Tag Archives: Camorra

God and Mammon

Over the summer, we have had something of a masterclass in the interaction between church and money.  First, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that he was keen to help non-profit lenders, such as credit unions, compete with payday … Continue reading

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Blessed are the peacemakers

The Catholic church has been on my mind recently.  No, it’s not because of Dan Brown’s latest book (although the review in this week’s Spectator is priceless).  Rather it’s the recent rearing up of that church against some of its more … Continue reading

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Anti-cyclical money laundering

MLROs and their staff love feedback, and so it has become the norm for most FIUs (Financial Intelligence Units – responsible for receiving and processing suspicious activity reports, or SARs) to issue statistics.  The headline figure is always the total … Continue reading

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Just don’t ask for your security deposit back

As the nights draw in and the carols play ceaselessly over shop tannoys, our thoughts turn inevitably to summer holidays.  And if you have yet to book yours, might I suggest a bijou little place in the Sicilian countryside, with … Continue reading

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A truly brave writer

When I say something a little bit controversial on this blog, I occasionally worry that someone might be annoyed.  And friends sometimes jokingly ask me whether I’m scared that I might be targeted by criminals for speaking out against them. … Continue reading

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The Mafia business

At the weekend I did the ironing in front of a recording of “Italy’s Bloodiest Mafia” – a documentary about the Camorra in Naples by reporter Mark Franchetti.  The programme focussed on the professionalism of the Camorra, and on the … Continue reading

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