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Posts Tagged ‘corruption

Third World and when do you qualify?

March 27, 2012

Several things characterize countries of the Third World, whatever precisely “Third World” means. The first is corruption. America is rotten with it, but American corruption is distinct from corruption in, say, Guatemala or Thailand, being less visible and better organized. In most of the Third World, corruption exists from top to bottom. Everyone and everything […]

The Lessons of the Super Committee: Corruption rules dysfunctional Government

November 17, 2011

It would not be difficult for the so-called “Super Committee” to achieve the requirement of at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade. … But, in many ways, the super committee is “occupied” by corporate interests and cannot act for the people. The make-up of the committee and the tens of millions of […]

Widespread Corruption Contributed to Decline of the United States of America

September 17, 2011

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” —Montesquieu (Charles Louis de Secondat) (1689–1755) Around the world, many are baffled by what’s happening to the United States. The American economy is in the doldrums, the American political system is dysfunctional and paralyzed, and a series of […]

US funding of the Afghan Taliban

July 28, 2011

A year-long military-led investigation has concluded that U.S. taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses. The unreleased investigation provides seemingly definitive evidence that corruption puts U.S. transportation money into enemy hands, a finding consistent with […]

Saudi Arabia greed and corruption “beyond the bounds of reason”

March 1, 2011

When Saudi King Abdullah arrived home in Saudi Arabia last week, he came bearing gifts: handouts worth $37 billion, apparently intended to placate Saudis of modest means and insulate the world’s biggest oil exporter from the wave of protest sweeping the Arab world. But some of the biggest handouts over the past two decades have […]

Afghanistan War assessment by 16 US intelligence agencies isn’t pretty

December 22, 2010

A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the combined findings of all 16 US intelligence agencies, is out. The NIE reportedly asserts that the Afghan War, now costing over $13 billion monthly, is at best stalemated; at worse, Western occupation forces are on the defensive and their vulnerable supply lines increasingly threatened. The Taliban is expanding […]

Next WikiLeaks release to highlight corruption among world leaders and governments

November 26, 2010

The Obama administration on Wednesday warned that the next release of documents from whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks could damage relations between the US and foreign governments. Now, a report from Reuters offers an explanation as to why that may be. According to “sources familiar with the State Department cables held by WikiLeaks,” the imminent document […]

The Karzai Brothers and Top Level Corruption in Afghanistan

September 30, 2010

“[Afghan President] Hamid Karzai is under a lot of pressure right now,” says Mahmoud Saiqal, a former deputy foreign minister who served as a diplomat for several years under President Karzai. President Karzai has faced a drumbeat of criticism from Western governments urging the Afghan government to crack down on corruption. One of the Afghan […]

Karzai’s Brother and Corruption in Afghanistan

February 3, 2010

In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption. President Hamid Karzai has vowed to tackle the vexing issue. But one obstacle is his own brother, who is part of the problem. The spoils of corruption can be seen several times a week at Kabul’s tiny airport: bags of […]

Corporations have free and full reign to run the U.S.

January 29, 2010

For over a century, the US has slowly put some limits – too few, too feeble – on how much corporations can bribe, bully or intimidate politicians. On Tuesday, they were burned away in one whoosh. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can suddenly run political adverts during an election campaign – and there is […]