Tag Archives: mafia

Deadlier than the male

A little while ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of promoting more women to the Board (in short, it seems that companies with more female influence at the top act more morally).  But in the spirit of equality, … Continue reading

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Postcards from the proceeds

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, while you read this blog at your desk, looking out at the pouring rain and contemplating turning up the heating, I am sitting on a harbour-side balcony in Crete.  And my husband is … Continue reading

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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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Taking a holiday from laundering

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, by the time you read this I will be heading off on my hols.  As befits someone with my particular interests, I am en route to Switzerland – albeit attracted more by its … 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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Watching our European neighbours

After the enormous disappointment of “My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune” on Channel 4 a couple of weeks ago, I am hoping that “proper” telly can do better this week.  Tonight, at 8.30pm on BBC1, we have an episode of “Panorama” … Continue reading

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Share and share alike

A recent announcement by the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Organised Crime suggested that assets confiscated from the mafia should be re-used for social purposes – and that provisions for such re-use should be included in the proposed EU directive on … Continue reading

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Spreading its tentacles

In the Economist this week (issue dated 10 November, with the hugging Obamas on the cover), there are not one but two articles about the mafia in Italy.  One (“A plague on all their houses”) concerns the spread of mafia-driven … Continue reading

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Keeping it in the family

I think much of the fascination of the mafia comes from the fact that they are so often genuine families, both in real life and in fiction (the “Godfather” films, “The Sopranos” on telly).  Although many mafia groups actually have … 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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