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DEATH OF FARC LEADER

Washington Post discussion of the succession to Manuel Marulanda, who died in March of a heart attack. Prospects for peace negotiations reviewed.

GLIMPSE OF THE LOYALIST SIDE OF THE DIVIDE

Book by Susan McKay “Bear in Mind these Dead”. Which I presume from this New Statesman piece is about the aftermath of the loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. A long-term problem that will provide a haven for organised criminality for years to come.

THE GOOD KIND OF CORRUPTION

Nice little vignette by Alexei Pankin in Moscow Times. Russian corruption unlikely to be abolished soon.

IS THIS BRINK’S- MAT GOLD?

Suitcases full of what looks like gold found in safe deposit search. Should imagine that lots of people are clearing out their safe deposit boxes this weekend. New laws have enaibled the police to go searching as part of anti money-laundering drive.

“RICH LIST” TYCOON IS JAILED FOR FRAUD

£350 million fraud, involving 324 bogus companies. The article is rather short, but it is today’s news. Will try to catch it on the BBC when it gets there. Virendra Rastogi, head of RBG Resources is named as receiving a 9 1/2 year sentence for conspiracy to defraud. The story is odd, though, as told. The curious incident of the fax machine and the auditor…When were the police told?

EVEN THE DRUG DEALERS ARE SUFFERING!

Hidden away in this piece, second paragraph after “Applexy in Number 10” is the assertion that drug dealers and money launderers are also suffering from the end of the house price boom. I thought this would mark an excellent return to this blog. I have to inform you that even in the Outer Hebrides, there is a poster campaign to look out for drug traffickers!

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