Middle East

The Middle East (also Mid-East in US usage) is a region that roughly encompasses a majority of Western Asia (excluding the Caucasus) and Egypt. The term is used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East. The corresponding adjective is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner. Arabs, Persians and Turks comprise the largest ethnic groups in the region by population, while Kurds, Azeris, Copts, Jews, Assyrians, Maronites, Circassians, Somalis, Armenians, Druze and other denominations form a significant minority.The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and the region has generally been a major center of world affairs.
Posts about Middle East
  • $85 Million Wasted on “Empty Shells”? Government Contractor Fraud Post

    … about Afghanistan, he simply shook his head in dismay. We lose billions of dollars each year to fraud and mismanagement. Absent an insider (whistleblower), finding and proving fraud in the Middle East is nearly impossible. We have written about government contract fraud taking place in Afghanistan You can read another one of those Afghanistan stories…

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy? Qui Tam Whistleblower Post

    … Department will not join it, and if they don’t join, the odds of success drop dramatically.” We disagree. Prosecuting cases for fraud in the Middle East is difficult, yes. Our concern is more with the availability of witnesses and proof of the fraud. It can be hard for a person returning to or based in the United States to prove something…

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  • US Contractors Tagged for Iraq, Afghanistan Reconstruction Fraud

    … Loretta Lynch Makes Good on Promise to Hold Corporate Executives Accountable (False Claims Act Post) The United States spends billions of dollars in the Middle East. While much of the money is spent on military spending, billions are also spent on reconstruction efforts. Much of that money has flowed into war torn Iraq and Afghanistan…

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  • How to Fight the Puppy Killers… and WIN! – FCPA Whistleblower Post

    … with the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). Due to sectarian violence in the Middle East, KNPC hired the company to provide both guards and trained K9s. The popular website Snopes reports that E Sec employed over 140 K9s. When the contract was cancelled, at least 23 of the dogs were reportedly slaughtered. It is unknown if the other dogs…

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  • Memorial Day Parade Accidents

    … were killed serving our country, many of whom lost their lives overseas. Overtime, Memorial Day has become a holiday focused on spending time with friends and family. For families who lost someone long ago or to the current war in the Middle East, this can be the best way to celebrate their loved one. But with the family get-togethers…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 44 readers -
  • The Other Crisis

    … troubled Latin American countries. These countries consist of what is known as the “Northern Triangle” region of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to the Council for Foreign Relations, nearly 10% of the residents of the Northern Triangle countries have left for the United States. In 2013 alone, some 2.7 million people born…

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 12 readers -
  • Seeking Oil Industry Whistleblowers

    … in some countries. A third risk factor is the reliance on third parties. Companies doing business in Asia, Africa and the Middle East often use intermediaries. Even if the U.S. company doesn’t tolerate bribery of government officials, the U.S. company may still be liable if an intermediary pays a bribe on behalf of the U.S. company. SEC Whistleblower…

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  • Missing Defense Supplies and Whistleblowers

    … Qaeda and violent warlords is very disturbing. For our brave men and women fighting in the Middle East, it is downright terrifying. Who is at fault? We rarely ever get to the bottom of these things. Based on our experience, however, many times fraud, overcharges and yes, missing Humvees are the fault of government contractors. We take care of our…

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