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POLICE REPORT INTO BROTHELS DISMISSED AS “AMATEURISH”

There is a debate about sex trafficking. It is certain that there is a sex industry. What is less certain is the degree of trafficking involved. There are those who argue that all prostitutes are victims and those who argue that there are prostitutes who are free independent women, choosing to sell sexual services. Quantitative research? Of course there isnt! All evidence so far is anecdotal at best. In truth, we don’t know. But it’s about time we found out! What’s the evidence from the Netherlands and Sweden?

SECRET ASSAULT ON TERRORISM WIDENS ON TWO CONTINENTS

Mostly about the Yemen, but the first page of this New York Times article discusses the Obama administrations turn from the Bush invasive approach to a more assassination and “surgical strike” type of approach, in which there are no clearly defined rules and the Geneva Convention is completely ignored.
Since most US-military approaches nave eventually turned up in the “war on drugs” expect some of this nonsense to be deployed as strategy and tactics against organised rime in the not too distant future, if it isnt already being used in South America. Arrest? Trial? Forget it, dude…Welcome back to Dodge City!

OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM MUST EMBRACE INNOVATION AS A NECESSITY

Report out from the Young Foundation suggesting innovations to the UK criminal justice system, which locks up many more people than the rest of Europe, apparently. Could it be anything to do with slavishly following the US, perhaps??

TONY BLAIR’S ‘NAIVETE’ RISKED NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE DEAL

Tony Blair’s ‘naivete’ risked Northern Ireland peace deal | Politics | The Guardian This is taken from a new book, about which I know nothing including which axes the author has to grind. Better find out more about Mary-Alice Clancy then! Surely even my little Tony wasnt this naive?

E-I-E-I-O

As if there hadnt been enough problems with the European Arrest Warrant, here comes the European Investigation Order. This an almost totally UK oriented piece, leaning heavily on Statewatch.

SUSPICION OF UDA LINK TO ATTACKS LEADS TO CALL FOR BLOCK ON FUNDING

Uda accused of links to resurgence in sectarian attacks on Catholics. “Loyalist” ie protestant extremist groups in North Antrim and Londonderry have withdrawn support for the police and may be about to break away from the main organisation which has begun to decommission arms…or has it?

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