22:57 | March 19, 2013
BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, is under investigation for alleged corrupt practices leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the New York Times reported Wednesday. BHP is accused of providing inducements and gifts to Chinese government officials and executives in the steel industry in an attempt to gain an unfair, and illegal, business advantage.
22:38 | March 15, 2013
Widespread corruption leads to upwards of 343 million people in Africa lacking access to a decent water supply, according to an analysis by IRIN, the news arm of the UN’s office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The system of water distribution in many African nations relies on bribes and is rife with corruption, the group reported. In these environments of widespread graft, basic necessities often come at a high price.
14:02 | December 10, 2012
This is a response to the recent “Call for Urgent Measures for Ensuring the Legitimacy of Electoral Processes in Armenia” put out by a group of NGOs including the Transparency International Anti-corruption Center and the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office. While I agree that their suggested electoral reforms are good, almost none of the suggestions will ensure public trust and a sense of legitimacy in the government.
20:21 | December 5, 2012
Two-thirds of the world's 176 major countries are highly corrupt, according to the annual Corruption Perceptions Index, published Wednesday by the anticorruption group Transparency International (TI).
12:50 | November 13, 2012
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has canceled an arms deal with Russia worth $4.2 billion based on suspicions of corruption, CNN and others reported. Al-Maliki’s advisors say that Baghdad still wants to salvage an agreement.
13:32 | October 10, 2012
During a cabinet meeting today, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan declared that those responsible for the disappearance of 200 million AMD out of the 270 million allocated for school construction in the village of Metz Mantash (Shirak) would be punished to the full extent of the law.
00:42 | August 10, 2012
Eight top officials of Agrobanka and two private companies were arrested on charges of corruption, the Serbian Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime announced Wednesday. The Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor's Office made the arrests.
13:11 | July 12, 2012
On July 12, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John A. Heffern and Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgian officially launched a joint anti-corruption awareness project at Zvartnots International Airport.
23:04 | June 20, 2012
Romania’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling today that sentenced former Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase to two years in jail on corruption charges. The occasion marks the first time a high profile Romanian politician will serve time in prison since the fall of communism.
14:03 | June 6, 2012
We have targeted 500 high-ranking officials, and if they work in a transparent manner that is publicly monitored and if their incomes are scrutinized, it will drastically reduce corruption risks. In addition, this will decrease the desire of entrepreneurs to seek appointment to these 500 positions.
21:18 | April 25, 2012
Business participation in the global fight against corruption is crucial, said the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov on Tuesday. Fedotov was commenting on a new United Nations initiative introduced during the week-long meeting of the International Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna.
16:06 | March 14, 2012
Corruption and weak judiciary and law enforcement bodies continue to hamper progress in the fight against organized crime in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, says the U.S. State Department (USDS) in its annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR).
19:31 | November 22, 2011
While governments and citizens of Eastern Europe were struggling with the recent financial crisis and trying to borrow money from international financial institutions, billions of euros circulated in the region in an illegal, parallel system that enriched organized crime figures and corrupt politicians.
15:28 | November 3, 2011
Executives of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) stood by as its distributors engaged in widespread cigarette smuggling in a dozen countries, according to company records, e-mails, secretly recorded conversations by investigators, and interviews with a half-dozen past employees.
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15:19 | November 3, 2011
Reports piled up from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) investigators around the globe. Mobsters were doing business with the firm’s Russian distributorship while shipping tons of illegal cigarettes into Europe. Workers felt endangered. Accused smugglers and criminals ran some of its Middle East partnerships.
23:19 | October 30, 2011
In what I can only characterize as the twisted modern-day version of “Gikor”, our honorable President, Serg Sarkissian, has repeatedly asked the diaspora to come and invest in the homeland and have an input in making Armenia a prosperous nation. For all those brave souls that are actually considering heeding the president’s call and do not have “friends” in the highest of places in the government of Armenia, I simply offer a story which should give some pause.
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