Category Archives: Afghanistan

Profiteering in War: the Case Against Mercenaries

[Translate] September 15, 2017 Profiteering in War: the Case Against Mercenaries by L. Michael Hager Photo by The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 Opening the August 30 New York Times, I was surprised (and personally appalled) to find Erik Prince on … Continue reading

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A Decade After Massacre, Blackwater Founder Buddies Up With President

[Translate] September 16, 2017 | Kirsty Vitarelli A Decade After Massacre, Blackwater Founder Buddies Up With President Blackwater employee Jamie Smith at Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan in 2002. Photo credit: Jamie Smith / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) It all started … Continue reading

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Here’s How Private Contractors Can Help Win the Afghan War

[Translate] Here’s How Private Contractors Can Help Win the Afghan War History and incentives are on their side. Daniel G. Straub September 17, 2017 The president has declared a “path forward” for Afghanistan. Given that the United States is at … Continue reading

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Erik Prince’s ‘New Band of Flying Tigers’ is a Sequel We Don’t Need

[Translate] Erik Prince’s ‘New Band of Flying Tigers’ is a Sequel We Don’t Need By Sam Kleiner Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM It shouldn’t be too surprising that in his recent New York Times op-ed calling for an infusion of … Continue reading

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Hurdles Make Mercenary Plan For Afghanistan Unlikely

[Translate] Hurdles Make Mercenary Plan For Afghanistan Unlikely By Daniel Wilson Law360, Nashville (August 11, 2017, 8:26 PM EDT) — Although President Donald Trump is reportedly seriously considering replacing U.S. troops with a mercenary force as he attempts to break … Continue reading

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Trump’s Afghanistan strategy won’t end human rights violations among immigrant contractors

[Translate] LOYALTY FOR HIRE Trump’s Afghanistan strategy won’t end human rights violations among immigrant contractors “There are almost three private contractors for every one US soldier in Afghanistan.” (Reuters/Joshua Roberts) Share Written by Noah Coburn Political anthropologist, Bennington College August … Continue reading

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The Guards, Cooks, and Cleaners of the Afghan War: Migrant Contractors and the Cost of War

[Translate] The Guards, Cooks, and Cleaners of the Afghan War: Migrant Contractors and the Cost of War

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In the line of fire

[Translate] Oped In the line of fire Increasing costs may outweigh the opportunities for Nepalis in Afghanistan in the days ahead – Noah Coburn A large number of Nepali migrants have been working in the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Aug … Continue reading

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Letting mercenaries fight our wars undercuts the Constitution

[Translate] Letting mercenaries fight our wars undercuts the Constitution By Kimberly Wehle, opinion contributor – 09/02/17 03:00 PM EDT 150   © Getty Images The founder of the infamous Blackwater security contracting firm, Erik Prince, recently renewed his call for … Continue reading

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Twitter Torches NYT For Publishing Erik Prince Op-Ed Pushing for Afghanistan Contractors

[Translate] Twitter Torches NYT For Publishing Erik Prince Op-Ed Pushing for Afghanistan Contractors by Caleb Ecarma | 11:30 am, August 30th, 2017 After Blackwater USA founder and former CEO Erik Prince wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times … Continue reading

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