Robert Thomason is a journalist who has specialized in the environment, commodities and conflict. He is a former foreign news researcher for the Washington Post and was a writer for various sections of the newspaper. As an independent he worked for the National Geographic magazine, Bloomberg BNA, Natural Resources News Service and the Center for International Media Assistance.
Selected Insights by Robert
Highly corrupt countries receiving Covid debt relief; banking, health sectors deemed to face greatest corruption risksRecently, international lenders have extended debt relief to the world's poorest countries, but many of those countries are also among the world's most corrupt.
Whistleblower reports still assessed by Securities and Exchange Commission despite Covid-19 protocols, SEC saysWhistleblowers wishing to report fraud, bribery and other violations to the US Securities and Exchange Commission can still do so, and the commission will still process the reports in the face of coronavirus protection protocols, the SEC said.
Major oil, gas and mining companies joined US lawmakers in telling the US Securities and Exchange Commission that a proposed disclosure rule should require publicly traded firms in the extractive sector to report government payments on a project-by-project basis. As written, the SEC proposal would only require that the firms report summaries of the payments.
Any US-UK trade agreement should include provisions aimed at fighting corruption, representatives of both governments have said. That sentiment, although absent from a recent US-China trade deal, reflects a growing international movement toward considering corruption a trade issue.
False trade invoicing accounted for $8.8 trillion of developing world's trade figures over 10 years, study saysAn $8.8 trillion gap in the reported value of international trade of developing countries over a 10-year span is due in part to exploitation of the system by financial criminals said a transparency think tank that studied discrepancies between import and export figures.