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Sincere season's greetings to you all!  May you all be happy and healthy in 2012! Many thanks for supporting CrimeTalk in 2011. Do please write for us and to us next year. New copy will be very welcome in January.

Increasingly, CrimeTalk is being recognized for the unique resource and tool that it is. University teachers can use it with their classes, researchers can use it as a research tool to create a network and find or share information, students should be using it daily to supplement their studies with contemporary news and informed debate, and criminal justice agencies, journalists and politicians can connect with public opinion, plus the latest debates and research, as well as talk to each other about the bigger picture. We will be doing more to make CrimeTalk an open and valuable educational tool in 2012.

Don't forget that, apart from all our articles, archived links, extensive blog list, social data resources, tweets, and press cuttings, we also have use of the state-of-the-art video search engine [e.g. to be used in the BBC's YouView in 2012] enabling access to a mine of film/visual material on crime and justice.

Last month I forgot to mention that we started a new Education section and the following articles are now published there:

Education From the Inside Out: A Plea for Prison Education

The iPad and Higher Education

Academic fraud or just the usual simulation?

Closing down creativity and standardising knowledge in education

Crime, anti-social behaviour and schools in Britain: are all schools 'at risk'?

It has been a year of great progress and exponential growth in the readership. Our monthly unique visitor total started at around 200, is now over 2,300 and will go past 2,500 this December. Our Twitter following is 711 and registrations are now at 128. Just as importantly, I feel we have maintained the quality level whilst still speaking plain English, and sometimes plain Spanish, and holding to the idea of a public magazine.

criminological magazine in a public and virtual space where serious journalism, professional social science, criminal justice practice and political debate overlap is a first. It is a pioneering concept and understandably it will take time to find its audience and its exact shape. However it is possible to see that this audience and that shape are forming, especially on Twitter where my imagined readership seems to have emerged.

Our first e-book, my Sociologia de la Desviacion, has been delayed slightly but will appear in January at last, under a new publishing imprint, CrimeTalk Books. It will be followed in the months ahead by Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs on Bhopal and Amedeo Cottino on Nino [the full English text].

We continue the flow of interesting but high-quality articles and comments, and now welcome Karen Joe Laidler, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, as our Correspondent and Commissioning Editor for HK and China. In 2012 we will be hearing much more about crime and justice in Hong Kong and China. In the new year, I intend to establish firm connections with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Tanzania, so we will finally be achieving our vision of becoming a fully global educational e-zine.

This last month or so, we have published the following articles:

Nino, Part 4: Criminality, politics and business

Motorcycle taxis: 'crime prevention' and the social exclusion of migrant workers in China

Cage homes in Hong Kong: capitalism this Christmas

and the following InBrief comments:

Occupy Oakland update: City Council smear tactics

Consumer protest and the grey market as iPhone4 release causes 'pandemonium' in Hong Kong

Injustice upon Injustice. London 2012 and the enduring legacies of Bhopal

Two years for itinerant graffiti artist

Clarkson: The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Prison…

Rage and riots: the Mexican wave that began in Tunisia

Mobiles, social media and prison

US elections: Corruption, bribery and a book signing

Murderous catastrophe for Iraqi people

Now I get why evangelistic criminology should be avoided...

Football, political correctness and the Suarez case

and the following Social Data sources:

10 años de Encuesta de seguridad pública de Cataluña

Child poverty in pictures

Abuses endure in Russia’s pretrial detention system

Penalties for young offenders UK 1997-2011

White working-class feel 'last in line'

European Social Survey

Everything you ever wanted to know about prostitution in Nevada

There have also been many new and useful tweets and press cuttings, listed on the front page or in our Library, and also web-links listed in our Archive and Research sections. 

Please do write into our Forums more. Use them to pass on information or to find fellow travellers or just to talk out your views. Remeber to register and log in first though so that your name and photo will show.

Finally, we remained a FREE resource in 2011, and all contributors, including myself, remain unpaid. My own costs remain substantial. I would appreciate any donations, via theDonation buttons onsite, and all UK readers could support our efforts by buying their criminology books, and getting their students and colleagues to buy their books, through our Bookshop at Amazon's nice, low, prices.

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