Articles by Fouad Pervez

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The Banal Militarism of Hollywood
Fouad Pervez – Foreign Policy in Focus, 18 Mar 2013

Appealing to jingoism is certainly easier than prompting national introspection, but is priming an audience for blood what we call art today?

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Blackwater: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Fouad Pervez – Foreign Policy in Focus, 9 Aug 2010

Blackwater (rebranded as Xe in an effort to escape the negative publicity associated with their former name), recently received a $100 million contract from the CIA to secure its bases in Afghanistan. The State Department also awarded them $120 million to provide security for new diplomatic buildings, including consulates outside Kabul, giving the firm a total of $220 million in new contracts in Afghanistan. This seems remarkable, given the extremely negative image Blackwater has throughout the world. That people even know about a private security company is a bad sign in itself. Not surprisingly, CIA Director Leon Panetta had to go on the offensive to defend the contracts.

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