Blackwater

Der Aufstieg der mächtigsten Privatarmee der Welt

Author: Jeremy Scahill

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3888978548

Category: History

Page: 351

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Kaum jemand hatte von der Firma Blackwater gehört, als am 16. September 2007 im Irak 17 Zivilisten erschossen wurden – von einem Söldnertrupp. Schnell stellte sich heraus, dass sie zu einer Art Privatarmee gehörten, die im Irak und anderswo für die USA Krieg führt, unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit und immun gegen Strafverfolgung. Blackwater: die mächtigste militärische Dienst­leis­tungsfirma der Welt. Ihr Gründer Erik Prince, Multimillionär und christlicher Fundamentalist, hat beste Kontakte zur Regierung. Und erkennt nach dem 11. September 2001, wie viel Geld sich mit dem »Outsourcing« militärischer Leistungen verdienen lässt: Bushs »Krieg gegen den Terror« ist die Steilvorlage für den kometenhaften Aufstieg der Firma. Blackwaters Elitesoldaten schützen US-Politiker und Geschäftsleute im Irak – gegen ein Gehalt, von dem GIs nur träumen können. Blackwater kann bei Bedarf Truppen und eine Flugzeugflotte zur Verfügung stellen, groß genug, Regierungen zu stürzen. Blackwaters Söldner bewachen Öl-Pipelines, seine »Sicherheitskräfte« patrouillierten nach Katrina in den Straßen von New Orleans. Doch erst jetzt fällt dem US-Kongress auf, dass die martialischen Rambos keinerlei parlamentarischer Kontrolle, keiner Gerichtsbarkeit unterliegen. Mit seiner glänzend recherchierten Geschichte der Firma Blackwater zeigt Jeremy Scahill überzeugend auf, welche Gefahren der Demokratie drohen, wenn die Regierung ihr Gewaltmonopol privatisiert.
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Die Privatisierung des Militärs: Das Beispiel Blackwater

Author: Jochen Kosel

Publisher: diplom.de

ISBN: 3863417925

Category: Political Science

Page: 40

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Die Gesamtwirtschaft eines Staates setzt sich zusammen aus dem öffentlichen und dem privaten Sektor. Allgemein kann man für den öffentlichen Sektor festhalten, dass der Staat für die Bürger bestimmte Dienstleistungen erbringt, die von den Bürgern durch die entrichteten Steuern finanziert werden. Im Gegensatz dazu bieten im privaten Sektor gewinnorientierte Privatunternehmen Güter und Dienstleistungen auf dem Markt an, die von den Verbrauchern erworben werden können. Das bedeutet, dass sich die beiden Sektoren in Bezug auf ihre Finanzierungsquellen, das Verhältnis zwischen Anbietern und Verbrauchern und den rechtlichen Status des Anbieters grundsätzlich voneinander unterscheiden. Seit den 1990er Jahren erobern privatwirtschaftliche, gewinnorientierte Unternehmen einen Bereich des öffentlichen Sektors, der bis dato ausschließlich dem Staat vorbehalten war - den Bereich des Militärs. Die Unternehmen, die sich in diesem Bereich etablieren, bezeichnet man als Private Military Companies, kurz PMCs. Die zunehmende Privatisierung des militärischen Bereichs verändert nicht nur das Akteurspektrum, sondern auch das Wesen von Kriegen. Der Einzug von Begriffen wie Privatisierung und Outsourcing im täglichen Sprachgebrauch von Verteidigungsministern suggeriert, dass Krieg nicht mehr als ultima ratio verstanden wird - als letztes Mittel nach Ausschöpfung aller anderen Mittel -, sondern als eine Dienstleistung, die von privatwirtschaftlichen Unternehmen im Auftrag von Staaten erbracht wird. Der rasante Aufstieg der PMC-Branche im Allgemeinen und des Unternehmens Blackwater im Besonderen, das aus einem der am schnellsten wachsenden Wirtschaftszweige noch herausragt, wirft eine Reihe von Fragen auf: Was unterscheidet Söldner von PMCs? Wie kann man PMCs definieren, um sie in ihrer Gesamtheit zu erfassen? Welche Faktoren haben zum Aufstieg von PMCs beigetragen? Wie gelingt es Blackwater, aus der Fülle der PMCs eine exponierte Stellung einzunehmen?
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Dunkle Wasser

Roman

Author: Louise Doughty

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 364118942X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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John Harper liegt in einer abgelegenen Hütte auf einer indonesischen Insel nachts wach, horcht, wie der Regen auf das Dach trommelt, und fürchtet um sein Leben. Doch er hat weniger Angst vor dem, was kommt, als vor einer Tat, die er begangen hat. Bei einem Besuch in der nächstgelegenen Stadt begegnet er Rita, einer Frau mit eigener schwieriger Vergangenheit. Sie lassen sich auf eine Affäre ein, die Harper ungeahnte Möglichkeiten des Exils eröffnet – doch bringt er Rita damit gleichzeitig in Gefahr. An wechselnden Schauplätzen – Europa während des Kalten Krieges, die amerikanische Bürgerrechtsbewegung in Kalifornien und Indonesien –, zeigt Louise Doughty meisterhaft, wie John Harpers Lebensstationen mit finsteren Kapiteln der jüngsten Weltgeschichte verknüpft sind.
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Blackwater Mine

Author: N.A

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748759279

Category: Readers (Elementary)

Page: 32

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Bookwise is a carefully graded reading scheme organized into five cross-curricular strands, encouraging links to other subjects. Comprising 16 fiction and ten non-fiction titles, the 25 books at each level span a two-year reading age and the three-tier levelling system within each level facilitates an accurate match of reading ability and text. The full-colour readers are accompanied by teacher's guides and resource sheets to help teachers get the most out of their guided reading and writing sessions.
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Das Geheimnis von Blackwater

Krimi

Author: Dana Kilborne

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3739635606

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Sidney kann nicht glauben, was ihre neue Freundin Chelsea da erzählt: Angeblich liegt ein Fluch auf dem versunkenen Ort Blackwater. Immer wieder sollen Mädchen am Ufer des Sees, aus dem nur noch die Spitze des Kirchturms herausragt, ums Leben gekommen sein. Ob an dieser Story wirklich etwas dran ist? Eines steht jedenfalls fest: Den Ausblick aus ihrem neuen Zimmer direkt auf den See hinaus findet Sid jetzt noch unheimlicher. Zudem ist ihre Neugier geweckt. Ist die Sache mit dem Fluch wirklich bloß Spinnerei? Als sie eines Nachts seltsame Lichter auf dem See sieht, will sie der Sache auf den Grund gehen und schleicht sich aus dem Haus. Da hört sie einen gellenden Schrei - noch ahnt sie nicht, was es damit auf sich hat ... Kaufe jetzt "Das Geheimnis von Blackwater" und tauche ein in die versunkene Stadt!
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Joint Audit of Blackwater Contract and Task Orders for Worldwide Personal Protective Services in Iraq

Author: Harold W. Geisel

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437928250

Category:

Page: 59

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The Dept. of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), is responsible for protecting personnel, facilities, and info. ¿ both domestic and abroad. Over the years, DS has been unable to provide long-term personal protective services solely from its pool of special agents, and it has turned to contractual support. This report focuses on the Blackwater contract in Iraq and associated task orders. This audit addressed four objectives: 1. What was the contracting process? 2. What were the key requirements and provisions of the contract and task orders? 3. What are the costs and funding sources of the contract and task orders? 4. How did the Dept. administer the contract and task orders to provide proper oversight of Blackwater¿s cost and performance in Iraq?
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Summary: Blackwater

Review and Analysis of Jeremy Scahill's Book

Author: BusinessNews Publishing

Publisher: Primento

ISBN: 2511000229

Category: Political Science

Page: 44

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The must-read summary of Jeremy Scahill's book: “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army”. This complete summary of "Blackwater" by Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning bestseller, presents his insight on the powerful private American army operating in international war zones. It is the explosive story of a company who came from rural America to become one of the most powerful participants in the Iraq War. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Discover the surprising story of an unlikely player in the Iraq War • Expand your knowledge of American politics and warfare To learn more, read "Blackwater" and discover the fascinating story of a small mercenary army's rise to power.
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Blackwater USA

hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, October 2, 2007

Author: United States

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 190

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Blackwater

Author: Kerstin Ekman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446484432

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Startling in its revelations, disturbing in its implications - a thriller of gripping intensity and immense literary power. Two violent deaths in the Swedish wilderness; the hurried flight of a sinister stranger: terrible events long buried in Annie Raft's memory - until she sees her daughter in the arms of the man she believes responsible for the killings...
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Blackwater

Author: C.D. Blizzard

Publisher: Bad Rabbit Publications

ISBN: 1463670273

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

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"Wildest ride with the biggest kick in the ass." Swamps, alligators, deadly snakes. Illegal fishing, bad booze, and a river they called Blackwater. It's a place where a boy can dream.... The summer of 1965. That's the year Mikey would never forget. It was the year he became a man. He'd been ten-years-old when Uncle Cotton finally managed to convince Mikey's overprotective mother that what her little sissy-boy son needed was to spend the summer with a real man. Mikey was all too eager to comply. In their small Florida community, Cotton's penchant for wildness had made him a celebrity, and there was nothing in the world Mikey wanted more than to get close to all that craziness and experience it for himself. Under the tutelage of this local legend, Mikey steps into a world filled with the sort of adventure he'd only imagined. But, by summer's end, the innocence of youth is tarnished when a single chilling act shatters the boy's idealistic view of his uncle. (Full length novel, 85,000 words, 400 page paperback.)
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Blackwater Draw

Three Lives, Billy the Kid and the Murders That Started the Lincoln County War

Author: David S. Turk

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 1611391113

Category: History

Page: 156

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On March 9, 1878, three men were murdered in isolated Blackwater Canyon in New Mexico. The suspects were Billy the Kid and a number of his Regulators. This action, almost assuredly taken in retaliation for the death of the Kid’s friend, John Henry Tunstall, became the real catalyst in the Lincoln County War. In 2006, the author and a team of investigators searched for the remains of the men and related artifacts in the obscure canyon—the first to do so since the murders. The murders were reconstructed with the discovery of over thirty bullet cartridges. As part of the reconstruction of the crime, the author widens the scope of his investigation by examining the lives and paths of all three victims: William S. “Buck” Morton, a Virginian fleeing from his past; Frank Baker, a mystery man who hid his real name and shady career; and William McCloskey, an elderly cowboy who unsuccessfully attempted to play the peacemaker. The myths and accounts of the three men and their murders are analytically separated. Connective events where the paths of the participants intersected, such as the death of John Tunstall, are likewise examined. Legend and fact are separated in the case and its participants—both victims and suspects. Billy the Kid is justly portrayed as a human being wrought by conflicts. The Regulators and their opposition reveal character both good and bad. An investigative approach to this portion of the Billy the Kid saga corrects the record on some old assumptions and creates new avenues of insight and possibility.
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Blackwater Creek

Author: Donna R. Brown

Publisher: BookCountry

ISBN: 146300382X

Category: Fiction

Page: 1

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Life in Blackwater, Texas has always worked for Ludie Blackwell. Small town life means being part of a loving circle of family and friends. She overcame the loss of both her parents when she was a small child and has always struggled with self-consciousness from her slightly visible birth defect and her unbearable shyness around those she doesn't know well. She has resigned herself to being unlikely to ever find love, but when a fiery blaze brings sophisticated businessman Eric Butler into town and right into her life, she finds herself reconsidering the possibilities. Balancing her time between her job as a waitress at the Ladybird Café and her new job in a candle-making shop, she finds time to appreciate the blessings in her life. When the delicate balance is upset by the worldly and confident Eric, Ludie discovers that if a relationship seems too good to be true, it probably is. A broken heart isn't the only casualty and when she finds her life in danger, it takes love and support from some very unexpected sources to bring her through her biggest challenge yet.
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Blackwater Lights

Author: Michael M. Hughes

Publisher: Hydra

ISBN: 0345548809

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Michael M. Hughes’s Blackwater Lights combines the eldritch horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the supernatural thrills of Dean Koontz. When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia. But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records exist of the camp. Yet he is not alone in looking for information. There are Lily, a beautiful redhead with uncanny seductive powers; Crawford, a wealthy collector of art and people; and Micah, the mysterious leader of the Church of the Open Door. All of them are seeking information about the rumored camp. And they are all interested—very interested—in Ray. Then a midnight encounter with strange floating lights sparks a return of old memories—vivid but fractured images that haunt Ray’s waking hours with intimations of terror and cruelty. Something dreadful happened at that camp long ago. Something was awakened there. Now, with the help of his new friend Ellen, a waitress at the local diner, Ray must navigate a path through madness and murder—a path that leads inexorably to an all-but-forgotten night in his childhood . . . and to a future of unimaginable horror. Praise for Blackwater Lights “Michael M. Hughes’s highly intelligent debut novel, Blackwater Lights, weaves a stunning tale of intrigue, ritual, and dark magic. It’s brilliantly paced and beautifully written, and once the journey has begun, it’s impossible to put down. Luckily for those of us hooked on Hughes, Blackwater Lights is but the first work in his forthcoming trilogy.”—Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Gentling Box “Disturbing, surreal, and spooky as hell, Blackwater Lights is a brilliantly written debut, marking Michael M. Hughes as a talent to watch.”—Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook and the Toxic City trilogy “Blackwater Lights is a paranoid thrill-ride that deftly combines mystery, sci-fi, and horror elements into a modern-day conspiracy tale. An impressive debut that builds to a satisfying, action-filled conclusion.”—Cemetery Dance magazine “Blackwater Lights has action, adventure, sex, love, designer drugs, and violent death, all woven into a globe-spanning paranormal conspiracy. I mean, really, what’s not to like? Consider this my official request for a sequel.”—F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack novels and The Adversary Cycle “A harrowing and riveting thrill ride. Hughes is a welcome addition to the dark-fiction ranks.”—Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church
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BLACKWATER FEVER

Author: Steve Tucker

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465368574

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

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At hand is a deadly reckoning. After eight years in a Georgia prison, hardcore inmate Manny Lee Smith is returning to Blackwater. He’s after a quarter million he left behind. Brutal Sheriff Will Josey is lurking in the shadows, waiting. He wants what Smith stole from him—even if he has to put him down like the mongrel dog he is. Since the tragic death of her husband, Summer Swann and her young son, Joey, are struggling for survival. They are about to lose their home. Just when things couldn’t get worse, her world is torn asunder through a series of seemingly random events. Their lives hang in the balance, and she will see her son step into a man’s shoes. Mitch Calloway is content to work, have his lunch under a shade tree, and sit on the front porch at night—alone. When he befriends Joey and meets his mother, his life changes. Suddenly, he feels like the shine on a new dime. But a violent storm is approaching, and it threatens to tear his new world apart and rip the fabric of his very soul. And there is a wild card: the old man who steals children in the night. Together, they all will find their destinies.
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Blackwater

Author: Conn Iggulden

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007285450

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

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A dark, chilling psychological thriller from the number one bestselling author of the Emperor series. Blackwater was published as part of the Quick Reads initiative on World Book Day 2006.
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Blackwater Sound

A Novel

Author: James W. Hall

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429905015

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The Braswell family had everything people would kill for: money, looks, power. But their eldest son, the family's shining light, died in a bizarre fishing accident. And when he disappeared-hauled into the depths by the giant marlin he had been fighting-he took with him a secret so corrupt that it could destroy the Braswells. Ten years later, a huge airliner crashes in the steamy shallows off the Florida coast, killing all aboard. Helping pull bodies from the water, Thorn finds himself drawn into a bizarre conspiracy: someone has developed a high tech weapon capable of destroying electrical systems in a powerful flash. The terrorist potential is huge. How are the secretive Braswells and their family-owned company, MicroDyne, involved? And what does it have to do with the family's obsessive hunt for the great marlin that killed their golden boy? With the Braswells, James W. Hall introduces one of the most evil and dysfunctional families in the history of fiction. And, along with Thorn, he brings back favorite characters from his earlier books, including Alexandra Rafferty and her father, Lawton Collins, a retired and increasingly dotty former police investigator whose methods of investigation result in his kidnapping. A story that bristles with all the heat and tension of a tropical Florida summer, Blackwater Sound is destined to rank among the greatest suspense thrillers of the new decade.
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Blackwater Magic

Guardians

Author: James W. Trem

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 145205293X

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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In a murky swamp on the east side of Flat Lake in South Central Louisiana hidden from the curious eyes of the local human populace is a magical place referred to by its inhabitants as Sanctuary. For 300 years woodland fairies and sylvan have guarded Sanctuary aided by magical humans called guardians. Recently the guardians have adopted the aid of werewolves who enjoy the privilege of moonlight running within the protected boundary of Sanctuary. Sanctuary itself is magical and possesses the power to keep non-magical humans out; but it cannot protect itself against the dark fey that have escaped the netherworld prisons of Faerie. The demons and other dark fey have set their sights on Sanctuary's destruction and the loss of any humans who find themselves in the way is just considered collateral damage. The guardians and protectors find themselves in a race against time to attain their full power and protect their beloved Sanctuary from destruction. Jean Lafitte Gateaux, the most powerful guardian to enter Sanctuary in 300 years joins forces with werewolves and witches in an all out attempt to thwart the dark forces of Golva the chaos demon. Will they be in time?
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Blackwater Ben

Author: William Durbin

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452942374

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 216

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According to thirteen-year-old Ben Ward’s father, lumberjacks look forward to two things: mealtime and springtime. In the winter of 1898, Ben leaves school for a job as a cook’s assistant to his father at the Blackwater Logging Camp. As Ben spends long hours peeling potatoes and frying flapjacks, he dreams of working in the woods with the other men, felling trees, driving a team, and skidding timber. While enduring a long, cold winter in a camp filled with outlandish characters, as well as an orphan boy named Nevers, Ben comes to understand himself and his family’s past. Peppered throughout with heart and humor—and including a glossary and afterword with facts about logging—Blackwater Ben paints a vivid picture of the north woods of Minnesota at the end of the nineteenth century.
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Pendragon: Blackwater

Author: D.J. MacHale

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847388612

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 464

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Just when Bobby Pendragon thinks he finally understands his purpose as a Traveller he is faced with an impossible choice. Arriving on the beautiful yet primitive territory of Eelong, Bobby finds himself at the bottom of the food chain when he is confronted by the ferocious half-human / half-cat species called Klee. But something is terribly wrong and Bobby soon discovers that the inhabitants of Eelong are in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious plague. In order to save Eelong Bobby realises he must break all Traveller rules… endangering himself, his friends and the future of all other territories ~ but can he do it?
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The Blackwater Lightship

A Novel

Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743203313

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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With AIDS about to claim a well-loved young man, three generations of his family are reunited at his bedside in Ireland, in a novel that explores the nature of love and the complex interrelationships among family members.
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