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Kenya: Linking Violence & Corruption

An analysis of recent political violence in Kenya posits that corruption and failures of the democratic process, not ethnicity, are driving the conflict. While few readers here will be shocked by this conclusion, the authors do a fine job of assembling the supporting evidence. Authors Rachel Itwaru and Sarah J. Johnson: Indeed, though the killing…

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“Koun Bonega Crorepati?” in Bangladesh

Global Integrity’s Mohammed Syful Islam writes in from Bangladesh with his take on the future of corruption in his government. Corruption is everywhere, he says, but change may be coming.“Koun Bonega Crorepati?” in Bangladesh By Mohammed Syful Islam On “Koun Bonega Crorepati” (“Who Will Be The Owner of Crore of Taka”), a popular game show…

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Organized Crime in the Balkans

Global Integrity’s friends at The Center for Investigative Reporting – Bosnia-Herzegovina, have launched a news portal addressing organized crime in the Balkans, in partnership with a host of local muckrakers. The URL is, or read below for background. CIR/BiH’s Drew Sullivan writes from Sarajevo: Hello friends: Very quietly we have put up our regional…

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Talking Corruption in Timor-Leste

In the last month, Global Integrity’s Nathaniel Heller and I have been traveling in the South Pacific, talking with local experts about the results of the Global Integrity Report: 2007. In Timor-Leste and Vanuatu, we convened government officials, civil society activists, foreign donors and journalists to talk about corruption and governance. This is what we…

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Zimbabwe Government Arrests Opposition

Grim headlines from Zimbabwe, as the government moves openly against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and independent election monitors. IRIN: Zimbabwe: Police Swoop On Injured MDC Supporters IHT: Zimbabwe police raid opposition party office

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USA: Military Ran Media Manipulation Campaign

Global Integrity considers press freedom to be a key driver of accountability in any country. Most Western nations offer a largely unrestricted press environment — intimidation of journalists is almost unheard of, with some notable exceptions. However, press freedom is a necessary condition, not the whole story. The press has to use this freedom to…

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