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HEZBOLLAH’S YOUTH MOVEMENT

Fascinating article from New York Times, one of a series on youth movements. Describes some of the different structures that make up Hezbollah.

COCAINE USERS ARE DESTROYING THE RAINFOREST

This is an original line to take against the recreational user. There have been a number of items from this conference worth posting, so I will see what I can find for your delectation.

PIRATES STRIKE AGAIN

7 successful hijackings in 12 days as well as several failed attempts. Somalia becoming a major problem in several ways, with Islamic militants on the rise elsewhere. Time for some self-proclaimed state-building experts to emerge?

CALL FOR PAPERS: 7TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE: PERSPECTIVES ON EVIL AND HUMAN WICKEDNESS

7th Global Conference Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness
Monday 13th – Friday 17th March 2006 Salzburg, Austria

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology. Perspectives are sought from those working in the caring professions, the media, prison services, politics, psychiatry and other work-related and vocational areas.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 2nd December 2005. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th February 2006.

HOW FRAUDSTERS FOUND BIGGER “PHISH” TO FRY

Read this article in FT on paper version yesterday. Website being restructured, so cant get into it to provide a direct link, but its an excellent piece on targetted phishing. You need to register with FT to read it. Will try to get proper link next week when site reconstruction complete.

REPORT ON EUROPOL FROM HOUSE OF LORDS COMMITTEE

These reports are worth reading. About the only stuff from the UK on European issues that is!

Surprise surprise, the UK database is not compatible with Europol’s. What they don’t say is just how incredible this is, as Europol’s is based on Windows architecture. Your blogger wrote a piece on this some years ago. the BBC piece doesnt mention the legal obstacles to data sharing. I would suspect the full report does. Ah Europe! It doth make idiots of so many otherwise rational Brits.

SPY IN THE SKY LEADS POLICE TO STOLEN JCB ON EUROPEAN TOUR

Tracking device leads to return of digger stolen in Durham and found in the Netherlands after a brief visit to Germany. it would be interesting to know more about the structure of the “gang” of international machinery thieves. One for Klaus von Lampe, I believe!

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