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    Al-Jazeera Documentary

    Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War
    How private companies recruit former child soldiers for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

    "The private military industry is a part of how the countries fight wars today ... The US government doesn't track the number of contractors used in places like Iraq or Afghanistan. We know it's a lot, we don't know exactly how many," says Sean McFate, a professor at Georgetown University who used to work for a private military company.

    The employees of these contractors can come from anywhere, and sometimes those leading the missions don't know exactly who is working for them.

    "They [the companies] hire and they sometimes create what they call 'subs', subcontractors. There's been commanders in Afghanistan who just simply say, 'We don't know who the subs of the subs of the subs are.' So you've all these, like, layers of a contract.

    Aegis Defence Services is a British private military company founded in 2002 by former British Army officer Tim Spicer. Spicer was involved in the 1998 "arms to Africa" scandal, in which his previous company, Sandline International, was found to be breaching UN sanctions by importing weapons to Sierra Leone.

    But according to journalist and author Stephen Armstrong, "He's a dashing and charming, public school-educated guards' officer. And that really wasn't massively a feature of the industry before then. It changed the global agenda of what a private military company was."

    During the US invasion of Iraq, Aegis was contracted to oversee the communication and coordination for all the private security companies on the ground providing guards to protect US military bases.

    However, when the US decided to end its military mission in Iraq, budgets decreased and the private military industry had to start offering different types of deals. As a result, they started to hire cheaper soldiers, many of them from the developing world.

    Aegis employed many mercenaries from Sierra Leone and Uganda to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than other options.

    In 2010, the US Congress appointed a commission to investigate outsourcing to private military companies, but the recruitment of former child soldiers was not part of the investigation.

    The commission concluded that the US government has been too dependent on private military companies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that between $30bn and $60bn disappeared to waste and fraud.

    Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War | Iraq | Al Jazeera

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    Would not trust those buggers with the weather forecast, even the Mrs calls it the Palestinian channel

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    Klondyke,

    Why don't you open a "shit documentaries that nobody watches" thread and post all this crap in there?

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    ^ Sorry, not for FoxNews (CNN, etc) lovers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Klondyke,

    Why don't you open a "shit documentaries that nobody watches" thread and post all this crap in there?
    Harry, you are right, it is really a crap. BTW, did you hear on Faux, CNN, and other recognized MSM about that crap? i.e. recruiting the former child soldiers for the war in Iraq? Or is there no longer a war?

    Anyway, perhaps it is for a good purpose: sparing the bothersome troubles with the coffins, the prayers and thoughts. And the letters to the families...

    It is also for a price, however, the money are surely properly spent to the right people. And they care properly, as the "shit documentaries" mentioned (what you unfortunately cannot know) that once in Sierra Leone was the EBOLA, they had stopped the recruiting there, they found some other "healthy" outsourcing. So, no worry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Harry, you are right, it is really a crap. BTW, did you hear on Faux, CNN, and other recognized MSM about that crap? i.e. recruiting the former child soldiers for the war in Iraq? Or is there no longer a war?

    Anyway, perhaps it is for a good purpose: sparing the bothersome troubles with the coffins, the prayers and thoughts. And the letters to the families...

    It is also for a price, however, the money are surely properly spent to the right people. And they care properly, as the "shit documentaries" mentioned (what you unfortunately cannot know) that once in Sierra Leone was the EBOLA, they had stopped the recruiting there, they found some other "healthy" outsourcing. So, no worry...

    Not to despair, Klondyke.
    Most are unable to digest any sort of alternative stimulation that hasn't been highly manufactured through conventional establishment culturally-centric circles.

    They're comfortable in the confines of their dumbed-down existence.

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    If they are "former" child soldiers, presumably they are no longer children. If so, then what's the objection to hiring them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Not to despair, Klondyke.
    Most are unable to digest any sort of alternative stimulation that hasn't been highly manufactured through conventional establishment culturally-centric circles.

    They're comfortable in the confines of their dumbed-down existence.
    Fuck off Jeff. Waffling in every thread is the very epitome of a dumbed down existence you idiot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    If they are "former" child soldiers, presumably they are no longer children. If so, then what's the objection to hiring them?
    And they get to send some of their wages back to their home village in Africa.

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    Just airing:

    Face To Face
    Che, the radical thinker from Argentina and Castro, the political maestro from Cuba. Could they ever share the title of liberator of Latin America?

    LIVE - Al Jazeera English

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    I look at Al Jazzera everyday. Some good stuff on their website. Of course they have an editorial spin but so do all the other main stream media outlets. Just another source of news to me.

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    They are very biased when it comes to those Palestinian shits and anything Muslim but they do make some good docos, 101 east are good. Watched a couple today about the lack of brides in China and then women renting boyfriends to take home. They cover some unusual stuff, they are total bastards still of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai3 View Post
    They are very biased when it comes to those Palestinian shits
    Perhaps it is not "biased". Just they have got the guts to say and show how it really is. Unlike many others ...

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    I watched a YouTube docu on this News Channel, interesting that it first English staff where ex sacked BBC reporters recruited from Cairo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai3 View Post
    those Palestinian shits
    Damn them for actually being indigenous in the "Promised Land."


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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Damn them for actually being indigenous in a bunch of Europeans' "Promised Land."

    FTFY.

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