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Turning points with enduring impact.
Apr
28
An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

An effectiveness rating for FATF’s AML Effectiveness Report

A new report assesses the state of global anti-money laundering efforts. How does the “effectiveness” report rate for effectiveness?
3 min read
Feb
22
“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

“The Canadian model”: Any country can weaponize money laundering laws to wage war on dissent; forcing banks, crypto firms to freeze accounts to combat citizens’ thought crime

Canada uses existing money laundering laws to target citizens’ thought-crime, maybe-crime, pre-crime, and petty-crime. Fear not, likeminded leaders; you too have these laws. The FATF AML model is a turnkey, one-size-fits-all version, easily deployed against any country’s citizens.
6 min read
Feb
22
AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

AML: “Globalizing an extremely expensive regulatory order”

Scientists and even the UN have repeatedly exposed the puny impact of anti-money laundering efforts, yet the increasingly stark reality has been ignored for decades, and AML groupthink remains hostile to evidence challenging the dominant narrative.
4 min read
Jan
31
This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

This is Kate. Kate is from FinCEN.

Kate is special.
1 min read
Dec
07
This is Bob. Bob is from FATF.

This is Bob. Bob is from FATF.

Bob's superpower is effectiveness.
Oct
20
The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Anti-money laundering: A study in the persistence of dominant narratives.
3 min read
Oct
07
The Paradox Papers

The Paradox Papers

When the 'solutions' to Panama, Paradise, and Pandora papers prevent better anti-crime outcomes.
3 min read
Sep
23
Stop serious organized crime, G7 demands

Stop serious organized crime, G7 demands

Policy wonks with expertise in a discipline that didn’t exist have a better idea, they insist. And still insist, 31 years later, to the delight of organized crime, and organized compliance.
Aug
27
Why anti-money laundering is like Gallipoli

Why anti-money laundering is like Gallipoli

AML battle plan draws from history but misses the one thing WWI generals got right.
7 min read
Jul
14
When the AML juggernaut diverted onto a side-road

When the AML juggernaut diverted onto a side-road

On a warm summer’s day, in Paris, a Sunday…
8 min read