NEWS

This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

Hacks Against Corruption

Hacks Against Corruption is Transparency International’s first attempt to bring together technology and anti-corruption specialists to use technology to come up with some of the challenges we face in fighting corruption: visualizing the cost of corruption, monitoring complex, massive public budgets and allowing citizens to safely report corruption in their life. [field_txt_news_link]

India Activist Arvind Kejriwal Launches Anti-Corruption Party

Arvind Kejriwal, a leading anti-corruption campaigner in India has announced the establishment of a political party to fight corruption, according to BBC News. Mr. Kejriwal said his party “would fight against the culture of ‘bribe-taking’ and pledged to contest the next general elections due in 2014”. “Last month, anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare parted ways with Mr Kejriwal over plans to enter politics. Mr. Hazare has said he prefers ‘sacred’ agitation over politics, ‘which is full of dirt’. Mr Kejriwal has said his group would continue to ‘seek Mr Hazare's blessings’ despite the rift.” [field_txt_news_link]

Ex-Philippine President Arroyo Arrested in New Corruption Case

Police arrested former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and temporarily detained her in a hospital on corruption charges, in her third indictment and second detention since stepping down two years ago. The Philippine anti-graft court ordered her arrest for allegedly misusing $8.8 million in state lottery funds during her last years in office. The court earlier denied a motion by Arroyo’s lawyer questioning the basis of the charges in a bid to block the arrest order. Police served the arrest warrant on Arroyo, who is suffering from a neck ailment, at government-run Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where she was earlier admitted for dehydration, Senior Supt. Joel Coronel said. [field_txt_news_link]

New Index Finds Two Thirds of Companies Do Not Provide Enough Public Evidence That They Adequately Prevent Corruption

September 4, 2012 Transparency International UK London, 4 October 2012 –Two-thirds of the world’s biggest defence companies do not provide enough public evidence about how they fight corruption, according to a new study from Transparency International UK. This includes companies from all of the ten largest arms exporting nations like USA, Russia, Germany, France, the UK and China—who between them are responsible for over 90 per cent of the arms sales around the world, the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (CI) shows.   [field_txt_news_link]

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC)

ACRC Korea Transparency Newsletter (Autumn 2012) [field_txt_news_link]

Mongolia's Next Challenge

Mongolia has been in the news lately with the conviction of former Prime Minister and President Nambaryn Enkhbayar for corruption, a development that has led some to worry that mineral-rich Mongolia is already succumbing to the "resource curse." Yet Mongolia has developed and sustained a competitive democracy in which parties have rotated in and out of power. Today it has a robust press, an independent civil society, and a spirit of freedom among its citizens. These are not small achievements. [field_txt_news_link]

EU Politicians Vote for Tough Oil, Gas Anti-corruption Law

European Union legislators have voted for a draft anti-corruption law, echoing rigorous U.S. rules to make oil, gas and mining firms declare payments they make in resource-rich nations. The series of votes in the European Parliament backed detailed reporting to regulatory authorities starting from a minimum threshold of 80,000 euros ($105,100). The European Union is also proposing to include the forestry industry and banking, construction and telecommunication sectors on a less detailed level than for extractive industries. [field_txt_news_link]

News Bulletin - MACS Curriculum

News Bulletin on the curriculum of IACA's Master in Anti-Corruption Studies. [field_txt_news_link]

Transparency International - Persistence of Corruption, Part 2 of Results of a Multi-Country Survey of Businesspeople

Transparency International (TI) has released Part 2 of the results of a survey of 3,000 businesspeople in 30 countries. [field_txt_news_link]

Scandal Poses a Riddle: Will India Ever Be Able to Tackle Corruption?

His business rivals never fully understood how Manoj Jayaswal got so rich so fast, except that he often seemed joined at the hip with powerful politicians. He hosted them at lavish parties, entertained them at his daughter’s opulent Thai wedding and stood among them at India’s presidential palace, where a year ago he was praised as a leader in the India growth story. But now Mr. Jayaswal is embroiled in a $34 billion coal mining scandal that has exposed the ugly underside of Indian politics and economic life: a brazen style of crony capitalism that has enabled politicians and their friends to reap huge profits by gaining control of vast swaths of the country’s natural resources, often for nothing. [field_txt_news_link]

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