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IN JUSTICE SHIFT, CORPORATE DEALS REPLACE TRIALS

If you know the white collar crime literature, you wont be surprised, but this seems to be a shift towards the City of London approach. El Presidente and his henchmen prepare their corporate niches for retirement? Wonder what Wolfowitz made of it all? One of the cases cited here by the Washington Post rather undermines any World Bank attempt to stop bribery to gain a market advantage. Read and weep!

HOW TO DO BUSINESS LIKE THE MAFIA

This seems to follow on seamlessly from the two previous posts. Clare Longrigg analyses the letters of Bernardo Provenzano, jailed Cosa Nostra boss, from prison. Discussion of a convergence between licit and illicit businesses and their methods. The article is really a book promotion: Boss of Bosses: How Bernardo Provenzano saved the Mafia. Since it doesnt tell us the author, it must be by the “reviewer”.

BRUSSELS CALLS FOR “URGENT ACTION” AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME IN BULGARIA

Several unprosecuted shootings have happened over the last couple of years. This piece int eh EU Observer follows on an earlier post about problems in Romania and Bulgaria. Not clear what the solution is going to be, if the governments concerned aren’t going to be proactive. Having visited one of the countries concerned, the problem appears to be with the prosecutors rather than the police, but that is anecdotal evidence, of course.

MYSTERY OVER WHO HIRED MOLE

Sordid story about a fellow planted on a bunch of airport activists called “Plane Stupid”. Allegedly behaved like an agent provocateur and planted his own wilder suggestions in the Evening Standard. Will Plod be investigating him? Or has no law been broken?

LE CNIL VEUT COTROLER LA VIDEOSURVEILLANCE DE LIEUX PUBLIQUES

Yippee! This is the lead article today in Le Monde.

Thank goodness someone wants to control video surveillance of public places, somewhere!
CNIL is the National Commission for Information and Freedom [loose translation!] Theyve noticed the move from analog to digital storing of pictures and the consequences of this for searching.

Bad news is that the French are about to triple their number of cameras. Judge Dredd here we come!

Sorry, I know the commentary should have been in French too. Article raises a number of issues that the Anglo-Saxons don’t understand. The Bulger images legitimised video surveilance in the UK and no-one seems terribly interested any more. There’s another discuss question lurking here.

HOMEGROWN TERORISM RISING IN EU, EUROPOL SAYS

Nope. Not what you think at all. Number of detained Muslim extremists dropped from 257 in 2006 to 201 in 2007, so headline is misleading. 89% of all terrorist attacks linked to separatism on Spain or France.

EU nationals being recruited for activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Now, children…are we perhaps overreacting? Compare what is going on with the 1970s and ask yourself

a. are there as many incidents in Europe today as there were then?
b. Are the “Muslim extremists” anything like as serious a threat as our homegrown anarchists, Trotskyites and Maoists were?
c. Is the amount of separatist violence as widespread as it was then?
d. Is the only difference that something has happened in the USA?
e. Why are we restricting freedoms and rights so much more now than we did then?

Its a full exam paper today.

BLANCO PIDE AL PP QUE CREA EL PSOE CUANDO DICE QUE NO HAY POSIBILIDAD DE DIALOGO CON ETA

Given the amount of EU terrorism that is ETA related, maybe this is a mistake. Its certainly an unreasonably long headline! Lead Story on today’s Cambio Siglo XXI. The Gen Sec of the Spanish Socialists, Mr. White [Sr. Blanco] is telling the “Popular Party” [the right wing] that there is no way they will return to negotiations with ETA.

Never say never, Chalky!

UK BANK DETAILS FOR SALE FOR £5

Symantec’s twice -yearly Internet Security Threat Report is out. [http://tinyurl.com/3z4lsm ]Details of the recent TK Maxx scam at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6511927.stmPlenty of food for thought.

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