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A VINTAGE CRIME

This will be in the Torygraph tomorrow and the Turkish restaurants of London and the South east will be invaded by braying idiots sniffing the corks of the house wine. Could be a superb piece of marketing. A Turkish folksinger conning French vineyards out of wine worth £200 a bottle, then selling it at £60 a case…Dogan Arslan, you are a true character..and very wicked!

UK FRAUD PROBE BEGINS AT AIG ARM

focused on the AIG Financial Products division apparently. Always check up on the foreigners, but dont touch the City. Sounds like a motto for the SFO.Semper alios investigare, noli Civitas tangere. Ah the joys of a good education!

“HITMEN” HELD OVER MEXICO MURDERS

Members of los Zetas, a group of ex-soldiers working for drug traffickers and the Gulf Cartel…which sounds awfully like an oil company, but clearly isnt. Mexico following the “Obshak” model, but shifting towards the “Krysha”, here. Not just a Russian phenomenon at all!

KEEPING UP WITH CRIMINALS

Not quite sure what this is about…but the podcast may make it clearer. Journalist discovers male ritual of heavy drinking, drug taking and staying apparently untouched…Could be a number of institutions that I’m far too cool to name, Laurie…

EU COURT TO DELIVER JUDGEMENT ON DATA RETENTION

Lot of legal issues here. Two years, three years and under which aegis can legislation be drafted. does such a law require unanimity or majority vote. is it subject to parliamentary scrutiny. Court to declare on some technicalities, but the issue will be back.

INDIA WELCOMES MUMBAI ADMISSION

Pakistan accepts that at least part of the conspiracy took place on its territory and seeks to prosecute 8 members of Lashkar-e-taiba. Major development in a return to good relations between the two, but also signals important changes in attitudes generally in Pakistan.

OBITUARY FOR REVEREND ROY MAGEE, PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER WHO WORKED HARD TO BRING ULSTER LOYALISTS INTO THE PEACE PROCESS

Much has been written about the IRA, but much less about the loyalist paramilitaries. This excellent obituary to Roy Magee not only reminds readers of the importance of his life and work, but jogs the memory of the violence from the Protestant side in the Troubles. The Protestant paramilitaries killed many more than the Catholic paramilitaries and peace was impossible without bringing at least some of them on-side. A timely reminder of the difference between media views of a conflict and reality. The problem now is dismantling the crime groups that remain.

SEVEN-NATION ANTI-DRUG PATROL SEIZES 40 TONNES OF COCAINE

Marine Analysis and Operation Centre-Narcotics [MAOC-N] coordinates the intelligence and resources. Based in Portugal, commanded by a Briton, it enables UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands to place liaison officer under one roof to ensure that action can be taken quickly on intelligence. Europol also represented, but kournalist doesnt mention Eurojust.

NO OUTCRY OVER RUSSIAN KILLINGS

BBC Moscow correspondent’s powerful article about the reality of Russian politics; not a new Soviet state, just an oligarchy determined to preserve their own wealth and position. No grand conspiracy, just a security apparatus at the beck and call of powerful individuals.

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