Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in federal court yesterday of murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges for their role in a massacre that occurred in Iraq in 2007 while Blackwater was protecting a convoy of US State Department officials.The shooting incident, which left 17 unarmed Iraqis dead, was ruled a crime rather than a wartime accident by a federal jury.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 23, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: DSWright Monday July 7, 2014 1:24 pm|
Former Navy SEAL and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a new security venture. This time he is helping Chinese firms to “take the drama out of Africa” by consulting on how the businesses should establish themselves and operate throughout the continent. Africa has become a major target for Chinese investment to secure access to the continent’s vast natural resources.
|By: DSWright Monday May 12, 2014 6:42 am|
According to the report 400 mercenaries from Academi (formerly Blackwater) were on the ground “involved in a punitive operation mounted by Ukraine’s new government.”
Der Spiegel claims “the information originates from U.S. intelligence services and was presented during a meeting chaired by the Chancellor’s Office chief Peter Altmaier.
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 6, 2014 6:58 am|
As Kiev’s “anti-terrorist” operation continues the bodies are beginning to pile up on both sides making it increasingly hard to deny that Ukraine is, in fact, in a civil war. Kiev and pro-Russian forces are exchanging gunfire and casualties in Slovyansk while pro-Russian riots break out in Odessa in the aftermath of the massacre there.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 4:00 pm|
The United States Justice Department has brought new charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors for their role in a massacre that took place in 2007 in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:15 am|
In June 15, 2010, The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill reported that “sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince” had claimed that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm” was “planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”
Scahill noted, “The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the ‘sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.’”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 22, 2013 5:45 pm|
Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide executives pled guilty to one count of “failing to make and maintain records related to firearms.” They were sentenced by a federal judge to three years probation, four months house arrest with stipulations and fined five thousand dollars.
To understand how gentle this sentence happens to be and how it clearly shows the United States Justice Department threw the case, Gary Jackson, former president of Blackwater, and William Wheeler Mathews Jr., a former vice president, were indicted on April 16, 2010, on twelve counts and five counts respectively.
|By: SouthernDragon Wednesday June 6, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: SouthernDragon Monday January 9, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews on current topics that may, or may not, be of interest.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 20, 2011 2:00 pm|
The core of Obama’s speech aims to highlight the value of ordinary citizens sparking movements for change. But this focus is deceitful on many levels.