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Private military contractors are now a $120 billion dollar, global industry. The industry has been with us for some time, but it has grown like a mushroom after the storm in the course of the war on terror. Specific issues have arisen following an incident on Baghdad’s Nisoor Square on September 16, which left 15 Iraqis dead. CSPAN’s Washington Journal features Harper’s magazine contributor Scott Horton on Monday, October 15 from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. ET. Catch it live or check out the streaming video here.
More from Scott Horton:
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers
Chance that an American believes Ramadan is the Jewish day of atonement:
Mathematicians discovered the existence of a pseudoprime that is the sum of 10,333,229,505 known primes and contains roughly 295 billion digits but cannot be represented precisely because the mathematician who found it lacks sufficient RAM.
On the eve of Independence Day in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered a speech in Belarusian instead of Russian for the first time in 20 years, disproving rumors that he can no longer speak the language.
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