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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

Judge rejects Fokker’s ‘anemic’ $21 million sanctions penalty

A federal judge Thursday refused to approve a settlement of sanctions violations by a subsidiary of Dutch aerospace firm Fokker Technologies Holding.

Federal judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia said the proposed $21 million penalty was “grossly disproportionate to the gravity of Fokker Sercvices’ conduct in a post-911 world.”… Continue Reading

Burma’s Dissidents Return From Exile

A prominent Burmese activist who had been sentenced to life in prison in absentia has returned to his homeland after his name was removed from a government blacklist.

Moe Thee Zun, left, was cheered by supporters as he arrived at the Rangoon airport on Saturday.… Continue Reading

Myanmar: Nowhere To Go But Up

Here’s what the U.S. Commerce Department said about corruption in Myanmar in a 2012 publication called ‘Doing Business in Burma’ (Burma is the old name for the country).

It’s a bleak assessment:

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Corruption is endemic in Burma.… Continue Reading

Suu Kyi’s Amazing Journey

Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to Thailand this week for the World Economic Forum on East Asia. It’s the first time in 24 years the ruling junta allowed her to leave Myanmar.… Continue Reading

Aon Pays $16.2 Million In Settlement

Aon Corporation, one of the biggest insurance brokerage firms in the world, agreed today to resolve FCPA charges with the DOJ and SEC.

It will pay a $1.76 million criminal penalty to the DOJ and $14.5… Continue Reading

The Return Of Hope

Aung San Suu Kyi’s house as seen from the Inya Lake in Yangon May 28, 2009. Photo credited to Reuters.This past weekend, Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, now 65, was freed after nearly twenty years of house arrest.… Continue Reading

The Bribes Of War

War is not only hell, it’s corrupt too.

Of the bottom ten countries on Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perception Index, six have active wars, insurrections, or major civil disturbances.

Included are Burundi, Chad, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and bottom-dweller Somalia.… Continue Reading

Trees Fall To Graft

In Malaysia this week, four forestry department officials, including the director, an officer and two rangers, were arrested for taking a $30,000 bribe. In exchange, they allegedly awarded illegal logging concessions.… Continue Reading