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Corruption

Never mind the neo-fascists — democracy is the big winner in Slovakia’s latest election

March 19, 2020

The neo-fascists are down in Slovakia, as are the progressives, and the former ruling party.  But the anti-corruption campaigners of the upstart OLANO party have ridden a wave of popularity to a resounding victory in February’s parliamentary elections.  It all started with the murder of a journalist.  The 2018 killing of Ján Kuciak, a 28-year-old […]

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A deadly orphanage fire in Haiti has been linked to this U.S. Christian group

March 5, 2020

A self-described church that was once parodied on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” has been implicated in an orphanage fire in Haiti in which as many as 16 children died.  An investigation by journalists and condemnation by the Haitian government in 2012 and 2013 called out the abhorrent conditions of the children’s home.  But for years […]

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People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

February 14, 2020

Romania’s forests are the oldest and wildest in Europe, but they are increasingly subject to destruction from illegal logging.  Now, a rash of violence against forest rangers has spurred mass protests in the capital, and promises of a government crackdown. Violence in the forest If you complain about illegal timber cutting in Romania, there is […]

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These corrupt fishing officials in Namibia and Iceland were taken down by journalism

February 3, 2020

It all started when Johannes Stefansson’s conscience got the better of him.  An employee of the huge Icelandic fishing corporation Samherji, Stefansson decided that he could no longer cover for his former bosses. So he gave Wikileaks 30,000 emails and other bits of evidence about the company’s massive Namibian bribery scheme.  Before long, Al Jazeera’s […]

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How a privatized public park revealed epic corruption in Kyrgyzstan

December 3, 2019

Ataturk Park, a point of civic pride in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city of Bishkek, has mysteriously been ending up in private hands.  Now, a year-long investigation has revealed that for years, the Bishkek mayor’s office across succeeding administrations had been illegally parceling out the locally beloved “people’s park” to private individuals, who then fenced it off […]

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Opinion: Why (and how) things are changing in Chile

November 17, 2019

At 2:24 a.m. on Friday, November 15, after 28 days of unprecedented unrest and violence nationwide, the Chilean congress announced that the people will get to write a brand new, “100 percent Democratic” constitution using the mechanism they will vote on next April 2020. The referendum will ask the people: 1) Do you want a […]

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