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Corruption

Let's Crowdsource to Expose Government Bribe Takers!

Russ Warner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Russ Warner

Over $1 trillion per year is lost to corrupt politicians and others. That amount of corruption affects us all. Why don't we crowdsource to publish the names of government bribe takers? It won't cost taxpayers.

Lawrence Lessig: On 'Dumbing Down' The Democratic Debate

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I get the appeal in blaming Republicans. I understand the attraction in good vs. evil stories. I see the strength in the partisan rally. I get it's a great strategy for winning elections. But it is not a strategy for governing. We won't have a functioning government until we create a functioning democracy.

A Dangerous Shift Against Democracy in Tanzania

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

For our entire history as a sovereign nation, Tanzania has been ruled by only one party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the Party of the Revolution. In 1992, for the first time, a multi-party political system was instituted. Since then, the opposition parties have grown gradually stronger.

Ending the Drug War Tragedy: From Honduras to NYC

Ted Lewis | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Ted Lewis

As we traveled and spoke with organizations and leaders across Honduras we encountered deep opposition to the militarization and corruption of public life that have accompanied the drug war.

Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

National Breastfeeding Month's Official Movie

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

The Milky Way: Not Just Another Breastfeeding Documentary August is National Breastfeeding Month. I am very proud that Jennifer Davidson asked me to ...

Liar's Poker in Africa: How Hidden Agendas Drive the Politics of Fish in Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

According to a recent World Bank study, fisheries make up one quarter of Mauritania's natural wealth, but the waters off the country in north-western Africa are being overfished. Foreign operators pull out the lion's share of the catch - sometimes legally, sometimes not; suspicions of corruption abound.

How Crowdsourcing Anti-Corruption Policy Might Ease Brazil's Legitimacy Crisis

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

If there is no sufficient effort to tackle this growing legitimacy crisis through crowdsourcing or other strategies, the future is likely to be very bleak. The gap between the government and citizens will continue to widen, leading to these possible futures in Brazil.

Thanks To Chief Justice Roberts, Bob McDonnell To Stay Out Of Prison ... For Now

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

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George Clooney for President

Judy Frankel | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

If Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger can become politicians, perhaps we should convince Batman to come out of his cave to save the day. If Clooney isn't a good choice, then Americans should draft some other popular, good-looking person to offer his temporary services.

Former Apprentice Star Gets Flicker of Hope

Blayne Davis | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Blayne Davis

Prosecutors will either dismiss or retry disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on five of eighteen counts stemming from his corruption trial. Blagojevich will remain in Bureau of Prison custody while serving his 14-year prison term, while his attorneys petition the Seventh Circuit for en banc.

Rep. Chaka Fattah Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charges

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

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Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Detroit Cop Indicted On Charges Of Lying About Murder Plot

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player A Detroit police officer was indicted Friday on allegations that he knew about a mu...

Harvard Professor Leaves Ivory Tower to Fight Money in Politics

David Cahn | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
David Cahn

The Harvard Professor likens his candidacy to that of Eugene McCarthy, who turned the Vietnam War into the central issue of the 1968. Today, 80 percent of Americans say there's too much money in politics but less than 1 percent say that it is the most important issue they consider when voting

Confessions of an SAI Superfan & Recent Lessons From Kenya+

Dana Wilkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Dana Wilkins

Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

In Defense of Maria Jose Carrascosa: Rights Are No Rights Unless Protected and Defended

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

Why is the growing illegal incarceration of women for discriminatory reasons not accorded the same consideration as the illegal incarceration of men for discriminatory reasons by the international human rights community?

12 of Illinois' Most Politically Corrupt 21st Century Women

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

"Old boys network" is a term used to describe the culture that allows political corruption to thrive. According to a study from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, this shorthand term does not accurately reflect the female gender.

Iraq's Parliament Approves Major Government Reform Package

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform package, Speaker Saleem...

Disciplining Corporate Directors: The Real Culprits in CEO Pay

Dean Baker | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

More than five years after the passage of Dodd-Frank the SEC finally issued rules on disclosure of CEO pay last week. This is useful information for trends in inequality. Corporate lobbyists have spent the last five years complaining that this disclosure would impose an enormous burden.

The Real Victims of India and Pakistan Proxy War

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been ongoing now for about four decades, whereas hostility between Pakistan and India has been present since 1947. The proxy war between between India and Pakistan lies in Afghanistan.

You Agree With Donald Trump, Get Used to It

Joshua Graham Lynn | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Joshua Graham Lynn

He might, because he's the Wolf of Wall Street we all hate to love, and he likes it that way. Underneath all the pomp and that sweet, sweet combover, Trump's got the one message we all secretly wish was coming out of every other candidate's mouth.

The Case for Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.