La Familia Michoacana, drug cartel and messianic cult, “promises to protect the poor while meting out “divine justice” to its enemies, including rituals in which executioners carve cryptic initials in their victims’ foreheads.” [Quotation from Washington post article.] the effect of the counter-narcotics strategy has been to change the nature of Mexico’s drug cartels, rather than to eliminate them.
la Familia is new, as is Los Zetas, a group of rogue special forces personnel. But the article also hints that there is a political side to the anti-narcotics campaign, with mayors who oppose the governing party being arrested.
La Familia is establishing civil society and support networks. there is, of course, a piec on this in this month’s Newsletter.
Dr. Daniel Tschofen and Professor Stephan Laske are organizing a conference stream on
the organization of crime. The title of the stream is ‘organizing
crime’. The stream will be within the Asian-Pacific-Researchers in
Organization Studies (APROS) conference in December 2009 in Mexico.
Concepts of criminal organizations are directly relevant to your work
and a collaboration of academics researching crime and those focusing on
organization theory might provide a substantial contribution to both
Given the relevance of the stream to your field of research, would it be
possible to circulate the call for papers through your mailing list?
Dr. Daniel Tschofen
Institut für Organisation und Lernen
the article claims that all figures for software piracy are “educated guesses” [ie made up by the business lobbyists]. Article appears to be talking about software piracy, but its a bizarre journey it has made. To the Independent from New Zealand and originating in Canada.
But life is so much better than it was under Saddam Hussein [says Tony Blair]….60% of all Iraqis depend on the food rationing system and it is within this system that the corruption is happening. The Independent claims 1,000 officials are to be arrested…
BBC report of Intelligence and Security Committee report. Different newspapers spinning this in different ways. The significant statement is at the bottom. it was decided that Khan, Tanweer and Khyam of the fertiliser bomb plot] were involved in planning financial fraud rather than a terrorist attack…perhaps we should be devoting more resources to “small” frauds? No link from article to actual report. i will try to put it on here if it turns up. None of the papers has linked it yet.