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Afghanistan: Internet censorship backed by the death penalty

An Afghan journalism student, Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, has been sentenced to death by the U.S. ally for downloading and distributing information on women’s rights under Islam. He was tried by a religious court and, according to his family, without legal representation. British newspaper The Independent has the story, and is campaigning for his release: Sayed…

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China: How long can this party last?

China Up Close {Part Three of Three}Read part one.Read part two.Based on data from the Global Integrity Report: China. Global Integrity’s conclusion: Significant weaknesses in China’s anti-corruption framework raise serious questions about the true risks facing investors rushing to capitalize on the country’s economic expansion – and the risks Chinese sovereign investment funds pose to…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Canada

By Lisa Fitterman Until early this year, Jean Lafleur was a suave ad man on the lam, living it up in Belize. A Montreal businessman who had his own company and socialized with Canada’s top Liberal Party movers and shakers, he was renting a luxurious two-bedroom home set amid bougainvillea and hibiscus bushes near the…

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Anti-Corruption in China: The Key Findings

China Up Close {Part Two of Three}Read part one. Read part three.Based on data from the Global Integrity Report: China The findings of the study that follow reflect the ratings given to China on 23 categories of good governance, government accountability and anti-corruption indicators. Those categories comprise more than 300 specific questions scored by our…

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Bill Clinton goes to Kazakhstan and everyone wins

A blockbuster story from the New York Times by Jo Becker and Don Van Natta Jr. It’s lengthy, so I’ll hit the highlights here. A Canadian mining mogul, Frank Giustra, flies to Kazakhstan and meets with de facto president-for-life Nursultan A. Nazarbayev. Bill Clinton tags along. The three have dinner together, and shortly afterwards, everyone…

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