06 Feb 2015

Shippers suspend weekend cargo loading at West Coast ports

“Cargo freighter loading and unloading operations will be suspended at U.S. West Coast Ports this weekend due to continuing chronic slowdowns that shippers and terminal operators have blamed on the dockworkers’ union, the companies’ representative said on Friday. However, the Pacific Maritime Association said terminal yard, rail and gate operations

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06 Feb 2015

DOJ warns Wall Street: Spies out to get you

“The Department of Justice has a warning for Wall Street in the wake of last week’s takedown of an alleged Russian spy ring operating in New York: Foreign intelligence services are actively trying to penetrate the U.S. financial system. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin told CNBC on

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03 Feb 2015

Does anyone make accurate geopolitical predictions?

“We discovered three key factors that predicted geopolitical forecasting accuracy. First, psychological factors, including inductive reasoning, pattern detection, open-mindedness and the tendency to look for information that goes against one’s favored views, especially when combined with political knowledge, helped forecasters make accurate predictions. Second, forecasters benefited from conditions tested in

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26 Jan 2015

Mexican authorities look away as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex

“Mexican authorities have disregarded auditors’ warnings on billions of dollars of deals granted by the state oil giant, a Reuters examination shows. Among the businessmen who benefited: an alleged associate of the Zetas cartel.” (Source: Mexican authorities look away as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex

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19 Dec 2014

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

“The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million

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28 Oct 2014

Blow for former Blackwater tsar as Kenya Civil Aviation pulls air service license

“‘No Blackwater shenanigans in Kenya’ appears to be the message sent out by Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) when news emerged that Kijipwa Aviation Limited, a locally-incorporated airline with a base at their own airfield in Kilifi county, Kenya coast, was denied the renewal of their air service license, effectively

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06 Oct 2014

Google to Make Security Guards Employees, Rather Than Contractors

“‘Building an in-house security team is something we are excited to do,’ said a Google spokeswoman in a statement. ‘A year ago we in-sourced the Google security operations center and we are looking forward to making these valued positions both full- and part-time Google employees.’” Source:Google to Make Security Guards Employees,

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14 Apr 2014

Google Buys Drone Company Titan Aerospace

“Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports. Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones. There’s no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million.

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09 Apr 2014

US Contractor Greystone Denies Its ‘Mercenaries’ in Ukraine

“The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American ‘mercenaries’ from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny. The Russian Foreign Ministry made the allegation in a statement today that accused

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03 Apr 2014

Former Blackwater man buys 49 pc of Phoenix Aviation

“Ex-Blackwater CEO and former US Navy Seal Erik Prince has deepened his involvement with Kenya’s aviation industry with the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Phoenix Aviation. Frontier Service Group Ltd, of which Mr Prince is the chairman, announced it had invested about $14 million (Sh1.2 billion) in

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