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Frank Vogl
Frank Vogl, former senior World Bank official and international reporter for The Times of London, is the co-founder of two leading nongovernmental anti-corruption organizations: Transparency International (TI) and the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF). He served for nine years as TI’s vice chairman and is now an adviser to its managing director. He additionally serves as vice chairman of PTF. Vogl is also president of Vogl Communications, Inc., Washington, DC -- an international economics and finance consulting firm.

Entries by Frank Vogl

Courageous New York Prosecutor Continues Long Anti-Corruption Tradition as Top N.Y. Pol Is Indicted

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:38 PM

The United States has a long, possibly unique, tradition of fearlessly prosecuting top politicians for corruption. The latest to be caught in the graft net is Sheldon Silver, the long-serving Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

"An Albany Powerhouse on the Edge of a Volcano" ran the...

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Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 6:47 PM

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. Today, the U.S. Government spends more than $100 million each year to promote the values of the First Amendment across the...

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New Global Corruption Scores Must Be A Wake Up Call to UN and World Bank

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 3:08 PM

A new global survey of corruption published by Transparency International (TI) shows an all-too-familiar picture of deep and far-reaching abuse of government positions by politicians and officials for their personal gain. More than two-thirds of the 175 countries covered by the survey show very high levels of corruption.

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Will Obama Challenge Corrupt Governments at Key Summits?

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:28 PM

"Without impunity there cannot be peace," says Carlos Hernández, Director in Honduras of the Asociación para una Sociedad Mas Justa (the Honduran national chapter of Transparency International).

Carlos calmly talks about the endless waves of murders in his country, the rising numbers of contract killers and the intense...

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Trade Trumps Anti-Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Important trading powers, such as Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and Brazil, are failing to enforce national laws that call for criminal prosecution of companies from their countries that bribe foreign government officials and politicians.

Indeed, only four countries, which between them represent almost one-quarter of global exports, are fully...

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​A ​Courageous Reporter And A Corrupt Chinese Communist Official

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:37 PM

It took enormous courage in 2012 for a Chinese reporter to go into print to expose one of the Chinese Communist Party's most senior officials for taking bribes and building a fortune by abusing his public office. Reporter Luo Changping did just that. As a result, Liu Tienan, the former...

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The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

(8) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 10:40 PM

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, placing them seemingly above the law, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The Group of 20 -- the forum of the leaders of the world's most powerful economies -- meets at summit level...

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World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:17 PM

More than 650 firms and individuals penalized, according to new report.

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says,"Each dollar lost to corruption is a dollar stolen from a pregnant woman who needs health care; or from a girl or boy who deserves an education; or from communities...

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:41 PM

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries, such as in Nigeria and Angola and Venezuela.

If ever there was...

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Kiev: Biden Talks Bluntly About Corruption

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:58 PM

When countries are in acute difficulties and turn to the United States for support, then they do not expect to be publicly rebuked for corruption. Now, Vice President Joe Biden on a visit to Ukraine has done just this and it may signify a change in U.S. foreign policy approaches...

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The Financial Overthrow of Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Despite all the swagger of Russia's Putin and the pro-Russian sentiments of many citizens of Ukraine living in Crimea, the people of Ukraine remain angry about the staggering sums of cash allegedly stolen from them by the country's former government leaders and their cronies.

According to a report in...

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Avon's Alleged Foreign Bribes Spell Big Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:04 PM

The image of the serene Avon lady calling on charming housewives to sell beauty products is being replaced by a picture of hardened Avon executives across the developing world paying bribes to build their business.

This is not a trivial matter. Avon is in trouble.

Both the U.S. Department...

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Who Cares About the Law -- We Just Want to Make Money, Says Chase

(33) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Wall Street's trumpets blasted in full force from the top of America's largest bank today to declare: all we care about is making money, even if that means breaking the law at times.

The head of the largest bank in the United States, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer...

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Top Bankers Evaded Financial Crisis Justice -- and Will Never Be Prosecuted for Their Crimes

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Across the world people have been asking why none of America's top bankers went to jail for the crimes that caused the 2008 financial crisis. A leading New York judge now provides disturbing answers and underscores that none of the key bankers who caused the crisis will ever be criminally...

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Stop Corruption -- Anger to Rise in 2014

(9) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Stop the corrupt -- that's my hope for 2014.

Across the world people are angry with politicians and public officials, and with bankers too.

* Trust is broken. A host of opinion polls tell a blunt story. Public approval of the United States Congress has recently slumped to a...

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Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Across the globe the call -- "End Corruption" -- is ringing loud. In the bitter cold of Ukraine's capital, Kiev, tens of thousands of citizens are demonstrating against the government of president Viktor Yanukovych. The protesters declared: "Out with the bandits!"

In New Delhi, India, the parliament has...

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China's Rising Anti-Corruption Campaign: Who Is Next?

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 6:34 PM

An unprecedented attack on corruption at the top of the Chinese Communist Party is now underway. Suddenly, following a spate of trials, arrests and investigations, it seems as if even the most senior leaders in the Communist Party are vulnerable.

Moreover, U.S. and other foreign firms doing business in...

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Honesty Needed In U.S. Aid to Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:17 PM

The horrendous slaughter in the streets of Egyptian cities is calling into question the value of U.S. foreign aid to Egypt. Currently, the U.S. provides about $1.5 billion annually in aid to Egypt.

Hopefully, this discussion will lead to a deeper and broader debate about the objectives...

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Urgently Needed: Reform of the Broken American Political System

(29) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 6:55 PM

The American political system is damaged goods. Public confidence in the U.S. Congress is at an all-time low of just 10 percent, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Then, according to a brand new poll, 85 percent of U.S. business leaders see major problems with the...

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Good Governance Requires Dimon to End Dual Roles at J. P. Morgan Chase

(13) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 7:45 PM

Raging debates about whether or not the CEO and Chairman roles at J.P. Morgan Chase should be divided have centered on the skills and personality of Jamie Dimon who currently holds both positions. Shareholders of J.P. Morgan Chase will vote on this issue at their annual...

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