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'Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation With Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Scott Pratt, the bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers, worked as a criminal defense lawyer before writing his first novel, An Innocent Client.

Is Kenya at 50 Teetering on Failed Statehood?

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is a strong relationship between peace and stability on the one hand and strong/effective governance on the other.

Terrorist Financing Must Be Destroyed

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Frank Vogl

A sprawling dark network of financial agents has long supported terrorist operations. The U.S. Patriot Act, pushed by the last Bush Administration following the 9/11 disaster explicitly sought to strengthen efforts in this area. But, still more must be done.

President Obama's Forum: High Theater on High Drug Prices

Dean Baker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.

Clinton's Corruption Problem and Saturday's Debate

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

If Hillary Clinton wants to light up the country in either the general election or the primary, she needs to take a leadership role -- not a lip service role -- in a basic, in-the-guts overhaul of how politics works in this country.

Open Letter to The Newly Elected

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Robert F. Walsh

Represent our concerns rather than dictating them to us -- you work for us, not the other way around. Listen to our concerns rather than merely tolerating them -- if complaints are an inconvenience, you offered to serve in the wrong job.

How Open Data Helped Uncover Rampant Corruption in Myanmar's Multi-Billion Dollar Jade Industry

Hera Hussain | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Hera Hussain

Open data may not demolish the incentive of corruption but it can go a long way in raising the cost of doing so.

Women In Brazil Are Footing Too Many Bills -- And Not Writing Enough Of Them

Karen Sztajnberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Karen Sztajnberg

We have to stop seeing egalitarianism as an act of largess on man's part, a concession. Maybe we have failed to quantify and sufficiently show Brazilian men that it benefits everyone to live in a society where women have more of an equal footing.

Learning From History How to Curb Corruption

Richard L. McCormick | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Richard L. McCormick

Americans are heirs to a long tradition of fighting to abolish political practices that stand corruptly in the way of solutions to the country's most serious problems.

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

Cynics Be Damned, We Are Winning the Fight Against Political Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When it comes to beliefs about government corruption, there are two types of people in the world. There are the cynics, a pessimistic bunch convinced that corruption is inevitable and that reform is a Sisyphean task. And then there are the rest of us.

Afghan Security Woes Continue Unabated

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Abdullah Sharif

President Obama recently announced a course correction relative to the U.S. troop reduction in Afghanistan. He is now convinced that the woes of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are far from over.

How China's Anti-Graft Purge May Shake Its Global Health Work

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Chinese President Xi Jinping's pledge to spend $12 billion over the next 15 years to help the United Nations achieve its goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 signals that Beijing is eager to claim a bigger role in the world of international development.

Karen Dawisha on How Putin Views the West, Interview With Renowned Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: An Ever-Closing Circle?

Juliet Sorensen | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Juliet Sorensen

A decade ago, as New Orleans commenced its long, slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, pundits warned against sweetheart deals and no-bid contracts to rebuild the city obtained with bribery and kickbacks.

Game Over: Chevron's RICO Case Spectacularly Implodes as Corrupt Ex-Judge Admits to Making It Up in Exchange for Chevron Payoff

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron's polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them. Their witness is a liar, and he freely admits it.

No Good Deed -- Cattle, the French, and Getting PNG'ed from Madagascar

ADST | Posted 10.26.2015 | World

While U.S. diplomatic missions attempt to build relationships with the nations in which they maintain embassies, these relationships don't always work out. Sometimes, diplomats are PNG'ed or declared persona non grata - a nice way of saying they've been kicked out of the country.

Today Corrupt Officials Spend Your Money. Tomorrow This Will Stop Them.

Singularity University | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.26.2015 | World

Honduras has had the world’s highest murder rate for years. The Transparency International organization’s Corruption Perception Index ran...

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here's What You Need to Know

Bill Blum | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

Within the next 90 days, the California Supreme Court will decide if a referendum should be placed on the November 2016 ballot asking voters whether they want to amend the federal Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's dreaded Citizens United ruling.

Guatemala: The Unexpected Leader of the Anti-Corruption Spring

Ana Davila | Posted 10.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

On the eve of the upcoming elections in Guatemala, uncertainty is in the air. Ten days before the decisive round, it is still unclear if the people will choose the outsider Jimmy Morales, or the experienced former First Lady Sandra Torres to run the country.

"Bribery, Back Room Dealing, And Bullying" in Ukraine: The Origins of Burisma

James Stafford | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business
James Stafford

Zlochevsky's UK assets may have been unfrozen and whisked off to safety in Cyprus, but anyone considering investing in Ukrainian gas or this influential player should understand that the next stop will be Switzerland.

How Thin Political Markets Undermine Democracy: An Interview With Harvard B-School's Karthik Ramanna

FIXCapitalism | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business

With his forthcoming book - Political Standards - Harvard Business School's Karthik Ramanna develops the notion of "thin political markets" to describe a key problem facing technical rule-making in corporate accounting and beyond.

Why a fake presidential candidate is taking over the election

Josh Silver | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

Two weeks ago, America's first "honest politician" Gil Fulbright announced his bid for the White House. Fulbright is a satirical candidate cashing in on the flood of money in politics by doing whatever his donors want.

Signs of an Impending Bozo Explosion

Shawn Hunter | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Shawn Hunter

It's true that often those who are the most assertive in their own promotion and compensation get what they ask for. But their promotion doesn't necessarily make them more effective leaders.