How ‘Dark Commerce’ is Making Us Poorer—and Sicker

In the last few years, the sophisticated connections enabled by cyber technology have emboldened criminals from all corners of world. TCR talks with Louise Shelley, whose new book explores how the illicit economy threatens our future.

U.S. Files Charges in Chinese Trade Secret Case

The Justice Department charged three people and two Chinese-backed companies with theft of trade secrets in a new initiative targeting economic espionage by China. In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called a “brazen scheme,” the defendants are accused of conspiring to steal technology secrets from Micron, an Idaho-based company.


Putin Calls for ‘Tightening’ Russian Gun Controls

After a deadly mass shooting in the Crimean city of Kerch last week, Russia’s president is demanding legislation for “tightening control” of firearms. He was backed by a senior security official who said Russians weren’t ready for “large-scale possession” of guns.

China Detains Interpol Chief in Bribery Probe

In a bizarre sequence of events that seems ripped from the pages of a John le Carré spy novel, the president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, disappeared while on a trip to China. After Meng’s wife made a tearful appeal for his return, Beijing admitted that he was being held on bribery allegations. Interpol announced that Meng had resigned effective immediately.