Corruption (Institutional)

How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests

Many of the institutions, including those that merged in 2016 to form Caspian, were allowed to gamble with deposits or run Ponzi schemes with impunity for years, in part because they were owned by well-connected elites: religious foundations, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps or other semiofficial investment funds in the …

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When Corporate Elites Won Partial Control of a Mexican City — and Then Lost It

Finally, Armando Torjes, a community activist in the working-class suburb of Guadalupe, cleared it up for us. No one much minded business people acting like politicians because, he said, the real problem was politicians acting like business people. “It’s not that businessmen are bad people, they’re just getting all the …

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Corruption Arrests in Argentina Raise Hope, and Skepticism

For decades, a dozen judges on the federal bench in Buenos Aires have let corruption cases languish without action, often running out the clock on the statute of limitations. Breakthroughs in high-profile cases often follow a reversal of political fortunes, calling into question the fairness of punitive measures. And even …

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Petrobras of Brazil to Pay $2.95 Billion Over Corruption Scandal

“The agreement is in the company’s best interest and that of its shareholders, given the risks of a verdict advised by a jury, particularities of U.S. procedure and securities laws, as well its assessment of the status of the class action and the nature of such litigation in the United …

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Brazil Wavers on Environment, and Earth’s Largest Wetland Starts to Wither

Additionally, mapping data compiled by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics released earlier this month showed the country lost 9.5 percent of its forest land between 2000 and 2014. The expansion of agriculture into areas with few environmental regulations, or lax enforcement, has coincided with a politically turbulent period …

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Chairman of Lotte Group Is Convicted of Graft in South Korea, but Avoids Jail

Photo Shin Dong-bin, left, chairman of the Lotte Group, arriving at a Seoul court on Friday. Credit Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency A court in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday convicted Shin Dong-bin, the chairman of the multinational Lotte Group, of embezzlement and breach of trust in connection with a corruption …

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Jacob Zuma Prepares to Depart a Diminished A.N.C.

In his final address as party leader, Mr. Zuma acknowledged that the A.N.C. had been weakened and needed to be renewed. But he blamed outside forces — which have also been the ones to check his exercise of power — and launched into a broad and bitter attack on the …

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Mikheil Saakashvili, Ex-President of Georgia, Arrested in Ukraine, Again

Photo Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili gathered outside the detention center where he was being held in Kiev. Credit Efrem Lukatsky/Associated Press MOSCOW — Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, was arrested on Friday in Ukraine during a late-night police raid on an apartment where he had been hiding after …

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Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Sophisticated spying technology sold to the Mexican government for the purpose of tracking terrorists and criminal networks has instead been deployed against dozens of journalists, academics, human rights lawyers and anti-corruption advocates, a potential violation of Mexican law. But when Mrs. Peschard and others called for a simple briefing on …

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Venezuela Arrests 2 Former Oil Officials, Claiming Corruption

In a video posted on Mr. Del Pino’s Twitter account and apparently recorded before his arrest, he said he had been the victim of an unjustified attack. Corruption at Venezuela’s state oil company has never been a secret, analysts say. What has changed, many argue, are the fortunes of President …

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