In South Africa’s Farmgate Scandal, a Theft and Then a Silence

Namibian investigators tracing money transfers by men suspected of stealing wads of cash from President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa say their cross-border calls for help went unanswered.

#african-national-congress, #corruption-institutional, #fraser-arthur, #fugitives, #informers, #namibia, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #robberies-and-thefts, #south-africa

For South Africa’s Leader, Being a Burglary Victim Spells Trouble

After a fortune in cash was stolen from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farmhouse, he kept it secret. Now that word is out, critics ask what he was hiding.

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

Gupta Brothers, Accused of Corruption in South Africa, Are Arrested in Dubai

Atul and Rajesh Gupta had fled South Africa four years ago amid intense law enforcement scrutiny and public outrage over allegations that they facilitated the gutting of state resources.

#african-national-congress, #corruption-institutional, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #extradition, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #politics-and-government, #south-africa

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Yacht Company That Caters to Russian Elites

The Treasury Department also identified four yachts as being linked to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #imperial-yachts, #kochman-evgeniy, #luxury-goods-and-services, #national-intelligence-estimates, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Anaheim Mayor Resigns as F.B.I. Investigates Angel Stadium Deal

Mayor Harry Sidhu has not been charged, but a federal agent has accused him of providing confidential information with the hope of receiving $1 million in campaign aid.

#anaheim-calif, #baseball, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #mayors, #sidhu-harry, #stadiums-and-arenas

How Much Haiti’s Freedom Cost: Takeaways From a Times Series

How did the modern world’s most successful slave revolt give birth to a desperately poor nation? Here is a summary of what a team of New York Times correspondents found out.

#aristide-jean-bertrand, #bonaparte-napoleon, #charles-x-king-of-france, #citigroup-inc, #colonization, #corruption-institutional, #credit-and-debt, #duvalier-francois, #france, #haiti, #piketty-thomas, #reparations, #slavery-historical, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Supreme Court Rules for Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case

The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions.

#campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #cruz-ted, #federal-election-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Lebanon’s Collapse, Can an Election Fix the Country?

On Sunday, Lebanese voters get their first chance to pass judgment on lawmakers since the economy fell apart. Few expect things to improve.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #berri-nabih, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #electric-light-and-power, #hezbollah, #khalil-ali-hassan, #lebanon, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

To Keep Putin and His Oligarchs Afloat, It Takes a System

Out of a halting attempt at democratization grew a corrupt ecosystem that has proved very difficult for the Russian elite to resist.

#boats-and-boating, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tuscany-italy, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #yeltsin-boris-n

The Man Who Could Ruin the Philippines Forever

We Filipinos were once proud of our democracy. The coming elections could see its end.

#corruption-institutional, #duterte-rodrigo, #elections, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #freedom-of-the-press, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #philippines

A Boston Consulting Firm Became a Power Broker, and Then a Pariah, in South Africa

A new judicial inquiry found that corruption at South Africa’s tax agency was because of “collusion” between Bain & Company and South Africa’s former president.

#bainco, #corruption-institutional, #moyane-tom, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #tax-evasion, #zuma-jacob-g

Brian Benjamin’s Bribery Defense: He Got ‘No Personal Benefits’

The case against Brian Benjamin, who resigned as New York’s second-in-command last week, may hinge on whether political contributions in this case constituted a bribe.

#albany-ny, #benjamin-brian-a-1976, #berke-barry-h, #campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #elections-governors, #elections-lieutenant-governors, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #hochul-kathleen-c, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Senator Elizabeth Warren: Democrats Can Win if We Keep Our Word

More must be done to enact President Biden’s agenda before the midterm elections

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-economy

Former Nassau County Executive Sentenced to 12 Years in Bribery Scheme

Edward P. Mangano and his wife, Linda, were both convicted for their parts in what prosecutors called “a culture of corruption.”

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #mangano-edward-p, #nassau-county-ny, #singh-harendra, #waters-edge-long-island-city-ny-restaurant

The Deep-Pocketed Developer Who Helped Take Down the Lieutenant Governor

Gerald Migdol, a Harlem developer, became the linchpin in a federal investigation that led to the indictment and resignation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #friends-of-public-school-harlem, #friends-of-public-school-harlem-inc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #philanthropy

Hochul’s Dilemma: What Do You Do When Your Running Mate Gets Indicted?

The criminal charges against Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin complicate Gov. Kathy Hochul’s election efforts as she seeks her first full term in office.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-lieutenant-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses

Kenya’s Supreme Court Rejects President’s Plan to Amend Constitution

Civil society groups had criticized the proposal as an attempt to expand presidential power and strengthen the elite’s grip on national politics.

#constitutional-amendments, #corruption-institutional, #decisions-and-verdicts, #kenya, #kenyatta-uhuru-muigai, #odinga-raila, #ruto-william

Sanctions on Oligarchs Won’t End Putin’s War in Ukraine

The West needs to understand that wealth doesn’t equal power in Russia.

#corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #kgb, #privatization, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Peru’s Top Court Reinstates Pardon for Former President Alberto Fujimori

The court issued a ruling to release Mr. Fujimori from prison, where he has served less than 15 years of a 25-year sentence for committing human rights abuses.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #castillo-pedro-1969, #corruption-institutional, #fujimori-alberto-k, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #inter-american-court-of-human-rights, #kuczynski-pedro-pablo, #peru

U.K. Moves to Tighten Laws on Oligarchs. Critics Say It’s Too Late.

With most of the Western world uniting against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Britain is trying to plug loopholes for wealthy Russians to which it has long turned a blind eye.

#abramovich-roman-a, #conservative-party-great-britain, #corruption-institutional, #high-net-worth-individuals, #house-of-commons-great-britain, #house-of-lords-great-britain, #johnson-boris, #lebedev-evgeny, #money-laundering, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #transparency-international

Laundered Money Could Be Putin’s Achilles’ Heel

We can and should freeze oligarchs’ overseas assets.

#assets-frozen, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #money-laundering, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘Dark Money’ Suddenly Dominates Australia’s Election

Chinese financing, unreported donations, payouts from coal barons: The new political season is shining an unaccustomed light on a culture of opacity.

#australia, #campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #dutton-peter-c, #elections, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

Arab Rulers and Spy Chiefs Stashed Millions in Swiss Bank

A leak of account data from Credit Suisse revealed the holdings of powerful figures across the Middle East, raising new questions about self-dealing.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bin-said-qaboos, #central-intelligence-agency, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #egypt, #jordan, #middle-east, #mubarak-alaa, #mubarak-gamal, #mubarak-hosni, #oman, #politics-and-government, #rania-queen-of-jordan, #suddeutsche-zeitung, #suleiman-omar, #switzerland

Vast Leak Exposes How Credit Suisse Served Strongmen and Spies

Leaked data on more than 18,000 accounts shows that the Swiss bank missed or ignored red flags.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #high-net-worth-individuals, #money-laundering, #mubarak-hosni, #mugabe-robert, #panama-papers, #pandora-papers, #paradise-papers, #suddeutsche-zeitung, #tax-evasion, #whistle-blowers

Navalny Faces 15 More Years in Prison as New Trial Starts in Russia

Aleksei A. Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader, faces charges of embezzlement and contempt of court that could extend his time in jail by 15 years.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

China’s Anti-Graft Show Is Educational, With Unintended Lessons

A documentary created to celebrate the success of China’s anti-corruption campaign instead has aired the dirty laundry of the Communist Party.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #corruption-institutional, #documentary-films-and-programs, #reality-television

Xiomara Castro’s Party in Honduras Splits, Threatening Reform Agenda

A split in the party of the president-elect, Xiomara Castro, has left her with little political means to fight corruption and organized crime.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #castro-xiomara, #corruption-institutional, #harris-kamala-d, #honduras, #immigration-and-emigration, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government

Eric Adams Picks Philip Banks as Deputy Mayor, Despite Ethics Concerns

Philip Banks III, who resigned from the Police Department while under federal investigation, announced his own appointment in a newspaper opinion piece.

#adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #banks-philip-iii, #corruption-institutional, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

How the Kazakhstan Protests Started and Why They Matter

As protests in the oil-rich Central Asian country gain momentum, the events threaten to reverberate across the region.

#almaty-kazakhstan, #chevron-corporation, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #exxon-mobil-corp, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #kazakhstan

Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Is Sentenced to Prison

Julia Keleher, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, said she was “inept” in how she handled some big policy changes in a troubled system.

#corruption-institutional, #education-k-12, #keleher-julia, #puerto-rico

Haiti’s Leader Kept a List of Drug Traffickers. His Assassins Came for It.

In the months before his murder, President Jovenel Moïse took a number of steps to fight drug and arms smugglers. Some officials now fear he was killed for it.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #les-cayes-haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #port-au-prince-haiti

Le président haïtien dressait une liste de narco-trafiquants. Ses tueurs l’ont saisie.

Dans les mois précédant son meurtre, Jovenel Moïse avait entrepris de lutter contre des trafiquants d’armes et de drogues. Certains responsables craignent aujourd’hui que ce fut sa perte.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #les-cayes-haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #port-au-prince-haiti

House Approves Post-Trump Curbs on Presidential Power

Republicans almost unanimously opposed the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which might be broken into separate components in the Senate.

#corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Rallies Global Democracies as U.S. Hits a ‘Rough Patch’

The White House’s Summit for Democracy has drawn harsh criticism of domestic issues and questions about the guest list.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #corruption-institutional, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

The inquiry will focus on whether the Mount Vernon department engaged in a “pattern or practice of unlawful policing,” officials said.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #corruption-institutional, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gothamist-llc, #justice-department, #mount-vernon-ny, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #williams-damian-attorney

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

Xiomara Castro, headed toward becoming her country’s next president, promises to expunge its legacy of corruption, but change may be tempered by her establishment ties and conservative opposition.

#central-america, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #zelaya-rosales-jose-manuel

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

Dangerous mining conditions plague Congo, home to the world’s largest supply of cobalt, a key ingredient in electric cars. A leadership battle threatens reforms.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #china-molybdenum-co-ltd, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #gertler-dan-1973, #global-warming, #kabila-joseph, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #tshisekedi-felix, #yuma-mulimbi-albert

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Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday, but widespread political violence during the campaign and questionable results from 2017 are looming large.

#asfura-nasry, #castro-xiomara, #central-america, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #latin-america, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #zelaya-rosales-jose-manuel

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

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president, has beat back a flurry of corruption cases and climbed to the front of next year’s presidential race.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazilian-development-bank, #corruption-institutional, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #elections

Critical Witness Testifies at Netanyahu Trial, Reviving a Drifting Case

Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, is a state witness at the former prime minister’s corruption trial, which was once at the heart of a constitutional crisis.

#corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #hefetz-nir, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

Ukraine Wants to Be the Crypto Capital of the World

It has to be somewhere. Why not Ukraine?

#bitcoin-currency, #bornyakov-alexander, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chobanian-michael, #corruption-institutional, #entrepreneurship, #kuna-exchange, #kyiv-ukraine, #paterson-shadi, #sawhney-hartej, #ukraine, #virtual-currency

Manuel Chang Will Face Corruption Charges in U.S.

A judge overturned the South African government’s decision to send the minister back to Mozambique, where civil society groups say his political clout will protect him.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #extradition, #manuel-chang, #mozambique, #securities-and-commodities-violations

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

Britain’s prime minister intervened in the case of a Conservative Party lawmaker who faced suspension. A ferocious blowback caused him to retreat, a now familiar path.

#corruption-institutional, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #paterson-owen-william, #politics-and-government, #security-service-mi5

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

Dysfunctional and collapsing rural towns may test voters’ loyalty to the ruling African National Congress party in nationwide municipal elections on Monday.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #corruption-institutional, #elections-mayors, #local-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

How Corruption Ruined Lebanon

The deadly port blast, the triple-digit inflation, the energy shortages — Lebanon’s many crises have a shared root: misrule by a self-dealing elite.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #bitar-tarek, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diab-hassan-1959, #hezbollah, #shiite-muslims, #sunni-muslims

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

Mr. Roh, who played a role in a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1980 but also oversaw its winning 1988 Olympics bid, left a mixed legacy and was mired in legal trouble in his later years.

#cold-war-era, #corruption-institutional, #daegu-south-korea, #deaths-obituaries, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-1988, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roh-tae-woo, #seoul-national-university, #south-korea

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

The country’s normally fractious opposition has rallied around a conservative mayor who just might be able to oust the authoritarian prime minister after more than a decade.

#budapest-hungary, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #elections-mayors, #orban-viktor, #peter-marki-zay, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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

Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, is accused in the U.S. of siphoning millions from programs intended to help the needy in Venezuela.

#cape-verde, #corruption-institutional, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #saab-alex, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

Court in Argentina Dismisses Charges Against Kirchner in Bombing Case

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, now the vice president, had been accused of conspiring with Iran to thwart an investigation into a 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bombs-and-explosives, #corruption-institutional, #kirchner-cristina-fernandez-de, #nisman-alberto, #politics-and-government

The Pandora Papers and the Power of Shame

Technology and public opinion are shifting the balance against elites’ use of offshore financial services.

#corruption-institutional, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #panama-papers, #paradise-papers, #tax-evasion, #tax-shelters, #united-states, #whistle-blowers