Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.
The Obama administration unveiled Monday yet another aid package for Afghanistan. The country remains one of the world's poorest and most dangerous countries despite a dozen years of massive international aid efforts.
With the Winter Olympics finally under way, is it possible that the American journalists, if we can use that term in these circumstances, will be able to write about something other than the failure of Russia to be the United States?
That the AKP's third term is mired in systemic corruption is discouraging for Turkey's democracy. Even more worrisome, though, is the fact that corruption has led to an authoritarian trend in which those who refuse political obedience are profiled and discriminated against.
Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.
I'm asking all of you who read this, to join me in Goin for the Gold in Sochi. I've put in an urgent request, both to Fed Ex and UPS, to have planes at the ready to deliver essential, life(Medal)-altering items to all the Americans in Sochi.
These new crop of politicians bring with them a new fresh perspective into the traditional political discourse. Already, they have shaken up the establishment on issues of corruption and the privileged lives that are led by traditional politicians in India.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.
We hear endless lamentations about how corrupt our political process has become; that special interest groups with wealthy anonymous donors fund the campaigns of politicians who in-turn endorse legislation which favors these groups. For the most part, it's true.
Too often the political and business establishments in many countries gloss over the impact of corruption. They underestimate the scale of public anger. They fail to fully appreciate that corruption kills, it impoverishes, it robs people of their dignity, their freedom and their rights.
These rogue institutions are costing the USA trillions of dollars annually. But it goes beyond money. The perpetrators behind these problems don't use guns. They use massive holes in the intentional ignoring of laws by people who should be enforcing them.
Who will pay for these student debts when the declining job market fails to provide these certificated but indebted individuals the employment-earnings that they will need in order not to default on them? Again, it will be the American taxpayer, the general public.
It's hard to believe that David O. Russell's first feature film was an incest comedy called Spanking the Monkey. Now, with his track record of critically-acclaimed dramedies, he has his pick of Hollywood's A-list talent, some of whom reached that level because of him.
In short, the guy accomplished the unimaginable. We are now is as stable and strong as can be for a fractured, deeply corrupt, post-9/11 nation on the verge of perpetual economic and environmental apocalypse. Miraculous? Damn straight.
Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.
As an anti-corruption advocate, I don't have a position on derivatives trading. What I do have a position on is corruption, and H.R. 992 is a textbook case of the way corruption has turned the People's House into an auction house.
The effects of corruption are personal and they are devastating. Corruption leaves children without mothers, families without health care, people without food, the elderly without security, and businesses without capital.