Almost a quarter of a century we are ‘bombarded’ with reports about threats of serious (transnational organised) crime (for profit) and in particular the related criminal revenues. Drug barons are supposed to corrupt and disrupt the financial system by their trillions of dirty money. To stem this tide of criminal infiltration the US administration has persuaded first in 1989 the G-7 countries to establish a costly anti-laundering regime monitored but actually headed by the FATF.…Continue
Added by P.C. van Duyne on July 16, 2012 at 7:58am — No Comments
Last year 1500 migrants died on their way to greener pastures in Europe. How desperate they must be? Meanwhile the industrialised world enacts more severe laws against migrant workers, rather, economic luck seekers, as if aiming at a better life is a crime! History should have made us wiser: against the worst barriers, people have been moving to a better place to work and earn.
Added by P.C. van Duyne on February 2, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments
In the FBI action against Kim Dotcom uploaders of copy right protected items now also face a laundering charge. It is a good example of the way in which the state bends and strechted the legal tools which were once put into place for a specific threat: first against drug money, then against organised crime (whatever that means), to protect the integrity of the financial system (but undermined by its own most non-integre…Continue
Added by P.C. van Duyne on January 29, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments
Whence a threat really comes
The financial crisis has taught a lesson which is not new: politicians and the public are easily aroused by fear, particularly of crime. Fear creates an incantation market for policy makers and researchers, invariably confirming these fears. One of these marketed fears concerns the dreaded tsunami of crime-money and the laundering thereof. This is most successfully marketed crime fear products of the past two…Continue
Added by P.C. van Duyne on January 1, 2012 at 9:40pm — No Comments
Anti-corruption policy in Serbia: my team carried out an extensive research on corruption in that country. We demonstrated that one of the problems is that many Serbians do not care that their country is corrupt. And the higher you get in society, the stronger the indifference and cynicism. Now we are reporting: copies are sent around for preview. While the conclusions are devastating, there is no response: everybody shies away.
This is the country which was not allowed to enter…Continue