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FRAUDSTER’S “POP-STAR” LIFESTYLE

Article is a bit breathless, but it seems to come down to 21 people being jailed for a £138 million carousel fraud involving VAT on non-existent mobile phones. The journalist has focussed in on the alleged launderer of the group. Ah, OK..it’s a puff for the Donal MacIntyre programme broadcast on FiveLive Sunday 5th October. I should realise by now that the intention of these pieces is to get you to listen or watch. Better go download!

TERRORISM FINANCING BLACKLISTS AT RISK

Article is more about the lack of legality of the blacklist approach. There needs to be a clear procedure for de-listing and an opportunity for individuals and companies to know of what they are accused. The relevant decisions of the European Court of Justice were linked by this blog when they were first made.

ANTIVIRAL SCAREWARE

Story of what appears to be a Russian business that may have many aspects.

DEADLY BOMB BLASTS ROCK NORTH EAST INDIA

firstly: we should always worry about the next problem coming over the horizon. Is India it? Secondly: on the cui bono test, could elements from the ISI be expanding a destabilisation campaign? It would be interesting to know if the technological signature is similar to those around Bangalore not so long ago.

SOMALI PIRATES “SEIZE 30 TANKS”

A Ukranian ship carrying T 72s to Mombassa. The pirates operate out of Eyl in Puntland where they are holding a dozen ships. Suppose all they need now is fuel.

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