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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Kleptocrats In Court

The United States fights foreign kleptocrats through Proclamation 7750, by denying them and their families U.S. visas. And through Section 314(a) of the Patriot Act, which it can use to reach out to more than 25,000 financial institutions to find accounts and transactions of anyone who may be involved in laundering kleptocratic assets.… Continue Reading

KBR: Nigerians Tell Their Own Story

A new Nigeria-based publication called Next has just posted an article (here) naming some of the officials who took bribes from KBR and its TSKJ joint venture for the $6 billion Bonny Island LNG development project.… Continue Reading

First Look: The U.K.’s Draft Antibribery Law

Britain’s Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, unveiled a draft bill on March 25 that will completely overhaul the country’s antibribery laws. He called the old laws anachronistic, inconsistent, unclear, and difficult for the public to understand and for prosecutors and the courts to apply.… Continue Reading

Voices From Africa

Marc Ona Essangui is from Gabon — a West African country with lots of oil, about a million and a half people, and just two presidents since independence from France in 1960.… Continue Reading

Unfinished Business

We don’t know how many of the 50 or so disclosed and pending Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations will be resolved this year. But here are some we’re watching:

Alcoa. In February 2008, government-owned Aluminum Bahrain BSC (Alba) accused its long-time U.S.… Continue Reading

Cornering The Kleptocrats, Part I

Only bribe-payers can be prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; bribe-takers are excluded. Congress wrote the FCPA that way because it believed “the efforts expended in resolving the diplomatic, jurisdictional, and enforcement difficulties that would arise upon the prosecution of foreign officials was not worth the minimal deterrent value of such prosecutions.”… Continue Reading

Combating Caribbean Corruption

The U.K. government is in the process of assuming direct rule over its Caribbean dependency, the Turks and Caicos Islands. A U.K. Commission of Inquiry found “clear signs of political amorality and immaturity” in the government there.… Continue Reading

Paris Pulls The Plug On Enforcement

We’re trying to stay calm today but it’s not easy. We just learned why France — the largest country by area in the European Union and second largest by population, possessor of the world’s fifth biggest economy, a founding member of the European Union and the United Nations, a permanent member of the Security Council and member of the G8, NATO, and the Latin Union (whatever that is) — why that France, isn’t prosecuting any foreign public bribery.… Continue Reading

Wondering About Whistleblowers

Earlier this week, we mentioned the importance of whistleblower hotlines (here). How much are they used for bribery and corruption complaints? We haven’t found any recent statistics. But we think the numbers must be significant (judging by the number of open investigations everywhere).… Continue Reading