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TRANSNATIONAL CRIME IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Report from Global Financial integrity. Author is Jeremy Haken. I havent had a chance to read it yet, but here’s how it summarizes itself:
“This report analyzes the scale, flow, profit distribution, and impact of 12 different types of illicit trade: drugs, humans, wildlife, counterfeit goods and currency, human organs, small arms, diamonds and colored gemstones, oil, timber, fish, art and cultural property, and gold.”

Must be worth a quick peruse. Thanks, Monty for sending the link.

COALITION TO SCRAP SEX TRAFFICKING SAFEGUARDS

Again, not sure to what degree there’s an element of special pleading here. The scrapping of the Met unit was a strange thing to do, and, if true, the refusal to implement EU policy is equally odd. But there is an ongoing debate on just how big a problem there is. Both sides are equally vociferous. Huge possibilities for academic research…but presumably no funding…

ORGANISED CRIME IN CENTRAL EUROPE

I just came across this very useful overview on worldpress.org by Ioannis Michaletos. Reveals the key role played by Hungary and the Czech republic. there’s a lot of stuff concentrated in this piece.

POLICE HUNT US BOUGHT GUNS SMUGGLED IN HOLD LUGGAGE

Man smuggled 62 guns into the UK. Mostly sold to gangs in the North-West, allegedly. Nice comment from Andy Hayman at the end. BBC commentator points out the disproportionate effect a few handguns can have on crime in the UK and accuses Americans of indifference to such a small number.

SOFT SUFI, HARD-ROCK MILITANT

Third article in a series on the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Northern Afghanistan. Second is at : http://tinyurl.com/5torqkd The author,Syed Saleem Shahzad, is publishing a book with Pluto Press.

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