War is Business

War Is Business is a watchdog news site covering military contracting and the global arms trade. The site is founded and edited by Corey Pein, an investigative journalist and former Santa Fe Reporter staff writer; its advisory board includes respected authors and experts on the intelligence and security industries. War Is Business begins with two assumptions: The first is that a lot of people are making money from war, while enjoying the comforts of anonymity. The second is that privatizing war inevitably prolongs it, because those who profit from conflict stand to gain the longer it drags on. Since its launch in September 2010, War Is Business has been featured by Wired magazine, Mother Jones magazine, National Journal, Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, along with a number of local news organizations and blogs. War Is Business has: • Reveled the names of dozens of front companies for Blackwater, the notorious mercenary firm, and connected that company’s new ownership to a line of organic products sold at Whole Foods; • Detailed the network of now-blacklisted US military contractors run by relatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai; • Exposed a number of former military officials tied to corruption and misuse of funds; • Outlined the government connections of dozens of arms merchants around the world; and, • Supplied a much-needed independent reporting every single weekday. Through the site’s interactive tools, readers can learn about arms dealers in their area, and easily contribute to this ongoing investigative project.

Grantee Information

Website(s): http://www.warisbusiness.com
Year(s) Awarded: 2010, 2011

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