29 May 2013
More on Liberty Reserve. First hint that there are legitimate users who have lost money in this DoJ action. I wasnt able to find anything objective on the internet yesterday. The prosecutors account, namely that Liberty Reserve was allegedly set up for criminal purposes, seems to have gained total acceptance. EPay Tarjeta? Who are they, then?
at 10:11 am
Al Qaeda's scathing letter to troublesome employee Mokhtar Belmokhtar reveals inner workings of terrorist group
Some intriguing insights into structures and financial accountability. A full copy of the letter would be most useful. Belmokhtar accused of failing to provide monthly accounts and of not getting a decent ransom for a kidnap.
28 May 2013
In this issue, articles by:
Alessandra Cerreti (Anti-mafia Prosecutor, Italy)
Jürgen Storbeck (Founding Director of Europol)
Nelson Arteaga Botello (FLACSO-México)
Falko A. Ernst (University of Essex)
Alessandro Colletti (Università Roma Tre)
Anna Sergi (University of Essex)
Arthur Budovsky arrested. Allegedly, Liberty Reserve is a no questions asked metod of moving money around the world. Article is a little confused, clearly taking Costa rica police statements and throwing some background at them. Probably needs a more measured piece to back it up.
27 May 2013
You can shop on the internet in Nigeria, but whatever you do, dont pay for anything via the internet. Must be a way of sorting this out, surely?
at 3:00 pm
21 May 2013
The eleventh volume of Petrus van Duyne's Colloquium series. Your blogger just attended the 12th Colloquium at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and was very impressed at the way petrus manages to keep his authors on the empirical road.
18 May 2013
Amazing allegations out of Taiwan. I dont know enough about the source to know what axe is being ground, but the argument fits with Lutetia Paoli's. It's politics stupid! Attempt to manipulate a leadership election in a Taiwanese political party by "organised crime"...but was there a mainland Chinese angle?
at 5:16 pm
11 May 2013
10 May 2013
Extract from a new book: Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That's Changing How The World Gets High, by Mike Power is published by Portobello Books (
at 2:37 pm
07 May 2013
03 May 2013
There's not a lot of evidence in the article for the al Qaeda assertion, but plenty of evidence that there are many who will take part for the money.
at 12:44 pm