Friday, June 16, 2017

Adam Ramsey — A fire in the world’s laundromat

The Italian author and journalist [Roberto Saviano] is well-known world-wide as the leading expert in the Calambrian mafia. Saviano has written about crime in Italy and about international drug money. He’s followed the flows of cash and he’s been awarded numerous prizes and honourary degrees for his work. But of all of the places he’s researched, he holds particular contempt for one.
Speaking last year, Saviano said:
“If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth, you might tell me, well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.”
This isn’t because he thinks that the police in Britain generally accept more bribes than others, nor that our politicians stuff their brief cases with brown envelopes more than others. Rather, it’s because of the role of the City of London in laundering the proceeds of crime across the world. It’s because of the place that London takes at the heart of the planet’s biggest network of tax-havens and secrecy areas; which extends to our Overseas Territories, through the Crown Protectorates, and into the imperial metropolis itself.
But it’s not just Saviano, and it’s it just about the Cayman islands. Last year, the MPs of the Home Affairs Select Committee investigated London’s role in money laundering. Here’s their own summary of what their report says:
Open Democracy
A fire in the world’s laundromat
Adam Ramsay

1 comment:

Kaivey said...

He's a brave guy. He has to have a different identify so the mafia don't know who his family is. He rarely sees his family because of this. They might kidnap one of them. He says he's scared of many things, but death isn't one of them. It's amazing we have people like this. Someone needs to expose the rot in Washington.