Commercial empires aren’t exclusive to mainstream business. Successful multinationals exist in underground markets just as well. A textbook example is British Dragon, the Pattaya laboratory that supplied the world with steroids. Ironically, it was conceived as a direct result of the clamp-down on the illicit anabolics trade and found its demise when Thailand increasingly integrated with the international intelligence community. The rise and fall of a shadow empire.
Belgium has just passed a law that allows Belgian-born convicted criminals to be deported abroad. This might seem peculiar, until it is specified that this applies to felons with dual citizenship. Very vocal critics, like M. De Ceulaer below, claim the creation of second-rate citizens and discrimination. Point taken, but this opinion contains an important bias. Doesn’t the option of a double nationality for a selected few, and the associated benefits, turn Belgians with single citizenship into second-rate citizens as well? If the consequence of breaking the law is the cancellation of a privilege that the general public does not have, it does qualify as discrimination indeed, positive discrimination. #justmy2cents
My home town of Vilvoorde is planning on sending minors to bars and convenient stores in order to check if they would sell alcohol to youngsters under 18. I do applaud the intention to clamp down on under age drinking and alcohol abuse, but doen’t that qualify as entrapment? If I understand correctly, Belgian law qualifies the enticement to commit a felony as a crime in itself, with those involved (the minors, in this case) as criminals. Can someone please correct me if I am wrong, in the comment section?