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Film: ‘District 9′, Another Attack on PMC’s

As the movie begins, a wave of violent prawn unrest — not unlike the one that rocked South Africa’s real townships only last month — has prompted the good people of Jo’burg to crave even greater distance from their subhuman neighbors, and a forced relocation of all alien residents to a Guantánamo-style tent city known as District 10 has become law. Enter Multi-National United, a smarmy private military contractor that places the relocation in the hands of one Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), a not very bright corporate lackey who also happens to be married to the boss’s daughter. 

   I wanted to post this portion of the review, because it is an important aspect of this movie.  Instead of using military forces or police forces in South Africa, the movie makers here decided to use a Private Military Company called Multi-National United as the evil ‘relocation’ forces, or what we will call ‘hollywood’s default evil storm troopers of death and wanton destruction’.  Why the movie did not have enough guts to use the country’s actual military or police forces for this part, is certainly telling.

   Other than that, I would like to see this movie, just because it seems like really interesting science fiction.  Not your typical sci-fi. -Matt

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District 9

District 9: Divide and Conquer

Alien invasion as apartheid metaphor? It works in this film.

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By Scott Foundas

Published on August 11, 2009

Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, and David James. Rated R.

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Jobs: Security Manager, Latin America

Position:   Security Manager – Latin America

Salary:           Executive package available

Location(s):  Sao Paulo

Job description: My client is an international organisation. They have offices in Europe, North- and South America and China. The current security staff consists of internal security personnel and external expert advisors in the various countries.

They are currently looking to recruit a security Manager to join their Latin America operations. You will have management responsibility for the security operations in Brazil and Mexico with the possibility of expansion in the near future.

Key accountabilities will be to optimise the utilization of staff, to enhance and maintain top quality of services from contracted parties, and to continuously monitor and assess the risk situation for the executives and the office operations. Risk mitigation measurements are expected to be developed commensurate with the risks and threat assessments.

You will operationally assist the CSO and the service offices in the region in developing security policies, procedures, daily security routines, emergency and crisis management plans, adapting them to local circumstances. Providing pre-emptive security, assistance and coordination in the roll out of international crisis management and business continuity management will be part of your operational responsibilities. When security incidents occur, you should be able to organize and handle the first response and quickly identify the next essential steps.

You will act as first point of contact for all security related matters, both from the board and from the organisation side, external security providers included.

Candidate profile: The successful candidate will be a proven project manager as well a having demonstrable background in physical security management and business continuity planning. The role requires a hands on attitude, good analytical skills and a structured approach.

Language skills are essential.

For more details contact Paul Edwards on +44 (0)20 8626 3112,

or by e-mail to pedwards@ssr-personnel.com, quoting reference 4610183.

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News: Pawns In The Jungles of Colombia

This story still pisses me off.  It’s been this long, and those guys are still being held captive?  I have slightly more hope that they will eventually be released as the FARC slowly diminishes, but who knows.  Private contractors do not add up to squat in this world, when you get captured.  Please note the Crescent guys that were captured in Iraq in 06. -Head Jundi

Pawns In The Jungles Of Colombia

June 2, 2008

By Jackson Diehl

Though it may be losing the battle in Congress over free trade withColombia, the Bush administration is close to recording a major success inColombia itself. Thanks in part to billions of dollars in U.S. aid andtraining for the Colombian army, the FARC terrorist group — which hasravaged Colombia’s countryside for four decades — is close to collapse.Since March it has lost three of its top seven commanders, includinglegendary leader Manuel Marulanda. Laptops containing its most sensitivesecrets have been seized by the Colombian government, and foot soldiers aredeserting in droves.

Yet this achievement has come at painful costs — some of which areshamefully little known to Americans. That point was brought home to merecently by Luis Eladio Pérez, a spirited survivor of Colombia’s war againstthe FARC who has made the rescue of three of its American victims a personalcause.American victims? Don’t be surprised if you have never heard of MarcGonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell; The Post has published onlythree substantial stories about them in the past five years. All three areU.S. citizens who were working for Pentagon contractor Northrop Grumman whentheir surveillance plane crashed in a remote Colombian jungle on Feb. 13,2003. Since then, they have been hostages of the FARC, confined with chainsand forced to endure a nightmarish life of isolation, disease and brutality.The State Department and U.S. Southern Command routinely say that obtainingthe men’s release is a top priority. In practice not much has been done overthe years, largely because any action would be difficult or contrary tolarger U.S. interests. The Americans are among the most prized of the morethan 700 hostages held by the FARC; they are heavily guarded and nearlyimpossible to find in Colombia’s vast, triple-canopy jungle.Even worse, from the perspective of the captives, their government and mediararely even speak about them. It’s not just The Post: Both President Bushand Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have visited Colombia in the pastyear, but neither mentioned Gonsalves, Howes and Stansell in their preparedpublic statements.Pérez, a former Colombian senator, could not help but feel the men’sdistress. At the time Bush visited, Pérez was chained by the neck to Howe.Taken hostage himself in June 2001, Pérez lived with the Americans from late2003 to late 2004, and then again from October 2006 until his release inFebruary. The 55-year-old politician was freed in a deal orchestrated byVenezuelan President Hugo Chávez and appears to be in remarkably good healthnow. But he is anguished about those he left behind. “It hurts me to be hereenjoying coffee and knowing that they are there in the jungle chained toeach other,” Pérez told me. “I’m not happy to think of them rotting. Ihaven’t stopped one day trying to help them.”Pérez came to Washington in part because the men gave him letters addressedto President Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the presidential candidatesand The Post, among others. FARC guards confiscated the letters, so Pérez istrying to deliver their messages himself. “They are asking the country toplease not abandon them,” he said. “They are saying that they love theircountry, they love the flag, that they are rotting in the jungle and pleasedo something for them.”What could be done? Pérez wishes that Bush would consider the FARC’s demandthat two of its members imprisoned in the United States — including onesentenced in January to 60 years for conspiring to hold the Americanshostage — be exchanged for the three men. He points out that ColombianPresident Álvaro Uribe has expressed a willingness to exchange FARCprisoners for hostages and that French President Nicolas Sarkozy haspromised to accept FARC detainees temporarily in France if it will lead tothe release of Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidatewho holds French citizenship.Such suggestions get a cold reception in Washington, and for good reason.Among other things, the release of convicted FARC terrorists would underminewhat has been a successful extradition program between Colombia and theUnited States and give a political boost to a crumbling movement. Theimplosion of the FARC has been a huge setback to Chávez, who was trying torehabilitate it and use it as a vehicle to export his “Bolivarianrevolution” to Colombia.Therein may lie the Americans’ best hope. Pérez confirms that the FARC “islooking for a political solution” in conjunction with Chávez. He’s hopingits leaders can be convinced that such an end must begin with a unilateralrelease of the remaining hostages. “The FARC must make a decision,” Pérezsaid. If Betancourt or other hostages die, he added, “it will be the end ofthe FARC.” That would be a triumph for Colombia and for the Bushadministration — but not much consolation for three American families.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/01/AR2008060101914.html

The Website for the three hostages.

http://www.marc-gonsalves.com/

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News: NGO’s to Deploy Airborne Medical Teams in South America

     I talked with some dude from this group awhile back. They found my info somewhere and were asking about smokejumping operations and developing their own air operation. It looks like they will finally be doing the South America air drop thing, to fix a runway near a remote village and do some remote medicine. Great concept, and I hope it takes off as it get’s more attention.

     SOAR will be doing a partnership with RAM, and it should be cool to see how this pans out. Hopefully no one breaks a leg doing this shit. ha ha

     Air Drop Assist is the training side of the operation. For a small fee, they will train you for paracargo and parachuting operations. This group is working with both RAM and SOAR, and these are the guys I think I talked with. -Head Jundi

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This is a great little video about what they do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly9gLb1enxg&feature=user

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http://www.airdropassist.org/en/index.html

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http://www.aidrelief.org/

http://www.ramusa.org/
SOAR to deploy airborne medical team in South America
On March 25th of 2008, SOAR will send its airborne trained medical personnel on an important mission in Guyana. SOAR, in partnership with RAM Airborne, will deploy medical and non-medical skydivers into remote areas of the Guyana. Read the rest of this entry »

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