A SHADOWY INTERNATIONAL mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.
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Geopolitical instability has left many global corporations jittery.
But the world’s biggest arms producers are doing well, with shares of the top 12 publicly listed firms – based on a list by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – rising by almost 30 per cent on average in the last year.
Stock price data on the 12 companies reveal most have benefitted in a year in which the number of conflict zones in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has risen.
Hellfire missile maker Lockheed-Martin has been among the defence companies to experience share price gains.
While some companies have under-performed during the period, many have risen by more than 50 per cent.
The average share rise of 30 per cent compares to a 9.3 per cent gain by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The top 12 listed arms producers include companies such as Boeing, which makes commercial aircraft as well as defence and missile systems. It does not include Chinese companies.
Nine out of the top 12 companies are based in the United States.
The remaining three – Thales, Finmeccanica and BAE Systems – are based in France, Italy and the UK respectively.