Monday, January 13, 2014

Corruption worsens in world's conflict State's, 5 Arab States top list: Surprise?

  * Corruption worsens in world's conflict :  Some of the world's most tumultuous countries suffered setbacks this year in the fight against corruption, with civil war-torn Syria among the pack of nations increasingly at the mercy of bribe-takers and influence-peddlers, Transparency International reported Tuesday in its annual corruption survey.

 Notable in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 was how little improvement was recorded in even the most open and law-abiding countries. The bottom rung of this year's index was stubbornly unreformed, with Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia each matching last year's three-way tie for the most corrupt government with 8-point ratings.

l*  Five Arab states top the most corrupt list:  Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan all scored less than 20, as their governments deal with massive instability in the face of civil war and armed groups, or nations where the lead researcher of the study said the regime is not "functioning effectively"."Corruption is very much linked to countries that fall apart, as you see in Libya, Syria, two of the countries that deteriorated the most," Finn Heinrich told AFP news agency.

What has changed, Remember this? Saturday, October 16, 2010

Good or bad Iraq has too much company: Corruption and stolen power became the new standard of so called Democracy and we set the example!

Iraq election deadlock breaks world record

Afghanistan sank in new corruption ranking in 2009 as US, World Leaders Fell Short in their so called Corruption Fight Group Says! I hate to tell them but corruption is the goal not the fight. I am sorry to say that since Bush we have set a disgusting example of democracy for the world to follow and they are.

It tok 3 months to ratify Iraq's election because of corruption. The main Shia coalition said it had only now decided to nominate the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, for a second term of office but the National Alliance, a merger of Mr Maliki's State of Law coalition and the Iraqi National Alliance of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr is four seats short of the parliamentary majority needed to confirm the appointment.

The secular Iraqiya bloc led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, which narrowly won the election, has said it will oppose such a move. So far it has been 222 days and you can bet there is no end in sight as no one wants to be the minority. This will go a year at least and will only end with their civil war Sunni against Shiite and don't forget the Kurds!

Last year "1979" Bush's success Iraq ranked 176 and Afghanistan's level of corruption earned it a ranking of 179 out of 180 Nations listed, worsened only by Somalia who is ranked as the most corrupt nation on earth. That is not much to be proud of! Britain is 17th and the US is 19th, Cuba is 64th and Mexico 89th. Afghanistan has Iraq Burma Haiti and the likes of Burundi for company on the bottom of the list. Afghanistan sank in new corruption ranking I have to wonder where this most recent distinction now puts Iraq?

What bothers me about the list is that recent efforts at forcing Democracy on Nations by Bush and now Obama we know as failure but it is illustrated here. I know corruption has been around since the beginning of society and man. However, with the advent of George W and his corrupt underhanded Government in what he called an example of Democracy to be exported around the world the corruption and stolen power became the new standard. Britain slippped to new low in ranking of most corrupt countries

US, World Leaders Fall Short in Corruption Fight, Group Says It's a losing battle and it will get worse as the new message in today's so called democracies and most countries is to take what you can and do what you have to to better yourself and get what you want.

Bush used what I coined as 3D politics taught by Karl Rove to achieve their goals. (3D politics = Deceitful, deceptive, divisive politics) It seems in every election in every country now we hear cries of fraud and corruption not just here in the US and more visibly in Iran during the June Presidential election. Why should we expect Afghanistan or anyone else to be any different? Check where your country ranks in the corruption index

Look at the example we have set for others to follow. I remember the feeling of shame when GW had the audacity to tell China they should aspire to a US style Democracy seeing our own broadcast daily corruption in what many of us believed was no longer a Democracy. Under Bush we became a Democracy in name only and were exporting that not just in the Middle East but around the world.

Stealing elections and corruptions is the standard in the world now. The destruction Bush rained on the US and world balance along with the example he set for the world to follow will affect the entire world for generations if not forever. That is why I can not forget what Bush did and people often tell me to get over it. He made sure he will go down in history!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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