Tag: Corruption (Institutional)

Rome Mayor Acquitted on Lying Charge, to Relief of Five Star Movement

ROME — Rome’s embattled mayor was acquitted on Saturday of charges of lying about a city hall appointment, a case that threatened her career as well as the credibility of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement she represents. A judge found that no crime had been committed when the mayor, Virginia […]

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‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan Flees.

As thousands of Honduran migrants seeking asylum in the United States trek northward through Mexico, President Trump has pledged to stop them at the border by militarizing it with armed federal troops, under the guise of protecting Americans from “criminals” and an “invasion.” What he fails to recognize is that […]

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Imelda Marcos Is Sentenced to Decades in Prison for Corruption

MANILA — A Philippine court on Friday sentenced Imelda R. Marcos, the country’s flamboyant former first lady, to a minimum of 42 years in prison for creating private foundations to hide her unexplained wealth. But it is unlikely that Ms. Marcos, a 89-year-old widow, will see any jail time. The […]

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Democrats, Eyeing a Majority, Prepare an Investigative Onslaught

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, increasingly optimistic they will win back control in November, are mining a mountain of stymied oversight requests in preparation for an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and investigations into nearly every corner of the Trump administration. While they continue to distance themselves from the most extreme recourse […]

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Trump’s Swamp Things

There’s a lot of subsurface hostility to this in Congress. The members, who get around $174,000 a year (plus benefits), frequently convince themselves they’re making a great financial sacrifice that will pay off later when they return to the private sector. Some can’t even wait that long, like Representative Duncan […]

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Zephyr Teachout Is the Right Choice as Attorney General for Democrats

Ms. Teachout has written the book on political corruption — literally — and is recognized as a national expert on this scourge. We believe Ms. Teachout would also be able to recruit some of the best lawyers in the country to the state attorney general’s office, which competes for talent […]

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South Africa Vows to End Corruption. Are Its New Leaders Part of the Problem?

Some see a deep cynicism behind the conditions in the schools. When black South Africans become educated and move into the middle class, their loyalty to the party tends to wane, recent elections have shown. So by perpetuating a culture of dependence, critics contend, the A.N.C. ensures its dominance. But Ms. Mhaule, the childhood peer […]

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After Pakistan’s Heated Election, Key Parties Lend Support to Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Several key parties on Saturday began to coalesce around Imran Khan, the cricket star whose political party won Pakistan’s elections, paving the way for him to form a majority in the country’s National Assembly and ascend to the premiership. It’s not as if any of the rival parties have congratulated Mr. Khan […]

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Cambodia Votes for a Leader, With the Result Predetermined by One

TRAPAING CHOUR, Cambodia — Prime Minister Hun Sen, the only leader that two-thirds of Cambodians have ever known, is not prone to leaving things to chance. To ensure victory in Sunday’s general elections, Mr. Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge cadre who now ranks as Asia’s longest-serving leader, has done practically everything to stack the […]

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Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence

Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the State Assembly who rose to become one of New York’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday for his conviction on federal corruption charges. Mr. Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, had served as speaker for more than two decades, and […]

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Trump’s Emoluments Trap

The Foreign Emoluments Clause — specifically, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution — declares that “no Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or […]

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Feature: The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi’s Rise

On the surface, Ramdev’s blissful demeanor is worlds away from Trump’s growls and sneers. But his namastes provide cover for a reactionary campaign to transform the country. When challenged on his evasions and slurs, Ramdev — like the White House’s current occupant — tends to respond by pointing a finger at “corrupt” figures in the […]

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Emoluments Lawsuit, Accusing Trump of Violating Constitution, Clears a Hurdle

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by maintaining a financial interest in his company’s Washington hotel cleared a critical hurdle on Wednesday when a federal judge allowed the case to move forward. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, say that Mr. Trump’s […]

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The $20 Billion Question for Guyana

The first chance was independence from Britain in 1966, and that chance was blown. A plague of ethnic tribal politics has produced a fragile state with an economy propelled by drug trafficking, money-laundering, and gold and diamond smuggling. A vast majority of college-educated youths emigrate to the United States or Canada, while those who stay […]

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Guilty, Again: Dean Skelos, Former Senate Leader, Is Convicted of Corruption in Retrial

Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful political figures in New York State, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five months that a major federal case targeting corruption in Albany has ended in a conviction. The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan deliberated […]

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Nawaz Sharif Is Arrested on Return to Pakistan, Amid Turmoil and Bloodshed

Talat Hussain, a veteran journalist and popular talk show host, said he had never seen such “palpable anger against the establishment” in Lahore. “People have come out in the thousands to endorse Nawaz Sharif,” Mr. Hussain said by phone from Lahore. “There is anger against suppression. Against manipulation. Against blackout.” Police officers and members of […]

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In Troubled Cameroon, U.S. Envoy Is Accused of Election Meddling

DAKAR, Senegal — When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Islamist militants in one part of the country and armed separatists in another. And then there is the matter of its leader. Cameroon has not had a new […]

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Architect of Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Project Is Convicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Alain E. Kaloyeros, a principal architect of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature economic development initiative, known as the Buffalo Billion, was convicted on Thursday in a bid-rigging scheme that steered hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts to favored companies in Buffalo and Syracuse. Dr. Kaloyeros, 62, was found guilty of wire fraud and […]

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In Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif Fights for Survival

He has always advocated avoiding confrontation with the military establishment and the judiciary, and is campaigning primarily on the record of his party’s governance. He has a reputation as an able administrator who delivered developmental projects on time. But he lacks the charisma and the mass support that Nawaz and Maryam Sharif have. And their […]

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Romanian Prosecutor Who Took On Entrenched Corruption Is Fired

“The president did everything in his power to prevent the change,” said Sergiu Miscoiu, a professor of political science at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. He said the president made the correct choice to avoid delegitimizing the governing system and prompting further crises. That is unlikely to appease many of his supporters, however. “Iohannis has still […]

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Judge Orders Brazil to Release Ex-President Lula, Setting Off Legal Uproar

RIO DE JANEIRO — A judge in Brazil ruled on Sunday that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva be released from prison while he continues to appeal a corruption conviction, an unexpected decision that touched off an immediate legal and political uproar. The order was the latest twist in the tumultuous lead-up to Brazil’s […]

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