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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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Progress in Kenya

IHT: Power-sharing agreement is reached in Kenya Quoting: Kenyan political leaders ended a two-month standoff on Thursday that had plunged this country into violence, reaching a long-sought agreement to share power between the government and the opposition. The country seemed to let out a collective hooray as Mwai Kibaki, the president, and Raila Odinga, the…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Turkey

By Burak Bekdil Winston Churchill once described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma.” Today, that description is perfectly applicable to 21st century Turkey. One of Europe’s poorest economies — with the Old Continent’s youngest and second-largest population — Turkey has a unique combination of demographics, politics and economics. Annual population growth…

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