Tag: corruption

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 06:55 UTC

Cristina Fernandez to court on public works contracts between 2007 and 2015

Last June Cristina Fernandez's former public works secretary, Jose Lopez, was caught trying to stash millions of dollars in a Catholic convent

Argentina's ex-president, Cristina Fernandez, has been subpoenaed to testify next 20 October as part of an investigation into the awarding of public works contracts during her 2007-2015 administration, according to court papers filed on Monday. She denies wrongdoing and corruption claims, and accuses Argentina's current leader, Mauricio Macri, of using the courts to persecute her.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 08:55 UTC

US$ 2 trillion lost to bribery and corruption every year, (2% of global GDP), claims IMF

 Christine Lagarde said direct economic costs of corruption are clear, but indirect costs may be even worse “leading to low growth and greater income inequality.”

Bribery and corruption cost the world economy as much as US$2 trillion every year, money that instead could be used to fight poverty, create jobs, and protect the environment. A new report by the International Monetary Fund says the money lost to corruption every year is 2% of the global GDP.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

PM Cameron: UK must not become a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world

Describing corruption as “the enemy of progress”, PM Cameron will call for a “global effort” to tackle it, the world has “looked the other way for too long”.

Foreigners must be stopped from buying UK homes with “plundered or laundered cash” and a “global effort” launched to defeat corruption, David Cameron will say in a speech later. Cameron will vow to expose the use of “anonymous shell companies” to buy luxury UK properties - often in London.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 01:54 UTC

OAS: “The fight against corruption does not rest solely on public authorities”

Secretary General Insulza said that ”we must jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

The Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) calling on the international community to reaffirm their commitment to fight corruption and to “jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:37 UTC

One trillion dollars per year plus lives is the cost of corruption in poor countries

Corrupt activities include the use of phantom firms and money laundering. The One report blames corruption for 3.6 million deaths every year.

An estimated one trillion dollars a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the anti-poverty organization One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013 - 10:04 UTC

“Corruption is the thief of economic and social development”, says UN

UN Office on Drug and Crime, UNODC, Executive Director Yury Fedotov

The world's largest biennial gathering of delegates in the global fight against corruption opened in Panama on Monday with the United Nations top crime fighter warning that the scourge not only hobbles sustainable development but generates other crimes.

Friday, August 2nd 2013 - 02:56 UTC

Overall feeling that corruption in the Americas in the rise, says watchdog group

In the US, 76% feel political parties are corrupt and 61% feel the same about Congress

From the US capital Washington D.C. to Caracas, people throughout the Americas feel that corruption in sectors of society is on the rise, according to a survey from the watchdog group, Transparency International.

Wednesday, May 1st 2013 - 02:13 UTC

South American FIFA officials took “bribes”; European Blatter ‘was clumsy’

Eckert, head of the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber cleared Blatter, who at the time was FIFA secretary-general

Joao Havelange has quit as FIFA honorary president while Sepp Blatter has been cleared of misconduct in the ISL bribery case, a report by FIFA ethics committee said. The report described the behaviour of Havelange as “morally and ethically reproachable” in his dealings with ISL, FIFA former marketing partner which went bankrupt in 2001.

Monday, April 29th 2013 - 04:36 UTC

Lanata claims 80% of media in under Argentina government control for propaganda purposes

The Argentine communicator with his exposures has sent shockwaves to the political system

Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata who has won Spain’s Television Iris Award, claims that ‘80% of Argentine media is in the hands of government (President Cristina Fernandez)” which are used as “instruments of propaganda”.

Tuesday, February 26th 2013 - 09:27 UTC

Tolerance of bribery and violation of the law in the Americas

Bribe justification is a strategic response to citizens’ expectations of corrupt behaviour on the part of state actors, says the report

Where disregarding the law is normal rather than an aberration, citizens are more likely to see paying a bribe as in their best interest and where obeying the law is the norm and disobeying it constitutes deviant behaviour, citizens are more likely to reject bribery, is one of the foundations for understanding the phenomenon, according to the Americas Barometer Insights in one of its latest papers titled, “tolerance of bribery and violation of the law”.


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