Skip to content

Editors

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

Ukraine kleptocrat loses Neverland palace

Ukraine’s opposition this weekend overran the estate of former president Viktor Yanukovich. The 340-acre private compound, an hour’s drive from Kiev, had never been open to the public.

Behind the walls people found a five-story Russian-style main house with a garage filled with classic sports cars and motorcycles.… Continue Reading

Apple to name suppliers using conflict minerals

Image courtesy of AppleApple will begin publishing names of suppliers every quarter showing whether they have verified the source of the minerals they use.

The company said in its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report released Thursday it will also publish names of suppliers and audit results covering compliance with labour standards and environmental use and impact.… Continue Reading

Nations at war

Fifteen countries currently at war against an external enemy or internal insurrection have an average ranking on the corruption perceptions index of 150 (the cpi ranks 175 countries). Two of them — Somalia and Afghanistan — are tied for last place at 175.… Continue Reading

What, Then, Are Conflict Minerals?

Under the SEC’s new 356-page conflict minerals rule, reporting companies must now disclose their use of tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or a contiguous country.… Continue Reading

Sleaze In The Cinema — The Ambassador

We haven’t seen the film yet but we plan to.

It’s a documentary, both funny and deadly serious, about blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and murder.

The distributor’s release says The Ambassador ‘exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles to exploit the lucrative and limited resources of war torn, third world nations.’Continue Reading