The US has designated several companies involved in helping North Korea evade sanctions and finance its WMD programs. Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. and its Singapore-based affiliate Sinsms Pte. Ltd are the subjects of new sanctions. They are reported to have used falsified shipping documents to facilitate the shopping of  alcohol, tobacco […]

Effectively implementing sanctions against North Korea has been a difficult proposition. Despite sanctions, North Korea continues to raise foreign exchange to pay for imports from China. Part of the reason for this difficulty is that the country’s trade and finance networks operate unofficially, largely outside the detection capabilities of regulators, which in turn is partly due to […]

On 8 May 2018, a  former CIA officer was indicted on a charge of conspiring to commit espionage. Jerry Chun Shing Lee was approached by two Chinese intelligence officers who offered to pay him for information. The intelligence officers provided Lee with a series of email address through which they would communicate. The information Lee […]

There’s a lot going on in this story, so it’s worthwhile going to read it here. In short, the Globe and Mail conducted an investigation into private lending and mortgages in BC’s hot real estate market, and found that some of those mortgages had been financed, in part, by drug traffickers. Those drug traffickers provided […]