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US: PR joins fight for hearts and minds
by David RobertsonThe Times (London)
September 18th, 2006
A NEW business in military public relations that is worth millions of dollars is emerging as consultants are being drafted into the battle for the world's 'hearts and minds'.

US: Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs
by Greg MillerThe Los Angeles Times
September 17th, 2006
At the National Counterterrorism Center the agency created two years ago to prevent another attack like Sept. 11 more than half of the employees are not U.S. government analysts or terrorism experts. Instead, they are outside contractors.

SWITZERLAND: Gun for hire: mercenaries operate in a legal no-man's land
by Ian HamelSwiss Info
September 15th, 2006
Geneva is set to host an international conference in November tackling the thorny issue of private security companies operating in a legal no-man's-land.

US: Halliburton Unit Risked Civilian Lives, Lawsuits Say (Update3)
by Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin FiskBloomberg
September 15th, 2006
Halliburton Co. sent civilian drivers into combat zones to protect its military supply contract, according to lawsuits filed by families of employees killed or injured while driving trucks in Iraq.

SOMALIA: US accused of covert operations in Somalia
by Antony Barnett and Patrick SmithThe Observer (UK)
September 10th, 2006
Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

CANADA: Our side of defence
by Jorge BarreraThe Ottawa Times
August 20th, 2006
Ottawa may have the reputation of a government town, but it's also home to Canada's military-industrial complex.

IRAQ: Ugandan Guards in Iraq Face Abuse
by Grace MatsikoAllAfrica.com
May 10th, 2006
Sources said two Ugandans slipped into a coma due to brutal assaults at the hands of foreign officers at Alasad Airbase after they queried terms of the contract.

IRAQ: Green Zone Construction Boom
by David SarasohnOregonian
May 3rd, 2006
In Baghdad, the United States is now building a monument to rank with Grand Coulee Dam, the Pentagon, Disney World and the Mall of America. It has elements of all four, plus a 15-foot stone wall and surface-to-air missiles.

IRAQ: US Private Guards Kill Baghdad Ambulance Crewman
by Maher NazihReuters
May 2nd, 2006
The incident drew an angry response from Iraqi officials, who often complain private foreign guards kill civilians with impunity

IRAQ: Death is a Price of Blood Money
by Vasemaca RarabiciFiji Times
May 2nd, 2006
In two weeks seven Fijian men serving as security guards in Iraq have died, leaving behind grieving wives and children with no fathers. But these are the risks they are willing to take, especially when you get to earn between $3000 to $6000 a month.

IRAQ: U.S. Pays for 150 Iraqi Clinics, and Manages to Build 20
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 30th, 2006
A $243 million program led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build 150 health care clinics in Iraq has in some cases produced little more than empty shells of crumbling concrete and shattered bricks cemented together into uneven walls.

IRAQ: Evidence of Fraud Found by Iraq Audit
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
April 30th, 2006
A watchdog agency sees poor oversight in a defunct U.S. program to let private firms train Iraqis to guard oil and power infrastructure.

IRAQ: USAID Provides Adviser to Iraq Government on Oil Law
by Benoit FauconMarketWatch
April 28th, 2006
At the request of the U.S. State Department, the agency is providing a petroleum advisor to Iraq from February to June through its contract with BearingPoint, USAID spokesman David Snider told Dow Jones Newswires in an e-mail.

IRAQ: Halliburton's Rebuilding of Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen
by James GlanzThe New York Times
April 25th, 2006
The project's demise would seriously damage the American-led effort to restore Iraq's oil system and enable the country to pay for its own reconstruction.

IRAQ: Commander Says Contractors Violating U.S. Labor Trafficking Laws
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
April 23rd, 2006
Gen. George Casey ordered that contractors be required by May 1 to return passports that have been illegally confiscated from laborers on U.S. bases after determining that such practices violated U.S. laws against trafficking for forced or coerced labor

US: Attorney Pursues Iraq Contractor Fraud
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
April 19th, 2006
Lawyer uses Civil War-era law to go after frims for corruption, but Bush administration won't help.

IRAQ: Businessman Pleads Guilty in Iraq Scheme
by Mark Sherman Associated Press
April 18th, 2006
With millions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction contracts to be had, Philip H. Bloom offered up money, cars, premium airline seats, jewelry, alcohol, even sexual favors from women at his villa in Baghdad.

IRAQ: U.S. Contractor Bloom Pleads Guilty
by Robert Schmidtbloomberg
April 18th, 2006
Contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money laundering in connection with a bid-rigging of Iraq reconstruction contracts.

IRAQ: Greased Up for Business
by Marian Wilkinson and David MarrThe Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Iraq's Halfayah oil field was the glittering prize sought in one of the dodgiest deals linked to the wheat board, write .

IRAQ: They Backed the Scam to the Bitter End
by Marian Wilkinson and David Marr.The Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2006
Despite emerging evidence of AWB's kickbacks, the Howard Government continued giving the wheat trader its unconditional support.

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