Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria’s Longest-Serving President, Dies at 84

Mr. Bouteflika, ousted from the presidency in 2019 after 20 years in office, joined the country’s fight for independence in the 1950s and helped lead the nation out of a brutal civil war in the 1990s.

#algeria, #bouteflika-abdelaziz, #corruption-institutional, #elections, #national-liberation-front-algeria, #politics-and-government

What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

There were lots of winners of the War in Afghanistan. Defense contractors, for one.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #defense-contracts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Should Giving a Bribe Be Legal?

A former adviser to the Indian government once proposed immunity for people who give “harassment” bribes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #india, #internal-sub-only, #singh-manmohan, #united-states-economy

Guatemala Investigates Claim of Bribe Paid to Its President

A previous inquiry was cut short when the chief anti-corruption prosecutor was fired, but media reports of cash payments have prompted another one.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #sandoval-juan-francisco

The Buying of the American Mind

Government officials can be corrupted — but so can their critics.

#corruption-institutional, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government

Biden’s Border Dilemma

Increased crossings from Central America are forcing the administration to choose between two major goals — stopping migrants or stopping the root causes.

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #corruption-institutional, #immigration-and-emigration

The Afghan Army Collapsed Against the Taliban. Here’s Why.

It pains me to see President Biden and other Western officials blame the Afghan Army for collapsing but not mention why that happened.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #defense-and-military-forces, #ghani-ashraf, #helicopters, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #lashkar-gah-afghanistan, #military-aircraft, #politics-and-government, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

FIFA Will Share in $200 Million Payout From Justice Department

Soccer’s governing body and two affiliates in the Americas have been awarded millions after having been classified as victims in a corruption scandal.

#confederation-of-north-central-american-and-caribbean-association-football-concacaf, #conmebol, #corruption-institutional, #del-nero-marco-polo, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #justice-department, #soccer

El dilema de EE. UU. en Guatemala: ¿detener la corrupción o la migración?

El presidente Joe Biden prometió abordar la corrupción en Centroamérica, un propósito que ha tenido que pasar a segundo plano para lograr un clima de cooperación que reduzca el flujo migratorio.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #corruption-institutional, #el-salvador, #giammattei-alejandro, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Faces a Trade-Off: Stop Corruption, or Migration?

President Biden promised to attack corruption in Central America head on, but that goal has taken a back seat to cooperating on stopping migrants from the region.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #corruption-institutional, #el-salvador, #giammattei-alejandro, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-international-relations

He Guarded Haiti’s Slain President. And He’s the Target of a Drug Inquiry.

Officials are examining whether President Jovenel Moïse’s killing was tied to the drug trade. The man in charge of his safety was a suspect in a major trafficking case, they say.

#corruption-institutional, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #haiti, #martelly-michel, #moise-jovenel-1968, #smuggling

How the Taliban Conquered Afghanistan

Starting in the spring, the Taliban negotiated wholesale surrenders and seized roadways and weapons, handing them vital propaganda victories and freedom to move quickly to the next opportunity.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #desertion-military, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Biden owns the moment. He’ll also own the consequences.

Biden owns the moment. He’ll also own the consequences.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corruption-institutional, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

A Pricey Drive Down Montenegro’s Highway ‘From Nowhere to Nowhere’

The Montenegrin leader says that an almost $1 billion Chinese-built highway approved by his predecessor has badly strained the country’s finances.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #corruption-institutional, #djukanovic-milo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-investments, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #krivokapic-zdravko, #montenegro, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

Thomas Barrack, Trump Fund-Raiser, Is Indicted on Lobbying Charge

Mr. Barrack, the chairman of Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, was accused of failing to register as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

#barrack-thomas-j-jr, #campaign-finance, #colony-capital-llc, #corruption-institutional, #foreign-agents-registration-act, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2016, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Lebanon Collapses, Riad Salameh Faces Questions

People can’t get their money from banks, the currency has crashed and Riad Salameh’s reign at the central bank is facing allegations of fraud.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #corruption-institutional, #embezzlement, #lebanon, #money-laundering, #politics-and-government, #salameh-raja, #salameh-riad

A Canadian Mansion Becomes a Symbol of Haiti’s Disintegration

Valued at $3.4 million, a Haitian senator’s Montreal villa has become a potent emblem of the growing gap between Haiti’s impoverished citizens and its wealthy political elite.

#canada, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #haiti, #moise-jovenel-1968, #money-laundering

In the Haitian Diaspora: Shock, Sadness and Fear of What Comes Next

Both opponents and supporters of the Haitian president saw his assassination as a worrisome sign that the already fragile country was descending into greater turmoil.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #corruption-institutional, #haiti, #haitian-americans, #moise-jovenel-1968, #montreal-quebec, #politics-and-government

Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, Is Arrested

The Constitutional Court had found him guilty of contempt for failing to appear before a commission investigating corruption accusations that tainted a president once best known for fighting apartheid.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #politics-and-government, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

Jacob Zuma Is Ordered to Prison by South African Court

The former president, whose tenure was tainted by financial scandals, was a comrade of Nelson Mandela and a dominant figure for decades in the governing African National Congress party.

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

The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide

English courtrooms have become a battleground — and a source of powerful weapons — in fierce disputes between the tycoons and the politicians of the post-Soviet world.

#ablyazov-mukhtar, #alfa-group-consortium, #assets-frozen, #bta-bank, #corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #deposit-insurance-agency-russia, #detectives-private, #diligence, #england, #hardman-chris, #hogan-lovells, #kazakhstan, #legal-profession, #politics-and-government, #pugachev-sergei, #russia, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Police in Pakistan Spark Outrage With Free Burger Demands

Tired of law enforcement corruption, the owners of a fast-food chain in Pakistan sought justice over social media.

#corruption-institutional, #lahore-pakistan, #pakistan, #police, #restaurants, #social-media

Cuomo’s Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery

Gov. Andrew Cuomo distanced himself from the aide, Joseph Percoco, but the governor’s sister and close allies quietly funded the aide’s legal fight.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #competitive-power-ventures-holdings-llc, #corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-mario-m, #howe-todd-r-1960, #madeline-cuomo, #percoco-joseph, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Israel’s Netanyahu, the Official Residence Became a Fortress

After a year of protests outside Balfour, the prime minister’s house, Israelis are debating what role they played in Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hebrew-university, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-sara, #netanyahu-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #social-media, #youth

Natalie Edwards Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?

If President Biden really wants to fight global financial corruption, he should pardon Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #buzzfeed-inc, #corruption-institutional, #edwards-natalie-mayflower-sours, #freedom-of-the-press, #leopold-jason-1969, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #whistle-blowers

In Guatemala, Harris Tells Undocumented to Stay Away From U.S. Border

In her first foreign trip as vice president, Kamala Harris promoted economic development and anti-corruption efforts, trying to stem the northward flow of migrants.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #corruption-institutional, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #harris-kamala-d, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #remittances, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kamala Harris, in Guatemala, Discusses Plan to Deter Migrants

Vice President Kamala Harris detailed efforts to combat trafficking and corruption in order to deter northward migration.

#corruption-institutional, #foreign-aid, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration

Bouncy Castles and Grenades: Gangs Erode Maduro’s Grip on Caracas

As Venezuela collapses, armed gangs are taking over parts of the capital, exposing President Maduro’s vulnerability even in his seat of power.

#caracas-venezuela, #corruption-institutional, #gangs, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government

Lobbyist Closely Tied to N.Y. Assembly Speaker Draws Federal Scrutiny

The public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is examining Patrick Jenkins, a former aide to Carl Heastie and a top state lobbyist.

#corruption-institutional, #heastie-carl-e, #jenkins-patrick-b, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

Iraqi Activism Fights for Survival Amid Murders and Threats

A movement demanding a new kind of Iraq struggles to carry on, despite intimidation from Iranian-backed militias that are believed to have murdered dozens of activists.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #baghdad-iraq, #corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Claims From an Organized Crime Boss Rock Turkey’s Government

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, already hampered by an economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus cases, is now battling allegations of corruption in his ranks.

#corruption-institutional, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #organized-crime, #peker-sedat, #turkey

Spain Turns to Corruption Rehab for Officials Who Can’t Stop Stealing

Con artists and swindlers have long captured headlines in Spain. Now the country has a novel solution: A rehabilitation program aiming to “reinsert” corrupt officials back into society.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spain

Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Sent Back to Prison

Just two days after being furloughed, the once-powerful Democrat was headed back to prison to continue serving his sentence on corruption charges.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-state, #otisville-correctional-facility-otisville-ny, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #silver-sheldon

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Visiting Ukraine

The secretary of state will reassure Kyiv of backing against Russian hostilities, but call for more determined efforts to clean up the political system.

#blinken-antony-j, #corruption-institutional, #nuland-victoria-j, #politics-and-government, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Netanyahu Fails to Form New Israeli Government, Prolonging Deadlock

The prime minister’s opponents may now get a chance to oust him from power. But it is too soon to write off Benjamin Netanyahu, a political survivor.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #yesh-atid

Boris Johnson Under Investigation Over Flat Renovation

Britain’s Electoral Commission said it was opening an investigation into whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson used political donations to refurbish his apartment.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #corruption-institutional, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain

South African President Appears Before Corruption Investigators

President Cyril Ramaphosa is testifying about graft during his predecessor’s tenure, in what analysts have characterized as a battle for the soul of the governing African National Congress.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #johannesburg-south-africa, #mandela-nelson, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

With Navalny in Prison, Russia Turns to Thwarting His Movement

Prosecutors have banned the opposition leader’s political groups from carrying out any public activity.

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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