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August 29, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Imagine the heart of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson beating within the body of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll have a sense of Danish documentarian Mads Brügger. In his 2009 film, "The Red Chapel," he invented a cross-cultural comedy troupe as subterfuge to enter North Korea and examine conditions there. In his latest, "The Ambassador," opening Friday in Los Angeles, Brügger travels to Liberia and the Central African Republic, where, posing as a businessman with a penchant for safari jackets and riding boots, he exposes widespread government corruption and complicity in diamond smuggling.
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WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A Turkish court on Wednesday suspended a controversial ban on Twitter following an appeal even as the site's lawyers pursue separate legal action against the government's shutdown order, local media reports. Senior members of Turkey's ruling party said they would abide by the court's decision, which the state-run Anadolu news agency labeled a "temporary injunction. " The Turkish telecommunications authority blocked Twitter on Friday, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hounded by corruption allegations leaked to social media platforms, vowed to “eradicate” it. The blockage prompted global outrage and widespread mockery, while Twitter use initially took off throughout the country, which has an estimated 12 million users.
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SCIENCE
November 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India. Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place. For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents searched the homes of Moreno Valley's mayor and City Council members and the offices of a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a broad public corruption investigation in a Riverside County town already singed by scandal. Agents with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and local prosecutors served search warrants at the homes of Mayor Tom Owings and the four other council members and at the corporate offices of Highland Fairview, the company that has proposed a 41-million-square-foot warehouse center on the city's eastside.
NEWS
March 15, 1988
Police in India arrested more than 25,000 people, officials said, as authorities moved to block a nationwide strike today to protest what opposition forces contend is government corruption and incompetence. The nine opposition parties sponsoring the strike have also accused the government of failure to contain Sikh separatist violence in Punjab.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men pleaded guilty to charges that resulted from a federal investigation of New Orleans government corruption during Mayor Marc Morial's administration. Former city property management director Kerry DeCay and restaurant owner Stan "Pampy" Barre, a Morial confidant, each could get up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. The charges stemmed from a $65-million energy management contract awarded to Johnson Controls Inc. in 2002.
NEWS
August 19, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wrapped in mystery, deceit and double-dealing, the scandal seemed to point to business as usual. It began with the alleged secret purchase--in Panama's name--of 25,000 submachine guns purportedly destined for Bosnia-Herzegovina in violation of an international arms embargo. Accusations reached as high as the office of the president of Panama. A Panamanian diplomat was implicated, documents were doctored and top politicians ran for cover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Federal agents searched the home of the Moreno Valley mayor and a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a investigation into allegations of corruption, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and representatives of the Riverside district attorney's office served search warrants at the home of Mayor Tom Owing and the corporate offices of Highland Fairview, the company that has proposed a massive 41-million-square-foot warehouse center on the eastern side of the city.
SCIENCE
November 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India. Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place. For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
James "Whitey" Bulger will appear in court Wednesday to hear the families of his victims speak before he is sentenced, but one of the jurors who decided his fate said she wished she hadn't helped convict him of any murders. Janet Uhlar, juror No. 12, lives in the Cape Cod town of Eastham, where she writes books about figures from the Revolutionary War. In an interview, she said she had learned things since the trial that had made her question the verdict, including the deals Bulger accomplices got in order to testify.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues. In announcing a partnership dubbed Internet.org, Zuckerberg outlined several technology-based strategies for reducing costs in order to extend affordable Internet service to 5 billion people around the globe who are not currently online. But nonprofit groups that have been focused on bridging the global digital divide have reported that such efforts inevitably run into problems including economics, culture, education and corruption.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Federal agents searched the home of the Moreno Valley mayor and a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a investigation into allegations of corruption, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and representatives of the Riverside district attorney's office served search warrants at the home of Mayor Tom Owing and the corporate offices of Highland Fairview, the company that has proposed a massive 41-million-square-foot warehouse center on the eastern side of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents searched the homes of Moreno Valley's mayor and City Council members and the offices of a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a broad public corruption investigation in a Riverside County town already singed by scandal. Agents with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and local prosecutors served search warrants at the homes of Mayor Tom Owings and the four other council members and at the corporate offices of Highland Fairview, the company that has proposed a 41-million-square-foot warehouse center on the city's eastside.
OPINION
January 15, 2013 | By Max Boot
During the Vietnam War, Sen. George Aiken, a Vermont Republican, was famous for suggesting that we declare victory and go home. (What he actually said is a little more nuanced, but that was the popular perception.) President Obama seems to be pursuing a version of this strategy in Afghanistan. At least that is the inference one can draw from his claims of success at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday in which the two leaders unveiled an acceleration of the timetable for U.S. troops to step back from combat.
NEWS
August 20, 1992 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was probably too much to expect that the democratic and fiscal reforms sweeping Latin America for the past decade would suddenly clean up government corruption, a scourge that has plagued the region for centuries. Indeed, despite the new Latin American look, corruption remains as virulent as ever.
OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Robin Wright
The most enduring image from my travels across the Middle East this year was a Libyan street lined with bridal boutiques. Mannequins in bouffant white dresses, with beaded bustiers and satin rosettes, evoked Cinderella transformed by her ball gown. Outside, however, the street was lined with heaping piles of garbage wrapped in tatty plastic bags. Tripoli literally stank. On the second anniversary of the Arab uprisings, millions across the Middle East still have dreams of makeovers.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Imagine the heart of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson beating within the body of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll have a sense of Danish documentarian Mads Brügger. In his 2009 film, "The Red Chapel," he invented a cross-cultural comedy troupe as subterfuge to enter North Korea and examine conditions there. In his latest, "The Ambassador," opening Friday in Los Angeles, Brügger travels to Liberia and the Central African Republic, where, posing as a businessman with a penchant for safari jackets and riding boots, he exposes widespread government corruption and complicity in diamond smuggling.
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