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Former United Nations General Assembly President Charged in Bribery Scheme

October 7, 2015

Criminal complaint names six people in wide-ranging scheme alleged to involve Chinese business people NEW YORK—A former president of the United Nations General Assembly and five others were accused Tuesday of engaging in a bribery scheme, part of what federal authorities said was a wider probe into corruption in the top ranks of the international […]

Ukraine: The Spirit of Lviv

September 17, 2015

How Ukraine’s most European city forged a popular movement against corruption and bad governance. Ukraine’s 2014 Euromaidan revolution produced many memorable images, but some of the most striking came out of Mezhyhirya, the opulent country estate of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. When activists stormed the grounds, they found luxury on a scale that was almost […]

Berlin Brandenburg Airport: Germany’s largest corruption building

September 17, 2015

When one of my friends recently asked me about the reason for the many-year delay in the opening of the new Berlin airport, the short answer of the author of these lines was “eaten” – which caused only incredulous smiles. “Have the Germans themselves eaten it? Maybe the contractors were one of us?” the friend […]

Soccer corruption case to expand: US

September 16, 2015

Swiss authorities have seized properties and identified bank accounts related to the case, but said the process of reviewing all transactions would take time. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday said that the US’ crackdown on corruption in global soccer is expanding, with new charges expected in the coming months. Lynch made the comments […]

How corruption threatens democracy in Turkey

September 15, 2015

In hindsight, when considering the major corruption investigations of December 2013 that were derailed by crooked Islamist rulers, and the terrible democratic experience the nation has had to endure since then, I’m sure Turks now have a better and clearer understanding of the importance of the link between corruption and democracy. When corruption undermines the […]

As war wanes, Ukraine faced with new battle against corruption

September 15, 2015

KIEV, UKRAINE — Fingers crossed. That was the silent reaction of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the question of what might happen after the U.S. presidential election, which could put in office a leader more likely to ship Ukraine the defensive weaponry it has been requesting for a year. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomes U.S. […]

Monsanto corruption of universities, media and politicians

September 15, 2015

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive […]

European Parliament Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijan

September 11, 2015

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on targeted sanctions against Azerbaijani authorities, demanding an immediate end to the crackdown on civil society and human rights activists. The resolution asks the European Council to consider targeted sanctions and visa bans against Azerbaijani politicians, judges and officials involved in political persecutions. It also asks […]

Swiss MPs pass ‘Lex Fifa’ anti-corruption law

September 11, 2015

Swiss parliamentarians have voted to tighten up private corruption laws that would affect Swiss-based sports federations like FIFA as well as businesses. On Thursday, the Senate followed the House of Representatives by agreeing to make it an automatic criminal offence for anyone to give or accept bribes. At present, Swiss courts only take on private […]

Rome: Eternal corruption in the Eternal City?

September 10, 2015

In July, The New York Times and Le Monde published articles about Rome, pointing out the degradation of the city, the inefficiency of public transport and the lawless behavior of some of its residents before the Roman Catholic Church’s forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy, which is expected to attract millions of tourists and pilgrims beginning in […]

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