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By Stephen Graham

A robust exposé of the way political violence operates in the course of the areas of city life.
Cities are the hot battleground of our more and more city global. From the slums of the worldwide South to the rich monetary facilities of the West, Cities below Siege lines the unfold of political violence throughout the websites, areas, infrastructure and emblems of the world’s speedily increasing metropolitan parts.

Drawing on a wealth of unique learn, Stephen Graham exhibits how Western militaries and safety forces now understand all city terrain as a clash area inhabited by way of lurking shadow enemies. city population became goals that must be always tracked, scanned and regulated. Graham examines the transformation of Western armies into high-tech city counter-insurgency forces. He seems to be on the militarization and surveillance of foreign borders, using ‘security’ issues to suppress democratic dissent, and the enacting of laws to droop civilian legislations. In doing so, he finds how the hot army Urbanism permeates the complete cloth of city existence, from subway and shipping networks hardwired with high-tech ‘command and control’ structures to the insidious militarization of a favored tradition corrupted by way of the all-pervasive discourse of ‘terrorism.’

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Reading between the lines of ‘The Report of the Consultation Process’ (Ministry of Defence 2003b), the MoD seems quite pleased with this process. It could, of course, argue that the proposed new pensions scheme was so uncontroversial that it received only a handful of comments from serving personnel. On the other hand, it could be argued that the issuing of leaflets was not a consultation process at all and that whilst the ex-Service organisations did have an opportunity to take part in genuine discussions serving members of the armed forces had no collective part in the process.

For all practical purposes, the reorganisation of the Italian armed forces since the 1990s has witnessed an obvious cut in quantity, in exchange for an increase in the quality of voluntary recruits. Civilian defence personnel and the ‘civilianisation’ of posts The civilian component of the Italian armed forces, which fulfils primarily administrative and technical functions, has also been affected by change. In 1997, the pre-existing Direzioni Generali degli Impiegati e degli Operai (General Management of Employees and Workers) was abolished and replaced by the Direzione Generale per il Personale Civile (General Management for Civilian Personnel).

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