News / / 11.24.20

National Committee on North Korea: SPECIAL REPORT: Understanding U.S. and International Sanctions on North Korea

Economic sanctions are a central component of U.S. and international efforts to address North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction programs and influence nearly every aspect of how North Korea engages with the world. However, the details of the North Korea sanctions regime are complex and often poorly-understand, and global implementation of these sanctions has been […]

News / / 11.20.20

MoneyControl.com: Dubai’s DMCC alleges LBMA norms on gold sourcing targeted to undermine its success in bullion trade

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) recent move to check laundering and “conflict” gold by fixing some norms is being strongly opposed by at least three gold marketing centres, including India. The strongest criticism of the move has come from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government-owned DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), one of the primary […]

News / / 11.20.20

Nigrizia: L’oro africano che finanzia i conflitti

Il traffico d’oro fomenta i conflitti e favorisce il riciclaggio. Lo afferma l’ultima ricerca di The Sentry (La sentinella), il progetto dell’organizzazione americana Enough! che si propone di smascherare le fonti economiche che fomentano e sostengono i conflitti armati. Il documento, Understanding money laundering risks in the conflict gold trade (Capire il rischio di riciclaggio di denaro nel commercio […]

News / / 11.17.20

NK News Podcast: Statues and sanctions: North Korea in Congo – NKNews Podcast Ep. 157

A recent report from The Sentry focuses on North Korea’s illicit financing, shady business deals and U.N., U.S. and EU sanctions evasions. Principal authors Hilary Mossberg and John Dell’Osso join the NK News Podcast to talk sanctions and enforcement, cash-funneling programs for the North Korean government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mansudae Overseas Projects and how North Korean statue makers […]

News / / 11.16.20

Voice of America: South Sudan in Focus

On November 16, The Sentry’s Deputy Director of Policy Brian Adeba spoke to Voice of America’s South Sudan in Focus about The Sentry’s advisory “Understanding Money Laundering Risks in the Conflict Gold Trade From East and Central Africa to Dubai and Onward.” The interview begins at minute 5:05. Listen to the interview below or on the […]

News / / 11.13.20

OCCRP: The Sentry: African Conflict Gold is Being Laundered in Dubai

The years-long rise in international gold prices has driven a new artisanal gold mining and refining rush in conflict-affected areas in East and Central Africa and has turned the United Arab Emirates into the foremost launderer of such gold, according to a new report from The Sentry. The policy center devoted to tracing dirty money connected […]

News / / 11.12.20

MoneyControl.com: LBMA comes up with new norms on gold sourcing, irks Indian bullion sector

In its advisory, the Sentry said that the destination for 95 percent of the gold from East and Central Africa is Dubai, where criminal networks, armed groups and the corrupt use it for money laundering with these “conflict” gold. A move by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) to check laundering and “conflict” gold by […]

News / / 11.12.20

Financial Times: London gold body warns trade centres over ethical sourcing

London’s gold market association has warned countries that are centres for trading the yellow metal that they risk being blacklisted as suppliers unless they ensure gold entering the market is responsibly sourced. The London Bullion Market Association wrote to countries including the United Arab Emirates, the US, UK and Switzerland saying there was a risk […]

News / / 11.12.20

Politico.cd: Or de conflit: plus de 3 milliards de dollars s’écoulent chaque année vers Dubaï en raison d’un conflit + zones à haut risque en Afrique centrale et de l’Est dont la RDC (Avis the Sentry)

L’inondation d’or des conflits à Dubaï liée au blanchiment d’argent et à la violence de masse 95% de l’or de l’Afrique orientale et centrale se dirige vers Dubaï, aux Émirats arabes unis, où des failles politiques permettent au commerce de l’or du conflit de prospérer Groupes armés, réseaux criminels et unités de l’armée responsables de […]

News / / 11.12.20

Reuters: Exclusive: Gold market authority threatens to blacklist UAE and other centres

The world’s most influential gold market authority is threatening to stop bullion from countries including the United Arab Emirates entering the mainstream market if they fail to meet regulatory standards, a letter seen by Reuters showed. In the letter dated Nov. 6 addressed to countries with large gold markets, the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) […]

News / / 11.12.20

Accuity: Ask the Expert: Q&A with Grand Corruption and Financial Crime Investigator John Dell’Osso

The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. As part of our ‘Ask the Expert’ series, we ask senior investigator John Dell’Osso about The Sentry’s recent investigation, Overt Affairs, […]

News / / 11.11.20

Radio Tamazuj: SPLM-IO, NAS figured in illegal gold mining, smuggling, and trade

The Sentry, in a new report, singled out the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) and National Salvation Front (NAS) as being involved in mining, taxing, and trading in gold to finance their rebel activities in South Sudan. The Sentry, a group co-founded by actor George Clooney and activist John Prendergast, released an advisory […]

News / / 11.11.20

BBC World Service Radio: Newsday: Ethiopia crisis: Tigrayan population ordered to mobilise

On November 11, The Sentry’s Deputy Director of Illicit Finance Policy Megha Swamy spoke to the BBC World Service about conflict gold and The Sentry’s recent advisory “Understanding Money Laundering Risks in the Conflict Gold Trade From East and Central Africa to Dubai and Onward.” Her interview begins at minute 48:25. Click here to listen to the interview on […]

News / / 11.04.20

African Business Magazine: Sudanese peace deal boosts hopes of South Sudan’s oil future

It was to the sound of South Sudanese and Sudanese music that Sudan’s transitional government signed a peace agreement with various rebel groups operating on the peripheries of its vast and mostly arid territory in early October. The landmark deal was signed in South Sudan’s capital city Juba, reflecting a history of conflict and occasional cooperation between […]

News / / 10.29.20

Secret Défense : Paris évincé par Moscou en Centrafrique ?

Ventes d’armes, formations militaires, contrats miniers… La coopération bilatérale russo-centrafricaine ne cesse de monter en puissance au détriment de la France. Moscou étend ainsi son influence sur le continent africain en tentant d’y supplanter les pays déjà installés. Le “cadeau” a ravi la population de Bangui mobilisée pour l’occasion. Le 15 octobre, une dizaine de […]

News / / 10.28.20

RiskWatch Podcast: Making a Killing: South Sudanese Military Leaders’ Wealth, Explained

In this episode of the RiskWatch podcast, an investigator with The Sentry discusses the investigative findings in The Sentry’s report “Making a Killing: South Sudanese Military Leaders’ Wealth, Explained,” what went into the creation of the report, and how that information can be used. The report examines how officials in the top echelons of military and armed […]

News / / 10.27.20

Radio Ndeke Luka – October 27, 2020

  Click play to listen to the radio broadcast covering The Sentry’s briefing “State of Prey: Proxies, Predators, and Profiteers in the Central African Republic.”

News / / 10.23.20

The New Humanitarian: A Libyan deal, an Ivoirien election, and a UN ‘separation’ in Uganda: The Cheat Sheet

Foreign meddling in CAR polls French and Russian military networks are backing rival rebel groups to influence upcoming elections in Central African Republic. That’s according to a new report by The Sentry, a Washington-based NGO co-founded by Hollywood actor George Clooney. France used to call the shots in CAR, its former colony, but President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has allied […]

News / / 10.22.20

US Embassy in Georgia: China’s development projects export environmental devastation

The People’s Republic of China’s state-owned companies are destroying the environment in countries around the world, one corrupt infrastructure project at a time. The PRC is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury pollution and the leading consumer of illegal wildlife and timber products. And the PRC’s state-owned companies are exporting the Chinese […]

News / / 10.22.20

Deutsche Welle: US sanctions on Africa need an overhaul

President Donald Trump has said the United States will begin removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism  once the African nation follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million (€283 million) to American terror victims and their families. Sudan’s central bank said the funds had been deposited into a special account on Tuesday for […]