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Democracy and the Mexican Disease

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

This week marks an important anniversary in the Western world: it has been 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, one of the most important legal documents in history and which laid the foundations for the Anglo-Saxon tradition of liberal democracy.

PREET BRINGS THE HEAT

BuzzFeed | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

His frontal assault on the open secrets of New York political power has been a genuine shock to the state’s politics and even to its press, who miss...

New York's Powerful Speaker Faces Corruption Arrest

New York Times | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, peo...

Are Anonymous Companies a ‘Getaway Vehicle for Corruption'?

Dr. Mo Ibrahim | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Dr. Mo Ibrahim

For me, the case against anonymous companies is very simple. If you are successful in business you do not need them, and they have no economic or social purpose.

Corporate Contributions (of Beer, Cash, or Anything else) Have No Place in Pa. Inauguration

Rick Claypool | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Dick Yuengling is being snubbed. That's the accusation State Rep. Mike Vereb is making ahead of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's inauguration, whose planners have received over $1 million in contributions but allegedly turned down the offer of "free beer" from Yuengling's Pottsville-based brewery.

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

Adoption Criminality and Corruption

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Years after Guatemala halted adoptions to America, reverberations of the legacy of corrupt adoption scandals continue as the new go-to adoption hot spot nation of Ethiopia follows suit.

12 Dams That Changed the World

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Hoover Dam was the world's highest and most powerful dam when it was completed in 1936. It spurred the agricultural and industrial development of the US Southwest, and destroyed the Colorado River's rich downstream fisheries.

Chinese Consumer Confidence and China's Economy in 2015

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

In any country, but most of all China, anxiety is unproductive. Although the jury is still out on the Chinese government's incremental reform agenda, the people support their leader. And regard him as a force of stability.

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Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was once on the short list of potential Republican vice presidential nominees, was sentenced to two years in p...

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

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

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.30.2014 | Media
Frank Vogl

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.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

The War in Afghanistan Formally Ended; The War in Afghanistan Informally Goes On

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

"End of U.S. combat means that fewer American lives will be lost in Afghanistan and less American money spent, but Afghans will continue to die, even more now because they no longer have the support of foreign troops."

Shooting Non-targets

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The "non-target" costs of spraying lethal poisons in the environment are often high. In a cotton field, everything but the bugs feeding on cotton is non-target: that includes farmers, farm workers, children, birds, beneficial insects, other crops and wildlife.

Soccer Santa Plays Scrooge In Brazil

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 12.23.2014 | Sports
Eric Ehrmann

Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.

Legal Corruption? It's Real, and It's a Problem for Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois is famous for its corrupt politicians, exemplified by its long list of former governors who went on to serve jail sentences. But the state also has plenty of political corruption that's perfectly legal.

The Most Corrupt Countries On Earth

Thrillist | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Corruption: it's practically North Korea's primary export. In fact, the Hermit Kingdom and its cartoonish dictator are so great at being terrible that it ranks as the most corrupt country in the world. But surprisingly, it's not alone at the top.

Erdogan's Latest Attack on Critical Media

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkish police raided media outlets and detained journalists nationwide on Sunday in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him. The detentions came days after the government-sponsored bill was signed into law that made it possible to arrest suspects based on "reasonable doubt."

63,000 Strikes and You're Out? Not in Delaware.

Jeff Clements | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Clements

If a well-documented, decade-long criminal conspiracy that killed 29 people, and destroyed countless Appalachian mountains and streams, cannot move Delaware to take oversight of its creations, then there is something rotten at the core of American corporate law.

The High Cost to Democracy of the Budget Bill

Lawrence Noble | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Noble

Those supporting this Faustian bargain are feeding us myths about the changes in the law in an effort to sell us on being sold-out. Here are just a few of myths we are hearing and the reality.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Mexico: Corruption at the Forefront

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

Mexicans are rightfully outraged at the extent to which corruption has been institutionalized in Mexico, and how it has exacted a toll on society that can be measured in everything from GDP to human lives.

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Josh Silver | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Out of the Mouth of Babes: 'Making Corruption' at the Expense of Children in Liberia

Robtel Neajai Pailey | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Robtel Neajai Pailey

At the moment, children across the country like my niece are out of school because, among other problems, too many people have been 'making corruption' at their expense.