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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

After mall attack, Kenya’s graft history gets closer look

Even before last week’s siege of Nairobi’s Westgate mall had ended, Kenya’s rampant corruption was being blamed for making it easier for the Islamic militants to carry out the attack.

The Standard called on government leaders ‘to explain, at the very least, how more than a dozen foreign terrorists and their war matériel sneaked into the country without their knowledge.’… Continue Reading

Anti-grafters push G8 for action in open letter

Graphic courtesy of WikipediaDear G8 leaders,

As a group of individuals who have worked to expose and fight corruption, we have witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects of state looting by unscrupulous politicians and officials.… Continue Reading

Leaked Cable Reveals Kenya Visa Case

A secret cable published last week by WikiLeaks shows for the first time how decisions to exclude foreign kleptocrats from the United States are made under Presidential Proclamation 7750.

The unredacted cable is from the U.S.… Continue Reading

Are We Safer Yet?

In light of the Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, let’s go off topic with an item from the December edition of Foreign Policy magazine. The story is hard to believe but apparently true:

Since 2007, the U.S.

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U.K. Bans Kenyans For Corruption

Britain has banned 20 Kenyans from entering the country. According to reports last week from the BBC and others, the names of those banned haven’t been made public but they may include senior civil servants, politicians and businessmen.… Continue Reading

Voices From Africa

Marc Ona Essangui is from Gabon — a West African country with lots of oil, about a million and a half people, and just two presidents since independence from France in 1960.… Continue Reading