Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella has resigned after police placed his wife under house arrest following an investigation into corruption in the local health care system. Mastella, who is also under investigation, still controls seats in the Senate. Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who had a razor-thin one-vote majority prior to Mastella’s resignation, now faces an…Details
Here in the U.S. we’ve seen 7 years of radical expansion of executive branch power. The most frustrating aspect of this power-grab has been the near unanimous lack of opposition from Congress. With a few exceptions, the legislative branch has been unwilling to really push back against the Bush White House. Until today, when both…Details
The NCPA becomes the latest organization to use the Global Integrity Report as source material for an independent analysis. Read it here: Economic Freedom and Economic Growth in Mexico
Journalists in Nepal are currently under intense pressure, a distressing departure from the generally positive transition from absolute rule to democracy. King Gyanendra led a brutal campaign to censor the media after dismissing the elected government in February 2005. Weeks of public protest forced Gyanendra to abdicate in April 2006, leading to the reinstatement of…Details
With the help of some talented programmers who offer their work to the open-source community, as well as some good old fashioned poking-around-with-code, we have a new layout for the Commons. Not all features are up to speed yet, but the outline is here.
If you haven’t followed the ongoing political tussle between South Africa’s national police, their elite Scorpions anti-corruption unit, and the national prosecutor, it’s worth reading to understand how corruption charges can be used as political weapons in many countries. Some of the recent coverage: The TimesThe GuardianBusiness DaySABC NewsDetails