Category: anti-corruption

South Africa’s kleptocracy: the end is nigh for ANC?

     

As South Africa’s labor unions prepare mass protests against state capture and corruption, the country’s troubled democracy faces the prospect of “more kleptocracy, more division, fewer reforms and a path… Read more »

Corruption: the last hurdle for Ukraine’s recovery

     

  Ukraine has made remarkable progress, positioning the economy for strong growth. But, as is so often the case in post-Soviet states, old-school clientelism could quickly smother the promise of… Read more »

‘A potentially revolutionary tool’ – Global Magnitsky sanctions set in motion

     

Police and spy chiefs from China to the Middle East, a Ukrainian oligarch and a former president of Panama are among the people a coalition of human rights groups wants… Read more »

Malaysia, soccer highlight corruption’s corrosive impact on democracy

     

  The timing of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s White House visit seems especially questionable, considering that it will come just a month after the Justice Department announced that it was proceeding… Read more »

Guatemala faces ‘moment of political reckoning’

     

Guatemala is facing a moment of political reckoning, notes Anita Isaacs, a professor of political science at Haverford College. Last Sunday, the country woke to the news that President Jimmy… Read more »

Globalization of venality: kleptocracy’s corrosive impact on democracy

     

With popular dissatisfaction over corruption increasing around the world, the term “kleptocracy” is often used as a catchall to describe any form of corrupt behavior by national elites. Yet transnational… Read more »

Azerbaijan authorities deny ‘laundromat’ slush fund

     

Azerbaijan‘s government has denied reports that the ruling kleptocracy used a secret $2.9 billion slush fund for years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, RFE/RL reports: The… Read more »

‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ exposes kleptocratic ruling clique

     

Azerbaijan’s ruling elite operated a secret $2.8bn (£2.2bn) slush fund for two years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, the BBC reports: The money was allegedly channelled… Read more »