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

World Cup 2014 construction in Brazil marred by corruption, waste

BRASILIA, Brazil - The cost of building Brasilia's World Cup stadium has nearly tripled to $900 million in public funds, largely due to allegedly fraudulent billing, government auditors say. The spike in costs has made it the world's second-most expensive soccer arena, even though the city has no major professional team. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption: The Priority Intelligence Requirements

As a bewildering array of convulsions rocks the globe, from Honduras to Nigeria, Iraq to Ukraine, there is increasing reason to believe that acute corruption contributes to international instability. Ukraine’s revolution was in part a rejection of the entrenched corruption of Viktor Yanukovych’s regime. A large swath of Sunni Iraq fell to the self-declared Islamic State after then prime minister Nouri al-Maliki bent Iraqi state function to benefit a tight-knit Shia network, exasperating much of the public. [field_txt_news_link]

Malawi: Country’s anti-corruption body arrests more officials in Cashgate scandal

Malawi’s former budget director has become among the latest high profile people to be arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the public graft case known as Cashgate. The recent arrest of Paul Mphwiyo and his wife was the first of a new series of arrests by the country’s corruption busting body, which saw five people arrested within a space of four days. The others are the newly appointed director of the Public Officers’ Assets Declaration, Christopher Tukula, former publicity secretary of the former ruling People’s Party, Hophmally Makande and a lawyer, Ishmael Chioko. [field_txt_news_link]

Investigating the efficiency of the Moroccan Anti-Corruption Campaign

ACRN Guest Blogger Nicolas Hamelin discusses a recent investigation he conducted into a 2012 social marketing campaign against corruption in Morocco. While it was widely publicized (reaching 60% of survey respondents), the campaign failed to make a real impact for two key reasons: the overly simplistic nature of the message and, ironically, the general public distrust of the government.        [field_txt_news_link]

ACRN Newsletter Issue 17

This newsletter is part of the Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), a Transparency International initiative to strengthen the knowledge community and information service for anti-corruption research.  [field_txt_news_link]

New Immunity Provisions Cast Doubt on Greece’s Efforts to Fight Corruption

ATHENS — The omnibus bill, more than 100 pages long and titled “Measures of Support and Growth for the Greek Economy,” won passage here in the middle of the night in March, as Parliament raced to meet a deadline set by Greece’s creditors. Only afterward did a legislator from the governing New Democracy party notice an unsettling provision. Buried on page 78 was language that essentially gave retroactive immunity to thousands of workers in state-funded organizations that could shield them from future corruption prosecutions. [field_txt_news_link]

How cronyism undermines growth, jobs and competition

THE Arab Spring has not delivered all that was hoped for it, but it did call time on two egregious examples of crony capitalism. After the revolution in Tunisia in 2011, 214 businesses, and assets worth $13 billion, including 550 properties and 48 boats and yachts, were confiscated from Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the deposed president, and his relatives and associates. In Egypt at least 469 businesses were linked to Hosni Mubarak, ousted as its president soon after Mr Ben Ali, some of which were seized. [field_txt_news_link]

Peru Divide and Bribe: A Good Example of Inadequate Reforms, State Capture and Corruption

In a recent opinion poll almost half those asked said they believed that if Luis Castañeda was elected as Lima’s mayor he would “steal but would do public works”. In Peru’s regional and local elections on October 5th Mr Castañeda, who denies that he is corrupt, duly won the post. Many limeños remember that, in the job in 2003-10, he built municipal hospitals in poorer areas and concrete stairways in shantytowns. [field_txt_news_link]

398 MEPs earn up to €18m from side-jobs - EU Integrity Watch Launch

EU Integrity Watch is a user-friendly database that provides a unique overview of the activities of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and enables a range of rankings and visual comparisons. It also allows to better monitor potential conflicts of interests or to identify those MEPs with a high degree of external activity. EU Integrity Watch was launched in October 2014 by the Transparency International EU Office (TI-EU). [field_txt_news_link]

Equatorial Guinea: Leader's son settles US anti-corruption case for $30m; Department of Justice

The son of the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has agreed to sell $30m worth of assets, including a Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and part of his collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, to settle an anti-corruption case. In what is the first case of its kind in the US targeting the family of a sitting head of state, the US Department of Justice late on Friday announced a deal with Teodoro Nguema Obiang, eldest son of Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea since he seized power 35 years ago in a bloody coup d'état. [field_txt_news_link]

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