Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

No Limits on Albany’s Gall

Talk about a master class in “How They Do Things in Albany.” To keep a legislative pay increase but lose new restrictions on lawmakers’ outside income, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is piggybacking onto a lawsuit by a conservative legal group that is seeking to overturn the raise. In case you haven’t been following at home: […]

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Japan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France

LONDON — The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee has been indicted on corruption charges in France, following an investigation into the bidding process that led to Tokyo being awarded the Summer Games it is preparing to host next year. Tsunekazu Takeda, a former Olympian who is also the chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s marketing […]

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Carlos Ghosn Faces New Charges in Japan as Pressure Mounts

TOKYO — Japanese prosecutors brought fresh charges of financial wrongdoing on Friday against Carlos Ghosn, the embattled global auto chief who sits in a Tokyo jail. The new allegations raise the stakes in a showdown between Mr. Ghosn, until recently the head of the vast car-making alliance of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, and the prosecutors, […]

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The People vs. Donald J. Trump

The presidential oath of office contains 35 words and one core promise: to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Since virtually the moment Donald J. Trump took that oath two years ago, he has been violating it. He has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country. He has […]

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N.Y. Police Official Who Took Las Vegas Trip and Gifts Is Not Guilty on Bribery Charges

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A police commander was found not guilty of federal bribery charges on Wednesday after a seven-week trial in which prosecutors contended he had done favors for two businessmen in return for lavish gifts, including a junket to Las Vegas […]

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Bangladeshis Must Choose ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ in Election

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladeshi voters will decide in parliamentary elections on Sunday whether to punish the governing party for worsening human rights conditions or reward it for overseeing a booming economy. During Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two terms, the economy and social development have improved, according to most measures. But as she has tightened her […]

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El Chapo Trial Shows That Mexico’s Corruption Is Even Worse Than You Think

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It is no secret that Mexico’s drug cartels have, for decades, corrupted the authorities with dirty money. But as bad as the graft has been, the New York trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug lord known as El […]

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Chinese Official Tied to Billionaire Fugitive Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

BEIJING — A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced a former top security official to life in prison, the latest high-profile figure to fall in President Xi Jinping’s anticorruption campaign. The official, Ma Jian, 62, a former vice minister of the Ministry of State Security, was convicted of taking $15.9 million in bribes, committing insider trading […]

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Is Haiti Awakening to Change?

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — It started with a few keystrokes in a living room in Montreal. Gilbert Mirambeau Jr., a Haitian filmmaker and writer, took to Twitter on Aug. 14 to post a photo of himself, blindfolded, holding a piece of cardboard with a simple question written on it in Haiti’s Creole: “Kot Kòb Petwo Karibe […]

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Nawaz Sharif, Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Is Sentenced to 7 Years

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A court in Islamabad on Monday sentenced the former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison on corruption-related charges, just months after he was released on bail in another graft case and a year after he was ousted from power. Mr. Sharif, a once towering figure in Pakistan’s politics […]

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It Doesn’t Matter if Ecuador Can Afford This Dam. China Still Gets Paid.

REVENTADOR, Ecuador — The dam sits under the glare of an active volcano, with columns of ash spewing toward the sky. Officials had warned against the dam for decades. Geologists said an earthquake could wipe it away. ImageThe Reventador volcano spewing ash near the dam.CreditFederico Rios Escobar for The New York Times Now, only two […]

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Guyana’s Government Falls in No-Confidence Vote

Guyana’s fragile multiracial coalition government fell after a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly late Friday, setting off a general election campaign nearly two years before President David A. Granger’s constitutional term is complete. The surprise collapse comes less than four years after a coalition of Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese politicians, promising a new style of […]

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In Gupta Brothers’ Rise and Fall, the Tale of a Sullied A.N.C.

SAHARANPUR, India — India’s most influential guru joined thousands of believers four years ago as the temple’s first stone was set in the ground. It was a glorious day for its builders, the Gupta brothers, the sons of a local shopkeeper who had risen, almost magically, to become one of the richest families a world […]

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South Africa Killings Should Be Investigated, Anti-Corruption Agency Says

JOHANNESBURG — A South African anti-corruption agency has called for a police investigation into the killings of three political figures who had accused their rivals of corruptly diverting money intended for the renovation of a community hall. The public protector’s office said in a report released Thursday that the police should investigate “the root causes” […]

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Private Jet to the Super Bowl: Bribes Described in N.Y. Police Trial

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On Christmas Day 2013, two Orthodox Jewish businessmen dressed up as Santa, wearing red-and-white felt hats, and packed the trunk of a black Aston Martin convertible with gifts they later delivered to high-ranking New York City police officials. Earlier […]

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Brazil’s Violent Drug Trade Overruns Paraguay: ‘Scenes You Only See in Movies’

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — Even Paraguay’s antidrug chief couldn’t believe what was happening. In October, officials there said they had foiled a plot to deploy a car bomb packed with 187 pounds of explosives to free a jailed drug lord. Days later, heavily armed men threatened in a video to kill the country’s attorney general. “There […]

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Don’t Weasel Out of Ethics Reforms, Albany

Give one group of New York officials a pat on the back, and another inevitably slaps you in the face. It was good news that a special pay committee recommended that state legislators not only get a substantial raise to recognize that their positions are full time jobs but that there also be strict limitations […]

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The Mayor and the F.B.I. Raid: Atlantic City Is Stained Once Again

ATLANTIC CITY — At a lavish inaugural gala in March for the new mayor of Atlantic City at Resorts Casino, donors and supporters with business before the city paid up to $35,000 per table to celebrate with the new administration. Among the revelers was the former basketball star Dennis Rodman, wearing tinted shades and a […]

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Nonfiction: Two Leading Intellectuals Analyze What Ails America

THE POLITICS OF PETULANCE America in an Age of Immaturity By Alan Wolfe 210 pp. The University of Chicago Press. $25. AMERICA, COMPROMISED By Lawrence Lessig 251 pp. The University of Chicago Press. $24. Among President Trump’s major accomplishments is the booming industry in books about him, his administration, the state of democracy in America, […]

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The Argument: Is Trump a Traitor?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument” podcast, the columnists connect the dots on President Trump and Russia. Ross Douthat interviews special guest Susan Hennessey of the Brookings Institution about the latest revelations from Robert Mueller’s […]

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