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Open Letter to Resource-Rich Kleptocratic Dictators

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 3:05 PM

You know who you are. Collectively, you loot billions from the abundant resources of your countries. You ship the money overseas to support your lavish lifestyle now and to fund your retirement abroad when it becomes necessary. All while your fellow-citizens live with poverty, dangerously unsanitary conditions, environmental degradation, inadequate...

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School's in for the Anti-Corruption Community

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Corruption thrives in silence and isolation. In response, several hundred representatives of governments, business and civil society gathered today in Vienna to celebrate with some pomp the opening of the International Anti-Corruption Academy. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pledged his full support for this first international center for anti-corruption professionals....

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Bribery as a Business Strategy

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 12:53 PM

Your company is pursuing a big deal in a dodgy country - a "challenging market" - and things have started to unravel. You're nearing the culmination of the negotiations and, after months of business dinners and late-night-cognac conversations, Mr. Avaricio, the government official making the final decision, has stopped taking...

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Paying the Fox to Buy New Chickens

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 2:37 PM

Corruption is center stage right now. Fines against companies are counted in billions. Executives are extradited and imprisoned. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, Attorney General Holder and their staffs address the corrosive impact of corruption in speeches at home and abroad in Accra, Nairobi and Doha.

Compensating the victims...

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