Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Isabel dos Santos, Daughter of Angola’s Ex-President, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges

JOHANNESBURG — The Angolan authorities are seeking the arrest of Isabel dos Santos, a former president’s daughter who was once considered Africa’s wealthiest woman, on charges that she enriched herself with state resources, the nation’s attorney general has told a state-run news agency. The attorney general, Hélder Pitta Grós, told the outlet, Angop, on Monday […]

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A Vatican Auditor Says He Dug Up Too Much Dirt, and Was Buried

He also accused cardinals, whom he declined to name now but said he would if his case went to trial, of pocketing tens of thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of the church’s dollars. He said he found that one cardinal received 250,000 euros in donations that he kept in a plastic shopping bag in […]

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Netanyahu’s Corruption Charges in Israel: What to Know

Benjamin Netanyahu will make a remarkable comeback as Israel’s prime minister after general elections, and the concession on Thursday of the current leader, Yair Lapid, put his right-wing bloc on a glide path to victory. But looming over his return is the unfinished business of the State of Israel v. Benjamin Netanyahu, a long-delayed felony […]

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Threat to Democracy? Start With Corruption, Many Voters Say

When we started our national poll on democracy last week, David Leonhardt’s recent New York Times front-page story on threats to democracy was at the top of my mind. His article focused on two major issues: the election denial movement in the Republican Party, and undemocratic elements of American elected government like the Electoral College, […]

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Lula Is Back From Prison and Could Be Brazil’s Next President, Again

RIO DE JANEIRO — In 2019, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was spending 23 hours a day in an isolated cell with a treadmill in a federal penitentiary. The former president of Brazil was sentenced to 22 years on corruption charges, a conviction that appeared to end the storied career of the man who had […]

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Zambia and Its New President Are Still on Their Honeymoon

“Up there, it’s God. Down here, it’s Kaunda,” the village’s schoolchildren sang. “I didn’t like that as a kid,” he said. He has gone after corruption, endemic in the former government. Transparency International estimated that in two years, 100 million kwacha, about $6.4 million, was looted from the finance ministry. Many former officials, including six […]

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Betrayal and Blackouts in Puerto Rico

But there is reason for hope. While Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice, which is responsible for the enforcement of the local law, allows impunity to go unchecked, Washington has begun to pay attention. A 2019 investigation by the United States Department of Justice found that after Hurricane Maria, PREPA employees accepted or demanded bribes to […]

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In Mississippi, Welfare for the Well Connected as a Scandal Spreads

​As he became further enmeshed in a scheme that diverted federal welfare money to build a volleyball stadium that cost more than $5 million at the University of Southern Mississippi, the former football star Brett Favre texted a question to the ​head of a nonprofit doling out funds meant to go to welfare recipients in […]

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Hermès Bags and Millions in Cash: The Fall of Malaysia’s Najib Razak

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia —The former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, arrived in a black sport utility vehicle and was taken into the courthouse through a back door. Dozens of prison guards and police officers, some heavily armed, escorted him into a fifth-floor courtroom this month for his second trial on corruption charges. Mr. Najib, […]

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Mexico’s Leader Vowed ‘Hugs Not Bullets,’ but the Carnage Continues

The president disbanded the Federal Police and created the National Guard to tackle soaring violence, but three years later, criminal cartels have expanded their reach. Aug. 31, 2022 CELAYA, Mexico — The butcher had been killed and no one knew why. The execution occurred in broad daylight as he worked in a family-owned restaurant, one […]

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No One Will Get Rid of Vladimir Putin

The war had the potential to upend this calculus. The ruling class, which owes its acquisition of wealth to its position in power, has come up against a new reality: Their property in the West has been either seized or subjected to sanctions — no more yachts, no more villas, nowhere to run. For many […]

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In Kenya’s Elections, Young Voters Aren’t Turning Out, and Who Can Blame Them?

NAIROBI, Kenya — It was a sight to behold. Scores of young people, excited and expectant, gathered in Nairobi, chanting slogans and waving banners. But it was no entertainment: They were there for a campaign rally. In the months leading up to Kenya’s elections on Tuesday, the scene was repeated across the country. Here, it […]

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Guatemala’s Corrupt Officials Train Their Sights on the Press

MEXICO CITY — When I last saw José Rubén Zamora, the owner and director of Guatemala’s leading investigative newspaper, elPeriódico, in early June, he told me he suspected that the government was cooking up a case against him. His fears were not unfounded. Seven weeks later, the government came for him. On the night of […]

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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Is Afraid of Going to Jail, and He’s Right to Be

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — “I’m letting the scoundrels know,” President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters last year, “I’ll never be imprisoned!” He was shouting. But then, Mr. Bolsonaro tends to become animated when talking about the prospect of prison. “By God above,” he declared to an audience of businesspeople in May, “I’ll never be arrested.” As […]

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Will an Investigation of a Former Mexican President Lead to Charges?

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican attorney general’s office said this week that it was investigating former president Enrique Peña Nieto for money laundering and illicit enrichment, the first official confirmation of such a probe by federal prosecutors. But to many Mexicans, it was not immediately clear whether the announcement was really a step toward accountability […]

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United Auto Workers Seek to Shed a Legacy of Corruption

DETROIT — For the United Auto Workers, the last five years have been one of the most troubling chapters in the union’s storied history. A federal investigation found widespread corruption, with a dozen senior officials, including two former presidents, convicted of embezzling more than $1 million in union funds for luxury travel and other lavish […]

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