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POLICE RAIDS UNCOVER CANNABIS FACTORIES IN RENTED HOUSES IN EXETER

A little bit of local news I spotted at the weekend. This is clearly going on all over the country. There have been entries on the blog from Belfast and Scotland. Presumably other local papers are reporting their own local stories. Vietnamese and Chinese gangs have been blamed elsewhere, but no-one was found at the scene in sunny Exeter. So what is the nature of the organisation here exactly? Is it individuals or is there a loose organisation, with central capitalisation and marketing?

ON THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, PIRACY IS THE ONLY BUINESS THAT PAYS

If youve got a boat and you cant make money out of fishing, then you will find other ways to make money out of your boat. People and weapons smuggling make a start. Eyl is the modern Tortuga, Henry Morgan’s pirate capital, says the author of this article. I used to tell students that a dissertation on piracy wasnt a good idea, because there was little written. Sudenly there’s loads.

UIGHUR DETAINEES MAY BE RELEASED TO US

This will not make the Chinese authorities terribly happy! Slowly, Guantanamo Bay refugees are being released, the political need for them gone. What a sorry episode in the history of democracy.

REPORTS LINK KARZAI’S BROTHER TO HEROIN TRADE

Fascinating story. But why is it breaking now? Apparently it has been around quite a long time. What other weird and wonderful allegations will emerge as the Bush regime sinks slowly into the sunset?

FIGHTING THE SCOURGE OF SCAREWARE

Attorney General’s Office in the US finally launching suits against spyware and scareware pop-ups. Policing the Internet is increasingly irresistible. End of a Brave New World.

SPAIN HOLDS 121 OVER CHILD PORN

Long term investigation with a Brazilian angle. 18,000 further IP addresses in the network, which ill be pursued via Interpol.

A BLOOD FEUD MADE TO ORDER

Yulia Latynina speculates as to who shot Ruslan Yamadaev. A murky tale of Chechens and silovki…or not.

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