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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Lead item

HSBC 'sorry' for aiding Mexican drugs lords, rogue states and terrorists "Executives with Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, were subjected to a humiliating onslaught from US senators on Tuesday over revelations that staff at its global subsidiaries laundered billions of dollars for drug cartels, terrorists and pariah states."

Investment banks

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

General item

'A humiliating shambles': the Olympics security shortfall "The prelude to the Games has been overshadowed by the admission by G4S that it would not be able to provide the promised number of security personnel, forcing the army to provide an extra 3,500 soldiers, some just back from the war in Afghanistan."

New York Times

Dealers in human body parts (Part 2): The tale of a body broker "RTI turns to corpse wranglers for a simple reason: It needs dead bodies to turn a profit. 'We cannot be sure that the supply of human tissue will continue to be available at current levels or will be sufficient to meet our needs,' RTI warned stockholders in securities filings."

The Age

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

General item

The lure of the fairy tale "The Grimms, however, changed more than the style of the tales. They changed the content. Their first edition was not intended for the young, nor, apparently, were the tales told at rural firesides. The purpose was to entertain grownups, during or after a hard day's work, and rough material was part of the entertainment. But the reviews and the sales of the Grimms' first edition were disappointing to them."

New Yorker

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