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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
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

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

SFO launches probe of Soma Oil and Gas

Somali Minister of National Resources Abdirizak Omar Mohamed and Lord Howard of Lympne, chairman of SOMA, on August 6, 2013 (Image courtesy of Soma)The UK Serious Fraud Office confirmed Friday that it has opened a criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd and allegations of corruption in Somalia.… 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

To find terrorism, look for graft

Last year, 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks, 61% more than the previous year. More than 80% of all deaths from terrorist attacks occurred in five of the world’s most corrupt countries — Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria.… Continue Reading

World Bank hosting event about high-seas piracy

Since 2005, over $400 million has been paid in ransoms to pirates who’ve hijacked ships in the Indian Ocean. The World Bank, INTERPOL, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime have followed the money to find out who gets it, how it’s distributed and moved, where it’s invested, and how the illegal money flows can be stopped.… 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