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From drug trafficking to human smuggling and from cybercrime to illegal mining. The Deep Dive podcast takes an in depth look at transnational organized crime investigations from the Global Initiative, drawing on the range of expertise from the GI Network of over 500 experts.

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From drug trafficking to human smuggling and from cybercrime to illegal mining. The Deep Dive podcast takes an in depth look at transnational organized crime investigations from the Global Initiative, drawing on the range of expertise from the GI Network of over 500 experts.

    Crossing the Line: India and Myanmar

    Crossing the Line: India and Myanmar

    In this episode we tell the story of a region, the "Seven Sisters", otherwise known as the Indian Northeast and one town in particular, Moreh, and the relationship with neighbouring Myanmar.
    Moreh sits just on the Indian side of the border and has become a hub for multiple illicit flows that pass through - timber, gold, firearms, wildlife, counterfeits, people, and illicit drugs.
    The Indian Northeast is undeveloped and has suffered multiple insurgencies over the decades. Often forgotten by governments who have eyes squarely focused on the giant neighbour to the North, China, and the geostrategic games taking place between the world's two most populous nations.
    Underpinning it all is the uncertainty of the brutal military coup in Myanmar in February this year.
    Speakers
    https://globalinitiative.net/profile/prem-mahadevan/ (Prem Mahadevan), Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
    https://twitter.com/thinink?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Thin Lei Win), Burmese journalist, living and working in Europe
    https://twitter.com/ajai_sahni?lang=en (Dr Ajai Sahni), Executive Director of the https://www.satp.org/satporgtp/icm/profiles/director.html (Institute for Conflict Management)
    https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/social-sciences/nicholas-farrelly (Nicholas Farrelly), Professor and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Australia
    This podcast is based on the paper: https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/india-myanmar/ (Crossing the Line: Geopolitics and Criminality on the India-Myanmar border).
    Research
    What On Earth? podcast - https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-m7fcu-fee646 (Episode 12 - Myanmar: ‘Anybody investing in the natural resource sector is, in essence, supporting the military’). Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
    https://eia-international.org/forests/myanmars-tainted-timber-and-the-military-coup/ (Myanmar's tainted timber and the military coup), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
    https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/natural-resource-governance/jade-and-conflict-myanmars-vicious-circle/ (Jade and Conflict), Global Witness
    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/meth-syndicate/ (The hunt for Asia’s El Chapo), Reuters
    https://www.ft.com/content/2e9ee221-cba4-483d-8799-c2a356af4cb4 (How Myanmar coup fuelled rise in illegal drugs trade), The Financial Times
    https://www.traffic.org/publications/reports/reported-wildlife-poaching-in-india-more-than-doubles-during-covid-19-lockdown/ (Indian wildlife amidst the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis of poaching and illegal wildlife trade), TRAFFIC

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    Fishy Business

    Fishy Business

    This is a story of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, complex corporate structures, human trafficking, arms smuggling, corruption and the capture of state institutions.
    In this collaborative episode with https://open.spotify.com/show/16O8hbitelGOw86mdV2VYY?si=tazVewwMQ9OHC3oeAE_1rAanddl_branch=1 (Africa and the Global Illicit Economy), we travel to the rich fishing grounds off Puntland in Somalia and a fleet of vessels known as the "Somali 7", before looking into a politically connected company that has an uncanny ability to operate either outside or just on the fringes of the law.
    This podcast is based on the report Fishy Business: Illegal Fishing in Somalia and the capture of state institutions.
    Presenter: Lindy Mtongana
    Speakers:
    https://twitter.com/puntlandpirates?lang=en (Jay Bahadur), Researcher and Investigator at the https://globalinitiative.net/profile/jay-bahadur/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.)
    https://twitter.com/kgpetrich?lang=en (Dr. Katharine Petrich), visiting assistant professor incoming at the https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/ (Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California)
    https://twitter.com/ian_urbina/ (Ian Urbina), Investigative Journalist and author of https://www.theoutlawocean.com/the-book/ (The Outlaw Ocean.)
    https://twitter.com/austinjbrush?lang=en (Austin Brush), Senior Analyst at https://c4ads.org/ (C4ADS)
    Additional Reading
    Jay Bahadur, GITOC - https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/illegal-fishing-somalia/ (Fishy Business: Illegal Fishing in Somalia and the capture of state institutions)
    Ian Urbina - https://www.theoutlawocean.com/the-book/ (The Outlaw Ocean.)

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    Guinea-Bissau Part 2: Pau de Sangue (Blood Timber)

    Guinea-Bissau Part 2: Pau de Sangue (Blood Timber)

    In the wake of the 2012 'Cocaine Coup' in Guinea-Bissau the illegal logging trade exploded, largely driven by huge demand for rosewood logs in China - a species protected under international law.
    By 2014, such was the extent of this illicit trade, civil society pressured the new government to introduce a five-year moratorium on timber exports.
    Now, in 2021, as the government seems poised to lift the moratorium, there is fear that there could be a resurgence in illegal logging causing irreparable damage to the environment.
    Guests
    Obento Branco Catami (Regional Delegate for Forestry and Wildlife in the Cacheu region).
    Ude Fati (Economist, Head of Voz di Paz)
    Fodé Mané (University of Bissau)
    Tânia Gomes (President of the Association of Friends of Guinea-Bissau)
    https://twitter.com/Lucia_Bird_Ruiz (Lucia Bird) Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo, https://globalinitiative.net/profile/lucia-bird-ruiz-benitez-de-lugo/ (Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    Reading
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/illicit-logging-guinea-bissau/ (Deep-rooted interests: Licensing illicit logging in Guinea Bissau)
    https://eia-global.org/reports/20181212-guinea-bissau-authorized-plunder-report (Authorized Plunder in Guinea-Bissau) - Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/cocaine-politics-guinea-bissau/ (Breaking the vicious cycle: Cocaine politics in Guinea-Bissau)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/seidi-ba-cocaine-trial-bissau/ (The Seidi Bá cocaine trial: A smokescreen for impunity?)


    Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers

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    Cabo Delgado: Africa’s Forgotten Insurgency

    Cabo Delgado: Africa’s Forgotten Insurgency

    On March 24th 2021, Islamist insurgents carried out an attack on the coastal town of Palma in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. The days of fighting, looting, massacres, private military contractors, and dramatic rescues led to thousands more people fleeing to escape the violence.
    The attack took place just a few kilometres from Total’s $20 billion-dollar natural gas project on the Afungi peninsula and in the same province as the huge ruby fields of Montepuez.
    Last year the Global Initiative asked how this ongoing insurgency is impacting the illicit flows that travel through the region – after the attack at Palma, we have decided to revisit this subject.
    This is a collaborative episode between https://open.spotify.com/show/16O8hbitelGOw86mdV2VYY?si=EQs7h3n0QZ6G0iHWggCtYQ (Africa and the Global Illicit Economy) and https://open.spotify.com/show/6E7aHufUzNzGi8f9tXcdBx?si=rXatQLQ9TeqaeRGritaDnA (Deep Dive: Exploring Organized Crime).
    Presenter: https://twitter.com/LindyMtongana (Lindy Mtongana)
    Speakers:
    https://twitter.com/adriano_nuvunga (Prof. Adriano Nuvunga) – Director of the https://cddmoz.org/ (CDD Mozambique)
    https://twitter.com/zenaidamz (Zenaida Machado) – Senior Researcher, https://www.hrw.org/about/people/zenaida-machado (Human Rights Watch)
    https://twitter.com/ConsSynergies (Alastair Nelson) – Senior Fellow, https://globalinitiative.net/profile/alastair-nelson/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
    https://twitter.com/JohannPegleg (Johann Smith) – Independent Security Analyst in Mozambique
    Colonel Lionel Dyck – CEO of the of https://www.dyckadvisorygroup.com/ (Dyck Advisory Group (DAG))
    Reading:
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/esaobs-risk-bulletin-17/ (Observatory of Illicit Economies in Eastern and Southern Africa – Risk Bulletin Issue. 17)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/triangle-vulnerability-swahili-coast/ (A Triangle of Vulnerability: Changing patterns of illicit trafficking off the Swahili coast)
    Podcast: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/3ccff45d-ac6b-472e-b8fb-1c9183e9c1d9 (Deep Dive: Exploring Organized Crime – Insurgency and illicit trade in Northern Mozambique)
    https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/14154-experts-mozambique-s-insurgents-framed-as-criminals-and-terrorists ('Criminals and Terrorists': Framing Mozambique's Insurgency - OCCRP)
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/29/hundreds-missing-after-mozambique-attack (Hundreds Missing After Mozambique Attack: Government Should Provide More Information About Situation in Palma)
    Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/03/mozambique-civilians-killed-as-war-crimes-committed-by-armed-group-government-forces-and-private-military-contractors-new-report/ (Mozambique: Civilians killed as war crimes committed by armed group, government forces, and private military contractors.)
    Producer: Jack Meegan-Vickers
    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

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    Guinea-Bissau Part 1: Civil Society and Illicit Markets

    Guinea-Bissau Part 1: Civil Society and Illicit Markets

    A look at how a self-interested political and military elite used profits from illicit markets to fuel their own ambitions at the expense of the wider population. This is a story of corruption, dirty money, cocaine and illegal logging.
    This is Part one of a two-part special on Guinea-Bissau, the small West African nation. In this episode we will chart the course of Guinea-Bissau from Independence to the present day through the eyes of civil society organisations, who step in to fill the void left by an absent state.
    Guests
    Augusto Mário (Pres. GNB Human Rights League)
    Ude Fati (Economist, Head of Voz di Paz)
    Fodé Mané (University of Bissau)
    Rui Landim (Political Analyst)
    Augusta Henriques (founder of Tiniguena, civil society activist)
    Reading
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/cocaine-politics-guinea-bissau/ (Breaking the vicious cycle: Cocaine politics in Guinea-Bissau)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/seidi-ba-cocaine-trial-bissau/ (The Seidi Bá cocaine trial: A smokescreen for impunity?)
    https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/uniogbis-guinea-bissau/ (Mission not accomplished?: UNIOGBIS closes amid uncertainty in Guinea-Bissau)
    CPJ - https://cpj.org/2021/03/guinea-bissau-editor-antonio-aly-silva-abducted-and-beaten/ (Guinea-Bissau editor António Aly Silva abducted and beaten)
    Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers

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    The Fall of EncroChat

    The Fall of EncroChat

    In June 2020, EncroChat users received a flurry of panicked messages from the company claiming its encrypted network had been hacked by "government entities". What unravelled was one of the biggest hacks by law enforcement in history, who claimed many of its users are alleged organized criminals in Europe.
    The hack was said to have revealed a litany of criminal behaviour - drug deals and shipments, money laundering and arms trafficking, corrupt police officers, a planning of a murder and even the discovery of a torture chamber, hidden within a shipping container.
    But was the hack even legal? And what are the implications for the encrypted communications that many of us use everyday?
    This podcast was based on the https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (reporting) of https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/joseph-cox (Joseph Cox) at https://www.vice.com/en/section/tech (Motherboard), VICE News.
    Guests:
    https://twitter.com/josephfcox (Joseph Cox), Senior Staff Writer at Motherboard, VICE News.
    https://twitter.com/Jake_MooreUK (Jake Moore), Cyber Security Specialist at https://www.eset.com/uk/ (ESET).
    Edouard Klein, Intelligence-Driven Cybersecurity, https://www.sekoia.fr/ (Sekoia.fr)
    https://twitter.com/Tuesdayjaded (Tuesday Reitano), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/tuesday-reitano/ (Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.)
    Reading:
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime), Motherboard
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7jyvx/encrochat-corruption-police (Encrochat Investigation Finds Corrupt Cops Leaking Information to Criminals), Motherboard
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dz9qx/encrochat-hacked-shutting-down-encrypted-phone (Encrypted Phone Network Says It's Shutting Down After Police Hack, )Motherboard
    Europol, https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/main-reports/internet-organised-crime-threat-assessment-iocta-2020 (Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) 2020 )
    Al Jazeera, Opinion: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/7/25/the-encrochat-police-hacking-sets-a-dangerous-precedent (The EncroChat police hacking sets a dangerous precedent)
    ComputerWeekly.com - https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252503524/Berlin-court-finds-EncroChat-intercept-evidence-cannot-be-used-in-criminal-trials (Berlin court finds EncroChat intercept evidence cannot be used in criminal trials)
    ComputerWeekly.com - https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252501921/Secrecy-around-EncroChat-cryptophone-hack-breaches-French-constitution-court-hears (Secrecy around EncroChat cryptophone hack breaches French constitution, court hears)
    Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers
    https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)

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