Insight Crime on 10th January published a good article focused on 3 groups that have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and are set to dominate the region’s criminal landscape – the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) in Mexico; the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) in Colombia; and the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) in Brazil.
The Middle East Monitor on 25th January reported that sources claim that the European Commission has added Saudi Arabia to an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc because of lax controls against terrorism financing and money laundering. It currently consists of 16 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and North Korea, and is mostly based on criteria used by FATF. But the list has been updated using new criteria developed by the EU Commission since 2017.
Following the GAFILAT update reports on Panama and Nicaragua, FATF has issued an updated consolidated schedule of AML/CFT evaluation assessments.
The Pharmaceutical Journal on 25th January reported that UK-based specialist doctors may be reluctant to prescribe medical cannabis because there is a lack of “infrastructure to support them should something go wrong”, the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting has heard. A report says that NHS doctors have had little guidance to support them in the prescribing of medical cannabis, and that the guidance that does exist is regarded by some politicians as overly restrictive.
The report is at –