Fight Club, Donetsk

  Meet eastern Ukraine’s emerging warlords. BY Alec Luhn  JUNE 16, 2014 DONETSK, Ukraine — On a recent sunny afternoon in Donetsk, Vadim Kerch was holding court in a dark office in the former headquarters of Ukraine’s security service, which has been occupied since last month by a group of rebels who call themselves the…

Fugitive banker handed over to Iran

A fugitive accused of involvement in the “3,000 billion toman dossier” — the biggest embezzlement case in Iran since the 1979 revolution — was handed over to Iran this week. A photo illustration shows Iranian currency, April 11, 2011. (photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) Summary – The arrest of the former managing director of Bank Melli…

Taking courage, tackling terrorism

Babak Akhgar and Andrew Staniforth examine how a dedicated multi-agency approach is proving successful in the battle against a constantly evolving cyber threat. Date – 10th February 2014By – Andrew Staniforth – CENTRIC The UK, like many other nations, is under constant attack from all manner of hazards – the most pressing of which includes…

Gangster’s Paradise

The Untold History of the United States and International Crime By Peter Andreas March/April 2013 Article Summary and Author Biography Mafia States Moisés Naím Around the world, criminal organizations and governments are fusing to an unprecedented degree, blurring the distinction between national interests and what suits the gangsters. Mafia states enjoy the unhealthy advantages of…