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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

President Obama ends Burma sanctions

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Friday lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar that had been in place for nearly 20 years.

Last month President Obama met in Washington with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.… Continue Reading

Think the Cuba sanctions ended? Better read this

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published a new set of questions and answers Thursday about the sanctions on Cuba. OFAC’s answers will surprise a lot of people.

President Obama announced a lifting of sanctions in late 2014.… Continue Reading

Compliance officers take note: White House affirms anti-graft priorities

President Barack Obama issued a National Security Strategy Friday, the first one since 2010 and only the second from his administration.

The NSS is important. It sets the agenda for the executive branch of the government — the DOJ and SEC, the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Treasury Department, and so on — and it signals foreign policy priorities to Congress.… Continue Reading

Will a pay raise keep the Mandarins honest?

China’s State Council has released a plan to increase salaries of civil servants amid public expectations that it will help curb corruption.
 
President Xi Jinping and other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee will have their annual salary increased from 7,020 yuan ($1,130) to 11,385 yuan ($1,759), a 62 per cent jump, according to the plan.… Continue Reading

Myanmar Rohingya minority battered by persecution and corruption

Image courtesy of VOA via YoutubePresident Obama will be in Myanmar later this week for the East Asia Summit. A story Thursday by Jane Perlez of the New York Times reminded the president and the rest of the world about the plight of Myanmar’s one million Rohingya people and their victimization by corrupt police and immigration officials.… Continue Reading

FBI whistleblowers getting some cover

The DOJ is enhancing whistleblower protections for employees who expose problems at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where reports of retaliation have been criticized by the White House and lawmakers.

An October 17 letter from Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik to Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden set out 11 reforms to encourage workers to come forward without fear of reprisals.… Continue Reading