16 Oct 2020

Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested in U.S. at DEA Request

Yesterday Mexico’s former defense minister was reportedly detained and arrested by US authorities. The incident occurred upon the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to an investigation into high-ranking Mexican officials with alleged ties to drug corruption and trade. The former minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, served from 2012

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22 Sep 2020

Outspoken ex-real estate tycoon gets 18 years jail

Ren Zhiqiang, an outspoken critic of the sitting Chinese President Xi Jinping has been sentenced to 18 years in jail after a court found him guilty of embezzlement and corruption charges. Zhiqiang is a former real estate tycoon. He will also have to pay a large sum of $620,000 for

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03 Jan 2020

Israel’s Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution in corruption cases

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces indictment on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three corruption cases. Late Wednesday night, Netanyahu submitted a request for immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu has maintained that he is innocent of all three charges, calling the criminal proceedings an attempted coup after

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18 Dec 2019

Shiite groups’ supporters clash with security forces in Beirut, opening a new chapter in Lebanon’s crisis

Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters in Beirut on Monday and Tuesday, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against demonstrators gathered near a bridge. In the past few months, anti-corruption protests have plagued Lebanon’s security and stability, however, this group of protesters were supporters of two Shiite groups

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12 Dec 2019

Israel Faces Third Consecutive Vote After Parliament Deadline Passes

Israel plans to hold its third election in less than a year after lawmakers failed to find a consensus candidate to form a government before the deadline. This prolongs months of political stalemate at a critical time for Israel’s national security as it faces threats ranging from Iran to militants

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22 Nov 2019

Israel braces for bitter fight after Netanyahu indictment

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel. Netanyahu was charged with serious accusations of corruption on Thursday, dashing hopes for a unity government after September’s elections. In a speech late on Thursday, Netanyahu called the accusations an attempted coup while his

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05 Feb 2019

El Chapo trial highlights how Mexico graft impedes drug war

El Chapo’s high profile case, as well as several other lower profile cases, are highlighting the impact and extent of corruption in Mexican politics and drug smuggling, risks that pose severe difficulties to both Mexican and U.S. drug enforcement efforts in the area. Some senior-level officials in the judicial, law

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25 Jun 2018

Baby powder, minerals, and the Taliban

The Taliban receives an estimated $300 million USD in revenue per year from mineral sources (both direct control and taxes), according to NGO Global Witness. The revenue stream is second is size only to their narcotics trade. The mineral trade that includes resources such as talc and other standard industrial

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