Andrew Cuomo’s White-Knuckle Ride

Amid scandals, accusations and calls for his resignation, the New York governor seems determined to prove that the instincts that have gotten him into trouble can get him out of it too.

#metoo-movement, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #new-york-state, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #spitzer-eliot-l

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‘Like the Tiger King Got Elected Tax Collector’: Inside the Case That Ensnared Matt Gaetz

Joel Greenberg, a onetime local official in Florida, is accused of an array of crimes, including bribery, stalking and corruption.

#corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel, #justice-department, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Peru’s Presidential Election, the Most Popular Choice Is No One

Peruvians head to the polls at a moment that many are calling one of the lowest points in the country’s young democracy, and many plan to cast empty ballots.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #fujimori-alberto-k, #fujimori-keiko, #peru, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vizcarra-martin

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Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s President, Has Little Sway Over Its Future

Ashraf Ghani has few remaining allies, the Taliban are gaining militarily, and his international supporters are impatient with him and the stumbling peace process.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #ghani-ashraf, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Royal Rivalry Bares Social Tensions Behind Jordan’s Stable Veneer

The standoff between King Abdullah II and his half brother, Prince Hamzah, wasn’t just palace intrigue. It hinted at Saudi meddling and highlighted wider tensions within Jordan’s complex society.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #amman-jordan, #corruption-institutional, #hamzah-bin-hussein-prince-of-jordan, #jordan, #royal-families

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Netanyahu Gets First Crack at Forming New Government in Israel

After a fourth inconclusive election in two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still has no easy path back into office. But he has more of a chance than his opponents.

#corruption-institutional, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

With Benjamin Netanyahu on trial on corruption charges, even as he tries to cobble together a new government, Israel’s democratic system is drawing closer to a constitutional crisis.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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America Has a Ruling Class

Why do members of the political elite insist that they’re not?

#corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #haines-avril-d, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #mr-smith-goes-to-washington-movie, #united-states-politics-and-government

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From Serial: The Improvement Association

A true story about election fraud.

#bladen-county-nc, #corruption-institutional, #elections-house-of-representatives, #new-york-times, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #serial-productions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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South Africa Court Set to Rule on Jacob Zuma, and an Era of Impunity

“He is now running out of legal runway,” one law expert says, as the country’s highest court will decide whether the former president can be jailed for contempt.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #corruption-institutional, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

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Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández Faces Questions in Drug Trial’s Wake

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras figured prominently in a U.S. drug trial, but few think it will matter in a country mired in corruption.

#corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #rivera-maradiaga-devis-leonel

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Young South Koreans Erupt in Anger Over Housing Scandal

President Moon has spent years trying to curb runaway housing prices. Now several officials in his government are under investigation for contributing to the problem ahead of important elections.

#corruption-institutional, #elections-mayors, #government-employees, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #south-korea

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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Rage Spreads in Paraguay as Virus Surges, Exposing Corruption

Paraguay escaped the worst of the pandemic for almost a year, but no longer. For many people, the crisis has made the country’s longstanding problems intolerable.

#abdo-benitez-mario, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #income-inequality, #latin-america, #paraguay, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Sanctions Are Reimposed on Israeli Billionaire Granted Relief Under Trump

The Biden administration moved to reverse an action that had benefited Dan Gertler, who has been accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Lost Course’ Review: When a Village Fights Back

A 2011 revolt in Wukan, China, is the subject of a sobering, sprawling documentary.

#china, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #li-jill-filmmaker, #lost-course-movie, #politics-and-government, #wukan-china

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Nigeria’s Boarding Schools Have Become a Hunting Ground for Kidnappers

Northern Nigeria’s kidnap-for-ransom industry is growing, and it’s not just the well-off who are at risk. The new targets are poor villagers and ordinary schoolchildren.

#adichie-chimamanda-ngozi, #boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #corruption-institutional, #kankara-nigeria, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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Operation Car Wash Was No Magic Bullet

The largest anti-graft effort in the world couldn’t stop endemic corruption in Brazil.

#corruption-institutional, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #moro-sergio-1972, #odebrecht-sa

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‘V.I.P. Immunization’ for the Powerful and Their Cronies Rattles South America

A wave of corruption scandals is exposing how the powerful and well-connected in South America jumped the line to get vaccines early. Public dismay is turning into anger.

#argentina, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #ecuador, #peru, #suriname, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Looking for Something New in Russia’s ‘New People’ Party

Critics see an old trick, a phony opposition group blessed by the Kremlin as an alternative to the movement spawned by Aleksei A. Navalny.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #surkov-vladislav-y

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Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruption

A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it.

#afghanistan, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #india, #poverty, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taliban, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.

#annan-kofi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #dershowitz-alan-m, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freeh-louis-j, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #kabila-joseph, #kabila-laurent, #magnitsky-sergei-l, #mandelker-sigal, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #state-department, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates

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Zuma Risks Arrest After Defying South Africa Corruption Inquiry

The former South African president, tainted by endemic corruption scandals during his tenure, refused to appear before an inquiry panel. The panel’s leader said he would seek a high-court order to imprison Mr. Zuma for contempt.

#african-national-congress, #corruption-institutional, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

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The Taliban Close In on Afghanistan, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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A Life in Opposition: Navalny’s Path From Gadfly to Heroic Symbol

Even as a boy, the Russian opposition leader resisted authority. Now, he poses a growing threat to the country’s ultimate authority, President Vladimir V. Putin.

#content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Biden Charts a New Course in Guatemala

An emerging multiethnic and multigenerational coalition is reimagining the country’s future. Partnering with them could be the key to lasting change.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #guatemala, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Haiti Needs Help. This Is What the U.S. Sends Instead.

Our neighbor is in a constitutional crisis, and instead of carrying aid, planes arrived with deportees.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #haiti, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #moise-jovenel-1968, #organization-of-american-states, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states

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Would the Founders Convict Trump and Bar Him From Office?

They believed as a matter of civic principle that ethical leadership is the glue that holds a constitutional republic together.

#constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #franklin-benjamin, #hamilton-alexander, #impeachment, #madison-james-1751-1836, #philadelphia-pa, #senate, #trump-donald-j

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The Netanyahu Trial, Explained

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is standing trial on corruption charges. Here’s a look at the context of the trial, the main charges and the political ramifications.

#corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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Pro-Navalny Protests Gives Opposition Movement Momentum

The editor of the Mediazona news site was jailed for 25 days in a sign of a tightening crackdown against free expression following the return to Russia of opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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As Protests Grip Russia, Putin Critics of Many Stripes Rally Around Navalny

While many at the protests are critical of Aleksei A. Navalny, the Kremlin’s treatment of the opposition leader has united a disparate group of Putin’s opponents who say they can no longer tolerate official injustice.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #malaysia-airlines-flight-17, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Navalny Allies and Offices Targeted in Raids as Kremlin Turns Up Pressure

The authorities appeared to gear up for a new legal strike against the opposition leader after demonstrations last weekend drew tens of thousands to the streets.

#alburov-georgy, #corruption-institutional, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #search-and-seizure, #sobol-lyubov, #zhdanov-ivan-y

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6 More Houston Police Officers Charged After Fatal 2019 Raid

The indictments brought the total number of officers charged after the January 2019 killing of a couple to 12. Two face murder counts.

#ashraf-nadeem, #bryant-steven-houston-tex-police-officer, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gallegos-felipe, #goines-gerald-houston-tex-police-officer, #houston-tex, #lovings-cedell, #maxwell-griff, #medina-frank, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nicholas-rhogena, #pardo-oscar, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-houston-tex, #tuttle-dennis

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Supreme Court Ends Emoluments Suits Against Trump

The lawsuits accused the former president of violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments. The justices dismissed the suits as moot.

#conflicts-of-interest, #corruption-institutional, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Aleksei Navalny and the Future of Russia

Over the weekend, a standoff between President Vladimir Putin and his loudest critic became a showdown in the streets. Could this be a turning point?

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

The reversal by the Treasury Department during the administration’s final days came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to the former president.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #israel, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mines-and-mining, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Beny Steinmetz, a Mining Magnate, Found Guilty in Swiss Corruption Trial

Mr. Steinmetz, a French-Israeli businessman, was convicted on charges of corrupting foreign public officials in a bid to reap iron ore resources in Guinea. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

#beny-steinmetz, #corruption-institutional, #guinea, #mines-and-mining, #switzerland

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The Corrupt, the Clueless and Joe Biden

Unity is a fine goal, but don’t expect much cooperation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #corruption-institutional, #cruz-ted, #inaugurations, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The N.R.A. Wants to ‘Dump’ Its Regulators via Bankruptcy. Will It Succeed?

In a showdown with New York State, the National Rifle Association is trying an unusual strategy. Legal experts doubt it will work.

#bankruptcies, #corruption-institutional, #firearms, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas

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Swamps R Us

Lots of things are better than a colorful president.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bannon-stephen-k, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #inaugurations, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Problem With Trump’s Odious Pardon of Steve Bannon

It is corrupt and a possible obstruction of justice and should be legally challenged.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bannon-stephen-k, #corruption-institutional, #great-britain, #justice-department, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Navalny, From Jail, Issues Report Describing an Opulent Putin ‘Palace’

As part of a dramatic battle with the Russian president playing out before an online audience of millions, the opposition leader and his team detailed a lavish compound costing more than $1 billion.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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On Arab Spring Anniversary, Tunisia, Its Birthplace, Erupts

Tunisians are putting their hard-won right to criticize the government to good use. They just wish there were less to protest.

#ben-ali-zine-el-abidine, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #tunisia

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Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #corruption-institutional, #dowd-john-m, #giorno-karen, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #kiriakou-john-c, #legal-profession, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walters-william-t

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Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda returned to Mexico last year after the Department of Justice abruptly dropped drug-trafficking and corruption charges.

#cienfuegos-zepeda-salvador, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drug-enforcement-administration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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This Putsch Was Decades in the Making

G.O.P. cynics have been coddling crazies for a long time.

#conspiracy-theories, #corruption-institutional, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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China Sentences Huarong’s Lai Xiaomin to Death

The judgment against Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of Huarong Asset Management, follows a shift away from capital punishment for white collar crimes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #capital-punishment, #china, #china-huarong-asset-management-co, #corruption-institutional, #lai-xiaomin

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Is Peru Ungovernable?

Peruvians need firm democratic convictions to avoid being fooled by authoritarian demagogues.

#corruption-institutional, #peru, #politics-and-government, #vizcarra-martin

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