Essays on government corruption
progress seen in the late 20th century has stalled in the 21st. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. It's what the law calls "deliberate ignorance" or "willful blindness explained Andy Spalding, a law professor at the University of Richmond who runs a leading blog on the subject. At the time, Al Jarah and Unaoil were focused on gradually plying him with small bribes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The other is a weary scepticism that senior officials who have been charged with corruption will get away with it and avoid conviction. Between 20, it fell from 117th on the corruption index to 166th, ahead of just North Korea and Somalia. At the same time Chinas leaders have been able to tackle some of the big problems of state-building that can take decades to deal with in a democracy. Afghans, she added, "hold Washington responsible for the Karzai government 's behavior." The role of Western companies in aiding corrupt foreign behavior has long been obscured.
Since the introduction of democracy in 1994 South Africa has been ruled by the same party, the African National Congress, which has become progressively more self-serving. Power must be delegated sparingly, in a few big areas such as monetary policy and entitlement reform, and the process must be open and transparent. Freedom House reckons that 2013 was the eighth consecutive year in which global freedom declined, and that its forward march peaked around the beginning of the century. The other comes from government s habit of making promises that it cannot fulfil, either by creating entitlements it cannot pay for or by waging wars that it cannot win, such as that on drugs. Yet just a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world. Reform of party financing, so that the names of all donors are made public, might reduce the influence of special interests. On Wednesday, The Huffington Post and its Australian partner, Fairfax Media - led by reporters Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie - published the results of a months-long investigation of Unaoil, an obscure firm that helps big multinational corporations win contracts in areas of the world. The financial crisis starkly exposed the unsustainability of such debt-financed democracy.