Monday, July 25, 2016
As History.com notes, on this day in 1917 exotic dancer and convicted spy Mata Hari was sentenced to die in Paris, France.
You can read about Mata Hari via the below link:
Mark Townsend at the British newspaper the Guardian offers a piece on the Sicilian Cosa Nostra selling weapons to Islamist terrorist groups.
A huge gun-running operation masterminded by the Sicilian mafia is being investigated by senior police officers for potential links to “terrorist activity across Europe and beyond”.
Anti-mafia prosecutors in Catania are investigating the possibility that Cosa Nostra is supplying assault weapons to organised crime syndicates from north Africa and firearms into the hands of extremists in western Europe.
Decommissioned guns legally procured from the same Slovak dealer, Afg Security, which supplied the “mass casualty” weapons used by Islamists in the Charlie Hebdoand Paris attacks of January 2015, as well as the failed terrorist attack on a TGV in France last August, appear to have ended up in the hands of the mafia.You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
Posted by Paul Davis at 3:31 AM
Labels: Is the Sicilian Cosa Nostra selling weapons to Islamist terrorist groups, Mark Townsend, Organized Crime, The Guardian
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Philly's A Great Place For A Party, But Its Democrats Are A Disgrace
With the Democratic National Convention beginning this week in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer offers an editorial on the Democratic Party's corruption in the City of Brotherly Love.
You can read the rest of the editorial via the below link:
You can also read my Crime Beat column on Philadelphia's past political scandals via the below link:
Stephanie Farr at the Philadelphia Inquirer offers an interesting piece on the discovery of an early reality TV series that featured real Philly cops, including an inspector who would go on to become the police commissioner and then mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo.
You can read the rest of the piece and watch a video clip of the TV program via the below link:
As History.com notes, yesterday was the birthday of Raymond Chandler, the late author of The Big Sleep, The Little Sister, Farewell My Lovely and other great crime novels featuring his private detective character, Philip Marlowe.
He was born in 1888. He died in 1959.
You can read about his life and work via the below link:
You can also read my Crime Beat column on Raymond Chandler and his influence on books and films via the below link:
Friday, July 22, 2016
Chinese National Who Conspired To Hack Into U.S. Defense Contractors’ Systems Sentenced To 46 Months In Federal Prison
The British newspaper the Daily Mail offers coverage of the shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in a mall in Munich, Germany.
You can read the report and view photos and video clips via the below link: