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I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss | Toronto Star

I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss | Toronto Star | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Meem, 9, works 12-hour shifts at a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She dreams of becoming a sewing operator, buying more hair clips and helping her family.


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Most Oklahoma inmates granted early release since March have stayed out of trouble

Most Oklahoma inmates granted early release since March have stayed out of trouble | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Only two of the roughly 1,500 inmates granted an early release by the state Corrections Department have gotten into trouble once they were set free, an agency spokeswoman told The Oklahoman.
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Controversial 'Lockup Quotas' Fuel Private Prison Profits

Controversial 'Lockup Quotas' Fuel Private Prison Profits | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After three violent inmates escaped from an Arizona private prison in July 2010, prompting a two-week, multi-state manhunt, state corrections officials demanded improvements and stopped sending new inmates to what they called a "dysfunctional&qu...

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Walter Mischel, The Marshallow Test, and Self-Control

Walter Mischel, The Marshallow Test, and Self-Control | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Walter Mischel, the author of “The Marshmallow Test,” believes the skills which enable self-control allow us to avoid temptation and live our lives fully.
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Why Islamic financial products are catching on outside the Muslim world

Why Islamic financial products are catching on outside the Muslim world | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IN JUNE Britain became the first non-Muslim country to issue sukuk, the Islamic equivalent of a bond (the word itself is the plural of sakk, which means...
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Under Shari'ah one can neither pay nor earn interest, thus a sukuk is like a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) where the Muslim investor owns part of the property investment and collects profit as a "rent", which is allowed under Islamic law.  What's the significance of finding ways for Muslim's to participate in Western economic systems?

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Columbine's Legacy: More Than 50 School Attacks, Plots

Columbine's Legacy: More Than 50 School Attacks, Plots | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A months-long investigation by ABC News has identified at least 17 attacks and another 36 alleged plots or serious threats against schools since the assault on Columbine High School that can be tied to the 1999 massacre.
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This Is How Americans Define Success

This Is How Americans Define Success | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the definition of "success" should be revised in the dictionary.
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Q&A: Fighting Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking in Central Africa

Q&A: Fighting Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking in Central Africa | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Naftali Honig is a 29-year old, Brooklyn-raised wildlife activist living in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Since 2008 he has been the coordinator of the Project for the Application of Law for Fauna Republic of Congo (PALF).

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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, October 5, 2014 7:48 PM

This is my favorite article so far that I have read on scoop. To be able to have your life changed in one month when you thought you were going to medical school because your heart changed and Honig had a passion to help save the wildlife in Central Africa. Something that stood out to me in the article was how their organization follows the case from investigation all the way to incarceration to secure that justice does get served and to assure that there will be no bribes. This is very interesting. I can see that happening with bribes so this is an important aspect to their criminal cases in Africa.

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Scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain

Scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Forget the dream that education, scientific evidence or reason can help people make good decisions
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I was told: "There would be no math"....Chevy Chase as President Ford on SNL.

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How many scriptures?

How many scriptures? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The graffiti scrawled on the wall of this abandoned Christian home in Mosul reads "Long live the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Muslims are happy with the...
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Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.


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Breaking the camel’s back

Breaking the camel’s back | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ANGUS MADDISON, who died in 2010, was among the most influential of economic historians; his book on the world economy over the past 2,000 years is a classic. Now,...
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Income inequality is pretty persistent....

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Breaking the camel’s back

Breaking the camel’s back | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ANGUS MADDISON, who died in 2010, was among the most influential of economic historians; his book on the world economy over the past 2,000 years is a classic. Now,...
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Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction

Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?
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Jury Rights Activists Refuse To Back Down To Court Bullies Or Cops. Rights = Flexed

Jury Rights Activists Refuse To Back Down To Court Bullies Or Cops. Rights = Flexed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Jury Rights activists in the Philadelphia area recently encountered resistance in front of a local courthouse, when they were attempting to educate their neighbors about jury nullification. Among the activists was James Babb, an organizer behind the recent push to install jury nullification billboards in cities throughout the US. For those who don’t know, jury…

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Pre-Teen's 'Wedding Blog' Makes For Difficult Reading...

Pre-Teen's 'Wedding Blog' Makes For Difficult Reading... | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37.

She is to be Norway’s official first child bride, according to her wedding blog which has received over half a million readers, according to The Independent...
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What Westerners can learn from the Hajj

What Westerners can learn from the Hajj | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"Though it may come as a surprise to outsiders, the journey to Mecca is a manifestation of globally moderate Islam."

 

The Mecca region of Saudi Arabia has recently been in the midst of Hajj season. The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, is strongly encouraged of all Muslims who have the means to undertake it. Importantly, by bringing together 2 million to 3 million people from across the globe, the Hajj pilgrimage is a manifestation of the diversity and moderate nature of global Islam. This image of the Muslim world as cosmopolitan and reasonable stands in stark contrast to the militant Islamist fundamentalism we more regularly hear about in media coverage — with the Islamic State and Boko Haram being the most recent manifestation of this.

 

Tags: Islam, Saudi Arabia, culture, religion, Middle East.


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 1:33 PM

While media coverage focuses on ISIS, extremists, and fundamentalists, Islam is much more than that. Negative light has caused major discrimination against Muslims, mostly because they associate all of them with the violence depicted on TV. This article focuses on the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. During Hajj season, millions of people flock to Mecca, creating an open environment of commerce, creativity, knowledge, and togetherness. Despite the media's representation, Mecca and most of the people there are incredibly open and progressive. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 1:39 PM

"Rather than focusing on the activities of marginal, Islamist splinter groups, we need to continually recall that the Muslim majority is much more progressive, outward-looking and cosmopolitan" This quote is exactly what the article is trying to get at. The western part of the world is only used to seeing the small group of radical Muslim groups that the media shows and by exposing just that portion of the religion, we get the wrong impression about an entire nation. Keeping an open mind and taking the time to learn about culture and people can drastically alter our perception of them.

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Shows the impact of the Hajj on the Muslim people

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6 Prison Stories Reveal How Flawed Our Justice System Really is

6 Prison Stories Reveal How Flawed Our Justice System Really is | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
These men spent many years behind bars before they were exonerated. Some never lived to see their innocence proved.

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California's New Life-Saving Harm Reduction Strategies Could Spread Nationally

California's New Life-Saving Harm Reduction Strategies Could Spread Nationally | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
You know the old saw, as California goes, so goes the rest of the country? Let’s hope that plays out in this case.
Recently, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two major harm reduction bills &nd
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Midtown Anchorage Wal-Mart warned by APD about excessive nuisance calls

Midtown Anchorage Wal-Mart warned by APD about excessive nuisance calls | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Since the start of the year, the Anchorage Police Department has received more than 80 nuisance calls associated with the store, which began selling alcohol in 2011; now Wal-Mart has been put on notice that future calls could result in fines.
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Mass Graves Found Near Mexico Town Where Students Went Missing - NBC News

Mass Graves Found Near Mexico Town Where Students Went Missing - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IGUALA, Mexico — Authorities have found mass graves with the charred remains of up to 20 people in the restive southern Mexican state of Guerrero, at a time ...
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Future, imperfect and tense

Future, imperfect and tense | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IF YOU want something done, the saying goes, give it to a busy person. It is an odd guarantor of hitting deadlines. But a paper recently published in the Journal of...
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Helping hands

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. By Atul Gawande. Metropolitan Books; 282 pages; $26. Profile; £15.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk WOULD...
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US Crime Statistics Completely Ignore What Happens In Prisons

US Crime Statistics Completely Ignore What Happens In Prisons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
What counts as a crime on the street should count as one behind bars.

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Karmen Louise Tobin's curator insight, October 4, 2014 8:09 PM

I think what counts as crime on streets is handled different in the prisons for sure. Crimes committed from inmates already serving time I believe is marked against them as good behavior/bad behavior and is disciplined different. For example, like putting inmates in the hole for their consequence for what what would be considered  aggravated assault on the outside as a chargeable offense. I used to hear all of the corruption from my uncle directly when he was an inmate and there is an entire different set of rules on the inside. Sad to say my uncle used to pay off prison guards by even paying their child support payments to have them look the other way for his corruption. How sad is that? With the over populated jails  and state budgets is probably why they don't put on new charges to inmates because most would probably never get out.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, October 19, 2014 2:42 PM

"While rapes have garnered the most attention since the government first began surveying inmates in 2004, it is the near-constant physical abuse — again, at the hands of both inmates and guards—that goes almost entirely unquestioned. What counts as a crime on the street should count as one behind bars."