Coming hot on the heels of the July 30th U.N anti-trafficking resolution, the culmination of 3 years of negotiation amongst 80 members, is an article in The New York Times which emphasises the difficulties of enforcing wildlife laws – even amongst the willing – and shows, once again, that Southeast Asia will remain the front line […]Read more "Laos: Rough Ways"
It has long been known that wildlife crime, be it trafficking or poaching, is committed by organised, transnational criminal gangs. The global illegal wildlife market is estimated at $10 to $20 billion dollars by Interpol, with links and trade routes that snake across the global – the majority of which lead to and from Southeast […]Read more "U.N. trafficking resolution passed"
With what looked like suspicious timing, Ai Weiwei, the CPC’s least favourite artist and political provocateur, had his application for a 6 month UK business visa refused by the British embassy in Beijing, due, the embassy said, to the artist not declaring his criminal convictions. Ai Weiwei hoped to be in the UK in September […]Read more "China: “No, I have never had any of these”"