
Haitian grassroots activists in Florida are denouncing a new Florida election rule that will force residents to present identification that matches a state or federal database in...

 

Friday dogblogging: Private security firm helps bust alleged dogfighter in Georgia   |   July 25, 2008
There's been considerable attention paid to the role played by private security firms in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As it turns out, one such firm is also helping...

 

Va. military contractors face lawsuits over alleged torture   |   July 1, 2008
The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights was part of a legal team that last year filed suit against North Carolina-based private security contractor Blackwater for its...

 

Blackwater defends embrace of Islamic law   |   June 19, 2008
Blackwater Worldwide CEO Erik Prince, President Gary Jackson, and spokesperson Anne Tyrrell traveled from the company's compound in Moyock, N.C. yesterday to the state capital...

 

Is the U.S. Army covering up the rape and murder of women soldiers?   |   April 28, 2008
That's the question posed in an article published today by CommonDreams.org and written by Ann Wright, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and a former U.S. diplomat...

 

Senate hearing to focus on rapes of contract workers in Iraq   |   April 8, 2008
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow titled "Closing Legal Loopholes: Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Other Violent Crimes Committed Overseas...

 

Blackwater's Iraq contract renewed despite ongoing massacre probe   |   April 7, 2008
The U.S. State Department has renewed its Iraq security contract with Blackwater Worldwide despite the FBI's still-unfinished investigation into last year's massacre of...

 

KBR implicated in another rape in Iraq   |   April 4, 2008
The Nation published a story today about another case involving a woman working for Texas-based defense contractor KBR who alleges she was gang-raped in Iraq. Lisa Smith, the...

 

Friday Dogblogging: The crueler side of soldiers; plus, last holdout state makes dogfighting a felony   |   March 7, 2008
In last week's installment of Friday dogblogging, we brought you a feel-good story about a program that rescues dogs that have become companions of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This...

 

"Black rendition" flights did stop in UK territory   |   February 21, 2008
For year, British officials denied involvement in U.S. "extraordinary rendition" flights, like those that the Institute revealed last year started in North Carolina and...

 

Bush says will defy key provisions in military spending bill   |   January 29, 2008
Yesterday, President Bush signed this year's bill for military spending. But as Congressional Quarterly reports today (sub required), he did so only while promising to ignore...

 

Justice Department declines to attend hearing on KBR gang-rape case   |   December 19, 2007
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing today into the allegations of Jamie Leigh Jones, a young Texas woman who claims she was drugged and gang-raped by her fellow KBR/...

 

Crime is down; why do people think it's worse?   |   October 25, 2007
Crime is on people's minds -- and according to a Gallup poll released this week, many think crime is getting worse: But crime isn't getting worse. In fact, violent...

 

Blackwater sued over mass shooting of Iraqi civilians   |   October 11, 2007
A U.S.-based legal team today filed a civil lawsuit [PDF] against Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based private security contractor whose employees were involved in a Sept. 16...

 

House passes military contractor accountability bill as Iraq demands Blackwater guards be tried there   |   October 4, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation that would end the ability of U.S. military security contractors to operate with impunity in war zones...

 

As Congress takes aim at Blackwater, Edwards offers plan to end military security outsourcing   |   October 4, 2007
With anger mounting over the actions of Blackwater USA's mercenary forces in Iraq, political leaders are taking action. Today, John Edwards -- presidential candidate and...

 

'It's like an armed wing of the White House'   |   October 3, 2007
That's what journalist Jeremy Scahill said about North Carolina-based military security contractor Blackwater during an interview last night on MSNBC's "Countdown...

 

Washington protest today seeks Blackwater's expulsion from Iraq   |   September 19, 2007
It's not only the Iraqi government that wants North Carolina-based security firm Blackwater USA kicked out of Iraq for its involvement in the recent shooting deaths of eight...

 

Washington Watch: Senators introduce bill for war contracting commission   |   July 17, 2007
This afternoon, a handful of first-year Senators, all Democrats, will introduce a piece of legislation the Institute has long supported: the creation of a new "Truman...

 

Gulf Watch: Link between lead exposure and crime has implications post-Katrina   |   July 12, 2007
A recent study has found that children exposed to lead at a young age are more likely to commit crimes as juveniles and adults. That has big implications for the future of New...

 

Trial begins for Alabama coal company accused of human rights abuses in Colombia   |   July 9, 2007
In a civil trial set to open today in a federal courtroom in Birmingham, a jury will hear evidence that an executive with an Alabama-based coal company paid a right-wing...