Upsizing Crime: Misha Glenny on McMafia Culture
Darknet agents in Brazil. Money-launderers in Dubai. Gun-runners in Ukraine. And drug syndicates in Canada. Whether it’s phishing scams, black-market pills or black-hat hacking, organised crime has reached beyond state borders to become a truly global phenomenon.
Covering the fall of Yugoslavia as the BBC’s Central Europe correspondent, Misha Glenny, journalist and author of McMafia: crime without frontiers, saw…
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Family Violence Emergency
The recent book by Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, calls for a drastic and urgent rethink in the way we conceive of family violence in Australia. Rigorously researched, and packed with interviews and case studies, it's a once-in-a-generation book that asks us to look beyond received wisdom to confront the complexities of family violence squarely.
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So What If … We Didn’t Have Prisons?
Robyn Oxley, Debbie Kilroy and Meriki Onus at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Sophie Quick
Australia’s prison populations are booming and their demographics are heavily skewed – with Indigenous Australians shockingly over-represented. Why do we rely so heavily on prisons in our criminal justice system? And what are the alternatives in terms of prevention, deterrence and rehabilitation?
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Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room
‘This is a story that gets to the root of how my society is structured right now … There’s a way that prison is invisible to a middle-class person. It’s not a conspiracy, but it may be by design in certain regards. It’s a serious subject for a novelist.’
Rachel Kushner is among America’s brightest literary stars. With her previous…
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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
The Catholic Church, writes Frédéric Martel, is ‘a system built ... on the homosexual double life and on the most dizzying homophobia … Without this key for understanding, the recent history of the Vatican and the Roman Church remains opaque.'
How is Martel qualified to make such statements? He is an acclaimed academic and journalist in France, and the author…
Sobering Thoughts: Public Drunkenness Reform in Victoria
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Almost 30 years ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommended the abolition of public drunkenness as an offence. A subsequent inquiry in Victoria in…
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Crime Master’s Career has Chandleresque Origins
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He’s written 24 novels and created two of crime and mystery fictions best-known contemporary heroes, Harry Bosch and Micky Haller. In Australia alone, as of early 2011, he’d sold 1.25 million books. His novels now sell an average of 85,000 copies. He’s Michael Connelly, a colossus of his - and indeed any - literary genre, and in this video he’s…
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