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Monday News Muse 26 September 2016

CORRUPTION The Brazilian corruption train rolls on as a former finance minister and current President find themselves being prosecuted for their roles in graft. A former IMF chief from Spain also faces trial for running a ‘corrupt’ system when head of a local bank. Students of the corruption investigation process will appreciate a new website […]

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Monday News Muse 30 May 2016

CORRUPTION The Brazilian anti-corruption minister has been accused- irony of ironies- of interfering in the Petrobras anti-corruption investigation. He subsequently stepped down. The Ukrainian Party of Regions- the party of former President Victor Yanukovych- apparently spent tens of millions of dollars on political bribes, coyly labelling them in spreadsheets as ‘investments in politics’. The new […]

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Friday News Flip 06 May 2016

CORRUPTION OTTO Perez Molina, the jailed ex-president of Guatemala is facing more charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering regarding an infrastructure project to build a container terminal at the country’s largest port. His former vice-president Roxana Baldetti is a co-defendant. Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal keeps netting more big fish. Now the speaker of the […]

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Monday News Muse 25 April 2016

CORRUPTION ACCORDING to an Indonesian government minister, wives’ demands for ‘material things’ are to blame for government corruption. The ‘blame it on the wife’ defence still does wonders for dirty politicians: I still remember a year ago when Virginia’s ex-Governor McDonnell was charged with corruption offences. He based much of his defence on the ‘material […]

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Friday News Flip 22 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here’s more on the bribery scandal affecting Australian company Leightons. $15 million was allegedly paid to a Dubai ‘consultant’. Yes…we consultants have a bad name in anti-corruption circles. Former Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau failed to stop a corruption case against him proceeding. Pakistan’s military has dismissed 2 generals, 3 colonels and a brigadier for […]

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Wednesday News Wall 20 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here is a thoughtful explanation of how the Procurement Act 2015 could help prevent the sort of corruption that led to the NYS and YEF procurement scandals. While on the subject of procurement, this article discusses whether offering citizens a ‘bounty’ for unearthing corruption in government contracts could be a ‘no-lose’ situation. The US […]

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Friday News Flip 15 April 2016

CORRUPTION I mentioned that someone was making a documentary about the alleged link between the funding for The Wolf of Wall Street and Malaysian money laundering. Now Netflix is planning a series around the Brazilian corruption scandal. A right-wing Spanish union official renowned for his anti-graft campaign Manos Limpios (clean hands), has ironically been charged […]

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Friday News Flip 01 April 2016

CORRUPTION Kenya’s anti-corruption watchdog, the EACC, is changing tack– gone are the entertaining sting operations and long-running court cases. Instead a new 5-prong approach will take centre-stage and accounting officers will take responsibility for failure to prevent corruption in their government departments. In other words, employment contracts and internal discipline will be the sharp edge […]