Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. Nation Books will release Scahill's second book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, in April 2013. He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film, Dirty Wars, which will be released by IFC Films throughout North America in June 2013. You can read his blog on TheNation.com here.
The latest WikiLeaks dump has corroborated, in part, what sources recently told The Nation about covert military actions in over seventy-five countries.
How brutal raids are sabotaging the political strategy the US claims to support in Afghanistan.
Internal documents reveal the firm's clandestine work for multinationals and governments.
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The Obama administration's decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen has been met with silence from most Democrats.
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In the past two days, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a Pakistani senior minister have confirmed that Blackwater is operating in Pakistan.
Private firms are jumping at the opportunity to provide 'humanitarian assistance' to Haiti, but what these companies are actually bringing is a 'Shock Doctrine' approach that aims to profit from disaster.