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Regulate private maritime security firms: SL Navy Chief
The New Indian Express | 26 November 2013
> Naval Chief Admiral D K Joshi has called for international regulation of private maritime security agencies as some of them may become a law unto themselves and assist pirates, criminals, smugglers, gun runners, human traffickers and terrorists.
2 Belarussian Military Advisers Shot Outside Hotel in Yemen
The Moscow Times | 26 November 2013
> Gunmen in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday rode by a hotel on a motorcycle and shot two Belarussian military advisers. The attack killed one man and wounded another as the pair walked out of their hotel, the Dubai-based al-Arabiya television station reported.
Were Blackwater's 'Civilian Warriors' Unfairly Maligned?
National Public Radio | 24 November 2013
> Erik Prince, a military contractor during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, says the Blackwater firm was unjustly pegged as the face of military evil. Prince joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.
Private military contractors: Beyond Blackwater
The Economist | 23 November 2013
> An industry reinvents itself after the demise of its most controversial firm.
Maritime Security Must Be Seen as a Profit Culture, Not an Overhead
The Maritime Executive | 22 November 2013
> Highlights from the Lloyd's List roundtable: Future security threats for shipping
What Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Learned About the Business of War
Bloomberg Businessweek | 21 November 2013
> For Prince, who in less than a decade took an obscure military training facility, Blackwater USA, and transformed it, with government contracts, into a billion-dollar company before selling it in late 2010, even score-settling is a public service.
The Insane Story of Russian Mercenaries Fighting for the Syrian Regime
Huffington Post | 21 November 2013
> 267 Russian mercenaries, the "Slavonic Corps," were hired to fight against Syrian rebels between Homs and Deir Ez Zor. Their employer told them that the mission had been cleared by the Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) and they were initially under the impression that the Syrian president, Bashar al Assad, was hiring them to protect oil assets.
The Case of the Keystone Cossacks: Who sent a bunch of hapless Russian soldiers of fortune to go do battle in Syria?
Foreign Policy | 21 November 2013
> In late October, amendments were made to Article 208 of the Russian Criminal Code outlawing the "Organization of, or Participation in, Illegal Armed Units" in foreign countries. Intended to stanch the rising flow of radical jihadists from the Russian Federation to Syria, and purposefully written to encompass foreign military activities for which the participant need not receive payment, the amended law now carries a six-year prison sentence for anyone found guilty of violating it.
Ships can carry armed guards against pirates
The Japan Times | 13 November 2013
> The Japanese Diet enacted a bill Wednesday that allows security guards to carry rifles aboard Japan-registered vessels to counter piracy off Somalia and elsewhere. The legislation, passed with support from both the ruling and opposition camps, is the first in Japan to authorize private citizens to carry and use firearms.
Malaysia: In arming illegal guards for cheaper security, an insidious price
The Malay Mail Online | 11 November 2013
> Between 30 and 40 security firms, out of the 751 licensed companies, undercut their competition by hiring foreigners at RM1,200 a month and by charging clients about RM2,200 ― RM800 less than their counterparts who follow the minimum wage policy.
Private Security Industry Regulation Bill raises concerns
SABC | 7 November 2013
> South Africa: The private security industry has stressed that the decision of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police to adopt the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill comes as a huge disappointment.
Abu Ghraib Torture Survivors Fight on Against Military Contractors
Huffington Post | 6 November 2013
> For the last thirty years, survivors of atrocities abroad turned to U.S. courts to press their demands for redress and accountability, invoking a U.S. law, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). Today, the question of whether this vital pathway to justice remains available to survivors abroad is at the center of a lawsuit in Virginia. The case stems from one of the darkest moments in U.S. history: the horrific torture that was committed by certain U.S. forces and private military contractors at Abu Ghraib prison during the occupation of Iraq.
Solace Global is Successfully Certified to ISO PAS 28007
The Maritime Executive | 6 November 2013
> Solace Global today announces its successful certification to ISO PAS 28007, Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs).
Privatisation of prisons worrying
eNews Channel Africa | 6 November 2013
> The Department of Correctional Services said it had learned some hard lessons from last month's hostage drama at the Mangaung Private Correctional Centre. In particular, it highlighted the risk of outsourcing security at maximum security facilities, to private firms.
South Africa: ANC Push Through Xenophobic Clause in Private Security Bill
allAfrica | 6 November 2013
> The ANC today abused their majority in the Portfolio Committee on Police, to insert and approve a xenophobic clause into the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill.
Piracy and the use of armed security guards: a P&I club's Perspective
Safety4Sea | 6 November 2013
> Certain risks may fall outside the scope of cover if minimum standards are not met in the terms of the contract with the Private Maritime Security Company (PMSC).
UN: Private Security to Earn $244B by 2016
AP | 5 November 2013
> The private military and security business is growing by 7.4 percent a year and on track to become a $244 billion global industry by 2016, the U.N.'s expert on mercenaries reported Monday. The United States is the biggest single spender on private security.
UN expert group calls for robust international regulation of private military and security companies
UN Human Rights | 4 November 2013
> Governments worldwide must recognize the need for a legally binding international agreement to regulate the use and activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) to complement existing regulatory mechanisms, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries urged today.
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