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Dan Froomkin

Dodd-Frank Provision: Human Rights Groups Call On SEC To Finalize Rule | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

A major international anti-corruption provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation remains stalled at the Securities and Exchange Commissi...

Is the United States a Representative Democracy or a Mirage Democracy

Kevin Zeese | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

It is a shame to have to ask whether democracy is a mirage in the United States, but the reality of the disconnect between government and the people has become so stark it is impossible to ignore.

Why the Tea Party Is Wrong

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We have developed an American myth about the magical efficiency of market forces and have deified entrepreneurs. We have developed a disdain for government as an obstacle to progress. Neither is entirely true or false.

FEC Rules Against Unlimited Contributions for Super PACs

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The clear and unanimous ruling by the FEC today should put an end to any talk of federal candidates and officeholders, and national party officials soliciting unlimited contributions for Super PACs.

To the Mahatma, From a Stateless Indian

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Dinkar Jain

2nd April, 2011 Dear Mahatma Today I witnessed the Indian team lift the cricket world cup for the first time in my life. I have never felt so proud. ...

Blow, Bling and Bucks: IMF Work Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Jody Myers | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Jody Myers

Drug traffickers, diamond smugglers, and terrorists' financiers around the world have one thing in common: they abuse the financial system to "clean" the proceeds they have obtained from their illegal work, or to transfer funds to achieve their destructive aims.

The US Congress: Where It Pays to Deceive

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.28.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

70 House Democrats just signed on to an industry letter that is so riddled with misinformation about AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile it's shocking that anyone would put their name on it.

While U.S. Talks Withdrawal, Afghan Corruption Soars

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The farmer picking apples in the outskirts of Kabul must pay the Taliban $33 to ship out each truckload of fruit. The governor send...

Third World America: Drowning in Debt and Choking on Lies

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Janet Tavakoli

America's biggest problem by far is that capital spending in new production facilities that create jobs and real products never occurred, not even after trillions of dollars were thrown at banks in the global financial system.

Pension Fund Scandal Shows That Corruption Still Pays Well in New York

John W. Moscow | Posted 08.23.2011 | New York
John W. Moscow

In the NY pension fund scandal, we are at risk of seeing the principle of "equal justice for all" being savaged as people who engaged in really bad behavior seem to be getting off with remarkably lenient sentences.

Give Africans a Stake in Their Own Wealth

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

For a lot of sensible people, natural resource wealth is actually a "curse," not a blessing. Is there a way to avoid the curse?

Confronting Corruption In The Muslim World

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Amid increasing calls to enforce a misunderstood concept of sharia by the clergy in Pakistan and other Muslim countries like Indonesia, reports such as Transparency International's should give those proponents pause.

Blagojevich Retrial: Reasonable Doubt

Lonna Saunders | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I'm still scratching my head over the retrial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich now that it's over as we all await the jury's verdict on some 20 counts.

In Fes, Seeking Sacred Wisdom, Grappling With Governance And Democracy

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.11.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The final two days of the Fes Forum grappled with two large issues of the times: corruption and democracy.

A Real Political Scandal: The Press Conference I'd Like To See

Yashar Ali | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Yashar Ali

We love to hold our public officials accountable for their personal transgressions. We love holding them accountable when we find significant evidence of corruption. Anything else? Nope.

A Double Game in Pakistan? More Like Double Shame

Rob Asghar | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Rob Asghar

In a nation of 180 million people, only two million Pakistanis pay taxes. This may at first glance seem a tragic consequence of poverty, but bear in mind that roughly 30 percent of Pakistanis live in poverty, not 99 percent.

The Magic Red Carpets of India

Michael Martin | Posted 01.20.2012 | World
Michael Martin

Corruption is everywhere -- even in the U.S. -- but happens at such a high level it doesn't directly affect the average U.S. citizen. In India, corruption starts at home.

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Angel Gurría | Posted 07.25.2011 | Business
Angel Gurría

We could be forgiven for wondering if we have learned anything over the past few years. We would deserve less forgiveness if we were unwittingly preparing the ground for the next slump and no one sounded the alarm.

FCC Commissioner's Comcast Dash Triggers Wave of Disgust

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.14.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Baker's move may become the tipping point for new rules to stop Washington's revolving door from tempting any bureaucrat to exchange a light regulatory hand for the promise of a high-salaried job.

One More Washington Regulator Cashes in at Your Expense

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The head of the company that makes more political contributions than any other has graced our capital with his presence. It's little wonder that people are so nauseated by business as usual in Washington.

The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

When companies are fined for malfeasance, their shareholders pay the price. The real culprits at the top of these companies rarely need to worry.

Could eBook Spam Or Malware Corrupt Your Kindle?

eBookNewser | Dianna Dilworth on April 28, 2011 1:38 PM | Posted 06.28.2011 | Books

Earlier this week a ZDNET blogger discovered links to what seemed like spam sites within an eBook that he had purchased in the Kindle store....

World's #9 Most Powerful Person Now Accused of Corruption -- Will She Fall?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 06.25.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

While corruption cases in India have caught up some pretty big fish, if charges are laid against Sonia Gandhi, it won't just be part of a wave, it will be a sea change.

Dan Froomkin

Senators Demand SEC Explain Delay Of Anti-Corruption Rule | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan Senate sponsors of an anti-corruption measure are demanding to know why the Securities and Exchange Commission has unilat...

Dan Froomkin

SEC Stalls On Anti-Corruption Regulation Opposed By Big Oil | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Oil and mining interests are fighting back against an anti-corruption measure included in last summer's financial reform package that wa...