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US ATTORNEY GENERAL: PIRACY FUNDS TERROR

Always a relief to find that there are dissenting voices in the US and people who have noticed that there is a tendency to link everything to terror these days. Worth a read as it brings out some of the blurring in the argument of the present Administartion.

CRIME RESEARCH BOYCOTT CALL

Researchers from King’s College London say the Home Office is ignoring or manipulating research on crime. The trouble is, boycott the Home Office and all the research will go to thr big commercial consultnacies who will tell them what they want to hear. Its the old “rock and a hard place” Scenario.

The actual report is available at: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/evidencebasedpolicy.html

title is: Critical thinking about the uses of research. Basic argument is that new Labour promised evidence based policy but is back to the same old political considerations. I dont know whether it says that red top editors are more powerful than peofessors….but that would be a truism….wouldn’t it?

BIN LADEN AND THE 1986 ARMS DEAL

Lots of references to books on bin Laden and some of the content of Steve Coll’s latest book about who funded bin Laden to buy what.

2ND SYMPOSIUM ON MONEY LAUNDERING AT ABERYSTWYTH

International Law Research Forum
presents the
Second Symposium on Money Laundering: Combating the Financing of Terrorism
April 18th 2008 @10am, Law Conference Room Department of Law and Criminology
Aberystwyth University

10.00 COFFEE AND INTRODUCTIONS (PROFESSOR CHRIS HARDING, Head of
Department), DR MARCO ODELLO (ILRF Coordinator) & MARY ALICE LORD
(Symposium Coordinator))

10.30 JOHN MAIR FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, GLOBAL AML
COMPLIANCE, WESTERN UNION
Shareable lessons from banking, the remittance industry, and the
international strategy/policy debate.

11.00 ANDREW CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR BUSINESS LAW AND
PRACTICE SCHOOL OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Hawala (underground banking).

11.30 COFFEE

12.00 DR RICHARD ALEXANDER, LECTURER IN FINANCIAL LAW, DEPARTMENT OF
FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES, SOAS
The Problem of “Terrorist Money Laundering” as a Separate Offence.

12.30-2PM BREAK FOR LUNCH

2.00 ALAN LAMBERT JP, SENIOR FELLOW, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Terrorism in the Caribbean

2.30 BILL TUPMAN RETIRED DIRECTOR OF CENTRE FOR POLICE AND CRIMINAL
JUSTICE STUDIES, EXETER UNIVERSITY
The relationship between financing structures and paramilitary structures
and the implications for counter-terrorism

3.00 COFFEE AND QUESTIONS- END

Contact Mary Alice Lord at mal06@aber.ac.uk for more information

EU, NATO TO TACKLE CYBERCRIME

Actually, its a conference organised by the Council of Europe, and either the journalist or the participants seem confused as to whether they are talking about cybercrime, cyberterrorism or cyberwarfare. Doesnt inspire confidence! It then turns out that a separate discussion is on the NATO meeting agenda in Romania. Both turning out “guidlines for cooperation” ie bullying ISPs into submission to the state. Once the information superhighway turned into the first caravanserai, big business wanted the police in there too!

THE NEXT COLLAPSE WILL BE RUSSIA’S LAST

Not at first apparent, the thread running through this Moscow Times article is that the rule of law is a necessary precondition for democracy and that there is a process by which this will emerge. I think Milton Friedman finally admitted that the rule of law should have preceded “shock therapy” in Eastern Europe…but somewhat too late. Those sharp-suited young idiots from Stanford with no experience of the world screwed it up for the populations of the former Soviet Bloc and handed the resources over to criminal groups instead. This article still centres on a form of economic determinism which needs needs to be thought through carefully.

BARROSO SLAMS BULGARIA OVER CORRUPTION

President of European Commission tells Bulgarian government to take more of the initiative in fighting organised crime and corruption and to stop waiting for EU instructions before acting.

LEHMAN SUES OVER £177 MILLION FRAUD

An interesting principle. If people claiming to be your “employees” [or even your employees] sell a fraudulent product, are you responsible for the losses suffered by the victim? Caveat Emptor really is dead and buried as a principle here. At least Lehman are suing in a Japanese court. they’d have won hands down in Manhattan…which begs the question. Why are they suing in Japan? Answers on a postcard please to Marubeni.

CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL ISSUE OF GLOBAL CRIME

Global Crime invites contribution to the special issue “The Economics of Organized Crime”. The topic is purposely broad in scope, and hope to attract researchers from a diversity of fields. We welcome empirical studies which focus on the economic activities of organized crime groups, whether licit or illicit, or papers using economic theory or economic tools to analyze a specific activity or issue relating to organized crime. While all papers on the economic aspects of organized crime are welcome, three themes are of particular interest:

1. The circumstances where violence can be used by organized crime groups to control illegal or legal markets
2. Studies and analysis of new organized crime groups or new areas of organized crime ‘business’
3. The extent to which organized crime and terrorist groups overlap and the implications for the study and control of these groups.

The deadline to submit papers is September 15th, 2008. Guidelines for authors can be found at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/fglcauth.asp

Articles should be submitted electronically to one of the special issue Editors:

Martin Bouchard, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6, mbouchard@sfu.ca

Dr. Chris Wilkins, PhD, Senior Researcher at Centre for Social Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE), Massey University (NZ), c.wilkins@massey.ac.nz

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