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Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

Nigerian Senator’s Book Launch or an Orchestra of Corruption?

Olatunji Obasa   By Awesu Olaniyi Williams Barely 48 hours ago some of the holiest men in Nigerian politics gathered together to make a concoction to purge our beloved country of corruption.

Policing the Police

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The United Nations International Commission against Impunity created the Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) to conduct a complex exercise reforming the country’s security and judiciary establishments.

The untouchable Malik Riaz: a by-product of our system and attitudes

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar The Bahria Town rampage which claimed the lives of two people, wounded around 150 and left a dozen people paralyzed for life, finally came into the limelight after the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo-moto notice of the incident.

Privatizing Government

AP photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah I wrote in an earlier article about the issue of “deconstruction of the state”, reducing and streamlining its administrative bureaucracy, reducing the “red tape” and reducing its role in the daily lives of all Americans. So far so good.

The Extortion Quagmire – “Coward Tax”

By Ricardo Swire Extortion is also known as “The Culture of Silence.” Recent internal security updates advised that Trinidad & Tobago’s (T&T) gang kingpins and rogue administration officials are extorting “Coward Tax” from Ministry of Works & Transport contractors.

At Half Time; Its Monkey Business Ahead 2019

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   Laifi’n babba, rowa, laiii’n yaro, kiwuya. (The boy complains that his master is stingy, the master that his boy is lazy).

Sham nominations in Kenya have yielded many bogus ‘winners’

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi If what happened in party nominations during the past few weeks is the precursor of what is ahead, then the August 8 Kenya general elections could turn out to be a much troubled exercise.

Electronic Media gets a taste of its own medicine

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Media has always been an effective tool for manipulating minds. In the early 19th century newspapers were used to manufacture public opinion. With the rise of electronic media, both television, internet and social media, it became easier to propagate agendas and ideologies and to conquer minds. The one who […]

Sri Lanka’s Crumbling Credibility

Reuters photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam The credibility of Sri Lanka in relation to the settlement of the 60 year old ethnic problem of Tamils can be judged from the fate of several pacts, agreements and undertakings which were made from 1956 to 2009 and the Sri Lankan Government’s unwillingness to comply with the implementation […]

Inter-Regional Drugs Movement

By Ricardo Swire A Brazil, Bolivia and Peru agreement sanctioned the trilateral police intelligence center that specifically focuses on drug trafficking in the three countries. Brazil shares extended unguarded borders with Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. Together the trio produce virtually all the global cocaine supply.

Dawn Leaks: A tweet that shows a “State within a State”

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Who is at the helm of affairs in Pakistan? Every single sane person knows it. It is a fact that the civilian governments in Pakistan are always dependent on the defence establishment’s mandate rather than depending on the mandate of the masses.

Kenyan nominations: Choosing thieves and land-grabbers

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi In a few days, the contentious – sometimes violent – party nominations ahead of Kenya’s forthcoming general elections will come to an end and the final and most delicate leg of the political phase will begin.

Pakistan’s new season of ‘Game Of Thrones’

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar To understand the dynamics of Pakistani politics, one needs to watch the popular drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. Based on George R R Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ this drama serial focuses on the moves and conspiracies to win power games. I am sure […]

Panama verdict: Sharif injured but survives to fight the ‘Godfathers’

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Finally after a long wait, the verdict of the Panama Papers case in Pakistan has been announced. Five judges gave a lease of life to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by not disqualifying him on the petition filed by Imran Khan and company.

Is the NHS guilty of corruption?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed The NHS have been offering bribes to GPs (and who knows if others are also being similarly approached), in the hope they accept what they are being offered so that GPs will stop sending patients to hospitals, regardless of need.

Nigerian Democracy

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   A military infused organised democracy or liberal system of government?  

Cheap Justice

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Once upon a time, a parrot and sparrow went to a forest. The forest had no sign of existing life. The parrot commented that only an imprudent will agree to live here because it is such a deserted place…

Give us justice, not lectures on morals and beliefs

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Humans in the stone age traditionally had armed gangs to solve disputes. Whoever had a big gang and arms was ultimately the winner in the end.

In defense of immigrants from “Third World Countries”

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah The other day, a friend of mine complained to me about America’s need for “White Immigrants” and that America needs these and not immigrants from “Third World Countries”, which prompted me to write this article.

Fugitive Government Officials

By Ricardo Swire On March 27, 2017 senior American Federal Agents intercepted and detained Edgar Veytia, the Attorney-General of Nayarit state in Mexico, while he attempted to enter the U.S. to visit relatives via one of three official Otay Mesa border crossings in San Diego, California.

We need a new name

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   “We are completely disenchanted with the old adult, established politicians, we want to see some new faces –more militant faces”                                                                                                 Malcolm X

2017 Caribbean Watch List

By Ricardo Swire International documentation continues to highlight the seriousness of money laundering and drugs trafficking in Caribbean territories, a March 2017 US State Department Report focusing on the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis’ susceptibility to “corruption and money laundering.”

Nigerians do not want change…Ironically

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “I am not upset, I am not upset!” Yet a grown man swears angrily six times because of last night’s pounded yam.” Local axiom.

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

No Raila, on this one, you are off the mark

Khalil Senosi/AP   By Joe Khamisi In the heat of the American presidential campaign last year Donald Trump threatened to jail his opponent Hillary Clinton if he became president. He accused her of endangering national security through “careless” handling of official e-mails while she was Secretary of State.

A nation on sick leave

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “The public does not like you to mislead or represent yourself to be something you’re not. And the other thing that the public really does like is the self-examination to say, you know, I’m not perfect. I’m just like you. They don’t ask their public officials to […]

Political Masks

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP   By Ricardo Swire During fourteen months of Presidential campaigning the “Banana Man” vowed to eliminate corruption and modify Haiti’s legal institutions. Public scepticism was reflected in a low 21% voter turnout for the national election on Sunday November 20th 2016.

‘Things Will Be Bad In Kenya If Votes Are Stolen,” Raila Tells Uhuru

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Are foreigners being registered to vote in this year’s elections in Kenya contrary to the Constitution?

A Declassified American CIA File

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Ricardo Swire A recently declassified American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document called “The Bahamas: Likely Reactions to a US Drug Indictment,” cataloged potential diplomatic damage that would have resulted from outlawing the 1969 to 1992 Bahamas Prime Minister Lynden Pindling on drug charges. Investigators found US$3 million more than the senior […]

With love, asking after Lai Mohammed

By Prince Charles Dickson   Liars and cheats occasionally win a war but seldom win a battle.