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RARE PIECE ON CORSICAN NATIONALISM

From le Monde…in French, of course! I must admit I didnt know there were two FLNCs, FLNC UC and FLNC 22nd October. I had heard of links with organised crime, but only from a postgrad’s essay. Anyway, useful documentation for those of us who like to know what’s going on out there!

UK FRAUD OFFICE HALTS KENYA PROBE

SFO blames Kenyan government. Promises to look again at case if evidence provided by Kenya. Involves use of offshore accounts in Jersey and Guernsey to transfer funds to Apex Finance on behalf of a phantom company called Anglo Leasing Finance which won a contract to provide sophisticated passport equipment, ships for the navy and forensic kit for the police, none of which was ever delivered.

SINGLE WHITE FEMALE

More from the Moscow Times crime blog. This time the real estate agent who searched for look alikes on social networking sites, then murdered them in order to sell their apartments. Financial crime plus homicide…apparently there’s a lot of it about in Russia.

ARCHER AND BLACK TO BE OUSTED FROM LORDS

Another of Tony Blair’s great failures. Why couldnt he complete reform of the Lords and give the UK an elected Upper Chamber? Could it be that his heart wasnt really in democracy? Convicted criminals at last to be removed from the Lords. Wonder why Murdoch has it in for the Lords? Id love to think its something to do with Republicanism, but I suspect theyre blocking something he wants…Oh cynical, cynical! Come back in a year’s time and see if the man of Straw has actually done anything…like incorporating the ORCD Convention on Corruption into UK law, for example…

CYBERCRIME THREAT RISING SHARPLY

Panel of “experts” in discussion at Davos. Nothing new. Identity theft, theft of goods, money, denial of Service attacks, government screw-ups and censorship…and no answers!

CONCERN OVER WHITE HEROIN RETURN

First signs that white rather than brown heroin is coming in from Afghanistan. A purer form, it will lead to overdose related deaths if it becomes widespread.

AL QAEDA WANTS 7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FREEING 3 SPANISH HOSTAGES

Story in Le Monde, quoting el Mundo http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/12/31/espana/1262226162.html there are other conditions too, including the freeing of several Al Qeda of the Maghreb militants held in prisons in Mauretania. You can read the story in French or Spanish.

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