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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

Are we full of beans with this CPI stuff?

First we looked at the corruption perceptions index ranking of the top 25 oil producing countries.

Then we looked at gold producers.

Now we’re looking at the top ten coffee producers, with their CPI rank in parentheses:

1) Brazil (69)

2) Vietnam (123)

3) Colombia (94)

4) Indonesia (118)

5) India (94)

6) Ethiopia (113)

7) Honduras (133)

8) Peru (83)

9) Guatemala (113)

10) Mexico (105)

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Their average rank on the CPI is 105, much worse than the gold producers at 88, and the oil producers at 90.… Continue Reading

Eli Lilly pays $29 million in SEC settlement

Eli Lilly and Company resolved FCPA civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission based on bribes to government officials in Russia, Brazil, China, and Poland.

Lilly agreed Thursday to pay $29.4 million to the SEC.… Continue Reading

China’s Top 5 Mistress Scandals

We’ve ranked the five most memorable recent China scandals combining corruption and mistresses.

Former deputy commander of the Chinese navy. Sentenced to death (with two years reprieve) in 2006 for corruption involving $25.6 million.… Continue Reading

Brazil’s gift-giving rules

Gift-giving legislation for Brazil can be found in (1) the “Code of Conduct for the Senior Government Officers at the Federal executive branch, Article 9; (2) the Law No. 8429, or “Law of Administrative Probity”, Chapter II, Section I, Article 9, I; and in (3) Decree No 1171, or “Code of Professional Ethics for Civil Servants of the Federal Executive”, Annex, Chapter I, Section III – Prohibitions of Civil Servants, part “g”.… Continue Reading

The plunder of foreign aid

“A little more than forty years ago, an observation was made that foreign aid was aid from the poor people of the rich countries to the rich people of the poor countries.… Continue Reading