Monthly Archives: October 2016

In South Africa, a private army is fighting rhino poachers

[Translate] In South Africa, a private army is fighting rhino poachers A new class of anti-poaching guards at Simon Rood’s academy go through military-style drills. (Krista Mahr/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) By Krista Mahr October 29 MARKEN, South Africa — There … Continue reading

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October 2016 Quarterly Report

[Translate] Today, SIGAR released its thirty-third (October 2016) Quarterly Report to Congress. The report notes: — Past gains are eroding: poverty, unemployment, underemployment, violence, outmigration, internal displacement, and the education gender gap have all increased, while services and private investment … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s Road Infrastructure: Sustainment Challenges and Lack of Repairs Put U.S. Investment at Risk

[Translate] Afghanistan’s Road Infrastructure: Sustainment Challenges and Lack of Repairs Put U.S. Investment at Risk Today, SIGAR released an audit of DOD and USAID’s $2.8 billion investment in Afghanistan’s road infrastructure. The audit notes: — Since 2002, USAID and DOD … Continue reading

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Audit of USAID Initiative to Measure Impacts of Stabilization

[Translate] Today, SIGAR released an audit of USAID’s Measuring Impacts of Stabilization Initiatives (MISTI) program. MISTI was initiated in 2012 in order to monitor and evaluate USAID’s ongoing stabilization programs. The audit notes:

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General Conclusion

[Translate] Chapter The Legal Regime Applicable to Private Military and Security Company Personnel in Armed Conflicts pp 229-237 Date: 01 September 2016 General Conclusion Mohamad Ghazi Janaby Abstract This study has explored the legal regime regulating PMSC personnel by critically examining it … Continue reading

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Attrition: Skills Not Uniforms Are In Demand

[Translate] Attrition: Skills Not Uniforms Are In Demand October 6, 2016: Although there are only about 9,000 American military personnel in Afghanistan now, versus peak (2011) strength of 98,000, there are still a lot of contractors there. From 2010 through … Continue reading

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Clinton Sought Pentagon, State Department Contracts for Chelsea’s Friend

[Translate] Clinton Sought Pentagon, State Department Contracts for Chelsea’s Friend (Updated) Pentagon think tank paid millions for reports on ‘warlike Americans,’ future Japan nuclear forces AP BY: Bill Gertz October 6, 2016 5:00 am Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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When the UK’s defence policy is to lie, with the help of secretive corporations

[Translate] When the UK’s defence policy is to lie, with the help of secretive corporations October 9th, 2016 Tom Coburg Global, UK Global A government campaign to counter extremism seems to have been engaging in secretive and deceitful activities. And in the process, it … Continue reading

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Revealed: Details of Bell Pottinger’s top secret work in Iraq

[Translate] Revealed: Details of Bell Pottinger’s top secret work in Iraq  

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Fake News and False Flags

[Translate] Fake News and False Flags How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500 million for top secret Iraq propaganda By Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith October 2, 2016 The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half … Continue reading

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