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February 18, 2014

Flaring tensions at protest sites leave more than a dozen dead in two countries

  • Four people were killed in Thailand after following a series of gun battles between law enforcement and anti-government protesters, with dozens more reported wounded as a result of the violence. An anti-corruption board in the company also announced plans to file charges against current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, an elected official viewed as a proxy for deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • Nine people were killed in Ukraine after police tried to use armored personnel carriers to smash through protesters’ barricades at the  Khreschatyk Hotel; an act which ended with both vehicles on fire and enraged protesters re-occupying the City Hall in Kiev. Officials have since shut down the city’s subway systems as well, to try and prevent large numbers of additional protesters from flocking to the downtown area. source
15:09 // 7 months ago
February 12, 2014
15:44 // 7 months ago
February 7, 2014

letterstomycountry:

kateoplis:

Mother Jones

LTMC: My roommate and I were talking about this the other day.  How on earth could they have spent so much money and still have so many horror stories about being ill-prepared with their accommodations? The answer is almost certainly “horrifying amounts of corruption.”  I suspect that a lot of that money simply went to line the pockets of contract beneficiaries than actually found its way into infrastructure improvements.

Jaw drop.

(via apsies)

22:58 // 7 months ago
January 21, 2014
I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this inaugural is killing us!
Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell • In an email to a staffer for her husband Bob prior to the inauguration, as listed in the indictment against the former Virginia governor. The couple apparently went into office broke, which led to a cozy relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. Williams hoped to use his friendship to boost his supplement company’s fortunes. The McDonnells, struggling financially, were apparently happy to accept his gifts. The result? Lots and lots of corruption.
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18:27 // 7 months ago
October 10, 2013

Nearly thirty-year sentence handed down to former mayor of Detroit

  • 28 years in prison will be served by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, following his conviction on two dozen charges that include bribery and wire fraud. Kilpatrick has been in custody since his conviction earlier this year, and is expected to appeal the sentence. source
14:42 // 11 months ago
September 12, 2013

What’s worse, a shadow campaign or a massive shadow campaign fund? Let’s compare facts.

  • $256M the amount raised by a until-now-unknown political group, Freedom Partners, which played a major role in bankrolling the conservative movement in 2012, according to Politico. The group paid out $236 million to various groups, according to a soon-to-be-released IRS filing … a filing that comes nearly a year after the election and was only revealed last night.
  • $608k the amount a contractor in D.C. paid a marketing executive, using the illicitly-gained funds to run a so-called “shadow campaign” for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign—which Clinton’s campaign denies being involved in, by the way. This is getting a lot of press because it ties Hillary Clinton to a corruption scandal indirectly. But I did the math here, and it seems that this only involves 0.2 percent of the total in the top item. Wait a second …
10:34 // 1 year ago
April 28, 2013
Nothing’s changed. It’s the same old crap — kill the messenger.
Legendary NYPD whistle-blower Frank Serpico • Discussing the current plights that police officers who speak up face within the department—for example, the plight of Officer Pedro Serrano, who has spoken up about the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. Serrano’s suffered the indignity of having a rat sticker pasted on his locker, but that’s far from the worst of the problems he faced. In case Seripco’s name sounds vaguely familiar, there’s a reason for that: His whistle-blowing case was the subject of a legendary Al Pacino film bearing his last name.
13:26 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013

Former mayor charged with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering, and more

  • 21 counts of corruption faced by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city at the time of Hurricane Katrina. source
18:07 // 1 year ago
January 12, 2013
[America is] most corrupt in the world. …Where does this Great Breakdown [financial crisis] come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States. When I was interviewed in the U.S., people asked me, I said the same thing. I said now that China has become strong, everyone is making an issue of China. If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country? We know our country has many problems. We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say] ‘our country is the best.’
Chinese film star Jackie Chan • Condemning America as the world’s most corrupt country in an interview on Chinese television. This isn’t a perspective that’s so out of character for him – Chan is a noted supporter of China’s ruling Communist party (to the extent of suggesting he’s come to believe “we Chinese people need to be controlled”), which has been criticized through the years as shot through with corruption, censorship and disrespect for human rights. Which is not to say he’s wrong in citing the 2008 financial crisis as an example of a corrupted relationship between American government and business, and one that had disastrous implications for the entire global financial system. But his final takeaway, that Chinese people should deny any discord within their system when speaking to an outsider, seems itself a strike against the sort of transparency that might loosen corruption’s hold. source 
15:36 // 1 year ago