A former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project engineer allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks in connection with the award of millions of dollars of reconstruction contracts in Iraq, according to a U.S. Justice Dept. complaint. John Alfy Salama Markus of Nazareth, Pa., was charged on Oct. 13 for his alleged role in providing confidential bidding information to Iraqi Consultants & Construction Bureau. John Markus was the Corps contracting officer on seven contracts won by the firm.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan