The UAE in Yemen: With a Lot of Help from its Mercs

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by David Isenberg The UAE has participated in the ongoing, Saudi-led war in Yemen largely through its use of a disparate collection of mercenaries, or to use the accepted euphemism, “private military contractors” (PMC). In 2011, the UAE hired Erik… Continue Reading  

If at first you don’t privatize, try, try again

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by David Isenberg Question: What does a man worth billions of dollars want? Answer: More billions. Now such a description could apply to more than a few people in the fields of finance, investing and technology, but in this case… Continue Reading  

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive

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by David Isenberg According to a July 10 New York Times article, Steve Bannon has relied on advice from Erik Prince, co-founder of storied private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a private equity billionaire financier who owns the… Continue Reading  

Is It Satire or Is It Sallyport?

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by David Isenberg An Associated Press story earlier this month regarding misconduct by employees of Sallyport turned a lot of heads in the world of private security contracting. The U.S. company has received nearly $700 million in federal contracts to… Continue Reading  

Trump and the PISS Industry

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by David Isenberg Given his reputation as an allegedly successful businessman before being elected president, it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump favors greater use of the private sector. Thus, those favoring privatizing and outsourcing activities previously done… Continue Reading