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THE PARANOIA SQUAD

i assume George Monbiot is OK? This from “the Truth Seeker”, which sounds a bit swively-eyed and green inky: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/ But fits with today’s other posts: end of the animal rights militia, so the cops need a new enemy!

SCORES HELD IN ANTI-MAFIA RAIDS

Aim of carabinieri to prevent the rebuilding of the Sicilian Mafia. Other papers say that those arrested were trying to set up a Supreme Council to resolve disputes

MEXICO DRUG CARTELS SEND A MESSAGE OF CHAOS, DEATH

More beheadings, this time in Mexico. Article effectively argues that this is criminal terrorism the work of “terrorist mafias”, trying to intimidate the government into stopping its crackdown.

“ALL JUST ONE BIG LIE”

Washington Post article on the alleged Madoff fraud, which appears to be affecting UK banking this morning. Here’s the story of the impact on Jewish charities in the US

HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORKING GROUP WEBSITE

University of Queensland has launched a new website on human trafficking in Australia in collaboration wiyh University of British Columbia, Canada.

THE MADOFFOMETER

FT website tallying reports on losses admitted by banks investing in Madoff.

$50 BILLION FRAUD CHARGE AT HEDGE FUND

Apologies for the absence. Your blogger has been having his wrist dewired. Normal service should now resume.

This case involves Bernard Madoff, former chair of Nasdaq and later of a hedge fund, unidentified in this BBC piece. It is claimed he admitted his hedge fund was a giant pyramid selling scheme. We shall find out in court.

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