THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – NOVEMBER 8

Here in Panama it obviously isn’t Remembrance Day, and indeed nobody much mentions or seems to remember WW2…but here is something I hadn’t seen before as a gesture to the day.

Meanwhile, the recovery and clean-up (and anti-mosquito fumigation) in Chiriqui province after the side-effects of Hurricane Eta.

Covid-19 cases again show cause for concern perhaps – 1,021 new cases and 17 fatalities. There are now 18,959 active cases, with 156 in ICU and 681 in other wards. Also reported is that, of 79,856 people under 39 who have been infected, 156 have died.

8 November 2020

MINERAL TRACKING TOOL HELPS ZAMBIA COMBAT ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS

On 1 October, the UN Conference on Trade & Development published an article said that a UNCTAD data evaluation tool helps the southern African nation recover an additional $1 million in export dues from mining companies in 1 year, and the mineral tracking system designed by UNCTAD and the Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA) makes it easier to detect illicit trade practices that drain billions of dollars each year from the copper-rich nation and its people.  Trade misinvoicing, the under-declaration of exports, and other fraudulent trade practices cost the southern African nation about $12.5 billion between 2013 and 2015,

https://unctad.org/news/mineral-tracking-tool-helps-zambia-combat-illicit-financial-flows

PODCAST: CORRUPTION IN GUATEMALA – INTERVIEW WITH FORMER MAGISTRATE JUDGE ON THE COURT OF APPEALS IN GUATEMALA

On 3 November, the Global Anticorruption Blog released a podcast interview with Claudia Escobar, a former Magistrate Judge on the Court of Appeals in Guatemala about corruption in the judiciary system there.  She secretly recorded a meeting with representatives of the then-ruling party, who indicated that she would be promoted if she ruled in favour of the government in an important upcoming case. She subsequently released the recordings, and fled Guatemala for fear of reprisals.  She describes many of the problems with Guatemala’s current judicial appointment system, and the associated corruption risks; the impact and legacy of the UN-backed anti-impunity commission CICIG; her perspective on the fight against corruption under former President Jimmy Morales and new President Alejandro Gianmattei, as well as a more general discussion of the politics of anti-corruption in Guatemala and the prospects for future progress on this issue.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0j1VAkjRfnYlraMUVD21sh

HAMAS USES SECRET CYBERWAR BASE IN TURKEY TO TARGET ENEMIES

On 8 November, the Sunday Times reported claims from western intelligence sources that Hamas has set up a secret headquarters in Turkey for carrying out cyberwarfare and counter-intelligence operations.  Set up in Istanbul 2 years ago, the unit is directed by Hamas’s military leadership in Gaza and was opened without the knowledge of the Turkish government.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hamas-running-secret-cyberwar-hq-in-turkey-29mz50sxs

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KoIvM842y