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Pakistan suffers / Indonesia games / Aid transparency

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COMMENTARY: Amid corruption and nepotism, Pakistan’s economy suffers. "Corruption and nepotism are Pakistan's other major problems. The government is reliant on debt, domestic and foreign, because it has the lowest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world and, subsequently, is broke. The root cause is connivance between unscrupulous officials and holders of capital."

Op-ed by Tom Hussain, in The Nation:

INFO: Indonesia to launch anti-graft board games.  The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues to look for innovations in its campaign to eradicate corruption in Indonesia by exploring a learning model that uses board games.

Story in Tempo:

INFO: Only 25 percent of …

Afghanistan -- Unjustified struggle / Judges sacked / Endemic corruption

COMMENTARY: Fighting corruption in Afghanistan.  "Corruption in Afghanistan has always been a [threat] to the socio-economic development strategies of government. This unethical social phenomenon has been affecting serious international humanitarian development aid stream in the country. In Afghanistan corruption is the result of unjustified struggle to gain political and economic power."

Khaama Press/Afghan News Agency:

INFO: Hundreds of judges sacked or transferred, says Afghan govt.  More than 500 judges have either been terminated or transferred by the president as proposed by the chief justice, the president’s office told Pajhwok Afghan News, explaining that the measures were part of anti-corruption efforts and to have fair access to cases.

Pajwhok Afghan News:

INFO: Corruption remains endemic in Afghani…

Ethical Alliance Daily News - 27 April 2016


Wall Street Journal - Corruption Currents: Luxembourg Leaks Trial Begins (26 April 2016)

Wall Street Journal - Corruption Currents: Luxembourg Leaks Trial Begins (26 April 2016). By Samuel Rubenfeld.

Daily Corruption News from Transparency International - 27 April 2016

27 April 2016 Today's top story USA: U.S. Treasury anti-laundering head to join HSBC
The U.S. Treasury Department's top anti-money laundering official is resigning to take what sources said on Tuesday was a top post at HSBC Holdings Plc, which is struggling to meet terms of an earlier settlement with the U.S. government.

More news Global:Panama Papers database to go public May 9
Cambodia: Corruption czar’s sons appointed as assistants
The Cambodia Daily
China: Anti-graft body finds irregularities at China Construction Bank
Iraq: Sadr supporters in mass protest for political reform
Nepal: Nepal publisher detained in corruption case
International Press Institute
Russia: EU and US duped on Russia corruption, film-maker says
Syria: New Damascus ho…

Pakistan demand / Britain clean-up / China death penalty

INFO: Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif demands end of corruption to eliminate terror.  Pakistan's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif today said that the ongoing war against terrorism and extremism cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is not uprooted.

The Economic Times:

INFO: Britain must clean up 'murky' tax havens to stop money leaving poor nations-campaigners. Britain must lead the global clean-up of tax havens, shell companies and money laundering which has contributed to the loss of billions of dollars from developing nations and fraud in the land sector, according to anti-corruption campaigners.

Paola Totaro, Thomson Reuters Foundation:

INFO: Corruption in China - How Much Dirty Money At…

Singapore -- Incorrupt system / Meritocracy fix / Laundering role

INFO: Singapore's incorrupt system.  The number of corruption cases in Singapore hit a new low last year - thanks to strong political leadership, a robust anti-corruption framework, and a culture that frowns on corruption, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Story by Chua Peck Ming, in AsiaOne:

COMMENTARY: How Singapore is fixing its meritocracy.  "In Singapore, a liberalizing middle-class society, the once-revered idea of 'meritocracy' has recently acquired negative overtones due to its association with elitism. However, meritocracy can — and probably did — provide a successful way of combining rewards, incentives and competitiveness with equality of opportunity. The question for Singapore today is whether this meritocratic balance can be achieved again in a competitive global city obsessed with a war for talent."

Op-ed by Kenneth Paul Tan, in The Washington Post: https://www.washin…

Daily Corruption News from Transparency International - 25 April 2016

25 April 2016 Today's top story Luxembourg: Former PwC employees face trial over role in LuxLeaks scandal
The Guardian (TI mention)
Two former employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers accused of being behind the biggest ever leak of confidential corporate tax deals face criminal trial in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

More news Global: Ireland listed alongside 'known money laundering havens' - US justice agency
RTÉ News (TI mention)
Brazil: Brazil corruption: $125m of dirty money 'repatriated' in 2015
Mexico: Mexico missing students: Government 'hampered' independent inquiry
Pakistan: Pakistan’s Sharif lost ‘moral authority’ to rule, opponent says
UK: UK says more countries join plan to tackle tax evasion
Reuters (TI mention)
Ukraine: A Ukrainian gas piggy bank: Money laundering made easy
Deutsche Welle (TI mention)
Zimbabwe: Presidential scholarship official nabbed over bribes
The Herald

Blogs and opinion Canada: It's time for Canada to back an International Anti-Cor…

Ethical Alliance Daily News - 25 April 2016