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A survey by Arton, a residence / citizenship consultancy, shows that some passports are more useful than others when it comes to ease of travel.

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It all began when the Philippines was found to have been the destination for the money stolen from the Central Bank of Bangladesh and, all over the world, fingers began to be pointed at the country's Swiss-cheese like counter-money laundering regime. What was especially bemusing to outsiders was that while the country was on one level constantly engaged in a battle with terrorists in the south, the laws to combat the funding of terrorism were in a similarly poor condition. Stung by criticism, the Philippines began to review its laws. One major area that had been entirely left out of account was casinos. In the past few months, that has dramatically changed.


I've been in my new job for a few weeks but I'm beginning to think that they hired me by mistake. My boss keeps making reference to my previous experience and work history but they are those I know to be the experience and work history of another candidate.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

I am bemused by the fuss about Harvey Weinstein and his (alleged) misbehaviour with regard to actresses. Why him, why now? It doesn't make sense, unless there is an agenda being played out somewhere.

There are endless difficulties in definitions. Here's an excellent example.

The USA is undertaking research into crime against and within ethnic racial groups. It is trying hard to define groups. Here's a quote: " If issuing specific guidelines for the collection of detailed White race and ethnicity data, should OMB adopt the NCT format, which includes separately German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, and French?"

It's not the fault of the US Government that it's confused. We, the English, have the most tangled ethnicity imaginable. The only effective classification for us is "unclassifiable."

Bryan Edwards

Common Internet of Things Devices May Expose Consumers to Cyber Exploitation
17 October, 2017
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Why, some might ask, is World Money Laundering Report drawing attention to violent crime statistics? "The figures released by the US government this week demonstrate that people engage in crime amongst those they have a major factor in common with, the "people like us" syndrome I discuss in "Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime. Crime committed within defined groups, be they racial, social, religious or other groups, are at the heart of how and why so many offences are committed," Nigel Morris-Cotterill writes.

We've received an e-mail from a company with a .ae domain name. It offers us a spectacular opportunity to become a "Certified Fraud Examiner."

There's just one problem: once we started to read the e-mail it was clear that the headline was not true

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The announcement by the National Health Service in England that General Practitioners (family doctors, known as GPs) are to be required to ask patients if they are heterosexual, homosexual/lesbian or bisexual has both support and opposition from across the spectrum. One specific comment by someone interviewed on a tv news programme caught our attention: people from sexual minorities, she said, suffer from a higher incidence of mental health problems than the heterosexual majority and therefore collecting data is valuable for that reason alone. That begs the question: are those mental health problems a symptom, a cause or a result of being part of a sexual minority?

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Ever since Muslims were generally targeted by the USA in the aftermath of the terrorist acts of 11 September 2001, Muslims all over the world have been able to point at "The West" and to argue, with some justification, that they must protect their right to practise their religion. But radical elements have been emboldened by the concerns of the moderate majority and, all over the world, that has led to an entrenching of fundamentalist attitudes which, until then, had largely been held at bay by a vast majority. In Malaysia, while there had long been some radical elements, they had begun to press their case in the late 1990s and as moderates shared some of their concerns, the quiet containment began to lose ground. Radicals started to speak out, saying outrageous things, but claiming to do so in the name of Islam. To criticise their statements could result in charges of disrespect to Islam. But the people have had enough and they have some powerful allies. The battle for the very...