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Mighty Movie Podcast: José Padilha on Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Dan Persons | Posted 01.11.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Like Dirty Harry with a social conscience, the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within manages to kick all kinds of righteous ass while delving into the pernicious effect of corruption on those allegedly pledged with looking after the public welfare.

Public Funds Accepted by Republican Party to Finance their National Nominating Convention

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

It is more than ironic that at the same time Republican leaders in Congress are trying to kill the public financing system, the Republican party is happy to ask for and accept public funds to finance its own political activities.

'Wee the People,' No More; 'We the People,' Know More

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

The people know that many in Congress seem to be in business for themselves and at times their sole objective seems to be getting reelected at any cost, even if it means abdicating their role as representatives of "we the people."

The Corporatocracy Is the 1 Percent

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

Antagonizing the state as the sole culprit for our grievances is disingenuous. When the people lead, our leaders will have no choice but to follow.

Roots of Corruption in India

Cleo Paskal | Posted 01.02.2012 | World
Cleo Paskal

Individual by individual, an anti-corruption wave is growing within Indian civil society. In recent months, people from all sectors of Indian society have said 'enough is enough' and, each in their own way, are doing something about it.

The 10 Countries Most Likely To Use Bribery In Business

AP/The Huffington Post | DAVID RISING | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business

BERLIN (AP) - Companies from Russia, followed closely by those from China, are seen as most likely to use bribery to secure foreign contracts, accordi...

The Art of the Shakedown, From the Nile to the Potomac

Lawrence Weschler | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Lawrence Weschler

In Uganda, corruption often arises out of desperation. In America, more typically, its wellsprings are greed, pure and simple. And it's hard to decide which is the more dismaying, the more disfiguring, the more disgusting.

Some of those Making the Laws Are Corrupt, And Some of Those Enforcing the Laws Are Corrupt

Ed Koch | Posted 12.31.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Corruption is taking place at every level of government. Here in New York City, we see the beginning of a police scandal, which I sense will rival that of 1972.

Criminals Making A Dent In Global GDP

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

Criminals are making out like bandits with a sizable chunk of the world's economy. Criminal proceeds amounted to 3.6 percent of global gross domes...

One More Try: The Rules Versus the Game

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I believe that corruption hurts both the (populist) Left and the (populist) Right. And because I believe it hurts both of us populists, I believe there is a reason to try to engage with people I otherwise disagree with.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

A Reply to the @EdgeofSports: Who Exactly Are the 99%?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Those who see the Occupy movement as a movement of the Left need to tell me how calling people you disagree with "racists" is going to get us the super majority it takes to make any fundamental changes in this country, under this broken political system.

A Sobering Look Inside Putin's Russia

Barry D. Wood | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business
Barry D. Wood

PRAGUE -- Vaclav Havel was stooped and frail last week when he opened his annual Forum 2000 at the glittering Zofin palace beneath Prague Castle. Wh...

Government Picking Winners and Losers = Corruption

Gary Johnson | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

What Americans are demanding -- whether they are occupying Wall Street or not -- is that Washington stop helping us to death, and simply allow a level playing field for all to succeed or fail without the burden of a government that does too much and spends too much.

50 Million Will March

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

America has entered a new political era of protest and patriotism in a great and powerful tradition. When winter turns to spring, those who seek to champion the 99 percent are poised to mobilize for the largest protests in the history of America, and the world.

How to Regain Our Democracy

Cenk Uygur | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Our politicians are bought. The Democrats are bought and the Republicans even more so. Everyone knows it. There is one answer though. It is the one thing that is above Congress and the Supreme Court.

Occupy Your Own Backyard

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Marching and protesting only get you so far and we still have a democracy on the books here, so why not use it? Really use it? Why not take a deep breath and... run for office this election cycle.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

David Protess | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

If you're convicted of a crime you didn't commit, good luck getting compensation for your time behind bars.

The Fight for Equality from MLK to Occupy Wall Street

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

When it comes to tangibly honoring great Americans, Washington tends to drag its collective feet, usually decades, before making room along the Mall f...

Philippine Senators Accuse Ex-President's Husband Of Graft

AP | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- Three Philippine senators have filed graft complaints against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's husband and 18 former ...

A Letter to the #Occup(iers): The Principle of Non-Contradiction

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

There is no liberal, or libertarian, or conservative who should defend the corruption or our political system.

Feds: Philly Cop Used Prisoner Debit, Credit Cards

AP | Posted 12.12.2011 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- Federal authorities say a Philadelphia police officer tasked with protecting the belongings of jailed suspects instead used their debi...

Why Wall Street Occupies Washington

Richie Siegel | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics
Richie Siegel


Kinde Durkee's Alleged Fraud Continues to Take Its Toll on California Politicians

Jessica Levinson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The effects of the stunning fall from grace and subsequent arrest on September 2nd of veteran campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee continue to ripple throughout the California political community.

The Art of the Impossible

Ben Tripp | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Ben Tripp

Why is the president unwilling to allow that the crisis requires anything more than tinkering around the edges? Probably because admitting the full scale of the problem would require admitting he's not up to the task.