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Little Wonder the U.S. Suffers from Political Financing Scandals

This Washington Post story puts to rest the quaint notion that U.S. Federal Elections Commission (FEC) still matters in any meaningful way when it comes to controlling the influence of money in American politics.

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Los Angeles drug police required to disclose assets

LOS ANGELES: Push back started quick on a requirement that L.A.P.D. drug and gang unit officers disclose their assets, with the police union promising to sue. The measure affects about 600 narcotics and anti-gang officers who handle confiscated drugs and…

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Zuma/corruption story leads international news

SOUTH AFRICA: Media outlets worldwide carry news of African National Congress president Jacob Zuma’s potential indictment on corruption charges by the National Prosecuting Authority. The Mail and Guardian:Zuma cries foul over NPA charges

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Singapore leads charge against UN contracting watchdog

NEW YORK: What does the General Assembly do when a UN panel discovers US$600 million in shady contracting? Kill the messenger, apparently. We are not shocked to learn that Singapore — not a nation known for being receptive to criticism…

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Thailand election preview

BANGKOK: The IHT has the story on Thailand’s pending election, scheduled this Sunday. While it is certainly encouraging to see an election taking place, hold no illusions: deposed Prime Minister Thaksin’s party is still effectively banned in many parts of…

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Blackwater in Iraq: Poor oversight sets the stage for deadly abuse of power

WASHINGTON: On September 17, 2007, in western Baghdad, private contractors hired to protect a convoy of U.S. State Department officials opened fire on nearby cars. When the smoke cleared, the Iraqi government reported that 17 civilians were dead and demanded…

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