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MEPS CALL ON EU STATES TO LIST HEZBOLLAH AS TERRORIST GROUP

For the moment this is a campaign by a group of MEPs and not yet the policy of the European Parliament. At present, only Israel, the US, the Netherlands and Canada consider Hezbollah a terrorist group. the UK and Australia list its military wing as a terrorist group.

GALINA BREZHNEVA: THE SOAP OPERA

The Russians have made a TV series out of Brezhnev’s daughter’s life. A must-see for all us old Soviet hands! The article from the Moscow Times doesnt mention the allegations of diamond smuggling and other early forms of corruption that those around her were accused of. If anyone gets the DVD, please let me know! [Yeah, in Russian would be perfect!]

11 DEAD AFTER CLASH BETWEEN HAMAS AND “CRIMINAL GANG”

This from the Guardian. BBC more circumspect, saying that only “elements of the Doghmush clan are involved in criminality. What is interesting is that Hamas and the clans/gangs appear to be falling out. So what is the larger agenda?

DUMA TO VOTE ON LIMITS TO INSPECTIONS

In a move to cut opportunities for bribe taking, Russia’s parliament moves to remove inspections of small and medium sized businesses. This may or may not be a step in the right direction! Keep an eye on the number of fires that follow!

U.S. LINKS THREE CHAVEZ AIDES TO GUERILLAS

3 individuals accused of assisting FARC trafficking in cocaine and arms smuggling are designated so that assets can be frozen. There’s a conflict developing here. The ante is definitely being upped!

TURKMENISTAN SAYS GANG NEUTRALISED

Shoot out in Ashkabad. Not sure if it was with a radical Islamic group, drug traffickers or both. Will keep an eye out for reemergence of story.

2012 “SCAM” DUPES FOREIGN WORKERS

Actually a puff for a BBC TV programme. 550 Slovaks handed over £600 to be accommodate on 3 cruise ships in the Thames in order to work on the 2012 Olympics site, according to the programme.

FEARS OVER PRIVACY AS POLICE EXPAND SURVEILLANCE PROJECT

Data to be kept for 5 years, which is at odds with EU rules. It’s all in the name of counter-terrorism [and everyday crime, in the small print]. Access obviously the big issue, especially since local authorities linked in. More green bin surveillance? Of course not! It will crack down on uninsured drivers…and deter criminals [that’s what it sats, folks, so it must be true!]

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