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Colombia: FARC Involved in Campaign Financing

Colombian news magazine Semana reports that rebel group FARC was deeply involved in politics in Ecuador and Venezuela, citing documents (confirmed by the AP) detailing correspondence between FARC leaders and politicians of Venezuela and Ecuador. Among the allegations: that FARC considered funding Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s 2006 campaign. Oversight and regulation of political financing in…

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The Gap Between Elections and Democracy

Global Integrity’s managing director Nathaniel Heller discusses the work required to move beyond democracies-in-name-only to truly accountable governments, in an op-ed published in the Washington Times. The Gap Between Elections and Democracy By Nathaniel HellerPublished in the Washington Times March 5, 2008 Troubling headlines in recent months from places as disparate as Pakistan, Kenya and…

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Uganda: Laws Alone Will Not Help

Ugandan analyst Jasper Mpiriirwe notes that legal implementations, not legal codes, are the trouble spots in Uganda. Uganda has the largest gap between law and practice of any country Global Integrity studied in 2007. Laws Alone Will Not Help By Jasper MpiriirweReprinted from The Monitor (Kampala), 8 March 2008 I have heard many times the…

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USA: Inspectors General Lack Crucial Resources

Our friends at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) have a new report on the U.S. inspectors general, a constellation of watchdog agencies distributed throughout the government. POGO finds that many IGs lack required resources, limiting their independence. Global Integrity also reported on this trend earlier this year in the Global Integrity Report: United States.…

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Wikileaks Court Fight Heats Up

Update: reports that Wikileaks has won its domain name back after a 90-minute court proceeding. There are now nearly a hundred fillings in the case Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. et al v. Wikileaks et al, with a battalion of media outlets and activist groups filing friend-of-the-court briefs. You can read all of…

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Chadian Crisis Deepen Fault Lines within African Union

By Thompson AyodelePhoto: (cc) Mark Knobil The situation in Chad evokes images of African countries that had similar poor political and economic profiles — Liberia, Chad, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia to name a few. What appears to be responsible for this plethora of crises has been a constant struggle for political power for groups that had…

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