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Kleptocracy

The People v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

If money can buy elections, Montana's Senate race ended August 7 when the Democrat's candidate resigned. If a vibrant young working class candidate can corral the democratic process sufficiently, it began August 16.

Xi and Putin Playing Dangerous Games to Mask Domestic Problems

David Paul | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Both men are taking a turn toward nationalism as they confront internal threats to their leadership. Both countries are facing a slowdown in economic growth that has been the cornerstone of popular support over the past decade, and both are seeing increasing public anger over corruption at the highest levels of government.

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to re...

Career Day: A Lesson Seniors Will Never Forget

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education
Judy Frankel

"What is that sucking sound?" I asked a classroom of seniors at San Pedro High School in California. I had been invited to speak for their Career Day, Making a Difference In Our Youth. Upon the wall I showed a picture of a vacuum cleaner. A few giggles erupted through the room.

America Is Not Broke!

Scott Baker | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Scott Baker

Americans of all political beliefs have been told repeatedly that America is broke, that something must be cut and/or taxes raised or we will drown in...

It's Time to Change Kleptocracy to Democracy

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Since it is based on the Greek word for stealing, the term "kleptocracy" sounds inflammatory. But as income gaps open up wider and wider, there is evidence of a serious rift in American democracy, and in that rift one finds untold greed, corruption, and cronyism.

Corruption, Kleptocrats, and Politics: Sudan and Burma

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Sadly, money laundering, corruption, and partnerships between violent regimes and willing banks is all too common, even when it's illegal.

A Land of Nuts and Money

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For months the punditry and chattering classes have promised a democratic debacle on November 2. If we sit on our hands, they will be proven right, de...

Undermining Aid: How the U.S. Financial System Facilitates Overseas Corruption

Robert B. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert B. Lawrence

When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping blo...

The Complementary Wings of the Republican Party

Bill Lasarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lasarow

The more traditional wing of the Republican Party has for generations conducted a program that they casually and regularly accuse liberals of conducting: Class warfare. In fact it is they who conduct class warfare.

American Kleptocracy: How Fears of Socialism and Fascism Hide Naked Theft

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

If we were to take an honest look at America's "losers" and "winners," we'd have to admit there weren't signs of onrushing socialism or fascism, but of staggeringly self-aggrandizing greed and theft right in the here and now.

Inside The Afghan "Civilian Surge"

The National (Arab Emirates) | Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As politicians and military officers alike continue to call for a 'civilian surge' in Afghanistan, Aram Roston reports from Wardak province on the imp...

Venezuela's Moscow Maneuvers

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

All enlightened governments, including Canada's, which just signed an investment agreement, should deem Venezuela a "no-go" zone.

Deadly Wrong

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

We can do no less than to get out there and push back if we are to begin to get the kind of health services we've been denied while insurance and HMO executives have taken home disgracefully bloated paychecks.

Dems & Repubs on Health Care: 'Love a Lobbyist'

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The same insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies have granted themselves billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies and inflated profits continue to shape the healthcare reform debate today.