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In Brazil, a Corruption Case Begins as Economy Still Struggles

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Why Was Russia’s Economic Minister Just Put on Trial?

Russia’s economy minister was arrested for bribery. But as usual, there’s a lot more to the story than the official Kremlin line.


When Corruption Can’t Be Fixed

In countries like Afghanistan, there is no government without patronage. It’s time for Washington to face up to this reality.

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Saakashvili Steps Down

Saakashvili's adventure in Odessa comes crashing to an end.

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Has Zuma Met His Match? Damning Report Details South African President’s Corruption

South Africa’s independent watchdog is a saving grace after President Jacob Zuma is skewered by new allegations.


Lebanon Has a New President (Not That It Matters)

President or no, Lebanon has had no effective governance for decades. That's not about to change.

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