The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Jose L. Gomez del Prado Private military and security companies (PMSC) are the modern reincarnation of a long lineage of private providers of physical force: corsairs, privateers and mercenaries. Mercenaries, which had practically disappeared during the XIXth and XXth centuries, reappeared in the 1960’s during the decolonization period operating mainly in Africa and Asia. Under…

U.S. Strategic Dialogues with Morocco and Algeria: Take Two ~ via US Think Tank

John Kerry in Algeria, with cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Vish Sakthivel العربية March 28, 2014 Secretary Kerry’s visit comes amid Morocco’s efforts to expand its regional influence and an upcoming vote in Algeria. Next week, Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Rabat and Algiers to reconvene the Strategic Dialogues that were postponed…

What Hague Summit Never Mentioned Viktor BURBAKI

58 world leaders took part in the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague on March 25 focusing on reducing the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world that terrorists could use to make a nuclear weapon (highly enriched uranium and plutonium); improving the security of radioactive material (including low-enriched uranium) that can be used…

Freedom Rider: America’s Aggressions Rewarded

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley The United States is a military superpower in economic decline. Consequently, its foreign policy resembles that of the mafia extortionist who “offers protection when it is in fact the only threat in the neighborhood.” Old bullies do not fade away; they must be confronted. “Who will insist…

Top U.S. Diplomat For Europe: “Fuck The EU”

WASHINGTON — The United States’ top diplomat for European affairs appears to have been caught on tape saying “fuck the EU” in a leaked phone call with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper in Ukraine, published the tape on Thursday. The recording’s veracity has not been independently verified. The phone…

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant led by Prince Abdul Rahman

VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 4 FEBRUARY 2014  FRANÇAIS  ESPAÑOL  According to an interview broadcast by the Saudi-ownedAl-Arabiya news channel, prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal is the ruler of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, a graduate of Sandhurst military academy, is the brother of Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, and of Prince…

One of ‘Cuban Five’ to be let out of prison

  . Posters with portraits of five Cubans jailed in the United States are dispayed in front of the Cuba’s Consulate during a demonstration in Sao Pablo, Brazil, on April 7, 2010 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida) Miami (AFP) – One of the so-called “Cuban Five” — intelligence agents convicted in a 2001 US spy case that…

American Raids in Libya & Somalia Expose Military Lawlessness

Bio Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their…

Cultural Appropriation

1. The warbonnet is a sacred religious item that a male plains native has earned. Each eagle feather represents an act of bravery or kindness. A man would earn an eagle feather when he has done something for his people, his tribe. This is a way to symbolize an honorable man without the use of…

Capitalism, Genocide & Colombia

Dispatch From Catatumbo http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/15/capitalism-genocide-colombia/ Capitalism, Genocide & Colombia by DANIEL KOVALIK I just returned from Catatumbo, Colombia where thousands of peasants are waging a life-and-death struggle against the U.S.-backed Colombian military and its paramilitary allies.   For over 60 days, the peasants have been demonstrating against the deplorable living conditions and economic circumstances in which they…

Armageddon watch over Syria

Experts on arms control policy, confirmed by multiple independent sources, indicate that Syria has been hit, in recent days, by at least four tactical nuclear weapons. In addition, a Syrian Army brigade suffered massive casualties from a Sarin gas attack.  Not only are these attacks pushing the world to the brink of war but they…

America Plans Unprovoked Nuclear Attack on China.

If America launches a nuclear attack on China, the Chinese will strike back at American cities.   This is an edited abridgement by Lasha Darkmoon of Professor Amitai Etzioni’s ground-breaking article in the Yale Journal of International affairs,Who Authorized Preparations for War with China? It is followed by extracts from Paul Craig Roberts’ impassioned response to the same article.…

Joint Statement: Hunger strikes, force feeding and imprisonment

http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=627   Joint Statement: Hunger strikes, force feeding and imprisonment   Occupied Ramallah, 31 July 3013 – Following the growing international discourse surrounding hunger strikes and force-feeding of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, detainees in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp and California prisons, we the undersigned Palestinian and Israeli civil society organizations, express our…

Avoiding Big Bro: Prying eyes make privacy a thing of the past

Published on Jul 23, 2013 Snowden’s become a wanted man after showing the world just how much US security services watch people all over the world. The NSA’s stranglehold on digital data communications makes privacy seem like a thing of the past. RT’s Marina Portnaya tried to see if she could avoid Big Brother, while going…

Last Chance for Warren Hill

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: July 11, 2013 Justice Harry Blackmun surely would have confronted the case of Warren Lee Hill Jr. — whom the state of Georgia plans to execute Monday evening — by recalling perhaps his most famous dissent. “From this day forward,” he wrote in a 1994 Supreme Court case, “I no…