Category Archives: Control

Straining ‘hearts and minds’ – the problem with private militaries

Straining ‘hearts and minds’ – the problem with private militaries 28 October 2014    Berenice Baker Governments often recruit private military and security companies to bolster regular troops and support services, and they were used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. While … Continue reading

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The uphill battle against impunity for business-related human rights abuses

The uphill battle against impunity for business-related human rights abuses Sif Thorgeirsson, Manager, Corporate Legal Accountability Project, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Last week a US jury returned a guilty verdict in a criminal case against four former Blackwater … Continue reading

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Blackwater convictions spotlight need for treaty on private security UN experts

Blackwater convictions spotlight need for treaty on private security UN experts India Blooms News Service 28 October 2014 New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): The United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries today appealed for stronger global regulations of … Continue reading

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Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors? October 26, 201410:08 AM ET Weekend Edition Sunday 8 min 12 sec Playlist Download In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops, but who controls them? NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with … Continue reading

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Blackwater Provided Lessons in How to Deal With Contractors

Blackwater Provided Lessons in How to Deal With Contractors Kateri Carmola runs a consulting firm assisting security companies with compliance and human rights due diligence. She is the author of “Private Military Contractors and New Wars: Risk, Law & Ethics.” UPDATED OCTOBER … Continue reading

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Schakowsky Statement on Blackwater Guilty Verdict

Schakowsky Statement on Blackwater Guilty Verdict October 23, 2014 CHICAGO – On Wednesday a federal jury returned guilty verdicts for four former Blackwater security guards charged in the September 16, 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.  The defendants … Continue reading

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KBR Is Turning The Tables On The DCAA

KBR Is Turning The Tables On The DCAA  Law360, New York (October 08, 2014, 10:26 AM ET) — Dave Nadler In recent years, the Defense Contract Audit Agency’s audit In In In recent years, the Defense Contract Audit Agency’s audit practices have … Continue reading

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Blackwater guilty verdict long overdue

Opinion Khalid Mohammed / AP Blackwater guilty verdict long overdue Despite convictions, accountability gaps remain for security contractors October 22, 2014 1:30AM ET by Lauren Carasik Seven years after Blackwater contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and injured 17 others … Continue reading

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Watchdog Suggests Review of Major Contractor

U.S. News: Watchdog Suggests Review of Major Contractor The Wall Street Journal By Dion Nissenbaum 21 October 2014 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Monday made a rare recommendation that the Department of Homeland Security consider stripping a … Continue reading

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THE REGULATION OF PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY CONTRACTORS

THE REGULATION OF PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY CONTRACTORS  Clapham, Andrew; Zellweger, Valentin. American Society of International Law. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. (Apr 3-Apr 6, 2013). Abstract (summary) The panelists explained the latest developments, as well as offered their perspectives … Continue reading

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