Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Mount Vernon, N.Y., Police Face Federal Civil Rights Investigation

Federal prosecutors have opened a civil rights investigation into whether the Mount Vernon, N.Y., police department had engaged in a “pattern or practice of unlawful policing,” officials said on Friday. Investigators will examine reports that Mount Vernon officers regularly use excessive force, conduct unlawful strip and body-cavity searches during arrests and falsify evidence, officials said. […]

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Xiomara Castro Vows New Era for Hondurus but Is Tied to Past

MEXICO CITY — The Honduras opposition candidate, Xiomara Castro, inched closer to an astounding presidential victory on Monday morning, promising a new era of democratic inclusion in a nation where despair has driven hundreds of thousands to the U.S. border seeking refuge in recent years. Ms. Castro, 62, held a 20 percentage point lead over […]

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Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push

KASULO, Democratic Republic of Congo — A man in a pinstripe suit with a red pocket square walked around the edge of a giant pit one April afternoon where hundreds of workers often toil in flip-flops, burrowing deep into the ground with shovels and pickaxes. His polished leather shoes crunched on dust the miners had […]

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Honduras Election 2021: What’s at Stake

In what may be their country’s most significant elections in more than a decade, Hondurans will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, a political contest that has been marred by violence and is being closely watched in Washington. With issues like violent crime and poverty forcing an ever-increasing number of […]

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Brazil’s President Lula Is Staging a Comeback. Can He Bring the Country Along?

RECIFE, Brazil — The former shoe shine boy who rose to the presidency left office a little more than a decade ago with rock star popularity, the embodiment of a nation that appeared to be on the cusp of greatness. The downfall of that president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and of his country, Brazil, […]

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Critical Witness Testifies at Netanyahu Trial, Reviving a Drifting Case

JERUSALEM — The slow-burning corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu shifted back into Israeli public consciousness on Monday with the first appearance of a state witness crucial to the prosecution of the former leader, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. The witness, Nir Hefetz, a one-time government spokesman and later a trusted aide to the Netanyahu family, testified […]

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Ukraine Wants to Be the Crypto Capital of the World

What about the corruption that has plagued this country and might daunt would-be émigrés? Future administrations might not allow tech companies to flourish without raids and seizures. Russia threatens from the east. There are also revolutions to worry about. There have been two since 2004. Even without another revolution, Steven Hanke, a professor of applied […]

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Manuel Chang Will Face Corruption Charges in U.S.

In recent court documents, Mozambican officials pointed to the trial currently underway as evidence that Mr. Chang will face the law in Maputo, the capital. In August this year, South Africa’s justice minister, Ronald Lamola, agreed to extradite Mr. Chang, partly on this argument to Mozambique. An umbrella formation of civil society groups, the Fórum […]

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Conflict-of-Interest Case Has Boris Johnson Reversing Course, Again

Since taking power in 2019, Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has often reversed course, changing his mind on everything from lockdown rules and school examinations to free meals for children and coronavirus restrictions at Christmas. This week, Mr. Johnson finds himself retreating again. On Wednesday he intervened to stop the suspension from Parliament of Owen […]

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A South African Town Lacks Water and Electricity. But Mayors? It Has Two.

LICHTENBURG, South Africa — Walking through what could be the charming tree-lined streets of Lichtenburg in South Africa’s rural heartland, pedestrians skirt around piles of uncollected trash. Shop fronts darkened by electricity blackouts line the main road. A recently built community center has been stolen, brick by brick. Mayor Daniel Buthelezi believes he can turn […]

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How Corruption Ruined Lebanon

Diab’s plan also included a forensic audit of the central bank, the Banque du Liban, which among other things is tasked with safeguarding the country’s monetary and economic stability. Riad Salameh, who has been the bank’s governor since 1993, enjoyed worldwide acclaim, including for his so-called financial engineering. It basically worked like this: Commercial banks […]

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Roh Tae-Woo, South Korean Leader as It Moved Toward Democracy, Dies at 88

SEOUL — Roh Tae-woo, South Korea’s last military-backed president who forged ties with Communist foes, tolerated the country’s rambunctious transition from dictatorship to democracy but ended up in jail for mutiny and corruption, died on Tuesday. He was 88. Mr. Roh died in an intensive care unit at Seoul National University Hospital, the hospital said, […]

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In Hungary’s Heartland, Orban Faces a Unified Challenge to His Rule

HODMEZOVASARHELY, Hungary — A devout Catholic, he abhors abortion as “murder” and once voted for Viktor Orban, Hungary’s pugnacious populist leader, impressed by his promises to root out corruption and end the disarray left by years of leftist rule. On Sunday, however, Peter Marki-Zay, the mayor of this town in Hungary’s conservative rural heartland, became […]

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U.S. Arrests Alex Saab, Deal Maker for Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — A top ally of Venezuela’s authoritarian government has been extradited to the United States, one of his lawyers said Saturday, where he will face money laundering charges in Florida. The extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, represents a victory for the U.S. […]

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Court in Argentina Dismisses Charges Against Kirchner in Bombing Case

BUENOS AIRES — A court in Argentina has dismissed a criminal case against Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that accused her of conspiring with Iran to cover up that country’s suspected involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The ruling, issued late Thursday, was the latest twist in […]

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The Pandora Papers and the Power of Shame

Yet we do see forms of accountability being imposed that are effective despite being outside the realm of the law. As my own and other recent research on high-net-worth individuals has shown, reputational costs weigh more heavily on them than the threat of fines or prosecution. The laws are no match for the legal armory […]

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In Iraqi Elections, Guns and Money Still Dominate Politics

BAGHDAD — Outside the headquarters of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the main Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, fighters have posted a giant banner showing the U.S. Capitol building swallowed up by red tents, symbols of a defining event in Shiite history. It’s election time in Iraq, and Asaib Ahl al-Haq — blamed for attacks on […]

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What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The […]

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How African Countries Can Overcome the ‘Resource Curse’

Africa is home to eight of the world’s 15 least-diversified economies, according to an International Monetary Fund analysis of the export composition of countries as of 2014. The African eight are Algeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya and Nigeria (oil), Botswana (diamonds) and Eritrea (livestock). Such narrowness isn’t a problem in classical economic theory. David […]

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