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21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

21.08.2018 - 18:21 [ businessinsider.com ]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Between 2001 and 2017, the US spent an estimated $714 billion on a war that many observers argue America is still far from winning, Task & Purpose reported last August. Prince intends to privatize the conflict to reduce US manpower in the country and ultimately reduce spending.

Prince’s plan would see troops replaced with private military contractors who work for a special envoy that reports directly to the president.

21.05.2018 - 17:48 [ Times of Israel ]

As election probe spreads to Israel, Trump protests ‘witch hunt’ has gone global

US president slams New York Times over report on son’s meetings with an Israeli media specialist, Arab emissaries and a private military contractor ahead of 2016 election

20.05.2018 - 08:18 [ Spiegel.de ]

Treffen im Trump Tower: Golfmonarchien boten Trump Hilfe für Wahl an

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – es fand im Trump Tower in New York statt – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend gewesen sei Joel Zamel, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.

20.05.2018 - 07:20 [ Vox.com ]

The secret Seychelles meeting Robert Mueller is zeroing in on, explained

(10.4.2018) That’s big because Nader helped organize, and attended, that curious Seychelles meeting on January 11, 2017, shortly before Trump’s inauguration. The meeting brought together Erik Prince, Trump donor and founder of the private security company Blackwater, with Kirill Dmitriev, who manages a Russian sovereign wealth fund and is thought to be close to Vladimir Putin.

20.05.2018 - 06:27 [ ORF.at ]

„NYT“: Golfmonarchien wollten Trump bei Wahl 2016 helfen

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – im Trump Tower in New York – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend sei Joel Zamel gewesen, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.