Internal documents reveal the firm's clandestine work for multinationals and governments. Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation . Blackwater's work for corporations and government agencies was contracted using two companies owned by Blackwater's owner and founder, Erik Prince: Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). Prince is listed as the chairman of both companies in internal company documents, which show how the web of companies functions as a highly coordinated operation. About the Author Jeremy Scahill Also by the Author What relationship Prado's CCG has with the CIA is not known.
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A carta em que o embaixador americano no Brasil agradece o apoio da NSANo último mês de junho, o mundo tomou conhecimento do maior programa de monitoramento em massa de comunicações de que se tem notícia até hoje, promovido pela Agência Nacional de Segurança, a NSA, do governo dos Estados Unidos. As revelações foram feitas pelo ex-consultor Edward Snowden, que trabalhou para a NSA e copiou milhares de documentos sigilosos. Vazados inicialmente para o jornal britânico The Guardian (publicados pelo colunista Greenwald, que também assina esta reportagem), os papéis revelam a escala global da ação da NSA. No mês passado, o jornal O Globo revelou que o Brasil era um dos alvos prioritários da ação da agência americana. >> Espiões da era digital Um novo documento ultrassecreto da NSA, obtido por ÉPOCA com exclusividade, revela que o envolvimento de Shannon com a NSA é anterior a sua nomeação para o cargo de embaixador no Brasil. >> Patriota: suspeita de espionagem dos EUA na ONU exige "grandes cuidados" e é "recorrente" A história teve desdobramentos.
Terrorism Research CenterThe Current TRC Logo The Terrorism Research Center (TRC) is non-profit think tank focused on investigating and researching global terrorism issues through multi-disciplinary collaboration amongst a group of international experts. Terrorism Research Center (1996 to 2012) The Terrorism Research Center (TRC) was founded in 1996 by Matthew Devost, Brian Houghton, and Neal Pollard to establish an organization with a specific focus on terrorism and emerging international security issues like information warfare. It was purchased by Blackwater's Erik Prince in 2007. Over the course of 14 years, the TRC conducted research, analysis, and training on variety of counterterrorism and homeland security issues. Terrorism Research Center Website (1996 to 2012) Terrorism Research Center Major Projects (1996 to 2012) The TRC was involved in several major projects, from 1996: Responder Knowledge Base Terrorism Early Warning Group Expansion Project Mirror Image Training
Nadhmi AuchiFrom WikiLeaks Nadhmi Auchi (Arabic: نظمي أوجي) is a British resident Iraqi billionaire and former Ba'ath party member who left Iraq in the early 1980s. He is the founder and chairman of the Luxembourg registered General Mediterranean Holding (GMH SA), a conglomerate of 120 companies worldwide. Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (right) in 2004 at, according to Auchi's website GMHSA.com, a Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor Rob Blagojevich (middle) applauding Nadhmi Auchi on a party arranged by Tony Rezko (potentially in the right) Preserved articles and related leaks on Wikileaks Legal aspects Related analysis From Baghdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire Further news reportage
Nation Magazine Story, "Blackwater Black Ops" Refers to Monsanto and Security FirmMonsanto did not hire Blackwater nor did we approve of the firm infiltrating any groups as was suggested in the Nation article. In 2008, 2009 and early 2010, a firm called Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS) provided Monsanto ’s security group with reports about activities or groups that could pose a risk to the company, its personnel or its global operations. The safety of our people is our utmost priority and we value the communities in which we operate.
Mercosul desagrada interesses dos Estados Unidos, afirma Samuel Pinheiro GuimarãesPara o embaixador, não corresponde à realidade o anunciado pela imprensa sobre o fim do Mercosul, da mesma forma que a superestimação da Aliança do Pacífico Mário Augusto Jakobskind, do Rio de Janeiro (RJ) Nas últimas semanas se intensificou nos grandes meios de comunicação brasileiros a tese segundo a qual o Mercosul estaria com os dias contados. Nesse contexto se insere também a apologia que vem sendo feita à recente criação da Aliança do Pacífico, que reúne o México, Colômbia, Chile e Peru, como um bloco econômico de suma importância e que tem tudo para dar certo, ao contrário do que é apregoado sobre o Mercosul. Para o embaixador Samuel Pinheiro Guimarães, não corresponde à realidade o anunciado pela imprensa sobre o Mercosul, da mesma forma que a superestimação da Aliança do Pacífico. Meios de comunicação Foto: José Cruz/ABr
Blackwater 3.0: Rebranded 'Academi' Wants Back in Iraq | Danger RoomSo much for naming your mercenary company after an obscure element from the periodic table. Say goodbye to Xe. The company formerly known as Blackwater — the world’s most infamous private security corporation — has jettisoned the name it chose in its 2009 rebrand. Now the “security solutions provider” wants to wash away the taint of the 2007 Nisour Square shootings by adopting the new name “Academi.” But the company is changing its name — not its core business. And it even wants back into the country where it ran its brand through the mud: Iraq. “Our focus is on training and security services. If Blackwater — sorry, Academi – was a sports franchise, you’d consider 2011 its rebuilding year. Notice another pattern: All of those hires either worked in senior government positions or worked closely with those who did. The company formerly known as Blackwater Xe certainly didn’t get the company out of the private security business. That’s coming to an end, Wright says. Photo: Flickr/Peter Gene
Hate MapThe Geography of Hate is part of a larger project by Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University (HSU) identifying the geographic origins of online hate speech. Undergraduate students Amelia Egle, Matthew Eiben and Miles Ross, worked to produce the data and this map as part of Dr. Stephens' Advanced Cartography course at Humboldt State University. The data behind this map is based on every geocoded tweet in the United States from June 2012 - April 2013 containing one of the 'hate words'. To produce the map all tweets containing each 'hate word' were aggregated to the county level and normalized by the total twitter traffic in each county. The numbers that appear in the map during a mouse hover indicate the total number of hateful tweets and number of unique users sending them in each county. Read more about the research and methods behind this project at www.FloatingSheep.org.
Why is the Gates foundation investing in GM giant Monsanto? | John Vidal | Global developmentA Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti. Photograph: Reuters The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is sponsoring the Guardian's Global development site is being heavily criticised in Africa and the US for getting into bed not just with notorious GM company Monsanto, but also with agribusiness commodity giant Cargill. Trouble began when a US financial website published the foundation's annual investment portfolio, which showed it had bought 500,000 Monsanto shares worth around $23m. This was a substantial increase in the last six months and while it is just small change for Bill and Melinda, it has been enough to let loose their fiercest critics. Seattle-based Agra Watch - a project of the Community Alliance for Global Justice - was outraged. But it got worse. The two incidents raise a host of questions for the foundation. In the meantime, it could tell us how many of its senior agricultural staff used to work for Monsanto or Cargill?
Um novo retrato da desigualdade globalDistância entre nações reduziu-se, mas elite de super-ricos isolou-se ainda mais. Tornou-se claro: injustiças não são “naturais”, mas cuidadosamente produzidas. O artigo é de Joseph Stiglitz, prêmio Nobel de Economia, em artigo publicado no blog The Great Divide, do New York Times e reproduzido pelo sítio Outras Palavras, 15-10-2013. Segundo Stiglitz, "estamos caminhando para um mundo dividido não apenas entre os que têm e os que não têm. Alguns países terão sucesso ao criar prosperidade compartilhada – a única que, a meu ver, é verdadeiramente sustentável. Eis o artigo. Sabe-se perfeitamente hoje que as desigualdades de renda e riqueza na maior parte dos países ricos, e especialmente nos Estados Unidos, dispararam, nas últimas décadas e, de modo trágico, agravaram-se ainda mais desde a Grande Recessão. São questões complexas. A partir do século XVIII, a revolução industrial produziu um aumento gigantesco da riqueza na Europa e América do Norte.