VICE: Are Italian mafias better than other criminal groups at spiriting people underground or out of the country for prolonged periods of time? Richard Lehr: They certainly have an organization that a lot of criminals don't have. A lot of street-level criminals who go on the run, they're basically on their own, which is the case of Whitey Bulger as well. But the mafia certainly has the kind of international organization where, if someone has to go on the run, he can resurface in some foreign village or someplace and live a different life.
Last week, a report by the University of San Diego School of Law found that about 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. T
raumatic childhood events can lead to mental health and behavioral problems later in life, explains psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk, author of the recently published book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Children’s brains are literally shaped by traumatic experiences, which can lead to problems with anger, addiction, and even criminal activity in adulthood, says van der Kolk. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis spoke with him about his book.
The number of suits filed against countries at the ICSID is now around 500 – and that figure is growing at an average rate of one case a week. The sums awarded in damages are so vast that investment funds have taken notice: corporations’ claims against states are now seen as assets that can be invested in or used as leverage to secure multimillion-dollar loans. Increasingly, companies are using the threat of a lawsuit at the ICSID to exert pressure on governments not to challenge investors’ actions.
“I had absolutely no idea this was coming,” Parada said. Sitting in a glass-walled meeting room in his offices, at the law firm Foley Hoag, he paused, searching for the right word to describe what has happened in his field. “Rogue,” he decided, finally. “I think the investor-state arbitration system was created with good intentions, but in practice it has gone completely rogue.”
Washington D.C., June 5, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Computer Sciences Corporation and former executives with manipulating financial results and concealing significant problems about the company’s largest and most high-profile contract. The SEC additionally charged former finance executives involved with CSC’s international businesses for ignoring basic accounting standards to increase reported profits. CSC agreed to pay a $190 million penalty to settle the charges, and five of the eight charged executives agreed to settlements. Former CEO Michael Laphen agreed to return to CSC more than $3.7 million in compensation under the clawback provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and pay a $750,000 penalty. Former CFO Michael Mancuso agreed to return $369,100 in compensation and pay a $175,000 penalty.
Healthcare organizations today are facing a new and unique set of challenges. Their recently-digitized healthcare records have turned out to be extremely valuable to criminals, while hospitals, clinics, and other organizations are still learning how to protect them.
On Sunday, John Oliver devoted the majority of his HBO show to America’s broken bail system. “Bail” is the cash or property equivalent demanded of arrestees as surety—an assurance that they will return to court to face trial on the charges they have been accused of. The theory goes like...
But the poor see the discount through a different lens. They compare the $50 to what it can buy—perhaps a tank of gas or a week’s groceries. Those expenses are a more stable clue to the discount’s value because those tradeoffs do not change based on the tablet’s price. This is a profoundly different approach to making the decision.
Although the courts can exonerate people suffering from mental illness, they cannot always decipher the extent, the effects or even the validity of the defence. Are we excusing people too freely from criminal responsibility, or is the legal system failing those who need it most? Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis report.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal about the new nationwide crime wave, Heather Mac Donald says that the consequences of the ‘Ferguson effect’ are already appearing. The main victims of growing violence will be the inner-city poor.
Rob Duke's insight:
Heather MacDonald has made a controversial assertion that crime is up due to a Ferguson Effect.
But having started off as a way for one person to give the impression of being many, anonymity has since come to serve the opposite function at The Economist: it allows many writers to speak with a collective voice. Leaders are discussed and debated each week in meetings that are open to all members of the editorial staff. Journalists often co-operate on articles. And some articles are heavily edited. Accordingly, articles are often the work of The Economist's hive mind, rather than of a single author. The main reason for anonymity, however, is a belief that what is written is more important than who writes it.
What is this inexplicable human urge to prank? Is this what separates us from the animals: Unlike chimps and unlike dolphins, unlike birds and unlike bees, we think it's funny to run a hair trimmer over someone's head and then pretend we took all their hair off, or walk around LA throwing a lasso over girls before getting legitimately beaten up? Is this the peak of our existence, making our friends believe they've killed someone while racking up the viral hits?
For the past several months, I’ve been writing about the “debt strikers” who attended for-profit colleges in the Corinthian network, which included Heald, Everest and Wyotech campuses. These students have refused to pay back their loans, because they allege Corinthian scammed them, recruiting them into high-cost career training programs with promises of well-paid employment, and instead giving them substandard educations and a worthless degree that’s useless in the job market. Corinthian closed its campuses and announced bankruptcy in early May.
Rob Duke's insight:
One side of this coin is that these folks scammed some students, but on the other hand, many of these students needed the junior college opportunity in systems that had too little capacity to serve them....
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