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Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

Kosovo Elects Controversial Coalition Leaders Despite Links To Organ Trafficking, Organized Crime

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Kosovo Elects Controversial Coalition Leaders Despite Links To Organ Trafficking, Organized Crime

AZ Anti-Immigration Activist Found Guilty Of Murdering 9 Year Old Girl, Father

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Arizona Anti-Immigration Activist Found Guilty Of Murdering 9 Year Old Girl, Father

France Prime Minister Admits Mubarak Paid For His Family Vacation In Egypt

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

France Prime Minister Admits Mubarak Paid For His Family Vacation In Egypt

Ex-Philippines Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes Dead In Apparent Suicide

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Ex-Philippines Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes Dead In Apparent Suicide

Mubarak Government Hikes State Worker Pay By 15%

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Mubarak Government Hikes State Worker Pay By 15%

Yemen President Announces He Will Step Down – In 2013

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Yemen President Announces He Will Step Down – In 2013

Jordan’s King Preemptively Dismisses Prime Minister, Cabinet

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Jordan’s King Preemptively Dismisses Prime Minister, Cabinet

US Settles On Delicate Course To Oust Mubarak

Monday, January 31st, 2011

US Settles On Delicate Course To Oust Mubarak

Goldman CEO, Top Execs Get Healthy Raises After Company’s 38% Profit Dip

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Goldman CEO, Top Execs Get Healthy Raises After Company’s 38% Profit Dip

EGYPT UNREST: Prisoners Escape, Vandals Destroy Artifacts, Fighter Planes Buzz Protesters

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

EGYPT UNREST: Prisoners Escape, Vandals Destroy Artifacts, Fighter Planes Buzz Protesters

Egypt Protests Enter Third Day

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Egypt Protests Enter Third Day

The Devil You Know: Does The U.S. Really Want Democracy In The Muslim World?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

For years, skeptics in the United States have doubted the existence of the so-called moderate Muslim.  Just where are these middle class Arabs we keep hearing about who just want peace and democracy instead of holy war?  Well, we’ve now heard these pro-democracy Muslims make some noise – Tunisian protestors ousted their dictator within a month of their ‘Jasmine Revolution’ and days later the governments of Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Albania saw unprecedented numbers of demonstrators in the streets showing the world their discontent with the status quo.

So we now know that there are masses of Arab Muslims who are passionate about steering their nations towards democracy.  However, it does not appear that they consider the United States to be a suitable partner on their path.  In fact, it’s not clear that the opposition movements are interested in a secular or Western- style government at all.

If anything, the governments targeted by the pro-democracy movements across the Muslim world reek of corruption, decadence and totalitarian repression. These regimes have all enjoyed public American support, but none of the positive aspects of American-style democracy seem to have been included in their bilateral agreements with the United States.  Freshly ousted Tunisian President Ben Ali enjoyed excellent economic and political relations with the United States, and provided a business-friendly environment to foreign investors; at the same time Tunisia’s citizens lived under a ‘1984-style’ culture of spying and fear, while Ben Ali’s family was extorting and embezzling billions of Tunisia’s riches.  Algeria’s relations with the United States have improved steadily while the nation’s corruption score is 2.9 out of 10;  Algeria’s horrendous human rights record is rife with reports of torture and execution by security forces and government backed militias. The United States also cultivates highly cooperative relationships with Egypt, Jordan and even Yemen in the past few years, as the governments of these nations find their positions at risk in the rise of Islamic fundamentalist violence.

The problem is that the governments of these nations are largely illegitimate themselves.  Jordan is ruled by a monarchy fraught with corruption and abuse of public office, while the nation itself remains cash-strapped and aid-dependent.   Hosni Mubarak and his family are hugely unpopular and widely viewed as nepotists and thieves.  But they have been important and compliant, if not exemplary, allies to the United States in economic, political and military matters.

This friendship with America may end up being the nail in the coffin for these regimes. Demonstrators are protesting what they see as American imperialism as much as they are protesting the leadership itself.  So while the Obama administration carefully words its message of support for the pro-democracy movement in the Arab world, politicians and citizens alike have to wonder whether we would truly like to see legitimate, fairly elected democracies exist in Africa and the Middle East – because these democracies may look very different from what we had in mind for our friends in the Arab world.  Socialist or Islamic, it’s likely they may not be friends much longer at all.

By Kathryne Gadarian, World News Editor

Grisly Allegations Of Kosovo Gov’t Organ Trafficking Backed By Council Of Europe

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Grisly Allegations Of Kosovo Gov’t Organ Trafficking Backed By Council Of Europe

Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier Makes Surprise Return To Haiti

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier Makes Surprise Return To Haiti

15 Headless Bodies Found In Mexican Resort Town Of Acapulco

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

15 Headless Bodies Found In Mexican Resort Town Of Acapulco

Mandatory Most: The Winner Is Haiti

Friday, December 31st, 2010

By Kathryne Gadarian

I really didn’t want to write the run-of-the-mill-top-story-of-2010 blog post on New Year’s Eve, but my boss told me that I had to put in at least one paragraph.  And since it’s usually me who bosses him around (he’s my husband), I thought it only fair and in the holiday spirit to follow his orders this once.  So here it is: the Mandatory Most World Top Story of 2010.  The winner in this dubious contest?  Haiti, of course.

It’s stating the obvious, and perhaps even the mundane at this point, but without question, the most shocking single world event of the past year was the 7.0 earthquake that struck just outside of the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince on January 12, 2010, killed over 200,000 and leaving millions of already impoverished citizens homeless.

This story lived on the home pages of news websites for well over a month, and we watched Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN grow leathery, thin and increasingly famous during their feature coverage of orphaned children, grieving families and fatigued health workers.  Celebrity and native Haitian Wyclef Jean raised over $1 million dollars for disaster relief through his charity Yele Haiti, and then was immediately investigated for financial misconduct and fraud, leading Jean to later admit to ‘administrative errors’. Jean later made news again for his impassioned bid for the Haitian presidency, which failed.

We discovered in July that of the $5.3 billon pledged by donors in emergency relief, only 2% had been paid, and only four countries – Australia, Estonia, Norway, and Brazil – had paid anything at all.  International adoption demand for Haitian children skyrocketed, causing controversy and kidnapping allegations; but also many happy endings for childless families and family-less children.  Nearly one year later, Haiti still struggles with extreme poverty, disease, homelessness and corruption, but tiny milestones mark progress towards some version of recovery.

Like most tragedies, this disaster brought out the best in people (Presidents Clinton and Bush), and the worst in others (Pat Robertson).  Hopefully the next decade will be a kinder one to this embattled Caribbean nation, and maybe we can spare a thought or two for them in their struggle when we’re tired of obsessing about our own.

Malaysia Allegedly Used Lasers To Cheat In Indonesia Football Match

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Malaysia Allegedly Used Lasers To Cheat In Indonesia Football Match

Venezuela Parliament Gives Hugo Chavez Power To Rule By Decree

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Venezuela Parliament Gives Hugo Chavez Power To Rule By Decree

13 Killed In Massacre At Mexico Drug Rehabilitiation Clinic

Monday, October 25th, 2010

13 Killed In Massacre At Mexico Drug Rehabilitation Clinic

Court Rejects Vatican Bank Appeal Against Seizure of Funds

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Court Rejects Vatican Bank Appeal Against Seizure of Funds

Indonesian Police Torture Caught on Cell Phone Video

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Indonesian Police Torture Caught on Cell Phone Video

Hillary Clinton Slams Wealthy Pakistanis For Lack of Effort in Flood Aid

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Hillary Clinton Slams Wealthy Pakistanis For Lack of Effort in Flood Aid

Mexican Investigator in Texas Jet Ski Murder Is Found Brutally Beheaded

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Mexican Investigator in Texas Jet Ski Murder Is Found Brutally Beheaded

Mexican Drug Gang Assassinations of Mayors Continues

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Mexican Drug Gang Assassinations of Mayors Continues

Italian Police Seize $30 Million From Vatican In Money Laundering Investigation

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Italian Police Seize $30 Million From Vatican In Money Laundering Investigation