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COMMENTARY: Is Afghanistan Really a “Fanatically Corrupt” Country?  "When we consider the multidimensional factors that have contributed to Afghanistan’s systematic corruption, it’s clear that removing it will take longer than a year or two. There must be a strong political will, the country’s legal framework must be restructured, and we must establish mutual accoun
tability. Labeling a country ‘fanatically corrupt’ while ignoring the contributing external factors will not solve the problem for the Afghan government or the wider international community."
The author, Naveed Noormal, works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan/The World Post:

INFO: Thailand's anti-graft mechanisms best in 20 years, says group.  Thailand's new anti-corruption mechanisms are the best the country has seen in the past 20 years, the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand said in an overview of anti-graft efforts put in place in the past two years.
Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong/Bangkok Post:

COMMENTARY: Does New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office regime verge on 'soft corruption'? "Experts call for overhaul of the OIO, saying the non-economic incentives NZ accepts makes us look like a developing country and the cumbersome application process puts off foreign investors."
Jenée Tibshraeny/Interest:

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