Archive for December 30th, 2018

30/12/2018

Britain Is the World Centre for Private Military Contractors – And It’s Almost Impossible to Find Out What They’re Up To

Human Wrongs Watch

Welcome to the murky world of mercenaries and floating armouries… 

Additional reporting from Matt Kennard, Timothy Young, Matthew Leger, Susanna Kalaris, Samuel Brownsword, Sean French and Tom Ormson.Detail from G4S Gurkha Services marketing brochure and Queen’s Gallantry Medal, as highlighted by Clare Sambrook.

Yesterday [19 December 2018], an American man was convicted for killing unarmed civilians whilst on patrol in Iraq. But he wasn’t a member of the US Army. When the incident took place, he was working for the company Blackwater.

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30/12/2018

Brazil: Bolsonaro Promises Decree To Allow Gun Possession

According to one study, in 2016 the South American country had the highest number of deaths by firearms: 43,200.

Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro vows to deregulate gun possession.

Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro vows to deregulate gun possession. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

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29 December 2018 (teleSUR)* — Three days before being sworn-in, Brazil’s far-right President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro stated on Saturday that he intends to sign a decree to allow people with no criminal record to buy guns.

“By decree, we intend to guarantee the POSSESSION of firearms for the citizen without criminal antecedents, as well as make its registration definitive,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

The loosening of firearms laws was one of the key platforms in Bolosonaro‘s campaign for the 2018 elections. The former army captain will take office on January 1.

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