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Mercenaries

Retirement Age 65.. .67? No... 75! What Retirement?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

The so called 'retirement age' is nominally thought to be 65 years old, but to get your full Social Security benefit the age is inching up each couple of months to 67 for those born in 1960 or later. And who knows where it will go from there?

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

The UN Must Stop Outsourcing Peacekeepers

Ian Richards | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Ian Richards

The United Nations' working group on mercenaries and human rights has today published a report revealing that the UN is increasingly outsourcing its security and peacekeeping work to private military and security companies.

Miami Has Become 'A Boomtown For Mercenaries'

Miami New Times | Michael Miller | Posted 10.01.2013 | Miami

The cops lay motionless and silent on the sand -- two ink stains on an already bruise-black night. Through night-vision goggles, they surveilled the c...

Disrespecting the U.S. Constitution the PMF Way

David Isenberg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

If you are a PMF advocate, your response to the above is that there is a bright shining line between regular soldiers and private contractors. But is there?

Milo Minderbinder in Afghanistan: Part 1

David Isenberg | Posted 07.18.2012 | Books
David Isenberg

Milo Minderbinder is the war profiteer from Catch 22, "perhaps the best known of all fictional profiteers" in American lit. He was a parody of the American dream and a satire of the modern businessman. Kind of reminds you of the definition of a mercenary, doesn't it?

We're Not Mercenaries. Oh, Dear

David Isenberg | Posted 06.21.2012 | World
David Isenberg

For many years those in the private security contracting industry have argued loudly that the people who carry guns in the field are not mercenaries. And they are exactly right, as I have noted many times in the past.

No Asylum for Gaddafi in Serbia

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Sasa Milosevic

Despite the fact that Serbian government rejects giving asylum to him, Gaddafi still believes in friendship with the Serbian people.

Rebel Flag Flying in Belgrade and Sarajevo

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Sasa Milosevic

It seems that era of Gaddafi's popularity on Balkan is over. The rebel flag is flying on the Libyan embassies in Belgrade and Sarajevo.

Profit-Chasing Guns-for-Hire Are Killing Us in Iraq and Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a few people very, very rich, but it's making the rest of us -- Americans and local civilians alike -- much less safe.

The Road to Effective PMC Regulation Is Pitted With Good Intentions

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

A governance gap (i.e. absence of national or international accountability) has emerged whereby PMCs are increasingly violating international humanitarian law ("IHL") and are rarely being held accountable.

Report: State Department Readies Billions For Mercenaries, Possibly Including Blackwater, Despite Hillary Clinton's Pledge

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Get ready to meet America's new mercenaries. They could be the same as the old ones. Two State Department sources who requested anonymity say a new m...

Blackwater vs. Pinkwater: The Wife of Erik Prince Picks a Fight With CODEPINK

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Is Erik Prince, Blackwater's sole owner, now taking his profits, trying to sell his company and running away to the Emirates, a country that has no extradition treaty with the United States?

Who Are You Calling Objectionable?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Almost since the moment the first private security contractor (PSC) emerged , many commentators have been going to great efforts to try and stick them...

Blackwater, DynCorp Changes Coming

The Nation | Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Blackwater and DynCorp, the two leading mercenary firms servicing the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have both undertaken steps toward significant st...

Haiti Reconstruction: Mercenaries vs. Visionaries

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Regine Simon-Barjon was the heart, soul, and conscience of the Haiti "reconstruction" conference, sponsored by the International Peace Operations Association.

Would Blackwater Lie?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Politico has just published a story about Carl Levin releasing letters he wrote regarding his investigation of a Blackwater "shell" company in Afghanistan, Paravant.

Up To 56,000 More Contractors Could Be Sent With Troops To Afghanistan

TPM | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials...

To the Dems Who Voted to 'Defund ACORN': Where is the Defund Blackwater Act?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Democrats have joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN," yet they have done nothing to stop Blackwater's ongoing taxpayer-funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Obama Administration is Actually Increasing the US Presence in Iraq

Michael Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Schwartz

When U.S. troops are "withdrawn" from Iraq, their jobs are taken over by mercenaries -- the notorious "contractors," who are hired for fabulous sums of money to sustain the huge U.S. presence there.

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.

Marcus Baram

Report: Contractors Outnumber Troops In Afghanistan By Highest Ratio In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the clearest sign that the Pentagon has become dependent on privatization, a new report reveals that today there are more defense contractors than ...

Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq

Eric Stoner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Stoner

With no countries officially left in the so-called "coalition of the willing", contractors are now playing a more important role than ever, as Obama begins to slowly scale back the war in Iraq.

Dog the Pirate Hunter???

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Avast, ye picaroons! If landlubber Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has his way, good ole American privateers will be set loose on ye wily pillaging Somalian buccaneers and get all War of 1812 on yer booties.

Obama's Iraq: All Troops Out By 2011? Not So Fast

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The contradiction between President Obama's speech at Camp Lejeune and his rhetoric before he was elected should serve as a warning to those who take his words at face value.