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Corruption

Watchdog reporting, documentation, daylighting and accountability coverage of business and government.

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Corruption and gentrification are bulldozing traditional villages in Pakistan

September 18, 2019

Traditional villages of Pakistan’s Sindh region are under onslaught from developers who bend, distort, and break laws to expand a luxury residential district.

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Mexican journalists are investigating the murder of one of their own

September 18, 2019

Up until her last day — March 23, 2017 — Miroslava Breach never compromised her ideals as a truth-telling journalist in Chihuahua, Mexico. Like over 20 other journalists in her state in recent years, she met a violent end at the hands of the criminals she profiled, paying the ultimate price for the many bombshell […]

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Predatory micro-loans are deepening poverty in Cambodia

September 12, 2019

Poorly-regulated micro-finance institutions, supposedly intended to help alleviate poverty, are doing the opposite. Millions of Cambodians are now submerged in personal debt from institutions supposedly set up to help the poor — who typically have great difficulty procuring bank loans — succeed in various types of small economic activities such as entrepreneurship. Predatory micro-loans are […]

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The search for Mexico’s 43 missing students is entering a new phase

September 12, 2019

Mexico’s president Lopez Obrador is calling for a fresh investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 abducted students in Guerrero state. One of the country’s most prominent human rights disasters was poorly investigated and prosecuted during the administration of AMLO’s predecessor. Many suspects — most linked to organized crime and drug trafficking — have already […]

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Will bootleg cigarettes bring a rare corruption conviction in Jordan?

September 5, 2019

Will the year-old administration of Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar Razzaz actually jail corrupt officials? Now, a high-profile case implicating powerful businessmen and politicians, centering on contraband cigarettes, the so-called “Mutee cigarette trial” (after the main defendant, Awni Mutee), will showcase the new government’s capacity to actually prosecute high-level wrongdoers in a country where this is […]

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Drug money is devouring the Rio Platano rainforest

September 1, 2019

The good news is that the president of Honduras has launched the “SOS Honduras” campaign to save the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve — one of the largest and most important tropical rainforests north of the Amazon. The bad news is that prosecutors from New York’s Southern District say that the president of Honduras is a […]

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