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Dihlabeng speaker allegedly threatens DA with ‘Zero Tolerance’ security guards 
The Citizen|  31 August 2018
> The speaker of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, David Lengoabala, on Friday morning at a council meeting threatened to make use of a private security company named Zero Tolerance to eject DA councillors from council should they not behave in a manner in which he deemed appropriate, the DA said in a statement later in the DA.

The Afghan War Is No Place to Turn a Profit 
Bloomberg|  30 August 2018
> The idea of “privatizing” the war in Afghanistan is back. Erik Prince, the founder of the now-defunct security firm Blackwater Worldwide, is making the rounds in a self-described “aggressive media air campaign” to make the case that 6,000 private military contractors can do what 110,000 uniformed soldiers couldn’t. Anonymous White House sources have said President Donald Trump has shown interest.

Are Taliban and Mercenaries Delegitimizing the Afghan Gov’t? 
Clarion Project|  30 August 2018
> From imperialist superpowers to chaos agents, Afghanistan’s new enemies come in strange forms: the Taliban and mercenaries. The following article is the final post in a four-part series featuring conversations with military veterans who served in Afghanistan to explore what went wrong and what comes next.

U.S. Defense Secretary Downplays Private Soldiers In Afghanistan 
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|  28 August 2018
> U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis rebuffed suggestions that private military forces could join the fight in Afghanistan, and possibly replace regular U.S. troops.

Police, private security will protect shipments of fish 
Mexico News Daily|  27 August 2018
> Refrigerated freight trucks transporting seafood from Yucatán to central Mexico, like many other cargo transporters, have become the target of thieves. But starting today, private and public security forces will monitor and guard the trucks to combat the robberies.

Lagos police boss seeks enhanced collaboration with private security firms 
The Guardian|  27 August 2018
> In furtherance of his administration's community policing and safety partnership initiative, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has called for greater collaboration between the state police command and private security practitioners in the state.

Trump’s Disastrous Plan to Increase Contracting in Afghanistan 
The Diplomat|  25 August 2018
> Troubling reports emerged last week that the Trump administration is continuing to consider moving to a strategy in Afghanistan more dependent on private security contractors. Reportedly encouraged by a proposal floated by Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, this would continue the process of replacing U.S. military personnel with private contractors paid to fight for the United States.

Challenges facing the private security industry - is there light at the end of the tunnel? 
Creamer Media's Engineering News|  24 August 2018
> The South African private security sector is facing more challenges than ever before. This was according to Tony Botes, national administrator, Security Association of South Africa (SASA), during his address at the Securex 2018 event, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition, which took place recently at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Naval Experts Concerned Over China's Increasing Presence in Mediterranean 
The Jerusalem Post|  23 August 2018
> Under President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Action Plan released in 2015, China’s “new Silk Road” will connect Beijing with 68 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe via land routes (the “Belt”) and maritime routes (the “Road”) with the goal of improving trade relationships primarily through infrastructure investments. According to a report by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), a leading German think tank, the Chinese workers building the network of infrastructure developments as part of the multi-billion dollar initiative are secured by 3,200 Chinese – many of them veterans of China’s People’s Liberation Army – employed by 20 registered private security companies.

‘They Treated Our Men Like Goats’: Guards in Afghan Blast Sue Employers and Canada 
The New York Times|  23 August 2018
> The contractors, with their backgrounds as Gurkha soldiers, thought they were valued fixtures at the embassy. But after the June 2016 bombing left them permanently disabled, five survivors said that they heard almost nothing from Canadian officials, and that representatives from Sabre International, a private security firm contracted to manage the guards, stopped communicating with them.

Duterte warns politicians against forming private armies 
Manila Bulletin|  22 August 2018
> As part of his commitment to ensure peaceful and credible elections next year, President Duterte has warned politicians against forming their private armies.

The Kremlin’s mysterious mercenaries and the killing of Russian journalists in Africa 
The Washington Post|  21 August 2018
> Last week, Sens. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) wrote to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres requesting that he authorize “a full and impartial investigation” into the killing of three Russian journalists who were ambushed in the Central African Republic on July 31 while investigating the activities of Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian mercenary organization linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close circle.

China’s ‘Private Army’ prowls the ‘New Silk Road’ 
Asia Times|  20 August 2018
> It has been described as China’s ‘Private Army.’ Fueled by growing demand from domestic companies involved in the multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, independent security groups are expanding in the country.

Trump adviser John Bolton on possibly privatizing US war in Afghanistan: I'm 'always open to new ideas' 
ABC News|  19 August 2018
> President Donald Trump’s national security adviser addressed the idea of using private contractors to help fight the U.S. war in Afghanistan, saying he is "always open to new ideas."

Foreign militants are taking over Libya's Fezzan region 
The New Arab|  17 August 2018
> Libya's southern area of Fezzan is suffering from an influx of foreign fighters that are gradually taking over the country's tribes. Following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya's porous southern border has led to an influx of mercenaries and militants who are posing an increasing threat to the already highly fractured country.

Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan 
NBC News|  17 August 2018
> President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said.

Drugs, Mercenaries, and Communist Ideology Fuel Nicaraguan Paramilitaries 
PanAm Post|  16 August 2018
> The paramilitaries responsible for a brutal crackdown on Nicaraguan protesters have ties to drug trafficking and Marxist ideology.

Russian journalists' murder in Central African Republic was a 'pre-planned assassination', say private investigators 
The Independent|  16 August 2018
> Two weeks after the murder of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR), a private investigation group has rejected the official explanation for their death.

Guns stolen from KwaDukuza security company 
Independent Online|  16 August 2018
> Police are hunting for a gang of robbers who held up a private security company and took 13 firearms in KwaDukuza on Wednesday night.

San Diego could place armed guards at key destinations 
ABC 10News|  16 August 2018
> Armed private security guards - and others with nonlethal ways to defend themselves - could soon patrol iconic San Diego locations like Balboa Park and the downtown Central Library.

Coons, Rubio urge UN to investigate murder of Russian journalists 
Dover Post|  15 August 2018
> Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, recently urged Secretary-General of the U.N. António Guterres to support a full and impartial investigation into the murders of Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev, who were investigating the activities of Wagner, a Russian mercenary group, in the Central African Republic.

‘Battle for Africa’: Russia Pushes Into ‘Free Country for the Taking’ In Attempt to Rival the West 
Newsweek|  09 August 2018
> Many countries—including the U.S., France and the U.K.—rely on military firms for operations in the Sahel’s volatile badlands, assisting with medical evacuation, transport logistics and more combat-oriented activity. But Russian hired guns have gained a particular notoriety due to their covert yet widespread use in Ukraine and Syria. Many of these heavily armed proxies have been contracted to the Wagner Group, a private military company with close ties to the Kremlin.

Expendables: How shadowy mercenaries cash in on Russia’s wars 
Global News|  07 August 2018
> Three Russian journalists wound up dead last week in the Central African Republic, where they’d been following a shadowy paramilitary force that often backs Kremlin causes.

In Africa, Mystery Murders Put Spotlight on Kremlin’s Reach 
The New York Times|  07 August 2018
> The three Russian journalists ventured into the violent and rebel-plagued Central African Republic as part of a daring investigation into the Kremlin’s use of mercenaries to project power into Africa, Syria and other distant lands. Three days later, they were dead, supposedly shot by robbers on a road many others traveled that day without incident.

Private airport security supervisor on cocaine charge 
Trinidad News|  06 August 2018
> A supervisor with a private security company at Piarco Airport appeared before an Arima magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Bodies of 3 Russian journalists killed in Africa returned to Moscow 
CNN|  05 August 2018
> The bodies of three Russian journalists killed while investigating a shadowy security firm in the Central African Republic (CAR) were returned to Moscow on Sunday, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

Protecting Chinese oil: A new breed of private security company expands in Iraq 
The Arab Weekly|  05 August 2018
> Over the last 15 years, conflicts and the threat of terrorism have provided fertile ground for the proliferation of a new breed of international private military and security company. The growth of the Chinese private security market far exceeds the shrinking budgets of industrialised Western countries and corporations active in the private security sector.

Murdered chasing mercenaries 
CNN|  04 August 2018
> Journalists' deaths put spotlight on Russia's murky activities in Africa.

FinMin to examine private security industry demand for GST cut: MoS Finance Shukla 
Firstpost|  04 August 2018
> The finance ministry will examine the demand of private security industry for reduction of GST from the existing level of 18 percent, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said on Friday. The government, he said, is fully conscious of the significant contribution of the private security industry in creating jobs for the poor, those who have migrated from the villages and ex-servicemen.

Russia shocked by mysterious murder of three journalists in CAR 
BBC News|  02 August 2018
> News of the ambush has led to tributes to the trio, but many questions remain about the circumstances behind their deaths.

Hull hospitals are spending thousands on private security to protect their staff from violence 
Hull Daily Mail|  01 August 2018
> The amount of money spent by Hull and East Riding hospitals on private security is more than £600,000. This cost includes all aspects of security associated with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, including properties and car park management, as well as for the protection of staff, patients and visitors.

Russia’s New PMC Patriot: The Kremlin’s Bid for a Greater Role in Africa?’ 
The Jamestown Foundation|  01 August 2018
> The All-Russian Officers’ Assembly, a national war veterans’ organization, published a document, on July 5, urging government officials to legalize so-called Private Military Companies (PMC). The document was signed by Colonel General (ret.) Leonid Ivashov (the president of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems), Colonel (ret.) Vladimir Petrov, and the ataman (head) of the “Khovrino” Cossack community, Evgeni Shabaev. The petitioners underscored the contradictory visible mismatch between Russian PMCs being technically illegal, while their members “[receive] medals and signs of military distinction from the Russian state.”

TV Crew Killed in Africa Probed Mercenaries of ‘Putin’s Cook’ 
Bloomberg|  01 August 2018
> Three Russian journalists who were murdered while on assignment in the Central African Republic were probing the activities of a mercenary group linked to an ally of President Vladimir Putin, according to the exiled oil tycoon who funded their trip.

Italy busts six recruiters of mercenaries for Donbas war 
Unian|  01 August 2018
> Italian police are investigating into the illegal activities of an organization which recruited and sent pro-Russian mercenaries to the Donbas war.

Russian filmmakers killed in Africa were investigating mercenaries close to the Kremlin 
The Washington Post|  01 August 2018
> Three Russians producing a documentary about mercenary forces close to the Kremlin were gunned down in the Central African Republic this week, highlighting the risks that Russian journalists continue to take despite the growing numbers who perish in their line of work.

National Airlines Council of Canada urges Ottawa on decision of privatizing airport security 
The Globe And Mail|  01 August 2018
> Canada’s airlines are expressing growing frustration with unpredictable airport security delays and the federal government’s silence as to how it plans to address the issue.

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