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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

Texas woman admits FCPA conspiracy in Africa adoption scam

A woman who helped arrange adoptions for an Ohio-based agency pleaded guilty last week to bribing court officials in Uganda and defrauding adoptive parents and the U.S. State Department.

Robin Longoria, 58, of Mansfield, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court in Ohio to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to commit wire and visa fraud. … Continue Reading

China company denies links to Africa bribery

Former Hong Kong home secretary Patrick HoThe Chinese energy company that U.S. prosecutors say benefited from millions of dollars in bribes allegedly paid to officials in Africa has denied that it was involved in any way with the corruption.… Continue Reading

China’s number one export: Graft?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa witness the signing of the Colombo Port City Project in September 2014 (Image courtesy of CCC)Sri Lanka this month became the latest of at least five countries to shut down huge China-backed infrastructure and telecoms projects tainted by allegations of corruption.… Continue Reading

‘Evil should be called by its name’

Street view in Kampala, Uganda (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)Freddie Kwiringira runs a safari business in Uganda. He has strong words about the local kleptocrats and the damage they’re doing.

Writing in Uganda’s New Vision, the plain-speaking Kwiringira said: “It is usual in Uganda to find a public servant working in a hospital, with over ten houses, farms, properties abroad, and children studying in London, USA.… Continue Reading

East African nations closer to regional anti-graft protocol but divisions remain

Anti-corruption agencies in the countries of the East African Community are hoping to finalize a regional protocol to fight corruption but differences among member states are holding up the effort.

The signing of the East African Community Protocol on Preventing and Combating Corruption has been delayed mainly over whether the member states — Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda — will give prosecutorial powers to their respective anti-corruption agencies, the East African reported.

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Freedom takes a hit

Freedom House said in its latest report that 54 countries showed overall declines in political rights and civil liberties, compared with 40 that showed gains.

“For the eighth consecutive year, Freedom in the World recorded more declines in democracy worldwide than gains,” Freedom House said.… Continue Reading