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January 2010: Adam Ciralsky on Blackwater | vanityfair.com

January 2010: Adam Ciralsky on Blackwater | vanityfair.com: "Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. Lashing back at his critics, the wealthy former navy seal takes the author inside his operation in the U.S. and Afghanistan, revealing the role he’s been playing in America’s war on terror."

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Bhopal survivors demand action

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Bhopal survivors demand action: "Hundreds of residents of the Indian city of Bhopal have held a vigil to mark 25 years since a deadly chemical leak in the city caused the world's worst industrial disaster.

Survivors and local residents joined activists late on Wednesday to remember the thousands of victims of the leak from a pesticide plant owned by US chemical company Union Carbide on December 3, 1984.

According to research conducted by the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research, between 8,000 and 10,000 people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

About 25,000 others later died from the effects of exposure while government estimates say the fumes affected half a million."