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Corruption and a Quake in China

The story of shoddy construction in Chinese schools, and the grim — and uneven — tally of the May 12 quake is not going away. Well-built government offices still stand near collapsed schools, and parents are demanding answers. Faced with such horrible news, Chinese citizens are demanding accountability: why were schools so poorly built? Who…

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Israel: Mr. Olmert’s Envelopes Full of Cash

We’ve been frequently making the case that corruption is about more than just bribes — it’s the sweetheart contracts to military suppliers; it’s campaign finance systems that allow unlimited or undisclosed donations; it’s public misinformation through complacent media. We take this moment to observe that corruption is also about big envelopes fat with cash. The…

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USA: Corruption in the Border Patrol

The New York Times reports on an uptick in corruption cases against U.S. border patrol agents protecting the U.S.-Mexico border. It would seem that killing the Border Patrol’s internal affairs unit was a rather bad idea. The fact that there is corruption tied to smuggling drugs and people across the border is not a surprise…

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Talking Corruption in Dar es Salaam

Global Integrity’s Nathaniel Heller reports from Tanzania on the latest Global Integrity Dialogues workshop. The Dialogues are a new offering from Global Integrity that gather key local stakeholders to identify problems and plot future anti-corruption efforts. Nathaniel writes, via email: In collaboration with the Partnership for Transparency Fund, Global Integrity held a Dialogue workshop in…

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Egypt: Bad Blood

Sameh Fawzy tells a grisly story of how cozy relationships between business and politics threatened to infect — literally — the people of Egypt. Egypt: Bad Blood By Sameh Fawzy In January of 2007, an employee of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, Sohier El Sharkawi, claimed to have found 200,000 contaminated bags used to package…

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Opacity Index 2007-2008

Joel Kurtzman & Glenn Yago refresh Mr. Kurtzman’s ranking of regulatory efficiency, first published in 2001 by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kurtzman is now working from the Milken Institute, an economic think tank. Opacity Index 2007-2008: Measuring Global Business Risk Via email: Dear Friends, Two weeks ago, Glenn Yago and I released the 2007-2008 Opacity Index at the…

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