Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges, Throwing His Future Into Doubt

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in a set of long-running corruption cases, immediately throwing his political future into doubt and heightening the uncertainty and chaos surrounding Israel’s fitful, yearlong struggle to choose its next leader. Mr. Netanyahu, 70, who in July became the […]

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Trump Is Doing Exactly What He Was Elected to Do

The impeachment effort against President Trump hinges on his motives. Presidents have wide discretion when dealing with foreign governments, and Mr. Trump’s actions have all been within the scope of his office’s power. But has he used that power for personal gain? Ukrainian prosecutors took an interest in possible corruption involving Burisma Holdings, the company […]

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Plot to Steal Florida Hurricane Aid Leads to Indictments

Two former city officials in Lynn Haven, Fla. and three business executives have been indicted on charges that they conspired to fraudulently take $5 million meant for hurricane disaster aid from the federal government. The federal grand jury’s 35-count indictment — which includes charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering […]

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‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting

SADR CITY, Iraq — In the morning, the squarely built father of four wore flowing tribal robes to receive visitors in his garden, but by early afternoon he was in jeans, traveling light, his cellphone in one hand and his to-do list in his head. He had a half dozen stops before he reached Tahrir […]

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Professor Who Is Corruption Expert Accused of Laundering $2.5 Million

For years, Prof. Bruce Bagley was a go-to expert for journalists reporting on drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption in South America. In 2016, for instance, he was asked about two nephews of the Venezuelan president who had been charged with drug trafficking. “The nephews are just the tip of the iceberg,” Professor Bagley, who […]

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Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity

It seems like every story you read about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo always includes the sentence that he graduated “first in his class” from West Point. That is not a small achievement. But it is even more impressive in Pompeo’s case when you consider that he finished No. 1 even though he must have […]

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Donald Trump, Corruption Fighter?

Republican defenders of Donald Trump have argued that he withheld congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine and a promised White House meeting because he wanted assurances that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was serious about fighting corruption. Sworn testimony in the House impeachment inquiry on Friday obliterated that defense, revealing that Mr. Trump was interested […]

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A Bag of Sex Toys, an Alleged Cover-Up and an Ex-D.A. on Trial

It started with a duffel bag containing sex toys, cigars and a pornographic film. The bag belonged to James Burke, the police chief in Suffolk County, and was stolen from his parked car in December 2012. When the police later arrested a heroin user with the bag, Mr. Burke walked into the station house to […]

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How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying backpacks stuffed with cash and campaign swag decorated with the name of Madagascar’s president. It was one of Russia’s most overt attempts at election interference to date. Working from their headquarters in a resort hotel, the […]

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The Disorienting Defenses of Donald Trump

The case for weighing the impeachment of President Trump boils down to a few simple points: In an effort to win re-election in 2020, Mr. Trump apparently attempted to extort a foreign government into announcing an investigation of his top political rival. The president did so while also trying to revive a conspiracy theory that […]

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Iraq Cracks Down on Protests as Prime Minister Gains Support

Iraqi security forces moved Saturday to take ground back from anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad, forcing a confrontation that turned violent and filled the streets with careening vehicles rushing the wounded to first aid stations and hospitals. The melee, which killed six people on Saturday, followed blanket crackdowns in the southern city of Basra on Friday […]

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Brazil Supreme Court Paves Way for Release of Ex-President ‘Lula’

RIO DE JANEIRO — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil may be released from prison as early as Friday, after a ruling from Brazil’s Supreme Court gave defendants the right to remain free while they exhaust appeals for criminal convictions. In a six-to-five ruling handed down late Thursday, the court reversed itself […]

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Eastern Europe’s Populist Scam

What is galling is how openly Prime Minister Viktor Orban does it, blaming the European Union for every imagined indignity or interference in Hungary’s affairs, while milking billions from Brussels to enrich his cronies and prop up his illiberal rule. He is not alone, as a Times investigation of the bloc’s lavish farm subsidies demonstrates […]

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Puerto Rico Senator Is Arrested in Corruption Case

MIAMI — The federal authorities in Puerto Rico arrested Senator Abel Nazario Quiñones and seven other people on Wednesday, accusing them of theft or bribery during Mr. Nazario’s time as mayor of the town of Yauco. It was Mr. Nazario’s second corruption-related arrest in 14 months. The Justice Department accused Mr. Nazario and two former […]

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E.U. Defends Farm Subsidy Program Exploited by Autocrats

BRUSSELS — European Union officials, questioned about new revelations of corruption and exploitation of the bloc’s farm subsidies, said Monday that outright fraud was very rare and that auditors swiftly rooted it out. But they also acknowledged that law enforcement often fell to the same national leaders who warp the system — and benefit from […]

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The Fight for a New Iraq

The persistence and magnitude of protests in Iraq since early October and the brutality of Iraqi government forces and militias seeking to crush them have shaken the country. More than 275 protesters have been killed and thousands injured, but the protests continue unabated. Iraqis initially protested against corruption, unemployment and the failure of the government […]

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What Happens When a President and Congress Go to War?

In early October, President Trump’s White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, sent a defiant letter to four leaders of the House of Representatives. No one in the Trump administration, Cipollone declared, would participate in the impeachment inquiry that Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened in September after Trump’s phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine came to […]

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Iraqis Rise Against a Reviled Occupier: Iran

BAGHDAD — It started quietly a month or so ago with scattered protests. Those steadily expanded until last week more than 200,000 Iraqis marched in Baghdad, raging against the Iraqi government and a foreign occupier — not the United States this time, but Iran. While the current leaders of the Iraqi government cower inside the […]

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On Ukraine, Trump Is a Con Man, but He’s Also a Mark

Kenneth McCallion is a New York lawyer who once represented former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine. A few years ago, he brought a civil racketeering lawsuit on her behalf against some now familiar figures like Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. He knows a lot about corruption in Ukraine, and he said […]

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Pénzes gazdák: hogyan fejik meg az Európai Uniót az oligarchák és a populisták.

CSÁKVÁR, Magyarország — A kommunizmus idején földművesek dolgoztak ennek a Budapesttől nyugatra fekvő városnak messze nyúló határában, búzát és kukoricát aratva annak az államnak, amely elvette a földjüket. Manapság az ő gyermekeik dolgoznak itt új kényuraknak, oligarchák egy csoportjának és a politika kegyeltjeinek, akik a földhöz homályos ügyleteken keresztül jutottak a magyar kormány jóvoltából. A […]

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The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions

CSAKVAR, Hungary — Under Communism, farmers labored in the fields that stretch for miles around this town west of Budapest, reaping wheat and corn for a government that had stolen their land. Today, their children toil for new overlords, a group of oligarchs and political patrons who have annexed the land through opaque deals with […]

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We Just Wanted to Talk E.U. Farm Policy. Why Was Someone Always Looking Over Our Shoulders?

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. We just wanted to talk to some scientists. That clearly made someone very nervous. Early this year, Selam Gebrekidan and I set out to investigate Europe’s $65-billion-a-year farm fund, one of the largest subsidy programs […]

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Pakistani Train Inferno Was Decades in the Making

When a passenger train rammed a rickshaw in Pakistan in 2017, killing seven schoolchildren, Imran Khan rolled the tragedy into his campaign to become prime minister, holding up the accident as a hallmark of government incompetence and corruption that only he could fix. “The railway minister must resign,” he said at the time, insisting that […]

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