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Judge won’t dismiss war crimes suit against Blackwater

A federal judge’s ruling Wednesday won’t shutter a war crimes suit against the security contracting firm formerly known as Blackwater, despite the fact that lawyers must refile their claims against the company. 64 Iraqis — including the estates of 19 who died — have sued the company, now called Xe,…

Rebranding won’t help: bloody Blackwater is now ‘Xe’

With a record in Iraq of uncontrolled violence as a U.S. security contractor, NC-based Blackwater Worldwide decided it needed a facelift, as if a name-change would wash away its record. Bzzzzzt. Blackwater Worldwide, the contractor that emerged over the last few years as Exhibit A for ugly Americans in Iraq,…

Bringing out my inner (small-l) libertarian

My favorite Netroots Nation booth There’s not a single item in this article that doesn’t make me stuff-throwing, puppy-kicking angry. Federal agents raided a Culver City medical marijuana dispensary and spent more than four hours there, making no arrests but leaving the shop in disarray, it was reported Friday. Nice…

Without comment

Aftermath of a crime: “I am ready to sign a deal [with Blackwater] in exchange for an admission of the crime and an apology,” Mohammed Hafidh Abdul-Razzaq, a car spare-parts dealer from Baghdad, told the BBC. “This is important for me, morally, for my family and my tribe.” He said…

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