Tag Archives: corruption

Special interests: A crooked tale of two countries

Source: Students For Liberty
by Beatriz Gietner

"Being a Brazilian student in Ireland allowed me to extend my disheartening attitude towards the government across the Atlantic, and while in my mind a voice proclaimed 'Europe cannot get any worse than South America,' there are indeed embedded problems along the vast Irish green fields. Bureaucracy, the Catholic church, undernourished respect for private property and insensitive laws, all intertwine before their two almighty judiciary systems with the blessings of front bench politicians. The latest upsetting news to reach us and to affect my friends’ lives directly are always, somehow, related to the newest 'scandal' or 'strike.' This time the scandal took place in Brazil whilst the strike happened in Ireland." (04/20/17)


One hundred days of corruption

Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

"Trump bragged on the campaign trail that he was not beholden to wealthy donors, and pledged to 'drain the swamp' in Washington. But unlike previous presidents, Trump has failed to release his tax returns or put his business assets in a blind trust. Members of his family, including his daughter, Ivanka —
now an official White House adviser — continue to promote their own private business interests around the world. Trump has signed legislation that would weaken international anti-corruption regulations, has promoted his personal business ventures while in the White House, and faces a record 39,105 public ethics inquiries and complaints before the Office of Congressional Ethics. Here are a few highlights of what might be called Trump’s first 100 days of corruption …" (04/20/17)


Pakistan: Court orders further graft probe against Sharif

Source: Bloomberg

"Pakistan’s top court ordered further investigation into corruption charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, for now taking off immediate pressure and the prospect of a potential disqualification as his government continues efforts to boost an economy hit for years by power outages and terrorism. … The court took up the case in November following a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists showed his three children either owned or have signing rights to authorize transactions of four offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands. Those holdings were alleged to have been used to make property purchases in London. Sharif’s political opponents doubted the premier’s family made assets outside Pakistan through legal means." (04/20/17)


Spain: Rajoy called to testify in graft trial

Source: Yahoo! News

"One of Spain's top criminal courts on Tuesday summoned Mariano Rajoy to testify as a witness in a major corruption trial, a first for the conservative prime minister. 'They have called him as witness,' a spokesman for the National Court that deals with major corruption cases told AFP, adding no date had been set yet for the hearing. Rajoy will take the stand as part of the so-called Gurtel trial, which centres on a vast network that allegedly saw companies shower former lawmakers and civil servants from his ruling Popular Party (PP) with bribes in exchange for contracts." (04/18/17)


Japan: Chief of scandal-hit school implicates Abe under oath

Source: The Mainichi [Japan]

"The head of a nationalist Osaka school operator at the center of a growing political scandal repeated Thursday in sworn testimony in the Diet his earlier claim that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($8,900) to the organization. Speaking under oath, Yasunori Kagoike, chief of school operator Moritomo Gakuen, reiterated that the prime minister's wife Akie Abe gave him the donation on her husband's behalf in September 2015 when she made a speech at a kindergarten run by the operator. … Moritomo Gakuen paid a fraction of the appraised price in its purchase of the plot in June last year, fueling speculation of political interference in the land deal and scrutiny of Kagoike's links with the Abes and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada." (03/23/17)


France: Fillon pleads conspiracy theory after graft charge

Source: Bloomberg

"Francois Fillon told voters he's the victim of a plot, as pollsters assess how far his deepening legal problems have damaged his bid to be France's next president. A day after being charged with embezzlement over his wife's allegedly fake job as a parliamentary aide, the 63-year-old former prime minister insisted on his innocence in a radio interview Wednesday and argued that the courts are being used by his political opponents in the run-up to the first round of voting on April 23. 'Justice is being manipulated against me to prevent me from running,' Fillon told Radio Classique. 'I am innocent.'" (03/15/17)


France: Fillon charged in jobs investigation

Source: Los Angeles Times

"French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was preliminarily charged and put under investigation Tuesday over wages his wife and children received for parliamentary jobs they allegedly never did. Magistrates announced that the Parliament member and former prime minister would face questioning on fraud allegations including that he misappropriated public funds. It is the first time a French presidential candidate has been formally charged during a campaign." (03/14/17)


Of protests and politicians

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Last Friday, I applauded massive protests that erupted in Romania — over a since-rescinded governmental decree to decriminalize graft up to $47,000. On Sunday at Townhall, I wondered why there weren't similar demonstrations against the corruption afflicting Prince George's County, Maryland. The county, bordering the nation's capital, lavishes its nine council members with a take-home car or a $10,315 annual vehicle subsidy. The car allowance comes with free gas. These emoluments might have gone unnoticed had the politicians proven able to drive better than they govern. In the last five years, they racked-up 16 car accidents and 107 traffic violations." (02/14/17)


India: Future chief of Tamil Nadu state sentenced to four years

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"India's Supreme Court sentenced the incoming leader of Tamil Nadu state to a four-year prison sentence on Tuesday. VK Sasikala was found guilty of corruption in a case that dates back to the 1990s. The verdict will prevent her from taking up her post, and bans her from seeking elected office for another decade. Prosecutors successfully argued that Sasikala and her mentor, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, had possessed 'disproportionate assets' that could not possibly have been obtained with their public salaries. The pair owned bungalows, luxury cars, tea estates, gold and silver, and thousands of saris." (02/14/17)


That's hypocrisy: DC swamp creatures vs. Kellyanne Conway

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as various 'watchdog' groups, are up in arms over $99 textured open-front cardigans, $125 suede slingback pumps, and $98 pebbled leather crossbody bags. Yes, really. In an appearance on Fox and Friends, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway made the mistake of doing the obvious: When the subject of Ivanka Trump's eponymous clothing line came up (because Nordstrom's department stores are dropping Ivanka's products), she spoke supportively of her boss's daughter: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you …. I'm going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.' Apparently that's a big deal." (02/12/17)