Corruption

Pakistan could be moving toward new era of accountability

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There was nearly complete silence in Pakistan on Friday morning, as it was Judgment Day, not only for Nawaz Sharif, but also for his dynasty. TUBA ATHAR HASNAIN Asia Times Pakistanis around the world were glued to their television screens, and this time it was not because their very own Shahid Afridi was holding the bat on the cricket pitch to hit a six, but instead, the sitting prime minister was doing the batting. As soon as the clock ticked to 12:10, the ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Court Sets a Dangerous Precedent

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday from holding public office for life in a corruption inquiry linked to the Panama Papers, which had named three of his children as owners of offshore companies suspected of laundering money. Aqil Shah The New York Times The court also ordered the National Accountability Bureau, the country’s top anticorruption agency, to file corruption cases against Mr. Sharif and his family members based on the evidence collected by the court appointed ... Read More »

Pakistani court removes PM Nawaz Sharif from office in Panama Papers case

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Disqualification from office over corruption allegations is the most serious political ramification yet of 2016 leak Sune Engel Rasmussen The Guardian Pakistan’s supreme court has removed the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, from office in a unanimous verdict over corruption allegations that will further upset the country’s unstable political landscape. The verdict by the five-member court caps a year of political controversy over corruption allegations unleashed by the Pakistani court removes… Read More »

Congo’s mining revenue ‘missing’ – Global Witness

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More than 20% of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining revenue is being lost due to corruption and mismanagement, a campaign group says. BBC According to a Global Witness report, the money is being distributed through corrupt networks linked to President Joseph Kabila. At least $750m (£580m) has gone missing over the past three years, it says. The government has not commented but has previously denied allegations of corruption in its mining… Congo’s mining revenue… Read More »

Mexico’s Worsening War without a Name

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The “war on drugs” has morphed into a new rash of killings in Mexico. Froylán Enciso ICG The deadly violence of increasingly well-organised, business-minded criminal groups risks being aggravated by government inaction, corruption and bombastic U.S. rhetoric – exactly what caused the problem in the first place. Murder rates in Mexico have hit a… Mexico’s Worsening War… Read More »

Tunisia PM warns no one safe in anti-graft ‘war’

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Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was reported on June 4 as saying no one in the North African country involved in corruption would emerge unscathed in his… TUNIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Corruption was widespread in Tunisia under longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising that spawned the Arab Spring, but it… Last month a dozen people including businessmen, suspected smugglers and… Tunisia PM warns… Read More »

George Soros accuses Viktor Orban of making Hungary a ‘mafia state’

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London: For the first time since the government of Hungary threatened to shutter the university he founded in Budapest, American financier and… Palko Karasz Brisbane Times Bloomberg In a keynote speech Thursday at the annual economic forum of the European Commission, Soros cited “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the… Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups… George Soros accuses… Read More »

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston to be charged over tax fraud

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Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged in connection with an alleged $165 million tax fraud syndicate following what police have described as one of the biggest white collar fraud investigations in Australian history. Rachel Olding Megan Levy The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Cranston has been issued a… He is due to appear in… ATO Deputy Commissioner… Read More »

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

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The Federal Parliament should assume that there is more corruption yet to be exposed, a governance and public policy expert says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Griffith University professor AJ Brown made the comments at a Senate Select Committee investigating the adequacy of the federal government’s current framework to address corruption and misconduct and whether a… “I think the committee and the… Corruption on a… Read More »

Somalia asks world to help stabilize ravaged nation

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Somalia’s president on Ma 11 urged world powers to help him fight the “raging enemies” of terror, corruption and poverty, at an international conference aimed at stabilizing the crisis-wracked country under his new leadership. Hurriyet Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the London gathering that the conflict-ravaged state could thrive on the Somali natural flair for commerce if it can hold off the threats of famine, piracy and Islamic extremism. The one-day conference, attended by world leaders, is… Somalia asks world… Read More »

Blocked Transition: Corruption and Regionalism in Tunisia

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Corruption and clientelism are undermining democratic transition in Tunisia, a unique success story after the 2011 Arab uprisings. ICG To put the country back on track, the government should launch a national economic dialogue including established business elites and emerging provincial business leaders. Executive Summary The political consensus in… Blocked Transition: Corruption… Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

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Nigerian president’s war against corruption will yield a betwixt-and-between result: so much action, minimal solution. Fisayo Soyombo Al Jazeera There is renewed optimism in Nigeria over the success chances of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption. Perennially derided by the opposition as a one-way partisan campaign, Buhari’s war against… Why Buhari will… Read More »

Pakistan court: Insufficient evidence to remove Sharif

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Supreme Court rules not enough evidence to order prime minister’s removal over alleged corruption, orders… Asad Hashim Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there was insufficient evidence to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, but… The court issued its verdict on Thursday afternoon after months of hearings in a case based on the “Panama Papers” leaks that… Pakistan court: Insufficient… Read More »

Anti-graft body investigating China’s chief insurance regulator

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Xiang Junbo, head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee, is suspected of ‘serious disciplinary violations’, a… Reuters Asia Times The head of China’s insurance regulator is being investigated for… China’s top leaders have pledged this year to… Anti-graft body… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »