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Why The War On Elephant Poaching Must Be Scaled Up

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

Sadly, more bad news is expected. Clearly this is no time for easing up on our efforts to protect Africa's elephants. Indeed, there is a need for redoubled efforts.

The Very High Cost of Global Corruption

Russ Warner | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Russ Warner

Although the United Nations did create the Financial Action Task Force to combat these problems, many times the task force is prevented from achieving its objectives by governments that refuse to cooperate. And why would governments refuse to cooperate? I think you know why.

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.

Big Data Can Drive SDGs With Improved Accountability and Transparency: A Question of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.

Mandatory Voting Doesn't Address the Problem of Corruption, Mr. President

Brian Boyko | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

President Obama, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, was asked what he thought he could do about the issue of money in politics. And his answer -- for the short term, at least -- is to suggest that America make voting mandatory, as they do in Australia. He's wrong. Dead wrong.

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? In the face of all these assaults on the working and middle class, there are many movements but no Movement. The Occupy movement, which gave us the phrase, "The One Percent," was too hung up on its own procedural purity to create a broad movement for economic justice. This vicious circle can be reversed, as it has been reversed at moments in the American past. As that noted political consultant Joe Hill put it, as they were taking him to the gallows, "Don't mourn, organize."

Red Notice: Honoring Sergei Magnitski

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We discover, laid bare by an expert, the inner workings of the staggering extortion scheme that is the heart of Putin's system, and we understand that the act of revealing those workings is the most unforgivable crime in the country.

Stay Angry

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

We are angry. A lot of people are angry. But the anger is a symptom. A symptom of something larger. A symptom of an education system for which no one feels accountable, a symptom of a society that is mostly indifferent to the children we serve.

Matt Sheehan

China Targets Big Oil In Wars On Corruption, Pollution

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

BEIJING -- What do China's "war on pollution" and campaign against corruption have in common? They've both placed China's coal and oil empires in thei...

Matt Sheehan

In China, Only Leaders Are Allowed To Battle Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.12.2015 | World

TIANMU VILLAGE, Tianjin, China -- Since his rise to power, Chinese President Xi Jinping has waged a sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has targete...

Politico: Reid Will Face Pressure to Remove Menendez From Leadership if Menendez Is Indicted

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Politico reports that Senate Democrats don't have a rule like Senate Republicans do, but that nonetheless Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will face pressure to remove New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez from the Democratic leadership in the Senate if Menendez is indicted,

Menendez Should Withdraw From Leadership If He Faces Charges

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Senator Menendez, like every other American, is entitled to a presumption of innocence when facing criminal prosecution. But continuing to serve in the democratic leadership in the Senate while he remains under a cloud of suspicion is a different matter.

The Philippines Has Come Such a Long Way

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has demonstrated that it is possible to be part of political dynasty yet be focused on the common good, and achieve enough in a single term of office to transform the country from the sick man of Asia to one of its leading economies.

Book Review: Thieves of State

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.03.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Thieves of State by Sarah Chayes is informative, thought-provoking, very interesting and concisely written. Published this year, the book is about corruption and its devastating effects.

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Law Might Be 'A Violation of Civil Rights'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Kirsten Velasco, a medical cannabis patient advocate, says that Illinois' medical marijuana law has a serious flaw: It requires patients to be fingerprinted, a practice she says she is "sure" is "a violation of civil rights and privacy."

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

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

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.

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

Embezzlement in Sahara

Magnus Norell | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Magnus Norell

The newly presented report from the EU corruption watch-dog -- OLAF -- about embezzlement of funds from the EU to Polisario, comes as no real surprise for those of us who have followed the confluence between organized crime and terrorism in West Africa.

Benjamin Netanyahu Hires Top Defense Attorney For Possible Corruption Case

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.22.2015 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired a well-known lawyer described in the Israeli press as a "specialist in white-collar crime" to repr...

Sheldon Silver Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury voted Thursday morning to indict former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges,...

"Corruption" vs. "Systemic Corruption" -- and Why the Latter Is Much, Much Worse

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

New Zealand -- like all democracies -- has corruption. But it doesn't have systemic corruption like the United States does. Systemic corruption is when politicians must give favors to the donors of their campaigns, but here the favors (if any) were due to personal connections.

If You Were Dating Congress, You'd Dump Them Immediately

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

Can you imagine being in a relationship with somebody who never listens to you? Somebody who never cleans up their messes or owns up to their mistakes? Somebody who keeps promising they'll change, year in and year out, but never does?

What the Anti-vax Movement Tells Us About Corruption

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

The anti-vax movement does show that even when the government isn't corrupt, when it appears to be, it has dire consequences.

Amidst Scandal and Crisis, a Way Forward For Resource Governance in Latin America

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Daniel_Kaufmann

Countries like Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are among the resource-rich economies in Latin America that have made inroads their extractive sectors, particularly regarding transparency in revenues. Others are embroiled in major economic crises, like Venezuela.