June 10, 2012 |
In the year since the Arab Spring, attention has been riveted on one issue above all others: the place of religious practice in public life. In Tunisia, where the movement began, full-face and body veils, now often worn complete with gloves, are increasingly visible on the streets - an exotic sight for locals and foreigners alike. And the secular opposition seems increasingly strident in its conviction that the Islamist government is driving the country the way of Iran. But it wasn't religion that set off the Jasmine Revolution; it was acute economic injustice and the pervasive and structured corruption that helped produce it. The fate of Tunisia, and its neighbors, may depend most on whether that lingering problem is addressed.
July 8, 2011 |
Two of President Dilma Rousseff's ministers have resigned recently amid accusations of corruption, complicating her efforts to run Latin America's largest country after taking over from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in January. Transport Minister Alfredo Nascimento resigned late Wednesday after accusations that officers in his ministry had acted inappropriately, including accepting bribes in awarding government contracts. Last month, Antonio Palocci, Rousseff's chief of staff and most senior minister, resigned after news reports said his personal wealth had risen sharply during his time as a congressman and did not seem to match his apparent sources of income.
September 15, 2008
Re "U.S. oil agency scandal unfolds," Sept. 11 Does the corruption ever end in this administration? How can we ever have an energy policy if the officials in charge are literally in bed with the oil industry? Sheila M. Pickwell La Jolla
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1986
There are times when I find your liberal bias and the vitriolic and antagonistic negativism of your (editorial cartoonist) Paul Conrad and (Washington bureau chief) Jack Nelson infuriating. However, if the characteristics exhibited by these men are what is required to pursue and expose government corruption, as you have done in the current (Police Chief Bill) Kolender case, then it must be not only accepted, but encouraged. The Kolender corruption is a terrible abuse of power. It establishes a privileged class, which in a narrow area, can operate above the law. It appears to have been done with the expectation of a quid pro quo. Your effort in the Kolender case well serves the community.
December 12, 1993
Regarding your series on corruption in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (Dec. 2-4): Three glaring points come to mind. First, the Narcotics Unit was totally concerned with quantity over quality. Instead of concentrating their efforts on arresting the head of a narcotics organization, they were after drugs and money, a useless expenditure. Two, there was a total lack of supervision in their efforts; yet nowhere in your series do we read that higher-ups were disciplined for lack of leadership.
December 2, 2012 |
MOSCOW - More than 200 years ago, the renowned Russian historian Nikolai Karamzin summed up the situation in his country in two words: "They steal. " They still do, and the news in Russia lately has been dominated by one high-profile corruption scandal after another. Allegations of wrongdoing have reached high into the defense and agriculture ministries and the Russian space program, among other institutions. Nearly nine in 10 Russians say corruption is the nation's biggest problem.