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33 FACE “CRASH FOR CASH” RAP IN COURT

This little scam has been quite common in France and Germany for a while, but usually involving car theft. Intriguing to see Liverpool leading the way as usual!

GANG WARFARE IN LIMERICK

Same depressing story as Liverpool or any of the increasingly mean cities of the world…Is there a strategy out there for dealing with it?

ELDERLY SHOPLIFTERS ON THE RISE IN JAPAN

You would not believe the trouble I got into for suggesting this might happen 15 years ago, when the demographics were quite clear…ah me…be a crimnologist and never a futorologist! The piece can still be viewed on the web

SMUGGLERS RUN RIFE IN TRANSDNESTRIA

Im not sure that this is the correct name for this enclave any more. The reporter seems unaware that there is a major EU confidence-building programme under way. Your blogger would be participating, but for his broken wrist! For those interested, the bones are finally in the right place and a time frame for recovery has begun!

SOMALI PIRATES HIJACK CHEMICAL TANKER

Two British security guards on board, so this will get exposure in the UK media. Ah! They jumped overboard: http://tinyurl.com/6kp6gu. That’s OK then

MUMBAI ATTACKS SHOW METHOD

Piece argues that the “frontal assault” approach is derived from Kashmiri groups. Terrorism in India has previously involved timed explosives

THE TRUTH ABOUT PROSTITUTION IN BRITAIN

Big feature on the sex industry in the UK by the Independent. Not as much on organised crime as there might be. Theres inklings of a debate and figures at the end of the piece

THE TERRORISTS’ TACTICS IN MUMBAI

Telegraph article, suggesting that the attack was an example of ghazwa plus tabarra. Thoughtful article by Amir Tahen, trying to take a jihadist perspective on events in Mumbai and the thoughts in the planners’ minds.

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