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MAJOR CRACKDOWN ON GANG VIOLENCE

The Scots appear to be doing something. Unfortunately, the BBC article is very light on specifics. England and Wales have never been that good at learning from the Scots either! Odd, when we have lots of Scots in Government…

HELLS ANGELS, JAGGER AND ALTAMONT

I will try to find the Radio 4 programme, but in the spirit of the European Consortium for Political Research, I would like to put the odd non-English language piece into this blog. We will Europeanize you!Oh, alright. English account here: http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2261672,00.html

ONE ADULT IN 100 IN JAIL IN AMERICA

Big story in both Washington Post and New York Times today. 2.3 million people behind bars…More than in China! Highest absolute number in world as well as highest percentage of population.

VIRTUAL FENCE ALONG BORDER TO BE DELAYED

Surprise, surprise! The technology did not deliver as promised. I have a guy who wants to do a PhD with me whose thesis is 2 the more obstacles you put in the way of immigration, the more human trafficking you will end up with”. There’s another discuss question for that exam paper!

SUNNI FORCES LOSING PATIENCE WITH US

A developing story. Almost a classic of community policing versus law enforcement. The dilemma at the heart of counter-insurgency and counter-crime operations…How do you teach the hard men to use kid gloves? And I mean the “good guys” here. I do hope someone has remembered what the strategy is and has some control over tactics….

US CREATES CONFLICT OVER VISAS AND EU CITIZENS

A number of issues here:
Note at the foot that Lichtenstein joins Schengen on March 1st, which places all sorts of obligations on it
Note also that not all EU countries have visa-free access to the US
Note that the Commission would like to negotiate on behalf of the whole EU, rather than let the US pick off member states one by one as it has with the Czech Republic.
Note what the US is after in return for visa-free access…It sounds awfully like the US immigration service is a market research organisation for US multinationals.
Is this really terrorism or organised crime prevention? Another finals essay question requiring discussion. I will have written someone’s exam paper for them before too long.

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