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Zimbabwe: Opposition Quits Election

The latest chapter in a sad story: after weeks of intimidation and violence by supporters of Robert Mugabe, the opposition is calling it quits. Morgan Tsvangirai has pulled out of the impending presidential election, which he calls a “violent, illegitimate sham.” All Africa: MDC’s official statement All Africa: SADC calls for election to be postponed…

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Jordan: Call Your Wasta

Global Integrity’s Suha Ma’ayeh breaks down the history of the mobile communications market in Jordan — and the rich opportunities that were created by privatizing a national telecom with limited public oversight. Call Your Wasta By Suha Philip Ma’ayeh In 2005 Umniah Mobile Communications (UMC) entered the Jordan’s booming telecommunications sector. It became the country’s…

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$23 Billion Lost in Iraq. Give or Take a Billion.

The BBC puts a number on corruption in the new Iraq: US$23 billion lost, stolen or missing. As the BBC points out, the total cost of this theft and systemic mismanagement is much higher than the total of dollars leaked away — because much of this money was intended for essential projects, like rebuilding the…

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Still More Political Arrests In Zimbabwe

All Africa: Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was held by police for the third time in a week while campaigning for the June 27 presidential run-off election. NY Times: Tendai Biti, the secretary general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, was arrested at Harare airport as he returned to the country from South Africa…

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USA: Our Veepstakes Speculation

Here in the US the ongoing presidential race is an endless source of speculation and debate, with VP selection now feeding the media churn. The process has been brilliantly skewered by the Daily Show: “That’s not a question, that’s a just bag of words!” While we like to claim the high road, we just can’t…

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