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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

The Olympic spotlight shines on South Korea

Choi Soon-sil, former presidential advisor, jailed 20 years“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” said Justice Louis Brandeis in 1913. This month, the global spotlight shines on South Korea as it hosts the 2018 Olympic Games.… Continue Reading

Andy Spalding: The South Korea revolution continues

Samsung’s Lee Jae-yongFriday’s conviction of Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of South Korea’s flagship Samsung conglomerate, marked yet another dramatic step in the country’s anti-corruption revolution.

The third-generation leader of Samsung, Mr.… Continue Reading

Former South Korea president charged with bribery

Effigy of Park Geun-Hye from December 2016 protestsFormer South Korea President Park Geun-Hye was formally charged with bribery Monday, a month after being removed from office.

Prosecutors in Seoul said the former leader also faces charges of abusing her powers and leaking state secrets.… Continue Reading

Samsung heir arrested for bribery

Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Group, was arrested and jailed Friday in Seoul on bribery charges.

The arrest came shortly after a judge in the Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant.… Continue Reading

Sungyong Kang: Can Korea ever clean up the Chaebol Republic?

In the midst of Korea’s influence-peddling scandal involving President Park, her close associates, and chaebols (family run conglomerates such as Samsung and Hyundai), the country enacted a new anti-corruption law criminalizing graft and solicitation without the need to prove the bribe payer expected anything in return.… Continue Reading

Sungyong Kang: South Korea impeachment puts new anti-graft law in the spotlight

The Korean National Assembly agreed this month to impeach President Park Geun-hye based on the influence-peddling scandal of her confidante, Soon-sil Choi.

The main issue was whether the South Korean chaebols — family-owned conglomerates such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG — were buying influence or preferential treatment from the Park administration by providing financial benefits to Choi and her daughter.… Continue Reading

Foxconn launches internal bribery probe

Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group has disclosed it is investigating allegations of bribery within its supply chain.
 
Foxconn is perhaps best known as the maker of Apple’s iPhone. Its client list also includes Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony.… Continue Reading