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A Journalist Murdered in Sri Lanka

The BBC reports on the murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga. The editor of the Sunday Leader was shot in the head while driving to work. As disturbing as Wickramatunga’s death is in it’s own right, he is only one in a line of journalists killed recently, marking a larger trend of brutal media…

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Ranking Corporate Ethics, Via Google News

In a methodology reminiscent of the Failed States Index, rating firm Covalence SA assigns scores on corporate ethics, based on coding stories from a battery of news tickers. Their results appear to be real, but limited. Covalence is measuring a consensus opinion — perceptions — as played out in newspapers reachable by Google News and…

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Hope and Dollars: Obama Campaign Played With Big Donors Too

Lest you worry that the corrupting influence of money in American politics would fall by the wayside with the new administration, Brian Ross’ investigative team at ABC News reminds us that Barack Obama did, in fact, raise lots of money from the usual suspects. Justin Rood’s story is a sobering reminder that despite the campaign’s…

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The New York Times and Squishy Theories of Corruption

Two articles from the December 23 New York Times merit a bit of unpacking. The articles — one on Ghana’s upcoming elections, the other on the rise of Islamic movements in Jordan — tout two widely-held but rarely proven theories of corruption: that corruption inhibits growth, and that corruption is a motivator for radical, Islamic…

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