From my latest article at The American Prospect:

“This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’-real Floridians across the Sunshine State-are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 24. “If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”

The speech was given at the signing of Florida Senate Bill 7072, a bill that aims to prevent major social media platforms from “deplatforming” (banning or otherwise censoring) users. The law has been criticized by internet freedom advocates…

In testimony earlier this month, Admiral Craig S. Faller told Congress: “This Hemisphere in which we live is under assault…. We are losing our positional advantage in this Hemisphere and immediate action is needed to reverse this trend.” Faller was appointed commander of the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM, responsible for overseeing US military activities in Latin America) by the Trump administration in 2018, despite his ties to a notoriously corrupt defense contractor. On March 16 of this year, he spoke at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on the FY 2022 military budget. …

The following section is part of a follow-up article to a recent report I co-authored, “The Military-Industrial-Think Tank Complex: Conflicts of Interest at the Center for a New American Security.” You can read the full piece at Responsible Statecraft.

In a new report from the Revolving Door Project, my colleague Erica Jung and I examine major conflicts of interest at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a bipartisan, DC-based foreign policy think tank with at least 16 former affiliates now in the Biden administration. Among the serious questions raised are whether CNAS is publishing reports that directly promote…

My colleague Erica Jung and I released a report titled “The Military-Industrial-Think Tank Complex: Conflicts of Interest at the Center for a New American Security” via the Revolving Door Project.

Here are links to the full report, the press release, a summary article by Branko Marcetic at Jacobin, and an article about the report by Nathan Robinson at Current Affairs. My own op-ed following up on the report with additional analysis can be found on Responsible Statecraft.

The following is the introduction to the report:

Since its founding in 2007, the bipartisan think tank Center for a New American Security…

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Six states plus DC included referendums or initiatives on their 2020 ballots that would liberalize drug laws. Mississippi’s Measure 1B would legalize medical marijuana. Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey, had ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana. South Dakota was given both choices: Amendment A to legalize recreational marijuana, and Measure 26 to legalize medical marijuana. Going even further in an attempt to end the disastrous war on drugs, Washington DC’s Initiative 81 decriminalized plant and fungi-based psychedelics, while Oregon’s Measure 110 decriminalized all drugs and directed new revenue towards drug addiction treatment.

Every single one of these measures passed. But…

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The 2010's was the best decade in horror since the 1980's. These last ten years have produced a veritable library of creative, terrifying, and visionary movies that will influence future filmmakers for years to come. Furthermore, just like the 80's, a tumultuous political environment has opened the door for horror to explore the world in new depth, using the genre to probe into a broad array of social and cultural themes: war, misogyny, drug abuse, environmental destruction, disability, racism, sexuality, religion, immigration, extremism, and more. What has changed, however, is that horror is now also taking a deep look at…

This post was updated on October 13, 2020.

The Americas Blog featured a post last week about the growing wave of election interference and misinformation campaigns sweeping Latin America, especially as a tool of right-wing governments and political movements. As these digital operations have grown in popularity, so has the market for firms to organize them. In particular, new details about the recent Latin American operations of a US public relations firm called CLS Strategies illustrate that Americans are not just on the receiving end of manipulative social media campaigns, but are participants in them as well.

There is a…

Many people in the US first became aware of the problem of election interference on social media when allegations emerged of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US elections through the dissemination of “fake news” on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. But as we learn more about the phenomenon, it is becoming increasingly clear that dishonest social media campaigns are a global issue, and that many private and government actors are now routinely using disinformation campaigns to influence elections. Indeed, in Latin America, such tactics have already become a go-to strategy for many right-wing movements and governments.

Earlier…

The nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd have reignited debates over American policing. But the state response to the protests has also raised the question of where exactly “domestic” law enforcement stops and starts. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), an organization which describes its mission as “safeguard[ing] America’s borders,” has stated that it is deploying its officers around the country to help contain the protests. They are among officials from a wide variety of agencies serving as police on the streets of Washington, D.C. right now, many of which have no identifying insignia at…

On May 31, hundreds of people in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, protesters around the world in marching against police brutality. While the protest was in solidarity with the wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the US following the killing of George Floyd, Brazilian protesters were marching against their own police brutality problem as well. The state of Rio de Janeiro has one of the highest rates of police violence on Earth, with an average of five killings of civilians each day during the first four months of this year. …

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