Aram Roston is the winner of the 2010 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. He is the author of The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi (Nation Books 2008). He's covered crime, corruption, conflicts, politics and national security for more than seventeen years. He has worked as a CNN correspondent, an NBC News investigative producer and a NY city police reporter, and he's written for The Nation, Playboy, GQ and other magazines and newspapers.
While corruption by the Afghan government has been widely condemned, corruption by Western officials in Afghanistan has received little if any scrutiny.
Lobbyist Charles Black, now embroiled in controversy as a senior advisor to John McCain, was among those who aided Ahmed Chalabi's deceptive campaign for war in Iraq.
Until there is a legitimate government in Iraq, it's unclear whether any new oil deals will stand.
From Afghan farms into the Tajik mountains, the drug trade cuts a wide swath.
Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.
Saudi Arabia depends on the United States for defense, which contributes to that country's corruption.
US employers like Coca-Cola are implicated in Colombia's brutality.