Ben Hayes


After Snowden: protecting our data

16 November 2013 Edward Snowden’s revelations highlight the need for stronger privacy laws – and more. Ben Hayes outlines key demands for reining in the surveillance state

The secure and the damned

24 March 2013 Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes explore the growing emphasis on security and control over resources in response to climate change

The agonies of Bangladesh (and British ‘Islamo-fascist-left’ conspiracy theory)

22 February 2013 Ben Hayes responds to Nick Cohen's call for the left to 'pick sides' over the Shahbag protests in Bangladesh

Legalising barbarism

12 July 2008 From Bolivia to Bangladesh, the new EU return directive - which allows for the imprisonment of 'illegal' migrants for up to 18 months prior to their expulsion - has met with global condemnation. But it forms only one strand of a broader 'Fortress Europe' approach to control all migrants, writes Ben Hayes

Surveillance Society

16 January 2008 From telephone records to biometric passports, from travel patterns to shopping details, it is now possible to build an unimaginably detailed picture of our private lives. Gathering this data without our express permission is not just unaccountable, argues Ben Hayes, but poses a threat to the fabric of our democracy

Never mind the Baluch

1 December 2007 While Pakistan and Iran terrorise their Baluchi minorities, the British government has designated the Baluchistan Liberation Army as 'terrorist'. Ben Hayes reports