Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

After Exposing Corruption in Russian Courts, He’s Now in Jail Himself

PERM, Russia — He always called shortly before the final court hearing, saying that the matter was urgent and had to be resolved by phone. “Do not punish Mr. Gorodilov, OK?” Sergei V. Davydov, a small-time businessman, told one judge, pretending to be a senior justice official. Adopting the peremptory tone often used by high-ranking […]

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They. Sold. Their. Stock.

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. On Jan. 24, Richard Burr, a Republican senator from North Carolina, attended a private Senate briefing from senior government scientists about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican senator from Georgia, received the same briefing. […]

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Radical Changes Urged for Huge E.U. Farm Program

Europe’s $65-billion-a-year farm program needs to change radically if it is to protect the environment and support small farmers, a group of European scientists said in a paper published in the journal “People and Nature” on Monday. The 21 authors of the paper said a planned overhaul of Europe’s farm policy is inadequate. They said […]

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After Deadly Jam on Everest, Nepal Delays New Safety Rules

NEW DELHI — The images shocked and angered the world: hundreds of climbers trapped near Mount Everest’s summit, hooked to a single safety line on a ridge with a several-thousand-foot drop, their oxygen cylinders emptying until a few people died from exposure. The traffic jam during last spring’s climbing season, one of the deadliest on […]

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Republicans, Egged On by Trump, Scrutinize Hunter Biden as His Father Surges

WASHINGTON — Republicans are wielding the power of their Senate majority to intensify an election-year investigation of Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy firm, putting new scrutiny on the son of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the former vice president re-emerges as President Trump’s chief rival for the presidency. In elevating questions about the […]

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Israel’s Election: 6 Takeaways

JERUSALEM — With 90 percent of votes counted in the Israeli general election on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the lead, but it was still far from certain whether he would win enough seats to form a majority government and end a year of political stasis. Mr. Netanyahu’s right-wing and religious bloc […]

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‘Slovakia Has Woken Up’: Governing Party Suffers Decisive Election Defeat

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The longtime governing party in Slovakia suffered a sweeping defeat in national elections on Saturday, paving the way for a new government coalition that promised to fight corruption and promote the rule of law. The leader of the largest opposition party, Igor Matovic, vowed to make the most of the moment. “We […]

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The Case for Elizabeth Warren

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Journalist’s Murder Puts a Tycoon, and a Nation, on Trial

PEZINOK, Slovakia — Marian Kocner, the Slovak businessman accused of ordering the murder of a journalist whose reporting linked him to high-level political corruption and organized crime, arrived in the courtroom wearing a flashy navy blue suit and tie. No stranger to the news media, he smirked at the reporters filling rows of hard wooden […]

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Massachusetts Lawmaker Used Campaign Funds to Support Gambling Habit, Officials Say

A longtime Massachusetts state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday on more than two dozen fraud and tax evasion charges after the authorities accused him of stealing thousands of dollars in campaign funds to support his gambling habit and to pay for his lavish lifestyle. The lawmaker, Representative David M. Nangle, 59, a Democrat from Lowell who […]

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Arrest of Former Oil Chief Is a Win for Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Drive

MEXICO CITY — The former head of Mexico’s state-run oil company, who faces charges of tax fraud and bribery, was arrested in southern Spain on Wednesday, officials said, delivering a boost to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico in his fight to curb the nation’s endemic corruption. The former official, Emilio Lozoya Austin, had […]

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Justice Dept. Will Accept Material From Giuliani, but Barr Voices Caution

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr said on Monday that the Justice Department would consider information from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, about Ukraine. That could include assertions about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter. The Justice Department “has the obligation to have an open door to […]

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Audit Finds Suspicious Financial Dealings in African Soccer

An audit of the governing body for soccer in Africa has uncovered millions of dollars of financial irregularities, a development that threatens to bring down its leadership after more than a year of turmoil at the troubled organization. The board of the governing body, the Confederation of African Football, or C.A.F., agreed last year to […]

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Carlos Ghosn Was Too Big Not to Fail in Japan

Carlos Ghosn, the French-Lebanese-Brazilian former C.E.O. of the Nissan and Renault motor companies, spent millions of dollars to avoid being tried in Japan for financial malfeasance. He jumped bail by paying a crack team of security experts to smuggle him out of the country in a private jet. Mr. Ghosn justified his escape from Japanese […]

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Coronavirus Crisis Shows China’s Governance Failure

Wuhan’s mayor blamed higher-ups. A senior disease control official blamed layers of bureaucracy. A top government expert blamed the public: The people, he said, simply didn’t understand what he told them. As China grapples with a mysterious coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 420 people and sickened thousands, the country’s 1.4 billion people are […]

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Domestic Assault. Corruption. Now He’s Trying to Make a Comeback.

For the better part of a decade, the name Hiram Monserrate has been shorthand for the darkest side of New York politics. In 2009, Mr. Monserrate, at the time a state senator, was convicted of domestic assault, and soon after he was expelled from office. In 2012, in a separate case, he pleaded guilty to […]

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Iraq Names New Prime Minister Who Praises ‘Bravery’ of Protesters

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president stepped in to appoint a new prime minister after the Parliament failed to do so for two months, leaving the country largely rudderless at a time of multiple political crises. The premier, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, is hardly a new face — he is a former member of Parliament and former minister […]

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Giuliani Sought Help for Client in Meeting With Ukrainian Official

KYIV, Ukraine — When Rudolph W. Giuliani met with a top aide to Ukraine’s president last summer, he discussed the prospect of a coveted White House meeting for the president while seeking Ukraine’s commitment to certain investigations that could benefit President Trump politically. Mr. Giuliani also threw in a request of his own: help the […]

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Airbus to Pay $4 Billion to Settle Corruption Inquiry

PARIS — Airbus will pay $4 billion in fines to settle a lengthy global corruption investigation, a French court announced Friday, removing a legal cloud over the world’s largest plane maker as it seeks to keep ahead of its rival Boeing after the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max plane. The settlement with the authorities in […]

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More Violence. Fewer Prisoners. Inside Mexico’s Criminal Justice Reform.

MEXICO CITY — The raid delivered a resounding blow to Mexico City’s most fearsome criminal group: 31 suspected gang members were arrested, two drug labs were uncovered and a criminal bounty was seized, including two and a half tons of marijuana, 44 pounds of cocaine and an arsenal of weapons. Within a few days, however, […]

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Republicans Spin Impeachment While Ukrainians Suffer

President Trump and his legal team want the American people to believe Ukraine is a corrupt hellhole. That narrative is central to the White House’s impeachment argument. As Mike Purpura, deputy counsel to the president, told the Senate in his opening arguments last Saturday, “The content of the July 25 call was in line with […]

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The New Lebanon Is the Old Lebanon

On Jan. 21, Lebanese leaders agreed to form a new government. It had been a long time coming: The previous government, led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the country’s top Sunni politician, resigned in October. That was two weeks after protests erupted across the country, seeking to topple the corrupt, sectarian elite that has ruled […]

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Can Western Firms Stop Profiting From Poor Nations’ Corruption?

Isabel dos Santos’s secret to becoming a billionaire in Angola, one of the world’s poorest countries, was simple. She got her dad, José Eduardo dos Santos, Angola’s president, to give her money from the nation’s treasury. O.K., it wasn’t quite that simple. A maze of shell companies, overseas tax havens and complex management and investment […]

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