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      The Checkmate Pendulum   e-book from AMAZON  (October 15) hard-copy from AEF-Moringa/PayPall  (November 20)     30 chapters, 490 pages, action in 4 continents        0     PROLOGUE  (Autumn) GRIGORIOPOL,TRANSNISTRIA      I     THE CRISIS   (Autumn) 1.     HANDSOME AND SIMPATICO                     2.     DO I SHOOT, OR NOT?                               3.     NAZIS, STASI, SOVIETS, SATAN                4.     ISOZHU-NYAN: WHO...

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My Corner

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(1) A novel about politics, finance & crime

        The Checkmate Pendulum     What I saw, heard and witnessed in 40 years of international politics            The writing started in the early ’90s when I was Director General for Economics and Finance at the EU Commission.  That was the time when three related events shocked the world:  the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Germany was reunited, and the EU single currency was planned.   The author took part in crucial, secret negotiations associated with these developments:  his personal notes provided the background material for this...

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(2) From fiction to Reality

The Checkmate Pendulum     ... four questions on everybody's mind        Investigating the links between politics, crime and finance, TV journalist Pierre G Bosco is forced to address big questions. Nobody in Europe loves the euro, but everybody needs it.  Is the common currency a step towards greater EU integration or will it cause Europe’s disintegration? Germany has become the EU’s dominant country.  Will Germany save Europe or wreck it a third time in a century? Despite their crimes, bankers are “too big to fail or jail.” ...

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L’Italia, Sodoma e Camorra PDF Print E-mail
The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 14:47

Posted: 2 December 2013
This entry is only available in Italian.

"Tutti quelli che conosco o sono morti o sono in galera. Io voglio diventare un boss."

Parole forti, scritte da un giovane carcerato in una lettera alla famiglia. Dove pensate che sia detenuto l'autore della lettera? In un paese del sud America, controllato dalle bande dei narcotrafficanti? In Africa in una di quelle fatiscenti celle in cui vengono rinchiusi i bambini-soldato ogni qualvolta scoppia una guerra civile? O meglio ancora in uno stato ex comunista in cui la transizione verso l'economia di mercato ha fatto registrare un'impennata vertiginosa dei crimini?

Aggiungi ora montagne di rifiuti nelle strade, traffico paralizzato, aria irrespirabile.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 17:16
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Bashing the Bankers PDF Print E-mail
The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 14:52

Posted : 19 January 2014

Bankers are getting a run for their money these days. Their greed, arrogance and deception have shaken people's confidence in their profession and the trust of the institutions that conspired with them to cause the crisis -- hedge and investment funds, insurance companies, rating and audit agencies. During he 2008-12 crisis, the world's financial architecture as constructed in the past 60 years, came close to collapse. And we are just at the beginning of the drama, as jobs, markets, revenues and production, destroyed by the crisis, are recovering only very slowly -- especially in Europe.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 17:19
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L'opium du terrorisme PDF Print E-mail
The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 14:59

Affiché: le 23 septembre 2008

Le 17 septembre dernier, je me suis rendu à Paris principalement pour parler de l'Afghanistan. 

Dans un article d'opinion publié dans Le Monde du 19 septembre, j'ai souligné les liens qui existent entre l'insurrection et le commerce d'opium. J'ai également attiré l'attention sur le fait que les talibans pourraient proclamer un moratoire sur la culture d'opium dans les zones qu'ils contrôlent.

Devant la Commission parlementaire des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées j'ai donné une vue d'ensemble de l'évolution du problème de l'opium en Afghanistan et de son impact sur la sécurité. 

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Synthetic Drugs: The Agony and the Ecstasy PDF Print E-mail
The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 15:01

Posted 17 September 2008 

Last week in Bangkok I launched the latest report from UNODC called Amphetamines and Ecstasy: 2008 Global ATS Assessment . It provides a sharp picture of the situation of synthetic drugs around the world.

It shows that for many people, synthetic drugs have become the tonic for fast and competitive times. Around the world, people are popping pills and powder known as amphetamine-type stimulants (or ATS). In the West, it is usually used as a "party drug" or to enhance performance (also known as cheating), among professional athletes. In the East, it is being taken to stay alert in manual jobs, like on assembly lines or long-haul trucking.

By our estimates, more than 30 million people use amphetamine, methamphetamine (meth) or ecstasy at least once a year. The global market for these stimulants is estimated at $65 billion.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:11
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Raping the Planet PDF Print E-mail
The shaping of policy at UNODC (2002-2010)
Monday, 15 September 2008 14:55

Posted: 15 February 2014

Climate change and environmental sustainability are high priorities today. A shocking truth is that criminals are profiting from the destruction of our planet.

altIllegal logging is destroying earth's lungs. In parts of South East Asia, the problem is so acute that more than a third of all timber exports are illegally sourced. I have flown over parts of Indonesia and Thailand where you can only see wasteland where precious forests used to stand.  This billion dollar business - greased by  high-level collusion - is costing governments dearly, creating flash floods and landslides, and reducing the earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide.

To feed the drug addiction of cocaine users in Europe and North America, vast swathes of Andean forest are being slashed and burned to make way for coca plants, and streams are being polluted by toxic chemicals.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 17:17
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My Corner PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 August 2008 07:30
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