Archive for the ‘Söldner’ Category

Schweizer Pistolen für Saudi Arabien

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Die Nachrichtensendung «10 vor 10» von SRF berichtete, die Saudis hätten gerne Pistolen der Firma KRISS. Die folgenden Bilder hielt der Schweizer Geschäftsmann Nick Frei fest. Es zeigt, wie der fundamentalistische Gottestaat den Nachbarn in Bahrein im Jahr 2011 während dem arabischen Frühling beim Perlenplatz bei der Errichtung von Demokratie und Freiheit tatkräftig zur Seite stand.

Swiss news channel «10 vor 10» reported an upcoming weapons deal between arms dealer KRISS and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The following pictures were taken by Swiss businessman Nick Frei. He was an eye witness how armed forces of Saudi Arabia helped the ruling family of neighbouring country Bahrein strike down the uprising in 2011 at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

Söldner-Holding Aegis verklagt Basler Zeitung und SonntagsZeitung auf 267’000 Franken

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Die englische Söldnertruppe Aegis um Tim Spicer liess sich letztes Jahr in Basel nieder und wunderte sich dann, als ihr Geschäft in der Presse ein Thema wurde.

Jetzt veröffentlichte das Schweizer Medienmagazin Edito, dass die geschäftstüchtigen Privatkrieger juristisch gegen die Basler Zeitung (BaZ) vorgehen, die den Fall als erste publik machte. Und auch die SonntagsZeitung (SZ) nehmen die Aegis-Anwälte aufs Korn.

Die beliebten Vorwürfe gegen ungenehme Berichterstattung: Verletzung des Persönlichkeitsrechts sowie UWG (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb). Die Verlage bestreiten die Anschuldigungen – alles andere wäre auch völlig absurd.

Und das berichtete die BaZ u.a.: Der König der Söldner sitzt jetzt in Basel. Auch bei der AZ lohnt sich mal die Suche nach Aegis. Unter anderem beschäftigten sich die Engländer bereits in der Schweiz im Spitalwesen

Aegis in Bale: A Bloody Disgrace for Switzerland

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

A lot of folks maybe don’t know: The Swiss State of Bale (Basel) is one of the most important points of the European Enlightment: This small, international connected city is host of the oldest University in Switzerland.

Unlike all the others, Bale was not dependend on the “Bourgeois Revolution” in the 18/19th century – spurred in part by Napoleon’s insane expansion war to conquer whole Europe – to build one of the oldest and still most respected Universities in Europe.

Bale’s University is over 500 years old – long before the State of Zurich even considered something like a University.

Bale had it all along.

This University was the home of Erasmus of Rotterdam, one of the most important voices in Europe and till today, one of the pillars of European Culture and Humanism.

It is with this background that one has to see what’s happening with Aegis’ new holding company in Bale.

How is it possible, that a great State like Bale is becoming the favorite place for the likes of Aegis? One of the most important States of Switzerland becomes the darling for private military enterprises – the tax haven for Soldiers of Fortune (SOFs)?

How is it possible, that this matter is handled as if a shoe or food company is settling down in Bale – for tax reasons? It’s a perversion like I have never seen it before in my life.

The country of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, gets ridiculed by the likes of Aegis (Dunant was a normal Swiss business man by the way who witnessed the horrors in Solferino/Italy in 1859).

Let’s get some facts straight about Aegis:

Fellow journalist Jeremy Scahill wrote a masterpiece about another “private army”, Blackwater. The book details in length the story of Blackwater (now known as Xe Services). Of course, Aegis appears in his book too.

What has Scahill to say about Aegis?

Beginning on page 164 (German issue), Scahill writes, that Aegis got a contract in 2004 from the US worth 293 million US dollars for an assignment for 3 years in Iraq.

Aegis was founded by the “Englishman” Tim Spicer, a former soldier of your majesty’s “special forces”. After that, Spicer became a member of “Sandline”. This “company” was earning its money in Papua Guinea and Sierra Leone.

With other words: Sandline profited on civil wars. This gave spicy Spicer a very bad image in the UK.

To get rid of it, he founded a new company, Aegis, in 2002. And he is quoted in Scahills’ book like this: “I wanted that Aegis is noticed very differently.” Scahill writes that Spicer wanted to “change” his bunch of Soldiers of Fortune into a “normal” company: Just normal buddies who render services for “Private Military Enterprises”.

Spicer soon became a Bush darling and got one of the lucrative contracts in Iraq.

But Spicer didn’t have to play by the business rules, according to journalist Scahill: “The bigger the expenses those companies (Aegis, Blackwater and the likes) ammass, the bigger their profits. These kind of contracts are a welcome card for missuse and inefficiency” writes Scahill.

He cites Peter Singer, an expert from the Brookings Institution for private military contracts. Singer is quoted again: “In the legitimate business world, nothing comparable exists. Because of one reason: It’s the complete opposite of everything Adam Smith (one of the principal thinkers of the Free Market) and the “Free Market” say.” With other words: The more expenses they get, the bigger the reward.

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill’s conclusion about Aegis in his book “Blackwater”: “The war on terror made a once unprofitable company called Aegis one of the the biggest winners of the war.”

He not only says “winners”. For Scahill, Aegis is one of the biggest “profiteurs” of the war against Iraq.

We should not tolerate this kind of activity here. Not with one inch.