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The Prison Industrial Complex

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Almost ten percent of our population is locked up. Does this accomplish anything? In other words, does locking up a drug dealer stop drug dealing? The answer is, and has been for decades, a resounding no.

Big Oil launches bogus "citizen rallies" to fight regulation

Jamie Henn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Henn

Big Oil is diving deep into its Orwellian playbook and rolling out a series of so-called "citizen rallies" and "rally for jobs" events this summer to ...

Charlie, What's It Like Inside the Club?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The world is full of clubs. Two countries have about 95% of the estimated nuclear weapons in the small club of nuclear countries. The world's four wealthiest countries have about half the global economy.

Final Audit: A Trail of Greed and Revenge!

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jim Worth

Though entertaining, the compelling message in Final Audit is that greed, corruption and immoral and unethical behavior should not go unpunished.

Swedish Princess Accused Of Taking Honeymoon Bribe

The Local | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prosecutors are to consider whether Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel accepted bribes after a tycoon paid for the couple's luxury ...

The Malik's Answer to Corruption

John Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sullivan

With wider popular involvement, particularly from Afghan's local business community that would benefit most from lower corruption, Afghanistan's institutions will reflect the true values of its citizens.

Sacrifice of the Innocents: Drugs, Money and Murder in Mexico

Amanda Feilding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amanda Feilding

When drugs are illegal there are vast profits to be made in their production, transport and sale. In areas of Mexico with high levels of unemployment and drug addiction there is an unbounded supply of labour for the cartels.

Big Ticket Democrats

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Charlie Rangel Must (Politically) Die

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Schechter

It took him 80 years but Harlem's war-hero turned Congressional elder, Charles Rangel, is this week's media poster boy for all the ills of an institutionally corrupt system.

US and EU Man in Kosovo: Is He the Chosen One or the Only Candidate Left?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

The International Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of Kosovo's right to declare independence has opened the door for Kosovo to enter the family of sovereign states. The task falls to Kosovo's powerful Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

The Next Financial Reform Floodgate

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark V. Vlasic

The financial reform bill's whistleblower provisions require that any whistleblower providing "original information" leading to a penalty over $1 million shall receive between 10 and 30% of that collection.

Machiavelli Is in the House

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

When CentralWorks offered the world premiere of Machiavelli's The Prince, I was struck by the playwright's skill at making Machiavelli's treatise on the use of power so relevant to contemporary politics.

India's Burma Policy Is Not Pragmatism, It's Realism

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

India graciously hosted the Burmese Dictator Than Shwe this week, raising the question as to why the world's largest democracy would welcome one of the world's worst dictators, a man associated with crimes against humanity.

Dubai: The Golden Mirage

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

The ongoing ordeal of a U.S. businessman who has been rotting in a Dubai jail for more than two years should serve as a warning to Americans and Westerners alike doing business with Dubai.

Bribery as a Business Strategy

Alexandra Wrage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alexandra Wrage

Regardless of how carefully negotiated and documented, a bribery scheme is unenforceable. If the official on the inside reneges or if he is removed in a change of government, you must begin again.

Get Rich Cheating: Hayward's Severance

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Kreisler

Aspiring cheaters, CEOs, and other crooks: Tony Hayward is getting about $18 million to ruin BP and the Gulf.

New Facts Call Into Question DOJ Investigations Past and Present

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

A question reporters and the public need to pursue is whether a culture of error and cover-up prevailed in the Department of Justice under Bush and continues under President Obama.

Mexican Prison Released Inmates To Carry Out Killings, Prosecutors Say

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and sent them off in official vehicl...

Charles Rangel, Step Aside for the Good of the Party

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Rep. Rangel will be, as I argued when I announced my candidacy for the 15th Congressional District, the face of Washington corruption in Republican advertising and campaigns across the nation.

A Fat Dog Simply Can't Hunt

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

The California's Nurse Association is known as one of the most progressive unions in the country. So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Meg Whitman has now put the CNA on the defensive for alleged nepotism and excessive union salaries.

Nuhu Ribadu Returns to Nigeria: So what?

Rosalia Gitau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rosalia Gitau

Anti-corruption campaigners around the world could not stop talking about Nuhu's return. The fact that it did not send equally thunderous applause through the business community is telling.

Goldman Sachs Settlement: A Reader's Outrage

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

Seems almost everyone I talk to these days is very outraged over the corruption in the financial system.

Corruption, Cheating And Cover-Ups: Greatest Hits From The IG's Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joe Ferguson has had his hands full. As Chicago's Inspector General, he's in charge of investigating allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in city go...

What Next After the Impending Collapse of Climate Change Legislation?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kieschnick

If the EPA enacts rules that limit greenhouse gases simply by making the coal industry clean up its own messes, all that is required is for Obama to have the stomach to veto a congressional override.

Paying the Fox to Buy New Chickens

Alexandra Wrage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexandra Wrage

Unlike almost any other international crime, everyone is a victim of corruption. Although bribery tends to be most prevalent in the least democratic countries, no community is immune.