Corruption

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 »

How corruption fuels climate change across the globe

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In the widest sense of the word, corruption is the glue that holds the ‘system’ together. The time to fight back has arrived. Soon it will be too late, write Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor  Irish Examiner ANTI-CORRUPTION campaigners achieved a number of crucial victories in 2016, not least by ensuring accountability for one of Big Oil’s most crooked deals: the acquisition of Nigerian offshore oil block OPL 245 in… How corruption fuels… Read More »

Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

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French voters just won’t tolerate corruption in politics anymore – that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country’s powerful… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet It’s a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of… The change is the… Non merci: French… Read More »

Why Egyptians lost interest in Mubarak’s case

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak looks towards his supporters outside the area where he is hospitalized during the celebrations of the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSR2Q6

The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a ruling March 2 acquitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak of the killing of protesters during the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Muhammed Magdy Al Monitor On March 13, an Egyptian prosecutor issued a decision to release Mubarak for the first time since his ousting six years ago. This raised speculation… Why Egyptians lost… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

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This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

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Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

Women leaders get boot for corruption while men skate

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(CNN) – If you want to fight corruption, elect a woman to office. Frida Ghitis CNN Then everyone will decide that corruption is utterly intolerable and fight it until the bitter end. Curiously, when men… Women leaders get… Read More »

French take to the street, banging pots to decry corruption

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Paris: Banging pots in anger, several hundred people in Paris are protesting corruption in French politics as the two leading presidential candidates face legal… The Age AP Left-wing activists and other frustrated voters gathered on Sunday at Place de… French take to… Read More »