German Universities Take Pentagon Cash For Military Research
The entanglement of Germany in America’s so-called Global War On Terrorism is happening within academia.
As the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reports (via thelocal.de), twenty-two German universities and research institutes have been taking more than €10 Mio. in research grants from the Pentagon since 2000.
Investigative reporting by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has found that while some Pentagon funding is going into basic research, a part is directed into military-related research projects. The Federation of German Scientists criticizes military research as unethical.
Among the universities that have accepted Pentagon funding are
- University of Bremen
- LMU Munich (military explosives)
- Fraunhofer society (bullet-proof glass, explosives)
- University of Marburg (navigation systems for drones and “steered munitions”
The wider German public has been rather critical of America’s wars since 2001, especially the invasion of Iraq under false pretences and the ongoing drone campaigns that terrorize civilian populations through so-called signature strikes.
“German universities use Pentagon research cash.” (Hannah Cleaver, The Local, 2013-11-25)
“Geheimer Krieg: US-Militär finanziert deutsche Forscher.” (Süddeutsche.de, 25.11.2013)
Mehr zu den Recherchen der Süddeutschen Zeitung und des NDR in meinem Post hier.
A New Documentary About America’s Drone Wars
The new documentary UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars by Robert Greenwald examines the impact of the United States’ drone wars on countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as at home.
The film focuses on the plight of civilians targeted by so-called signature strikes and the continuing efforts by U.S. government officials (including President Barack Obama) and intelligence agencies to play down or deny the existence of civilian ‘collateral damage’ by retrospectively declaring civilian victims as ‘militants’ or ‘terrorists’ in media appearances to justify their killing.
Featuring interviews with former drone operators, relatives of drone victims, and legal experts, UNMANNED gives a rounded insight into the human cost of the drone wars that are being waged in the name of fighting terrorism.
For a limited time, the film’s production company Brave New Films streams UNMANNED on YouTube. I highly recommend watching it.
In addition, a report on Democracy Now! covers the film and its subject matter.
The official film website is here: http://unmanned.warcosts.com/