The U.S. Is Number One — In Weapons Sales

Crime News Service: Once again, the U.S. leads the world in weapons sales, notes SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The 100 biggest arms producers accounted for $375 billion in weapons sales in 2016, with U.S. firms having by far the largest share at $217 billion. That’s right: the U.S. accounts for roughly 58 percent of the global arms trade. We’re #1! We’re #1! Not only do we arm our friends but our foes as well, notes FP: Foreign Policy, which has the following SitRep (situation report) for today:…

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IJOP Authorities Spot Crime Before it Happens

Crime News Service: Barely seven months ago, a senior Chinese official promised that artificial intelligence could one day help authorities spot crime before it happens. In the country’s far western Xinjiang region, it’s already happening, with the establishment of a system that critics call “Orwellian” in scope and ambition, and which is being used to place people in political re-education. Called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, or IJOP, it assembles and parses data from facial-recognition cameras, WiFi internet sniffers, licence-plate cameras, police checkpoints, banking records and police reports made on…

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Lone gunman kills 59 in Las Vegas concert attack

Crime News Service: A retiree armed with multiple assault rifles strafed an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas from a high-rise hotel window on Sunday, slaughtering at least 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history before killing himself. The barrage of gunfire from the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of 22,000 people came in extended bursts that lasted several minutes, as throngs of terrified music fans desperately cowered on the open ground, hemmed in by fellow concertgoers, while others at the…

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A perspective on rural crime

Crime News Service: Rural crime statistics and challenges in rural safety were put into perspective at the first ever International Rural Crime Conference held in Centurion in September this year. Addressing delegates, Theo de Jager, president of the World Farmers’ Organisation said that it is essential that we discuss these issues as it impacts the profitability and sustainability of agricultural sectors across the globe. He added that it is important to approach policymakers with clear statistics, challenges and solutions to influence policy and see results. According to De Jager, there…

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Facebook bans Rohingya group’s posts as minority faces ‘ethnic cleansing’

Crime News Service: As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’ Amid international accusations that Myanmar’s military is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Facebook designated a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organization” and ordered moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it. The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about…

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UN investigators gathering testimony on Rohingya rights violations

Crime News Service: UN investigators have started collecting testimony from fleeing Rohingya Muslims pointing to human rights violations by Myanmar’s military and security forces, the head of the fact-finding mission said on Tuesday. Marzuki Darusman said his UN team was still trying to get Myanmar’s permission to enter the country, but was gathering evidence from refugees and medics in the border town of Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh. Darusman’s team started its work in August, the month that attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar triggered a military response that…

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