The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Defining “Anti-Corruption” After Saudi Purge

November 10, 2017

We know what corruption is. Now let’s explore anti-corruption from a Saudi point of view. Today's 3D Definition: Anti-Corruption Saudi Arabia appears to be changing fast, at least in some ways. The latest is an anti-corruption purge. What is new of course is not the purge — a common...

Transparency Matters: An Open Letter From Fair Observer

December 21, 2016

Please read our statement regarding Navnoor Kang. On December 21, 2016, we became aware of a scandal involving Navnoor Kang, a portfolio manager who volunteers as chief strategy officer at Fair Observer. Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, has charged...

It’s Time to Eradicate Corruption in Kurdistan’s Schools

Kurdistan’s education system is riddled with corruption. "The 9th grade math's exam sheets have been leaked," a friend of one of these authors wrote over Facebook. "Have you got any information about the leak out of the 12th grade exam?" said another friend a couple of hours later. Later...

The Power Paradox: Does Absolute Power Corrupt Absolutely?

August 23, 2016

In our tour of the abuses of power, it is clear that when it comes to ethical behavior, it is the wealthy and powerful who don’t play by the rules. If Machiavelli’s saying “It is better to be feared than loved” is the most widely-known power maxim (and largely wrong), Lord Acton’s...

Rio Olympics: Winds of Change or Tides of Turmoil?

August 04, 2016

Can the Olympic Games help Brazil through its economic problems? As many sporting fans await the start of the Olympics, it is hardly an understatement that the host country, Brazil, faces a number of economic and political challenges. Some of the many problems include an ailing economy and an...

Misguided Tax Targeting Fosters Inequality in Mexico

August 03, 2016

Mexico has one of the worst tax systems of all industrialized countries. Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, a Mexican construction contractor and business tycoon, is famous in Mexico for his alleged role in building a $7-million mansion for the first lady—best known as the president’s “White...

The Farce of the Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are a representation of the many opportunities lost by Brazil. Brazil—that is, Rio—is about to host what is perhaps the most important event of the multi-billion-dollar global industry that we call sports. You know, the Olympic Games, that exciting TV show that is...

The World This Week: Dilma Ousted as Bleak Future Bedevils Brazil

May 15, 2016

Brazil’s economic downturn and political turmoil will exacerbate existing problems such as poverty, inequality and crime. For many in the world, Brazil is the land of Pelé and o jogo bonito, or the beautiful game, as Brazilians call football. It is also home to the Amazonian rainforests,...

How to Understand Corruption in Brazil

February 29, 2016

Historical and structural problems lead to corruption in Brazil. In Brazil, two cars drive on a highway in opposite directions. When crossing each other, one of the drivers frantically flashes the headlights. This is a scenario that nearly every Brazilian will understand: It means that police...

Ukraine Struggles to Keep Politics Out of Anti-Corruption Drive

November 19, 2015

In Poroshenko’s Ukraine, politics and justice are often mixed. In the early morning darkness of October 31, Gennady Korban opened his door to find a group of imposing men in black balaclavas staring down at him. A state special investigator emerged from the group with a binder and proceeded to...

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