Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

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Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

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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
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Richard Bistrong
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Eric Carlson
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Bill Steinman
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Ex Navy noncom in Afghanistan took bribes for humanitarian supply deals

A former Navy noncommissioned officer pleaded guilty to accepting about $25,000 in cash bribes from vendors of humanitarian supplies while he served in Afghanistan.

Donald P. Bunch, 46, of Pace, Florida, appeared last week before Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida. 

Bunch pleaded guilty to one count of taking bribes.… Continue Reading

Second guilty plea for bribes from Afghanistan humanitarian relief program

A sergeant currently assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bribery when he was buying humanitarian supplies while serving in Afghanistan.

Ramiro Pena Jr., 43, entered his plea in federal court in Kentucky to a one-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery. 

His sentencing is scheduled for October 15.… Continue Reading

To find terrorism, look for graft

Last year, 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks, 61% more than the previous year. More than 80% of all deaths from terrorist attacks occurred in five of the world’s most corrupt countries — Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria.… Continue Reading